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Tips in Decorating for Hanukkah

Tips in Decorating for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an important Jewish holiday. It is the time when Jews commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp that burned for eight days. All Jewish families celebrate this holiday and decorate their homes. Some basic Hanukkah decorations are the Menorah and dreidel. Below are additional decorating ideas to give your […]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of […]

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Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

Lighting the Menorah is a primary ritual done during the celebration of Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. A Hanukkah Menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. It is mitzvah (commanded by God) to light a Hanukkah Menorah each night for 8 days to recollect the Maccabees’ victory and the sacred oil that lit for […]

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Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast Safely

Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast Safely

Yom Kippur is the day in which Jews ‘afflict their souls,’ and one way to do this is to abstain from eating and drinking. The fast starts at sundown, at the eve of Yom Kippur and ends the following night. After fasting for a day, it is best to eat a light meal.  Returning to […]

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Women front and center at this celebration of Jewish American Heritage

Little Women, Tel-Aviv Beach

Jewish women were definitely front and center at the first ever White House reception marking Jewish American Heritage month.  Appropriately so, since it was a woman – Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz – who spearheaded the Congressional campaign to establish Jewish American Heritage month. It was another woman – Marcia  Zerivitz, who put the bug in Wasserman […]

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Tichel Cuties: another Jewish Lady Gaga attempt

Tichel Cuties: another Jewish Lady Gaga attempt

I have never actually seen a Lady Gaga video, but I saw the Glee episode about it. It seems that all I know about the whole Gaga craze is from the Jewish Lady Gaga videos that have been popping up on Youtube. Below is the latest attempt; within 2 days they have received nearly 10,000 views. I […]

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Welcome To Craft Schooling Sunday!

Welcome To Craft Schooling Sunday!

I don’t know about you, but I’m nearly out of breath from all the amazing creativity happening here each week. And now it’s time for some more inspiration, so we’ll just have to make room somewhere! Who wouldn’t want to add this super cute reversible bonnet from prudentbaby to their list of sewing projects? And […]

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Dirt

Dirt

With all the hyped-up headlines, the old joke practically insisted on being dusted off. The one about the group of scientists who inform G-d that His services are no longer needed, that their knowledge of the universe now allows them to run it just fine themselves, thank You. “Can you create life like I did?” […]

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Memorial Day – Hakaros HaTov

Memorial Day – Hakaros HaTov

Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is the day that we mourn those soldiers who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms offered by this great land. Although we are still in Golus, it’s incumbent upon us to appreciate all of the good bestowed upon us by our […]

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Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move

Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move

Washington’s unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally. The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges […]

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Hamas leader says American envoys making contact, but not openly

Hamas leader says American envoys making contact, but not openly

The United States is sending a succession of envoys to engage with Hamas but lacks the bravery to talk to the Islamist movement openly, its leader, Khaled Meshal, said in an interview with the Guardian. Meshal praised President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia for meeting him in Damascus and the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, for hosting […]

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Abbas mulls Gaza visit in bid to end Hamas rivalry, source says

Abbas mulls Gaza visit in bid to end Hamas rivalry, source says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is “seriously considering” visiting the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported Sunday, in what would be his first visit since before the Islamist group took power of the coastal enclave. Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006. The Palestinian secular Fatah movement, headed by Mahmoud Abbas in […]

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Sen. Feinstein Fuels Support for Dividing Jerusalem

Sen. Feinstein Fuels Support for Dividing Jerusalem

Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, whose roots are Jewish and has a large Jewish following, has come to the aid of U.S. President Barack Obama and has drafted a letter encouraging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure Israel against “the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.” The use […]

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Haredim irked by ad showing Western Wall

Haredim irked by ad showing Western Wall

A huge ad was hung recently on the fence of a compound in Jerusalem where the new Mashbir Lazarchan structure is being built. The ad shows three members of the cast of Israeli sitcom “Ramzor” on the backdrop of the holy site. A new advertisement of the Mashbir Lazarchan department store has managed to offend […]

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How to Construct a Sukkah in Celebration of Sukkot

How to Construct a Sukkah in Celebration of Sukkot

A sukkah is an important component in celebrating Sukkot. A sukkah is a hut made of branches similar to the Israelites’ dwellings while wandering in the desert for 40 years. Although custom-made sukkah can now be purchased online, a lot of people still prefer making their own. The first thing you need to consider in […]

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Practical Ideas in Decorating the Sukkah

Practical Ideas in Decorating the Sukkah

Building a sukkah is an integral component in celebrating Sukkot.  We entertain family and friends, enjoy our meals and do other activities inside the sukkah during the week-long festival of Sukkot. It is only right that we make our sukkah as inviting as possible. Build your sukkah. Choose sturdy materials for the walls to protect you from […]

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Would You Wash for Me?

Would You Wash for Me?

