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Are Jews Only A Religion Or Also A Race?

In the wake of Whoopi Goldberg’s claim that the Holocaust was not about race, because Jews are only a religion and white, the conversation of the status of the Jewish people, and what boxes we fit into, has once again been opened. Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, the director of the Center of Ethics at Emory […]

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What’s the Torah Perspective on Genetic Testing?

Dear Jew in the City- I saw your article about marrying cousins. That could cause some genetic issues. What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on genetic testing? Thank you, Sophie Dear Sophie- “What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on genetic testing?” To me, that’s like asking, “What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on flossing?” It’s neither an obligation […]

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This Woman Was Searching For Lost Relatives, Instead She Found Cancer

About a decade ago, when chromosomal testing first came out, Lara Diamond, a Baltimore-based genealogist decided to do some DNA tests. She was in search of long lost relatives, but her query eventually produced something even more valuable than reconnecting with family – her own life being saved. Diamond explains, “There were earlier tests that weren’t […]

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This New Genetic Test for Ashkenazi Jews Tests for 40 Cancers

JScreen might be known for its reproductive carrier screening kits, but it is its recent foray into cancer screening that is making waves medically and saving lives in the Orthodox Jewish world. Genetic counselor Estie Rose has been helping patients find out live-saving information since this test debuted a few months ago. “Everything is done […]

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