Faith: Jewish

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    “Religion and science are two quite different things and we need them both. Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean.” More

    February 20, 2015 | Comments

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    How do interfaith couples decide which faith their children should adopt? “We both wanted to keep our own religions and our own identity for ourselves, so we knew from the beginning that we didn’t want our children to be just one of our faiths,” says Amy Schombs, who is Jewish and whose husband is a Christian. More

    January 9, 2015 | Comments

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    “We wanted to make it clear that this wasn’t going to be just another Hanukkah program,” says Rabbi Burt Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary. “We wanted it to be a mix. We wanted there to be music, we wanted there to be fun.” More

    December 12, 2014 | Comments

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    For the young Jewish professionals he works with in Washington, DC, “social justice is their faith,” says Rabbi Scott Perlo of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. “If someone needs help from me, I really have to give it, because they are worth, in God’s eyes, just the same as I am.” More

    November 14, 2014 | Comments

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    “You had people watching synagogues burn. You had people looting businesses that had been plundered. You had people joining in on the violence.” More

    November 7, 2014 | Comments

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    “Music has been, in a sense, my religion, and it is what brings me closest to God or truth or whatever you want to call it.” More

    October 10, 2014 | Comments

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    Yom Kippur “was thinking, sitting, and praying,” says Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. “Sukkot is just the opposite.” It is, he observes, “something that really gives us a very nice feeling of being alive.” More

    October 10, 2014 | Comments

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    “T’Shuvah is repentance, return, and new response. T’Shuvah is change,” explains Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah, the House of Return, in Los Angeles and author of the memoir The Holy Thief. “T’Shuvah says that change is possible, and change is mandatory.” More

    September 19, 2014 | Comments

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    “What have I done this year? Am I facing God? Am I facing myself?…T’Shuvah says each day we can improve one grain of sand. We just don’t have to be perfect.” More

    September 19, 2014 | Comments

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    “He was a master teacher,” says Rabbi Chaim Schochet, recalling the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—who led the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement until his death 20 years ago. Rabbi Schochet directs Jewish Summer Fellowship, a program of intensive training in sacred texts and mystical teachings for Jewish college students. More

    August 29, 2014 | Comments

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