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Shadchan weddings: ‘Have I got someone for you!’

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Ever since our patriarch Abraham dispatched a servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, arranged marriages have been a staple of Jewish life. (Isaac’s son Jacob did it on his own, and got two wives for just the price of 14 years of labor). From Biblical […]

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Humoring the headlines: June 22, 2017

A game of Clue: Who killed Obamacare? By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO-To coincide with the release of the Senate version of Trumpcare, the makers of the game Clue have issued an updated version: “The Mystery of Who Killed Obamacare.”  What follows is a list of the suspects, the weapons they used, and the rooms in […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Whole Foods

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — It was just announced that grocery store chain Whole Foods is being acquired by Amazon for $13.4 billion. Whole Foods once found themselves in the middle of which of the following Jewish-related controversies? A. In 2015, charges were leveled against the Whole Foods store at Columbus Circle in New York […]

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Humoring the Headlines: June 16, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Congress held its annual baseball game to symbolize its unity in the wake of the mass shooting at the Republicans’ practice the day before.  Although members of both parties urged each other to be more civil towards each other, undercurrents of the political polarization in the Washington were still palpable in […]

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‘Just Kidding’: Trump conducts a presidential round table with synagogue leaders

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump, often criticized for failing to act “presidential,” has reluctantly taken the advice of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner and convened a telephone conference of five shul presidents for their suggestions. The presidents, four men and a woman, are from various parts of the nation […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Bette Midler

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Bette Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, for her starring role as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!. Midler, who is Jewish and first performed on Broadway in 1966 as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, has had […]

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Humoring the headlines: June 10, 2017

Limericks from the Headlines By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO — There once was a POTUS named Trump                                                                 Who incited the crowds on the […]

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‘Just Kidding:’ If Ruth’s Moabite family wrote to her

By Joel H. Cohen (A Shavuot highlight is the reading of the Book of Ruth, a remarkable widow who, rather than return to her native Moab and her own family, chose to stay with her mother-in-law and accompany her on her spiritual and physical journey, adopting her people and religion. How Ruth’s family reacted to that […]

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Jewish interest license plate: A Bubbie

Penni Rubin spotted this grandmother’s plate in Laguna Hills, California.

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Humoring the headlines: June 6, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Donald Trump has challenged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to an IQ test after he said Trump was ignorant about Islam.  Khan tweeted back that Trump’s hashtag should be Sad IQ Con, but Trump bragged he will win because the test consists of one question and only he knows the answer: What […]

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Humoring the headlines: June 2, 2017

SAN DIEGO−President Trump contended that withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement will create more jobs in the United States.  Indeed, bids are already being received from construction companies vying for contracts to build dikes around the country’s southern, western, and eastern coastlines. * During his speech about leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump highlighted […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Shavuot & Dairy

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — It is traditional to eat dairy products, such as cheesecake and blintzes, on Shavuot. Many reasons have been cited for this custom, including which of the following? A. In the Hebrew tradition of Gematria, where the numerical value of words is considered for interpretation, chalav, meaning milk, has a value […]

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Humoring the headlines: May 27, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will donate 100 million dollars to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs inspired by Ivanka Trump. In return Ivanka’s company has unveiled a line of high-fashion hijabs for ambitious Saudi women who hope someday they will be permitted to drive taxis as long […]

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‘Just Kidding’: Trump drops Decalogue Day

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Invoking his “great love” for his family, the Jewish people and Israel –“I can say the word now”  – President Trump planned to sign an executive order establishing a national Ten Commandments Day in honor of Shavuot. He wants to make the holiday “great again,” he said. But […]

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