(RNS) The second night of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving in a rare convergence this year. Many Jewish families ate turkey and then lit the menorah, a nine-branched candelabra.
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“According to many in the Jewish community, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have much more in common this year than just a calendar date. They both celebrate gratitude, community, and religious tolerance.”
(RNS) One holiday calls us to stop everything and appreciate; another demands that we stop everything and agitate.
(RNS) While most American evangelicals do not usually read papal pronouncements, it would be a shame if we did not familiarize ourselves with Francis’ newest document, for there is much in it that evangelicals could embrace.
(RNS) “It is important for us as nonbelievers to recognize that we are lucky in the grand scheme of the universe and to spend this time with our friends and family, and the tradition of doing that once a year, whether you are religious or not, is a valuable thing to do,” says Maggie Ardiente.
(RNS) The debate over when the Buddha died is not just academic: Buddhist countries such as Thailand use a dating system pegged to the year of his death, and some of his prophecies imply no one will achieve enlightenment a certain number of years after his passing.
The Supreme Court will hear the Hobby Lobby lawsuit. A tiny book of psalms sets an auction record. And here’s the Religion News Service 2013 Holiday Gift Guide — including not too many tasteless suggestions.
NEW YORK (RNS) One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in English in America, was sold Tuesday night for the highest price ever recorded for a print book in open sale.
“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confirmed and from clinging to its own security.” — Pope Francis, in an apostolic exhortation issued Tuesday.