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New Focus On Genetic Screening For Persians

Two research projects, new organization raising awareness
in Iranian communities here and in L.A..

Special To The Jewish Week
05/05/2010

 If you’re an Ashkenazi Jewish woman, a standard prenatal visit to the obstetrician includes testing for as many as 15 hereditary diseases that could affect your offspring. Insurance covers the cost. If you’re a Persian Jewish woman, and you want to be tested for the assortment of genetic mutations commonly found in the Iranian Jewish community, you’re basically out of luck. And quite likely, you’re also out of pocket, paying with your own money for each individual test.

Dr. David Rimoin and his research partner developed the West Coast study that screened 1000 Persian Jews.

Torah Scroll? Yes, There's an App for That!

There will no doubt be many times when a new app is released for Apple's iPad and people exclaim something to the effect of "Well, it was only a matter of time until someone created that!"

This was certainly the case yesterday, when RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology, released its first iPad app. Approved by Apple, it is named the iPad Torah, and is essentially a scan of the Torah scroll on the iPad screen.

Moses, Here's the App You Downloaded

Warning to Israelis: Leave Sinai now

04/13/2010

(JTA) — Israelis have been warned to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately.

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday evening issued the warning, citing “concrete information” that terrorists were planning to kidnap Israelis.

“We call on all Israelis now in Sinai to leave at once and return to Israel,” read the warning. “Families of Israelis now in Sinai are requested to make contact and update them of this travel warning.”

Waiting For God — As Beckett Or Moses?

04/13/2010

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:18 p.m.
Torah Reading: Leviticus 12:1-15:31
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Sabbath Ends: 8:19 p.m.

Every year about this time, I remember Samuel Beckett’s enigmatic play, “Waiting for Godot.” Beckett refused to identify Godot with God, but this period of the Omer is when Jews wait for God, and the parallel is compelling.

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Toyota, Auschwitz And Chelm

04/13/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

This week, I’ll be joining the March of the Living, an annual pilgrimage from Poland to Israel. The experience of the Holocaust stands alone in Jewish history, a godless counterpoint to all things sacred. Alongside the majestic peaks of Sinai and Zion, our view now includes this man-made mountain of children’s shoes, empty luggage and echoing shrieks, a clump of human refuse that dwarfs everything around it, taller than Sinai, more imposing than Zion, more insurmountable than Everest.

Sabbath Week: Dayenu And Double-Dipping

03/31/2010

 

Candlelighting, Readings:

Candles: 7:03 p.m. (Fri.); 7:05 p.m. (Sun.); 

8:06 p.m. (Mon.) 

Torah reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26; 

Numbers 28:19-25

Hafarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Slaves Of History?

A student’s challenge offers new light on Jewish people’s old experience in Egypt.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/26/2010

"In every generation,” we read in the Haggadah every year, “everyone must view himself or herself as if he or she had gone forth from Egypt.” This comes from the biblical commandment, “In that day you shall teach your child saying, ‘All of this is because of what God did for me when I went forth from Egypt.’ It was not only our forefathers that the blessed Holy One redeemed; us too God redeemed together with them. ...”
 

Slaves Of History?

A student’s challenge offers new light
on Jewish people’s old experience in Egypt.

03/24/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

‘In every generation,” we read in the Haggadah every year, “everyone must view himself or herself as if he or she had gone forth from Egypt.” This comes from the biblical commandment, “In that day you shall teach your child saying, ‘All of this is because of what God did for me when I went forth from Egypt.’ It was not only our forefathers that the blessed Holy One redeemed; us too God redeemed together with them. ...”
 

Regrettable Moments & Jewish Do-Overs

03/22/2010

It has been a “season of regret,” with corporate miscues and apologies rampant: Toyota’s recall, NBC’s Jay Leno/ Conan O’Brien scheduling gaffe and final recognition of Time Warner’s AOL blunder. If only there were a do-over. What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Tell us what you think. Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

“A Rabbi Walks Into a Bank . . . ”

Special to the Jewish Week
03/19/2010

 A witty man was once asked: “A doctor and a banker — which one is more important in the eyes of the Lord?”

Literary lights Alter Druyanov, Y.H. Ravnitzky, Simon Dubnow, Mendele Mocher-Seforim and Chaim Nachman Bialik
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