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This Woman Was Searching For Lost Relatives, Instead She Found Cancer

About a decade ago, when chromosomal testing first came out, Lara Diamond, a Baltimore-based genealogist decided to do some DNA tests. She was in search of long lost relatives, but her query eventually produced something even more valuable than reconnecting with family – her own life being saved. Diamond explains, “There were earlier tests that weren’t […]

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This is Why Chanukah Reminds Me of My Life’s Purpose

Sunday night, as I lit the first candle of the Menorah, I thought about my personal journey of performing this incredible commandment with pride and joy. My story begins in 1982 in Odessa, Ukraine, which at the time was controlled by the Soviet Union. I was raised in a traditional Soviet family at a time […]

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These Instagram Latkes Will Change Your Chanukah Recipe Game

With Chanukah just days away, many people are looking past the Thanksgiving cooking crush and beyond to what they are making for the Festival of Lights. If you’re tired of the same latkes every year, you’re just like us! Not to worry, we’ve combed the internet to find these four innovative and tasty takes on […]

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Dubai’s Jewish Community Gets a Boost From Haredi Israelis

Although Rabbi Levi Duchman has lived in Dubai for more than half a decade, he has never had as much on his plate as he does now. During Chanukah, an unprecedented number of Israelis came to visit, asking for help with everything from minyanim to food to whether the local Starbucks uses camel milk in […]

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Is There Any Reason A Jewish Person Can’t Enjoy Christmas Lights?

Hi JITC- Is there prohibition with a Jewish person enjoying Christmas lights since it’s not our holiday? Thank you, Ben F. Dear Ben F.- Here’s the thing about Christmas lights: pretty much everyone likes them. They’re pretty and they’re only around for a brief time so we don’t get too used to them. Objectively speaking, […]

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