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As a Rabbi, Helping Pregnant Texans Get Abortions Has Never Been More Important

As a Rabbi, Helping Pregnant Texans Get Abortions Has Never Been More Important My experience helping pregnant Texans get abortions is one example of how faith leaders can do our part to protect life: by making abortion accessible. As a rabbi who lives in Texas, I have long been active in local groups that organize clergy to fight for reproductive rights. Most recently, we have been working to resist SB 8, the Texas law that went into effect September 1

As a Rabbi, Helping Pregnant Texans Get Abortions Has Never Been More Important2022-06-21T19:59:53+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: God needs us all.

God needs us all. by Rabbi Nancy Kasten This story is told of the 18th century scholar and rabbi, Zusha of Hanipol: Reb Zusha was lying on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples. He was crying and no one could comfort him. One student asked his Rebbe, "Why do you cry? You were almost as wise as Moses and as kind as Abraham." Reb Zusha answered, "When I pass from this world and appear before the Heavenly Tribunal, they won't

Thoughts from the Commons: God needs us all.2022-06-21T19:59:39+00:00

Dallas Woman Meets with Pope

Dallas Woman Meets with Pope Scholar, Pontiff seek global harmony through climate action Dr. Maria Reis Habito has long worked to help bring about a global consensus of peace, unity, and understanding among some of the most diverse populations on the planet. The philosophy and religious scholar’s most recent interfaith efforts – addressing climate change – prompted a fall 2021 meeting with Pope Francis.   Keep reading about Faith Commons' board member Maria Reis Habito on People Newspapers.

Dallas Woman Meets with Pope2022-01-27T14:20:32+00:00

Strangers are friends you haven’t met yet

Valarie Kaur joins Krys Boyd on KERA's Think.   Learning to respect one another is important, but what if we could take it a step further and actually learn to love even our opponents. Valarie Kaur is a Sikh activist, lawyer, filmmaker and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her approach to conflict resolution and why she says every interaction we have should begin with love. Her book is called “See

Strangers are friends you haven’t met yet2022-01-31T16:36:01+00:00

Resolution Revolutions

Resolution Revolutions In a CBS poll conducted by telephone in December, 29% of Americans said they were making New Year’s resolutions, down from 43% last year. What’s behind this notable decline? No one needs someone else’s research to know that willpower is not enough to create sustainable behavioral change. How many times have I purged my home from sweets only to succumb to temptation and invitation the minute I step out my door? But behavioral science offers us an important

Resolution Revolutions2022-01-25T16:05:13+00:00

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help My friend Omar Suleiman resisted the habit of fearful thinking engrained in so many of us. By Nancy Kasten in the Dallas Morning News. Originally preached as a sermon at Northway Christian Church. Wendy Wood teaches psychology at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on habit formation. She has discovered that people who want to start a new habit don’t usually succeed when they

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help2022-01-20T20:34:04+00:00

Religious groups stand together after Texas synagogue standoff

Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to talk about his experience at Congregation Beth-Israel in Colleyville, TX during the hostage crisis on January 15, 2022. Watch the interview segment on MSNBC.com.

Religious groups stand together after Texas synagogue standoff2022-01-18T21:07:40+00:00

Texas Rabbi: Despite False Media Narratives, Synagogue Attack Brought Jewish & Muslim Communities Together

From Democracy NOW! On Saturday, an armed British man named Malik Faisal Akram took a rabbi and three congregants hostage at a synagogue outside of Fort Worth, Texas, resulting in an 11-hour standoff that ended once the rabbi threw a chair at Akram, who was later shot dead by the police. The standoff — which left all four hostages unharmed — has been identified by President Biden and federal authorities as an antisemitic act of terror. We speak with Rabbi

Texas Rabbi: Despite False Media Narratives, Synagogue Attack Brought Jewish & Muslim Communities Together2022-01-18T21:01:31+00:00

Commentary: NEISD’s book review offers lesson in civility

By Cameron Vickrey, for San Antonio Express-News We all know there has been a lot of noise about school boards and school board meetings lately. My own district, North East ISD, is no exception. Many public meetings this year have not been the prettiest display of humanity and civility. Until last week. I have been digging deep to understand the phenomenon of incivility. I think it must have to do with grief. We are experiencing so much change, and with

Commentary: NEISD’s book review offers lesson in civility2022-01-18T21:12:22+00:00

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I’m not a single-issue voter any more.

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I'm not a single-issue voter any more. I grew up believing that voting as a Christian meant voting for the pro-life candidate. But that's not nearly as clear cut for me as it once was.   Andrea Lucado Opinion contributor The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas’ law that bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and deputizes citizens to sue anyone they know who has provided an abortion

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I’m not a single-issue voter any more.2022-01-18T20:54:51+00:00

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