Pope Francis praised Jews for keeping their faith despite the Holocaust and other “terrible trials” throughout history, and reaffirmed Judaism as the “holy root” of Christianity. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
A book on topics important to Judaism and Catholicism co-written by Pope Francis and a rabbi from Argentina will be translated into English. More ▸
Purim, the festival of drinking, giggles, dress up, and those triangle cookies, is a time to feature some hidden creativity for costumes.
Some see this as a time to unleash their inner skank, others, their more controversially political side.
Here are our top 10 reasons why we love Purim, according to some holiday photos…
10. Because on this day, rabbis have green hair!
(and it suits him rather well.)
(Courtesy of BBC)
9. Because animals can be counted for a minyan
.(But not women, of course… just kidding! But seriously…)
(Courtesy of AVAX) More ▸
JTA talks with Yoseph Needelman, a 30-year-old Brooklyn native and the author of “Cannabis Chassidus,” which explores the connection between marijuana and Judaism. More ▸
Richard Prasquier, the French Jewish leader, said that banning circumcision in Europe “would inevitably mean the end of Judaism” there. More ▸
When Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” she traced her genealogy on her father’s side all the way back to prominent Hasidic rabbis. As a result of this discovery, she’s decided to raise her two children, Apple and Moses, in a Jewish lifestyle. “It was such a nice… More ▸
By Sue Fishkoff
Performer Josh Kornbluth finds his Jewish identity through an I-Thou encounter with Andy Warhol’s art. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be considering converting to Judaism for his longtime girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli. More ▸
By Ben Harris
Once a practice confined largely to the fringe, Jewish chanting is making inroads well beyond its roots in Jewish retreat centers and New Age spirituality. More ▸
By JTA Mailman
To the Editor: Re "Jewish studies grow at Tulane": The Posen Foundation for the past seven years has been providing grants to universities designed to reach Jewish and non-Jewish students interested in Judaism as culture rather than religion. Check them out here. Renee Fields New York, N.Y. More ▸