MaryAnn McKibben Dana Extended Interview
April 5, 2013
MaryAnn McKibben Dana Extended Interview
"Just being in conversation with our loved ones is a way to get in touch with the sacred part of life and so with the right intention and the right attention I think we can really see how God encounters us in all aspects of our lives."
April 5, 2013
Father Rocky Schuster Extended Interview
March 29, 2013
Father Rocky Schuster Extended Interview
“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.”
March 29, 2013
Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
January 18, 2013
Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
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.
January 18, 2013
Hanukkah Lamps
December 7, 2012
Hanukkah Lamps
“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.”
December 7, 2012
Susan Braunstein Extended Interview
December 7, 2012
Susan Braunstein Extended Interview
"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."
December 7, 2012
Vigil of All Saints
November 2, 2012
Vigil of All Saints
"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.
November 2, 2012
Simchat Torah
October 5, 2012
Simchat Torah
“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.
October 5, 2012
Sukkot
September 28, 2012
Sukkot
This important Jewish festival celebrates “an indulging of the senses.”
September 28, 2012
Sephardic High Holidays
September 14, 2012
Sephardic High Holidays
“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.
September 14, 2012
Rabbi Joshua Maroof Extended Interview
September 14, 2012
Rabbi Joshua Maroof Extended Interview
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.”
September 14, 2012
New Passover Seder Haggadah
March 30, 2012
New Passover Seder Haggadah
"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."
March 30, 2012
Mark Podwal Extended Interview
March 30, 2012
Mark Podwal Extended Interview
"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."
March 30, 2012