Opinion

Hillsong was extraordinary. That’s the problem.
By Amy Julia Becker — June 2, 2023
(RNS) — There's a power in the ordinary church.
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Choice is the future of religion in America
By Mark Silk — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Judaism lays bare the complexities of American religion’s new regime of choice.
Israeli protesters fear for the future of their country’s precarious LGBTQ rights revolution
By The Conversation — June 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — LGBTQ rights are not the main issue bringing Israeli protesters to the streets, but they do symbolize the country’s stark divide.
Is “Succession” Jewish?
By Jeffrey Salkin — June 1, 2023
The story of “Succession” seems like Shakespeare. Or, like Greek tragedy. And a little Bible as well.
Can Pope Francis bring peace to Ukraine?
By Thomas Reese — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — The pope’s refusal to cheer either side in this war gives him credibility as mediator.
What is Theravada Buddhism? A scholar of Asian religions explains
By The Conversation — May 31, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religious system in several parts of South and Southeast Asia, but there is a rich diversity of beliefs and practices in this tradition.
How we are giving Jewish Heritage Month the attention it deserves
By Johnnie Moore — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — Most Americans would be surprised to hear that presidents have honored Jewish heritage 43 previous times.
What ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ teaches us about ex-Mormons
By Jana Riess — May 30, 2023
(RNS) — Last year’s bestselling memoir of ‘a woman reckoning with love and violence’ was also a typically Mormon tale.
Chaplains in the Texas public schools. Really.
By Mark Silk — May 30, 2023
(RNS) — According to a law passed by the state's Legislature last week.
How the practice of Nichiren Buddhism sustained Tina Turner for 50 years
By The Conversation — May 30, 2023
(The Conversation) — Turner was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism in 1973, and its teachings provided inspiration for some of the final projects of her career.
What is ‘ethical AI’ and how can companies achieve it?
By The Conversation — May 30, 2023
(The Conversation) — Companies that want to avoid the harms of AI, such as bias or privacy violations, lack clear-cut guidelines on how to act responsibly. That makes internal management and decision-making critical.
Judaism’s rituals to honor new mothers are ever-rooted, ever-changing – from medieval embroidery and prayer to new traditions today
By The Conversation — May 30, 2023
(The Conversation) — Recent generations of Jewish women have looked to reinvent rituals marking the most meaningful moments in their lives, especially childbirth and motherhood.
Can you see the face of a friend?
By Jeffrey Salkin — May 30, 2023
Social justice, kosher-style 101. Wrapped up in one poetic piece of Jewish law.