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Chanukah is not a ‘minor’ holiday

In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas.

Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that?

Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritually pure oil that lasted eight days, until more ritually pure oil could be prepared. What’s minor about that?

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Palestinians forsake negotiations

Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, was scheduled to submit a resolution to the UN calling for the complete withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank by 2016. Whether the resolution will pass was, as of press time, uncertain; and,  if it passed, whether the US would veto it, was also uncertain. Our guess is that the US would veto it because it would not achieve Palestinian statehood via negotiations, which the US favors. Rightly so. Unilateral statehood, or statehood via resolution, would mer...
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Talking to ourselves

With Taliban ‘militants’ who shoot children in the head, one by one, there is no common humanity, no common language Just when one thought that the last word on depravity and inhumanity was in, along come Taliban “militants” who kill children, one by one, in a “revenge” attack. Note the logic, if you can call it that: The government of Pakistan fights the Taliban, and in response the Taliban murders children. It’s the same “logic” that has Palestinians murder rabbis in the sy...
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Gil Marks, 1952-2014

There’s no denying that enthusiasm for Jewish cookery has experienced a veritable explosion over the past decade or so. This mirrors an increased interest in food among the general public, whether due to the advent of television cooking shows, progressively slick and attractive cookbooks, the popularity of food blogs or a general concern about health and well-being. Ironically, the proliferation of celebrity chefs and cookbooks has not led to a parallel rise in people cooking at home. It’s...
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Jordanians hate; a Palestinian loves

Two extremes. First, the bad news. Jordan’s parliament, as reported in the IJN (Nov. 28), held a moment of silence for the two murderers — not the five victims — in the pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue, Nov. 18. Four Jews were murdered by butcher cleavers and one Druze  by gunshot. Jordan’s Prime Ministser Abdullah Ensour sent a letter of condolence to the families of the murderers.
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

ADL: Killing of N.Y. police officers ‘heinous, senseless, shocking’

Marcy Oster The gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, threatened to shoot two “pigs” shortly before the killings. ... [Link]

Zelikows endow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC

Marcy Oster Marcie and Howard Zelikow provided a $5 million endowment along with a $1 million commitment for current operations to the Los Angeles school, a division of Hebrew Union College. ... [Link]

Harvard caterer: Politics affected decision to stop buying SodaStream

Marcy Oster Harvard University Dining Services “mistakenly factored political concerns” into its decision to stop buying SodaStream equipment, its spokesperson told the Harvard student newspaper. ... [Link]

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick seeking higher spot on Likud slate

Marcy Oster Glick, who was seriously injured in an assassination attempt in October, is running for the 33rd place on the Likud candidate list, which is reserved for a resident of the West Bank. ... [Link]

Son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel robbed, assaulted

Marcy Oster Zach Emanuel, 17, son of Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, was put in a chokehold and robbed of his cell phone up the street from his home. ... [Link]

More anti-coexistence group activists arrested, questioned

Marcy Oster The controversial group Lehava opposes intermarriage and joint Jewish-Arab initiatives. ... [Link]

Czech Jewish community decries Putin invitation for Shoah commemorations

Marcy Oster The commemorations organized by the European Jewish Congress are scheduled for Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. ... [Link]

Gal Mekel released by New Orleans Pelicans

Marcy Oster Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA after Omri Casspi, was waived earlier this season by the Dallas Mavericks ... [Link]

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