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A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

On Yom Kippur, remembering Mosul’s rich and diverse past

As Mosul rebuilds, its history is a reminder that people of many faiths lived in cooperation in the city. In the city was the Tomb of Prophet Jonah, venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
What makes ‘Game of Thrones’ so popular? Helen Sloan/HBO

Can ‘Game of Thrones’ teach us about the meaning of life?

A scholar argues that like many sacred books, the popular television show encourages men and women to reflect on their lives and choices.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups? Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why on July 4 should we remember the psalm ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’?

Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.
President Dwight Eisenhower at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 2, 1956. AP Photo

National Prayer Breakfast: What does its history reveal?

President Trump gave a speech at the Prayer Breakfast that pledged to be "tougher" in international dealings and protect religious liberty. How does it compare with past Presidents?
The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers. Land Rover MENA

What’s missing in the teaching of Islam

The teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music, and literature is seldom discussed.
Caldecote Towers Immanuel College, a private Jewish school in Hertfordshire. L.hammerlit (talk)/wikimedia

Why Jewish faith schools are so popular

Good results and issues of identity drive attendance of Jewish schools – it's not all down to religious beliefs.
Ted Cruz speaks at a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Randall Hill/Reuters

Ted Cruz’s linguistic chutzpah

Is 'chutzpah' actually – as Ted Cruz claimed – a New York word? And what's with the candidate's insistence on distancing himself from New York City?
A Rabbi contemplates the desecration of hundreds of Jewish graves in France, where one of the youths arrested denied anti-Semitism was their motive. EPA/Patrick Seeger

Anti-Zionism in the courts is not kosher law

Legal artifice is being constructed to make false distinctions between unpalatable anti-Semitism and kosher anti-Zionism.
Kevin Rudd lays a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. What are some of the key issues for the Jewish vote in the upcoming election? EPA/Jim Hollander

Rethinking the ‘Jewish vote’ in the federal election

Last week, news broke that Labor MP Michael Danby, the member for Melbourne Ports, had issued two sets of how-to-vote cards to voters in his electorate. One set of the how-to-vote cards was sent to many…

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