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The ’Splainer: What is Navaratri?

The ’Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which the RNS staff gives you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at the water cooler. (RNS) — Many non-Hindus are at least vaguely aware of Diwali, the Hindu holiday marked by lights, dressing up and the exchange of gifts. But some Hindus say Diwali gets overemphasized outside India because of some similarities to Christmas. (Sound familiar, Hanukkah?) More important than Diwali is, in fact, Navaratri, which Hindus around the world are celebrating right now. What is this...

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Diwali festivals grow in US, from Disney to Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday of Diwali is starting to light up mainstream America. Diwali, a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries, has long been observed in immigrant communities around the U.S. But now public celebrations of the holiday are starting to pop up in places ranging from Disneyland and Times Square to parks and museums. The Times Square event is the brainchild of Neeta Bhasin, who says that while many Indian immigrants have found great success in the U.S., “still people don’t know much about India. I felt it’s about Read More At Article Source | Article...

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5 faith facts about Roy Moore: Evangelical in excelsis

(RNS) — Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore just won the GOP Senate primary runoff. He has an excellent chance of becoming the state’s next U.S. senator, filling the seat left open when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. attorney general. If Moore does, he would become one of the nation’s most prominent evangelical torchbearers. (He has already received the support of the Rev. Franklin Graham and the endorsement of evangelical radio personality James Dobson.) Here are five faith facts about Moore: 1. Moore is a Christian nationalist. He believes the Founding Fathers intended the United States to be a Christian nation Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Divorced from her husband and her faith, Tova Mirvis finds freedom

(RNS) — There was no single event that led writer Tova Mirvis to abandon her marriage and her Modern Orthodox faith. The rumblings began early and the final collapse took place around the time she turned 40. Once she had stopped believing, remaining in a marriage predicated on living a strict Orthodox Jewish life with its myriad of daily rules had left her soul calloused, as she describes in her new memoir, “The Book of Separation.” “The Book of Separation” by Tova Mirvis The painfully honest book  is one in a growing genre of nonfiction accounts of leave-taking mostly from Read More At Article Source | Article...

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The Book of Common Prayer gets a glossary

Title page of Book of Common Prayer. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons LONDON (RNS) — It is the book that gave us such immortal phrases as “till death do us part” and “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” But nearly 500 years after the creation of the Book of Common Prayer by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, many people, even priests, find its prose not so much eminently quotable, as mystifying. Now the Church of England’s trainee clergy are being offered help to understand Cranmer’s more obscure prose through a publication of a glossary. All first-year ordinands – the trainee priests studying at theological Read More At Article Source | Article...

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