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Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

The Jewish Daily Forward

1 week ago

Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

Read more at Forward.

  • New option for Jewish genetic testing

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    3 weeks ago

    When a Jewish couple is planning their wedding or anticipating starting a family, they probably aren’t thinking much about rare genetic conditions. But JScreen, an educational and screening program, urges couples to add genetic testing to their to-do list. And by offering...

  • The Alzheimer’s tsunami alert

    By Michelle K. Wolf

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    At a recent weekday matinee showing of the film “Still Alice,” in which Julianne Moore stars as Alice, a Columbia University linguistics professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the theater was crowded, mostly filled with middle-age women. At times it felt like a...

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

    by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org

    February 5, 2015 | 1:37 pm

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

    The recent outbreak of measles that began in the...

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  • Los Angeles area daycare center shuts down after baby contracts measles

    by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

    February 3, 2015 | 9:05 am

    A daycare center at a Southern California high school has been closed and more than a dozen infants placed under three-week quarantine after a baby enrolled in the program was diagnosed with measles, a school district official said on Monday.

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    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

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  • ‘Brain Death’ conference aims to educate about the disputed definition

    By Tom Tugend

    January 14, 2015 | 11:36 am

    When is dead really dead? And when the answer and criteria for this question are in dispute, who decides? The doctor, the family, a religious authority, a court judge, or federal and state laws?

    In the past year, a number of high-profile cases have stirred public interest in this...

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