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Miscellaneous | Chabad

International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries Moves Online Amid Pandemic

Since its launching in 1983 by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) has brought together Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries for a weekend of inspiration, learning and fellowship.

Miscellaneous | Gardening

Favorite Autumn Gardens from Garden Photo of the Day - FineGardening

Fall is often a favorite time of year for gardeners. Winter is dreary. Spring is frenetic, filled with garden chores. Summer is hot, and we’re constantly worried about if we […]

    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

    5 Ways To Check For Hidden Cameras In Your Hotel Room Or Dressing Room

    Privacy is perceived differently across the world. For example, in Germany, very few offices have open doors, while in America, this is quite common. However, nobody would be okay with secretly being watched, especially during private activities.

    Miscellaneous | Opinion

    How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest

    Within weeks of the gathering that drew nearly half a million bikers, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita.

      Miscellaneous | News bias/fake news/media bias

      Newt Gingrich: Trump's composure vs. Guthrie's almost maniacal hostility at NBC's Town Hall tells us this

      Anyone who still doubts that the elite media is out to destroy President Trump should watch his NBC town hall from Thursday night. 

        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

        I Survived Getting Lost in the Florida Swamps

        In this trave fail, a Florida Spring Break hiking trip goes awry. After simply walking into the forest from a service road, a group of inexperienced hikers gets lost in Apalachicola National Forest, near Tallahassee. Here is one woman's account of the exp

        Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

        59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [10-15-2020 to 10-21-2020]

        This week, we've got hikes with rescue dogs, private puppet shows, pumpkin patches, outdoor puzzle hunts, the virtual LA Times Festival of Books, interactive art walks and horror screenings, and more.

        Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

        A Taste Of Israel: Satisfy Your Craving With A Click

        Bringing Israeli food and snacks into your home is as easy as ordering an online cooking workshop, or a subscription box.

        Miscellaneous | Random shit

        Mexican Moms Rank Mexican Snacks

        Mexican moms rank popular Mexican snacks like gansito, bubu lubu, duritos, sabritones, takis, and more! Filmed and Produced by The Crazy Gorilla.

        Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

        'What Am I, A Goat?' Gal Gadot Teaches Viewers Hebrew Slang

        Gal Gadot appears in Vanity Fair's latest episode of Slang School where she breaks down some hilarious terms commonly used by Israelis.

        Miscellaneous | Judaism

        Why Do Some Letters in the Torah Have ‘Crowns’?

        Many of the letters are topped by
        small spikes, called tagin or ketarim. Here is why.

        Miscellaneous | Opinion

        The Case Against Trump (and why some of your friends and family no longer want to speak to you)

        I love this country. I always have. But the last few years in the USA have left me truly aghast. Just when I think that there are no more surprises left in American political life, I am handed a fr…

        Miscellaneous | Gardening

        Bring It In! - FineGardening

        No overwintering methods come with a guarantee that every plant will survive every winter. But if there is a plant worth attempting to save, start here.

          Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

          You Can Now Order Your Fave Grand Central Market Treats for Delivery

          Even though our trips to the Grand Central Market will never quite be the same, we are happy to announce some good news from the food emporium. Grand Central Market recently launched a new delivery service. Thanks to Chow Now, you can finally get those de

          Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

          A Eulogy for L.A.’s Fallen Restaurants

          Let us toast the fantastic local eateries lost to COVID-19.

          Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

          10 early Prime Day 2020 deals that’ll blow you away – BGR

          Prime Day 2020 deals officially start hitting Amazon's site on October 13, but there are already early Prime Day deals available at Amazon that will blow you away. Some of the best bargains are for Prime members only, like a $90 Echo Show 5 for the all-ti

          Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

          59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (10-08-2020 to 10-14-2020)

          This week, we've got drive-ins and outdoor screenings, farm tours and pumpkin patches, Halloween events, virtual film and music fests, and more.

