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November 30th, 2013 - 11:48 pm § in Jews, Misc.

Happy Hannukah

Rube Goldberg Machine Lights the Menorah[...]

November 30th, 2013 - 12:39 pm § in Misc.

What color was Santa?

Brownish. Despite Megan Kelley’s odd ideas that he was white, Saint Nicholas was born into a family that probably considered itself to be ethnically Greek but in an area of the world that we now call Turkey. Historically, you can’t import a category like ‘white’ into fourth century Asia [...]

November 30th, 2013 - 11:37 am § in Misc.

Buchenwald 11: Arial Photo .. but allies did not know the slave camp was in the woods!

Photograph from the National Archives, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.An aerial photograph of Buchenwald concentration camp showing the destruction of the munitions factory and storage area of the camp by American bombers.  (August 24, 1944)[...]

November 30th, 2013 - 10:23 am § in Religion

THE Ave Challenge: What is the Ashura, the Tenth Day of Muharram?

This is NOT a happy season for all!    Muharram, a Muslim month. devoted to mourning.   Ashura, the tenth of the month, is a day of awe in Shi’a Islam, familiar in the west as scenes of self flagellation. In Shia Islam the month marks the schism from Sunni, when the Sunni caliph killed the[...]

November 30th, 2013 - 2:47 am § in Jews, Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Hannukah

“We were sitting at an [American] Hanukkah party and looking at how crazy it is,”  In Israel, “it’s a minor holiday ” ,.. Israeli economics professor This year Hanukkah begins in the evening of Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and ends in the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013.[...]