COPENHAGEN (RNS) “It feels surrealistic that this happened in Denmark, just around the corner from where I live,” said Uffe Alici Pedersen of Copenhagen, who is Muslim.
(RNS) If one religion can go from seeing another as contemptible and condemnable, to one that is respected and beloved, it can surely serve as a model for humanity at large.
(RNS) Judaism does not believe in radical individualism. Rather, it believes in communal responsibility.
NEW YORK (RNS) No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The top officials of Baylor University, Catholic University of America and Yeshiva University will lead a discussion in Washington on the “calling” of faith-based universities.
(RNS) As beautiful and meaningful as it might be, almost no one sits shiva for seven days anymore. Perhaps it’s time for modern Jews to simply own up to the changed nature of modern life, and officially adopt three-day shiva as standard practice.
(RNS) Kesher Israel leaders said the rabbi, accused of ogling naked women in the synagogue’s mikvah, is illegally residing on congregational property.
BRONX, N.Y. (RNS) “There was a time when it was fun. I enjoyed mixing it up,” said Rabbi Avi Weiss. “But it got to a point where it was not fun at all.”
(RNS) Some question whether American Judaism is still overly focused on the morbidity of the Holocaust. I have often raised that question myself, but not now. Not when a new, groundbreaking documentary about the Holocaust can barely say the word “Jew.”