          Miscellaneous | Mid Century

          An architect’s time capsule midcentury home is for sale in Glendale

          Los Angeles architect Gus Stamos built this modest Chevy Chase Canyon home in Glendale for his family in 1968, and its retro interiors have stood the test of time

            Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

            15 Gift Ideas to Give New Homeowners | Real Estate

            These housewarming gifts can help your loved ones settle in, relax and take care of their home.

              Miscellaneous | News bias/fake news/media bias

              When The Media Ask Trump About White Supremacy, It's An Accusation

              No matter how many times Trump condemns white supremacy it will never be enough for the media because their motive is to smear Trump as racist.

                Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

                Why even the most advanced fighter jets still have internal guns

                The most advanced jet in the world are still equipped with internally mounted guns for threats that high-tech weapons can't counter.

                  Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                  54 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (10-01-2020 to 10-07-2020)

                  This week, we've got poolside fitness classes, Halloween scares, outdoor food fests, virtual fundraisers, online gameshows, and more.

                  Miscellaneous | Opinion

                  Why Trump resorted to torching the debate

                  Unlike in 2016, he lacks a clear message or line of attack against his opponent. What remained was bullying, interruptions and ad hominem provocations.

                  Miscellaneous | Gardening

                  Showy Shrubs for Fall - FineGardening

                  With the growing season coming to a close and winter just around the corner, fall is a bittersweet time of the year. When shopping for plants during the cacophony of spring, it is difficult to also plan for fall in the garden.

                    Miscellaneous | Gardening

                    Classic Daffodils - FineGardening

                    An experienced bulb grower recommends 11 of her favorites

                      Miscellaneous | Gardening

                      How to Plant Tulips in Pots - FineGardening

                      Growing these spring classics in pots lets you dodge most of their drawbacks

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur?

                        What is Yom Kippur all about? Unpack layers of meaning embedded in the requirement that we neither eat nor drink for the duration of this most holy and solemn of days.

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        On the Essence of Shabbat Shuvah - High Holidays

                        There is an essential problem in the combination of Shabbat and teshuvah.

                        Miscellaneous | Disneyland History

                        Marc Davis: The Imagineer Who Crafted Modern Disney Parks

                        The work of legendary Imagineer Marc Davis is still felt at Disney theme parks to this day.

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        14 Tips for an Amazing Yom Kippur at Home

                        Many of us will be celebrating Yom Kippur alone for the very first time. Here are our pro tips to making your at-home Yom Kippur meaningful and memorable

                        Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                        76 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (9-24-2020 to 9-30-2020)

                        This week, we've got in-person and online art, drive-ins, free coffee, restaurant pop-ups, live-streamed concerts and plays, and more.

                        Miscellaneous | Opinion

                        Clean Energy Group Warns California Car Ban Will Tax the Grid

                        One clean energy trade group in California is warning that California’s bold new goal of phasing out gas-powered cars within 15 years will drive up power demand from electric cars by 25% -- a potential problem for a state that has been struggling to kee

                        Miscellaneous | Disneyland History

                        Early designs for Disneyland's monorail show how different the popular attraction could have looked

                        "The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky" shows rare concept art and designs of the popular mode of transportation inside the parks.

                        Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                        59 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (9-17-2020 to 9-23-2020)

                        This week, we've got 60-cent tacos, vegan dinner pop-ups, a toy drive, online and appointment-only art shows, a virtual Dino Fest, a Zoom mystery game, and a couple new ways to see Shakespeare online.

                        Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

                        The Best Old-School Drive-in Theaters Around the U.S.

                        American drive-in theaters used to number on the thousands. Today there are around 300. Now, more than ever, is the time to support them and keep them alive.

