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Star of David for Hanukkah

Star of David for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is coming! A few days from now, we are going to celebrate this year’s Hanukkah. Introduce Hanukkah and its essence to small kids by teaching them this simple Hanukkah project. For this project, you will need ice cream or popsicle sticks, glue, paper plate, scissors, a hole punch, colored cellophanes and water colors. Using […]

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Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews. Christmas is celebrated by Christians. But what about interfaith families? Combining holiday traditions is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. This is a good way to unite family members of different religious traditions. Decorate both for Christmas and Hanukkah. Prepare the Hanukkah menorah and light it during the […]

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Hebrew University’s Sarcasm Detector One of Year’s Best Inventions (Time Magazine)

Hebrew University's Sarcasm Detector One of Year's Best Inventions (Time Magazine)

Jews aren’t sarcastic at all! Okay, that was me being sarcastic, but the problem with the Jewish tradition of sarcasm is that it doesn’t translate well in Cyberspace where tone of speech doesn’t come through in text. That’s why it makes sense that the ability for computers to detect sarcastic speech has been developed in […]

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Chanukah, Vayeishev and Mikeitz

Chanukah, Vayeishev and Mikeitz

Why does Chanukah always fall out during the parshiot of Vayeishev or Mikeitz?  The midrash in Mikeitz tells us that Hashem had a master plan. He wanted Yosef to be imprisoned for two years.  Therefore, he caused Pharoh to have a dream, so Yosef would be freed in a natural way. This is contrary to […]

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Fill Your Home With Light: Simple Hanukkah Candle Holder Jars!

Fill Your Home With Light: Simple Hanukkah Candle Holder Jars!

I really don’t think these could be any sweeter, or simpler! In just a few minutes you can whip up some festive Hanukkah candle holders to light up your home  after the flames of the Chanukiah have waned. Hanukkah is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, and I just love creating a […]

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Skverer Rebbe’s estate auctioned off on eBay

Skverer Rebbe’s estate auctioned off on eBay

With the success of last week’s eBay auction of the Skverer Rebbe’s matzo, many in the community have expressed hope that other items owned and used by the Skverer Rebbe can get a pretty penny at auction to help raise money to feed all those New Square community members who have been forced into unemployment […]

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WikiLeaks dispatch: Iran’s Khamenei has terminal cancer

WikiLeaks dispatch: Iran's Khamenei has terminal cancer

U.S. diplomatic cables released by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks include remarks from an Iran source in 2009 saying Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has terminal cancer, French daily Le Monde reported. The source, a non-Iranian businessman based in Central Asia and travelling often to Tehran, “has learned from one of his contacts that (former president Ali […]

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CBC Investigation: Who killed Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri?

CBC Investigation: Who killed Lebanon's Rafik Hariri?

It wasn’t until late 2007 that the awkwardly titled UN International Independent Investigation Commission actually got around to some serious investigating. By then, nearly three years had passed since the spectacular public murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Hariri, the builder. The billionaire tycoon who’d reclaimed Beirut’s architectural heritage from the shattered cityscape […]

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George Bush to Mark Zuckerberg: you know what it’s like to be a president

Bush to Mark Zuckerberg: you know what it's like to be a president

What does Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and president of Facebook, have in common with that other president, George Bush? Quite a lot, apparently. At least, Bush seems to thinks so. He spent an hour in discussion with Zuckerberg in a Facebook interview streamed live from Palo Alto on Monday night, comparing his time in the […]

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Secular Tel Aviv’s very own ‘messiah’

Secular Tel Aviv's very own 'messiah'

Tel Aviv has long prided itself on being a secular, cosmopolitan outpost in a land overflowing with religions, saints and shrines – but now it has its very own “messiah”.Sitting cross-legged on the ground in a gritty part of town by a bustling open-air market, he exudes the air of a Biblical character, down to […]

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Jewish teenage literature tackles cultural taboos

Jewish teenage literature tackles cultural taboos

Bullying, suicide, abuse. In recent years, the genre of Jewish teenage literature has tackled subjects once considered so taboo, not even the most progressive authors would touch them. These “problem novels,” as they are called — exemplified recently by books like “Gravity,” by Leanne Lieberman, in which a teenage girl from an Orthodox family realizes […]

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Is Yoga Jewish?

Is Yoga Jewish?

No, yoga is not Jewish, it is Hindu in origin. The Times chronicles a burgeoning controversy over the “ownership” of the practices of yoga in America. We did yoga regularly in the early 1990s at the Northwest Tennis Club in Minneapolis Minnesota. Our teacher was Bonnie West, an American woman from St. Paul with a […]

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Fighting Fire With Water

Fighting Fire With Water

Maybe you received it too. The e-mail was forwarded to me by no fewer than three people, and in each case I was among hundreds of recipients. The photographs in the communication were prefaced by the all-caps pronouncement “THIS MUST BE SEEN AND PASSED AROUND THE WORLD. PLEASE DO SO.” They depicted a throng of […]

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The Cutest Ever Hanukkah Gift Wrap!

The Cutest Ever Hanukkah Gift Wrap!

I can’t tell you why exactly, but this Hanukkah gift wrap makes my heart sing! I think it’s the combination of colors, the bold shapes, and the aqua and red, that I’m just in love with at the moment, and not to mention the cuteness of the pom pom…..oh and to top it off, this […]

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If women are forbidden to learn what do they do in seminary?

