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Which Judaism Is the Authentic One?

Heidi Hoover | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Heidi Hoover

Last week I met one of my neighbors, an Orthodox Jewish woman. She asked what I do for a living, and I said I'm a rabbi. She hesitated for a moment, d...

Transgender Oppression (Cissexism) and Conservative Religion

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In my recent editorial, Pope Francis Erects and Fortifies Walls, I critiqued the symbolic and literal walls the Catholic Church has and continues to c...

Rapper Matisyahu: Leaving Orthodox Judaism Was 'One Of The Hardest Things'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion

After years of being in the spotlight as a Hasidic Orthodox Jewish artist who donned traditional garb on stage, rapper Matisyahu's ideas of how to obs...

'Orthodox Priests' Get Sexy (And Gay) For Steamy, NSFW Spread

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Romanian team behind the controversial "Orthodox priests" calendars is, once again, offering a provocative (and gay) way to ring in the new year. ...

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

Not 2015 Easter Yet

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

Children in their Sunday best were clutching on beautifully intertwined palm arrangements as they packed into the church compound that also includes the Ahliya School.

Why I No Longer Support Israel

Herb Silverman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Home
Herb Silverman

Israel is facing the same kind of struggle that many other countries have encountered -- between democracy and theocracy. Unfortunately, Israel has recently been headed in the wrong direction.

In Rural Alaska, Orthodox Christmas Melds Yup'ik and Religious Traditions

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Under delicate snowflakes crocheted by the town mayor, beneath a grand chandelier imported from Russia, a Yup'ik priest in a remote Southwest Alaska village led parishioners in song, prayer and praise day and night this week for Orthodox Christmas, or Slaviq.

Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

Forgive Your Brother, Unless He's Been Divorced

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I can be as born again as the former tax collectors and prostitutes of the New Testament, as devout as Mother Theresa, as divinely gifted as a saint, but because I was divorced at the age of 24, I can never be part of an Orthodox religion.

WATCH: Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter With 'Holy Fire' In Church

Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion

In this stunning video, Orthodox Christians welcome the Holy Fire, a miracle that Orthodox Christians believe occurs every year on the evening before ...

My Humble Greek Lean Easter

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

It will definitely be a lean Easter! But what is Easter for us Greek Orthodox?

Unorthodox: What Deborah Feldman Found at Sarah Lawrence

SLCSpeaks | Posted 07.01.2012 | College

Although the media portrays Feldman as an anomaly, she uses archetypes to create a real-life fairy tale familiar to any Sarah Lawrence student who has asked to bum a cigarette outside of the library, or had to explain to their Facebook friends that they aren't gay.

The Orthodox Rabbi Who Marries Gay Men to Lesbians

Cindy Rodriguez | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
Cindy Rodriguez

In the U.S., the debate about same-sex marriages has created a dividing line in the so-called culture wars, but in Jerusalem, where Orthodox Jews do not accept homosexuality, it feels like America, circa 1952.

Sonja Sharp

'God Is Crying With Us' | Sonja Sharp | Posted 09.13.2011 | New York

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Sobbing mothers dressed in black crowded the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday night. Many had come from Monsey and New Square, 50 m...

Do the Ten Commandments Cover All the Bases?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

I've been thinking about one of the comments made in response to my latest Huffington Post blog, "A Mother's Love Versus Her Sons' Religious Demands" ...

A Mother's Love Versus Her Sons' Religious Demands

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

What would you do if someone did not want you to write a memoir because it involved him or her? Would you respect their wishes or would you forge ahead?

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

An Expat Thanksgiving

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

As many pre-prepared Thanksgiving dishes are not readily available abroad, I have begun finding inventive ways to make stuffing, corn bread and a number of Thanksgiving dishes.