"Observant Jews who kiss the hands of esteemed rabbis, their own hands after shaking somebody else's or publicly owned Torah scrolls or holy books out of respect or devotion should tame their urge and avoid this practice for their own and others' health. Saliva with the swine flu virus or ordinary seasonal flu strains could easily spread the diseases, according to the Health Ministry's new director-general, Dr. Eitan Hai-Am, who on Thursday issued an advisory to those who spend time in synagogues, yeshivot and other religious institutions frequented by large numbers of people."
Behind the Scenes With 'Inglourious B******s' Star Eli Roth (The PETA Files, 9/10)
"Eli Roth—who, behind all the (fake) blood and guts, has a heart of gold—has teamed up with PETA to direct and star in our very first MySpace exclusive PSA. In the ad, he reminds everyone that the violence in his movies is fake—but violence against animals is real and is an important issue."
New Kosher Food Certification May Be Most Detailed In the Industry: Magen Tzedek’s Ethical Standards Apply Even to Workers’ Wages (Forward, 9/9)
"The guidelines for the new Magen Tzedek food certification are intended to ensure that ethical standards are adhered to in kosher food production, and they delve into nearly every phase of the production process. . . . Those standards broadly break down into five areas: treatment of employees, animal welfare, consumer issues, corporate integrity and environmental impact."
heebnvegan will address the animal welfare guidelines in the Magen Tzedek standards in a separate post.
The Healing of the World Begins on Our Plates (PETA Prime, 9/2)
"In the Jewish faith, tikkun olam-the healing and repair of the world-is receiving significantly more attention from a variety of viewpoints, and one in particular is diet. "