Posts tagged "jewish faith"

The Barking Blessed

More faith leaders are performing blessings for dogs, cats, and G-d's other creatures. by Michael Croland As Shabbat drew to a close on Saturday, May 8, about 20 members of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston, New Jersey, assembled for a traditional havdalah service to welcome the new week. Rather untraditionally, though, the ceremony occurred in...

Wicca Wacka

Halloween… time to bake the challah. Keren Engelberg, a contributing writer for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, reports that some scholars suspect the Sabbath bread got its twists in pagan times, when Northern European women offered special braided loaves up to the Teutonic goddess Berchta (madonna / whore). It’s not exactly news that most major traditions have...

God Hut

Jewish architect Richard Meier‘s vision for the Catholic church has just opened in a working class suburb of Rome. There’s a lovely picture in The New York Times — Meier shot from down low in front of his creation, hand to the heavens as if summoning forth the light — accompanying a serviceable article by Alan Riding on the construction...