Rabbi Kleinbaum with her life partner Randi Weingarten just prior to they're arrest for protecting social injustice.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum: A Voice for Justice

I am extremely proud of my Rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum. On Thursday night she, three other Rabbis and many other Jewish leaders joined in protesting the death of Eric Garner, and condemning a system of justice which needs to be fixed and […]

by · December 6, 2014 · Editorials, Ethics, Local News, Religion
Dr Alagappa Alagappan The founder of Hindu temples in the United States and India. A man of inspiration.

A Eulogy to a Friend’s Father: Dr. Alagappa Alagappan

In late October, Dr. Alagappa Alagappan, the father of my friend Meena Alagappan, passed away. This man represented all that is good on this planet and the need for a humane, loving, ecumenical and humanitarian world. Unfortunately, I never got […]

by · December 2, 2014 · Bronx Personalities, Religion
Iglesia Emmanuel’s Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Iglesia Emmanuel’s Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

By Contributor Cole Rosengren Pastor Johnny Mercado used his special recipe to cook the turkey for Iglesia Emmanuel’s fourth annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner, but didn’t have a chance to eat any of it. He was too busy preparing for one of the […]

St. Ann's Church in Norwood

Bronx Church Closings & The Voice of Morality!

Across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan recently announced how scores of parishes would be affected by the largest reorganization in the history of the archdiocese. From Staten Island to The Bronx, there was anguish […]

by · November 16, 2014 · Editorials, Local News, Religion
The crescent moon that determines the start of the Islamic New Year

The Islamic New Year and Eid

Tomorrow night, October 24, the Hijri New Year, also known as The Islamic New Year (Arabic: رأس السنة الهجرية‎ Ras as-Sanah al-Hijriyah) begins. The date of the New Year is determined by the position of the moon. The first sighting […]

by · October 23, 2014 · Editorials, Religion
Pope Francis: A Man of Inclusivity

Pope Francis: A Man of Inclusivity

It was with great joy that I read the preliminary statement from the Vatican regarding a progressive change in the manner in which gays and other non-traditional couples are to be accepted and welcomed as members of the Roman Catholic […]

by · October 15, 2014 · Editorials, Religion
JOHN PHillips, noted animal rights activist and political pundit discussing the need to stop the abuse of Kapparot at a protest in Brooklyn.

Abuse of Animals in The Name of Religion?

By columnist Lewis H. Goldstein Jews all over the world are now recognizing the close of the New Year’s celebration, and the start of Yom Kippur, which is celebrated in many different ways across many communities. Many ultra-Orthodox here in […]

by · October 3, 2014 · Editorials, Religion