Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is Hindu, attends the Finchley United Synagogue in London in October 2023.
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The language the UK government uses on faith-related subjects matters. It models – for everyone living in the UK – how to best engage with diverse manifestations of belief.
A bas-relief of Maimonides, sculpted by Brenda Putnam, hangs in the U.S. House of Representatives among statues of historical lawmakers.
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Faith and reason are often treated as opposites. But some philosophers believe they can only strengthen each other, including the Jewish sage Maimonides, who wrote the famous ‘Guide to the Perplexed.’
A private group chat of Jewish creatives was leaked because some were organising against pro-Palestinians. Was it ethical to do so?
The Moon over a minaret of the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Two scholars who study death rituals explain that the corpse is considered spiritually polluting in many religious traditions, while the Moon holds a sacred place.
Antisemitic incidents have spiked in recent months.
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In recent years, the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Zionism has taken on renewed importance and competing definitions of antisemitism have emerged. What is antisemitism?
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Pacific Island support for Israel in the United Nations goes beyond a shared Judeo-Christian belief system. It involves a fundamental emphasis on community based on connection and relationships.
Making patients feel seen and heard – not just “treated.”
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The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on how fragmented medical care can be. Relational, or person-centered, medicine is attempting to provide solutions.
A hundred and one years before ‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ was released, the first American Bat Mitzvah took place.
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‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ may seem worlds apart from the growth and appeal of ‘by and for women only’ films produced by Orthodox Jewish women, but all these films share a focus on the potential of Jewish ritual.
People cheer as a vehicle carrying hostages released by Hamas drives toward an army base in Ofakim, southern Israel, on Nov. 26, 2023.
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The diversity of Israel’s Jewish population has been a source of tensions, but also strength, over the decades.
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My Life as a Jew is an honest and very personal book about a growing sense of Jewish identity, but it has its contradictions.
Victims’ names engraved in a metal overhang, part of the Triangle Shirtwaist Memorial, are reflected in mirroring panels along the sidewalk.
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On Oct. 11, 2023, a new memorial was unveiled at the site of the 1911 fire. A cadre of young Jewish women helped push for change in the wake of the tragedy.
Six years after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, women in minority communities still face extra challenges addressing harassment and abuse.
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In minority faith groups that already face hate, women who have experienced harassment sometimes fear bringing negative attention to their community.
Natural materials like palm fronds, tree branches or reeds typically create the top of the sukkah.
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Like many Jewish practices, the harvest festival of Sukkot largely takes place at home − meaning families can incorporate many meaningful traditions.
Members of the congregation sing during a Rosh Hashana service at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles in 2013.
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Community is vital in Jewish ritual and tradition, and the High Holidays are no exception, a Judaic studies scholar writes.
Jewish law includes acknowledgment that not everyone fits neatly into the categories ‘male’ and ‘female.’
People sometimes assume religious traditions’ ideas about gender have always been conservative and unchanging.
Tree of life imagery appears in several sections of the Bible.
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In the beginning of the Bible, the tree of life represents what sets humans apart from divinity – but other texts use the symbol to depict mankind’s relationship with God.
From Reconstructionism to ultra-Orthodoxy, Judaism is richly diverse.
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Jewish communities have always followed some different customs in different parts of the world, but the 19th and 20th centuries brought much more dramatic divisions.
Demonstrators lift Israeli flags and LGBTQ pride flags during a protest against the proposed judicial overhaul in Tel Aviv in May 2023.
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LGBTQ rights are not the main issue bringing Israeli protesters to the streets, but they do symbolize the country’s stark divide.
A confirmation class in 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Shavuot, which was originally an ancient pilgrimage festival, has gone through many changes over the years – as has Judaism itself.
There are a lot of similarities in Jewish and Indigenous experiences and values, but there are just as many differences.