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Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Jon Entine

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating one of today’s most …

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The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People

David Novak

Publisher: Cambridge University

The view of themselves as the chosen people of God has been maintained by Jews from the beginnings of their history to the present. The author explores the development of this idea in Jewish theology and law, and essays a contemporary retrieval of the classical doctrine of election. Through an examination of the philosophical implications of …

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Who Are the Real Chosen People?: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Reuven Firestone

Publisher: Skylight Paths

Religious people who define themselves as monotheists have often advanced the idea that their relationship with God is unique and superior to all others. Theirs supersedes those who came before, and is superior to those who have followed. This phenomenon tends to be expressed in terms not only of supersessionism, but also chosenness,or election. …

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The History of People

To me, history is telling stories about people. I have always been fascinated by people’s lives, the decisions they make (or don’t), and ultimately what happens to them. One of my objectives in writing  The SPHAS was to have an opportunity to tell the stories of the players and, in some cases, the fans who attended the games. Who were the SPHAS? Where did they come from? Why were …

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What Chinese People Think about Jews

What Chinese People Think about Jews

My last post began with a list of stereotypes about Jews. We tell jokes; we like Chinese food; etc. While living and teaching in central China a few years ago, I ran into a few stereotypes that were new to me. I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guizhou Province teaching English at a university WAY off the beaten path. I was one of a small handful of foreigners –- and the only …

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Independence Day for an American rabbi

In a way, 4th of July is the American Shavuot: the moment when people summon the divine voice by bringing about liberation.

In 1914, Mary Antin, an American Jewish writer and immigration activist, described the founding of the United States in biblical terms:

“I have chosen to read the story of ’76 as a chapter in sacred history…. Once the thunders of God were heard on Mount …

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Maintaining Jewish life in Israel’s ‘Sin City’

VIDEO - For the purpose of revitalizing community, a hidden synagogue on 126 Ben Yehuda Street was chosen by a young group of Tel Avivians.Once a desired location was found, people needed to be inspired to join Jewish community life.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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1,000 people attend prayer service for New Square arson victim

About 1,000 people attended a prayer service yesterday for Aron Rottenberg in New Square.

Rottenberg received burns to 50 percent of his body after police say he was attacked last month by Shaul Spitzer, 18, over what synagogue he chose to worship at.

The service was held at the same synagogue Rottenberg chose not to pray at.

Police say they are also investigating other possible …

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Design Museum Holon

Design Museum Holon

Design Museum Holon is the first national Design Museum located in the newly urbanized city of Holon, which is a few miles south of Tel Aviv. Ron Arad architects designed the museum in the year 2003 of March. The group of architects met the challenge of producing an international standard edifice to highlight, convey and include the principles of design. They spent four years in creating the …

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Fun things that piss off frum people

Fun things that piss off frum people

Thinking of the lists that Heshy and other contributors are making, I thought of another one — things that piss of frum people, but the items themselves might not really be all that bad.  And these are fun to orchestrate if you can.

Sure the gays piss off frum people and so do people who insist on paying with the credit card, send their frum kids to public school, or vote for …

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Three people killed in light aircraft crash in Haifa

Three people were killed Thursday when a light aircraft crashed in Haifa’s airport.

According to initial reports, the plane’s engine burst into flames when the aircraft was taking off, causing it to crash in the site of the Haifa Airbase Technical School.

Magen David Adom rescue services reported that the three people were dead at the site of the crash.

Last month, two people …

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The Best Entertainers on Earth

The Best Entertainers on Earth

This blog post is a contribution by Cobby, an occasional Writer of Blogs/articles on various websites regarding Entertainment.

Jewish people might be out numbered by people belonging to other religion but they can’t be outnumbered by the contribution towards countless fields that we live in. Whether its in the line of  science, literature, medicine, and economy. Name any field you …

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Jewish philanthropists help people with disabilities

A new initiative aimed at uniting philanthropic efforts to improve the treatment of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and to raise awareness of their needs was announced Friday by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), an international umbrella organization for Jewish philanthropy.

Some 13 Jewish foundations, including the Ted Arison Family Foundation in Israel, the Jewish …

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Poor people deserve respect too

I was checking out the scene on Pico Boulevard on Saturday night in Los Angeles and I got to talking with this poor Jewish fellow standing out in front of Nagilla Pizza asking for money to pay his medical bills. He seemed like a reasonable enough guy so I gave him $10 and had a nice little chat with him about life and his situation.

I also had the opportunity to watch how people react …

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Do Married People Still Need Friends?

Question:

What does Judaism say about friendship? Is my husband supposed to be my best and only friend? Although I have a good marriage, I find there are things I just can’t share with my husband, the way I used to with friends.

