Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, makeshift chicken coops appear on the streets and sidewalks of Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhoods like Borough Park and Williamsburg, dedicated to the ritual sacrifice of chickens for atonement in a centuries old practice known as kapparot, or kaporos. After campaigning against the practice for years, the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos has redoubled its efforts against the ritual in a quarter page open letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, printed as an ad in the New York Times on Tuesday.3
(JTA) — Independent U.S. presidential candidate Evan McMullin has named a Jewish running mate, Mindy Finn. Finn, 35, is president and founder of Empowered Women, a nonprofit that aims to foster discussion of feminism. She worked on digital operations programs for Mitt Romney and George W. Bush, and also at Twitter heading up strategic partnerships…
(JTA) — A Jewish cemetery in New York State’s Orange County was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. The outer wall of the cemetery Jewish cemetery in the Town of Warwick, about 90 minutes north of Manhattan, was covered in black spray painted swastikas and the words “Heil Hitler” and “SS,” the Times Herald-Record reported Sunday. The…
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces arrested the teenage daughter of the eastern Jerusalem man that killed two Israelis in a shooting spree. Eiman, 14, daughter of Misbah Abu Sbeih, 39, of Silwan, was held and questioned with her mother for more than an hour on Monday morning, before the teen was detained, the Palestinian…8
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sixty-three immigrants from Ethiopia arrived in Israel. The new arrivals were surrounded by family members from the Ethiopian-Israeli community after they touched down at Ben Gurion International airport on Sunday night, the first arrivals from the African nation in three years. Some 9,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent, or Falash Mura, remain…
British-born Oliver Hart and Finland-born Bengt Holmstrom won the 2016 Nobel Economics Prize for their contributions to contract theory, helping the understanding of issues like the performance-based pay for top executives.
Ken Thompson, the first African-American to be elected district attorney of Brooklyn, has died at age 50 of complications from cancer, his office said on Sunday.3
Geraldo Rivera said that he has uncovered some “embarrassing” tapes of Donald Trump discussing women — but insisted that the mogul never used a vulgar term about women’s genitalia and never actually groped women.
(JTA) — A Los Angeles federal court judge ordered a preliminary injunction against performing kapparot, an Jewish pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered. U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. granted the injunction Friday in response to a lawsuit filed late last month on behalf of the Virginia-based United Poultry…12
Conservatives said a 15-year-old’s question about girls and body image was a plant.3
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