I often argue that every marriage is mixed, since no two individuals share identical beliefs or practices. If that is so, then all our children are lucky, as long as we provide them with interfaith literacy, and encourage them to wrestle with big questions.
In 1949, Max Zeller, a disciple of the visionary psychotherapist, Dr. Carl Jung, came to Jung with a dream he could not understand. In the dream, he saw a 'temple of vast dimensions' under construction.
In 1782 an act of Congress determined that the latin phrase "e pluribus unum" would become the motto of a fledgling nation.
Seeing the humanity in the other is not an act of disloyalty or an abdication of Jewish values. It is the deepest manifestation of Jewish values.
Believe it or not, many of the spiritual but not religious are not pursuing the easy life at all. In fact, many are rejecting the easy answers in church as they search their minds, hearts and serve the poorest of the poor in America and far away countries looking for substance, honesty and purpose.
A new poll by Zogby Associates, a leading public opinion research firm, has both disquieting and encouraging news about Muslims.
This year, amidst the war that rages on the ground, in the shattered remnants of our hearts, we believe the world needs an extra Shabbat of Comfort, an extra dose of compassion, an extra week to seek comfort for all of God's fragile creation.
Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.
We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?
Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month.
We need civically engaged Muslims to tackle these issues from all fronts. We need organizers and activists, daring demonstrations and diplomatic dinners. We need Malcolm Xs and Martin Luther Kings, Pauli Murrays and Ella Bakers.
If your parents are of two religions, and they love each other, and they love you, then you are more likely to have warm feelings for both religions, and for multiple religions beyond your own family.
Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.
Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute.
Recently I had the honor to talk to one of India's most respected teachers Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was visiting the Art of Living Retreat Center...