What do Israel’s elections mean for Netanyahu?

Professor Yehudah Mirsky offers his analysis of the recent Israeli elections and their import for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Sept. 23, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: politics religion israel society-and-culture elections judaism palestine

Mixed response to Pope Francis in climate news coverage

A new study uses news articles featuring Pope Francis to gauge how political and religious identities shape responses to climate change.

Matthew Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change politics journalism religion united-states society-and-culture earth-and-environment beliefs celebrities

What a 1928 blood libel in upstate New York reveals about today

A lost child in 1928 Massena, NY sparked the United States' only known blood libel. A new history of the event connects the dots to anti-Semitism today.

Niv M. Sultan-NYU • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: politics history immigration religion bias united-states featured society-and-culture myths judaism

Book offers 5 ways to improve Jewish education

Hebrew and Jewish day schools could use these methods and techniques to improve instruction, say researchers.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Sept. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: education religion society-and-culture

Private prayer may boost memory for adults over 50

Attending religious services and private prayer may give people over 50 a boost to thinking and memory, researchers report.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 20, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: cognition memory religion social-lives health-and-medicine prayer

More obesity among black men who attend church often

New research finds a link between obesity and church attendance among African American men.

Lucas Hubbard-Duke • futurity
Aug. 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: obesity religion health-and-medicine body-weight

Book: Fat phobia arises from racism and religion

Our culture's fat phobia has deep cultural and religious roots, a new book argues.

Heather Ashbach-UC Irvine • futurity
Aug. 12, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: history gender religion bias race featured society-and-culture body-weight

New edition of ‘American Judaism’ reflects recent history

The textbook "American Judaism," first published in 2004, has a new edition featuring updates regarding identity, politics, and a "national religious recession."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
July 1, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: history religion united-states israel featured society-and-culture identity trends judaism

Drugs or no, ‘God encounters’ can ease fear of death

Survey results suggest spontaneous God encounters could boost mental health—even when the experiences result from using drugs.

Vanessa McMains-Johns Hopkins • futurity
May 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: religion emotions hallucinations featured health-and-medicine beliefs

Fox-snout bag contains ancient traces of ayahuasca

The archaeologist who analyzed the ayahuasca-containing fox-snout pouch calls it "the most amazing artifact I've had the privilege to work with."

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology religion hallucinations society-and-culture caves

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