Topic: Literature and the Arts

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    “People are going back to the basic texts, and they’re stripping away centuries of culture and tradition and looking for what they see at the heart of the religion,” says American journalist Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. More

    November 3, 2015 | Comments

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    “We are event-driven in this ghastly tango with the jihadis, and what we don’t hear from are the peaceful, everyday Muslims who are going to work and bringing over kabobs for their neighbors and helping out in doing charity.” More

    November 3, 2015 | Comments

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    “What I really loved about researching this book was reading [Abraham Joshua] Heschel on the Hebrew prophets. He says these are some of the most confounding and troublesome men who ever lived, and I’ve always been attracted to brave idealists—the people who take the human condition, the ethical framework, and push it a bit further.” More

    October 16, 2015 | Comments

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    “Jerusalem is a place historically if there is something different about us, let’s fight about it. That’s basically the vibe. And so we and the chorus are trying to create an alternate reality,” says conductor Micah Hendler. He founded the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an ensemble of Israeli and Palestinian high school singers. More

    October 2, 2015 | Comments

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    “I’ve been a Buddhist for a number of years, and I chant every day, and one of the things that I strongly believe in is that moment of silence, of reflection, for everybody to sit down and be still for a second.” More

    August 28, 2015 | Comments

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    “When a monk gives his life to God, he has to express that in a physical way, not just an intellectual way, and singing involves the whole body and the mind and the soul, and so it’s a wonderful way of keeping this relationship between God and the monk,” says Father Cassian, prior of the Benedictine monastic community in Norcia, Italy. More

    July 31, 2015 | Comments

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    “To me, the choir is really a microcosm of what a community ought to be. People are not worried about status within their social position or their family hierarchy. What they are worried about is all together singing D major,” says John Maclay, music director of the Choral Society at New York City’s Grace Church. More

    July 17, 2015 | Comments

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    “There is something about the experience of a big group of people singing together, and really singing from the bottom of their hearts, and it does something to you that lifts us out of the intellectual pursuits we do all day long,” says Maggi Dawn, dean of Yale’s Marquand Chapel. More

    May 8, 2015 | Comments

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    “We have managed through our fund to help 72,000 Christians get through the harsh Syrian winter. Imagine surviving persecution and the threats of death, only to freeze to death.” More

    May 8, 2015 | Comments

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    “I don’t see how you can have a relationship with God that doesn’t involve a state of receptivity—and a receptivity to lots of stuff, because God does show up in all kinds of odd ways.” More

    January 23, 2015 | Comments

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