Ancient Christian and Jewish texts threatened women with hellfire if they stepped out of line – and those terrifying visions still resonate in U.S. society today.
‘Heartbeat’ abortion laws like the one enacted in Texas are often based on particular Christian views, but there are many religious perspectives on abortion. What do Jewish texts say?
The #MyOrthodoxLife movement challenges both mainstream and ultra-Orthodox media to tell more nuanced and complex stories about Jewish women.
Most religions have periods of rest incorporated into their practice. Medical science has affirmed that short periods of contemplation can have benefits for one’s physical and mental health.
The Church of England’s apology for medieval antisemitism is welcome. But there is something missing.
Critics who ignore or simply miss the Jewishness of the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ characters fail to appreciate this key aspect of the show’s inclusive reach and appeal to diverse viewers.
Governed by a changeable body of ‘basic laws,’ Israel never settled basic questions like the rights of religious minorities. These destabilizing issues will continue to fester under a new government.
A Jewish studies scholar discusses the societal changes that women are leading in ultra-Orthodox communities.
The Lag BaOmer pilgrimage, in which 45 people died recently, takes place each year to what is believed to be the gravesite of the second-century Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
During the Cold War, the FBI boasted a ‘Judeo-Christian’ heritage in the US but also demonstrated anti-Jewish prejudice.
Many Australians believe in the existence of the soul. Here is a brief guide to how the five major world religions imagine the soul’s origin and journey.
In the 19th century, Purim became an occasion to hold fancy dress parties, the proceeds from which were given to charities. These parties helped American Jews gain a standing among the elite.
Some Jewish prayers are not only about an individual connection with God. They have a community dimension that is essential to their conduct.
Biblical texts contain many references to food, reflecting the complex symbolism in the preparation and sharing of food.
For much of American history, the only December holiday to be recognized in the White House was Christmas, but menorah lightings are now an annual tradition.
Many young people learn about the Holocaust in school, but their knowledge and understanding of the subject can be limited and based on inaccuracies and misconceptions.
What do you do when you find something amazing you didn’t expect, and there is no budget in your grant to investigate it?
People have always searched for meaning in their misfortunes. It can be comforting to believe that things happen for a reason and something can be learned in chaotic situations.
Religious communities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide meaning and help in a time of uncertainty
Faith communities are changing many traditional practices to deal with coronavirus restrictions. A historian of the Bible argues how innovation has long been part of religious practice.