Topic: Belief and Practice

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    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, says Rabbi Shira Stutman, is a time of “rejoicing in the harvest, rejoicing in this gift of Torah that God has given us, and rejoicing in the ability to learn from Torah in each and every generation.” More

    June 5, 2014 | Comments

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    Watch the Rev. Nathan Humphrey, former priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Parish K Street in Washington DC, and the Episcopal bishop of Washington, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, as they distributed ashes on Ash Wednesday 2013 at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. More

    February 28, 2014 | Comments

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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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