A court in the Polish city of Bialystok has asked the Polish Constitutional Tribunal to rule on whether the country’s ban on ritual slaughter is compliant with the constitutional freedom of religion.
Homosexual prisoners will be allowed conjugal visits with their partners under the same circumstances they are granted to heterosexual ones, the Israel Prison Service has said.3
An Israeli study has demonstrated that listening to the music of Mozart is more conducive to the development of premature babies than is exposure to Bach.
A German court rejected a German newspaper’s bid to view files related to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, ruling they should remain classified.4
Jane Eisner envies voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, whose voices actually count during primary season. How can we change the system so that Jews’ and other minorities’ voices count, too?
The Egyptian opposition senses that the time has come. 24 hours before the end of the military’s ultimatum, the activists believe it is time to continue mixing it up. When, at noon, the report came in that President Mohamed Morsi met with army commanders in his palace, the crowd in Tahrir square cheered loudly, convinced that the army would force Morsi to surrender. In the afternoon, at the end of the work day, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the square, welcomed by fireworks and speeches. Families with children filled the Nile’s bridges, waving Egyptian flags demonstrating that they are “against Morsi, but for Egypt.” The atmosphere is calm. Those looking for violence have gone to the hot spots such as the Presidential Palace or the Muslim Brotherhood offices. Police officers surround the square, munching on potato chips and trying to get out of the sun. It doesn’t seem they are planning any activity tonight.3
Two of the three campers struck by lightning at a Reform Jewish summer camp near Indianapolis have been released from the hospital.
It’s not every Shabbat that one can celebrate gay pride weekend with Edith Windsor and Roberta Kaplan – the gay community equivalent of Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall.
Ben Zygier, a Mossad agent whose 2010 suicide in Israeli prison rocked this country and his native Australia when his identity and death came to light early this year, hid his intent to commit suicide from his guards, according to the State Prosecutor’s Office.
A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the “Jewish diaspora” to recent anti-government unrest and the country’s Jewish community expressed fears on Tuesday the comments could make them targets of popular anger.6
Actor Pierce Brosnan said on Tuesday that his 41-year-old daughter Charlotte had died after a three year battle with ovarian cancer, the same disease that killed his first wife more than 20 years ago.
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