Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits NY Charedi Neighborhoods

10/19/2015 - 20:00

An outbreak of whooping cough has hit several charedi Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.


When Vaccinations And Faith Collide

Are anti-vaxxers’ religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

04/21/2015 - 20:00

As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some “anti-vaxxers” are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their chil-dren on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue?

A White House nurse prepares to administer the H1N1 vaccine to President Barack Obama on Dec. 20, 2009. Pete Souza/White House

Jewish Anti-Vaxxers Take Note: Parental Responsibility Trumps Parental Rights

02/10/2015 - 19:00

 At the Waldorf Early Childhood Center in Santa Monica, Calif., 68 percent of the children had not been vaccinated because of “personal belief exemptions.”

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am of Bayonne, N.J. RNS

Parents, Consumed With The 'What Ifs'

If you were to ask my siblings what they remember most about our son Benjamin’s first year of life, their unanimous answer would be his crying. In fact, Ben’s crying was so ever-present that my sister wrote the following ditty, which she would sing as she walked him around the house, trying to calm him:

My name is Benjamin and I like to cry
No one knows why
not even I
My name is Benjamin, my eyes are never dry
OK that’s a lie
but I do like to cry.

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr
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