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Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW) January 28, 2016 5:34 am

Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary)...

Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’ January 27, 2016 4:17 pm

Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular...

Viral Israeli Blues Rocker Lazer Lloyd Launches US Tour (VIDEO) January 24, 2016 7:04 am

Viral Israeli Blues Rocker Lazer Lloyd Launches US Tour (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Israeli blues rocker Lazer Lloyd — whose songs X-Mas Blues and New Years...

Hassidic Funk Band Zusha on a Mission to Transcend Labels January 14, 2016 2:27 pm

Hassidic Funk Band Zusha on a Mission to Transcend Labels

JNS.org – There’s no one label for the deep, spiritual, funky, fun and eclectic...

Frank Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in Jewish Funeral Home to Trick Paparazzi, Parlor Director Reveals January 13, 2016 2:25 pm

Frank Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in Jewish Funeral Home to Trick Paparazzi, Parlor Director Reveals

Frank Sinatra’s body was hidden at a Jewish funeral home to keep photographers off...

Israeli Rocker’s Christmas and New Year’s Tracks Go Viral (VIDEO) January 6, 2016 9:24 am

Israeli Rocker’s Christmas and New Year’s Tracks Go Viral (VIDEO)

An Israeli singer’s Christmas tune has gone viral on social media, prompting him to...

Stupid Jewish Tricks January 6, 2016 7:48 am

Stupid Jewish Tricks

JNS.org – A recurrent feature of CBS television’s “The Late Show with David Letterman”...

‘The Pater’ Tells a Story of Childlessness From the Rare Male Perspective (REVIEW) January 1, 2016 7:43 am

‘The Pater’ Tells a Story of Childlessness From the Rare Male Perspective (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Dozens if not hundreds of books have been written about the childlessness...

Israeli Musician Seeks Help on Facebook to Locate US-Jewish Stranger Who Gave Him Guitar, Changed His Life December 28, 2015 5:34 pm

Israeli Musician Seeks Help on Facebook to Locate US-Jewish Stranger Who Gave Him Guitar, Changed His Life

An Israeli musician is asking social media users to help him find the person who gave him...

Looking to the Past for Lessons on How to Live Today (REVIEW) December 23, 2015 7:29 am

Looking to the Past for Lessons on How to Live Today (REVIEW)

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ latest book, Not In God’s Name, deals with the literal and figurative...

Spanish Legend Enrique Iglesias Performing in Israel to Sold-Out Arena December 16, 2015 7:09 am

Spanish Legend Enrique Iglesias Performing in Israel to Sold-Out Arena

Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias arrived in Israel to perform on Wednesday, Israeli news...

Kosher Dills Among Seinfeld’s Demands Ahead of Israel Trip Next Week December 10, 2015 12:36 pm

Kosher Dills Among Seinfeld’s Demands Ahead of Israel Trip Next Week

American-Jewish comedian Jerry Seinfeld provided an itemized list of products he needs on...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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