Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — October 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 70 years had passed since last seeing her friend at an Austrian displaced persons camp. Then Ruth Brandspiegel heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom.

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What does the Bible really say about abortion?

By John J. Collins — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — Christians who turn to Scripture to trump political debates on abortion should be reminded that the Bible does not actually say anything at all on the topic. On this issue there is no divine revelation to be had.

COVID Judaism is now competitive religion

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The danger of online worship is that the individual worshipper abandons his or her own community and becomes a browser via the browser for spiritual audiovisual experiences.

400 rabbis back Cuomo and de Blasio in shutdown of New York Hasidic neighborhoods

By Yonat Shimron — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — Some 400 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders have signed a statement in support of New York officials’ efforts to curb COVID-19 in hard-hit Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

Interfaith demonstrations across California demand release of incarcerated people amid COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — October 6, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Faith leaders and activists demonstrated outside prisons and immigration detention centers across California, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to release incarcerated and detained people who they say are in danger amid COVID-19 outbreaks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo shuts down New York City yeshivas in virus hot spots

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — Both the mayor and governor are frustrated at ongoing displays of Hasidic Jews flouting mandates to socially distance and wear masks.

ADL report: Jewish lawmakers face anti-Semitic tropes online

By Elana Schor — October 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Misinformation about billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros remains common among anti-Semitic tweets directed at Jewish members of Congress, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.

For Trump, COVID-19 is about toxic masculinity

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — Donald Trump should heed how King Hezekiah — a ‘real man’ of the Bible — handled adversity. He cried.

POTUS has COVID. What should Jews be saying?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — I hope he gets better soon. There. I said it.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Faith-based organizations express outrage over plan to cut refugee admissions to historic low — again

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — In recent weeks, several faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement had asked the Trump administration to raise that number to its historic average: 95,000.

Calling all women: It’s time to take our stand together against tyranny and injustice

By Faith in Public Life — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — Every holy text we follow, from the Quran, Torah and Bible to the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, demands a moral obligation to the most marginalized people in society.

Dear AOC: You blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 26, 2020

(RNS) — US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a huge mistake. There is still time to correct it.

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