                        Miscellaneous | Opinion

                        The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90%—And That's Made the U.S. Less Secure

                        A new report shows that a $50 trillion redistribution of income to benefit the richest has made America less healthy, resilient, and secure

                        Miscellaneous | Chabad

                        Rosh Hashanah to Begin Amid Pandemic With Global Prayers for a Good New Year

                        Chabad brings the sound of the shofar, and holiday’s message of hope and faith, to millions

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

                        A History of Mexico for Gringos

                        By Frank Gormlie Most gringos don’t know too much of the history of Mexico – our southern neighbor – even though Mexico is so much part of the culture of Southern California. U.S.…

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        How I Will Celebrate Rosh Hashanah Alone? - High Holidays

                        I’m an older woman, living
                        alone. I'll be observing the holidays at home, by myself.

                        Miscellaneous | Stuff

                        5 photo tricks to try with your iPhone while you're bored in quarantine this fall

                        Self isolating at home? Here are five great ways you can keep your creativity skills on point.

                        Miscellaneous | Mid Century

                        Retro Hotel Finds for the Mid Century Road Tripper

                        This fall, pick a retro hotel that will put you in the middle of true mid century style. From Boston to Florida, there's a mid century paradise to find.

                        Miscellaneous | Opinion

                        Poll: Most support athletes kneeling in protest, speaking out on social issues

                        A majority of Americans say they think it is appropriate for professional athletes to kneel during the national anthem in protest and use their platforms to speak out on social issues, according to a new Washington Post poll.The survey released on Thursda

                        Miscellaneous | Chabad

                        High Holiday Services Directory - Find Outdoor Shofar Blowings, Services and More at a Synagogue or Park Near You

                        Celebrate the High Holidays among friends and connect with your inner self. From Alabama to Wisconsin, Abidjan to Zurich, join us and find your local High Holiday home.

                        Miscellaneous | I Like This

                        Here's What Malls Have Looked Like Through the Years, From the '50s Until Now

                        Malls are really no different from the marketplaces in ancient civilizations — though the introduction of things like mall Santas, specialty stores and food courts certainly changed everything.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

                        Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology – Research Digest

                        By Emma Young. New research is revealing all manner of psychological and neurological effects of music.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                        Jelly Belly founder to give away candy factory, cash prizes in nationwide treasure hunt - ABC7 Los Angeles

                        The founder of Fairfield-based Jelly Belly is launching a series of golden ticket treasure hunts before his retirement

                        Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                        50 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (9-3-2020 to 9-9-2020)

                        This week, we've got pickle pop-ups, art exhibits by appointment, dineL.A. deals, dog-friendly outdoor happy hours, virtual games and film fests, and more.

                        Miscellaneous | Diaspora

                        Don’t Get Too Comfy in the Diaspora (Ki Tavo 2020)

                        Baruch Gordon quotes a commentary on the First Fruits offering which delivers a powerful message to Diaspora Jews today...

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        Shofar Over the Internet During Elul? - Chabad

                        Due to the pandemic, I’m
                        currently unable to attend service. Can I fulfill this custom by listening to
                        the shofar over Zoom?

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

                        MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH PREJUDICE

                        I have personally experienced a bit of prejudice in my day. Native Strength is the Native American centuries-old traditional path to happiness, harmony, heal...

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        55 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-27-2020 to 9-2-2020]

                        This week, we've got online music and film festivals, outdoor dining pop-ups and music video screenings, new podcasts, drive-in comedy, virtual cooking classes, and more.

                        Miscellaneous | Diaspora

                        Elder Of Ziyon - The shtetl mentality is alive and well with liberal American Jews

                        European Jews were conditioned over generations to not make waves because of fears of deadly antisemitic responses to the slightest perceived provocations. This is the shtetl mentality, and it is one that Zionism worked hard to eradicate in Israel.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                        How You Can Help Victims of the Current California Wildfires

                        The massive wildfires taking place in Northern California have quickly become the second largest wildfires to take place in California’s history. With the government declaring it a Major Disaster over the weekend, it leaves many Southern California reside

                        Miscellaneous | Chabad

                        Fire at University of Delaware's Jewish center ruled arson

                        A fire at the University of Delaware's Chabad Center for Jewish Life has been ruled arson, the Delaware State Fire Marshal announced Wednesday.

