Student Series! Moses: The Chosen One

In Ancient Egypt there was a new pharaoh that rose to power and enforced slavery upon the Israelite tribes. This slavery was extremely harsh and the Israelite slaves were treated brutally by the Egyptian masters. The pharaoh saw the Israelites as a threat because of their big population, so to control this population he commanded [...]

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Student Series! Hannukah

For many Americans Hanukkah is just the Jewish version of Christmas, only theirs stretches over an eight-day span. Just like any other topic, it is unjustified to make assumptions over ones belief without knowing all the facts to it. Hanukkah Traditions & Rituals Hanukkah is full of traditions and rituals that extend far past the [...]

Student Series! Jerusalem

Jerusalem, considered one of the holiest city in the entire world has long been divided over three of the world’s major religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Dome of the Rock contains the Foundation Stone which is important to all three religions as the traditional site of the Sacrifice of Isaac. Although these religions have a [...]

Travel Tips: Dressing for Houses of Worship

While most people understand the term "Sunday best" for a typical Protestant service, knowing what to wear for other houses of worship of different religious backgrounds can be daunting, especially for ladies! Luckily, this summer I had the fantastic experience to visit so many different sacred sites and I certainly learned some "do's and dont's" [...]

Religious Worlds of New York Schedule

This past summer I had the incredible and life-changing opportunity to spend 3 weeks in New York City at the Union Theological Seminary with the Interfaith Center of New York as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (whew that was a mouthful!). The program is running again for 2018 (yay!) and so [...]

Jewish Holidays: Foods of Rosh HaShanah

Again, I am not Jewish but I do seem to study Jewish rituals and traditions enough. I have never personally celebrated Rosh Hashanah, so all of the information in this post (& over photo) comes from Chabbad.org & MyJewishLearning.com. Traditional Foods Like most holidays, it is typical to have a big meals. Specifically for the Jewish [...]