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A Year After 'Peeping Tom' Rabbi Arrested, Congregation Perseveres

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) One year ago, unimaginable news hit a small but distinguished synagogue in the nation’s capital. Police on Oct. 14, 2014, arrested ...

How Do Jewish Conversions Work?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Jewish conversion seems to be all over the media lately. In the third season of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” Litchfield pri...

How Ritual Baths Present Obstacles Of Inclusion For Transgender Jews

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Converting to Judaism about a year ago, a transgender man in Washington, D.C., asked his rabbi a pointed question about the last step in the pro...

Israeli Couple Finds Ancient Mikvah Bath Under Their Floorboards

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ri...

‘Peeping Tom' Rabbi Is Refusing To Budge From Synagogue Residence

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Georgetown rabbi charged with videotaping naked women as they used his synagogue’s ritual bath is refusing to leave the rabbi...

Washington D.C. Synagogue Fires Rabbi Accused Of Spying On Women Taking Ritual Bath

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Modern Orthodox synagogue that Rabbi Barry Freundel presided over for 25 years has fired him after he was charged with spying on ...

Pornosophy: Forbidden Fruit

Francis Levy | Posted 01.07.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Why is modesty so dearly preserved in some venues and so categorically denied in others?

What Is A Mikvah, And What Does It Have To Do With Sex?

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Earlier this month we learned that Washington, D.C., police had charged a prominent rabbi with spying on naked women at his synagogue’s mikvah...

Mikvahs Tightening Security After Rabbi's Hidden Camera Scandal

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the...

Are Women Dirty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Far from being "dirty," the woman's cycle is of the highest purity, for it reminds us that it is the cycles, changes, and opportunities of this physical life that define our greatest spirituality.

The Secret Mikvah Society | Posted 10.29.2012 | New York

As I stood naked on the gold tiled floor, I flinched as the stranger picked stray, wet hairs off my bare back. When she pronounced me clean to enter t...

The Renewal Of A Jewish Pre-Birth Ceremony

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Mikveh is a ritual of transition and rebirth. We enter the mikveh -- which is reminiscent of the womb -- curl into a fetal position, immerse ourselves completely in the "living waters," and come out reborn.

Why I Got Naked and Jumped Into the Ocean Before My Wedding

Jessica Langer-Sousa | Posted 12.02.2011 | Weddings
Jessica Langer-Sousa

Planning a marriage between an observant Jew and a devout Catholic is a delicious brew for controversy. Nonetheless, our interfaith wedding was only two weeks away and I wanted to do something spiritual to mark my upcoming marriage to the man that I loved.