According to Jewish law, before one eats bread, one is required to wash one’s hands, say the blessing for bread, and afterwards say birkat hamazon, the grace after meals. This might not seem like a huge deal, but if you’re serious about it, it can alter your eating habits considerably. Out somewhere and someone offers […]

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With new technology comes new halachic questions

With new technology comes new halachic questions

With recent advances in technology there are bound to be a whole bunch of halachic issues that arise. In order to preempt these issues I have thought about the following issues that may be debated amongst the great rabbis of our time, even if they happen to be in jail. If they were to genetically […]

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Joan Rivers: “Rediscovered at 76″

Joan Rivers: "Rediscovered at 76"

There is a lovely piece about Joan Rivers in New York Magazine to mark the premiere of her biographical documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Jonathan Van Meter notes that Joan Rivers has been “rediscovered at age 76,” despite the fact that she has been in our hearts and minds all along. Not too […]

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A Tzimmer Near The Sea!

A Tzimmer Near The Sea!

Tzimmer means room in Yiddish, but in vernacular Hebrew it’s more like a bed and breakfast, often without the breakfast. Northern Israel is ideal for those seeking to “get away” and there are many many tzimmers dotting the gorgeous rolling hills. On our trip to Nahariya (here) which I told you about last week, we […]

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Farmer D, Et Tu?

Farmer D, Et Tu?

It was a sad day for Savannah’s single ladies when hot Jewish agronomist Daron “Farmer D” Joffe relocated to Atlanta a few years ago. Sure, true sycophants can still get their hands dirty in his signature compost blend, but it’s just not the same. So what a delight to see his cute punim pop up […]

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Oakland Pot Club Says Union, Yes!

Oakland Pot Club Says Union, Yes!

At a ceremony hosted by Oakland City Council’s Rebecca Kaplan, 100 employees at medical marijuana dispensary and education hub Oaksterdam University turned in their membership cards to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5. It may well be the first union pot shop in the country, if not the world.While it will […]

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Israel: Gaza aid convoy can unload cargo in Ashdod for inspection

Israel: Gaza aid convoy can unload cargo in Ashdod for inspection

Israel on Thursday said a flotilla of activist aid boats bound for Gaza was an “outright provocation,” saying however that the organizers of the aid convoy were invited to unload their cargo at the Israeli port of Ashdod, where it would be transferred to Gaza following an inspection. The “Freedom Flotilla” consists of nine ships […]

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IDF causes disastrous blaze in Golan

IDF causes disastrous blaze in Golan

Fire Department spokesman Yair Elkayam told Ynet, “Unfortunately this was a huge fire that caused a very big natural disaster, for animals as well as plants.” Firefighting teams succeeded Thursday in putting out a flame that devoured more than 17,000 acres of vegetation in the Golan Heights. The fire was caused by IDF fire drills, […]

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Hikind Denounces “Beat The Jew” Game Gaining Populairty In California

Hikind Denounces "Beat The Jew" Game Gaining Populairty In California

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling upon California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to take immediate action to address a seemingly growing anti-Semitic trend among teens in La Quinta, California.  High school seniors have been engaging in a chase game called “Beat the Jew,” which involves a runner called “a Jew” being chased by “Nazis” in cars. […]

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Yad L’Achim Faces Off Against Tnuva

Yad L’Achim Faces Off Against Tnuva

This story begins in Kibbutz Herdoff in the Lower Galil, a community located in the Jezreel Valley Region. The community, which was founded about 30 years ago boasts a profitable organic industry, but Yad L’Achim explains things are not as innocent as they appear, reporting the community follows Anthroposophy, a spiritual philosophy founded by Rudolf […]

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Synagogues in the News

Synagogues in the News

The experimental Nashuva (“We will return”) Friday night service involves “a band, meditation, reinterpreted prayers on a handout sheet, and a PowerPoint presentation” all in under 45 minutes. (New Jersey Jewish News) A synagogue finds itself in a legal battle over its large sign “Lyndi and Rodney Adler Sephardi Centre.” (Australian Jewish News)   In Northeast […]

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Why do Chassidic women shave their heads?

Why do Chassidic women shave their heads?

Whenever people begin to talk about hair covering post marriage, the conversation always ends up in chassidish territory and someone is always wondering why they shave their heads, if they are covering them anyway. Interesting enough, no one ever wonders why they have to cover their hair if they don’t have any. I have come […]

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A Creative And Inspiring Container Garden

A Creative And Inspiring Container Garden

Does this appeal to you? I’ve been keeping my eye on this tiny oasis for some time now and finally had a chance to take a few photos. There’s just something so inspiring about this combination of recycled containers, interesting plant choices and the fact that this container garden was created right on the street! […]

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Brand New Hat

Brand New Hat

Wednesday already? So sorry for my absence, friends. Y’all vote me Best Local Blogger and then I do a disappearing act like some meshuggneh celebrity who can’t handle the spotlight? Promise, I haven’t let the fame go to my head — please, let me ’splain myself: I’ve been busy getting up to speed for my […]

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