The Hajj
December 29, 2006
The Hajj
This year, almost three million Muslims are making the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It’s considered one of the five fundamental obligations of Islam. An estimated 15,000 Muslims from the U.S. traveled last year, and considerably more were expected this year. Imam Shaker Elsayed of ...
December 29, 2006
Teen Imams
October 6, 2006
Teen Imams
During the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, these two teenage boys led prayers and recited the entire Qur'an from memory.
October 6, 2006
Rabbi Alan Lew
September 15, 2006
Rabbi Alan Lew
In northern California, Rabbi Alan Lew encourages Jews to borrow from the Buddhist tradition of meditation to enhance their practice during the High Holidays and all year round. Says Lew, “what really makes Jewish prayer powerful is something inexpressible, and meditation really sensitizes you ...
September 15, 2006
Storefront Churches
July 14, 2006
Storefront Churches

Popular in poorer neighborhoods, storefront churches preach love and gratitude. Often set up wherever space is available, these houses of worship have the unique capability to meet their worshippers right where they are.

July 14, 2006
Vietnamese New Year
February 3, 2006
Vietnamese New Year
“Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, is by far the biggest festival during the year.” says Nguyen Ngoc Bich.
February 3, 2006
Jewish Hair Cutting Ceremony
January 27, 2006
Jewish Hair Cutting Ceremony
In some observant Jewish families, a little boy’s first haircut is more than just a haircut. It marks the beginning of not only his formal education but also his obligation to keep the commandments and perform mitzvoth — good deeds.
January 27, 2006
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B.K.S. Iyengar
January 6, 2006
B.K.S. Iyengar
One of the numerous ways that people in this country try to get fit these days is through the practice of yoga. There are many different forms of this discipline, but the most commonly taught is called Iyengar. It’s named for the Indian guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who teaches that yoga has a deeply ...
January 6, 2006
Interfaith Holiday Traditions
December 23, 2005
Interfaith Holiday Traditions
When Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day, the growing number of interfaith families who observe both holidays face an unusual challenge. We visited the Miller family in Takoma Park, Maryland, to find out how they're handling this "December dilemma."
December 23, 2005
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Post-Katrina Christmas
December 16, 2005
Post-Katrina Christmas
A new report says this year Americans gave record amounts of private charitable donations. Another report says Americans donated nearly $3 billion to post-hurricane relief efforts. Yet nearly four months after Hurricane Katrina, the magnitude of the destruction is still difficult to comprehend. In ...
December 16, 2005
Supreme Court and Brazilian Religious Rituals
November 4, 2005
Supreme Court and Brazilian Religious Rituals
As the U.S. Senate prepared for hearings on President George W. Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, the court heard arguments on a major religious freedom case. At issue is whether the União do Vegetal Church should be able to import a hallucinogenic tea it ...
November 4, 2005
Zen Convert
July 29, 2005
Zen Convert
Every year in New York's Central Park, the Buddhist magazine TRICYCLE sponsors a demonstration of Buddhist practices called "Change Your Mind Day."
July 29, 2005
Transcendental Meditation
July 8, 2005
Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation was widely popular 40 years ago: a technique for relaxation and awareness using certain sounds and ways of breathing, 20 minutes, twice a day. Now, it is flourishing in Fairfield, Iowa, the home of what is now the Maharishi University of Management.
July 8, 2005