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Forget Flowers, 5 Ways to Make Mom Happier

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Hey dads, this year, give Mom something she really wants. Flowers, breakfast in bed and girls' night out are all great (and, for some of us, obligatory), but the truth is, what moms really want these days is to reduce the chaos of their lives. Countless surveys have...

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How Easter and Passover Can Make Your Family Happier

(99) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Over the next week, tens of millions of people will do something so familiar it's easy to forget how radical it is: They will commemorate the worst moments of their past. For Jews, the occasion is Passover, in which they relive their four centuries of slavery in Egypt. For Christians,...

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5 Secrets to a Happy Family

(44) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Here's a confession: I hate parenting books. I hate the ones that are earnest and repetitive. (If one more self-help guru tells me to listen actively, repeat what my child says... ) I hate the ones that promote a country. (Be strict like the Chinese! No, be lax like the...

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Pharaoh in a Cage: Five Lessons from the Mubarak Trial

(13) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 1:16 PM

The Mubarak trial might be symbolic, but what a symbol!

The sight of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and other members of his regime in white prison fatigues, behind bars, in a cage in Cairo is the most significant event in the Arab Spring since his...

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'Generation Freedom': Singing the Song of Liberation Across the Middle East (EXCERPT)

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 5:08 PM

For 15 years I traveled across the Middle East, retracing the Bible through the desert, for a series of books and television shows, including "Walking the Bible" and "Abraham." Then I stopped. As my wife said, "You've had your time as a war correspondent."

But...

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A Father's Prayer for His Daughters

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 5:24 AM

Three years ago this month I was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening form of bone cancer in my left leg. I was the 'walking guy' who might never walk again. I endured a "lost year" involving nine months of chemotherapy and a 15-hour surgery in which doctors removed...

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When Pharaoh Falls: Six Lessons from the Exodus for Egypt Today

(146) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM

As the crisis in Egypt reached its climax this week, commentators struggled to find historical parallels, from the fall of the Berlin Wall, to Tiananmen Square, to the revolution in Iran. But one parallel that's been mostly overlooked is the remarkable similarities between current events and the story in the...

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How Moses Created Thanksgiving: The Biblical Roots of America's Holiday

(473) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 10:08 PM

Hollywood is rediscovering the Bible.

Two rival films about Moses, both by established producers, are vying to become the next chapter of the century-long love affair between the merchants of sin in Tinsletown and the prophet of hope in Israel. But no matter how far the filmmakers...

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God in the U.S.A.: Americans Know More About Religion Than Most Other Subjects

(1075) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 11:36 PM

The headlines this week were bold: "Americans Don't Know Much About Religion"; "Atheists Know More About Religion Than Believers"; "Basic Religious Test Stumps Most Americans."

Eh? Did these writers read the survey these articles were based on? The Pew Forum survey on religious knowledge in America contained a...

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This Month in Moses: How the Superhero of the Bible Became an American Pop Icon

(101) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 5:29 PM

He may not have been faster than a speeding bullet. He wasn't more powerful than a locomotive. But he did split the Red Sea!

And in America, he became an inspiration for the country's leading superhero and the star of the Hollywood's fifth-highest-grossing movie.

This month proved pivotal to the...

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Obama a Muslim! Lincoln a Catholic! FDR a Jew! Why Americans Don't Like Their President's God

(1382) Comments | Posted August 21, 2010 | 3:48 AM

In 1860, in the midst of tensions surrounding the Civil War, it was widely believed in the United States that Abraham Lincoln was Catholic. Coming on the heels of decades of anti-Catholic sentiment, the rumors seem to have had two roots: The first was the ambiguous nature of Lincoln's upbringing...

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This Month in Moses: How the Bible's Greatest Hero Became America's Greatest Icon

(147) Comments | Posted August 14, 2010 | 8:09 AM

The 400-year love affair between America and Moses began this week in 1620. On August 15, the Mayflower set sail set from Southampton with 102 passengers on board. The pilgrims' leader described them as the chosen people, casting off the yoke of their pharaoh, King James. Their governor proclaimed their...

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A Father's 10 Lessons for His Daughters (VIDEO)

(94) Comments | Posted June 20, 2010 | 9:00 AM

One of the secrets of parenting is that it's often a very lonely sport. Especially for dads. Our children expect us to be the Answer Man, Mr. Fix It, the Know-it-All. And the truth is we often expect this of ourselves. Maybe our dads played this role for us. Maybe...

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God and Dad: A Father's Four Lessons of Faith

(205) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 5:17 PM

Are men abandoning God?

Religion is increasingly a woman's domain in America. Two-thirds of church and synagogue attendees are women, studies show, with young men fleeing the pews even faster. On any given weekend, 13 million more women than men will attend religious institutions.

Home is...

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The Council of Dads: What Lessons Would You Leave Your Children? (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 11:26 AM

In the worst week of my life, I came up with the most hopeful idea I've ever had.

In July 2008, I learned that I had a seven-inch cancerous tumor in my left femur. I instantly worried about my three-year-old twin daughters and what life might be like for them....

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What Friends Are For: 5 Ways to Be a Better Friend Today

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 3:56 PM

When my wife and I had identical twin daughters five years ago, we thought our friends would consider it "All Hands on Deck." Instead it was "Run the Other Way!" When I got cancer, we thought it would be "Run the Other Way." Instead we experienced the greatest act of...

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Ten Secrets of The Ten Commandments

(86) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 1:22 PM

This Saturday, millions of Americans will tune into the annual Passover/Easter tradition of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. If the past is any example, the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time will be the most watched show on television that night. But the three-hour, thirty-nine minute epic -- the...

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Seder Talking Points: Seven Secrets of Passover

(31) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 8:08 PM

Passover is the national holiday of my in-laws. Every spring, my mother-in-law hosts 35 people on one night, and a different 35 people the second night for a ritualized retelling of the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt.

But the centrality of this occasion also creates problems for me....

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Christmas Decoded? What New Discoveries in Nazareth Tell Us About Jesus

(81) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Just in time for holiday deadlines, Israeli archaeologists announced Monday they had uncovered remains of the first dwelling in the city of Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus.

Digging not far from Basilica of the Annunciation, where tradition says the angel Gabriel visited Mary,...

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Thanksgiving Code: Five Hidden Symbols Of America's Holiday

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2009 | 12:00 PM

The real story of Thanksgiving reads like a Dan Brown novel. It involves a little-known web of secret societies, biblical imagery, presidential power, and lost books. A few years ago, I set out on a 10,000-mile journey through the hidden symbols of American life that became the basis for my...

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