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Jewish trivia quiz: Solar eclipses

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Some rabbinic sages say that solar eclipses are bad for gentiles, while lunar eclipses are bad for Jews (based on the idea that gentiles follow a solar calendar, while Jews follow a lunar calendar). In the Gemara Sukkah 29a, it says “When the sun is eclipsed it is […]

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‘Just kidding’: Trump’s Rosh Hashanah message

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump salutes the Jewish people and threatens “sackcloth and ashes” for any person or group that does harm to a Jewish individual or people. These themes emerged in the just-leaked first draft of the president’s prepared Rosh Hashanah message to Jews everywhere. He dedicates his remarks “to […]

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Humoring the headlines: August 14, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO-As if we didn’t know already, President Trump has not learned to speak like a president whether he is demanding North Korea to relinquish its nuke or initially denouncing the violence fomented by white supremacists in Charlottesville.  His inability to say the right thing reminds me of the plotline of My […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Netanyahu and Trump

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under multiple investigations that may lead to criminal charges. Echoing Donald Trump, Netanyahu has called the charges “fake news” and the investigations “a witch hunt.” What else has Netanyahu said in the past that seems to echo Donald Trump?   A. “Will we […]

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‘Just Kidding’: Mt. Rushmore for shul presidents

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — In a recent speech, President Trump raised the possibility of his likeness being added to those of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt at Mount Rushmore. He may well have been joking about the prospect, as he suggested. But, in any case, mention of Mount Rushmore inspired […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Trump and golf

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Donald Trump is beginning a 17-day working vacation at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. When Barack Obama was president, Donald Trump tweeted at least 27 times in criticism of Obama for playing golf too much when he should be dealing with the country’s problems (for example: […]

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Mooch ado about Bible brothers

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Profanity-spewing Anthony Salamucci, affectionately (?) known to himself and others as “The Mooch,” invoked Bible brothers Cain and Abel in discussing his relationship with then soon-to-be-fired White House Chief of Statff Reince Priebus, Mooch, the newly appointed White House Communications Director,  who is  already reported to be on […]

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Humoring the headlines: July 31, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−President Trump declined an invitation to address the annual convention of the NAACP.  Now the organization’s members know what the hell they had to lose by voting for him. * North Korea fired another intercontinental missile into the Sea of Japan.  This could mean that North Korea plans to attack the […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Justin Bieber

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — After touring for almost 2 years, last week Justin Bieber abruptly canceled the remaining 14 concerts of his Purpose world tour, with little explanation. Bieber, who is not Jewish, participates in what Jewish ritual? A. Bieber wears a red string “Kabbalah bracelet” which he received as a present from Madonna.B. Prior to […]

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Humoring the headlines: July 26, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Anthony Scaramucci has been appointed the White House Communications Director prompting Sean Spicer to resign his position as Press Secretary.  In his first press conference, Scaramucci effused about his love for President Trump and his athletic prowess.  What a difference between Spicer, the gruff curmudgeon who rarely spoke with Trump, and […]

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‘Just kidding’: Trump, Putin discuss ‘Fiddler,’ borscht

  By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Just revealed: borsht and a prospective U.S.-Russian production of Fiddler on the Roof were the main subjects discussed at the hitherto secret meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Highlights of the session were released today by the Russian translator, the only […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Kermit the Frog

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Kermit the Frog is in the headlines, with the news that longtime Kermit puppeteer and voice Steve Whitmire was fired by Disney, curent owner of the Muppets. Whitmire became the voice of Kermit when creator Jim Henson died in 1990. While Kermit has only rarely been officially voiced […]

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Humoring the headlines: July 21, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−After witnessing the protracted handshake Trump gave Macron at the G-20 summit, leaders of the other member nations are preparing for the next meeting by purchasing joy buzzers. * President Trump claims that he sat next to Vladimir Putin at the G-20 dinner to talk about adoption.  It is unclear whether […]

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Just Kidding: A Kohen’s life is not for sissies

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Although it’s a tremendous honor serving as the conduit for divine blessing, and though Aaron, our founding father, is cited in prayer as a paragon of peace, being a Kohen is not for sissies. Sure, there are perks –we’re called for the first aliyah (even the first two, […]

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