Rejoicing In The Torah

Tishri 22, the day after the seventh day of Sukkot, is the holiday Shemini Atzeret. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret is also the holiday of Simchat Torah. Outside of Israel, where extra days of holidays are held, only the second day of Shemini Atzeret is Simchat Torah. These two holidays are commonly thought of as part… Read More

Voodoo Priest Halts Gaza War?

A voodoo priest in the African republic of Benin performed ritual sacrifices and offered prayers for an end to the conflict in Gaza, according to reports. High priest Dah Aligbonon slaughtered a rooster as an offering to the deities and ancestors, and cast cowry shells to divine the future at the peace ceremony held at… Read More

No Cake For Hitler

A New Jersey supermarket last month refused to print the full name of a 3-year-old boy named Adolf Hitler on a birthday cake. The boy’s parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, are upset that a ShopRite would not print the name and are accusing the store of being intolerant, The Associated Press reported.

Hot Bearded Jewish Man?

Now that’s a figure worth looking at — or, that is, a figurine. The marble bust depicts a bearded man’s head and was probably a boxer; boxing was quite popular in Roman times. The piece likely dates back to the era of the emperor Hadrian (117-138 C.E.) or shortly thereafter, according to archaeologists on site.

Sholem Aleichem’s Encore

Did they know he was laughing at them? A museum in Kiev, Ukraine, recently kicked off national observances of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of the legendary Yiddish satire writer Sholem Aleichem –– who made a living gently making fun of gentile peasants and stereotypical Jews in his famous writings.

Sky-Diving Jews

The idea of Jews camping or jumping out of airplanes for the heck of it seems like an oxymoron to many. But Jewish groups across the country are increasingly planning outdoor events — running the gamut from camping, biking, hiking, skiing and even jumping out of airplanes. For those who doubt it, Lew Groner, co-president… Read More

Socialism For Sale?

Now you really know there’s an economic meltdown turning everything once taken for granted inside out. How else can one react to the news that the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring –– with its deep roots in the Jewish socialist labor movement –– is promoting credit cards?

Is Petrol Parve?

“Fill her up with unleaded and give me some gum and that homemade gefilte fish, too.” It’s not common lingo at gas stations across the nation, but it’s becoming more frequent in Brooklyn, thanks to the Rio Gas Station in Borough Park. Yes, the nation has just received its first kosher petrol plaza, according to… Read More

Highway To Heschel

Next time some good ol’ hate mongers in Springfield, Mo. head out to the annual We Hate Everybody BBQ, they might be cruising down the Highway to Heschel — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, that is. That’s because the state legislature last week adjourned after passing a bill aimed at aggravating the ulcers of the local… Read More

Jailhouse Rock Of Ages

Ahh, New York, where everything Jewish is possible — including a lavish bar mitzvah in the slammer. It seems that officials of the Big Apple are busy investigating how a well-connected inmate could host a lavish bar mitzvah in prison, according to the JTA Wire Service.