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Kashrut coming to heritage birds from the Kansas prairie

Kashrut coming to heritage birds from the Kansas prairie

LINDSBORG, KAN. — Thousands of birds strutted around like rambunctious kids at recess — six varieties of turkey and nearly 40 breeds of chicken, duck and geese.

As soon as a stranger stepped into their dominion, a dozen of the largest toms surrounded the visitor. “They’re just making sure you’re not here to take over the flock,” fourth-generation farmer Frank Reese Jr. explained.

Out on the open Kansas prairie, about 80 miles north of Wichita, Reese’s Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch has become an oasis of what’s known as heritage poultry — healthy and genetically pure breeds of fowl that meet the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection, first codified in 1874.

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Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growth

Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growthLOS ANGELES — For the last three years, I’ve celebrated Tu b’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of the Trees — by organizing a participatory seder in a nearby canyon-top park. The seder usually includes about 10 to 15 people from my group, the Movable Minyan — a small, lay-led, independent congregation that needs every member’s active participation in order to thrive. We meet in the parking lot, and from there, bags of seder supplies in hand, we take a short hike up past oak trees to a ...
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CAJE speaker brings many incarnations to spirituality

CAJE speaker brings many incarnations to spiritualityRABBI DR. Elie Kaunfer, 42, an intense, studious figure, unconsciously evokes his previous incarnations as a journalist, banker and corporate fraud investigator. He sits upright in his chair, slim hands spread over a blank table. His piercing eyes hold court behind invisible-rimmed glasses. Smiles and laughter intervene unexpectedly. Although Kaunfer retains the investigative instinct, the subject matter has changed drastically since the days of documents and spread sheets. Now his passion is...

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'Where are you, oh my hamsa?'

'Where are you, oh my hamsa?'THANKSGIVING WAS a cold, snowy affair this past November. I cleaned off my car several times that afternoon in order to see my way clearly to Chris and Lisa Leppek’s house. From there, they would transport me to our host’s residence in the Highlands. As people made final preparations to depart, I was sitting on the couch when I felt something slip from my neck. It was the chain that held my hamsa — and the hamsa was gone. I searched the floor and retraced my footsteps through the living ...
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A man's view of childlessness

A man's view of childlessnessDOZENS IF not hundreds of books have been written about the childlessness of Jewish women — and the stories are told from their perspective. But in his recently released volume, The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness (Toby Press), Elliot Jager explores a topic that to his knowledge has never been deeply examined before: childlessness from the vantage point of Jewish men. “Pater” is the Latin word for father. The author, a former editor at the Jerusalem Post, tackles his relati...
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Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jo... [Link]

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

Gabe Friedman Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish? It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series. Despite his surname, which is a syllable away f... [Link]

French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of... [Link]

Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products o... [Link]

Prosecutors finish arguments in NJ synagogue firebombing trial

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Prosecutors completed their arguments in the case against one of two New Jersey men accused of vandalizing and firebombing synagogues and a rabbi’s home in 2012. The Associated Pr... [Link]

Israel celebrates US Jewry’s historic contributions to Zionism

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — In an unusual role reversal, Israeli officials paid tribute to American Jewry’s contribution to the State of Israel at a Knesset ceremony. The May 25 ceremony in Jerusalem, the fir... [Link]

Skverer rebbe’s employee accused of secretly filming nude couples at NJ motel

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — An employee of a Rockland County Hasidic grand rebbe has been arrested and charged with secretly taking photos of couples having sex in a New Jersey motel. Nachman Breier, a driver ... [Link]

New lawmaker vows to end Jewish prayer ban on Temple Mount

Julie Wiener (JTA) — At his Knesset swearing-in speech, longtime Temple Mount activist and new Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick called for an end to the ban on Jewish prayer at the Jerusalem compound. Glick, who offi... [Link]

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