Healing Black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish divides
(RNS) — Black-Jewish Unity Week, a collaboration between the American Jewish Committee and the National Urban League, could also help erase the divides between Jews and African American Muslims.
Shofar lessons are becoming a pre-holiday necessity in the age of coronavirus
(RNS) — Jewish law requires that the shofar be heard in person. But with synagogues shuttered because of the coronavirus, many Jews are dusting off old ritual objects and taking online lessons so they can produce that clarion wail.
600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.
More than 350 faith leaders to back Biden for president, including many first-time endorsers
(RNS) — ‘I think progressive Christianity is a sleeping giant,’ said the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Mike Pompeo accused of violating Hatch Act in Jerusalem RNC speech
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, prohibits executive branch employees from ‘engag(ing) in political activity’ while on duty.
Orthodox Jewish students embrace gap year in Israel, despite COVID-19
JERUSALEM (RNS) — COVID-19 can’t keep 17,000 international students from taking a gap year in Israel.
Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.
(RNS) — In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.
America’s house will crumble if we don’t repair our racist divide
(RNS) — Why do Black Lives Matter? Because for all of American history, as an important new book catalogs, they simply didn’t.
Pandemic reshapes worship across the UK’s many faiths
(AP) — Rites that have been the bedrock of beliefs for centuries have evolved swiftly during the pandemic lockdown.
Mike Pompeo claims the Judeo-Christian tradition for his agenda — a tradition in itself
(RNS) — Just because it’s been embraced by the religious right doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
After 75 years, a question about race haunts Truman’s calculation on Hiroshima
(RNS) — Much of the world focused on President Harry Truman’s explanation for using the bomb 75 years ago, but the Japanese I met had a different question.
Seth Rogen’s snarky arguments about Israel actually have a long history
(RNS) — He misspoke about Israel, but about Jewish education he was right.
What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working?
(RNS) — Some of the biggest faith-based challenges of infertility may be existing in a family-centered community.
Church bells, shofars to sound in honor of John Lewis during his funeral
(RNS) — Congregations without bells can ‘honor in other appropriate ways, including moments of silence, changing church signs, and more,’ reads the interfaith request about Lewis.
Stella Immanuel’s theories about demons, illness and sex have a long history
(The Conversation) — Demons appear throughout Jewish and Christian texts, often as evil, supernatural beings that torment people.