Category Archives: Judaism

Rosh Hashanah is upon us

Today is the start of the Jewish High Holy Season. While Jewish people make up only 2 percent of the U.S. population, their impact is very strong. Take Ernie Weiss. He came to America in the 1940s and settled in … Continue reading

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Should schools adopt Muslim holidays?

And today, we have this from our friends at to the south. It seems Maryland public schools are considering closing for Muslim holidays. I can’t wait until Bill O’Reilly and Fox News hears about this. The issue is interesting, … Continue reading

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Ancient Bethlehem seal discovered

Interesting news from Jerusalem, where archaeologists have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that bears the inscription “Bethlehem.” The finding is significant because it would seem to prove that Bethlehem was not just the name of a fabled biblical town, but a … Continue reading

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Does Heaven exist?

Famed Christian scholar N.T. Wright, who made a May 13 trip to Dallastown, is the most prominent voice to date questioning the traditional view of heaven. Wright, a former Anglican bishop and author of several books on Christianity, is among … Continue reading

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Church giving on the rebound?

Church giving has suffered along with the economy since 2008. Many churches I visit report sharply reduced collections, which staff and program cuts, just like it does with any enterprise. A new report offers a little hope that the rebound … Continue reading

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When neighbors are different

Israel is embroiled in a religious controversy that began when an 8-year-old girl tried to walk to school in Beit Shemesh, a city between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Naama Margolese, 8, was spit on and harassed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men … Continue reading

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Workshop on Art of Jewish Papercutting

A free, hands-on workshop on the Art of Jewish Papercutting begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum in York. Youth ages 10 and older (with an accompanying adult) may participate in a craft class that explores … Continue reading

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Daughter of Lutheran bishop ordained a rabbi

A local “pastor’s kid” was recently ordained at a Bronx rabbinical school. She now leads a 100-family congregation at a synagogue in Brooklyn. A NYT profile Monday guesses Heidi Hoover is a first — a Jewish convert, now rabbi, with … Continue reading

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The week in Pa. religion news: April 3, 2011

The number of Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended for alleged aberrant behavior involving children grew to 29, as officials placed two more clerics on administrative leave. The Philly case has the U.S. bishops defending the credibility of … Continue reading

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At Yom Hashoah, a Torah is rededicated

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) will be observed at 7 p.m. May 1 at Temple Beth Israel in York Township. John Freund will speak about his experiences as a youth in Czechoslovakia, his time in the concentration camps of Theresienstadt … Continue reading

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