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