Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Jews and Humor - According to Harvard University professor Ruth Wisse Jews, subject to centuries of persecution, have used humor to maintain a defense against attacks and suffering. Correspondent Bob Faw talks to Wisse, visits "Old Jews Telling Jokes," the show playing in Chicago and traces Jewish humor from Yiddish theater to the Borscht Belt to Hollywood. Prayer and Rebuilding in the Philippines - As surviving Filipinos continue to try to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Hayaan, Fred de Sam Lazaro listened to survivors' stories and their many expressions of confidence that it was prayer that saved them. Indeed, many saw what happened as a test of their faith, a test they were strong enough to pass. The Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat - Starting on the evening of January 15th, Jews will observe Tu B'Shevet, the new year for trees. Jews traditionally have observed the day by planting trees in Israel. Recently, it has also been seen as an occasion to work for protecting the environment everywhere.


  • Religion in Face of Terrorism; Medellin; Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • China Environmental Ethics; Saint Kateri
  • Criminal Justice Reform; Religious Freedom Ambassador
  • New Episcopal Presiding Bishop; All-White Juries
  • Migrant Crisis and Faith-Based Groups; Nostra Aetate
  • Mexico Migrant Center; Novelist Geraldine Brooks
  • The Dalai Lama’s Doctor; Kidney Donors and Faith Communities
  • Assessing U.S. Visit of Pope Francis; Jerusalem Youth Chorus
  • Impact of Pope's U.S. Visit; Pope Francis and Family Issues
  • Pope Francis in the US; America's Journey for Justice
  • Religious Freedom Versus Rule of Law; Battle Over Bears Ear
  • Affordable Heart Surgery; Jewish Environmentalism
  • Environmental Justice in Mossville; Payday Lenders
  • Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary; The Dalai Lama at 80
  • America's Incarcerated; The "T" in LGBT
  • Evangelicals and LGBT Acceptance; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  • The Aga Khan; The Singing Monks of Norcia
  • Religion in Cuba; Women's Mosque of America; Upanayanam
  • A Different Islamic School; Singing in a Chorus; Eid al-Fitr
  • Moving Beyond Confederate Flag; Changing Harlem Congregation
  • Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage; Ethics of Gene Editing
  • Supreme Court Rulings; Healing Moral Wounds of War
  • Faith-Based Activism on Climate Change; Recalling Liberation
  • Birth Control in the Philippines; Rancher Nuns


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