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  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   4 hours 34 min ago

    "Bigot, Anti-Semite, Nazi and Holocaust" were thrown around too casually in the story. As the previous commentator mentioned some of the members of the Board probably use stereotypical words in their description of blacks, Hispanics and other minorities.

    If all the funds for school district is generated only by local property tax, then they can get away with whatever decision making they do since they are majority tax payers. Democracy. But if a single penny is coming from anywhere else (state, federal..) they should be investigated and stopped.

    Good luck finding any official who'd be willing to do that without a major blowback.

    Bravo to Ben Calhoun and his producers, excellent piece didn't detect a single bias. Keep reporting great stories Ira!

  • Reply to: You Can't Bat Mitzvah Your Daughter -- Or Bar Mitzvah Your Son   5 hours 35 min ago

    And, of course, a convert becomes bar/bat mitzvah immediately after immersing in the mikvah.

  • Reply to: Circumcision (And Other) Risks   18 hours 43 min ago

    From - › Baby Health
    “About one-fifth of all people aged 12 and up in the U.S. are infected with the HSV-2 virus that causes genital herpes, but as many as 90% don't know it. (By comparison, experts estimate 50% to 80% of adults have oral herpes.)”

    There is also a case where the baby caught herpes from a young sibling, and it was wrongly attributed to the mohel.

    Therefore, it is clearly seen that there are many complicating features.

    To blame a mohel, a Jewish circumcisor, for this is not correct.

    Please cease to regulate Jewish people because of our traditions.

    No-one would be popular if kissing and other more intimate aspects of human contact were banned.

    Also from the same website and the same article- “ Remember, too, that neonatal herpes can occur even where both parents have never knowingly had a herpes sore of any kind.”

  • Reply to: As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind   18 hours 44 min ago

    You can find on google the case where the mother gave evidence that another child in the family was infected with herpes.
    In other words, there are multiple pandemic causes of herpes-just kissing alone can transfer the virus- it is almost as common as the "common cold".

  • Reply to: Israel’s West Bank Grab   18 hours 53 min ago

    I did not cringe, they should have done it earlier.