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Tales of an Ex-Hasidic Jew

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Footsteps is a Jewish organization that helps Hasidic Jews wishing to leave their ultra-orthodox community become integrated members of secular society and work through the profound difficulties of leaving behind their past and, in most cases, being disowned by their families. PBS and A Journey . . . . Continue Reading »

The Politics of Abstinence

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“Emotional contraception is extremely ineffective,” says Nathaniel Peters . He and Donna Freitas recognize that the hook-up culture just isn’t as satisfying as college students make it out to be, particularly because human beings, much as we might like at times, cannot separate . . . . Continue Reading »

Hillbilly Thomists

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Fr. Thomas Joseph White and Fr. Austin Litke from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. graced a small audience at the World Youth Alliance last Wednesday with a little bluegrass concert. Enjoy a snippet here. (Note: This song represents only one of the three pillars of bluegrass . . . . Continue Reading »