WASHINGTON (RNS) What’s the most defining trait of what it means to be a Jew in America? Just 15 percent say it involves religious belief, according to a new study.
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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The 9th century prayerbook — a rare complete codex in its original tan-colored binding — includes a listing of the 100 Benedictions, or blessings some observant Jews say daily.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The bill signifies a shift in strategy for gay marriage opponents: Increasingly resigned to the reality that they’re unlikely to stop gay marriage, they’re now trying to blunt its impact by carving out explicit protections for dissenters.
The Muslim Brotherhood is banned by an Egyptian court. Emeritus Pope Benedict defends himself in a letter to the editor. And capturing the ruins of the Borscht Belt’s great hotels.
(RNS) On the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which began on Wednesday (Sept. 18) Jews typically build temporary dwellings to evoke the shelters of the Israelites during their desert wanderings. But if you didn’t build a sukkah, maybe someone will ride up to you on a Pedi Sukkah.
Al-Jazeera America – so far, so American. A smartphone acceptable to ultra-Orthodox rabbis. And what a homeless man found . . . and returned.
(RNS) In her simple, white linen dress, Stacey Robinson says she can heighten her experience of atonement and renewal. “I can stand now, ready, clean … to reach out to God as God reaches out to me.”
(RNS) In these Days of Awe, as Jews call the 10-day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we asked students and staff at Hillel to share their thoughts on the Jewish holidays and why so many Jews picked Yom Kippur as their favorite holiday.