Topic: Belief and Practice

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    This New Year celebration of trees, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month Shevat, has grown in popularity because of its connection to the environment. We spoke last year with Eldridge Street Synagogue educator Mattie Ettenheim at a Tu B’Shevat observance. More

    January 10, 2014 | Comments

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    This expression of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, “is creating an atmosphere to pray, and it’s an offering. I think it’s just a physical way of expressing this love for the divine, and in the whirling it becomes a meditation,” says Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian Institution. More

    December 13, 2013 | Comments

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    According to many in the Jewish community, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have much more in common this year than just a calendar date. They both celebrate gratitude, community, and religious tolerance. More

    November 22, 2013 | Comments

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    “If Thanksgivukkah can be a spark that allows us to bring a little bit of the Hanukkah light into a Jewish person’s Thanksgiving table, then that’s a gift.”  More

    November 22, 2013 | Comments

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    We visited a Hindu religious coming-of-age ceremony for nine-year-old Rushil Ramakrishnan at the Hindu Temple in Adelphi, Maryland. More

    October 25, 2013 | Comments

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    At Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, Muslim children sit in tents, pray, throw stones, and make seven circuits around a replica of the Ka’ba as part of a mock Hajj, the traditional pilgrimage to Mecca. More

    October 11, 2013 | Comments

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    More than 2,200 candle-lit paper lanterns with individually written messages of peace were set afloat onto a large reflecting pool in New York City in honor of people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace. More

    September 24, 2013 | Comments

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    “This is the rare time when you actually have dedicated moments to think, to reflect, to meditate. It doesn’t happen very often in our lives, and so this really is our chance to change who we are and therefore to change what becomes of us.” More

    September 13, 2013 | Comments

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    “On Yom Kippur you resolve to do better in the coming year, not to be perfect, just to be better.” More

    September 13, 2013 | Comments

  • Pilgrimage to Uman

    View photographs of an annual pilgrimage of Jews from all over the world to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the Ukrainian town of Uman. More

    September 13, 2013 | Comments

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