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  • Backgammon ‘Shesh Besh’ smackdown

    By Tess Cutler

    March 18, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    Upon visiting the high-stakes backgammon competition March 8 at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, witnesses were welcomed by the sound of dice on board, the cursing of bad luck and the occasional exclamation of “shesh besh!”

    The phrase — another name for the game — comes from the...

  • How to Get a Gamer Geek Out of the House

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 12, 2014 | 12:30 am

    My husband and I are both gamer geeks. I’d like to blame him, since he is a video game designer, and he bought me my very first MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game, Everquest, which I played religiously for years.

    But the truth is, my fascination began shortly before I met my...

  • ‘Schmutz’ and other Jewish Scrabble moves

    August 12, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Next time you’re playing Scrabble, you can put down “schmutz,” “schtum” or even “tuchus” without fear of being challenged. (“Tuchuses,” the plural, is also acceptable.)

    These are just some of the new Yiddish words to be added to Merriam-Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players’...

  • The Flappy Bird of Paradise

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but Flappy Bird was definitely not just a game. 

    If you’ve been on an aboriginal walkabout, you may not know that, until yesterday, Flappy Bird was the most popular iPhone and Android app on the planet.  Its appeal lies neither in its crappy...

  • Crossword Puzzle: July 19, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: July 12, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: July 5, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: June 28, 2013

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

    Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun...

  • Crossword Puzzle: June 14, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle Answers: May 3, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle Answers: April 26, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: April 19, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: April 12, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: April 5, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: March 29, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: March 22, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: March 15, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: March 8, 2013

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  • Crossword Puzzle: March 1, 2013

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  • The day after- an Olympics summary

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    This is the first time, since 1988, that Israeli athletes return from the Olympic games without any medals. None. It’s not like we usually bring more than one, but this was still one hell of a national disappointment. This was the first time I watched the Olympic Games, and after a...

  • Six decades later, fibbing flyer sees London Olympics

    By Tom Tugend

    August 8, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    It took 64 years, with a detour to Israel’s War of Independence, but Mitchell Flint is finally getting to see the London Olympic Games, live and in person.

    In the summer of 1948, Flint, with a four-year wartime stint as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific under his belt,...

  • New Zealand Jewish sailor in medal contention

    August 6, 2012 | 10:54 am

    New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh is in good position to win her first Olympic medal as her event heads into its final stretch.

    Aleh, whose parents Shuki and Daniella Aleh lived in Israel before moving to Auckland, and teammate Olivia Powrie are in second position after six of 10 races in...

  • Aly Raisman loses bronze, Gabby Douglas wins gold

    August 2, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Smiling 16-year-old Gabby Douglas took the Olympic Games by storm on Thursday when she won the all-around gold medal ahead of Russian Victoria Komova.

    Komova was reduced to tears for the second time in three days when American Douglas pipped her to the title by 0.259 of a point...

  • 37 Israeli Olympians set for London Games [SLIDESHOW]

    July 27, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    A group of 37 Olympians is ready to represent Israel in the 2012 London Games, which kicked off with Friday’s Opening Ceremony.

    Israel is competing in badminton, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, and...

  • Israeli thanks Australia for backing Olympics moment of silence

    July 6, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Israel’s deputy foreign minister thanked Australia for supporting the campaign to urge the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute’s silence at the London Games in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.

    Danny Ayalon met earlier this week with Peter Slipper,...

  • As London’s Jews prepare for Olympics, Munich 11 on their minds

    July 2, 2012 | 10:50 am

    For the British Jewish community, the most memorable moment of the London Olympics may be a somber one.

    On Aug. 6, several hundred people are expected to attend a commemoration for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich...

  • From China to your card table

    May 30, 2012 | 11:23 am

    American pop culture is filled with ethnic cuisines, art and games that have traversed the veritable chasm from curiosity to mainstream success. From burritos to sushi, Sudoku to surfing, many once-exotic fads have become part of the tapestry of American life. And though some of...

  • Baseball and G-d

    By Julia Bendis

    March 29, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I trust in G-d
    I love my Country
    And will respect its laws
    I will play fair
    And strive to win
    But win or lose I will always do my best

    This is the pledge the players chant before every Little League game, including my twelve-year-old son.  Not only do I cringe every single time I...

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