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Harry Rothenberg

Missing Jacob: Parshat Vayishlach

Harry Rothenberg | November 26, 2015 | Religion
Jacob finally returns to Israel but then he waits 2 years before heading to his parents' home. Why did he delay?
Brian Hanley

These Chilling Interviews Expose Western Stereotypes About the Arabic Language

Brian Hanley | November 26, 2015 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Why Jews Should Celebrate Thanksgiving 2015!

Rabbi Levi Welton | November 26, 2015 | Religion
As a Jew, I remind myself that for 4000 years, my ancestors cried and prayed for the extraordinary era in which I live, a day in which the Jewish people enjoy both sovereignty in our homeland and freedom in the Diaspora!
Michael Winship

'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy

Michael Winship | November 27, 2015 | Media
Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporter. If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight.
Michael Skafidas

France's Most Famous Arab Cartoonist on Growing Up Between Two Worlds

Michael Skafidas | November 26, 2015 | World
"People are realizing that the Middle East is not a big mysterious region where everyone is the same. Countries and people are different from one place to another. Persia is a very different place than the 'Arab world,' and the Arab world doesn't mean anything either, because life is very different between let's say Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. People need to talk about themselves and their lives. The comic expression is dynamic and the best medium for this."
Timothy Murphy

Giving Thanks in a World Gone Mad

Timothy Murphy | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Giving thanks is our witness that the systems and demons of our world do not have the last word. ISIS does not have the last word. Trump does not have the last word. The talking-head-neo-cons of intervention and death do not have the last word.
Julian Baggini

How the Idea of 'Human Becoming' Joins East and West

Julian Baggini | November 25, 2015 | World
The idea that "the self is an illusion" has become the bien pensant common sense of the day in many educated circles in the West. I think this is profoundly misguided, but I can see why it seems so compelling. In the English language, nouns label things while verbs label the things that they do. If you mistook this linguistic quirk for a deep philosophical truth then you would of course conclude that the self doesn't exist, because there is no single thing that "I" or "you" refers to. That is because on close examination "I" turns out to be a verb disguised as a noun.
Deepak Sarma

Holi Rollers: Religious Ecstasy in Spanish Fork/Appropriate Appropriating?

Deepak Sarma | November 25, 2015 | Religion
From one perspective, the undulating and gyrating masses (thousands upon thousands at any given time and throughout the weekend in March of this year) could have been observed at any number of places: a rock concert, a dance club, or a college party.
Joerg Rieger

For Black Friday and Christmas: Why Consumerism is Not the Problem -- Reshaping Desire From the Bottom Up

Joerg Rieger | November 25, 2015 | Religion
As we are being bombarded with enticements that reach all the way into religious worlds, how can religious communities and their theologies escape being shaped by the neoliberal capitalist economy?
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror From Spreading

Gopalkrishna Gandhi | November 25, 2015 | World
SONEPAT, India -- ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda. I do not believe intolerance will prevail in India. The people here are not stupid. But they live in a trapezium of wildly swinging emotions. And there, belligerents want to have their macabre fun, get their bloodied thrills.
Clarrise Ng

Can Faith be Friends With Robots?

Clarrise Ng | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Faith in itself, like a life buoy, sometimes a life buoy, is not automatic. It is never certain in the questions it tries to answer in the first place, and those who attempt to answer it often have to look beyond automatic survival and intuition to discover possible answers.
 Fyodor Lukyanov

After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | November 25, 2015 | World
MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Now It's NATO vs. NATO (New Anti-Terror Organization)

Nathan Gardels | November 26, 2015 | World
The Turkish downing of a Russian jet that crossed into its territory while bombing targets in Syria complicates even further the play of contraries in an already bewildering set of Mideast conflicts. The episode introduces a fresh tension that could well pit NATO, of which Turkey is a member, against what Gopalkrishna Gandhi calls a fledgling new NATO, or New Anti-Terror Organization, that French President François Hollande is trying to organize globally in the wake of the Paris attacks. Hollande meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. (continued)
Rachel Wolfson

What Makes a Jewish Thanksgiving, 'Jewish'?

Rachel Wolfson | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Believe it or not, American Jews typically do celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, what Jewish person (or any person for that matter) wouldn't want to sit around a table with their family, eat turkey, argue about politics all day and then watch some good-old American football?
Linda Sarsour

Islamophobia and Donald Trump Are No Laughing Matter. This Is Real Life

Linda Sarsour | November 25, 2015 | Religion
I am trying to stay above water. Trying not to drown in the poisonous pool of hate and ignorance. I am doing what I can, writing the op-eds, making sure the media hears our voices and continuing my daily work in pursuit of justice not only for my own community but for my sister communities.
Matt Carriker

Why I Support Ford Hall 2015

Matt Carriker | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Last night I walked into Brandeis' Bernstein-Marcus administration building, site of the current Ford Hall 2015 sit in. Students had been occupying the space since Friday.
Ali Z. Hussain

The Mystical Side of Music

Ali Z. Hussain | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Lately, I have noticed that the only moments during the day when I can maintain an absolute silence is when my fingers are hosting my feelings and the piano in a conversation. Perhaps one might be inclined to think that this is the reason why my lips are sealed shut, because my hands are the ones participating in a dialogue with the instrument.
Rick McDaniel

Fear of the Future

Rick McDaniel | November 25, 2015 | Religion
Fear is limiting. We cannot allow fear to limit our future, to restrain what we can do. Fear is draining. We can't let it deplete us of our courage. Fear is contagious.
John Dear

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind

John Dear | November 25, 2015 | Religion
That Friday evening I was just beginning to lead a weekend retreat at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, when we received word about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Like everyone else, we were grief-stricken, but we regrouped and became even more determined to dive deep into our retreat.
Pastor Andy Ballentine

Hopeful for the Future of the Church

Pastor Andy Ballentine | November 25, 2015 | Religion
It seems to me that those who still gather each week for worship are those who hunger to be nourished by word and bread and wine and the mutual mentoring of those in the community who are practicing the faith in their daily lives.
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