(RNS) Shackled by an arranged marriage and religious customs, a New Jersey woman finds her freedom and tries to help others, too. But she's not a Muslim — she's an Orthodox Jew. By Fraidy Reiss.
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Suspected child abusers in Orthodox Jewish circles shouldn’t have their names revealed because of the “tight-knit and insular” nature of the community, argues Brooklyn’s DA. Charles Hynes said Orthodox communities are so familiar that identifying the suspects would likely identify the victims. Oklahoma authorities are investigating whether the executive director of The Voice of the […]
WASHINGTON (RNS) In the wake of Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Obama pledged to put actions behind the words “never again’’ to fight human atrocities across the globe in countries like Syria and Iran. By Adelle M. Banks.
Lots of interesting obits and encomia over the weekend for Chuck Colson, the Watergate felon turned evangelical advocate for prisoners. A church-state watchdog filed a formal complaint with the IRS alleging that the Catholic Diocese of Peoria violated rules barring tax exempt organizations from opposing political candidates when Bishop Daniel Jenky compared President Obama to Hitler […]
(RNS) After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker's invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, supporters of the anti-apartheid hero responded with 11,000 signatures of their own. By Tracy Simmons.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) After more than an hour of dramatic testimony, a judge on Friday ordered that a troubled church janitor spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole in the priest's murder. By Alexi Friedman.
(RNS) A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man who alleges he endured anti-Semitic slurs can sue his former supervisors — even though he is not Jewish. Stacy Jones and Ben Horowitz.
In many ways, Chuck Colson's life personified the evangelical ethos of a sinner in search of redemption after a dramatic personal encounter with Jesus. He also embodied the evangelical movement's embrace of conservative social issues, although often as a happy warrior.
(RNS) Israel's Yad Vashem memorial contains the largest archive in the world of historic material related to the Holocaust and it has been intensifying its campaign to record the accounts of survivors. By Meredith Mandell.
JERUSALEM (RNS) In a landmark decision, the Masorti movement — the Israeli sister movement of the Conservative stream of Judaism — announced that its rabbinical school will begin to accept gays and lesbians for ordination. By Michele Chabin.