Lost Jewish Belief in the Healing Power of Crystals and Gemstones

I have always been puzzled by the sudden explosion of New Age retailers selling everything from to .  In particular, I was intrigued by the booming sales of semi-precious stones which they claim possess various abilities and resonances relating to physical and psychological healing.  Scientific sceptics have of course dismissed the matter, but I was […]


Giant Menorah Made of Caffeine Free Diet Coke Cans – Kibitz Spot

When they came up with the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” I don’t think they had this giant menorah in mind. It took my father years to complete. Made from over 200 caffeine free diet coke cans, he has even wired it to light the appropriate number of “candles” for each night. If I remember the […]

Interpreting Jewish Hieroglyphics (a joke)

Whether done by a scholar or a , interpreting the ancient writing is a skill. Did each picture tell a story, or are multiple images actually the use of hieroglyphics in a sentence? Sometimes, they can be used for humor, like this Jewish hieroglyphics joke I stumbled upon. Jewish Hieroglyphics Written across the wall of the cave were the […]