September 16th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

One of world's best boxers is training to be a rabbi

By Eric Marrapodi and Ali Velshi, CNN

Brooklyn, New York (CNN) — Cutting the thick summer air, an industrial fan struggles to cool Gleason’s Gym.

Two women trade punches to the face in a morning sparring session before heading off to work.

Boxing gloves snap and thump, keeping the rhythm with the grunts and shouts. There is no music, no TVs, no smoothie bar. It smells like a boxing gym should: awful.

In walks the rabbi in training.

“Yuri!” a boxer calls out in greeting.

The champ is here.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Content Partner • Judaism • New York • Sports • TV-American Morning • United States

April 15th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

What if there is no hell?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Michigan pastor Rob Bell recently appeared on CNN's "American Morning,"  speaking about his book "Love Wins" and the controversy surrounding it.  Many conservative pastors have accused Bell of misrepresenting the Bible's teachings on heaven and hell, with some going as far as calling him a heretic.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Content Partner • Michigan • Pastors • TV-American Morning • United States

December 23rd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

'Seinfeld' actor reminices about Festivus

On Thursday morning Jerry Stiller talked about the legacy of Festivus, a secular holiday popularized in an episode of "Seinfeld," on CNN's American Morning.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Holidays • TV • TV-American Morning

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.