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Answering The Appeals
Answering The Appeals

There they sit, the pile of unopened solicitations and appeals. Direct marketing charity drives are the modern replacement for the communal tzedakah (charity) appeals of the past.Food for the poor, tuition assistance for children in need of a…

A Comedic Original
A Comedic Original

“I once wanted to be an atheist, but I gave it up. They don’t have any holidays…

Caveat Emptor… Let the Buyer Beware (And the Seller Too)
Caveat Emptor… Let the Buyer Beware (And the Seller Too)

Today is “Black Friday,” the day on which retailers across America try to…

Thanks For The Day
Thanks For The Day

The harsh piercing whine of the alarm clock startles you from sleep, and you push your nose into the pillow to block out any hints of sunlight in the room.Sleep…as Shakespeare said “to sleep perchance to dream…,” but as any good Shakespearean s…

The Kosher Status of Turkey
The Kosher Status of Turkey

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to be in supermarkets in November, it’s turkey! In fact, many supermarkets even give them away to promote large purchases of other groceries.As you put the turkey into the oven, take a moment to think about th…

The Bird of Thanks
The Bird of Thanks

On Thanksgiving day, it is customary in the United States to eat a turkey dinner. The Hebrew word for turkey is “tar’negol hodu,” literally, an “Indian Rooster.” It came by this name because turkeys are indigenous to North America, wh…

Evacuation Day
Evacuation Day

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called upon the American people to…

The Second President
The Second President

Yitzchak Ben-Zvi, the second President of the State of Israel, was born on November 24, 1884 in Poltava, Ukraine.  After participating in the Jewish self-defense units organized during the 1905 pogroms, Ben-Zvi joined the Poalei Zion political par…

World Hello Day
World Hello Day

In 1973, Brian and Michael McCormack created World Hello Day as a reaction to the Yom Kippur War…

Pictures Worth Countless Words
Pictures Worth Countless Words

Dawid Szymin, better known by his nickname Chim (or by his Americanized name David Seymour), was born in Warsaw on November 20, 1911. His father, Benjamin, was a publisher of many of the great Yiddish and Hebrew writers of the time. The family-owned bo…

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