Orthodox Jews Debate Chicken-Swinging Ritual

In the Yom Kippur tradition of kaparot, some Orthodox Jews swing a live chicken above their heads, then slaughter it, often donating the meat to charity. But some now say the practice is inhumane. Rabbi Meir Hirsch says the chickens "spend all day in the sun without food or drink" before their deaths. He adds, "You cannot … » 10/06/11 5:05pm 10/06/11 5:05pm

In yesterday's post about Orthodox Jews and anorexia, I made some incorrect generalizations about the dress codes among the Orthodox. I was wrong. I have pants-wearing, high-powered job-having, New Orthodox cousins, and so it's especially bad that I spoke so sloppily. And I'm sorry! I'm not sorry about Tefillin Barbie » 2/29/08 9:45am 2/29/08 9:45am

Author: Some Orthodox Men Want Their Brides Below A Size Eight

In some Orthodox Jewish sects, women must wear sleeves past the elbow and skirts (never trousers) past the knees. Slits are verboten (those are for harlots!): kick pleats need only apply. Married women must always cover their heads; most shave their hair off and wear wigs. You'd think with all this covering up, many… » 2/28/08 2:00pm 2/28/08 2:00pm