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Photographing Eastern Europe's Fading Jewish Architecture – Tablet Magazine

Photographer David Kaufman looks at the world through a historical lens. Quite literally, in fact, as he shoots with bellows, the folding attachment used on cameras since the Civil War. Though Kaufman is fascinated by the past, his old-fashioned equipmen

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Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture

These basic cultural precepts could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement.

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One-of-a-kind Father's Day Travel Experiences | Travel | The Manual

Upgrade your gift-giving skills this Father's Day with three badass, once-in-a-lifetime Father's Day travel experiences that Pops will never forget.

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How to Smoke a Cigar Like You Actually Know What You’re Doing

Wondering how to smoke a cigar without looking like a greenhorn? In this guide, we'll teach you how to puff one like a seasoned pro.

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NBA Great Ray Allen Is on a Mission to Educate Everybody About the Holocaust

Ray Allen at the entrance of Auschwitz. (Image by Elan Kawesch) Last December, retired NBA champion Ray Allen was named a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by then-President Barack Obama. Allen said he was honored to be named to the o

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Book Publishers Are Printing More #@$% Than Ever - WSJ

Expletive-laden book titles, some with strategically placed asterisks, are proliferating in cookbooks, memoirs, self-help guides, even coloring books for grown-ups—presenting challenges for bookstores and reviewers.

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Blizzard 2016: 8 Apps to Keep You Safe and Informed

Check out these eight apps that will keep you armed with the information and communication tools you need to weather the storm.

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Video: Puppet Drummer Completely Nails Rush's "Tom Sawyer": Gothamist

NYC-based musician, street performer, and puppeteer RicKy Syers pulled off a drum performance for the ages with his Peart and parcel hippy-rocker marionette rendition of Rush's "Tom Sawyer.

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This R2-D2 Doesn't Project Princess Leia - He Projects A Keyboard

Projected Keyboards have been around for a very long time, and yet they still have the 'It's the fuuutuuuure' vibe for me even though I realise they're probably not the most practical solution. The practical side of my brain shuts off when it's R2-D2 proj

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The 27 people you see at every New Year's Eve party

On any given night there're plenty of types of terrible people in bars, but New Year's Eve is a special powder keg of people-watching. Whether you're at a pub, restaurant, or old-fashioned house party, it's amateur hour all night long, and even teetotalers are downing bottomless cups of the most intoxicating spirit of all: new beginnings.

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These 5 Things Will Make You Smarter

Caffeine increases the speed of brain activity and nicotine enhances short-term working memory

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Rabbi Shmuley: The Strange American Fascination with Royalty | New York Observer

Because I’m an American, I don’t see them as any more special than the next person. That’s in fact the very essence of being an American.

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11 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving foods

Here's a list of Turkey Day dinner trivia, just in case you run out of conversation topics with your weird third cousin.

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Comet scientist offers tearful apology after the Internet is offended by his shirt | WashingtonExaminer.com

One of the scientists responsible for successfully landing the Rossetta probe on a comet millions of miles away on Friday responded to outrage directed at a shirt he wore earlier this week during the televised landing. “I made a big mistake and I offend

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25 Classic Jewish Foods Everyone Should Learn To Cook

Matzoh ball soup is just the beginning. ..

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Europe’s Alarming New Anti-Semitism - WSJ

Attacks and hateful rhetoric against Jews are on the rise—and it’s not just Jews who should worry.

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A Rabbi’s ‘Spiritual Playground’ Extends to the Surf - NYTimes.com

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — Rabbi Hanniel Levenson had a problem. He had to teach Hebrew to a group of boys. It was his job.

But here was the thing. It was summer in the Hamptons. The sky was distractingly blue. There were swimming pools, bikes, bonfires, girls.

How could the rabbi convince the preteen boys that it was important to memorize a new alphabet and difficult prayers for their bar mitzvahs?

The rabbi offered his students a deal.

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Home genetics kits could identify millions with Jewish roots

JPPI president says genetic tests tests could foster an "expanded circle of individuals" who feel an affinity for Jews and Israel.

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Generational Drop: 18-Year-Old Goes Skydiving With Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandfather

Four generations of one family took the plunge together, embarking on a skydiving adventure.  

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Phil Collins gives collection of Alamo artefacts to Texas

Musician described as 'true Texan' as museum welcomes 200 historic items amassed with trainspotter enthusiasm

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A Man’s Guide To Getting Inspired

The following article has been sponsored by Kirin Cider. With so many of us hooked into the matrix, it can be easy to forget the importance of seeking out in

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    Driver caught using cell phone jamming device

    A Florida man is facing a $48,000 fine for using a "jammer" in his SUV to keep people around him off of the phone while he was driving.

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      Peres Posts 'Disguise' Photos of Self for Purim

      Shimon Peres may be president of Israel, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his sense of whimsy.

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        Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants

        It’s shear madness! Brooklyn’s hipster beard craze has grown so popular that men in New York are rushing to doctors for “facial hair transplants” — surgery that helps make beards…

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          50 Facts About the 50 State Capitals

          This week John Green goes around the country pointing out interesting things about all the state capitals.

