Religion

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s A Bad Thing

09/23/2014
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More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics.

Resumes That Mention Religion Less Likely To Win Jobs

06/17/2014
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Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job opportunities.

A Year in Review 2013

Biggest Stories of the Year

12/30/2013

2013: Identity Crises Galore

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Pew and Part-time Judaism

Stories to Watch in 2014

A Year

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Pew Study Rocks Community

12/30/2013
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Pew Study found that 22 percent of Jews now say they have no religion. Image courtesy Pew Research Center

Being Religious Is Only One Way To Identify As A Jew

A response to the Pew 2013 Survey of U.S. Jews

10/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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A few weeks ago, my husband passed me the New York Times and said, "You should definitely read this article on page 11." I saw the headline, "Poll Shows Major Shift in Identity of U.S. Jews," and my heart sank. I knew which direction it was going. Down. That was my first reaction, before I read everyone’s responses to the study; the reactions fell into the “mea culpa” camp.

First Impressions of Pew Survey

10/09/2013
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A sampling of commentary from across the Jewish spectrum on the new Pew Research Center’s survey of American Jewry, the first major Jewish census in more than a decade.

Ruth Messinger

Can Science And Religion Just Get Along?

Britain’s provocative chief rabbi makes a case for a ‘partnership’between the empirical and the spiritual.

12/11/2012
Staff Writer

A figure of great stature, and sometimes the center of controversy in England, where he has served as chief rabbi and the public face of British Jewry for two decades, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is certain to add to both his stature and the controversy that surrounds him with the publication of his newest book.

Starting with his first words.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of England, finds space for both religion and science.

Finding Religion Online

Ever since the old AmericaOnline, people have used the Internet as a way to learn more about religion and to engage with likeminded co-religionists. The Senior Religion Editor of Huffington Post, Paul Raushenbush, published an interesting article about the search for religion on the Web. He writes that "Religion is one of the hottest areas of the Internet because religion is one of the most intense and contested arenas of human relations and ideas." He's right.

The Web is the first place many people look to learn more about religion

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/21/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel

When Work And Religion Collide

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

Two religious accommodation cases last week that involved Orthodox Jews — a prospective Sabbath-observant employee of a New York-based consulting firm, and a chasidic Jew whose beard threatens to keep him out of the New York Police Department — are part of an ongoing tug of war between employers and religious workers, says the veteran lawyer who has advocated on behalf of Shabbat-observant Jews for more than four decades.

NYPD recruit Fishel Litzman, left, and attorney Nathan Lewin.
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