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- The Future of the American Center November 29, 2016Donald Trump’s victory smashes traditions of party loyalty, presenting opportunities between the extremes.
- Does Decision-Making Matter? November 25, 2016Why are you interested in the things that interest you?
- Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening November 22, 2016Let’s take a break and see what’s going on.
- My 10 Columns That No One Read December 7, 2016Columns that weren't exactly my most popular.
- Win a Trip in 2017 November 30, 2016Announcing my annual win-a-trip contest for a student to accompany me on a reporting trip.
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- Materialist Delusions December 6, 2016“N o Need to Fear Russia. The Bear is Broke.” That’s the title of Tim Congdon’s article in the last number of Standpoint . His argument is simple—Russia isn’t rich enough to pose a challenge to the dominance of Western Europe and America—and entirely unpersuasive. The notion that economic factors drive human events would be […]
- Mustard Seeds December 1, 2016The first chapter of Genesis is a grand liturgy of creation. The second chapter describes with existential immediacy the universal human longing for fulfillment. Subsequent chapters are given over to disaster and destruction. The primordial man and woman set human history on its path toward dissolution and death. We learn of the original sin, and […]
- While We’re at It December 1, 2016♦ An exchange of emails by Clintonistas, available courtesy of WikiLeaks , has provoked a great deal of commentary. The chain starts with a message from John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He’s writing to John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, and Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director. Continue Reading […]
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- Winners Of Fifth Annual Ruderman Prize In Inclusion Awarded Quarter Million Dollars December 7, 2016Five exemplary organizations and companies from around the world round out the 2016 class of Ruderman Inclusion Prize winners, announced today, each receiving $50,000 for demonstrating model inclusion for people with disabilities read more
- Isaac: Blindness, Aging And Disability In Genesis December 6, 2016“It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called Esau his elder son, and he said to him, "My son," and he said to him, "Here I am." [Genesis Chapter 27:1} Isaac’s problem with his vision is the first time that we confront an overt disability […]
- Accessibility Shabbat To Address Needs Of Visually Impaired December 1, 2016Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions. read more
- Remembering Benny Leonard And Other Boxing Greats November 30, 2016Many decades later the names of Benny Leonard, Abe Atell, Barney Ross, Maxie Rosenbloom, Lew Tender, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Louis “Kid” Kaplan and Benny Bass still evoke greatness. During the “Golden Age of Boxing,” they were the standard bearers of a powerful Jewish presence when winning truly mattered. In an age of undisputed champions and […]
- Dec. 3 International Day of People With Disabilities, Meaningful Or Hallmark Holiday? November 30, 2016U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities: "We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'." If his words […]
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- Mystical Feet Performs A Family Drama November 23, 2016Yehuda Hyman learned all about his dreamy and displaced mom over a period of years. As a child he was fascinated by her exotic tales. In “Mar Vista,” a non-linear recreation of his childhood in theatre and dance, he is the only child of his parents in a seaside Los Angeles neighborhood with, in their […]
- The Joys of Thanksgiving: An Immigrant Family's Story in a New Children's Book November 18, 2016A funny thing happened when Baruch Silberklang brought home a live turkey on the J train. read more
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I trusted the church, because it made sense. I understood that there’s another way to think, outside the closed, hidden, frightened, tough world I grew ...
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The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a small oasis of Orthodoxy at 155 Cedar Street until it was destroyed by the collapse of the ...
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They knew that they were on a journey in this world towards Heaven. For Thanksgiving, Journey is showing the 2 hour film "The Pilgrims."
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Creator's Voice, Assafa Islamic Center, Puchao Temple, The Lamb's Church, Sea of Galilee Church
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has begun!
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Sojourn -- Willie Campbell at Friendship Baptist Church
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- Flushing, Queens Sojourn -- Religious view on the streets in October
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A celebration of the people…
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- Bedford-Stuyvesant Sojourn. I didn’t make my mother smile.
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- Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by a fake news story, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching himself from the internet. […]
- Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A survivor of last year's massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark. […]
- Stanford's Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — After gaining more than 6,000 yards the past two seasons, setting an NCAA record and finishing as the runner-up last year in the Heisman Trophy balloting, Christian McCaffrey was ready for his next challenge. […]
- Survivor of South Carolina church massacre calls Dylann Roof 'evil'
The black South Carolina churchgoers who welcomed Dylann Roof to their Bible study last year thought he was a harmless young man looking for a place to pray, but a survivor of the shooting he is accused of carrying out there called him "evil" on Wednesday. Nine people died in the massacre at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Three others at the Bible study, including Felicia Sanders, 59, and her 11-year-old granddaughter, survived. […]
- Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican
A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders. "The Church, while deeply respecting the people concerned, cannot admit to a seminary or into holy orders those who practise homosexuality, show deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support what is called gay culture," said the document. The new comprehensive guide to the training of Catholic clergy, which runs to about 100 pages, was approved by Pope Francis and published by the Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official journal. […]
- The Latest: Investigators describe scene at church shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): […]
- 'He is evil': Survivor slams US church shooter as trial opens
A survivor of last year's attack on black parishioners at a historic Charleston church gave emotional testimony about watching her son die as the trial of the self-described white supremacist accused of the crime began Wednesday. Dylann Roof, who prosecutors say gunned down nine people in June last year in a cold-blooded and calculated attack, went on trial on federal hate crimes charges, and could face the death penalty if convicted. Roof turned his gun on a Bible study class at the "Mother Emanuel" church -- the oldest African Methodist Episcopal place of worship in the US South -- as worshippers began closing prayer, about 30 minutes after joining them. […]
- Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers
Pope Francis on Wednesday compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and spread gossip to people sexually excited by excrement -- and described their readers as faeces eaters. "Disinformation is probably the biggest evil a (communications) medium can inflict, because it steers opinions in one direction, omitting part of the truth," he said in an interview with the Belgium Catholic weekly Tertio. The Argentine, 79, did not mince his words, saying some in the journalism world suffered from coprophilia -- a sexual attraction to faeces -- while readers tended to coprophagia, the consumption of excrement. […]
- Pope insists suggestion on remarried has church backing
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says the majority of the world's bishops back his suggestion that civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, adding fuel to the debate that has riled some conservative Catholics. […]
- Pope warns media over 'sin' of spreading fake news, smearing politicians
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday. Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly "Tertio" that spreading disinformation was "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin. Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement. […]
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