A cache of old documents recently discovered in Afghanistan reveals a thriving intellectual culture among Persian-speaking Jews — and a treasure trove for historians and Persian linguists alike.
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During the first two presidential debates, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has come up very little. But, as Joanna Brooks says, many Mormons continue to "white-knuckle" through this campaign season.
Though the terms "Jesus"and "wife" may prompt new obsessions, guest contributor Martin Marty writes, they won't likely change the course of biblical scholarship.
What kinds of radical changes, guest contributor Larisa Reznik asks, would need to happen in our own religious and political cultures for our own "punk prayers" to be answered?
Sometimes healing spaces are not only in far-away romantic, picturesque places. As Asha Sanaker from Ithaca, New York points out, these sacred spaces often encompass our back yards and our livelihoods
"With Alice Rivlin at 81 and Pete Domenici at 80 at Brookings this week — a merger of power and softness I've seen in the wisest people." ~Krista Tippett reflects on her recent interview for the Civil Conversations Project.
What do Israeli and Pakistani peers have in common? A Jewish American journalist looks beyond Western media's portrayal of Pakistan and discovers universal values.
"My favorite healing place: Pololu Valley, The Big Island, Hawaii."
Could the concerns of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Berlin serve as a chance for "secular" Berliners to to examine their own identity? Guest contributor Brian Britt explores the role of history as a distraction challenging modern-day civility.
Krista Tippett speaks with David Gushee and Frances Kissling at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. Photo by Matt Johnson
More than 500 people witnessed a thoughtful exchange between two people who come at the abortion issue from decidedly different perspectives. What they heard was a civil exchange based upon mutual respect. As one listener points out, it has a lot to do with the way Krista framed the conversation:
What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.
Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, a television anchor uses the opportunity to talk about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.
A majestic environment in upstate Minnesota and our host's best-selling book, Einstein's God makes for a great pairing! What's your favorite healing place?
"Off to the place I love best: the airport!"
These words Krista uttered with a twinkle in her eye and a bit of tongue-in-cheek pithiness as she rushed out of the studio on her way to Chicago. But didn't she just tweet something about returning home, you ask? Yes, yes she did:
Off the plane, hug my son, do yoga - back on the ground and in my body. A relief. Life's simplest moorings to dignity.
Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.
On the day that a festival to locate the sacred opened, countries across the Middle East were aflame. The musical art of Bora Yoon and Riyaaz Qawwali ruptured this author's cynicism and offered a new vision of the world.
Loving Tablet Magazine's humorous approach to the High Holy Days. A few of our favorites...
A new translation of a seminal work of medieval Jewish philosophy is banned in Israel. But this Arab transliteration may "break down the artificial borders that separate the communities of the Middle East."
Every week for the past five months, a group of Arab and Jewish women from neighboring towns near Haifa, Israel have come together to cook. Each week, they meet in a different woman’s home, discovering their commonalities and differences by sharing recipes, culinary traditions, and childhood memories.
A joyful lamentation over sealed spaces and the lessons Rosh Hashanah — and the High Holy Days — teaches when we have access to the gifts of our natural environment.
A sacred space doesn't have to be a cathedral or a mosque or a synagogue. For our guest essayist, it's a city square she shared with a friend with cancer. Read this lovely essay and then tell us what is your sacred space?
How and why did we choose this "secular sermon" for our podcast. A bit of behind-the-scenes insight that answers these questions — and a chance to watch the full sermon from The School of Life.
Read highlights of Krista's interview with Alain de Botton, and experience his philosophy in Twitter-form.