Jewish Currents spoke with more than 50 Birthright Israel participants and staffers about their experiences with the often-fraught sexual and gender dynamics on the famous free trip to Israel. Here is what we found.
Like, I suspect, many secular Jews, I now take a delight in eating pork that exceeds the merely culinary. In the flesh of the swine, gustatory pleasure is mingled with a sense of liberation.
My high school boyfriend and I made a bet: he'd learn about my religion, Mormonism, if I took up his religion, running. Neither of us was ready for what came next.
Michael Klimkowski is an LA-based comedian with an "uncanny likeness" to a famous pastor.
Earrings, usually forbidden, can be seen glittering from beneath white bonnets. Swimming is allowed; volleyball and shuffleboard are encouraged; ice-cream cones are a nightly ritual.
In 1980s Oregon, wearing maroon meant you were likely part of a cult.
According to a new survey, 41% of adults, and 66% of millennials, cannot correctly identify Auschwitz as a concentration camp. Sadly, these numbers are in line with the results of past studies on Holocaust awareness.
Catholic Church guidelines call for potential priests, nuns, sisters, and brothers to be given psychological assessments before entering religious life. Thes...
How the group at the center of the Netflix documentary “Wild, Wild Country” lost control in Oregon
David Lynch's 1986 masterpiece treats sin and grace more seriously than most explicitly Christian films do.
Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the FLDS, used to have control of his sect's land trust. When Jeffs went to prison for pedophilia, that put church members' homes at risk.
At the time, the goings-on had been especially strange.
Once a battle zone, the traditional baptism site of Jesus on the Jordan River is surrounded by minefields. An operation is now underway to clear them.
With cremation on the rise, cemetery space dwindling, and cryogenic freezing around the corner, the Vatican is facing some tough decisions.
Americans both black and white often use the civil-rights leader's memory more to chide black youth than to inspire them.
The story of the Oregon cult community — as portrayed in a new Netflix documentary — is key to understanding the current muddled law surrounding the "free exercise of religion."
A roundup of the most interesting, thought-provoking and surprising questions that our favorite columnists addressed in recent days.
"Catholicism was for Sundays; Espiritismo was the rest of the time."
The 2,000-year-old Coptic Church is trying something new: spreading its message across the United States — and the rest of the world.
"Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear" is a surreal meditation on faith and surfing, with the writer/director also starring as a ghost made of squid ink.
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