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  • Should robots count in a minyan? Rabbi talks Turing test

    by Adam Soclof, JTA

    June 12, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    Robots can hold a conversation, but should they count in a minyan?

    A chatbot at Britain’s University of Reading was heralded this week as passing the Turing test, showing a conversational ability that managed to fool people into thinking it was human.

    Using the fictional...

  • A new era for Torah-based fertility treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    As modern couples are marrying later and often postponing having children, the use of cutting-edge fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryonic genetic testing, is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.

    But for Orthodox Jewish couples who wish...

  • Genealogy shows Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was Jewish

    By Alison Leigh Cowan, nytimes.com

    June 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In his 16 years as the Catholic Church’s top official in New York, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was a staunch friend and defender of the Jewish people.

    He spoke often about what he had seen at Dachau as a Navy chaplain. He used his platform as head of the Archdiocese of New York...

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  • Invocation by Rabbi Evan Goodman at the UCSB Memorial Program

    by Rabbi Evan Goodman

    May 27, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    Friends, I am Rabbi Evan Goodman from Santa Barbara Hillel, and it is my profoundly sad privilege to be on this podium with other leaders of our Isla Vista faith communities.

    The four of us who will offer brief remarks to begin and end represent more than just four faiths.

    We...

  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Religious liberty’s under threat — on both sides of the pond

    by Daniel Treiman, JTA

    May 21, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was praised by a Catholic cardinal and then blessed by a Mormon apostle.

    The former British chief rabbi was being honored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based public interest law firm that’s been busy representing clients —...

  • A L’Dor v’Dor ordination

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    May 21, 2014 | 9:02 am

    At Lag b’Omer, a holiday traditionally observed with bonfires, Los Angeles’ Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), set off a few sparks of its own. 

    At graduation and ordination ceremonies held at University Synagogue in Los Angeles and Temple Emanuel in...

  • Pope’s entourage to Israel includes rabbi and sheik

    by Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA

    May 19, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as travel companions, Pope Francis is heading to the Middle East with what he hopes will be a powerful message of interfaith respect.

    It will be the first time that leaders of other faiths are part of an official papal delegation. The aim is to...

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