Topic: Belief and Practice

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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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    “For symbols related to spring…I have flowers growing out of a menorah. I have the fruits of Israel. I have two pomegranates with Torah shields…so that each pomegranate is a mini-Torah.” More

    March 30, 2012 | Comments

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    Read an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF CHRIST: A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH HOLY WEEK by Benedicta Ward. More

    March 30, 2012 | Comments

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    “Just like oil gives light into a dark room, just like it brings warmth; for a Jew, it also brings warmth and light into his own personal life and into the world as a whole,” says Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. More

    December 16, 2011 | Comments

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    A Christmas pageant, says Calvin College professor of music and worship John Witvliet, is one of the best places in modern culture to witness “a genuine sense of mystery and even solemnity.” More

    December 9, 2011 | Comments

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    “Pilgrimages are undertaken because people want to move beyond their normal, mundane life,” says Virginia Raguin, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross. Raguin is also the curator of a traveling exhibit on pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. More

    November 4, 2011 | Comments

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    Many Latinos observe what they call the Day of the Dead, when it’s believed the spirits of the departed return to Earth. There are different traditions for this across Latin America, and Hispanics in the U.S. are celebrating as well. More

    October 28, 2011 | Comments

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    As the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, is its voice receding in American culture? More

    September 20, 2011 | Comments

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    “When Muslims want to respectfully dispose of a text of the Qur’an that is no longer usable, we will burn it,” says Imam Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California. More

    September 16, 2011 | Comments

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    Hindus honor thousands of deities, and every Hindu has a favorite god, but Ganesha is “a god that is chosen by almost everybody because he is the remover of obstacles,” says Professor S. N. Shridhar. More

    August 31, 2011 | Comments

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