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The Meaningful Life of Rose Orbach

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 11.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Benjamin Orbach

On Election Day, my grandmother Rose Orbach went viral. There was an article in the New York Times about how she had voted in every Presidential elect...

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

James Dorsey | Posted 08.07.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Kamal Salibi, one of the Arab world's foremost contemporary historians, kicked up a storm when he concluded in a 1985 linguistic e...

The Spiritual Consciousness of Marvel's Daredevil

Scott Gardner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Scott Gardner

Whenever I tell someone I study religion and comics I get a subtle head turn and then, as if on cue, "Oh, how interesting." It takes a minute, but you can see in their eyes the connections being drawn together.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 51. The First Haircut.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 04.12.2017 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 51. The First Haircut. According to Jewish law, it's an age-old custom to allow a boy's hair to grow untouched until he's...

The Surfing God.

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 03.29.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Exodus 14:21 states, "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

Does Religion Have a Place in the Outdoors?

Aaron Pomerance | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Aaron Pomerance

it seems pretty obvious that religion has a direct correlation to the outdoors and vice versa. Well, in the 21st century, that does not seem to be the case.

A Jew is a Jew

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

This is a time period during which we can not afford to be at odds with one another. At a time when we are faced with an existential threat of a nuclear Iran, there is absolutely no place for divisive rhetoric and diatribe against each other.

Overcoming Tragedy In A Broken World

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.25.2016 | Religion
Stacey Steinberg

We all still have a duty to repair the brokenness the surrounds us. Just as we break a glass in remembrance at a wedding, our ability to feel pain even in times of joy propels us forward in our efforts to improve our communities.

Religious Stereotyping Is Bullying

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fortunately, many good people of Phoenix -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- intervened against the stereotyping and the bullying perpetrated by Ritzheimer and his malevolent and misguided followers.

Santa Is Greater Than Everything

Amy Hunter | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Amy Hunter

Hey, we tried. But try as we might to get the kids pumped about Chanukah the way they were about Christmas was just a joke.

Learning to Fly

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The month and days preceding the Jewish High Holidays are when we do what is called a heshbon nefesh: an accounting of the soul. We talk to the folks we may have had challenges with in the past year and we strive to make amends -- to ask for forgiveness.

The Healing Powers Of Sitting Shiva

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Mourning a loved one is hardly the most pleasant of activities, but for those participating in the Jewish ritual of sitting shiva, it can offer much-n...

Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 10.18.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

Extremist Jewish Factions Should Not Undermine Pope Francis' Visit Of Peace To Israel

Rabbi Jack Bemporad | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Judaism teaches that we welcome guests in homes. It is hard for us to expect our being treated, anywhere, as honored guests when extremists treat the Pope, our honored guest, with vandalism to churches.

Why Is This Blog Different From All Other Blogs?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Marty Kaplan

But then I wake up and smell the ma nishtana. If it's plutocracy, this must be Tuesday. Nice nations finish last. The golden rule isn't "do unto others," it's "don't get caught." Hope isn't "the thing with feathers," as Emily Dickinson called it. It's the thing with denial.

Frankenstein Meets the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Although the Talmud may have spoke about Golems, Isaiah spoke about 'wearying' the people with 'frankincense.' The full verse reads as follows: 'You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices.'

Rina Castelnuovo's Times Photo

Francis Levy | Posted 01.28.2014 | Media
Francis Levy

Rina Castelnuovo's photograph of a faceless 28-year-old Tel Aviv woman, which accompanied the New York Times front page story "In Israel, A Push to Te...

Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

Adria Rolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.

Scholars and the Gospels

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

There are basically two kinds of scholars: The "scholars' scholar," who concentrates on very advanced levels of research that other scholars understand, and the "laymen's scholar," who focuses on scholarly matters of a less intense nature that the average layperson understands.

Happy Birthday, Marc Chagall!

Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts

In honor of Marc Chagall's birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the artist's life and work. Today marks the b...

LOOK: Praying 'Women Of The Wall' Attacked By Thousands Of Ultra-Orthodox

Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox jeered, spit and threw rocks at the 400 'Women of the Wall' who prayed at the Western Wall today, according to the Jerusal...

Psalm 137 7-9 Understanding Violence in the Bible

Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion

The Bible comes up in the conversation on HuffPost Religion almost daily. One disturbing psalm is of particular interest commenting community. On a re...

What Would Jesus Listen To?

Harris Silver | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Harris Silver

While I always thought it was preposterous to ask what would Jesus drive, it does seem reasonable to ask what would Jesus listen to, which is what Hillel Tigay asked when he started on a journey to create a modern album of ancient music.

Interview With a Thanksgiving's Turkey and Other Creatures of Rituals

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Rym Tina Ghazal

I'm not trying to impose or advocate a vegetarian lifestyle for everyone. But as we celebrate our different holidays, we might pause, if just for a moment, to remember and appreciate where our meal came from.