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Lev Raphael

Giving Edith Wharton's Jew a Makeover

Lev Raphael | January 24, 2015 | Religion
I suppose I could have forgotten The House of Mirth and just shrugged her off as another WASP writer stewing in her class prejudices. But I enjoyed Wharton's work too much, had written about it and even taught her fiction over the years. And The House of Mirth is just too powerful a book to ignore.
Zaki Hasan

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

Zaki Hasan | January 24, 2015 | Religion
For the first episode of 2015, we're joined by stand-up comedian Azhar Usman -- "America's Funniest Muslim" -- for a wide-ranging, free-form conversation that's as incisive and introspective as it is hilarious. Azhar...
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

It All Comes Back to Shabbat

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | January 23, 2015 | Religion
Just as the Jewish people could not have existed without the Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people cannot exist without a relationship with Shabbat.
Rabbi Avi Weiss

We Stand With You: Reflections on Our Solidarity Mission to Paris

Rabbi Avi Weiss | January 23, 2015 | Religion
"A fire is burning." This Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky declared to European Jewry in the 1930s. Too few heeded his cry. As I leave Paris after a solidarity mission following terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, I offer a similar cry.
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

You Shall Be Fruitful and Multiply (And Enjoy Each Other)

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | January 23, 2015 | Religion
In a time where opinions around sexual thoughts and feelings are getting more and more extreme the introduction of this new podcast is a welcome step in the right direction. God commands humanity to be fruitful and multiply.
John Backman

Enough with the Either/Ors: Or, Why 'Gay Christian' Is Not an Oxymoron

John Backman | January 23, 2015 | Religion
In these circumstances, either/or isn't cutting it. We need a different way to think.
Jim Wallis

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?

Jim Wallis | January 23, 2015 | Politics
I thought the State of the Union was one of Obama's best addresses recently, because he focused on what is real for this country: growing economic inequality where only a few are doing "spectacularly well" while many families are still struggling just to get by.
Shira Hirschman Weiss

The Jewish Day School Discussion: Take Two

Shira Hirschman Weiss | January 23, 2015 | Religion
It's damn expensive to send multiple kids to Jewish day schools. It's expensive to send just one. Jews still feel like they are being priced out of their religion, but there's a sliver of hope -- schools that employ blended learning that charge $9,000 tuition per child as opposed to the standard $15,000-$18,000
Shira Hirschman Weiss

New Reality Show Shines the Light on Judaism

Shira Hirschman Weiss | January 23, 2015 | Celebrity
It is not often that orthodox Judaism is showcased on television in a positive light. Having grown up with two parents who became frum and having gone to orthodox Jewish schools myself, I am really intrigued by those who are able to show a love for this type of religious observance.
Wil Weldon

A Third Generation Duke Alumnus' Response to Franklin Graham

Wil Weldon | January 23, 2015 | Religion
Franklin Graham has little or no connection with Duke, and knows little about its heritage and traditions and commitment to its religious and educational values. My personal and family connections to Duke and Islam lead me to an entirely opposite conclusion from Mr. Graham.
Rev. Debra Haffner

Happy 15th Anniversary, Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Rev. Debra Haffner | January 22, 2015 | Religion
Fifteen years ago, the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing was published in a full page ad in the New York Times, surrounded by the names of more than 800 of the country's leading religious leaders.
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Pope Francis and Rabbits

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | January 22, 2015 | Religion
"You don't have to breed like rabbits." No, Pope Francis has not changed doctrine. But he has started a debate. The contraception question will never be viewed in the same way again.
Yohann Taïeb

My Friend, Yoav

Yohann Taïeb | January 22, 2015 | Religion
Targeting Jews meant attacking a community whose culture has one goal: bringing together the universal and the particular. Jewish values aspire to universality. But only by distinguishing ourselves can we embody these values, which makes it an impossible challenge.
Stephanie Mott

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | January 22, 2015 | Gay Voices
Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.
Mark Osler

The Withering of a Church Between Pastors

Mark Osler | January 22, 2015 | Religion
My Episcopal church is fading before my eyes. Several months ago, (because I usually arrive late for services) I would find myself wedged into the last few seats in the back of the church. Then, a few months ago, I began to find plenty of seats, even for a latecomer.
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Against the New Anti-Semitism: Remembering the Holocaust Protects Us All

Bernard-Henri Lévy | January 22, 2015 | World
A world without Jews indeed would not be a world. A world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.
Coming of Faith

Why I Thought Sex Was Haram As a Teen and What I Think Now

Coming of Faith | January 22, 2015 | Religion
The lack of education and discussion about sex and sexuality is a problematic issue recurring in my community and others. We were indirectly taught our whole lives to just shut up, keep our legs closed, and not ask questions.
Bino A. Realuyo

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | January 22, 2015 | Religion
It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.
Françoise Girard

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | January 22, 2015 | Religion
Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.
Jim Burklo

Vivekananda's Contribution to Christian Religious Pluralism

Jim Burklo | January 22, 2015 | Religion
The Vedic tradition already had influenced America indirectly through Emerson and other Transcendentalists. But with Vivekananda, Americans got a look at an impressive embodiment of the tradition.
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