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Happy Holidays -- Which Ones?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!

A Place for Sadness: Reflections on Tisha B'Av and the Wholeness of a Broken Heart

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.

What I Prayed For My Son This Jewish New Year

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

If ever there was a place that should welcome children with disabilities, you'd think it would be a house of worship. But that hasn't been our experience.

Ancient Bethlehem Seal Unearthed In Jerusalem

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM — Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that bears the inscription "Bethlehem," the Israel Antiquities Authorit...

In Defense Of Animal Sacrifice

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Who could defend sacrificing animals? Really? As someone who has not eaten chicken or meat for decades, I would nonetheless like to speak up on behalf of sacrifice.

Israel And The Three Weeks Of Jewish Mourning: Hope Amid Sadness, Confidence Amid Doubt

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.16.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks are a focal point of catharsis after which we can -- indeed, must -- get on with our lives to continue to build, dream and create a better world.

Ghost Stories: Israel's Past Comes to Life

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

"I'm having a love affair," our cousin Motti confides, "with ghosts." It's a pitch-black night but artificial light glows on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City just beyond us.

The Miracle(s) Of Hanukkah

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

What is the real miracle of Hanukkah? It is the miracle of human courage that empowers us to take risks for the future even in our imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, even in the darkest of times, to create our own light.

Ancient Roman Pool Unearthed In Jerusalem (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) - While excavating the site for a planned new ritual bath for Jews in Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists uncovered a pool belonging to t...

Come In, Take Your Shoes Off: A New Look at Tisha B'Av

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Himsel

Let me tell you who I was, or who I believed myself to be, when I came to be built among you. You saw me as a bridge between the earth and heaven, but come closer.