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RNS Morning Report: A female Shariah judge; Family first; Thanksgiving amid loss

Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first female Shariah judge in Palestine, in the documentary film “The Judge.” Photo courtesy of The Judge

Need to know: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘The Judge’ film introduces groundbreaking female Shariah judge

The PBS documentary traces the Middle East's trailblazing Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih’s efforts to lead a quiet social revolution.

For most Americans, new research says, family comes first

Among those who find "a great deal" of meaning in their religious faith, more than half say it is the single most important source of meaning in their lives.

Survivors of California’s unending fires cook up Thanksgiving for latest victims

Rallying more than 100 volunteers, three women who have lost homes or family members to fires plan to feed 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day.

Welcome Muslim congresswomen by dropping ban on headwear

By ending its own "structural discrimination," writes Simran Jeet Singh, Congress can encourage religious freedom everywhere in American life.

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