(RNS) — Israelis and their supporters abhor it when the term apartheid is applied to the country, as Amnesty International did in a recent report on Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The problem, however, is not the term itself, but...
(RNS) — The day in early 2001 when Danny Awad picked up his fiancee from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to take her home to meet his family in Bethlehem, he got a call from his father. Take your time, his...
(RNS) — A prominent Jewish organization has expressed “disappointment” over remarks by the chief executive of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that urged American Jews to help end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and described Israeli policies toward Palestinians as...
(RNS) — An ancient tablet discovered near the Palestinian city of Nablus may contain the earliest known mention of God’s name in proto-alphabetic Hebrew. Scott Stripling, director of the Archaeological Studies Institute at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, announced...
(RNS) — Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, an eloquent pastor, was correct when he said in his first speech on the Senate floor last spring, “Democracy is the political enactment of a spiritual idea.” That spiritual idea of a more...
(RNS) — After an eight-month delay, noted antisemitism scholar Deborah Lipstadt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, in a late-night voice vote Wednesday (March 30). The Senate vote was required because...
(RNS) — Tonight (March 12), 19 rabbis from the New York region will board a flight to Warsaw and from there travel to the Ukrainian border to deliver medical supplies and offer comfort to Ukrainians fleeing their country. Their 48-hour...
(RNS) — When the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City hosted dialogues last year on the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground curriculum, wrestling with issues of race and white privilege in the United States, it didn’t entirely...

Can clergy avoid burnout?

(RNS) — This weekend, I finally got around to reading the Book of Esther. “Aren’t you a little bit late on that? Wasn’t Purim on Wednesday evening and Thursday? Yes, it was. And yes, we read Megillat Esther (the scroll of...
(RNS) — Last month, a bridge in my Pittsburgh neighborhood collapsed into the ravine below it. The day before — on Jan. 27 — my daughter and I drove over the bridge separately so I could get my mandated...