Chinese Christmas shopper leaps seven stories to his death

Tao Hsiao, 38, jumped to his death after a furious row with his girlfriend in a shopping mall

Tao Hsiao, 38, jumped to his death after a furious row with his girlfriend in a shopping mall

Harassed boyfriend jumped to his death after his girlfriend insisted on going into another clothes shop

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Happy Thanksgivukkah! Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year – which won’t happen again for another 79,000 years

 

In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, fall on the same date this year: November 28.

In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, fall on the same date this year: November 28. The reason for the fuss: It is a holiday mashup that has happened only once before, in 1888, according to those who track the Jewish calendar. And it is one that isn’t set to happen again for potentially another 70,000-plus years.

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It’s a turkey. It’s a menorah. It’s Thanksgivukkah!

An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions.

There’s the number crunching: The last time it happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln, and the next time may have Jews lighting their candles from spaceships 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.

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Obama Celebrates Hanukkah

www.hosted.ap.org   –   By STACY A. ANDERSON Associated Press

Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah is a story of “resilience and optimism.”

He and first lady Michelle Obama held a White House reception Thursday on the sixth evening the Jewish Festival of Lights.

In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight.

Thursday’s celebration included the reciting of traditional prayers and the lighting of candles in a 90-year old menorah from a temple in Long Island, N.Y., that sustained heavy flooding during Superstorm Sandy.

Obama said the menorah is “a symbol of perseverance” and “a reminder of resilience and hope in the fact that we will be there for them as they recover.”

He also reasserted America’s “unshakable” support for Israel.

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Jews Banned from Temple Mount

www.israelnationalnews.com   By Maayana Miskin

Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount

Mosques on the Temple Mount

Mosques on the Temple Mount
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Jews have been barred from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem until Sunday, the last day of Hanukkah. The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth according to Jewish tradition.

The ban is aimed at preventing a Muslim riot at the site. Riots are thought to be particularly likely following Friday prayers.

It follows riots and terror attacks in Judea and Samaria. Tensions were particularly high following two incidents in which soldiers shot Arab attackers in Hevron.

Jewish organizations dedicated to Temple Mount activism expressed upset at the police ban. “The police treat the Temple Mount like a Muslim site, and open it to others only when necessary for tourism, at times and on days that suit tourists,” activists accused.

“In comparison,” they continued, “Jewish residents of Israel are discriminated against.”

They called to leave the Temple Mount open to Jews on every Jewish holiday. “The police must consider the many who wish to ascend the Mount for prayers and visits on Jewish holidays, and to institute the model used in the Tomb of the Patriarchs,” they urged. The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron is normally split between Jews and Muslims, but is opened in its entirety to each religion on its holidays.

Currently Jewish prayer is not allowed on the Temple Mount, again for fear of Muslim reactions. Jews are allowed to visit the holy site but can be arrested for praying or even moving their lips in what appears to be prayer.

Activist groups have intervened against such arrests, and have successfully lobbied police to ease anti-Jewish discrimination.

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