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Ivan Boesky was not good for the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 22, 2024
(RNS) — The word is ‘shanda.’ Ivan Boesky embodied it.

The rise of the Catholic bully

By Phyllis Zagano — May 22, 2024
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Kahanism is neither Judaism nor Zionism

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 20, 2024
(RNS) — It's not Zionism. It is Bizarro Zionism.

Eternal polygamy? How LDS temple sealings and cancellations became a raw deal for women

By Jana Riess — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Surprise: LDS Church policies around temple sealings and cancellations used to be more equal for women than they are today. What happened?

On Nakba Day, some Palestinians dream of a single, secular state

By Andre Henry — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — People who reflexively invoke Israel’s right to exist conflate the right of a nation to exist with the right to oppress.

Can Zionism be spiritual?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — A clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle opens up a world of meaning.

Jesuit scientist who bridged faith and science recounted in PBS documentary

By Thomas Reese — May 13, 2024
(RNS) — It is not surprising that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an eminent paleontologist, got himself in trouble with church officials and his Jesuit superiors.

OK, GOP, let’s put that antisemitism definition into effect!

By Mark Silk — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — Maybe there's an upside to the Republican effort to codify it.

Why are Jews afraid?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — Are Jewish fears over the top?

Is the golden age of American Jews really ending?

By Mark Silk — May 8, 2024
(RNS) — Reports of its demise are premature.

Excommunication is not the church’s equivalent of capital punishment

By Thomas Reese — May 7, 2024
(RNS) — The church has not had a good system for punishing people since we got rid of the Inquisition.

God suffers with us

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 6, 2024
(RNS) — It is an outrageous idea. And yet, it touches our souls.

The best way to honor Melissa Inouye’s memory is to be a kind and persistent badass

By Jana Riess — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — Melissa said it's not enough to memorialize our loved ones who die too young. We have to carry on their work.

The pro-life movement in political retreat

By Mark Silk — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — It finds itself at serious odds with Americans' historical deference to diversity of belief.
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