Topic: Belief and Practice

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    “Christianity is a corporate religion. It’s not something you do by yourself. The act of getting down and doing something only the lowest of slaves would do really defined what it means to love one another as he loved us.” More

    March 29, 2013 | Comments

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    Maha Kumba Mela or Big Pitcher festival commemorates a story that describes the god Vishnu’s fight with demons to gain possession of a golden pitcher containing the nectar of immortality. During the battle, some drops fell to the earth on the pilgrimage sites. More

    January 18, 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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    “Not only are we pointing to these different saints and celebrating all of the good things during their lives, but we’re hopefully encouraging one another to become the saints of this age,” says Brother James Cuddy, who explains the celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween. More

    November 2, 2012 | Comments

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    “It’s an expression of the love for our Torah, our teachings. It’s also a great way to begin the New Year,” says Rabbi David Shneyer, spiritual leader of Kehila Chadasha and the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center of Greater Washington. More

    October 5, 2012 | Comments

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    This important Jewish festival celebrates “an indulging of the senses.” More

    September 28, 2012 | Comments

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    “The richness of the melodies, the music—it leaves you with an indelible imprint” during the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, says Rabbi Joshua Maroof. More

    September 14, 2012 | Comments

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    In advance of the Jewish High Holidays, “You pray the selichot, and you leave with the melodies on your lips and your mind throughout the whole day. The music stays in your heart.” More

    September 14, 2012 | Comments

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    “This haggadah is trying to draw in as many people as possible to participate in the service,” says artist Mark Podwal, who describes his illustrations for the text. “For me,” says Podwal, “my art is prayer.” More

    March 30, 2012 | Comments

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