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  • The Bible's case for immigration reform

    The Bible's case for immigration reform
    Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Immigration: An Aug. 8 Op-Ed...
  • Review: PBS' 'Life of Muhammad' an earnest effort to enlighten

     Review: PBS' 'Life of Muhammad' an earnest effort to enlighten
    Whether a case of divine intervention or just fortuitous programming, PBS begins airing "The Life of Muhammad," a three-part explanation of the history of Islam, on Tuesday, the same day Al Jazeera America makes its debut on the channel formerly known...
  • Behold our mutant future in Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam'

    Behold our mutant future in Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam'
    Sometimes Margaret Atwood can get a little goofy. I mean no disrespect to the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" — in fact, it's a good thing that she writes intelligent works of dystopian fiction with a sense of humor. Otherwise, the end of the...
  • Rosh Hashanah dishes are richer with pomegranate, date flavorings

    Rosh Hashanah dishes are richer with pomegranate, date flavorings
    Pomegranates and dates, signature Rosh Hashanah fruits in many households, have been associated with the culture of the Holy Land since biblical times. Both fruits made the Torah's list of the Seven Species; the honey in that list is believed to have...
  • Killing chickens to cleanse one's sins: Yea or nay?

    Killing chickens to cleanse one's sins: Yea or nay?
    The Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot -- in which chickens are ritualistically twirled in the air and slaughtered as a way of transferring a person's sins onto the dead animal -- is still practiced in some corners of Los Angeles. Readers have noticed --...
  • Philip Berg dies at 84; founder of Kabbalah Centre

    Philip Berg dies at 84; founder of Kabbalah Centre
    On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same. The...
  • World's oldest complete Torah believed found in Italy

    World's oldest complete Torah believed found in Italy
    ROME -- An Italian academic has discovered what is believed to be the world’s oldest complete Torah -- the holy book of Judaism -- dating back as far as the 12th century.  The scroll of fine lambskin, which measures 118 feet by 25 inches when...
  • An artisanal Bible: A handwritten copy, four years in the making

    An artisanal Bible: A handwritten copy, four years in the making
    A man in upstate New York has just about finished a task that was common enough until the invention of the printing press: Over the past four years, he has copied the King James Bible by hand, the Associated Press reports. Phillip Patterson, a 63-year-...
  • Pakistani judge grants bail to Christian girl charged with blasphemy

     
    A Pakistani judge ordered the release on bail of a young Christian girl jailed for allegedly desecrating the Koran, a decision that ends her three-week stay in jail and comes after the arrest of a Muslim cleric on charges of trying to fabricate the case...
  • Blasphemy case: Muslim cleric accused of framing Christian girl

     
    A Muslim cleric who had accused a young Christian girl of desecrating the Koran has been arrested on suspicion of fabricating the case against her, a development that her lawyer said could lead to the girl’s release....
  • Afghan leader rips film tied to Libya attack, raising fears of violence

     
    President Hamid Karzai condemned an American-made film that crudely mocks Islam, galvanizing fears among Westerners that the Afghan leader's denunciation could be read as a go-ahead to stage violent protests....