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3 hrs ago | The Raw Story

Death row inmate who self-converted to Judaism, sues prison for kosher food

A death row inmate, who claims he is now a practicing orthodox Jew after meeting with a prison rabbi in the 90's, is suing the Connecticut Department Of Corrections claiming they are denying him the practice of his religion by not serving him kosher food. According to the Hartford Courant , Steven Hayes, 51, has filed a handwritten lawsuit, filed in federal court, stating that he has lost weight and is starving because he is not being provided with a kosher diet.


Related Topix: Prison, Religion, Cheshire, CT

6 hrs ago | Forward

In 'Black-ish,' Jews Are More Than White-ish

"Dad, I want to have a bar mitzvah! And - I'll get a Hebrew name. I'm going to go with either Shlomo or Shmuel."


Related Topix: African-American, Religion

10 hrs ago | Jerusalem Post

Tzohar hits back against chief rabbinate, other critics in conversion imbroglio

In Israel, chief municipal rabbis were able to perform conversions until the late 1990s, when the authority was centralized to the chief rabbinate; Currently there are just four conversion courts. The Tzohar rabbinical association hit back defiantly on Sunday and over the weekend against critics of conversion reforms that are expected to be enacted in the coming days and which have been strongly promoted by the organization.


Related Topix: Israel, Middle East, World News, Religion

14 hrs ago | Jerusalem Post

Not just the President of Israela

It would appear that Reuven Rivlin is widely regarded as not just the president of the people of Israel, but of the Jewish world. This was intimated to him last week in declarations made by leaders of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the American Jewish Committee.


Related Topix: Israel, Middle East, World News, Religion

19 hrs ago | Jerusalem Post

Religion in the Holy Land

Two cases recently in the headlines provoke shame or something else, depending on one's sense of responsibility or cynicism. One is a bearded, well-coiffured man whose trial on sexual exploitation and slavery ended after four years of delays.


Related Topix: Religion, Israel, World News, Middle East

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Jerusalem Post

Jewish Problem Sources, the Gospels: "Matthew"

The following quote is from a Church source that dates the gospels according to level of emotionalism, a suspicious departure from generally accepted criteria such as radio-carbon analysis and textual consistency. Certainly "Matthew" is more strident in blaming "the Jews."


Related Topix: Religion

Deseret News

New Utah rabbi hopes to 'perfect the world' through Judaism

Rabbi David Levinsky teaches during a recent visit to the Temple Har Shalom in Park City. His duties will begin July 2015.


Related Topix: Sundance Film Festival, Religion, Salt Lake City, UT


Jewish couples add an update to a wedding tradition

Joan Katz, 72, who has been representing ketubah artist since 1994, shows us some of her favorite's in her home in Merrick. Joan Katz, 72, who has been representing ketubah artist since 1994, shows us some of her favorite's in her home in Merrick.


Related Topix: Wedding, Religion

The Spokesman-Review

Malino joins Temple Beth Shalom as rabbi - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 PST

Rabbi Tamar Malino has been serving Spokane's Jewish community for the past few years, working part-time as the executive director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and part-time as the rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El, the local reform Jewish congregation. On Aug. 1, she took on a new role and began leading Temple Beth Shalom, replacing Rabbi Michael Goldstein, who left earlier this year.


Related Topix: Spokane, WA, Religion

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Cordoba's grand Jewish heritage

In the foothills of the Sierra Morena, bathed by the waters of the Guadalquivir river, glitters one of the most beautiful jewels of Andalucia. Cordoba and its enormous cultural legacy reminds us of the different peoples which have lived in the city and which turned it into a highly privileged place, marked by the presence of four great civilisations - Roman, Islamic, Jewish and Christian.


Related Topix: Religion, Europe, Spain, World News,

Crowley: The battle within and for Islam

The weather may be cooling down, but the fall box office is heating up thanks to a host of new releases. Take a look at the 10 must-see films of the season, according to Postmedia News film critic Chris Knight.


Related Topix: Religion, Opinion


Connecticut home invasion killer sues for Kosher meals on death row

A man sentenced to death for a triple murder in a brutal home invasion in Connecticut is suing to demand a Kosher diet as a newly declared Orthodox Jew, saying the prison's resistance has forced him into "starvation." Steven Hayes, 51, invoked the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment in a handwritten lawsuit filed in federal court against officials at the Connecticut Department of Corrections.


Related Topix: Prison, Northern Correctional Institution, State Prisons, Somers, CT, Religion, Criminal Defense Law, Law

US Senator Ted Cruz booed off of stage by Christians

Like most US politicians from both parties, Ted Cruz blindly supports the Jewish state of Israel with the blood and treasure of America and Americans and to the detriment of America and the rest of the world. Usually Christian clergy have their flocks firmly in the pro- Israel camp.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Senator Ted Cruz, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Religion


Bombing ISIS or Not.

So now we stand on the edge of the abyss again. Do we bomb them into oblivion? Do we or do we not send in troops to train and advise? Will there be mission creep resulting in more lost lives? Now it seems like our world is on fire and we're surprised: A fire not ignited by, but fanned by fervent fundamentalist religion: The actions of a supposedly Christian nation that ignores its ally's murderous intent and continues to send taxpayer dollars to support genocide.


Related Topix: Religion, Terrorism, US News, Liberal Political News


An evening with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in Tucson

The Jewish community in Southern Arizona will be gathering on Monday, September 15, to honor the life of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, known simply as the Rebbe. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, one of the most prolific commentators on Judaism today, spent five years researching the life of the Rebbe, whom he titles "the most influential rabbi in modern history."


Related Topix: Religion

Thu Sep 11, 2014


Jewish student told to 'burn in an oven' on UNC Charlotte campus

A Jewish college student is speaking out after she claims she was the victim of religious hate on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Neili Eggert is a 30-year-old junior at the school and says she's been the target of multiple religiously-motivated attacks while on campus.


Related Topix: Religion, University of North Carolina Charlotte

The Jewish News Weekly

Marin exhibit reflects renewal of Jewish art in Poland

About two years ago, artist Helena Czernek got the idea to seek out homes once occupied by Jews in her native Warsaw. Many prewar houses still had the outlines of mezuzahs that hung there, before the Holocaust nearly erased Polish Jewry.


Related Topix: Europe, World News, Poland, San Rafael, CA, Religion

The Times of Israel

Reform temples to hold Yom Kippur bone marrow drives

For the second straight year, the Reform movement is partnering with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation in an effort to register potential donors. A cheek swab will be taken from potential donors with the goal of helping patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers and genetic disorders.


Related Topix: Life, Holidays, Yom Kippur, Leukemia, Health, Religion

Bangor Daily News

'Tikkun Olam in the Land' of the Dawn on Oct. 29

"Tikkun Olam in the Land of the Dawn" will be presented by Barbara Kates to discuss the parallels between Native Americans' community truth and reconciliation and the struggles of the Jewish community, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. What is Tikkun Olam? The Hebrew phrase "Tikkun Olam" literally means "world repair." It is commonly used to refer to the pursuit of social action and social justice in Judaism.


Related Topix: Religion

Westport News

Friedman has been at the 64-year-old Reform congregation since July 1, but an official welcome and celebration are planned this weekend. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the synagogue, 14 Coleytown Road, followed by a festive oneg.


Related Topix: Yale University, Scarsdale, NY, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Religion