Memory and remembrance are central to Judaism, says artist Mark Podwal, whose documentary HOUSE OF LIFE, a loving appreciation of the old Jewish cemetery in Prague, includes the Pinkas Synagogue's memorial to Czech Holocaust victims.
"The Talmud tells us when we go up to heaven and give an accounting of ourselves the very first question the Almighty asks us is whether we conducted our business affairs with integrity and honesty."
Photographer Yankl Conzen was not Jewish, but he embraced Jewish culture and history. His poignant photographs of Purim depict children from one of Jerusalem's Orthodox neighborhoods.
These Purim photographs capture the Jewish holiday's themes of identity and masquerade through its tradition of dressing in costume.
It’s not a surprise that America as an ideal offered such possibilities for Sholem Aleichem, even when it disappointed him in its details, because it was a place of reinvention, of transformation.
Christian and Jewish ethicists gathered recently for their annual meeting, and the discussions ranged from Wall Street ethics and sexual ethics to environmental ethics and the ethics of eating. Read R & E correspondent Judy Valente's report.