Tolerant attitudes toward faith-seeking have made religious conversions more common. Still, choosing a new religion is usually a major decision — for converts and their families. In the first of a two-part series, R & E looks at the experience of John Curry, principal of a school for at-risk students in New York. More
Hillary Rodham Clinton stated that, “In Christian theology, there are sins of weakness and sins of malice,” adding that her husband’s adultery was a sin of weakness. Is there a hierarchy of sin? Are we using the insights of modern psychotherapy to excuse bad behavior instead of merely explain it? More
In Baltimore, Maryland, Tamir Goodman is both an Orthodox Jew and a star basketball player. At 17, in his junior year in high school this past season, he averaged 35 points a game and was offered an athletic scholarship next year by the basketball powerhouse University of Maryland. More
The eight-day Jewish festival of Passover commemorates their ancestors exodus from Egypt. To celebrate, Jews will gather for a Seder, Hebrew for "order," to retell the story of the ancient Israelites' deliverance from slavery. Many of us know about the Seder, but few know about the extensive preparations for Passover, preparations which are supposed to cleanse the home and the spirit.
Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn live an 18th-century way of life. Hasidism, Hebrew for both "pious" and "saintly," began in the 1700s in Eastern Europe and was brought to the U.S. during the 1880s. There are numerous Hasidic groups in the U.S., the best known being the Lubavitchers, headquartered in Brooklyn. The Hasidic way of life is strictly defined by religious commandments, particularly for women.
For Jews around the world, sundown on Sunday begins Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish year 5759 and the first of 10 days of awe, a solemn time of prayer, reflection, and repentance. We celebrate these High Holy Days here with a special interview with the renowned scholar and teacher David Hartman in Jerusalem. Our correspondent is Herbert Kaplow.
The Jewish holiday of Tisha b’Av is one of the saddest days of the Jewish year. On this day, Jews fast and grieve, sometimes sitting on the synagogue floor, remembering the destruction of ancient Israel’s first and second temples in Jerusalem and the 2,000 years of exile and suffering that followed. More