"Political struggles over pregnancy, the right to terminate it, when life begins, and who gets to make those decisions, are nothing new. A case unfolding in Texas however, brings those struggles to a new level, one which invites us to ask important questions about the politics of pregnancy, and the value of planning for as good a death as possible...."
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The Covenant Foundation awarded a second prestigious Signature grant to ConverJent for its cutting-edge work in Jewish education. The $33,000 grant, part of approximately 1.8 million to be distributed this year, was made for one year to train educators to use Jewish Time Jump: New York, a geolocative interactive educational game, and to develop a curriculum that can be integrated into its play.
"You might not have read this news item unless you are a gun enthusiast but this may bode well for our gun control debate. Dick Metcalf, a pre-eminent gun journalist, was recently removed from Guns & Ammo magazine and taken off the roster of star speakers reviewing new firearms for gun companies. Why?
"Once a month at our family Shabbat service we ask families to submit questions in advance in what, in lieu of a sermon, is our ‘So now you know’ slot... I was asked to address the questions of tattoos in Jewish tradition. This included, of course, the question as to the truth of the myth that a tattoo denies one burial in a Jewish ceremony...."
"From its historic black churches to large Jewish enclaves to landmark Catholic and Protestant churches, New York City is the ultimate religious melting pot. And now, overseeing it all is a new mayor whose only religious identity seems to be “spiritual but not religious.”..."
"Goodbye, year of the water snake, and hello, year of the wooden horse. The Chinese New Year, or Nónglì Xinnián, is coming up on Jan. 31, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar..."
"What is great education all about? I don’t simply mean how do we get kids to achieve better grades. I mean, how do we get kids, or anyone else for that matter, to seriously engage in what we deem to be important? How do we effectively transmit our values, our traditions, our sense of what life is all about – you know, the stuff about which we most care, to our children? In fact, even if you don’t have kids, the question remains the same.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to a dilemma faced by a convert to Judaism. "I converted to Judaism ten years ago, and continue to feel very happy about this crucial life choice. I am part of a warm and vibrant traditional, egalitarian minyan, with good friends and regular opportunities for study, celebration, and volunteer service.
Every year, most of us make them and most of us break them, but it's not success that matters as much as the statement of intent, according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-founder of TheWisdomDaily.com.
"...According to tradition, both Jesus and Isaac Newton were born on December 25th, something I find quite interesting and even inspiring. For me, each are world-transforming teachers who shaped the world for the better, no matter what faith we follow... "
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