Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Rededication, or the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day holiday that generally falls sometime in December (in the Hebrew calendar, the 25th of Kislev). It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple after the successful revolt of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire. To rededicate the Temple, oil was needed to relight the menorah inside, and there was very little left – only enough to burn for one day. However, the oil used burned for eight days, and to celebrate this, a festival was created – Chanukah. Continue reading →
I am a late adopter of all things technological. I am not saying I am opposed to it; it’s more like I’m not exposed to it. So when Dr. Marianne Cooper, Professor Emeritus of Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, insisted that listening to audiobooks is considered “reading”, I insisted otherwise. I refused to believe that listening to a book was more than a shortcut taken by those either unable or unwilling to read an ACTUAL book. Despite this, an online search revealed that while some believe listening to a book is cheating, the brain processes audiobooks and text similarly. Good to know! So, for the purpose of this blog posting, I decided it is time for my brain to give audiobooks a chance, and to recount my experience with them to you.
I grew up in Staten Island until I was around 10 years old when my father’s job took us to Maryland. I lived there until I was about 21, then moved back to the New York area but settled in Brooklyn instead of Staten Island because of its proximity to the city and its large center of Jewish life.
What languages do you speak?
I speak English (obviously) and am conversant in Hebrew; my understanding far outweighs my speaking ability when it comes to conversational Hebrew. I also can sign a little bit in ASL (American Sign Language). Continue reading →
The start of the day requires ritual, and each person’s daily ritual is different. Some people go to worship; some go for a run; some go for a cigarette. I go online. My day does not begin until I sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my Kindle Fire. I’ve got to tell you, that Kindle is my favorite thing. If I were Oprah, it would be at the top of my list. Continue reading →
I have lived in eastern Long Island for 31 years. I have always had cats and our yard always has had a Disney level of wildlife pass through. We are located right by the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area formerly known as the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), which has 6000 acres to walk and bike ride. This area was an extension of my yard. Some years, there would be bad tick years. Now, it is just bad all the time. We don’t go biking or hiking anymore. I do my best not to leave my deck and do not walk around my yard to reduce my tick exposure. Continue reading →
The following has been contributed by author Semih Gencer. Semih is an international student, originally from Turkey, currently attending the Touro Graduate School of Business.
“If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
My hometown of Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents: Asia and Europe. The Bosphorus River, meandering through the heart of the city, combines the waters of the Black Sea and Marmara Sea. For that reason, as one article describes, for thousands of years, Istanbul was one of most aspired to cities in the world. It was a city that everyone wanted, and it was all because of its location. We can say that Istanbul has for a long time been the heart and soul of Turkey. It has a huge history. Istanbul has been the capital city of four empires: the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. Istanbul has a rich history, and so much remains of each of these empires that you can still see. There is much interesting historical information about Istanbul, but if you ask me why I love Istanbul a lot, I have strong reasons to explain in the following parts. Continue reading →
On September 25th and 26th the Ave J Touro campus held a welcome event for the students. Essentially this Meet and Greet, which was hosted by the Advisement office, was an occasion for the students to interact with staff. Continue reading →