Visiting parents during the pandemic poses new risks.
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A mother with underlying conditions wants to hug her children even if means risking her own life with COVID-19. Should they abide by her wishes or keep their distance?
Grocery workers have been essential during the pandemic. so should we be paying them more?
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After the pandemic is over, grocery workers and nurses will still be essential. But will they be paid any better?
Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before the midday prayer during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that ends May 27, 2020, and is celebrated this year amid pandemic.
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A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a 'remote Ramadan' is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.
Distant relatives? Visiting mom during the pandemic may be a risk.
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Is it right to visit family members during the pandemic, even if they say they don't want you to come? Philosophy may hold the answer.
Faithful in many religions, including Islam, may turn to healing amulets like necklaces and other small objects in difficult times.
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From magic bowls to holy shirts, Muslim cultures used various devices to protect the user from harm starting in the 11th century. Many of these objects were beautifully designed, too.
The crisis has forced many businesses to close, prompting a spike in unemployment claims.
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With so many people in need of financial support due to the coronavirus crisis, is it right to draw on unemployment when you have savings?
The biblical book of Ezekiel describes a vision of the divine that medieval philosophers understood as revealing the connection between religion and science.
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Those experiencing stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus may find guidance in medieval responses to plagues, which relied on both medicine and prayer.
Buddhist monks in Thailand pray at Phleng temple amid the COVID-19 crisis, May 11, 2020.
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Many in the West may see Buddhism as more of a philosophy than a religion, but for millions of people worldwide Buddhism is very much a faith – and prayer is part of their COVID-19 response.
Tipping from a social distance at The Lucky Devil strip club in Portland, Oregon.
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Strippers, by the nature of their jobs, need to get close to others. Is there a way to do this safely during the coronavirus crisis?
A cat basks in the New Jersey sunshine amid coronavirus lockdown.
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Ownerless cats may find it harder to find food scraps with restaurants closed during the coronavirus crisis. Given social distancing rules, is it okay to go outside to feed them?
Smiling schoolboys reveal their missing teeth.
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During this unsettling time, global leaders have assured children and adults alike that the tooth fairy, free from the risk of infection, is indeed an essential worker.
Volunteers distributing drive-thru iftar meals outside an Islamic center in Falls Church, Virginia.
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Social distancing has made giving to the poor – an obligation under Islam – harder this Ramadan. Meanwhile Muslim nonprofits are feeling the strain of the economic downturn.
Separated families have to make tough calls over parenting during the pandemic.
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Social distancing can be especially hard when it comes to where children of divorced couples should stay – especially when one of the parents has illnesses that puts them at high risk of the coronavirus.
The roads are open, but not yet the shops.
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What are the moral considerations in making the decision to reopen society while mitigating the risk of infections spreading? We asked a philosophy scholar to walk us through the quandary.
Valley of the Dawn members celebrate ‘Day of the Indoctrinator’ at their temple complex in Brazil on May 1. This year’s event is postponed due to coronavirus.
Brazil's Valley of the Dawn faith is often dismissed as a cult. But many of the group's fantastical rituals are a recognizable reaction to this harsh world of inequality, loneliness and pandemics.
Remote worship is becoming the norm during the pandemic.
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Most Christian churches were relying heavily on 'collection plates' to pay their bills before the pandemic struck. And less than half were doing any online fundraising as of 2018.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is arrested by Israeli security forces for resisting efforts to shut down a synagogue in the Me’a She’arim neighborhood in Jerusalem, April 17, 2020.
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Persecution is central to Jewish collective memory. So when armed police entered ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem to close synagogues due to COVID-19, some residents reacted with fear and suspicion.
Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island in New York.
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From burial sites targeted by grave robbers to disposing of ashes at sea, the job of disposing of the unclaimed dead has a rich history. Sadly, it still goes on today and is on the rise.
Muslim pilgrims wear masks while praying at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Feb. 27, 2020.
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Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia halted the pilgrimage of umrah and has now asked Muslims to delay their plans for the hajj. A scholar explains a long history that prevented people from the pilgrimage.
Some members of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community defied the government’s ban on gathering for Passover and other religious occasions, Brooklyn, April 16, 2020.
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Given that some people look to religious authorities not health officials in times of crisis, faith leaders can promote hand-washing and social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.