Are Orthodox Jews Really Not Allowed to Accept Blood from Women, Non-Orthodox Jews, and Non-Jews?

I saw this eye-popping headline in my inbox and on Twitter the other day:

Rabbi bans Orthodox Jewish men from taking blood donated by women, non Orthodox Jews, non Jews

The article, which was written by Ryan Lee Hall for, went on to explain that an unnamed rabbi had written about this in a new book:

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Foundation Beyond Belief Members Raised $43,855 for Charity Over the Past Three Months

Foundation Beyond Belief just released the results from the First Quarter of 2013. Check out the donations — $43,855 in total given by atheists — to the following organizations:

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Dear Deepak Chopra…

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A Conspiracy Theory Flowchart… OR IS IT?

Crispian Jago has a helpful flowchart of the conspiracy theories they don’t want you to see. Turns out there are a bunch I didn’t even know existed!

Which only means The Man was keeping them from me:

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What Does It Really Mean for Women to be ‘Free & Equal’? A Talk by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently spoke at the Sydney Opera House-hosted All About Women conference about how everyone ought to condemn cultural practices such as honor killings, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation:

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