English Words You Didn't Know Were Really Hebrew

Everyone knows English is a language cobbled together from  French, German and Old English, but did you know that Hebrew has also played it's part in the development of English? Here's some words you might not know have Hebrew roots:

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Repairing The World - Israel's 60 years of Remarkable Humanitarian Efforts

Friday August 19th 2016 is the UN's World Humanitarian Day, established to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world. This is a cause that Israel has shown, by half a century of incredible actions, that it strongly supports:

There are only 8 million Israelis, living in a tiny country ranking around 190th in land size, yet Israel leads the world in humanitarian efforts and disaster relief, often first on the ground when natural disasters strike.

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15 Awesome Things About Israel You Didn't Know

1. Israel led the world by banning size Zero models before any other country.

2. More Israelis graduate from college than any other country (per capita).

3. Israel has more museums than anywhere else in the world.

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Things People Say That Drive Jews Crazy !

Being Jewish carries it burdens - we have to deal with Jewish moms, wedding sized parties at 13, and decisions like which Birthright provider to use for our a free trip to Israel...as if that isn't enough there's the stuff non-Jews say to us that make us cringe!!

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Tisha B'Av - Why You Should Care

One of the most difficult, profound and ignored days on the Jewish calendar falls this Sunday - Tisha B'Av (the Ninth of the Jewish month of Av). Outside of the Orthodox ciommunity Tisha B'Av rarely gets a mention and I'd guess that for the majority of Jews, it will once again come and go almost unnoticed, which is really sad, because no other date in the Jewish calendar (other than perhaps Passover) has had such a profound impact on the Jewish people, one that is still felt to this day - you know the expression "whatever doesn't break us, makes us stronger"? Well that's Tisha B'Av.

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Parshat Masai - Health & Safety Really Does Matter ! 

In the final chapter of The Book of Numbers - Parshat Masai, (read in synagogues worldwide this Shabbat), the Torah talks about the death of a person caused through negligence of another. Generally when a person "sins" through negligence (e.g they accidentally eat non Kosher food) he or she isn't punished. However, if that error leads to a death, the transgressor has to flee to a designated "City of Refuge" which were scattered around Israel, and would remain there, essentially under house arrest, for what could be many years. 

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Top Ten Jewish Brands Killing it on Today's Global Marketplace

Just a bit of fun, and in no way a comprehensive list, but here's a list of a few Chosen companies run by Members of the Tribe, and yes there quite a few food and beverage brands on the list...what can I say, we Jews like our food ! 

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Pinchas - A Righteous Zealot Who Taught Us That Zealotry Isn't the Jewish Way

This week in synagogues outside of Israel, the Jewish people read the story of Pinchas the Jewish Zealot. Zimri, of the tribe of Shimon, took a Midianite woman as a lover, and had the audacity to have sex with her right in front of Moses & the gathered Jewish people.  Pinchas, who was Aaron's grandson and Moses's great-nephew, was so enraged by the actions of Zimri that he thrust a spear through Zimri, and into his lover, killing them both while they were "in the act"! 

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Gun Control: Jewish Thoughts on a Loaded Subject

The terrible events in Orlando over the weekend, and the horrific shooting attack in Tel Aviv a few days before that, have once again shocked America and the western world. Such incidents of terrorism on our own democratic soil invite profound soul-searching as to how we can prevent such evil from happening again. They have also brought the issue of gun control back into the headlines and presidential campaigns - there are those who would ban all guns, making it harder for terrorists, criminals  and homicidal nut jobs to get their hands on weapons, and there are those that believe ordinary citizens should have the right to bear arms, in order to defend themselves from the gun toting terrorists.

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Shavuot - Five Ideas For Making It a Meaningful Experience.

I've always felt a little sorry for Shavuot -  Succot and Pesach (Shavuot's partner festivals) are each a week long and full of cool stuff that Jews are commanded to either do (like eating Matzah, shaking a Lulav & Etrog, building and eating in a Succah and holding a Seder).

Poor old Shavuot is just one day (two outside Israel), and the Torah doesn't give it any particular commandments for us to do - in fact it is the only Jewish festival that doesn't even have a date, we are simply told that it is held 50 days after Pesach. Maybe that's the reason that for large parts of the Jewish world, Shavuot gets forgotten.

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