Topic: Belief and Practice

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    Because of differing church calendars, Western and Eastern Christians usually celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on different dates. Over the centuries, distinct Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Holy Week practices have developed. However, both Orthodox and Western Christians say celebration of the Resurrection is the most important event on the church calendar. More

    April 2, 2010 | Comments

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    Read Pamela Greenberg’s new translation of Psalm 136, which is one of the psalms of praise recited at many Passover seders. More

    March 25, 2010 | Comments

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    Burning palms and imposing ashes at the beginning of Lent reminds us of our human frailty, says Pastor Steve Buechler of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. More

    February 12, 2010 | Comments

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    Saint Nicholas is remembered by Christians on December 6 as a protector of those in need and a model of the true meaning of Christmas. More

    December 4, 2009 | Comments

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    Hindu goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi are worshipped and honored with fire, water, prayers, chants, and other offerings. More

    October 2, 2009 | Comments

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    Rabbi Irwin Kula of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership says Yom Kippur and the High Holidays are about life, not death. The paradox, he says, is that “one of the great ways to focus ourselves on life is to think about death.” More

    September 25, 2009 | Comments

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    Read new translations of three psalms that are part of the liturgy of the Jewish High Holy Days. More

    September 25, 2009 | Comments

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    In the words of a new translation of Psalm 27, the psalm most associated with the Jewish High Holidays, “Your face, God, is what I constantly search for.” More

    September 17, 2009 | Comments

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    Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, says everything having to do with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is designed “to help us make teshuva, return to that deepest path that we know we want to be on.” More

    September 11, 2009 | Comments

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    "On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur thousands of people gather together and go through many, many prayers in which we ask ourselves, how have I done?"

    September 11, 2009 | Comments

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