It is the last word in Englishness, the soap opera to end all soap operas, everyones guilty pleasure. But Lord Julian Fellowes, the shows creator, had a surprise up his aristocratic sleeve for the latest season of Downton Abbey: a Jewish storyline.

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The Jewish side of Downton Abbey? Surprises await

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Connecticut rabbis apply the Torahs teachings to a hot-button issue By Cindy Mindell Anyone who has sat at the seder table knows the basic Jewish attitude toward immigrants: In each generation, each person is obligated to see himself or herself as though he or she personally came forth from Egypt. In the Torah and Talmud, there are no fewer than 35 directives about how to treat the stranger.

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THE JEWISH VIEW ON IMMIGRATION

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Public menorah lighting kicks off Athens' celebration of Hanukkah

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It’s common knowledge that Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights, usually in November or December.

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Hanukkah: Everything you need to know about the Jewish holiday

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Menorah Tree Salesman Wants to Make Hanukkah More Like Christmas

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Menorah Tree, Ugly Sweaters Make Hanukkah More Like Christmas

Hanukkah, which begins tonight at sundown, is often referred to as the minor Jewish holiday that’s become a big deal. Religion News Service reporter Lauren Markoe provides a guide to understanding Hanukkah:Q: Isn’t this a no-big-deal Jewish holiday that’s pumped up just because it falls so close to Christmas? Hanukkah isconsidered a minor Jewish holiday,and the story it commemorates the ancient and outnumbered Maccabees who triumphed over their Hellenistic oppressors to preserve their faith is not based in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible

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Most everything you need to know about Hanukkah

NEW YORK – Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish holiday that starts this evening, is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Entrepreneurs have introduced a fresh wave of Noel-inspired products over the past two years, including the Menorah Tree, which lets you hang ornaments on an evergreen-like frame, and Mensch on a Bench, a Jewish version of Elf on the Shelf. You can even buy ugly Hanukkah sweaters and gingerbread house-style kits made by Manischewitz Co

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On the first night of Hanukkah…a partridge in a Menorah Tree?

Although the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists have temporarily suspended their attacks on Ukraine's Jewish congregation, afraid of losing the support of the West, sooner or later we will see Jewish pogroms there, believes Avigdor Eskin, a prominent Israeli publicist and political analyst.

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Antisemitic Ukrainian Nationalists Pose Threat to Jewish Community: Israeli Publicist

JTA – In text accompanying a new exhibition at this citys National Museum of American Jewish History, Sammy Davis Jr. is quoted on why he converted to Judaism. I became a Jew because I was ready and willing to understand the plight of a people who fought for thousands of years for a homeland, the late entertainer said

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When being a Jew means recording Christmas songs

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