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2 New York Infants Get Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Rite

By Paul Berger

2 New York Infants Get Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Rite
Two more infants in New York City have tested positive for herpes following a controversial circumcision rite.Read More


Russia Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar Brings Riot Police Escort to Crimea Synagogue

By Paul Berger

Russia Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar Brings Riot Police Escort to Crimea Synagogue
Russia’s chief rabbi Berel Lazar brought armed policemen, including riot police, to tour Crimea’s Reform synagogue in Simferopol, according to CCTV footage.Read More


Jews Proud of Religious Freedom Act Despite Supreme Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Paul Berger

Jews Proud of Religious Freedom Act Despite Supreme Hobby Lobby Ruling
Jewish groups say they don’t regret drafting a 1993 religious liberty law — even though the Supreme Court relied upon it in its controversial Hobby Lobby ruling on contraception coverage.Read More


How World War I Shaped Jewish Politics and Identity

By Paul Berger

How World War I Shaped Jewish Politics and Identity
The spark that ignited World War I took place a century ago this week. Jews mostly did not support America’s entry into the first modern war — but they were profoundly shaped by it.Read More


Yeshiva U. Board's Culture of Risk-Taking Led to $500M Meltdown

By Paul Berger

Yeshiva U. Board's Culture of Risk-Taking Led to $500M Meltdown
A culture of high risk-taking among Yeshiva University trustees resulted in Y.U.’s investment portfolio losing more than $500 million in the 2008 financial crisis.Read More






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