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The Isaac Covenant Part III: Menorah: Symbol of Exile or Redemption?

Considering the menorah through history. What is its meaning?

Hitler’s Childhood Home to be Demolished by Austrian Government

The Austrian government says it will demolish Adolf Hitler's birth house to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi monument.

ADL Condemns Pepe the Frog as Hate Symbol

The use of racist and bigoted versions of Pepe memes seems to be increasing, not decreasing.

“You Killed Jesus” Scrawled on Miami Menorah

A large menorah covered in seashells and used to spread the light of Hanukkah at Miami Beach was vandalized on Sunday, scrawled with black graffiti stating “You Killed Jesus”.

Brooklyn Suffers Surge in Anti-Semitic Scrawling

A swastika was found painted in the elevator of a building in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Postcard from Israel – Hatzav

Drimia Maritima, or the Sea Squill, is known in Hebrew as Hatzav (from the word Hatzeva; quarrying, hewing or tunnelling) probably due to the ability...

ADL Criticizes Anti-Abortion Center’s Western Wall Motif

The wall will be fronted with 60 white cross "that symbolize the 60 million little baby boys and girls have been murdered since 1973 in America alone."

Anti-Israel Scottish Student Loses Appeal of Racism Conviction

A university student in Scotland lost his appeal of a racism conviction for insulting a fellow student's Israeli flag. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel at...

It’s My Opinion: The Rush To Judgment

The occurrence has taken on disturbing overtones. The unfortunate youth has become a symbol of racial unrest. He has been called a “martyr for the cause.” It is, of course, possible that Trayvon’s race was a factor in this tragedy. But not every act of violence perpetrated against blacks is necessarily racially motivated, just as not every act of violence against Jews is necessarily fueled by anti-Semitism.

Ancient Biblical Gardens “Bloom” Again

According to livescience.com, a newly discovered 7th century B.C. palace garden near Jerusalem could reveal details about how royals liked to let loose in...

French Court Confirms Palestinian Father Lied in Notorious Intifada Shooting

A Palestinian man and his 12-year-old son became the symbol of the Intifada, caught in a fire exchange in the Gaza strip. Then it turned out the father lied about his own injuries.

MK Tibi Praises Palestinian ‘Martyrs’

Tibi makes comments at event honoring Palestinian 'martyrs'.

Kestenbaum Auction Includes Several Hebrew Books With Decidedly un-Hebraic Iconography

The title page to a 1610 edition of 12th-century poet and legal scholar, Eliezer ben Nathan's "Even Ha'ezer" ("Stone of Salvation," per I Samuel 7:12) features a woodcut that looks fairly standard at first glance. Two pillars flank the central alignment of the Hebrew text, and two birds perch atop the columns. Beneath the pillars are two lions and two hands, configured in the manner of the priestly blessing, with a gap between the joined index and middle fingers and the ring and small fingers. This combination of hands and lions constitutes the printing mark of Moses ben Bezalel Katz of Prague, who was a Kohen.

Is It Kosher To Laugh At Swastikas?

Swastikas have been popping up lately in the most unusual places.

Kosher Tidbits from around the Web – January 16, 2008

Do you love salsa, but are tired of the nominal selection you find in your local stores? Well, Chachie's (a California-based company) makes kosher...

A Book For Metsaholics

Of the writing of baseball books there is no end. Of the writing of good baseball books there is not nearly enough. For every The Glory of Their Times or Ball Four or The Boys of Summer or Baseball’s Great Experiment, there are hundreds and hundreds of instantly forgettable hack jobs, clip jobs and ghost jobs.

Repossessing Faith: Objects Of The Spirit. By Toby Kahn

Imagine ritual without symbol. Impossible. The very heart and soul of Jewish ritual, from prayer to matzah, is the symbolic evocation of something else.

Empire Kosher – Past, Present And Future

One of the most delightful aspects of Kosherfest is the opportunity to meet and converse with people from across the kosher food spectrum.

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