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Rewards, Challenges Of Converting To Judaism

Jennifer Hanin grew up Catholic, but a few years ago, she replaced her Christmas tree, lights, ornaments and fake snowman with a Menorah and shabbat candles. She's the co-author of the new book Becoming Jewish: The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion. She talks with Michel Martin about her conversion, particularly as the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur comes at sundown today.
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Supreme Court Considers Disabilities Act Dispute

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that asks whether teachers in religious schools are exempt from civil rights laws. The court's eventual decision will have profound implications for the nation's religious institutions and the people who work in them.
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National Cathedral Will Reopen In November; Repairs Will Cost Millions

The National Cathedral, closed since sustaining extensive damage from the August earthquake that shook Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area, will reopen on Nov. 12, according to officials.
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Do Civil Rights Laws Apply To Parochial Schools?

A teacher at a Lutheran church school in Michigan was fired after invoking her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On Wednesday, her case goes before the Supreme Court. At issue is whether such teachers are "ministers" and should be considered exempt from the nation's civil rights laws.
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A Leading Figure In The New Apostolic Reformation

Several apostles affiliated with the movement helped organize or spoke at Rick Perry's recent prayer rally. A leading apostle, C. Peter Wagner, talks about the movement and its missions, which include acquiring leadership positions in government, the media, and arts and entertainment.
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Former New Orleans Archbishop Dies At 98

Melissa Block talks with Peter Finney, executive editor of the Clarion Herald, about the legacy of former Archbishop Philip Hannan, who died this morning at the age of 98.
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Jewish New Year Brings New Music

As Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday night, The Afro-Semitic Experience brings a twist to traditional music associated with the holiday. The band's latest album, Further Definitions of the Days of Awe, fuses Jewish liturgical music with jazz and Afro-centric rhythms. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with founder, composer and bassist David Chevan, as well as drummer Alvin Carter Junior.

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