from Photographers' Blog:

Reality of a grand Hasidic wedding

May 23, 2013

Jerusalem

By Ronen Zvulun

Coming back home at 5am sunrise, I was just beginning to digest the grand event I was lucky to witness and cover: the wedding of the grandson of one of the most influential spiritual leaders in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community.

from FaithWorld:

Pope Benedict signals inter-faith alliance against legalising gay marriage

December 21, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino)

from FaithWorld:

Israeli military enlisting frontline rabbis, critic warns creating against “God’s army”

July 4, 2011

(A Jewish rabbi instructs an Israeli Border Policeman to recite prayers as he prays in the neighborhood of Gilo on the outskirts of Jerusalem October 23, 2000./Peter Andrews)

from FaithWorld:

Guestview: Ritual slaughter ban reflects fights over food and faith in the Netherlands

By Guest Contributor
June 30, 2011

(A halal butcher in Geneva, August 23, 2010/Denis Balibouse)

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Martijn de Koning is a Dutch anthropologist in the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen. This is an shortened version of an analysis originally posted on his blog CLOSER.

from FaithWorld:

European Jewish groups vow to fight Dutch ritual slaughter ban

June 29, 2011

(A kosher food shop in Berlin's Mitte district November 3, 2008/Fabrizio Bensch)

from FaithWorld:

Israel’s army chief under fire about God reference in memorial rites

June 27, 2011

(An Israeli army rabbi (L) recites prayers as he leads the funeral procession for a soldier killed in southern Lebanon, 1 Feb 2000/Jim Hollander. )

from FaithWorld:

Israeli envoy to Vatican voices rare praise of wartime Pope Pius XII

June 24, 2011

(Pope Pius XII in an undated file photo/Osservatore Romano)

A leading Israeli official has praised Pope Pius XII for saving Jews during the Nazi occupation of Rome, a surprise twist in a long-standing controversy over the pontiff's wartime role. The comments by Mordechay Lewy, the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, were some of the warmest ever made by a Jewish official about Pius. Most have been very critical of his record.

from FaithWorld:

In Kabul’s only synagogue, Afghan merchants open up shop

June 1, 2011

(An Afghan woman clad in burqa and her daughter walks past a restaurant built inside part of the only synagogue building in Kabul, June 1, 2011/Omar Sobhani)

from FaithWorld:

Delhi’s last ten Jewish families guard an ancient heritage

By Reuters Staff
May 23, 2011

(Ezekiel Isaac Malekar, honorary secretary of the Judah Hyam Synagogue synagogue, poses with a shofar horn inside the synagogue in New Delhi May 20, 2011/B Mathur)

from FaithWorld:

Jewish Lag BaOmer pilgrimage in Tunisia goes ahead, but muted

By Reuters Staff
May 22, 2011

(People attend a Lag Ba-Omer celebration at El Ghiba synagogue in Djerba island May 21, 2011S/Anis Mili)