Judaism

Judaism

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."

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.

When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.

When Hanan Harchol's character tells his parents that he's breaking up with his girlfriend, they say that real love is not about focusing on your own needs. Do they have a point?

'If we could all spend these Three Weeks healing our sight so that we truly only see the good in one another, how might the world be different? Imagine seeing the best not only in your friends, but in the guy who cuts you off in traffic; in someone who looks different from you; in someone whose political positions are the opposite of yours.'

During this sacred time of year for Jews, the Velveteen Rabbi ponders how she can not only stop seeing the faults in people but 'to perfect the art of seeing the good in people.'

by Susan Leem, associate producer

Barley in the fieldPhoto by Kwan C./Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0

In this animated video, Hanan Harchol explores a Jewish folktale as a source of reflection on the connection between happiness and gratitude.

Misbaha, Muslim Prayer BeadsA man holds a misbaha in the old city of Jerusalem. (photo: Flavio Grynszpan/Flickr, cc by 2.0)

Astrophysicist Mario Livio works with science the Hubble Space Telescope makes possible. He is not a religious person. But he's fascinated with the enduring mystery of the very language of science, mathematics.

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