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The Cochin Jews of India
The Cochin Jews of India

The Malabar Jews of Cochin*, India, claim to have existed as a community since the times of King Solomon’s trade missions for ivory and silver. It is most likely, however, that their ancient community “only” dates back to the destruction of the Second Temple. The most important artifact recording the Jewish presence in the area is the  “Sâsanam,” a set of copper plates on which it is recorded that Joseph Rabban was granted a small principality.

What’s With The Cheese
What’s With The Cheese

When it comes to categories of foods, there are few types of food with as many variations as cheese. Like all dairy products, only cheese that has been made with the milk of a kosher animal can be kosher. (For those celebrating August’s National Goat Cheese Month, that’s good news, since goats are kosher animals.)

“If It Walks Like A Duck…”
“If It Walks Like A Duck…”

Deuteronomy (13:2-6) warns the Jewish people that anyone claiming to be a prophet who performs signs and wonders (“miracles” or seeing the future), but tries to entice others to worship false gods, then that person is a false prophet. No matter how convincing that so-called prophet’s magic may seem.

What’s In The Book: The Twelve Prophets – Haggai
What’s In The Book: The Twelve Prophets – Haggai

The Book of Haggai is the first of the Twelve Prophets written after the exiled Jews returned to the Land of Israel and were governed by Zerubbabel. The High Priest of the era was Joshua ben Jehozadak.

Gymnastics Ain’t Over Yet!
Gymnastics Ain’t Over Yet!

The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team (AKA “The Fierce Five”) has had an amazing showing at the London 2012 Olympics. The team won gold and has been dubbed the best women’s gymnastics team in the world. However, the gymnastics hoopla ain’t over yet!

The Mother Of Modern Swimming
The Mother Of Modern Swimming

In 1920, at age 35, Charlotte Epstein was not a contender for an Olympic medal in Antwerp, but she was, in many ways, the hero of women’s swimming. Born in 1884 in New York City, “Eppy,” as she was known to her acquaintances, was a court stenographer who took up swimming as a means of exercise after work with her female coworkers.

One! Two! Three! Feel The Burn!
One! Two! Three! Feel The Burn!

Some people love to exercise, others hate it, but everyone knows that it is a vital component of properly maintaining one’s physical health.

Aly Raisman Wins Gold in Women’s Floor Exercise
Aly Raisman Wins Gold in Women’s Floor Exercise

Aly Raisman is going home with two gold medals after finishing first in the floor exercise at the London Olympics on Tuesday. That’s in addition to the gold medal she won with Fierce Five last week in the women’s team competition.

Prayer’s Essence
Prayer’s Essence

According to many opinions, the most minimal prayer format one should recite daily should consist of praise of God, a request of God and a thank you to God. Thus for instance, a mother of triplets might say: “God, You are the giver of blessings. God, please give me patience. God, thank you for creating coffee.”

Does Zetlin Have Rhythm?
Does Zetlin Have Rhythm?

While our country is celebrating the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s first place win in the team competition, there’s an entirely different gymnastics competition happening this week that most people will never watch. What is it? Read on!

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