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Holly Lebowitz Rossi is Beliefnet's Health and Relationships Editor. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Divinity School, she has more than a decade of experience writing about religion and spirituality for Newsweek, The Washington Post, Spa Finder, Sojourners, Search, and many other publications. Her commentaries have also been heard on NPR’s “All Things Considered." When not at her desk, you can find her baking, in her garden, or rockin' out in water aerobics class. She lives in Arlington, Mass. Visit for more.

NBC’s 30 Rock aired its Christmas episode last night, satirizing the myriad ways in which Christmas has become a confusing amalgam of generosity, love, cynicism, materialism, and family mishigas. Kenneth (played by Jack McBrayer), the earnest page who’s always so …Read More

Last night my husband and I saw the four-hour Peter Bogdanovich mega-documentary “Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” during its one-night-only showing in Boston (the movie will soon be released on DVD). The film painted a remarkable …Read More

The hit Fox counterterrorism drama “24” depicts a universe where people rely on one of two things when faced with difficult decisions. Either they turn to the protocols, laws, and directives of the hierarchies in which they work, or they …Read More

Remember how the final episode of “Seinfeld” put the main characters on trial for being selfish, inconsiderate, and just generally shallow? How the show was famously “about nothing” and that there would be “no hugging, no crying” in any episode? …Read More

I had heard of Tao restaurant and nightclub in its New York City setting, so why should I have been surprised to see it in Las Vegas as well? Situated in the sumptuous Venetian hotel, Tao has two prominent advertising …Read More

Britney Spears’ much-balleyhooed head-shaving meltdown over the weekend had (at least) one religiously confusing aspect to it. While she was getting a white-and-pink cross tattooed on her lower hip, the former teen idol sported a large Star of David necklace …Read More

This morning, the first installment of Mel Gibson’s two-part interview on Good Morning America aired, hyped as the first time we would hear the Hollywood star’s own account of the events of July 28, 2006. On that night, an intoxicated …Read More