Is High Tech “Clean Meat” Kosher? & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Baruch Hashem: Orthodox Jewish Athlete Announces He’ll Represent Israel at 2018 Olympics
An Orthodox Jewish athlete enthusiastically announced on Wednesday his selection to represent Israel in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the first time in his career. Boston, Massachusetts native AJ Edelman is Israel’s first-ever Olympic athlete in Skeleton, a sport in which competitors lie face-first on a small sled and slide down a frozen track.

North Shore Regeneron Scholar’s Invention Saves Lives
Scott Soifer of North Shore Hebrew Academy High School is the only yeshiva student among the 300 semifinalists from across the country to be named a scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. His submission, The Heat Free Car: Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype), focuses on his now-patented invention, the Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (VHPS).

What It’s Like to Marry Someone You Just Met Six Weeks Ago
In the second episode of World Wide Wed, we head to Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate Hadassa and Ze’ev — a young couple who unite in the mitzvah of marriage before they’ve even held hands. Hadassa and Ze’ev were raised in Baltimore’s Orthodox community — a branch of Judaism marked by its rigorous adherence to the laws of the Torah.

Silicon Valley Wrestles With Religion. Is High-Tech “Clean Meat” Kosher and Halal?
For thousands of years, meat has come exclusively from sentient animals. And for a sizable portion of humanity, how to raise and slaughter those animals has been a central component in religious-dieting doctrine. But religious scholars are now being confronted with a brand new meat question: how does high-tech cell cultured meat—known in the food industry as “clean meat”—fit in an adherent diet?

UK’s Former Chief Rabbi Defends His Help For Pence’s Israel Speech
A former chief rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks, has defended his role in a controversial speech delivered in Israel this week by the US vice-president, Mike Pence. Pence made a two-day visit to Israel, the highlight of which was a speech at the country’s parliament, the Knesset, in which he announced the date of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Arab-Israeli legislators were thrown out of the Knesset after heckling the vice-president.

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