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Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

By Jspace Staff on 11/7/2013 at 11:42 AM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

It is the second week of November and we are starting to get in to the Thanksgiving mode, so what is the Jewish perspective on Thanksgiving? It depends what you mean by Thanksgiving. They tell the story of two horses that observed people arguing. The animals were curious; what could these human beings possibly be fighting about? After much deliberation, they concluded that the source of the tension must be a dispute over hay. Apparently, one man had claimed part of another's portion. Indeed, that was quite a …More

Thanksgiving-Hanukkah Overlap Leads to Math and Merchandise

From JNS.org on 10/15/2013 at 2:58 PM

Categories: United States, Judaism

Thanksgiving-Hanukkah Overlap Leads to Math and Merchandise

Jacob Kamaras, JNS.org Nov. 28 marks Thanksgiving Day, as well as the first day of Hanukkah 2013. It would be a natural reaction for an American Jew, when noticing that overlap during a casual reading of the calendar, to smile or even laugh. But Dana Gitell took things much further. A marketing professional living in Norwood, Mass., Gitell coined and trademarked the word “Thanksgivukkah,” launched a website as well as Facebook and Twitter pages for the joint holiday, and partnered with Judaica …More

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Colbert Has a Bone to Pick with Hanukkah (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 10/9/2013 at 12:29 PM

Categories: Entertainment, Gossip

Stephen Colbert has a habit of highlighting the hilarious War on Christmas on “The Colbert Report,” often blaming that sinister of holidays, Hanukkah, for trying to encroach on the season of comfort and joy. Now, Colbert’s got another bone to pick with Hanukkah—it’s trying to take on Thanksgiving. It seems Stephen has caught up with what Jews have been grumbling about for months now—that Hanukkah begins the night before Thanksgiving—and he put together a hilarious bit on …More

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Did Sukkot Help Shape America's Thanksgiving?

From JNS.org on 9/17/2013 at 2:11 PM

Categories: Religion, Judaism

Did Sukkot Help Shape America's Thanksgiving?

Robert Gluck, JNS.org Did Sukkot help shape America’s Thanksgiving? According to one of the foremost experts on American Judaism, Dr. Jonathan Sarna, the biblical holiday did not exactly guide the Puritans’ thinking during colonial times, but they were generally influenced by the idea of thanking God for their bounty. “The Puritans did not believe in fixed holidays,” Sarna—the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief …More

Jewish Food Stamp Challenge Helps Raise Hunger Awareness

By Jspace Staff on 11/26/2012 at 3:23 PM

Categories: Food, Finance

Jewish Food Stamp Challenge Helps Raise Hunger Awareness

This Thanksgiving, a Jewish community in Palm Beach County, Florida has a new appreciation for their Thanksgiving bounty. The group was one of over 50 communities and 150 rabbis that accepted a pre-Thanksgiving challenge to live one week on a food stamp budget to experience food insecurity first hand. The Jewish Community Food Stamp Challenge, now in its fourth year, encourages members of the Jewish community to live on $31.50 a week in food costs, the average amount allocated in food stamp, or SNAP, benefits. …More

Mayim Bialik’s Divorce, Consumers, and Our Expectations

By Jspace Staff on 11/26/2012 at 2:22 PM

Categories: Gossip, Entertainment

Mayim Bialik’s Divorce, Consumers, and Our Expectations

Mayim Bialik is getting a divorce. And she wants you to hear about it from her first. Bialik took the Internet on Wednesday to announce her impending split from husband Michael Stone. “After much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to ‘irreconcilable differences,’” she wrote on Kveller.com. “Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly.” We can’t …More

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Jews and Muslims Join Together to Help the Community for Thanksgiving

By Jspace Staff on 11/22/2012 at 5:15 PM

Categories: Religion, United States

Jews and Muslims Join Together to Help the Community for Thanksgiving

A group of Jewish and Muslim volunteers put their differences aside in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to work together to help those in need. While the tense political situation between Israel and Hamas still looms heavy in the minds of many, volunteers brought together by New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding focused not on the fighting, but instead on helping to improve the lives of others and forging new friendships. “In this time of warfare it was a beautiful experience to see the two …More

11/21/12 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 11/21/2012 at 11:12 AM

Categories: Round Up, Lifestyle, Israel

11/21/12 Round Up AM Edition

The calling up of Israeli reserves serves a twofold-purpose, intimidation and preparedness. This action should be seen in a positive manner, in contrast to the Second Lebanon War. [Times of Israel] Despite the Israel/Gaza situation, Jews and Muslims in Northern Virginia still team up for Thanksgiving volunteering. [Huffington Post] Geraldo Rivera says that a two-state solution would help end the Israel/Gaza conflict. [Fox News Latino] Johanna Kaplan wonders how to deal with rising anti-Semitism in her home …More

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11/20/12 Round Up PM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 11/20/2012 at 6:13 PM

Categories: United States, Israel, Round Up

11/20/12 Round Up PM Edition

A prominent Jewish leader lambast's the Huffington Post for an anti-Semitic cartoon. [Algemeiner] Israel's equivalent of SNL is interrupted by rocket sirens as it rehearses a war satire skit. [Tablet] Hundreds attend a pro-Israel rally in Rabin Square. [Jerusalem Post] How ex-pats celebrate Thanksgiving in Israel. [Forward] An AP reporter gets into a heated exchange with a White House rep over US's "silence" on Gaza. [Algemeiner] How do Canadian Jews view Israel? [Daily Beast] An Israeli cello genius …More

11/19/12 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 11/19/2012 at 11:11 AM

Categories: Israel, Middle East, Round Up

11/19/12 Round Up AM Edition

Senator Lindsey Graham has threatened to cut off Egyptian aid if the country won’t help to reign in Hamas. [Times of Israel] IDF Chief Benny Gantz gives an emotional speech preparing ground troops for possible incursions into Gaza. [Algemeiner] Two out of the three Middle-Eastern Immigrant shopkeepers in Brooklyn who were murdered by the same man were Jewish. [Forward] The BBC has apologized to British Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks after the Rabbi was asked his opinion on the Gaza conflict while …More

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Holocaust Survivor Reunited with Recuers Over Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 11/25/2011 at 2:09 PM

Categories: History, United States

After more than sixty years, Mary Katz Erlich was reunited with members of the Lithuanian family who helped rescue her from the Holocaust. Now a grandmother with three children and nine grandchildren, Katz Erlich embraced 81-year-old Aurimas Ruzgys and his sister, Egle, 83, as they arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport. “Oh, I love you, love you both,” she said. Through a translator, Egle told the New York Daily News, “I’m very happy. There are no words to say, no words to …More

Lone Soldiers Mark Thanksgiving in Israel

From JTA on 11/25/2011 at 9:25 AM

Categories: Israel, United States

Lone Soldiers Mark Thanksgiving in Israel

Several organizations in Israel held Thanksgiving dinner for lone soldiers. The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin on Thursday hosted a Thanksgiving meal and football tournament for more than 300 soldiers who have come to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and have left their parents, family and friends behind. The American Jewish Committee celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for lone American soldiers. Some 30 soldiers from across all IDF units attended the …More