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Mikvahs Tightening Security After Rabbi's Hidden Camera Scandal

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the...

Alone in the Synagogue

Stanley Ely | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Stanley Ely

Though I might not subscribe to every prayer in the Siddur, I always use the synagogue time for my own prayer of thanks for being alive and the multitudes of blessings I enjoy. I want to let the Lord know I haven't forgotten them. Then, leaving the hall, the yarmulke still in place on my head, I head home feeling a little purer.

Muslim Families Look After Kolkata Synagogues | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

Kolkata, India - Generations of Muslim families have been taking care of the maintenance of three synagogues in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, wh...

An Introduction to Kabbalah: Light, Space and the Spirit

Alexander Gorlin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Alexander Gorlin

It views the universe as a vast interconnected system of forces in which God and mankind have a direct relationship of checks and balances, with the actions of each reverberating on the other in mysterious ways.

Orthodox Synagogue Plans To Hire Woman As Clergy Member -- But Won't Call Her A Rabbi

Jewish Journal | Jared Sichel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member ...

Out of Many, One Synagogue

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

When we host visitors at the Kingston synagogue, one of the questions they almost always ask is if there were ever other synagogues on the island. They are amazed to hear that there were several other Jewish houses of worship in Jamaica.

Gaza Rocket Hits Israeli Synagogue, 3 Wounded

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city ofAshdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said. ...

New York City's Firefly Days

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 10.05.2014 | New York
Amalia Negreponti

Time feels weightless and moments are born seemingly full of infinite possibility -- like the caption to the chalk painting on 91st and Third. "Infinite possibilities here, now, New York City."

Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Isn't it time to celebrate the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity, despite the differences between the two faiths? Isn't it time to endorse Pope Francis's bold statement: "A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic; his roots are Jewish"?

Children in the Sanctuary

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

My response to the reactions of children within holy space is simple and core to who we are called to be as faith communities: Our sanctuaries are not sanctuaries from children. They are sanctuaries for children.

Jewvangelist: Parody, Practicality or Prohibition?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

In a convincingly Jewish fashion (and fittingly created by both Jews and non-Jews), a new YouTube comedy series entitled Jewvangelist is generating a following and providing an opportunity to reopen this challenging internal dialogue.

Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

If you make time each week to slow down, stop and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past six days, you live at a different, more modulated pace.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

If You Build It, He Will Come: Parshat Terumah

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In Exodus 25:8, G-d promises the Jewish people that if they build the Tabernacle, He will dwell amongst them. But isn't G-d already everywhere? And now that the Tabernacle and the Temples have been destroyed, where does G-d reside?

The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

Reading the Bible As a Human Being

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

More than the commentaries, we learn from listening to each other. It is a fundamental understanding of the group that everyone has something to learn and something to teach. Truth is sought through dialogue.

Tolerance As a Religious Virtue

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.

LOOK: 50 Stunning Synagogues Will Knock Your Socks Off

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion

Take a look at these gorgeous synagogues and temples that span the globe from New York to Norway. While some offer traditional grandeur and others hav...

Unity of Religions? "G-d Is Not One!"

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

How can we pretend that the various scriptures, dogmas, ethics and rituals all lead to one universal truth? Only one not well versed in various religions could be so oblivious of the vast differences.

Appreciating the South African Model of Reconciliation in the Caribbean: The Necessity of National and Personal Forgiveness

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

Reconciliation is possible only when the person who did the wrong accepts the forgiveness being offered and repents for what they have done. This can be done on a personal basis but also on a national level. Jamaicans should look to South Africa as a model of national reconciliation.

Don't Mistake Old for Obsolete

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

Certain words can evoke powerful emotionally biased images, but our mental perceptions of these words are often far from their realities.

High Holidays: Letter to the Three-Days-a-Year Shul-Goer

Richard Marceau | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Richard Marceau

The Jewish High Holidays are coming. It means that I know I will see you at synagogue soon. We'll say 'hi, how are you?' or wave from a distance.

New Study Gauges Well-Being Of Synagogue-Goers

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.28.2013 | Science

Does attending religious services make people happier? Several studies have shown that Christians who attend church report higher life satisfaction th...

Do Synagogue Movements Know What They Really Sell?

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

The current focus of many synagogues on maintaining and acquiring new members suggests a narrow message -- namely, that someone is joining an organization that they can easily "unjoin."