Animal rights activists can't stop a religious rite

Every year, Jews around the world seek repentance before the holiday of Yom Kippur through an atonement ritual known as kapparot. In exchange for a donation, a rabbi gently waves a chicken over one's head, reads a blessing, and then the bird is humanely slaughtered according to Jewish dietary laws. Animal rights groups have repeatedly tried - and failed - to stop this ancient ritual. They tried again this year, filing a federal lawsuit in California against Chabad of Irvine, and seeking a restraining order just 12 days before Yom Kippur.


4 secrets of Jewish parenting

Through all the hoopla about the parenting secrets of Asian Tiger Moms whose children practice piano for hours and French moms whose children happily tuck into four-course meals, I kept wondering: When are we going to start talking about Jewish moms?


Shabbat, millennial style

CHICAGO - As the sun began to set on a recent Friday evening, more than 25 millennial-age guests gathered at the Lakeview apartment of brothers Adam, 25, and Andrew Kouba, 27, to partake in a communal welcoming-in of the Jewish Sabbath.

Paul Prather

Attica prison uprising tells of dangers of unaccountable law enforcement

In Heather Ann Thompson’s book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” the common narrative of the incident at the prison was dismantled. The official story was that inmates murdered and mutilated their hostages. In fact, law enforcement did all the killing, of inmates and hostages alike. Autopsies showed that all the hostages killed in the assault died from law enforcement gunfire.

Paul Prather

If you want to, then yes, you’ll see Fido in heaven

When our family’s boxer, Max, was hit by a pickup truck some years ago, I mourned over him far longer and more deeply than I’ve grieved over many humans. For those of us who believe in an afterlife, then, our losses raise the question: Will we see our pets again? Better said: Do dogs (and cats and beloved gerbils) go to heaven?

Paul Prather

Yes, it’s true: Evangelicals used to be Christianity’s liberals

Among the great paradoxes in modern religion is the transformation of evangelical Christianity from a progressive, left-leaning movement to its present incarnation as the conservative base of the Republican Party. Whenever I mention this shift, as I do from time to time, I’m met with skepticism from secularists and evangelicals alike. Neither group approves this narrative. Nonetheless, it’s true.

Paul Prather

Rampant crime and a tanking economy? Really? Look again

Fairly regularly, one or another of my Facebook friends announces that he has secured a permit to carry a concealed weapon. I have no problem with that. I was raised around guns. What puzzles me is the notice of besiegement that accompanies these announcements. Let’s not let our feelings hijack our reason.


Mother Teresa's legacy: Eastern Kentucky convent carries on her work

In the years since 1982, when Mother Teresa established her order’s first rural convent at Jenkins in Eastern Kentucky, the Missionaries of Charity have carried on her work of serving the poor, the sick and the aging in the mountain community. Mother Teresa is to be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church Sunday.
Chris Ware
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Mother Teresa's legacy: Eastern Kentucky convent carries on her work

Mother Teresa's 1982 visit to Eastern Kentucky 1:41

Mother Teresa's 1982 visit to Eastern Kentucky

Good Friday cross carrying 1:13

Good Friday cross carrying

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Tates Creek wins 43rd District volleyball title