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  • Jewish ethicist: Genetic engineering kosher

    If a carp is genetically engineered so that it has no scales, is it still kosher? After all, fins and scales are what make a fish kosher in the first place. The question might not have as wide an application as whether a tree that falls in a forest withou

  • Old and new topics at British film festival

    LONDON, Nov. 14 (JTA) – Britain’s largest Jewish film festival opened with a sell-out screening of a Czech film about shtetl life in the early 20th century. “Hanele,” which some are criticizing for reinforcing stereotypes, centers around the disruptions on family life when a Jewish father forbids his daughter from marrying a non-Jew. But the…

  • First Czech envoy to Israel dies at 87

    LONDON, Nov. 9 (JTA) – Eduard Goldstucker, a champion of Franz Kafka and the first Czechoslovak ambassador to Israel, died recently in Prague at the age of 87. He spent the last nine years of his life fighting to have a square near Prague’s historic Jewish quarter named for Franz Kafka, the famed writer who…

  • Jews play starring roles in British films

    LONDON, Oct 25 (JTA) – The four Chasidic Jews pass through security with only a minor delay. They take an elevator to an upper floor. They walk down a hallway. They enter a diamond merchant’s workshop. They pull guns from under their coats and threaten to blow people’s heads off if they don t hand…

  • British rabbis support twins’ separation

    LONDON, Sept. 26 (JTA) — British rabbis of all denominations are supporting a court decision ordering the separation of conjoined twins, though the operation will mean the death of the weaker girl. In a case that has sharply divided the nation, Britain’s Court of Appeals last Friday upheld an earlier decision to separate the twins,…

  • Holocaust groups’ critic causes controversy

    LONDON, July 26 (JTA) — A controversial American academic has left England’s capital — but not before criticizing advocacy groups for Holocaust survivors. Norman Finkelstein was in Britain to promote his new book, “The Holocaust Industry,” in which he accuses Jewish organizations and elites — the Holocaust industry, in his phrase — of distorting the…

  • Britain kills proposal for Orthodox divorces

    LONDON, July 25 (JTA) — British advocates for the rights of women whose husbands will not grant them Jewish divorces are disappointed at the defeat of a bill designed to remedy the problem. The Board of Deputies, which represents most British Jews, vowed to continue to press for a change to the law after the…

  • British Jews elect first female leader

    LONDON, July 16 (JTA) — The first woman elected leader of the umbrella organization that represents most British Jews plans to reach out to young, unaffiliated Jews. The failure to attract young people is “not just a problem in the Jewish community,” said Jo Wagerman. “Young people are either abandoning their culture or becoming fundamentalists”…

  • Britain warned against Holocaust-denial law

    LONDON, June 22 (JTA) — Passing a new law outlawing Holocaust denial is not the best way to combat the problem, says a panel of British lawyers. The recommendation came about two months after British Holocaust denier David Irving lost a multimillion-dollar libel case against American historian Deborah Lipstadt in London. Holocaust denial is “fanciful,…

  • Jews fooled by phony chain e-mail

    LONDON, May 4 (JTA) — Heard the one about the father who told his children he was leaving their mother in order to get them to come home for Passover? What about the man who taught his parrot to daven? Read any good Jewish haiku lately? If the answer to any of these questions is…