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Jewish date: 24 Kislew 5770 (Parashath Wayyeshev).
Today’s holidays: Saint Day of Damasus I (Roman Catholicism).
Worthy causes of the day: “Tell Walmart: Post Seafood Warnings! - The Petition Site”, “DemocracyForAmerica.com » Enough is Enough”, “ONE | Copenhagen: STOP DANGEROUS DOUBLE COUNTING”, “Take Action: Stop Sudan's Arms Flow | Save Darfur”, “Tell Reid and Obama: Stop begging and start breaking arms to get real health reform.”, “Don't Wait for Copenhagen” and “Take Action | Oceana North America: Help Stop Ocean Acidification”.
Topic 1: Ḥanukkah starts tonight, and I have been inundated with relevant material. Those wishing to learn more about it can read Rabbi Ari Sytner’s “Frequently Asked Questions about Chanukah 2009”, and those who are still not satisfied can find plenty more material to keep themselves busy, courtesy of Jacob Richman.
Topic 2: “Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion”. The title sounds a bid odd, but there is a logic to it. What this article attempts to do is to make a distinction between Islam the religion and Islam the political movement. While Europe has been very tolerant of Islam the religion, but is becoming increasingly fed up with Islam the political movement.
Topic 3: To end on a humorous note, “The top 10 movie rentals over the Chanukah holiday vacation”.