Joseph is going to Egypt. Joseph and Pharaoh are now friends. Elijah is a bit tipsy, but off to a good start. 30,000 households down, and its only 6:30! Read the whole thing: Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah

This post had earlier included excerpts from an article by Sister Mary Mebane, a Roman Catholic nun who practices Reiki in California. I had ppublished some of her writings, in which she described the compatibility of Reiki and Christian practice, after the Catholic Bishops issued a report instructing Cahtolic institutions to stop teaching Reiki. On…

Is it possible to have a non-controversial two hour documentary about Jerusalem? PBS seems to have achieved that goal, without making it boring, with “Jerusalem: Center of the World.” Correspondent Ray Suarez and producer Andrew Goldberg raced through 4,000 years of history without managing to infuriate anyone. (It helps that they pretty much skipped over…

A reader who says she’s a Reiki practitioner disputes the Catholic Bishops’ contention that, while Christian prayer calls on the divine, Reiki amounts to mere human manipulation of the body: “I will tell you, I have asked God for a reiki attunement and God delivered. God loves you and when you ask for something to…


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Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

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