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            The Jewish Roots of Beatlemania | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Life

            This article originally appeared in The Jewish Star.   Shown from left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bruce 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow, George Harrison, Ri

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              The Real Reason He Forgot Your Anniversary

              Good news: It’s probably not because he doesn't love you

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                The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd

                I’ve read some heavy-duty attacks on Israel and Jews in my time, but they pale beside the anti-Semitic diatribe recently offered by Roger Waters, co-founder and former front man of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd. In an interview with Counter

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                  It's So Cold Outside That...

                  The polar vortex has been operating in full blast, and across much of the United States, things are getting weird.

                  While there has never been a shortage of complaints about the snow, nature is always outdoing always been plenty to hate about the snow, nature is always outdoing itself in ways we never imagined.

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                    JENNY MCCARTHY: MY BAD, TURNS OUT MY KID DOESN'T HAVE AUTISM

                    JENNY MCCARTHY AND SON Holy crap! This would be why you shouldn't receive your medical advice from Playboy centerfolds. For YEARS, Jenny McCarthy has been the most vocal anti-vaccine spokesperson i...

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                        Surprise! Man finds himself in audience full of people he saved as children from Nazi camps [W/VIDEO]

                        (TruthSeekerDaily) Sir Nicholas Winton organized the rescue and passage to Britain of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. After the war

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                          Kanye West on Obama's Failures: ‘Black People Don’t Have the Same Connections as Jewish People’ | NewsBusters

                          You know why Barack Obama is having problems executing his agenda? Rapper Kanye West told 105.1 FM radio in New York City earlier this week that it’s because “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people” (video follows wit

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                            Album sales are declining, but it's part of the battle between art and commerce

                            Bob Stanley: It may seem like the end of days as people download individual tracks. But these changes are what push pop forward

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                              Sleeping On Strangers On The Subway

                              Inspired by a picture that went viral, we decided to see how many people would let a random person sleep on them on the subway. Here are the results, and the...

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                                Brandeis University: School for Scandal - 'Nazi-Style' rally held on campus of Palestinian partner school

                                Brandeis University is facing criticism from students and faculty members after refusing to distance itself from an event recently held on the campus of its Palestinian partner school that critics dec

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                                  Poll: European Jews Report Rise in Anti-Semitism

                                  A poll of European Jews has found that more than three-quarters of those questioned believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they don't feel safe.

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                                    Happy Thanksgivukkah, a day we'll never relivukkah

                                    What did the turkey say to the Maccabee? You think YOU got problems? Happy Thanksgivukkah!

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                                      14 Machines That Were Brilliant in 1985

                                      The thing about science and technology is that what's cutting edge today is quickly replaced tomorrow. And that's a good thing — constantly pushing the envelope to build better, more brilliant machines will power us into the future. To celebrate the next chapter in General Electric's Brilliant Machines story, head back in time and see just how far we've come since 1985.

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                                        Captain Kirk watches Miley Cyrus performance

                                        USS Enterprise reacts to MTV's Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Try another channel Lt. Uhura. Set Phasers to overkill, Mr Chekov. www.f...

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                                          The Great American Menu: Foods Of The States, Ranked And Mapped

                                          What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man--but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not ev

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                                            What is the difference between women and men?

                                            There are many funny differences between women and men. You can see them in everyday situations. Next time, when you have a fight with your couple, try to remember these...

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                                              Nazi War Criminal's Son Blames Jews for Italy Burial Feud

                                              The son of convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke said his father “can be buried in Israel so that they will be happy,” referring to Jews.

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                                                Criticizing Obama: Does it really get you blacklisted in Hollywood?

                                                Being a Republican actor may sound like an oxymoron in Hollywood – but it does (occasionally) happen.

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                                                  Wait But Why: What Does a Quadrillion Sour Patch Kids Look Like?

                                                  There are depressing moments. There are dark places. And then there's being a 31-year-old man carefully stacking Sour Patch Kids on the kitchen counter in a silent apartment at 2:00am. To understand...

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                                                    Israel reportedly helping Kenya in shopping mall siege

                                                    NAIROBI, Kenya -- Israeli advisors were reported to be helping Kenya's government try to free hostages held by terrorist gunmen in an upscale shopping mall, after an attack that killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, but President Uhuru Kenyatta said

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                                                      What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits? : NPR

                                                      If we had enough time, enough brain power, the right computers, the occasional genius, is there any limit to what we can know about the universe? Or is nature designed to keep its own secrets, no matter how hard we try to crack the code? What can we never

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                                                        The Walt Disney Story at Yesterland

                                                        A look at the “Free Shows and Exhibits” section of the Fall/Winter 1973-73 Disneyland Guide (below) confirms that The Walt Disney Story is about Uncle Walt, not Honest Abe.

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                                                          Dog Finds A Tiny Kitten, Risks Everything To Save Her

                                                          Animal control officers in Anderson, S.C., thought that a barking shih tzu was stuck in a ravine. Turns out, she was there nursing and protecting a tiny abandoned kitten she had found.

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                                                            These Blissful Black And White Photos Make Us Feel Nostalgic

                                                            The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

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                                                              16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem

                                                              Every generation likes to think it invented slang anew, but often the latest words are actually very old.

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                                                                Teens chase kidnapping suspect on bikes, save 5-year-old girl

                                                                Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl -- on their bicycles.

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                                                                  More Americans See Foster Youths as Adoptable, But Also Delinquent

                                                                  The number of Americans who view foster youths as adoptable grows, but half of Americans still think they are there because of something they did