                        Miscellaneous | Diaspora

                        We need to talk about the ethnic cleansing of Middle Eastern Jews

                        "The wholesale ethnic cleansing of Mizrahi and Sephardi communities, from Iraq to Egypt, from Tunisia to Libya, is a sordid episode in the history of the region which has been cynically ignored by the world." Asher Weisz reveals a disturbing pattern of pe

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

                        37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-Americans

                        The answer to 90% of these is "yes, yes we do."

                        Miscellaneous | Judaism

                        Seven Thoughts About Elul to Help Us Turn Inward and Forgive - High Holidays

                        Welcome to the month of turning inward, the month of forgiveness, the month of spiritual accounting, the month of deepening.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

                        Why Are Memories Attached to Emotions So Strong? | Columbia University Irving Medical Center

                        Multiple neurons in the brain must fire in synchrony to create persistent memories tied to intense emotions, new research from Columbia neuroscientists has found.

                        Miscellaneous | Diaspora

                        EXCLUSIVE: The End of Jewish Yemen is Imminent

                        Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have ordered at least some of the country’s remaining Jews to leave, according to sources in the Amran Governorate, north of the capital Sanaa, who spoke recently with The Media Line.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        NYC Is Dead Forever. Here’s Why

                        "But NYC always always bounces back." No. Not this time.

                        Miscellaneous | Disneyland History

                        10 most expensive Disneyland items sold at auction featuring 1,100 theme park collectibles

                        Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks held the Disneyland 65th anniversary auction on Aug. 15 and 16.

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        54 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (8-13-2020 to 8-19-2020)

                        This week, we've got comedy drive-ins, free ice cream, a summer potluck contest, outdoor spin classes, Nisei Week’s first online festival, takeout and delivery deals, online art openings, DIY cake kits, and more.

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        Here’s Looking at You, Auburn, Somni: Remembering beloved restaurants that LA lost to the pandemic

                        A number of LA restaurants — high-end and casual — are permanently closing during the pandemic, and each closing affects families of owners and employees. The closures ripple out to all the different industries that service restaurants.

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        California salon, barbershop owners vow to reopen indoor operations next week | KTLA

                        Hundreds of salons and barbershops across the state are vowing to reopen indoors on Aug. 17, KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento reported Sunday. Currently, they are only allowed to operate outdoors if their county is not on the state’s COVID-19 monito

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        39 Things to Do in L.A. This Week (7-30-2020 to 8-5-2020)

                        This week, we've got a Thai film drive-in, an online dessert fest, a delivery wings fest, interactive plays and games, panels, lectures, and more.

                        Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

                        18 Tisha B'Av Facts Every Jew Should Know

                        Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        Outdoor seating impossible for some eateries thanks to wild NYC streets

                        Mayor Bill de Blasio has been touting his restaurant-reopening program as a "huge hit" -- but that's not the case on a Queens street overrun with druggies, drunks and vagrants.

                        Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

                        This year, Comic-Con is coming to you. Here’s how to participate from home

                        Comic-Con International in San Diego was canceled because of COVID-19, but Comic-Con @ Home is free online starting July 22. Here's how to join in the fun.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

                        Handgun ownership is a 'major risk factor' for suicide

                        Owning a handgun is linked to a significantly higher risk of suicide, and particularly suicide by firearm, according to a large study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                        No One Knows What Thailand Is Doing Right, but So Far, It’s Working - The New York Times

                        Can the country’s low rate of Covid-19 infections be attributed to culture? Genetics? Face masks? Or a combination of all three?

