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Miscellaneous | Religion & Spirituality

Trump Shows Himself a Better Friend to the Jews Than Even Truman

I was going to write about the hearing on the Horowitz report. I'd planned to say how the ...

Miscellaneous | Judaism

16 Menorah Facts Every Jew Should Know!

The word menorah is Hebrew for “lamp,” and generally refers to the eight-branched candelabra that we light on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

Miscellaneous | Shopping

Online Holiday Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big | Mental Floss

Check out these incredible shopping hacks to find out how to buy your gifts online without breaking the bank.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Steinsaltz Biography of the Rebbe a Hebrew-Language Best-Seller

The Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, the umbrella institution for the activities of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), is a hub of publishing and disseminating Torah in multiple languages, especially Hebrew and English.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Add a Light Each Night of Chanukah?

There are two general reasons given in the Talmud1 for why we add a candle each night:

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Michigan boy's entire kindergarten class shows up to adoption hearing: 'Too cute!'

A Michigan kindergarten class took a one-of-a-kind field trip on Thursday — they went to see one of the classmates get his forever home, and just in time for Christmas.

    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

    Parkinson's researchers warn of possible swimming hazards connected to deep brain stimulation

    Neurologists specializing in Parkinson's disease are concerned about the possible risk of drowning for patients with deep brain stimulation implants following a recent study.

    Miscellaneous | This is stuff I like

    New Jersey Is the Latest State to Push for Cursive in the Classroom

    The anchor-esque Fs, loopy Js, and the rest of the cursive alphabet are staging a comeback in New Jersey.

    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

    Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators

    Criminals are making virtual connections with children through gaming and social media platforms. One popular site warns visitors, “Please be careful.”

    Miscellaneous | Other Stuff!

    Revised Guidelines Redefine Birth Years and Classifications for Gen X, Millennials, and Generation Z

    The age ranges and birth years for Generation Z are now included with Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers in Pew Research's official generational definitions.

    Miscellaneous | Gardening

    December Regional Garden To-Do Lists - FineGardening

    Find out exactly what you should be doing in your garden, in your region, this month. Yes, there is plenty to do in the garden in December.

      Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

      Are Eye Exams A Great American Scam?

      Why is it so difficult to get a new pair of glasses or contacts in this country? It’s easier pretty much everywhere else.

      Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

      What Is Your Testimony? – The Late Bloomer

      Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

      We warned you AirPods would sell out, but 2 deals are somehow back in stock – BGR

      AirPods are among the hottest items this holiday season, so we warned you that they would sell out when Amazon slashed prices to all-time lows. Now, we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that we were correct, and AirPods with Apple's w

      Miscellaneous | Opinion

      Faith Salie on the Gen Z putdown "OK, Boomer"

      For the young people of Generation Z, who have inherited from their elders a world full of rising waters, disappearing species, crippling debt and crumbling ...

      Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

      Do soldiers sometimes enjoy combat?

      The horrors of war are well documented, but less well understood is how soldiers can get a rush or thrill from combat.

      Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

      Tiffany Is More Than a Store

      The 182-year-old jeweler has played an outsize role in American culture. Now it will be owned by the French fashion giant LVMH, sold for $16.2 billion.

      Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

      Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’

      A shadowy hacker claimed to have the financier’s sex tapes. Two top lawyers wondered: What would the men in those videos pay to keep them secret?

      Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

      Agriculture Secretary Perdue: On Thanksgiving, be thankful for the farmers who provided your feast

      Because of our farmers, Americans are blessed with an abundance of nutritious and affordable food.

        Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

        A New Way of Tapping into Gratitude to Light Your Way

        Gratitude benefits us and those around us. Read a simple, new way to connect with gratitude to lift you up and light your path forward.

        Miscellaneous | Diaspora

        Arab States Are Claiming the Heritage of Their Expelled Jews

        Iraqi Jews leaving Lod airport in Israel on their way to the Ma’abara transit camp, 1951. Photo: Israel Government Press …

        Miscellaneous | Judaism

        New Video App Shows Children a Better World - Chabad.org/Kids continues to raise the bar for Jewish children’s media

        The new Chabad.org video app for children will deliver technologically advanced features while including the hundreds of videos from JewishKids.org, packaging them in a feature-rich experience with an improved look and feel.
        The new Chabad.org video app for children will deliver technologically advanced features while including the hundreds of videos from JewishKids.org, packaging them in a feature-rich experience with an improved look and feel.

        Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

        44 Awesome Things To Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in L.A. (11-28-2019 to 12-1-2019)

        This Thanksgiving weekend in L.A. from Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1 features Thanksgiving dining specials, Christmas in The Wizarding World, Queen Mary Christmas, Mar Vista Art Walk, Pumas in the Park, a dance workshop at CAAM, the Hollywoo

        Miscellaneous | Religion & Spirituality

        New Survey Finds Big Majorities Favor Religious Freedom in Public and Private

        Huge bipartisan majorities of people support “a broad interpretation of religious freedom” in American public and private life, ...

        Miscellaneous | Judaism

        6 Steps to Improving Your Relationship With Your Spouse - Love & Judaism

        We have the ability to perceive any person and any situation in a positive way, if we choose to do so.

        Miscellaneous | Judaism

        Why Is Eating Melaveh Malkah Important? - Shabbat

        The sages in the Talmud tell us to “always set the table after Shabbat even to eat small amount of food." Here's why.

        Miscellaneous | News bias/fake news

        When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting

        Every time you read something from AFP and Reuters (and CNN and The Washington Post), you should be thinking, not “this is fake news” but: “What’s the agenda?” To paraphrase Chuck Schumer’s infamous, and instructive, comment on the CIA, news outlets have

        Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

        Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car

        Dorsen, just eight, is one of 40,000 children working daily in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The terrible price they will pay for our clean air is ruined health and a likely early death.

        Miscellaneous | Gardening

        Designing With Grasses - FineGardening

        Grasses can act visually like shrubs. Some are arching, while others are stiff and formal. Learn more about designing your garden with grasses.

          Miscellaneous | Chicagoey Stuff

          Questions from the Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour - Chicago Detours

          Answering questions that stump the guides on the Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour. Topics range from speakeasies, to conspiracy theories, and more as we answer your best Bar Tour questions!

          Miscellaneous | Stuff I Like

          Concorde's last flight: Is this the greatest aviation photograph of all time?

          In 2003, Lewis Whyld took an instantly classic photograph of the Concorde on its last flight, soaring over the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, United Kingdom.

          Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

          X doesn't mark the spot: As Millennials and Baby Boomers feud, a generation is left out

          Generation X has largely earned a reputation for being disconnected politically, and is overshadowed by the older Baby Boomers and the younger Millennials.

          Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

          Clean Your Smart Phone! It's Covered in Germs

          A new survey of 1,200 Americans and their cleaning habits finds that one in four (23%) have never cleaned their smartphone.

          Miscellaneous | News bias/fake news

          The Most Important News Story Isn’t Impeachment, It’s Crisis In Mexico

          Cartels in Mexico aren’t just fighting over drugs, and it might well trigger a new and much bigger migrant crisis on the U.S. border.

            Miscellaneous | Dating & Relationships

            Why Twitter and Instagram are the best dating apps

            Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram are great resources for vetting potential dates.

            Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

            5 feel-good stories from this week you don't want to miss

            Here are some good stories of inspiration, patriotism and giving back that we could all use this week.

              Miscellaneous | Potpourri

              Marie Kondo betrays her whole premise by launching e-commerce store full of useless junk

              Some of us—not naming names here—really appreciated Marie Kondo’s take on clutter. Maybe we didn’t thank our sweaters for their service before donating them to Goodwill—and we’re still finding that folding method a bit tricky—but we found he

              Miscellaneous | Judaism

              25 Shabbat Facts Every Jew Should Know

              Every week, for the 25 hours beginning just before sundown on Friday until after night has fallen on Saturday night, Jewish people celebrate Shabbat, a period of rest and spiritual rejuvenation.

              Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

              We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

              "The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right," says Jestin Coler, whose company, Disinfomedia, is behind some fake news sites.

              Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

              Saturn is officially losing its rings — and they're disappearing much faster than scientists had anticipated

              Saturn is losing its rings faster than previously thought. Scientists estimate the rings will be gone in 100 million years.

              Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

              The Past, Present and Future Are Subjective

              By Emma Young. When people see the future as coming sooner, they make more far-sighted choices, the study finds.

              Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

              Our Favorite Dreamy Overwater Bungalows | Budget Travel

              For the ultimate relaxing vacation, these overwater bungalows offer postcard-perfect locations to fully immerse yourself in a tropical getaway.

                Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                35 Ultimate Things to Do in Los Angeles – Fodors Travel Guide

                Visiting LA means you can surf on the beach in the morning and by the afternoon be snowboarding on snow-capped mountains. LA is shopping on Rodeo Drive and rock shows on the Sunset Strip, 5-star restaurants and roadside taco trucks, movies at

                Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

                You’re going to love our superb shakshuka recipe - ISRAEL21c

                It’s not hard to make one of Israel’s favorite breakfast foods in your own kitchen. Follow along as ISRAEL21c’s Jessica Halfin shows you how as part of our Tayim recipe series.

                Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                Could a Boeing 737 Land on an Aircraft Carrier?

                Could a Boeing 737 land on an aircraft carrier? It seems like an absolutely crazy question...
                An empty Boeing 737 weighs 75,000 pounds, has a wingspan of 112 feet, typically lands at 178 miles per...

                Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                38 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. (11-15-2019 to 11-17-2019)

                Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is…

                Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

                WATCH: Sderot Resident Gives Reporting Crew The Jewish Mother Treatment | Israellycool

                An elderly resident of the beleaguered town of Sderot looks after a television crew

                Miscellaneous | Gardening

                Project FeederWatch Begins in Early November - Horticulture

                Back-yard birdwatchers can help the scientists at Cornell University track the movements of North America’s birds every winter by participating in Project FeederWatch. This 21-week-long program begins the second Saturday in November each year. (That’s

                  Miscellaneous | Gardening

                  Regional November Garden To-Do Lists - FineGardening

                  Regional differences really make themselves known in the November garden. See what to do in your garden this month to get ahead of the cold.

                    Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

                    Reclaiming the term ‘Zionism’

                    Ryvchin: 'It is vital that our young people understand the story of Zionism, which is not only inspiring, but is inextricably linked to every phase of Jewish history'.

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                    How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints | WIRED

                    A veteran analyst explains the work of gathering fingerprints that can link a suspect to a crime—even after it rains.

                    Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                    33 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. (11-8-2019 to 11-10-2019)

                    This weekend in L.A. from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10 features Coco at The Hollywood Bowl, American Indian Arts Marketplace, Los Angeles Coffee Festival, Camp Flog Gnaw, Girl Gang Craft Los Angeles Holiday Market, Our Future Fest, and MUCH m

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    What Is Tikkun Olam? - What does Tikkun Olam mean, who came up with it, and how do I do it?

                    Tikkun Olam: In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created.

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    What does Judaism Say about Transgenderism?

                    While transgenderism was once an issue that afflicted a few called gender dysphoria, it is now mainstream. What does Judaism have to say about this?

                    Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                    Latest Antisemitic Attacks in Borough Park Underline Grim Challenges Facing Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn

                    Security footage showing a group of men emerging from a car and chasing an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn’s Borough Park …

                    Miscellaneous | Disneyland History

                    14 vintage photos of Disneyland behind the scenes that will make you see the theme park in a whole new light

                    In the '60s, some photographers got behind-the-scenes looks at the California theme park, and captured their experiences through film.

                    Miscellaneous | Diaspora

                    Jewish astronaut snaps space pics of Israel, salutes late father

                    Jessica Meir posts photos of the Middle East and says it's part of the journey her Iraqi-born dad took, reaching US via Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland and Sweden

                    Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                    32 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About (11-4-19 to 11-8-19)

                    This week, from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8, features Coco live at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Coffee Festival, 29Rooms and MUCH more.

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    How (Not) to Fight Evil - Chapter 14 of Positivity Bias

                    How often do we wish we could be kinder and more loving? Who hasn’t wished that they could curb their impulses to satisfy momentary needs? Who doesn’t want their good deeds to outshine their selfish ones?

                    Miscellaneous | I Like This

                    Fans of The Office Can Now Build Their Own Dunder Mifflin!

                    Those who love the NBC hit show can construct the reception area, Dwight and Jim’s desks, and Michael Scott’s office.

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                    Connecticut Home Invasion Convict Is Undergoing Gender Transition in Prison

                    Steven Hayes is serving six life sentences for the 2007 murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Michaela and Hayley.

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                    Measles Can Cause ‘Immune Amnesia,’ Increasing Risk of Other Infections

                    New research shows the virus can have devastating effects on the immune system that persist much longer than the illness itself.

