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Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW) August 11, 2014 5:52 pm

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German...

A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW) July 7, 2014 1:13 pm

A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh?...

‘Some of My Best Friends’ is a Treatise on Modern Day Anti-Semitism (REVIEW) June 19, 2014 11:54 am

‘Some of My Best Friends’ is a Treatise on Modern Day Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

Ben Cohen’s new book, “Some of My Best Friends, A Journey Through Twenty-First...

A Human Portrait of the Rebbe (REVIEW) June 17, 2014 11:02 am

A Human Portrait of the Rebbe (REVIEW)

Turning Judaism Outward: A biography of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, by Chaim Miller...

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW) June 11, 2014 6:15 pm

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW)

Two well-known contemporary rabbis. Two prolific authors. Two personal journeys. One Rebbe. Rabbis...

Explaining Why So Many Palestinians Are Still Refugees (REVIEW) May 29, 2014 12:49 am

Explaining Why So Many Palestinians Are Still Refugees (REVIEW)

With the recent breakdown of another iteration of attempts to “make forward progress”...

Exploring Leadership in the Wilderness (REVIEW) May 29, 2014 12:46 am

Exploring Leadership in the Wilderness (REVIEW)

The interdisciplinary field of leadership studies is booming. University lecture halls on...

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW)

On Tuesday, June 14, 1994, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz walked into my classroom, visibly shaken;...

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW) May 16, 2014 8:06 am

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW)

JNS.org – I confess that I came to Hillel Halkin’s “Jabotinsky: A Life”...

Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW) April 24, 2014 2:58 pm

Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling...

The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW) April 24, 2014 2:32 pm

The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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