Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jews observe the strict rules of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and its 613 commandments. But, for some, the lack of choices is too rigid, so they choose to leave, even though doing so can be very painful.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis extended a hand to those who don’t belong to any religion, urging them on Wednesday to work with believers to build peace and protect the environment.
(RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — the deadliest bombing in the country’s history.
(RNS) Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” will probably pick up a few Oscars on Sunday, and it shows that Americans will never tire of our 16th president. While the film centers on the fight to abolish slavery in 1865, two years earlier Lincoln used his powers to correct another injustice aimed at American Jews.
(RNS) Many people, including Jewish Americans, have a hard time believing that Jews could be struggling to put food on the table in the U.S. But kosher food banks say they know it’s true. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) What makes the King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue so special is not just that it has been established by three governments and that it has a multifaith board. Rather, it is the fact that this initiative has come from the very heart of the Muslim world — from the custodian of the two holiest shrines of Islam. By Rabbi David Rosen.
(RNS) Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Anti-Defamation League reported a 13 percent decline in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2011, the lowest number recorded by the ADL in two decades. By Lauren Markoe
(RNS) In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council, much has been accomplished in building a new relationship between Catholics and Jews. What Pope John XXIII began in 1962 represented the beginning of the end of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. By A. James Rudin.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) As pediatricians gathered here for the American Academy of Pediatrics convention, they were greeted by protesters urging the medical group to rethink its position on an issue that makes most people squirm: the circumcision of newborn boys. By John Pope.