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Ritual and Devotion at Westminster

Observations from a few hours spent at the 136th Kennel Club Dog Show By Ashley Baxstrom We gathered, one week ago, like so many pilgrims flocking to a holy site. Or rather, flocking to a site where the objects of our devotion gathered. Was it the idea of a place in which generations had come together for more...

Drag-ging their Way to Credibility

Amy Levin:  Last year it was Jo Calderone performing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and this year it was Roman Zolanski at the 2012 Grammy Awards. If these names aren’t ringing a bell, you might otherwise know them as the now famous male alter-egos of singers Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj,...

I Love You, I Do.

We asked our Near and Dear to tell us something about today, the day when we celebrate love--or loss or absence or grief or joy or chocolate or the color red.  Valentine's Day is one of those not-so-holy (or so-holiday) holidays we bump into on the annual calendar, on our way to spring, rebirth and...

Brothers All Are We? The GOP’s Designs for Israel

The GOP cites Leviticus as just cause for a one-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. Paul Mutter:  Mitchell Plitnick reports that in a closed meeting in January, the Republican National Committee (RNC) adopted an official resolution supporting "united Israel governed under one law for all people."  What? Yes, according to the resolution, "the members of...

Refusing to Counsel: Another Way to Look at Conscience

From Mark Oppenheimer’s article at the New York Times today on the case, taken up by the Christian legal organization Alliance Defense Fund, of a counselor who refused to treat a patient seeking help with a same-sex relationship (Tedesco is the counselor’s lawyer): “Does it require a Jewish counselor to affirm the religious beliefs of...

The Extraordinary, Amazing, Miraculous Story of Christian Hollywood

Amy Levin: It’s only the end of January and many of us are already in winter break withdrawal – missing those precious days when you can sit back, relax with your nieces and nephews and watch those fun, PG-rated, faithy, family films about saving cute animals and. . . yourself? Yes, the days when Disney...

Back In the Habit and Looking Good

Ashley Baxstrom: The Devil may wear Prada, but that doesn’t mean he owns the market on being fashionably faithy. Check out the hot new line debuting over at the Community of Compassion, a new Anglican Catholic order in Forth Worth, Texas. When Mother Mary Magdalene, founder of the order, needed help designing new habits –...

Women, Orthodoxy and the Public Square

Amy Levin: Rick Perry says it’s America’s war on religion, but a subset of the ultra-orthodox in Israel might beg to differ. Perry’s concerns have more to do with school prayer and re-sanctifying Christmas, but many of Israel’s ultra-orthodox are concerned with feminism, or what most feminists would simply call gender equality. Clashes between...

Jews Writing Jews, January 24

January, 24, 2012 | 6:00 - 7:30pm, 20 Cooper Square

Henry Goldschmidt (Race and Religion Among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights), Theodore Ross (Am I a Jew? forthcoming; editor, Men’s Journal), and Matthew Shaer (Among Righteous Men; contributor, New York Magazine) Moderated by Alana Newhouse (editor, Tablet Magazine) Three writers discuss the challenges of reporting and writing about Jewish communities other than their own.

The End of Our Affair with Gossip Girl?

Jo Piazza: After five seasons of defying everything good and holy, capitalizing on debaucherous underage sex and drug abuse, using a ménage a trois in a national ad campaign and generally creating some of the more deviant characters on primetime television, Gossip Girl has found god—the Catholic version no less. And they have done it by appropriating the...

Outside the Law: Cheryl Perich and the First Amendment

There’s nothing quite like a First Amendment dispute to illuminate the subtleties of interpreting separation of church and state. By Elissa Lerner Last week, the Supreme Court ruled for the first time to uphold a forty year-old practice known as the “ministerial exception” in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. Equal Employment Opportunity...

It’s in the Mail!

Dear Readers, If you want to receive a print copy of the Spring 2012 Events Calendar for The Center for Religion and Media at New York University (our publisher!) just ask!  Post a comment to this post, include your name and complete address, and wait for the mail man.  Happy spring!  Ann P.S. You can also...