Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
By:
Binyamin Kagedan, JNS.org
The long version of the Chanukah story is not quite as heartwarming or morally clear-cut as what you might remember from Hebrew school. Ancient historical records, especially the little known Book of Maccabees, tell of a bitter and bloody internal conflict that pitted Jew against Jew in a fight for political and religious domination.
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Decoding the Torah through gematria
By:
Melissa Jacobs, Inside Feature
If God wrote you a letter, would you read it? Well, God did, and you have. The letter is the Torah. For centuries, Jews have been reading the Torah again and again, poring through its stories, its heroes and villains, its messages and meanings. What about the language in which the letter is written? What about the Hebrew alphabet? The...
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Taking a second look at superstitions’ impact 
on our everyday lives
By:
Richard Pawlak, Inside Feature
Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do you believe that the number 13 is unlucky? You’re hardly alone. Superstitious behavior permeates almost every facet of our lives. The ancient Greeks used just two words to explain both good and bad fortunes, as well...
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See the likeness of the first Jewish American commodore on Independence Mall
Who is that man and what did he do? That’s what Gary "Yuri" Tabach, a recently retired U.S...
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By:
Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff
The greatest success story in recent Jewish history has become one of the world's best-kept secrets in under a generation. On Dec. 6, 1987, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, D.C., more than a quarter-million American Jews -- Democrats and Republicans, observant and secular, and individuals representing the entire spectrum of Israeli politics -- gathered on the National...
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