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Religious Business Ceremonies in India

Religion is a way of life in India, and religious business ceremonies are common occurrences. Everything a Hindu does is an act offered up to God, and emphasis is placed on the acts themselves, not rewards [more…]

Flourless Jewish Desserts for Passover

Jewish cooks have created an amazingly varied selection of Passover desserts. They prepare their dessert batters by replacing the flour with matzos, matzo meal, cake meal, or potato starch. Flourless Passover [more…]

Sibling Rivalry in the Torah: Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve's first two children were Cain and Abel. The Torah says that "Abel became a shepherd and Cain became a tiller of the ground" (Genesis 4:2). When it came time for each of them to present an [more…]

Challah (Egg Bread)

Challah, or hallah, is a delicious bread with a deep brown crust and soft white crumb. Challah has become the best-loved egg bread in much of the United States. Baking challah at home is a joy because [more…]

Reviewing the Starting Points for Islamic Ethics

Humans are made in the image of God, and that image includes moral and intellectual capability. According to Sura 33:72 (common term for the basic 114 units of the Qur'an, the basic scripture of Islam) [more…]

Considering Who Jesus Claimed to Be

People often think of the President of the United States as one of the most powerful people in the world. Perhaps that idea's due to the fact that he's got so many names, roles, and titles associated with [more…]

Recognizing How Your Mind Shapes Your Experience

On many occasions, Buddha himself said that your mind creates, shapes, and experiences everything that happens to you, without a single exception. That's why, from the Buddhist point of view, what goes [more…]

Living Spiritually in a Conscious World

Spiritual living begins with looking at day-to-day events differently. Instead of judging things by how important they are on the scales of worldly accomplishment, you focus on the depth of meaning behind [more…]

Introducing God, the Torah's Author

Even though the Torah is mainly about God, it's also important to remember that the Torah's author is God. Although the first line of the Torah says, "In the beginning of God's creation of heaven and earth [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Meat and Seafood

Keeping kosher is the guiding principle behind Jewish food traditions. The rules of keeping kosher involve how you select food, how you cook it, and how you plan your menus. To keep kosher, you have many [more…]

Considering the Many Faces of Spiritual Realization

If you've read the stories of the world's great mystics and sages, you find that spiritual experiences come in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes. For example: [more…]

Looking at the Priesthood as No-Woman's Land

With an apparent priest shortage and so many Protestant denominations embracing women ministers, some people wonder why the Catholic Church doesn't allow female priests. First of all, it's [more…]

Avoiding Roadblocks to Stress Reduction

If you recall your last attempt at losing a few pounds or getting rid of all the clutter in your house, you may recognize that good intentions do not always guarantee success. Usually, you encounter one [more…]

Reacting to the Reformation: The Council of Trent

Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534 and immediately came face-to-face with the Protestant Reformation. At first sight, Paul looked pretty much like his predecessors: born into a rich Roman [more…]

Jesus's Birthplace and Hometown

Both Matthew and Luke agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which is in Judea, near Jerusalem (where David was from and therefore where David's heir was expected to be born; see Micah 5:1). Both of these [more…]

Sephardic Grilled Chicken

This Sephardic grilled chicken appears on the barbecues of homes and restaurants throughout Israel. With its Mediterranean marinade, the grilled chicken is a succulent and flavorful main dish. [more…]

Surveying the Role of Monasteries in Buddhism

Buddhist monks and nuns have traditionally relinquished their worldly attachments in favor of a simple life devoted to the three trainings of Buddhism: [more…]

Mushroom Asparagus Noodle Kugel

When asparagus is plentiful, it can make a delicious addition to noodle kugel with sautéed mushrooms and onions. You can also make this noodle kugel with broccoli if fresh asparagus isn’t available. [more…]

Tracing Conflict between Latter-day Saints and the Outside World

When the Latter-day Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they had reason to hope they'd escaped conflict with the American government forever. At the time, Mexico owned the territory that eventually [more…]

Moving toward Religious Dialogue

The history of religious dialogue involving Muslims began when some early caliphs sponsored theological debates at court between Muslims and non-Muslims. Later, for limited periods of time, much fruitful [more…]

Lox and Eggs

Lox and eggs is a popular dish at deli-restaurants serving Jewish-style cuisine — and lox with scrambled eggs is ideal for preparing at home. It’s very easy, takes no time, and costs much less when you [more…]

Getting to Know the Nature of God through the Torah

In Jewish tradition, the way to find the path to God is to study the Torah. In addition to all its teachings about behavior and ritual, the Torah is also the main source for information about the nature [more…]

Identifying the Audience for the Koran

The Koran's audience is universal, without limitation on gender, culture, or religious beliefs. However, the Koran specifically addresses six general groups of people in various passages and at varying [more…]

Two-Way Eggplant Spread

Wildly popular in Israel, this eggplant spread is easy to make because you grill the eggplants whole. Keep this spread on hand in the refrigerator for a tasty snack. Fresh pita bread is the usual accompaniment [more…]

Reliving the Biblical Christmas Story

Rather than just appear on earth one day, or "beam down" (to use Trek-talk), Jesus is said to have entered this world in the most orthodox of ways: childbirth. Jesus' appearance on earth is known as the [more…]

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