If women are forbidden to learn what do they do in seminary?

sIt is only a recent phenomina that women want to learn torah, for many years they were complacent in the kitchen, running their homes, churning the butter, dying in childbirth and tending to the chickens, all of a sudden they were given the right to vote and they became all feisty, demanding things like the […]

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2nd Star of David ‘uncovered’ in Tehran

2nd Star of David 'uncovered' in Tehran

Iranian authorities once again ‘hit’ by past friendly relations with Israel : Images published Saturday by Iranian media outlets show a Star of David on the roof of the main national airline’s building at the Tehran airport. The satellite image was taken from the Google Earth service. According to the Iranian report, the Iran Air […]

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Religion A Possible Factor In NYC Teacher Beating

Religion A Possible Factor In NYC Teacher Beating

A local teacher has been hospitalized after a brutal beating, and his three attackers may have targeted him simply because of his religion. Joel Weinberger, a 26-year-old father of four, has swollen eyes, a broken leg and his jaw has been wired shut. His difficulty talking about what happened to him was both physical and […]

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Tosher Rebbe Will Appear In Shul For The First Time Since He Left The Hospital

Tosher Rebbe Will Appear In Shul For The First Time Since He Left The Hospital

Toshe Chasidim In Canada Are awaiting with excitement the appearence of the Rebbe, who will apear in shul today for the first time since he left the hospital where he was in critical condition for a few weeks. “Yidden all around the world were mispallel for this great tzadik, Hashem listend to them and Boruch […]

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NYPD Takes Immediate Action After Officer Demands Jewish Pedestrian Write On Shabbos

NYPD Takes Immediate Action After Officer Demands Jewish Pedestrian Write On Shabbos

A troubling incident occurred on Friday night between an NYPD Officer, and a member of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Community, FlatbushScoop.com has learned exclusively. On Friday night, an individual was walking to his home (in the southern part of Brooklyn) and had just crossed a street, when he was stopped by two officers in a marked […]

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Rabbis pray for rain on hot air balloon

Rabbis pray for rain on hot air balloon

Before dawn on Thursday, Rabbis Menashe Malka and Reuven Deri  boarded a hot air balloon and ascended 1,000 feet in the air in order to pray for timely rain. The two were joined by Eshkol Regional Council Head Haim Yalin and Sdot Negev Regional Head Council Meir Yifrach, as well as beauty queen Shavit Wiesel […]

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Kosher Milk War Heats Up in Orthodox Community

Kosher Milk War Heats Up in Orthodox Community

A milk price war has broken out in kosher shops in London and Manchester after the arrival of a new supplier. Until now, milk for the strictly Orthodox community has been produced by Charedi Dairies and Edgware Dairies under licence from Kedassia, the kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the London […]

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Hanukkah Gifts for Mom and Dad

Hanukkah Gifts for Mom and Dad

Hanukkah is a popular gift-giving holiday. It is during this time when parents prepare special gifts for their children. As we celebrate Hanukkah this year, why not return the favor and give a memorable gift to your parents that are sure to paint smile on their faces. Here are some tips in choosing a good […]

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I Miss Her Already, And She’s Not Even Gone

I Miss Her Already, And She’s Not Even Gone

During the course of my mother-in-law’s slow, quiet slide into the abyss of dementia, I’ve become the ersatz matriarch of the family. Mostly, it’s fine, pulling together a few Shabbos dinners a month and making sure everyone remembers each other’s birthdays. But for some reason, I’m not feeling it this Thanksgiving. I haven’t even been […]

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Pick Out Songs for Hanukkah!

Pick Out Songs for Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate and be joyous. Hanukkah is a time of great happiness and what else is a better way to celebrate the holiday than to sing songs. We sing songs as we light the menorah, as we play the dreidel game and as we enjoy our Hanukkah festive dinner. Below are […]

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Hanukkah Kid’s Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Party Favors!

Hanukkah Kid's Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Party Favors!

Got some reluctant crafters in your home? How about enlisting them to paint the treat holders for Chanukah? I think if there are sweets involved, so they may just be motivated. And if you’re gonna give them sweets, so you might as well take advantage of the situation and help your kids build crafting confidence […]

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Is friday night sex really a double mitzvah?

Is friday night sex really a double mitzvah?

So here is something I’ve always wondered, but never had the guts to actually ask anyone.  Maybe it’s common knowledge.  I didn’t go to yeshiva, so there’s a lot I don’t know.  WHY is it a mitzvah (double mitzvah, I’ve heard said) to have sex on Friday night? My understanding is that HaShem STOPPED creating […]

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Official Objections to Emanuel Candidacy

Official Objections to Emanuel Candidacy

Rahm Emanuel has made it perfectly clear that he wants to be mayor of this city. Now the question is: Does he qualify? On Wednesday, at least five local residents filed separate objections to the candidacy of Mr. Emanuel with elections officials here, and more objections were expected to trickle in to the city’s Board […]

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Netherlands seeking extradition of former Nazi wanted for killing Jews

Netherlands seeking extradition of former Nazi wanted for killing Jews

The Netherlands will use a new legal procedure to seek the extradition from Germany of an 88-year-old Dutchman who was jailed for killing Jewish prisoners at a Nazi transit camp, but escaped from prison in 1952. The extradition of former SS soldier Klaas Carel Faber has been hindered by a German law preventing extradition of […]

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Obama’s granny ‘prayed for him to become Muslim’

Obama's granny 'prayed for him to become Muslim'

The Kenyan grandmother of US President Barack Obama said during her hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that she had prayed for the American leader to convert to Islam, a newspaper has revealed.The paper said that Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Obama’s uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren. […]

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TSA Stop Abusing The Public, Start Terrorist Profiling

TSA Stop Abusing The Public, Start Terrorist Profiling

In light of the national debate surrounding body scanners at airports, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is planning to re-introduce his terrorist profiling legislation when the legislative session reconvenes in January. “There is a terrorist profile for a potential suicide bomber, and it’s not the 75-year-old grandmother,” Hikind said. “Political correctness won’t keep New Yorkers safe […]

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