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.
Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists' family values.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are quintessentially Jewish holidays, but an ethicist argues that their values around becoming a better human being, transcend any one religion.
The annual Jewish pilgrimage of the Ghriba to the island of Djerba used to attract tens of thousands of people. After numbers dwindled in recent years, the 2019 event saw a big increase in visitors.
Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?
A new survey of Canadian Jew suggests young adults are finding ways of remaining Jewish that are not principally religious.
Circumcising newborn boys could increase their risk of cot death, here's why.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.