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JERUSALEM — Amare Stoudemire already knows some Hebrew phrases and sports a Star of David tattoo. Now he’s come to Israel to explore what might be his Jewish heritage. The five-time NBA All-Star who recently signed with the New York Knicks is on a weeklong visit to learn about Israel, its language and religions. He […]

From HuffingtonPost.com: “It’s an explosion of luuuv!” Elyse yells from the kitchen as she admires the golden challah loaves that she and her daughter Sydnee have prepared for the evening’s Shabbat.

From CNN.com: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is an uplifting spiritual, one that’s often heard in churches and popularly recognized as the black national anthem. Timothy Askew grew up with its rhythms, but now the song holds a contentious place in his mind.

From CBSNews.com: Walter Hawkins, a Grammy award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.  He was 61.

From TheGrio.com: If you know anything about gospel music the name Tonex will strike a chord. In 2004 he took the gospel world by storm when he released his Grammy nominated album Out The Box. Not only was it number one on the gospel charts, it also made a mark on the Top R&B charts.

BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the investigation says one of three white men accused of torching a predominantly black Massachusetts church because they were angry with President Barack Obama’s election has agreed to plead guilty.

From the Chicago-Tribune: On a recent Sunday morning, the Rev. Stephen Thurston stood on the pulpit before a packed New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago while a health care worker swabbed his upper and lower gums. After his sermon, she announced the results: Thurston had tested negative for HIV.

From TheGrio.com: An investigation is underway in Richland County after a Midlands mother claims her son was punctured with a pencil at a church’s after-school program. But the pastor of the Word of God Church off Garners Ferry Road said the church has also taken its own action.

From the NY Times: From the second to last pew at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Harlem on a recent Sunday morning, Sylvia Lynch, 80, lifted a hand toward the rafters and sang praises through a haze of burnt incense.

From FOXNews.com: PHILADELPHIA– Accompanied by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, Senator Arlen Specter received the endorsement of Philadelphia Black Clergy leaders Friday morning for his re-election bid in the Democratic primary next week.