Though Chabad and the fashion industry both have an idealized vision of women that's often confusing, one cuts deeper. Fashion is a form of entertainment, but religious institutions are places of refuge.
Ultimately, organized religion is on the way out. The only thing that could prevent this from happening would be a sharp decline in global standards of living, which would require some form of ecological collapse.
In the end, I don't know what motivated O'Donnell to explore witchcraft or why she eventually turned to a conservative form of Christianity. Perhaps she needed to "dabble" a bit in order to find her way.
Khamemi savve jive
Savve jiva khamantu me
Mitti me savve bhuesu
Veram majaham na kenai
I ask for forgiveness from all living beings;
May all living beings grant me forgiveness.
My friendship is with all living beings;
I have hostility towards none.
For centuries people have walked out of synagogue thinking "Boy I'd like to tell the Rabbi a thing or two about that sermon." But now the sermons are online, the Facebook page is available, and that congregant can offer a piece of her or his mind
I have been noticing the increasing tendency to equate the term "religious" with "Christian," and "Christian" with "Evangelical Christian." It is important to point out that such such an equation is not only incorrect -- it is dangerous.
Faith lingers, one way or another, in every society. For those who have given up on Christianity, there's a newly coined term, "cultural Christian," to describe the half-hearted believer or the timid atheist.
Writing with accountability and reading with a sense of responsibility on the Web would form a compact between author and reader, providing a strong "formula" upon which to base our mutually constructed and shared social state.
The church is no longer part and parcel of the national political identity anywhere. Not in Poland, in Ireland, not even in Italy. Clearly the church will be forced to deal with the effects of all these things, and more
Food is now largely produced by huge corporate, industrialized farms hundreds or thousands of miles away from consumers. As our relationship to food dramatically changes, faith traditions are speaking up.
Volunteer service is a way for individuals to create a tangible and visible difference in our communities and in the world. However, there are certain limits to what we can do and the impact that we can have.