WEEK IN RELIGION

Israel’s Supreme Court annulled a law that granted exemptions to ultra-Orthodox men from military service earlier this week. Most Jewish men are required to serve in the military when they turn 18, but the ultra-Orthodox has used the 2015 law to win exemptions for young men studying in Jewish seminaries. The Israeli secular community has stated that the system is unfair. In the decision, the court ruled in favor of appeals agains the 2015 law, stating that it discriminates between the ultra-orthodox and those required to serve in the military. The court also ordered to have the law replaced within a year.

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STUDY SAYS

Pastor’s spouses say ministry positive for families

According to a recent LifeWay Research survey, 85 percent of Protestant pastors’ spouses said that their churches take “good care of them,” but 60 percent said their family’s financial situation requires more than the salary received from the church.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” by Brene Brown

A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of “Rising Strong,” “Daring Greatly,” and “The Gifts of Imperfection.” “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives — experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In “Braving the Wilderness,” Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

— Random House

THE WORD

celebrant: One who conducts a religious rite, especially a Christian priest.

— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Kenya:

— Christian: 83 percent

— Muslim: 11.2 percent

— Traditionalists: 1.7 percent

— Other: 1.6 percent

— None: 2.4 percent

— Unspecified: 0.2 percent

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