Answer:

Our Sages say, “ Oh chavruta oh mesuta ,” either companionship or death. Your husband is the one person who can give you things on …

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Guns Are For People Who Underestimate the Power of Words

Since she was gunned down at a Safeway in Tucson on Saturday, there’s been a lot to say about Representative Gabrielle Giffords: She’s the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Arizona’s only female congressional delegate and the first Jewish person ever elected in the state. She’s fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

She supports immigration reform …

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From Gangsta-Rapper to a Representative of the Jewish People

From Gangsta-Rapper to a Representative of the Jewish People

Belize-born, Brooklyn-raised, rap artist known as SHYNE is in Israel, he has adopted a Hebrew name, Moshe Levy, and a very Jewish traditional look. During the past few months Levy has been learning Torah and reaching out to Jewish young boys and girls who need support and strengthening. Now SHYNE is preparing his new musical projects and he met Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to see …

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Eight haredi, four Zionist rabbinical judges chosen

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The Committee for Appointing Rabbinical Judges appointed 12 new rabbinical judges on Friday, who will serve in the regional rabbinic courts.

The committee also extended the tenure of temporary head of the rabbinical courts Rabbi Shlomo Dichovsky by another three months, after failing to agree on who will replace Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, who was forced to step down in …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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Vatican body asks UN to ‘end Israeli occupation’

Vatican body asks UN to 'end Israeli occupation'

Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new “settlements” in Jerusalem or territorial claims, a Vatican synod on the Middle East said on Saturday.In its concluding message after two weeks of meetings, the synod of bishops from the Middle East also said it hoped a two-state solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians …

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Why The Jews are hated

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AntiSemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism) is defined by WIKIPEDIA as a preconception against or hostility towards the Jews, often rooted in hatred of their ethnical background, culture, tradition and/or religion. In its extreme form, it “attributes to the Jews an exceptional position among all other civilizations, defames them as an inferior group and denies their being …

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Our People Do Not Know the Truth about You

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On Thursday, June 3, 2010, 15 year old Muhammed Kalalwe … noticed a deadly viper snake and tried killing it with a rock, but the dangerous creature struck out and bit his right palm. Screams and panic ensued and within minutes, the boy’s father, Hafed, grabbed his stricken son and rushed him to the Jenin Hospital. They were ill-prepared to treat the boy, had no …

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People of the Book

People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

nspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force”by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript …

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Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People

Bryan Fogel, Sam Wolfson

Publisher: Warner

From Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, the creators and stars of the national smash hit play, JEWTOPIA, comes the most hilarious, over-the-top guide to Judaism unlike anything you’ve ever seen. So comprehensive that owning a copy ensures that Elijah himself will show up at your Passover Seder!

Just look at some of the things you’ll read about:

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For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People: Essays and Studies on Israel, Jews and Judaism

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Land of Israel and the Jewish people are bound together in mysterious ways that go beyond convention. Here is a nation that has “too much history and too little geography,” as Sir Isaiah Berlin said. Yet even in their exile, the Jews never truly left the land of their birth. Rather, they lifted it from its native soil and …

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Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism

Dennis Prager

Publisher: Touchstone Books

From the bestselling authors of The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism comes a completely revised and updated edition of a modern classic that reflects the dangerous rise in antisemitism during the twenty-first century.

Why have Jews been the object of the most enduring and universal hatred in history? Why is the Jewish state the most hated …

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A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood

Raymond P. Scheindlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In the United States alone, 200,000 people convert to Judaism each year. Where is the Jewish faith headed, and where has it been? What is the history of this ancient yet contemporary religion?

This comprehensive but handy volume introduces us to the major geographical, cultural, and political forces that have determined the course …

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Jewish People, Jewish Thought

Jewish People, Jewish Thought

Dr. Robert Seltzer

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Like every distinctive heritage, Judaism must be understood as a creative response to ultimate issues of human concern by members of a group that has faced a unique concatenation of political, economic, and geographical circumstances. And the Jewish historical experience is more unusual than most. Standing both …

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Promised Land: The Birth of the Jewish People

A dramatic vertical format gold lettering on the jacket gold borders within and abundant illustrations in Waldman’s (The Golden City: Jerusalem’s Three Thousand Years) reverent contemporary style signal a gift book; this title is more impressive for its visual impact than for its text. Waldman links the survival of the Jewish people to Jewish faith in God’s biblical promise of a land of …

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Goldie’s Lox and the Three Bagels: Goldie’s Lox and the Three Bagels and Other Jewish Fairy Tales

Jeffrey Dubinsky, Lila Dubinsky

Publisher: Citadel Press

Mother Goose, Ver farblondjet!* Aesop? You’re not fooling anyone. Brothers Grimm? Goniffs.** You didn’t create the fairy tale–we did (The Chosen People) thousands of years ago, to keep the kids quiet when we were running from Pharoah.

Here are all your favorite classic fairy tales as they’re supposed to be told:

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