Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press Published 8:10 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 With the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on their minds, hundreds gathered Sunday in downtown Detroit for the lighting of a giant menorah for Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom. "Happy Hanukkah!" cried out Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov from the stage in front of the menorah. The participants celebrated the 8th annual "Menorah in the D," a 26-foot tall menorah erected in Campus Martius. It's part of hundreds of menorahs erected in cities across Michigan and the U.S. during Hanukkah, the weeklong holiday that started at sundown Sunday. Eight candles are lit during the nights of Hanukkah. "The idea of Hanukkah is to light up the darkness, to transform the darkness," said Shemtov, of The Shul of Chabad Lubavitch in West Bloomfield, an Orthodox Jewish group that helped organize the menorah lighting. "The lights of Hanukkah are specifically meant … [Read more...] about Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah menorah lighting in Detroit
Jimmy Golen, Ap Sports Writer Updated 8:54 am CST, Sunday, December 2, 2018 FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Embracing his Judaism, Rosen has developed a celebration dance called “The Hebrew Hammer” in the hopes that he can be a role model for Jewish fans and also a leader in a locker room that includes a variety of races and religions. less FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) pursues during the second half of an NFL ... more Photo: Ralph Freso, AP Photo: … [Read more...] about Jewish athletes condemn anti-Semitism after temple shooting
A city of Miami police sergeant is in hot water after a video surfaced of him tossing Jewish religious scripture -- and using some choice words to describe it. The video shows Roberto Destephan tossing the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible, and a wooden box engraved with the Star of David into a truck bed. "We don't need this s--t either, man," he says in the video, tossing the box and then the book into the truck bed. "This crap? F--k this. Taking out the trash, dawg." Attorneys John and Andrea Cunill discovered the controversial video. Video surfaced of a Miami police sergeant tossing a Hebrew bible and using some choice words to describe it. (Courtesy: Adorno - Cunill & Damas Law Firm) (Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2018) "When we got the video we were appalled, shocked. The law firm said immediately we have to put this out there and let the community see what’s happening," John Cunill said. Destephan is also the vice president of Miami's Fraternal Order of Police. The … [Read more...] about ‘Taking Out the Trash’: Video Shows Miami Police Sergeant Tossing Jewish Scripture
My father's family is completely Italian, which explains the 29 percent, although I thought it would be higher, given my ravioli-making skills and my tendency to be the loudest person in the room.To get a second opinion, I spit into another tube and sent my DNA sample off to Helix, the company handling the Geno 2.0 test for National Geographic. This time, my results were 55 percent Italy and southern Europe ("Ciao, paesani!"), 32 percent northwestern Europe, 9 percent northeastern Europe and just 3 percent "Jewish diaspora."What gives?'Not a certainty'Companies such as Ancestry and National Geographic are taking a snapshot of various DNA markers, said Robert Green, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School who serves as an adviser for Helix. From that snapshot comes a statistical inference, he said. In other words, "Given this pattern, it's likely that you came from this region," Green said. "But it's not a certainty, and shouldn't be read as a certainty."Jennifer Utley, director of … [Read more...] about The oddness of DNA tests: Was I part British, part Dutch, a little bit Jewish?
Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post Published 2:27 am PST, Thursday, November 29, 2018 A file photo of the campus at Columbia University. Anti-Semitic graffiti had been spray-painted on the office walls of Elizabeth Midlarsky, a clinical psychologist and Holocaust scholar at Columbia's Teachers College on the Upper West Side of New York less A file photo of the campus at Columbia University. Anti-Semitic graffiti had been spray-painted on the office walls of Elizabeth Midlarsky, a clinical psychologist and Holocaust scholar at Columbia's ... more Photo: Christian Science Monitor, Getty Images Photo: Christian Science Monitor, Getty Images Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 A file photo of the campus at Columbia University. Anti-Semitic graffiti had been … [Read more...] about ‘They got me. I’m afraid’: Swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia