Don’t Kill Your Dog


Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

In this holiday season you might be tempted to slip your dog a treat or two from your own plate (here I slap my own hand!). Beware! Not every food that is fine for humans is good for dogs. Some can be fatal, like chocolate, avocado, and artificial sweeteners.  Read more about human foods that dogs shouldn’t eat here.

Jesus’ Burial Slab Uncovered


Supposed ‘Burial Slab’ Of Jesus Christ Uncovered For First Time In Centuries

The slab had been encased in marble since at least 1555.

Ed Mazza    Overnight Editor

A stone slab that many Christians believe once held the body of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion has been unveiled for the first time in centuries.

National Geographic, which was filming the restoration work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, said the marble that encased the slab since at least 1555 was removed as part of the project.

“We were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, told the organization’s website. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid.”

The church is one of the most revered sites in Christianity, and includes the location traditionally believed to have been the scene of the crucifixion as well as the tomb. It’s also highly controversial, as the location was not identified until centuries after the events depicted in the New Testament.

Read more here.

What is behind the turkey pardoning ritual?

 U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015. Courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Tobin Miller Shearer
Since 1989, when President George H. W. Bush first formally instituted the practice, U.S. presidents have pardoned a turkey shortly before Thanksgiving each year.  Although the turkeys offer no offense, their presidential pardoning invites the question: What is the significance of such a public rite of forgiveness?As a researcher of the history of race and religion, I have long been interested in the ideas and ceremonies that make forgiveness possible. The presidential turkey pardon draws on the long traditions of forgiveness in the world’s religions. A very public act of pardoning, as in this case, reminds us about the important role rituals themselves play in society.  Read more here.

Earliest known stone version of Ten Commandments sold

Earliest known stone version of Ten Commandments sold for $850,000

(CNN)The earliest known stone inscription of the Ten Commandments sold for $850,000 — and a stipulation the owner must put the tablet on public display.

Described as a “national treasure” of Israel, the stone was first uncovered in 1913 during excavations for a railroad station near Yavneh in Israel and is the only intact tablet version of the Commandments thought to exist.
“The tablet’s significance is testament to the deep roots and enduring power of the Commandments that still form the basis of three of the world’s great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” said David Michaels, director of ancient coins for Heritage Auctions.
“Its surface is worn, battered and encrusted in places, but running a gloved finger over it does produce, in some people, a particular thrill of touching a piece of Bible history.”
Read more here.

South Dakota’s First Rabbi

South Dakota Soon To Get Its First Rabbi For The First Time In A Generation

The state, home to fewer than 1,000 Jews, will have its only full-time Rabbi soon. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Mendel Alperowitz, who will be moving there with his wife Mussie and two children.  Listen here.

What People Buy With Food Stamps

Here’s What People Buy With Food Stamps

Food stamp recipients buy a lot of soda, just like everyone else.

Supermarket, Cola, Soft Drink, Soda

11/21/2016 01:40 pm ET
Arthur Delaney Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post and 
Alissa Scheller Visuals Editor, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― Though people like to complain about food stamp recipients using their benefits for unhealthy things like soda and extravagances like crab legs, new data show they buy basically the same food as everyone else.

Households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and households that didn’t get benefits both bought a lot of junk food, according to a new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program.

About 40 cents of every dollar went to basics like bread, milk, meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables for both types of households. And 20 cents of every dollar went to sodas and salty snacks. As a percentage of their spending, soft drinks were the top individual commodity among food stamp households, and they came in second place among non-SNAP households.  Read more here.

Pope Francis Denounces ‘Epidemic Of Animosity’ Toward Minorities

pope francis4The pope alluded to the wave of xenophobia and hate that marked the Donald Trump campaign, as well as nationalist movements elsewhere.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday (11/19/16) said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, striking a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism.

Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president, buoying anti-immigrant parties in Europe and elsewhere, the pope noted “how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy…

Read more here.



The Serpent and Cross Monument on the Summit of Mt. Nebo.

Moses, one of the most of the important figures to Jews, Christians and Muslims for his pivotal role in shaping the Abrahamic tradition, was tragically forbidden by God to enter the Holy Land. After guiding the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and taking them to the Promised Land, the prophet was given only a glimpse of the Holy Land from atop Mount Nebo, where he died soon after. Now, this site which is important for the adherents of Abrahamic religions historically as well as spiritually, has been restored and is now open.

Read more at World Religion News: “Site of Moses’ Death Reopens After 10-Year-Long Restoration Process”

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