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Beverly Hills residents sent anti-Semitic flyers on first day of Hanukkah

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Autoplay Multiple Beverly Hills residents woke up on the first day of Hanukkah to find anti-Semitic flyers on their front yard, police said .

Beverly Hills police received a call around 6 a.m. from a resident who said they had found a flyer containing "hate speech." A man lights up the candles of a menorah for Hanukkah (iStock) Officers and public works personnel canvassed the area and found that several other homes, spanning several blocks in the northeast area of Beverly Hills, had also been targeted.

Police said the flyers were a single 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper enclosed in plastic bags with rice for weight. Written on these flyers were "propaganda style hate speech related to the COVID pandemic and the Jewish people," police said.

Beverly Hills City Councilmember John A. Mirisch posted a photo of the alleged flyer on his Twitter account.

At the top of the flyer was written: "Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish." Beneath that were listed 15 names of prominent people with Jewish ancestry working in finance and health. It suggested that Jews have a vested interest in the COVID-19 pandemic through their supposed control of finance and the media.

"We’re literally shabbos goy carrying out the will of the Jews, wittingly or unwittingly," the flyer said."Shabbos goy" is a term used to refer to non-Jews employed by Orthodox Jews to perform certain services that are forbidden on the Sabbath.Beverly Hills police has not confirmed that the flyer posted by Mirisch is the same flyer delivered to multiple homes on Sunday.As the flyers come on the first day of Hanukkah, the department said it will be providing additional patrols throughout the city to ensure a safe holiday season. A Beverly Hills police cruiser. (Beverly Hills Police Department) News of the flyers has unsettled the Jewish community in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles."As the Jewish community begins to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, it’s deeply troubling that we continue to see expressions of true hate and ignorance," Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, told Fox News in a statement. "We must all stand up to this antisemitism decisively." ILHAN OMAR SIDESTEPS QUESTION WHEN ASKED WHAT HER RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY IS LIKE Rabbi Yosef Cunin, Director of Chabad of California, said the flyers were a "setback" to what the Jewish community has come to expect from the United States, but has vowed to soldier on. Rabbi Yosef Cunin in front of Beverly Hills City Hall. (Rabbi Yosef Cunin) "We’re going to move forward and we’re going to support the local law enforcement and everyone else who can come forward to protect all minorities of all backgrounds, of every race and color and creed."The Beverly Hills Jewish Community Synagogue will be lighting a candle in front of Beverly Hills later Sunday afternoon to commemorate the beginning of Hanukkah."The idea of the candle is pushing away negativity," Cunin said. "And […]

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Jews around the world celebrate first night of Hanukkah: ‘May the light pierce all the darkness in the world’

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Autoplay Jews around the world gathered Sunday night to mark the first of eight nights of Hanukkah – a joyous holiday symbolized by the lighting of menorahs, spinning of dreidels, fried latkes, and exchanging of gifts.

The Jewish holiday is known as "the festival of lights" and usually kicks off in late November or mid-December. The holiday commemorates the miracles performed during the Maccabean revolt against Israel’s Greek king, who wished to limit their religious practice and the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem.

President Biden marked the first night with a tweet, calling the story of Hannukah "one that is inherently Jewish and undeniably American." "At its core, Hanukkah recounts a story at the heart of the human spirit — one that is inherently Jewish and undeniably American," he wrote. "From my family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a Chanukah Sameach, a Happy Hanukkah!"

The president will be hosting a small in-person Hannukah party at the White House this week on December 1. The Hanukkah party has been a White House tradition since 2001 when it was first introduced by George W. Bush. The guest list often includes American Jewish community and faith leaders for a musical performance and menorah lighting in the East Room of the White House. Vice President Kamala Harris did not post a Hannukah message of her own, but retweeted a photo of her and her husband Doug Emhoff, who is Jewish, lighting a menorah at the Naval observatory.

Harris’ Hannukah video message went viral last year for what critics called a "vague" and "bizarre" description of the Jewish holiday. Orthodox Jewish commentator Ben Shapiro at the time charged her with "ignoring the entire message" and presenting a "watered-down version of Hanukkah" because she is " not super fond of religious practice." Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley wished her Jewish friends a "Chanukah Sameach" on Sunday and called the history of the holiday " a story of perseverance, commitment, and above all, faith.

"Chanukah celebrates the Jewish people’s victory over their enemies who sought to eliminate their religious practice," she wrote. "May the light of Chanukah pierce all the darkness in the world."House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also marked the holiday on Twitter, writing "from my family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy #Hanukkah." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Festival of Lights begins on Sunday, November 28th and will conclude on Monday, December 6th.

