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26 Worlds

Do you remember how many people died in the Virginia Tech shootings of 2007 or the Columbine massacre of 1999? Or, for that matter, the shootings on the University of Texas campus in 1966, the horror of an earlier time?

Newtown: 26 angels, 26 stories

The Special Duty Of A Jewish Christmas Baby

Who doesn't have a story of being uncomfortably confronted with Christmas? 

Not that Jewish Christmas baby. Sheesh. Getty Images

Presidential Pardon Season: Does Pollard Have A Shot?

Once again it’s that time of the year when the president considers granting clemencies and once again the name of Jonathan Pollard has surfaced. The former U.S. Navy civilian intelligence analyst was arrested in 1986, pleaded guilty the following year to spying for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison. He is still there.

Jonathan Pollard: Will he ever see freedom?

The Big Ten And The Amidah

The leaders of the Big Ten athletic conference apparently aren’t math majors.

Like many teams, the North Carolina Tarheels play in a conference whose name is a misnomer. Getty Images

This Hoax Wasn’t OK In The UK

Two radio disc jockeys from Australia had a great idea for a hoax – or so it seemed at the time – last week.

The '87 Soviet Jewry Rally: An End, And A Beginning

Every new beginning, we are told by the pop band Semisonic, comes from some other beginning's end.

The December, 1987 rally for Soviet Jews drew an estimated 250,000 people.

Spoiler Alert: No Jews At Downton

When the second season of this BBC period drama about the life and loves of the aristocratic Grantham family ended, we were hoping that the third – to premiere stateside on PBS in less than a month – would boast a dash of yiddishkeit.

Baron Fellowes, middle, needs to brush up his history. Not that he cares what I think. Getty Images

An Expensive Phone Call

How much does it cost to have a fallen tree removed from your property? $50? $100? The eHow website estimates that it costs from $8 to $10 a foot, depending on the tree’s height.

Steven Kuhr’s tree cost him $153,000.

Steven Kuhr: Bad judgment cost him his government job

Hail To The Chiefs

A commentator at CNN on Sunday suggested the Kansas City Chiefs' uncommon victory over the Carolina Panthers Saturday was a tribute to linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins and himself the previous day. 

That made me gag. This murderer, who left his child an orphan and then took the coward's way out rather than face justice, needs a tribute like Bin Laden needs a holiday. 

First, Midrash Manicures. Next, The Mall.

'Tis the season of holiday gift guides. We do one ourselves here at the JW.

But this blog post is going to ask you dafke to not buy something: the Jewish nail decals known as “Midrash Manicures” that are wrongly marketed to young girls. 

The author's 7th-grade English teacher confiscated her nail polish, and the teacher was right. Getty Images
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