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Aug 20 2012

News Roundup: Yenta of the Senate, Schmuck of the Senate

By at 4:33 pm

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

kveller news roundup 8/20/12

– The New York Times went for it and called Senator Charles E. Schumer the “Yenta of the Senate.” Schumer apparently has a knack for matchmaking, responsible for 10 weddings (and two more this fall) among his staff members. (NYT)

– “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Those are the now famous words from Sen. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for the Missouri Senate race, who has since said he “misspoke.” Don’t think so. (XXfactor)

– The unusually secretive genetic screening organization, Dor Yeshorim, works with Orthodox couples before they’re married to determine whether they are genetically compatible. But unlike other genetic screening organizations, they don’t tell each individual what genetic diseases they are carriers for. (Forward)

– A woman from Florida is suing Israeli airline El Al for gender segregation. She says a flight attendant forced her to change seats–without her consent–to accomadate an Ultra-Orthodox man. (Haaretz)

– Some interesting statistics: the number of stay-at-home dads has more than doubled in the last decade. But it’s still pretty miniscule when compared to the number of stay-at-home moms. (Daily Beast)


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