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Couple with COVID-19 leave quarantine, arrested trying to flee country, Dutch police say

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Autoplay A married couple who tested positive for COVID-19 left their hotel quarantine and were arrested in an "airplane that was about to" leave the country, Dutch military police said, according to a report.

Reuters reported that the married couple was been handed over to health authorities. They were not identified.

The news agency reported that dozens of travelers who were aboard two flights from South Africa have been held in quarantine since the outbreak of the "variant of concern" omicron was discovered in South Africa. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of low transmission to rapid growth of new confirmed cases. The country’s numbers are still relatively low, with 2,828 new confirmed cases recorded Friday, but omicron’s speed in infecting young South Africans has alarmed health professionals. Police officers walk along an empty shopping street as The Netherlands implements new measures of a soft evening lockdown to counter the Coronavirus pandemic on November 28, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images) (GETTY) "We’re seeing a marked change in the demographic profile of patients with COVID-19," Rudo Mathivha, head of the intensive care unit at Soweto’s Baragwanath Hospital, told an online press briefing.

The Reuters report said 61 of the 600 passengers from the two flights have tested positive for the virus.

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Hurry! Beat the rush and score these early Cyber Monday deals from Walmart ASAP

Yahoo Life has received compensation to create this article, and receives commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. 30 Days of Savings Banner A two-fer floor and handheld vacuum. (Photo: Walmart) November’s slipping by fast, people! It’s time to snag sales while you can, before the best stuff sells out. You’ve got a few more days before December arrives with all its parties and parades to distract you. Why not finish your shopping now so you can truly enjoy the season? We’re making it even easier for you to dash and get done early with our 30 Days of Savings event in partnership with Walmart. We’ve been bringing you a fresh batch of deals every day this month to help you get something smile-worthy for everyone in your crew. That means for the next three days, you’re not going to want to miss what we’ve got to show you.

Want to get free shipping and early sale access? This year, for the first time, Walmart+ paying members will receive exclusive four-hour early access to all online Black Friday events throughout November! Plus, you’ll get free shipping (on everything — there’s no order minimum!) and unlimited free delivery on groceries. That’ll make your life easier through the holidays and beyond. Sign up for your free 15-day trial here (note that you need a paid membership to get early access to the deals), and a quick three-question survey will add on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.) Born to run. (Photo: Walmart) Holy moly! This iHome cordless vac has serious street cred. Not only is it equipped with a HEPA filter — the most highly recommended option for allergy sufferers and fastidious housekeepers alike — but it boasts a run time of an entire hour on a single charge. In a world where most stick vacs run for 30 minutes at most, that’s a big deal. Oh, and did we mention it has a snap-off hand vac attachment that makes it easy to clean the couch and the car? Add the LED “headlights,” LCD display, and 400 watt motor, and you’ve got a high-performance gift on your hands.

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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after privately battling ‘rare, aggressive form of cancer’ for 2 years

Virgil Abloh, pictured here in July 2021, was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. (Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died at age 41 after a long, private battle with cancer, the luxury goods group LVMH has announced. In addition to founding the Off-White fashion house in 2012, the U.S. creative talent had served as artistic director of menswear for Louis Vuitton since 2018.

On Sunday, Nov. 28, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault issued a statement sharing that Abloh had died that day from cancer, "which he had been battling privately for several years."

He continued, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend." LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu A statement posted to Abloh’s own Instagram account shared more about his cancer diagnosis.

"For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma," it read. "He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art and culture.

Born in Illinois to Ghanian parents, Abloh studied civil engineering and architecture before blazing new trails in the fashion world. After collaborating with fellow Chicago local Kanye West on various creative projects, Abloh founded Off-White and soon built a celebrity following with his use of typography. In 2019, he designed Hailey Bieber’s wedding dress, which featured "Till Death Do Us Part" in his trademark quotation marks on the veil.

An artist and DJ as well as a designer, Abloh shared two children, Lowe and Grey, with wife Shannon.

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Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling wool dryer balls are now $14 for six

Yahoo Lifestyle is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability is subject to change. Need a last-minute gift that’s functional and will save your lucky recipient moolah? I’ve got a goodie—and it’s on sale. Right now, a six-pack of XL dryer balls are just $14 at Amazon.

Think dryer balls are a strange holiday gift? Read on.