                    Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                    54 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Halloween Week You Need to Know About (10-28-19 to 11-1-19)

                    This week, from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, features Grand Park Día de los Muertos, Fantastic Planet larger than life public art piece, Scary Delicious Bug and Wine Pairing, BE KIND, REWIND 90s HALLOWEEN PARTY, Night Dive at the Aquarium of

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

                    25 World Facts You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know

                    Impress your friends with these nuggets of world facts, and you'll get smarter as well. World is full of wonderment!

                    Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                    NYPD Commish Warns City’s ‘Decarceration Plan’ Could Put New Yorkers In Danger

                    New York City’s top police official has warned that looming reforms intended to fundamentally transform the city’s jail system could endanger the well-being of people residing and working in the area. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill recently put the

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                    More kids who are severely obese should have weight-loss surgery, pediatricians say

                    More kids who are obese should be considered candidates for weight-loss surgery, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

                    Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

                    A scam targeting Americans over the phone has resulted in millions of dollars lost to hackers. Don't be the next victim.

                    A whopping 26,379 people reported being a victim of some sort of phishing scam. Together they reported nearly $50 million in losses.

                    Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

                    Starbucks Is Giving Out Free Drinks on Thursday & Almost Everything Is Fair Game

                    Starbucks' new happy hour has buy one, get one free handcrafted drinks sizes grande or larger.

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                    Update Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users

                    Microsoft's Windows 10 problems continue with a warning every user needs to know about...

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

                    Maps of Water, Crops, and Coasts Reveal the Truth About Human and Earth Interactions

                    To our detriment, if we continue on current trajectories, and global modelling shows just how. Natalie Parletta reports.

                    Miscellaneous | Other Stories

                    Barbie lists her real-life Malibu Dreamhouse on AirBNB for $60 a night

                    The pink palace will be listed for only $60 a night to commemorate Barbie brand’s 60th anniversary and can only be booked once.

                    Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

                    New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail

                    The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to close Rikers Island jail Thursday and open four new borough-based facilities instead.

                    Miscellaneous | Israeli Culture

                    Israel In Numbers: Snapshot Of A (Largely) Happy, Healthy, Educated Nation

                    The annual report released every year by the Central Bureau of Statistics provides a fascinating picture of Israel in numbers. | NoCamels

                    Miscellaneous | Other Stuff!

                    College vs. University: What's the Difference? | Mental Floss

                    Certain traits define the difference between colleges and universities. (And no, tuition isn't one of them.)

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah That Help Us Break Through Illusions

                    We depend on our touchstones: psychological security, a stable income, protection from crime. Clothing, food, warm shelter

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    Flying Rocks, Palm Fronds, And The Soul Of Sukkot

                    It’s 2019 and here we are, educated people, carrying around palm fronds and a citron while the rest of the world is busy being productive. What’s with the Jews and their stubborn insistence on living in a world of superstitions and anachronisms?

                    Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

                    48 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About (10-7-19 to 10-11-19)

                    This week, from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, features Pie Night at 189 by Dominique Ansel, Griffith Observatory Sunset Walk & Talk, Malibu Wine Safari Haunted Nights Tour, Pasadena ArtNight, San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights, L

                    Miscellaneous | Judaism

                    How Does Yom Kippur Work? - DIY Soul Repair - High Holidays

                    Only you can fix yourself. What does a particular day of the year have to offer?

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                    Life in Alaska in the Round-the-Clock Darkness of Polar Night | The New Yorker

                    Coralie Kraft writes on the photo series “Polar Night,” by the photographer Mark Mahaney, which chronicles a two-month winter period of uninterrupted darkness in Utqiagvik, Alaska.

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

                    11 Apps That Will Make You Feel Smarter!

                    Your smartphone is the window to all the knowledge in the world—and these apps will help you unlock it.

                    Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

                    New Study Reveals Why Working from Home Makes Workers More Productive

                    How do virtual and in-office workers differ? It might surprise you.

                    Miscellaneous | Religion & Spirituality

                    Gutfeld on courtroom forgiveness | Fox News

                    If a young man can forgive his brother's killer, perhaps forgiveness is possible for just about anything else.

                    Miscellaneous | This is stuff I like

                    Vegan Disney World Guests Now Have 400 New Menu Items to Choose From | Mental Floss

                    Starting this month, it will be a lot easier to find vegan menu options at the food stands and restaurants at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.