Articles from the December 8, 2023 edition

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How to talk with your children about Israel during Chanukah

(JNS)- As Jewish families prepare to celebrate Chanukah, we remain continually focused on the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Many children-not to mention parents-are making connections between...

 

Argentina's president-elect, Javier Milei, visits Lubavitcher rabbi's grave

(JTA) - Javier Milei, a colorful right-wing "anarcho-capitalist" who has said he would like to convert to Judaism, was elected president of Argentina. Milei's passionate love of Judaism and Israel...

 

Henry Kissinger dies at 100

(JTA) - Henry Kissinger, the first Jewish secretary of state and the controversial mastermind of American foreign policy in the 1970s - orchestrating the U.S. opening to China, negotiating the end of...

 

Celebrating Chanukah with joy: The Jewish Pavilion's Inclusive Festivities

In the midst of the pervasive “Merry Christmas” greetings that echo through Central Florida during the holiday season, the Jewish Pavilion stands as a beacon of inclusivity, ensuring that the spirit of Chanukah is celebrated and cherished among...

 

Update on the death of Rabbi Barzak

Rabbi Isaac Barzak passed away on Nov. 26, 2023. He was 84. According to the city of Ormond Beach and the Ormond Beach Police Department, the altercation that occurred at the gate of the Tymber Creek community where Rabbi Barzak lived, was not...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Life after caregiving

As a caregiver, some people totally devote themselves to caring for another person who no longer functions as he once did. We may move, leave our jobs, give up our independence, and rarely see our family and friends. Our entire life may revolve...

 

Susan Sarandon and Melissa Barrera among Hollywood figures facing blowback for stances on Israel and Jews

(JTA) — The star of a blockbuster horror franchise and an Oscar-winning veteran actress saw their careers take a hit this week over their public comments on Jews and Israel in some of the most high-profile examples yet of how the ongoing...

 
 By Pesach Benson    News    December 8, 2023

Son of Hamas founder urges Israel to kill his father if hostages not freed

(JNS) — Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of Hamas’s original founders, on Tuesday called on Israel to set a time limit for the terror group to release all Israeli hostages, and to assassinate his father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, and other Hamas...

 

Knesset approves $300m to rebuild Gaza border towns

(JNS) — Israeli lawmakers on Monday voted in favor of a 1.15 billion shekel ($308 million) proposal to fund the recently created Tekuma Authority, which will be responsible for rebuilding, developing and strengthening the Gaza border communities d...

 

Jewish groups ask Pope Francis to clarify Israel 'terrorism' comments

(JTA) — Jewish groups are criticizing Pope Francis for appearing to accuse both Israel and Hamas of “terrorism” in their ongoing war that started Oct. 7. “This is what wars do,” the pope said at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square...

 

Trading terrorists for hostages

By Clifford D. May (JNS) — “Swaps of captives resume after brief protest by Hamas,” read the top headline in The Washington Post on Sunday. But the “captives” set free by Israel had all been arrested or already convicted of such...

 

Hamas' depraved Pallywood performance

In the Academy Awards, no one has ever heard of an award recipient standing before a jubilant and envious audience, and say, “No, thank you, I really didn’t make this film and I do not deserve your recognition. I am rescinding this honor you...

 

Why the Arabs 'betrayed' the Palestinians

(Gatestone Institute via JNS) — The Iran-backed Hamas terrorist group and its supporters are disappointed that the Arab countries did not come to the rescue of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the war which erupted after the Oct. 7 Hama...

 

Watch diverse multicultural monsters defend Hamas in Oakland City Council

(JNS) — Much of the Hamas enthusiasm we’ve seen has been at a distance—shaky camera shots of mobs of rioters, some quick clips of a poster-ripper or a few tweets or videos gleaned from the madness of social media influencers, but here they are...

 

We are all hostages

(JNS) — Every Jew, both inside and outside of Israel, has been held hostage for 40 days. In the Holy Land, Israelis—Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze—have been bombed, kidnapped, tortured, murdered, forced into bomb shelters and cast into...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.,...

 

China ignored distress calls from hijacked Israeli ship

(JNS) - Chinese naval vessels ignored repeated distress calls from an Israeli-owned commercial tanker that was under attack by suspected Somali pirates on Sunday, according to the Pentagon. The...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    December 8, 2023

Mark Cuban selling Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Adelson, the Jewish philanthropist and casino owner

(JTA) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is reportedly selling a majority stake in his NBA franchise to casino magnate and Jewish philanthropist Miriam Adelson. Cuban, the Jewish billionaire known for entrepreneurial endeavors including his...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    News    December 8, 2023

For Jewish teens in Asia, first BBYO convention in Singapore offers a rare sense of community

TAIPEI (JTA) - For a few years eight decades ago, Shanghai was home to an outpost of what would become BBYO, the global Jewish youth movement. At the time, the Chinese city was a refuge for Jews...

 

Hamas claims baby Kfir Bibas was killed in Gaza

(JNS) - The Israel Defense Forces is investigating claims that three members of the Bibas family in Gaza, including 10-month-old Kfir, died in Hamas captivity, the military said on Wednesday. The...

 

Israel investigating Hamas claims that Ariel and Kfir Bibas were killed in Gaza

(JTA) — Israel is investigating Hamas’ claim that its youngest hostages, brothers Kfir and Ariel Bibas, are dead, along with their mother Shiri. The Bibas family became an early face of the hostage crisis after Hamas released a video showing...

 

Multiple US synagogues hit with anti-Israel, antisemitic graffiti

(JTA) — Over the course of a week, three synagogues across the United States were tagged with anti-Israel and antisemitic graffiti. The vandalism follows weeks of similar defacement at a variety of American Jewish sites, including cemeteries,...

 

Life after terror: An Israeli city's struggle to heal

(JNS) - The evacuees are slowly returning to Ofakim, 17 miles from the Gaza border. Shops are reopening and quiet has returned to the streets. But a short visit makes it clear that the town, which...

 
 By Elizabet Zak    News    December 8, 2023

A morning of kindness turns to terror: A Sderot resident's story

(JNS) - For Sderot resident Danny Eisenman, the story of Oct. 7 began with helping some tourists change a flat tire. The tourists were passing through Sderot on their way to the Dead Sea and...

 
 By Luke Tress    News    December 8, 2023

Protesters brandish swastikas at pro-Palestinian rally

(New York Jewish Week) — At least two protesters brandished signs with swastikas at an anti-Israel protest targeting the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. One demonstrator held a sign with the Nazi...

 

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