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Pope Marks 50 Years Of Close Catholic-Jewish Relations With Call For More Interfaith Friendships

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 50th anniversary of the turning point in the Catholic Church's relations with Jews and people of oth...

1,700 Jewish Women Make Challah In South Africa For Global Shabbos Project

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (RNS) Flanked by guitars and drums, master of ceremonies Nicole Green grabbed a microphone atop the outdoor stage and shouted,...

Obama Rejects Iran Deal Critics' Charges Of Anti-Semitism

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) President Obama told the editor of an influential Jewish publication that “there’s not a smidgen of evidence” that h...

A Muslim And A Jew Meet On A College Campus -- And It's Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion

Before Shanjida and Gavriella came to New York University they had never met someone like each other. That's because Shanjida is a Muslim and Gavriell...

The Yellow Star and the Scarlet Letter

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Israel's policies can be legitimately criticized by fair-minded observers, but the criticism must be legitimate and it must be fair. And college and university officials must rebuke any campus organizations that pervert support for Israel into a modern-day scarlet letter.

You Know You're a Bigot When...

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

You know you're a bigot when you can't take out the word "Muslim" from a sentence you stated and replace it with "Jew" and still have it be socially acceptable. Let's start out nice and easy. A sentence I get with great regularity: "You're a Muslim apologist."

Trap for Leaders: How Power Impacts the Brain and Relationships

Robert Hall | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing need for engaged, productive stakeholders is not filled magically. It requires a specific, intentional brand of leading - Relational Leadership.

Gaza From the Perspective of a Proud Diaspora Jew

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.

What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

A Jew in the World

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I woke this morning to a world further from peace. Rage fills so many hearts, mine included. There must be room for this. We are grieving our children, killed in cold blood for being Jews.

A Passover Seder in Rwanda

Josh Ruxin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Josh Ruxin

Where on the African continent can you find a Seder this week? Try Rwanda. As in years past, we're looking at a standing room only list for ours (and we're not the only ones!).

Hitler May Have 'Unwittingly Married A Jew'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

Adolf Hitler may have "unwittingly" married a Jewish woman when he wed his mistress, Eva Braun, hours before his death in 1945, at least according to ...

WATCH: This Amazing Bar Mitzvah Invitation Goes Musical...In Spanish

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

Hold onto your kippa, because this is awesome. In what will undoubtedly join the internet club of outlandish and awesome Bar Mitzvah invitations, Y...

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and the Jew

Beth Rosen | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Beth Rosen

Not only did I not have an ugly Christmas sweater for my first ugly Christmas sweater party, I didn't have a nice Christmas sweater, or even a red or green sweater, to fake it. But this glitch in the plan was not going to stop this crafty Jew from enjoying her first Christmas party. To the craft room!

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Whose Lot Is It, Anyway?

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

People generally go about life making choices and only sometimes taking the time to contemplate the morality of those decisions... especially when everyone else is doing the same thing.

Confronting Bigotry In All Its Forms: When Is the Word "Jew" An Offensive Stereotype?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Stereotypes are harmful not only because they demean an entire group, but also because they can lead people to translate their mental prejudices into hateful behavior and various forms of institutional discrimination.

Another 'Innocence Of Muslims' Casualty: The Media's Reliability

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

When the trumped-up passions of "Innocence of Muslims" cool, burnt-out buildings will be repaired, diplomatic dances will reboot. But who will stand up for the freedom to disbelieve, to criticize and to mock?

Was Columbus a Secret Jew?

Charles Garcia | Posted 07.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Charles Garcia

Everybody knows the story of Columbus, right? He was an Italian explorer from Genoa who set sail in 1492 to enrich the Spanish monarchs with gold and spices from the orient. Not quite.

The Biblical Exodus Story Is Fiction

Staks Rosch | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Staks Rosch

When I first heard that there was not a shred of evidence discovered in the Sinai Desert that a large number of Jews had wandered for 40 years, I thought that wasn't such a big deal. I mean, it's a desert, right?

Awaiting The Advent Of American Ambivalence

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Standing for religious liberty as well as the freedom to question and even refuse religion as an absolute or inevitable path often "ordained" at birth, is not always a symptom of being radical or even a rebel by nature.

Happy Hanukkah: the Latke Mobile Menorah

Vivian Reiss | Posted 02.12.2012 | Arts
Vivian Reiss

2011-12-13-Screenshot20111213at2.40.05PM.jpg Even though my menorah is dedicated to the latke, the symbolic fried food that I make for chanukah comes from my Hungarian roots: langos.

Judaism Without God? Yes, Say American Atheists

Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) For an atheist, Maxim Schrogin talks about God a lot. Over lunch at a Jewish d...

My Come-to-Jesus Moment

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rich Siegel

I have this undeniably strong sense of Jewishness. Which makes it all the more ironic that my wife and I are attempting to send our daughters to Saint Monica's Catholic High School.

PHOTO: 'Jew York Jets' Lose to Steelers?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Look, we've made our share of typos, so we're not really in the business of casting aspersions on someone for making an honest mistake. And yes, the l...