Faith: Jewish

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    A support group called Footsteps is providing counsel to those who have chosen to leave the confines of the ultra-Orthodox world in which they were raised. More

    May 10, 2013 | Comments

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    Watch more of our interview with sociology professor Samuel Heilman about the difficulties of leaving the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. More

    May 10, 2013 | Comments

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    If the environment is just one more important issue, “it won’t gain the traction that it needs. We need to redefine creation care as the underlying mitzvah or commandment or good deed.” More

    April 19, 2013 | Comments

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    “The ancient words take on the power they were supposed to take on all along,” says Rabbi Jamie Korngold, who leads a Passover seder in the Utah desert. “We’re trying to take this spiritually rich experience and ignite our Judaism.” More

    March 22, 2013 | Comments

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    “When we walk through the desert, we really get that idea of freedom, of being out in the wilderness and all the spiritual moments that are possible in the wilderness.” More

    March 22, 2013 | Comments

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    Walk through West End Temple in the Rockaways section of Queens, New York, and see some of the destruction Hurricane Sandy left in its wake, from pews and prayer books to stained glass windows, bricks and mortar. More

    March 1, 2013 | Comments

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    On the news of his death in Jerusalem on February 10, we reprise excerpts from our 1999 interview with this eminent Jewish philosopher, leader of liberal Orthodoxy, and founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

    February 11, 2013 | Comments

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    “The rabbis going back to Maimonides and earlier felt that the lights of the Hanukkah lamp were sacred,” and if you couldn’t afford a gold or silver lamp “you could use an egg shell, or a nut shell, or a potato carved out.” More

    December 7, 2012 | Comments

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    “It is prescribed that you should put the lamp in your doorway,” says Susan Braunstein, curator of the Jewish Museum of New York, “so that the people walking on the street will see the lights and know that we are celebrating the miracle.” More

    December 7, 2012 | Comments

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    “The idea of the Talmud is that you are allowed to ask questions about everything,” says Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. He calls the Talmud “the central pillar Jewish culture” and “a vast book encouraging you to ask questions.” More

    November 21, 2012 | Comments

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