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Slaughtering With Intent

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ why a Jew may not sacrifice an animal in such a way that its blood flows into the ocean, and other rules protecting worshippers from the limits of paganism

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Cuts Like a Knife

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud reiterates how intention defines human acts. Plus: Does a dropped blade accidentally decapitating an animal count as ritual slaughter?

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Natural Causes

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ intentionality and human agency remain at the heart of Jewish law. Plus: the difference between a pagan and a heretic.

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Poland Overturns Kosher/Halal Slaughter Ban

Constitutional Court rules that ban violates religious freedom

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Man of Steel: How a Kosher Slaughterer Turned Knife-Making Into an Art

Rabbi Moshe Yurman is one of just three men in America making ritual knives for shochtim. You can guess what’s in his basement.

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Poland’s Chief Rabbi May Resign Over Kosher Slaughter Ban

What the controversial ban means for Poland’s Jewish community

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Daybreak: Newtown Brings Focus to Faith

Plus John Kerry to replace Clinton at State Department

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Sundown: Egypt to Ease Up on Sinai Crackdown

Plus Turkey fires upon Syrian targets for the second day

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Marine Le Pen’s Insane Kippah Ban Defense

Far-right French leader has got some repenting to do

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Daybreak: Dutch Jewish Tradition in Peril?

Plus Michigan police say attack on Michigan State student not a hate crime

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Kosher Rules

The Dutch parliament moved last week to prohibit the ritual slaughter of animals, putting the notoriously tolerant Netherlands on a path to ban a practice key to both Jewish and Muslim observance

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