I have a confession to make: Though my job is writing about wellness and green living, some of my choices are… less than well, and a questionable shade of green. When, for example, it comes to my hair, I will use whatever chemical creation makes it look best and smell best. Lightbulbs? I’m addicted to the soft glow of eco-unfriendly incandescents; never shall a long-lasting LED cross my threshold. And laundry? My dryer sheet of choice is a popular supermarket brand, chemical-laden and “disposable”—as in, contributing to the landfill and pricey. The cost of those sheets really does add up. So when I heard about natural wool dryer balls, I had to give them a whirl.

These doodads—which you toss in the dryer with wet clothes—promise to make clothes soft and shorten drying time. As someone who is obsessed with NOT washing and drying my clothes too much (it wears them out so fast and I don’t particularly enjoy doing laundry), I found this very appealing. Shorter drying time is not only easier on fabrics but it saves energy, which means lower energy bills. And less time doing laundry!

There are plenty of less expensive options that have great reviews, but the brand I’d been hearing about, Smart Sheep , are handmade in Nepal of pure New Zealand wool. That’s a lotta traveling already for something meant to save the earth, but still, I was excited to test them out. I saved up all my laundry (as in, I used this as an excuse to ignore the mounting piles of clothing, sheets, and towels). Here, dear, reader, is how it went.

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Busy Philipps says she’s received ‘horrible DMs’ since revealing her child is nonbinary: ‘But who cares?’

Busy Philipps, 42, shared some of the lessons she’s learned in the last year since her eldest child, 13-year-old Birdie, has come out as nonbinary. (Photo: Simon Russell/Getty Images for Poise) Busy Philipps has learned a lot this year as a parent to a nonbinary child.

The Girls5Eva star, 42, announced a year ago that her eldest child, 13-year-old Birdie, is queer and began using they/them pronouns. Since then, Philipps says she has found a "great deal of value" in sharing the family’s experience with the world.

"Birdie had discussed it with me. They had come to me and were like, ‘You can talk about me, my queerness and my pronouns on your podcast,’" the actress, who hosts the Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best podcast , told Entertainment Tonight . "I was like, ‘Well, are you sure? Let’s discuss it.’"

Ultimately, the family, which also includes 8-year-old daughter Cricket and husband Marc Silverstein, decided that while some people may respond negatively, it’s a good idea to share their story with the world.

"They’re kind of always unfazed by everything, in terms of how people have responded," Philipps said of Birdie. "It was hard for me in terms of knowing that there would be people that would be unkind to my child. I felt like I was putting my kid out there, and putting them at risk of getting some of that negativity toward who they are as a person."

But it was actually Birdie who had the most realistic understanding of the public’s reaction.

"Mom, you thought everybody was going to be real nice about it? No, this is the world we live in… I’m so glad you did it because… I don’t have to explain myself over and over again to people," Birdie told Philipps. "You did me a favor."

Unfortunately, there has been a tremendous amount of negativity inflicted at the family. Phillips said she has been on the receiving end of "so many horrible, horrible DMs… but who cares?" she said. "As Birdie says, what was I expecting?"

One of her favorite parts of sharing about Birdie’s journey is the parents who reach out because they’re dealing with similar situations.

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Kristin Cavallari responds to mom shaming over not showing her kids’ faces in photos: ‘I don’t remember asking for anyone’s opinion’

Kristin Cavallari responded to critics calling her out over the way she poses with her kids on social media. (Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images) Like many celebrity moms, Kristin Cavallari avoids sharing her children’s faces on social media. But her practice of showing her three children only from the back set off some critics.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the reality star and Uncommon James founder posted a photo of herself enjoying the holiday with her mother and the three kids she shares with ex Jay Cutler: Camden, 9, Saylor, 6, and Jaxon, 7. Per usual, the children had their backs to the camera as their mother and grandmother posed with them outside their home in Franklin, Tenn. In her caption, Cavallari, 34, noted that she was "thankful for my crew," but some followers wanted to see more. Several commenters chided the former Laguna Beach star for including her kids but having them turned away from the camera.

"Why have your kids in the picture if you are not going to show them?" asked one follower.

"A pic JUST for social media," read one comment. "Never seen anyone ask their kids to turn their backs to a camera for a ‘family photo.’ Save it… just don’t add them to the picture and upload another selfie with your wine glass."

"This is weird," wrote another commenter, while one accused Cavallari of "craving attention" by featuring her kids.

"Just keep your kids completely out then," read one suggestion. "All of the pictures of their backs is unnecessary attention and not good attention."

"If you don’t want their faces on don’t take pictures!! How stupid!!" added another commenter.

But some fans defended the star for giving her kids some privacy.

