Posted: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:47 | Posted by: Noah Yaffe | The SchmoozeFeed
A latter-day Chanukah miracle: the world's largest menorah, lit by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan. Getty Images

Of our Chanukah I write, when we drew the swords to fight.
You have heard of the eight nights, but not how they came to light.

It started when Antiochus was out to conquer land,
His new Hellenized empire was all set to expand.
And there were many foolish Jews, supported his command,
They'd give up their religion if deemed popular demand.

The Jewish High-Priest Menelaus promoted a decree,

Posted: Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:23 | Posted by: Luanna Azulay | The SchmoozeFeed
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was also the first First Lady to serve in the Cabinet. Getty Images

Growing up always with a female figure as the breadwinner and head of the household, the concept of female inequality was never anywhere in my mind. To me truly that did not exist. Having strong female role models shaped my life and made me the person I am today, a strong and ultra- independent female. I never really saw much that glass ceiling as much of an obstacle because of the examples in my life, but being in the workplace for the past seven years has taught me a lot about how the world works.

Posted: Wed, 12/12/2012 - 20:36 | Posted by: Dovi Kacev | The SchmoozeFeed
The author and his mo, which raised $1,000 to help raise awareness and find a cure for testicular and prostate cancer.

Last month I donated my face to science.  To be more specific, I donated the space between my nose and my mouth in the form of a ridiculous mustache.  

Despite the fact that the Seventies ended over thirty years ago, thousands of young men around the country proudly grew out their mustaches (aka Mo’s) in November to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer as well as solicit for donations to support research to find the cure. 

Posted: Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:00 | Posted by: Michael Snow | The SchmoozeFeed
Erev Shabbat is more of a struggle to create stateside than in Israel. Wikimedia Commons

I remember the wet stones. When I lived in Jerusalem for a year, I spent Fridays slipping all over the place. In the hours before sunset, the Old City’s enchanting stones became slip-and-slides as young boys bearing buckets of water glazed the timeless stairways and passages, giving the holy city the last bath just before Shabbat.

Posted: Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:10 | Posted by: Noah Yaffe | The SchmoozeFeed
Anonymous giving is certainly good, as Maimonides said, but role models are helpful, as well. Wikimedia Commons

On the 7th day of Hanukah, an anonymous donor gave to me a car-fridge and a new Wii. (Or so I dream.)

According to Maimonides, this kind of gift, where the donor knows the recipient (i.e. the coveted car-fridge) but the recipient doesn't know the donor, is the 3rd highest level of giving. The highest is the well-known teach-a-man-to-fish and the lowest is when donations are given begrudgingly.