Religion

  • Palestinian Marranos?

    Palestinians and Jews in the Holy Land may be intertwined, but with the level of intermingling and overlapping suggested in this news item about Palestinian Marranos, it’s getting ridiculous:   Four Palestinians from the Hebron Hills contacted a group of rabbis on Tuesday and claimed to be the descendents of Jews who were forced to… More ▸

  • Let there be G-dcast

    From the mind of Jewish t-shirt maven Sarah Lefton comes G-dcast, a new animated series of Torah commentaries as told by a different Jewish celebrity each week. Check out the first episode below, which features Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. New episodes will be posted each Monday at g-dcast.com. More ▸

  • Why a chicken?

    Ben Harris filed a report on the feud between animal-rights activists and Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidim over kapparos. Here’s his interview with Rabbi Shea Hecht about why the pre-High Holiday ritual must performed with a chicken. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • A few thoughts for Yom Kippur

    Some 63 percent of Israeli Jews plan to fast on Yom Kippur, according to a survey published in Ynet. If fasting merely makes us think about food, doesn’t this detract from the spiritual aspect of the day? Chabad offers an answer. There is no more fitting day than Yom Kippur to ask what is the… More ▸