Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Because the three major religions have strong teachings of peace and understanding, Jews, Christians and Muslims should be able to live together in peace, a panel of interfaith experts argued recently. "There are central concepts in all the three Abrahamic religions that can really help us bring peace and understanding and reconciliation in our society," said Rabbi Ronen Lubitch, an...
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Swarthmore College religion professor Nathaniel Deutsch has admittedly chosen some unusual and disparate subjects for his research into the history of religion. From the beliefs of the ancient gnostics to a "holy woman" who served as a Chasidic teacher in 19th-century Eastern Europe - as well as an analysis of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad's use of "midrashic" techniques...
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Rabbi Efraim Mintz divides the decades following the Holocaust into different stages based on Jewish reaction to its horrors: the shock and silence of the first two decades after World War II, followed by years marked by the urgency to tell, document and, most importantly, never forget. The most recent period, said the director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute,...
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Mention the contentious issues of stem cells or cloning at a meeting of a Jewish communal organization that frequently weighs in on some of the more political topics of the day and you're likely to stir up a hornet's nest. Indeed, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, these two subjects have managed to replace abortion as "the...
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David Ruderman has a passion - an obsession, really - with excavating the Jewish past. He also happens to be a rabbi who heads what he calls a "great secular yeshiva." The 61-year-old Lower Merion resident serves the University of Pennsylvania in two capacities: as the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, and as director of the Center for...
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