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How (and Why) to be Secular, Celebrating Sukkot, and More October 04, 2012
Summary: What secularism is - and what it isn't, Eboo Patel on pluralism, and celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish festival of booths

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Secularism Defined October 04, 2012
If you want to wear a hijab in public, keep prayer out of public schools, or practice any religion as you please, you're probably a secularist. So says Jacques Berlinerblau, who reminds us that embracing secularism doesn't have to mean shunning religion. 

Jacques Berlinerblau, author of "How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom
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Eboo Patel: Promoting Pluralism October 04, 2012
Religious pluralism is hard to pull off. But Eboo Patel is doing his best to make it a reality in American society - especially in this time of growing intolerance for Muslims and other religious minorities.

Eboo Patel, creator of the Interfaith Youth Core and author of "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America"
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Celebrating Sukkot October 04, 2012
Jews have been celebrating the joyous harvest holiday of Sukkot for thousands of years. Many build a hut, called a sukkah, where they invite friends and family for festive meals. The roofs are made of branches, open to the sky, recalling a vulnerability that is as relevant now as when the Jews were wandering in the desert. 

Rabbi Roni Handler, editor at Ritualwell