"Momma Bear on full patrol and I LOVE IT!" wrote a supporter. "Keep on protecting those sweeties no matter how hard or rude trolls try to question you!!! You are [a] great mom!"

Cavallari, meanwhile, chose to respond to her critics by sharing a shot of herself looking straight into the camera with best friend Justin Anderson and his partner, Austin Rhodes.

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Racing legend Frank Williams dead at 79

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Autoplay Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing , has died. He was 79.

Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One , overseeing 114 victories, a combined 16 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, while becoming the longest-serving team boss in the sport’s history. Sir Frank Williams died of undisclosed causes on Sunday morning. (AP) "After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family," Williams Racing said in a statement on Sunday.

Williams driver George Russell remembered Williams as a "genuinely wonderful human being."

Williams’ life is all the more extraordinary by the horrific car crash he suffered in France that left him with injuries so devastating doctors considered turning off his life-support machine. Williams’ team won a combined 16 drivers’ and constructors’ championships. But his wife Virginia ordered that her husband be kept alive and his sheer determination and courage — characteristics that personified his career — enabled him to continue with the love of his life, albeit from the confines of a wheelchair.

He would remain in his role as Williams team principal for a further 34 years before F1′s greatest family team was sold to an American investment group in August.

Francis Owen Garbett Williams was born in South Shields on April 16, 1942 to an RAF officer and a headmistress. He was educated at St Joseph’s College, a private boarding school in Dumfries where he became obsessed with cars following a ride in a Jaguar XK150. Jacques Villeneuve brought Williams’ its last titles in 1997. A travelling salesman by day, Williams fulfilled his racing ambitions at the weekend and, aged just 24, he launched his own team, Frank Williams Racing Cars.Four years later, they were competing in Formula Two, and with flatmate and closest friend Piers Courage behind the wheel, Williams graduated to F1 in 1969 using a second-hand Brabham.But tragedy struck at the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix.Courage ran off the track, one of his front wheels hit his helmet, and his car burst into flames. Courage’s grizzly death in a car bearing his name left Williams devastated. Broke and with spiralling debts, he reluctantly sold 60 per cent of his team to Walter Wolf in 1975.But Williams was not made to be a back-seat driver and, desperate for independence, he severed ties with the Canadian businessman.He set up shop at an old carpet warehouse in Didcot, Oxfordshire and signed a promising young engineer named Patrick Head. The double act would go on to make grand prix history.With Saudi Arabian funding and the hiring of Australian driver Alan Jones, Williams Grand Prix Engineering became a force.At the 1979 British Grand Prix, Jones registered Williams’ first pole position before team-mate Clay Regazzoni took the team’s maiden win a day later.In 1980, Jones delivered Williams their first title. The team also won back-to-back constructors’ championships, while Keke Rosberg was crowned drivers’ […]

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How people celebrate Hanukkah around the world

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Autoplay This year, Hanukkah will start on Sunday, Nov. 28.

The eight-night Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, which reportedly dates back to the second century B.C.

According to National Geographic , the Talmud, a Jewish holy text, states that Hanukkah acknowledges the Maccabean revolt the Hebrews led against the Hellenistic influence that was being imposed by Greco-Syrian Seleucid rulers. Many Hanukkah observers display their menorahs in areas where the holy candelabrum can be viewed by inhabitants and guests. (iStock) The holy text reportedly goes on to say that a miracle of light occurred when Judah rededicated the Temple after the revolt. A single intact vial of oil was found inside the desecrated temple and it burned for eight nights, according to the Talmud. Several millennia later, Hanukkah still celebrates the miraculous moment when light reportedly overcame darkness.

Jewish people around the world observe the holiday with a special Hanukkah menorah, which has nine candle arms. The center candle – also known as the Shamash or helper candle – is used to light the other eight for each night of Hanukkah. The candles are lit and placed in the menorah from right to left. Potato latkes are a popular dish served during Hanukkah celebrations. (iStock) Many Hanukkah observers display their menorahs in areas where the holy candelabrum can be viewed by inhabitants and guests. Other traditions that have become ubiquitous with the Festival of Lights include gift exchanges, dreidel games, chocolate coins and gelt, potato latkes and other fried foods.

Britannica reports that religious observers celebrate Hanukkah with Scripture readings, Psalm recitations, alms donations and hymn singing. Dreidels and chocolate coins are often given to children during Hanukkah celebrations. (iStock) The encyclopedia notes that Hanukkah is considered a national holiday in Israel. Schools are closed but government offices, shops and transportation services operate as usual, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs .