Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

recant

Definition:(verb) Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure.
Synonyms:abjure, forswear, retract, resile
Usage: The dissident refused to recant and was imprisoned.
Article of the Day

Korean Wines

In Korea, the tradition of brewing alcoholic beverages, known as ju, is a long and proud one. These beverages are generally made from rice, a major Korean crop. The many varieties of ju include liquors and fruit, flower, and medicinal wines. One variety, called ihwaju, or "pear blossom wine," is brewed with rice malt fermented during the pear blossom season, a process that often produces a liquid so thick that it must be consumed in what way? More...
This Day in History

London Police Kill Commuter, Sparking Furor (2005)

The day before this controversial police shooting, four suicide bombing attempts on London's transport system failed, sparking a massive manhunt for the escaped bombers. With the perpetrators still at large, commuters returned to the tube. On July 22, police at the Stockwell tube station shot and killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes, whom they mistook for suspected bomber Hussain Osman. What police protocol for dealing with suspected suicide bombers was criticized after the tragic mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Henryk Goldszmit, AKA Janusz Korczak (1878)

Goldszmit was a Jewish doctor and author of children's literature who wrote under the pen name Janusz Korczak. In 1912, he established an orphanage in Warsaw. When World War II broke out, he refused to flee the Nazis and continued to care for the children even after his orphanage was forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. In August 1942, Nazi soldiers came with orders to take all the children and workers in the orphanage to the Treblinka concentration camp. What happened to Korczak? More...
Quotation of the Day
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Tisha b'Av (2018)

The Jewish Fast of Av is a period of fasting, lamentation, and prayer in memory of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. When the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the First Temple in 586 BCE, the Jews rebuilt it, but continued the fast day. Then the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, and a long period of exile began for the Jews. The nine days from the beginning of Av through Tisha b'Av mark a period of intense mourning for the various disasters and tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. More...
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