Midnight At Rachel's Tomb: Kind Of A Hush About Islamic Claim That Kever Rachel & Kotel Are Now Mosques


If you needed any more evidence that the Jewish left is really advocating surrender to the Palestinians instead of peace with the Palestinians, check out the reaction of the Jewish left to the Palestinian claim that Rachel's Tomb and the Kotel (Western Wall) are really mosques.

There's been almost no reaction at all.

Sparks Of Life: Chanukah 5771

Cool gifts, healthy olive oil, and more.

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Cool gifts, healthy olive oil, and more.

Jhonson Augustin’s tree of life, combine art and spirituality.

'Forever Young' Forever And 'In The Mixis'

Have I unfairly smeared the song “Forever Young”?

Adam Kotok has directed my attention to a lovely Hebrew cover of the song (video embedded below) done by his wife Dafna Israel-Kotok, the musician who saved my daughter’s Israel-themed birthday party. In addition to performing at parties, Dafna runs some very cool all-in-Hebrew children’s music classes called Shir Fun.

I like her “Tamid Tzair,” although it would be great if the video featured a more racially/ethnically diverse selection of families.

Help! I've Assimilated And I Can't Get Up!

Perhaps at no time more than Halloween am I struck by the huge chasm between Orthodox/traditional Conservative Jews and the rest of us.

Among most of my Jewish family and friends, there has never been even a question of whether or not to join other Americans in dressing up in costume, carving a jack-o-lantern and trick-or-treating. Halloween is a fun holiday and of course we partake.

Can I Interest You In Chanukah (Surveys)?

Lamenting the increasingly premature arrival of all-things-Christmas is a favorite American (especially American Jewish) pastime.

However, this year, with the first night of Chanukah on Wednesday, Dec. 1 (ack — just four and a half weeks away!) we Jews can be credited with ushering in the holiday season early this year.

The Festival of Lite

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Chanukah foods don’t exactly bring healthy images to mind. In Israel, this time of year every bakery in town is serving up trays and trays of sufganiyot, doughnuts with your choice of jelly, caramel or even chocolate filling.
But as people worry about their waistlines and calorie counts, indulging in a fried delicacy for eight nights may not be the best idea.

This Chanukah, you can choose healthier baked doughnut “muffins,” left, or the full-fat fried version, above.

Long Island Lights Up

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Menorahs, latkes and dreidels — the staples of Chanukah — were in abundance this week as the Festival of Lights was celebrated in homes, synagogues and public spaces. Preschoolers at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills (at right, top) prepared for the holiday by making menorahs and a giant dreidel. And the JCC called upon the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department for help in lighting its 18-foot menorah, which sits on the JCC’s front lawn at 300 Forest Drive and is said to be the largest freestanding menorah on the Island.


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To some, holiday cards depicting reindeer with a menorah for antlers, a Santa Claus with payes, and a menorah filled with candy canes are nothing short of obscene. To others, they’re a humorous way of sending holiday greetings. “I don’t want to send out Christmas cards,” said Ron Gompertz, 51, the Jewish creator of the new cards. He said his wife, Michelle, 44, who is Protestant, didn’t want to send out Chanukah cards. So they came up with this novel approach to the Chanukah-Christmas season, which they call Chrismukkah.

Treeless In Seattle

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He’s being called the “rabbi who stole Christmas.” But Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky insists it was not his idea to remove 14 Christmas trees from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. All he asked, he said, was that his eight-foot menorah be displayed as well. “Removing the trees was a foolish decision by the Port [of Seattle] and they said they made a mistake,” Rabbi Bogomilsky said.

The Bubbie/Zadie Letters

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If you think keeping track of gifts for all your grandchildren at Chanukah time is tough, be grateful you’re not Daniel Halevi Bloom. He has 10,000 “grandkids” to write to.
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