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My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

This New York Rabbi Just Became A Papal Knight

The Associated Press | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood. Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for hi...

Orthodox Rabbi Convicted Of Conspiring To Kidnap And Force Jewish Men Into Granting Divorces

The Associated Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives was convicted on Tuesday...

Gun Violence Is a Moral Problem

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

As a rabbi, I am enraged not at guns but at the casual violence afflicting our country, and the way we have grown immune to it. I do not accept the NRA's claim that "guns are not the problem," but I do agree that guns are not the main problem. This is a moral crisis, and it requires a moral response.

Women Rabbis Are At The Forefront Of Post-Denominational Judaism

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

(RNS) At a synagogue in Charleston, S.C., more than 20 years ago, teenager Rachel Nussbaum began wrapping tefillin — two black boxes attached to lea...

A Rabbi's Easter Musing

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

The increased interest of many Christians to know about the Jewishness of Jesus, and the interest from those in the Jewish community to know about the teachings of that first-century Jew, reflect some of the best of the interfaith awakening of our time.

One Rabbi's Response to the Chapel Hill Shootings

Rabbi Eric Solomon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric Solomon

Originally, I had grand visions of how our Muslim-Jewish dialogue would change the world. But, suddenly, on a soccer field turned funeral chapel, I realized that "world-changing" was beside the point. I was there simply to deliver God's love to friends in agonizing pain.

America's 33 Most Inspiring Rabbis

The Jewish Daily Forward | Anne Cohen and Maia Efrem | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

These stories of inspiring rabbis could not come at a better time. In the few short months since the dawn of 2015, the Jewish world has been stunned b...

A Rabbi And An Atheist Talk Good And Evil

New York Magazine | Sofia Lyons | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

Ever wondered what an atheist and a rabbi would have in common in a discussion of morality? On Saturday, as part of the 92nd Street Y's Seven Days of ...

'Peeping Tom' Rabbi Admits To Taping More Than 150 Women Taking Ritual Jewish Baths

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Orthodox rabbi acknowledged Thursday that for years he videotaped women in a changing room of a Jewish ritual bath, ul...

France's Chief Rabbi Will Speak On Anti-Semitism At New York City Synagogue

The Associated Press | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - The chief rabbi of France will discuss terrorism and a rising wave of anti-Semitism during an address at a New York City synagogue. ...

Avi Weiss, The Rabble-Rouser Rabbi, Takes Stock After An Activist Career

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion

BRONX, N.Y. (RNS) As other Jewish leaders worked diplomatic channels and wrote letters to the editor protesting the establishment of a convent at the ...

‘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...

Egyptian Court Bans Festival Honoring Rabbi After Residents Complain About Mingling Sexes

AP | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday banned an annual festival in honor of a Moroccan rabbi that was regularly attended by hundreds of Jewish pi...

Let My Voice Know No Bounds: An Unorthodox Lesson in Race and Respect

Avi Orlow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

Those of us with privilege need to be vigilant about standing up for those who are marginalized and oppressed. Like Joseph we need to find our hidden voice and courageously speak out for freedom and justice for all.

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

4 Teachings of Jesus That His Followers (Almost) Never Take Seriously

Brandan Robertson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

There and hundreds of teachings contained in the 4 Gospels of the New Testament, teachings that, if we obeyed, would absolutely flip our lives and world upside-down for the glory of God and the good of all people.

The Lion of Judea: A Good Deed Story

Honey Good | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I was wearing my pin on my Levi's pocket. As the hike ended, I glanced down at my pocket and noticed my pin was gone! There was no way I could retrace my thousands of steps. So, with a heavy heart, I proceeded down the rest of the hike with my husband, Shelly.

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 ...

Bible-Based Campaign Aims to Pay-it-Forward This Holiday Season

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Good News
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?

This May Be One Of The Most Epic Group Selfies We've Seen

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion

Part of the art of taking a selfie is knowing when to seize the moment. Several Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis did just that after more than 4,200 of the...

Jerusalem Mourns: Four Murdered Rabbis, Four Funerals

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

The four rabbis who were murdered in the brutal Palestinian terror attack on Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday morning all lived on the same street.

Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.

Innovative Rabbi Invents Home Intercom for 21st Century

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jonathan Frankel had no problem getting through rabbinical school at Yeshiva University or law school at Harvard. It was keeping track of his th...

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.