March 30th, 2010
07:28 AM ET

Twilight comes for India's fading Jewish community

Ian Zachariah's eyes scan the empty Maghen David synagogue. There have not been prayers said here in a long time, for the lack of 10 able-bodied men needed to form the minyan, the quorum required for a Jewish service.

Zachariah, 65, knows the end is near for the Jews of Kolkata, India. Once a thriving community of 6,000, their numbers can be counted on fingers now. Zachariah says fewer than 30 Jews are left in this bustling eastern Indian metropolis.

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Filed under: Houses of worship • Journeys • Judaism

March 30th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Passover health: Matzoh, soup and family

For Jews, Passover is somewhat like Thanksgiving: Families and friends gather to eat a lot of food. This holiday, commemorating the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, begins tonight and lasts for eight days, during which observers do not eat any leavened bread or various grains. Some traditionally also avoid beans, corn, and other starches.

The Passover meal – called a "seder," meaning "order" – traditionally happens on the first night, during which participants go through a series of symbolic foods representing elements of the Passover story. Some families have a seder on the second night also.

Some seder foods carry health benefits. And one, perhaps the best known of the seder elements, may cause some digestive issues.

Read the full post at the Paging Dr. Gupta blog

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Food • Holidays • Judaism • Traditions

March 30th, 2010
07:16 AM ET

Abuse inside church of Scientology?

Monday night we told you about Marty Rathbun. He was a member of the Church of Scientology for 27 years before leaving in 2004. He rose through the ranks of the Sea Organization, the international management team that runs church operations world wide.

Rathbun says he was the Inspector General and answered only to church leader David Miscavige, the same man who he says would use physical abuse against other members of the churches elite management team.

Read the full post at the AC360 blog

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Money & Faith • Scientology

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