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Eight Nights of Hanukkah for the Single Ladies

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.08.2017 | Women
Melanie Notkin

When you're single, no kids, lighting the Hanukkah menorah at home alone can be a bummer, especially if you hoped that by the time this Hanukkah had r...

Why I Decided To Start Practicing Sabbath

Alexis Meads | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Alexis Meads

You control your life and your time. It is up to you to create space for yourself, your family, relaxation, and fun. No one else is going to do it for you.

Touching the Infinite

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

I sometimes wonder how many, with a certain thirst in their hearts, encouraged by the soulful approach to the upcoming High Holydays that has develope...

Worship: The weekend activity that can boost happiness, health throughout the week, studies find

David Briggs | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The temptations to skip church on Sunday morning are many, from sleeping in to getting an early start on mowing the lawn. But new research on religi...

Rest is Resistance, Too

Delonte Gholston | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Delonte Gholston

Working for peace and justice is hard. It is grueling. It is relentless. It can often feel like as soon as you are finished celebrating one win, there...

Daily Meditation: Sabbath

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Spirituality of Playing in Nature

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo: Pixabay I love the image of a child bursting out of the house ready to play outside. It speaks to me of a joyful romp outdoors... and the grea...

A Return To Sabbath Minus The Guilt

Amy Crumpton | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

Sunday. The Lord's Day.

Work, Rest, And Our Soul

Pete Williamson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
Pete Williamson

This constant stress is toxic to the soul. Rest doesn't seem restful -- it feels like procrastination -- and work doesn't bring fulfillment.

Snow Storms and Social Justice

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 01.22.2017 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

This weekend is delightfully disruptive. The storm interferes with our plans, delays travel and cancels meetings. Therein lies the disruption, and oddly enough, therein also lies a surprising word of hope.

Bible Expert's Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism in the first century, there's no doubt that Jesus, his family, and followers were practicing Jews, as recorded in the New Testament.

How Does Your Relationship With Technology Affect Your Relationship With God?

Pastor Andy Ballentine | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Pastor Andy Ballentine

When I'm online, I don't often spend much time in depth of discernment or in prayer. When I'm online, especially on Facebook and when reading responses to blogs and articles, I find that most people are reactionary rather than thoughtful.

Shabbat And Powering Down

David Gregory | Posted 10.30.2016 | Religion
David Gregory

We're both powerfully drawn to the idea of a day of rest, particularly in an age when it seems increasingly unlikely that we can power down or ever power off. We spoke about our different ways of observing the Sabbath and what it has come to mean to us personally and to our families.

The Creation of the Cosmos

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

God is the Ground and Source of our being, and at the end of each creative work, God said, "That's good." Striking against the ancient view that order is achieved through violence and domination, the God of the Hebrews creates and orders the cosmos simply and powerfully by his word.

Oliver Sacks, Acclaimed Author And Neurologist, Reflects On What Faith Means At The End Of Life

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

MY mother and her 17 brothers and sisters had an Orthodox upbringing — all photographs of their father show him wearing a yarmulke, and I was told t...

Fire That Killed 7 Siblings Forces Orthodox Jews To Address Sabbath Safety

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) As the bodies of seven children from an Orthodox Jewish family were buried in Israel on Monday (March 23) after dying in a Brooklyn, N...

Money and Shabbat

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Perhaps money is the best starting point for experiencing Shabbat. Money's impact is so universal in our lives that putting it aside is truly our greatest hope, an inescapable call to mindfulness which leads to independence of external obligation.

The Question You Should Ask Yourself Every Day In 2015

OWN | Posted 12.22.2014 | OWN

With so many responsibilities in our lives, it's no wonder why it can be so challenging to find time to take a breath, relax and recharge. Everyone ca...

A Musical Mix of Old and New: Judith Clurman's Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

Out of the Ark and Into the Garden: The Story of Noah in the Sabbatical Year

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

One question for us today, in this year of Shmita, is: how can we get ourselves back to the garden? Back before our fellowship with the animals was lost?

A Day for Universal Connecting and Creativity

David Sable | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
David Sable

What if we were to pick one day a year -- a day we all agree on -- and declare it our day? A day of Universal Connectivity and Creativity. A day when social media online goes dark because social offline goes live.

3 Steps to Creating Like The Creator

Lorna Bright | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Lorna Bright

Like many of you, I was taught that the Fourth Commandment simply means, "work all week and go to church on Sunday." But the reality is that most of us work only five days per week, not six, so by not taking a full six days to do all our work, we've broken the commandment.

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

The View From Africa

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Jim Wallis

We've seen these animals in zoos before, but we now had the opportunity to see them roam freely in their natural habitat. For a bunch of city kids like us, it was truly amazing.