With pandemic in mind, pared-back hajj in Mecca for 2nd year


MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday, but remained socially distanced and wore masks as the coronavirus takes its toll on the hajj for a second year running. The hajj pilgrimage, which once drew some 2.5 million Muslims from all walks of … Read more

If Rabbi Leo Baeck could survive Theresienstadt, we can survive COVID.


“So, Rabbi, last week you wrote about whether Jews believe in angels. “What about saints?” Good question. The general definition of a saint is of someone who is exceptionally holy or close to God. In Christianity, formal recognition of sainthood requires canonization, and the attestation to the performance of miracles. Sainthood has sometimes involved the … Read more