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Converts say Freundel went well beyond peeping

Converts say Freundel went well beyond peeping

 

NEW YORK — When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before a “practice dunk” in the mikveh prior to her formal conversion to Judaism, the whole request seemed a bit odd, she says.

For one thing, Freundel instructed her to skip the pre-mikveh checklist, which includes things like  trimming nails and getting rid of excess hair and skin. For another, she had never heard of practice dunking.

But Mandel eventually bought the rabbi’s explanation: that women performing the ritual for the first time at their actual conversions might in their nervousness and confusion turn around and mistakenly expose themselves to the three rabbis present.

Mandel said she, like other women who took practice dunks, actually found the trial run helpful.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:29 )

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Rose Ready ‘for Ebola'

Rose Ready ‘for Ebola'DENVER’S Rose Medical Center started implementing Ebola protocols before John Eric Duncan presented symptoms of the hemorrhagic disease last month in Dallas. “But like many hospitals across the country, we went into high gear” after the chaos in Dallas, says infectious disease specialist Dr. John Hammer, chair of infection control at RMC. Rose currently has one dedicated Ebola bed in the ICU and the capacity to care for two adult patients inflicted with the deadly virus. Due to nurses...
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AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to Malaysia

AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to MalaysiaWASHINGTON — Ibrahim Barzak spent his childhood counting the days to weekends, when he would travel with his father to see friends in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ashdod and Jerusalem. For Barzak’s young sons, by contrast, the names of those cities conjure malevolent exotica. Barzak, 38, has worked for the past 22 years as a journalist in his native Gaza City, most recently as the Gaza correspondent for the Associated Press. The ethos that has guided him throughout his reporting career: a commitment...
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El Al may be violating US law

NEW YORK — A New York rabbi-attorney claimed that some El Al Airlines’ policies may violate US law in the wake of delays on flights because haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women. Rabbi Iris Richman, posting Sept. 30 on the Facebook page of Jewish Voices Together, cited a federal law that states, “An air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry.”...
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Ebola in US no surprise to local expert

Ebola in US no surprise to local expertAMERICANS followed the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a safe distance until Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan landed in the US on Sept. 20 and developed symptoms four days later. Suddenly, “over there” was here. Now in critical condition in a Dallas hospital, Duncan’s family is under quarantine. Fifty people who came into contact with him are monitored twice daily. The arrival of Ebola in the US is no surprise to Dr. Daniel Mogyoros, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Per...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:13 )

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