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How much do you know about religion in the U.S.? The Pew Research Center interactive 15-question quiz tests your knowledge on the subject, asking questions about Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Though I just took it for the first time, the quiz isn’t particularly new. In fact, it was released in 2010 as part of Pew’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey results. The survey (conducted and...

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"Walking on holy ground," that’s what Pastor Rosemary Sanchez-Guzman called it. She wasn’t speaking about the physical act of walking. She was talking about the act of listening — listening to the stories of people who have fled a host of dangerous conditions in Central America and crossed, illegally, into the United States.

The pastor’s audience was a group of 15 teenagers from Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, IL, spending their spring break learning about immigration on America’s southern border. When she spoke of walking on holy ground, “...

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I had never seen a challah until I first came to America in 1961, but once I discovered it I began to like it very much.

Why am I writing about challah? Recently, I was contacted by the leadership of the town of Soncino, Italy, requesting information about the use of bread among Jews for a special “bread festival” in their region. This prompted me to think a bit more about the role challah played in Jewish life.

Challah is the quintessential Jewish bread that...

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I attended a high-pressure college, and a combination of physical illness and depression nearly compelled me to drop out in my senior year. Though I was able to finish the year and graduate with good grades, I was very sick. My energy was depleted, and I lost a close but ultimately unhealthy group of friends, which left me feeling that I stood at the center of a wide, lonely space I couldn’t see out of.

Losing four years of friendship was a loss of nearly my entire identity, of the personhood I’d been trying to build in my first years away from home. Suddenly, I didn’t know who I...

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Books on a shelf with different titles on the spines: Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddism, Protestantism

A conversation with Rabbi A. James Rudin, former head of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious Affairs and author of seven books, most recently, Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen S. Wise. When did interfaith relations first become a priority of Reform Judaism?

It was in Reform Judaism’s “DNA” from the very beginning. In 1801, Israel Jacobson established an innovative religious school...

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