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Rabbinical Council of America officially bans ordination and hiring of women rabbis

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency The Rabbinical Council of America, the main modern Orthodox rabbinical group, formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis. The policy announced Friday by the RCA came after a direct vote of its membership, according to the organization. The resolution states: “RCA members with positions in Orthodox institutions […]


With new chief rabbi, black Hebrew-Israelites make bid to enter the Jewish mainstream

Source: The Washington Post The Israelites walked slowly, chanting in Hebrew and wrapped in loose white robes. A reverential silence spread across the crowd as one figure emerged above the rest. Hundreds had gathered to witness a sacred moment. “I came so that my children’s children would remember this day,” said one Israelite. “Hallelujah,” called […]


Netanyahu Retracts Assertion That Palestinian Inspired Holocaust

Source: New York Times JERUSALEM — After more than a week of local and international condemnation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel issued a statement on Friday retracting his accusation that it was a Palestiniancleric who gave Hitler the idea of annihilating Europe’s Jews during World War II. Mr. Netanyahu, criticized even by Israeli historians […]

Angels and demons

Magic, demons and Judaism

This Normal Life: Magic, demons and Judaism: what to do with troubling texts? Source: Jerusalem Post By Dr. Robin Stamler is a magic buff It’s not magic tricks that interest him so much as the intersection between Jewish tradition and the mysterious and inexplicable. In a brisk one-hour session at the recent Limmud Jerusalem conference, […]

A group of orthodox Jewish counter-demonstrators wave American and Iranian flags as they stand amid protestors who were demonstrating against the nuclear deal with Iran during a rally in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City

340 rabbis urge Congress to approve Iran nuclear deal

(RNS) Rebuffing a campaign among Jewish organizations to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, 340 rabbis sent a letter to Congress Monday (Aug. 17) supporting the agreement and rejecting the notion that most American Jews oppose it. “Most especially, we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement,” […]

Salma Hayek Prophey

How Salma Hayek’s New Film ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Brings Together ‘All Religions’ Award-winning actress and producer Salma Hayek joins a special #WMN to discuss her animated feature film “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” based on Gibran’s best-selling poetry book of the same name. Plus we’ll talk “Chime for Change,” 2016 and more. “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” has a unique message for children, the actress tells HuffPost Live. […]

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Building the Case for Coexistence with Our Cousins, the Jews

Epigraph: “So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 10:19   Holocaust Survivors Condemn Israel for ‘Gaza Massacre,’ Call for Boycott Source: Haaretz In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad […]

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Holocaust Survivors Condemn Israel for ‘Gaza Massacre,’ Call for Boycott

Source: Haaretz In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad accusing Israel of ‘ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people.’ Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday’s New York Times, condemning “the […]


The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion

Source: Huffington Post By Gary Laderman; Chair of the Department of Religion, Emory University and Editor of Sacred Matters Magazine It’s not easy being chair of a religion department. August is an especially cruel month as we close out one academic year and start up a new one, and begin again to struggle with an increasingly […]

coexist III

Prophet Moses in the Holy Quran

  By Haris Raja; tweet him @harisaraja The Iran nuclear deal has started political posturing from both sides as congressional members begin assessing the deal in the next few weeks. The GOP sees Iran nuke deal as a chance to cultivate Jewish voters. Various American Jewish organizations are arming themselves for multi-million dollar campaigns “targeting lawmakers still […]


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