                        Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

                        The Evil of Louis Farrakhan vs. the Morality of Frederick Douglass

                        Louis Farrakhan during his Fourth of July address “The Criterion” on Revolt TV. Photo: Screenshot. In W. E. B. Du …

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        Vandals Tear Down 9/11 Memorial Flagpole in New York

                        Police in New York are looking for vandals who cut down a flagpole at a memorial honoring five firefighters who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

                        Miscellaneous | Dating & Relationships

                        Tinder Tests 'Face to Face' Video Chat for Potential Matches

                        Dating in the time of coronavirus is not easy, but Tinder may have a solution. The online dating service this week introduced a new Face to Face test for select members across the globe.

                        Miscellaneous | Other Stuff!

                        101 Ways to Add Color to Your Home | Apartment Therapy

                        These home decorating ideas, which range from big, bold moves like buying an orange living room sofa to smaller projects like painting your window trim, will have you living in technicolor in no time.

                        Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

                        Secular Jews are starting to understand the haredi Orthodox — thanks to Israeli television

                        Cracks in the secular-religious divide have begun to appear, and I believe much of the credit for the happy fissure belongs to Israeli television, writes Rabbi Avi Shafran.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        Dozens shot, at least three killed on violent July 4th weekend in NYC

                        Nearly 40 people were shot across New York City from the Fourth of July into early Sunday — including several fatalities, police sources said.

                        Miscellaneous | Religion & Spirituality

                        Italian teen who created catalog of miracles is one step closer to becoming 'patron saint of the internet' | Fox News

                        An Italian teenage boy who programmed his home computer to catalog miracles and died at 15 years old is one step closer to becoming the first Catholic millennial saint.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        WATCH: Older Woman Told To Check Her ‘Privilege’ By Protester Who Wants Statue Pulled Down: ‘That’s The Best You Got, Little Boy?’

                        On Sunday, counter-protesters gathered outside a statue of Teddy Roosevelt in New York City, defending the monument of the 26th president of the United States from protesters advocating its removal. During the clash between the two groups, an older woman

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        Fresh signs of NYC spiraling out of control

                        "Complete lawlessness,” one cop termed the incident in Harlem in the early hours Sunday — and it’s fast becoming an apt description of much of the city.

                        Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

                        Orchid Care Tips to Help This Fussy Flower Thrive | Real Simple

                        Caring for an orchid is much easier once you learn the basics. Here's how much water and sun they need.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting

                        Only 1 of the Top 100 Universities Feature Conservative Commencement Speaker for Class of 2020

                        Only one of the United States' top 100 universities has invited a Republican a guest speaker to address the class of 2020 at their graduation ceremonies.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        Fireworks protesters honk horns near Gracie Mansion to wake up de Blasio

                        Scores of drivers honked their car horns near Gracie Mansion Monday night to disrupt the mayor's slumber in protest of the recent uptick in illegal fireworks shooting off across the city.

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                        Best Way to Clean Sheet Pans - Battle | Kitchn

                        We tested five popular methods for cleaning stained sheet pans. We're happy to report that our tried-and-true method ended up being the winner.

                        Miscellaneous | This is stuff I like

                        Slang words from the 1950s that we should bring back - Insider

                        Slang is an ever-changing thing — but here are 10 slang terms from the 1950s that we think deserve a comeback in 2020.

                        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

                        Why officials aren't alarmed by spiking coronavirus numbers - Los Angeles Times

                        Bartenders over the weekend began mixing drinks, gyms turned on elliptical machines and nail salons began polishing away as Los Angeles County reopened more of its economy even as coronavirus cases continued to rise.

                        Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

                        Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: EoZTV: Jonathan Neumann on “Tikkun Olam”

                        .My latest EoZTV interview is with Jonathan Neumann, author of To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel.

                        Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                        R.I.P. Teddy Roosevelt statue, 1940-2020

                        "It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue"

                        Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                        Brian Kilmeade gets exclusive access to unfinished secret beneath Mount Rushmore

                        Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota is one of the most visited and cherished monuments in the country, but it's long history and secrets are unknown to many Americans.