Spirituality/Tradition

Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education December 22, 2014 7:44 am

Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty....

Significant Life Event? There’s an App (and Jewish Blessing) for That December 22, 2014 7:43 am

Significant Life Event? There’s an App (and Jewish Blessing) for That

JNS.org – Jewish tradition contains myriad blessings or “brachot”—trust...

How to Eat Hanukkah Sufganiyot Without Guilt December 21, 2014 12:49 pm

How to Eat Hanukkah Sufganiyot Without Guilt

JNS.org - The average Hanukkah sufganiya (jelly donut) has between 300 and 400 calories...

Feeling Empty Without Thanksgivukkah December 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Feeling Empty Without Thanksgivukkah

JNS.org – A year ago, the convergence of Thanksgiving Day and the first day of Hanukkah...

Hanukkah 2014 Yields First Temple-Worthy Pure Olive Oil in 2,000 Years December 21, 2014 12:37 pm

Hanukkah 2014 Yields First Temple-Worthy Pure Olive Oil in 2,000 Years

JNS.org – In time for Hanukkah 2014, the Temple Institute—a Jerusalem-based organization...

The Difference Between Appearance and Reality December 19, 2014 9:02 am

The Difference Between Appearance and Reality

Finally after 22 years and many twists and turns, Joseph and his brothers meet. We sense the...

Despite Church-State Debate, Public Hanukkah Menorahs Gain Wider Acceptance December 19, 2014 8:59 am

Despite Church-State Debate, Public Hanukkah Menorahs Gain Wider Acceptance

JNS.org - With the arrival of the winter holiday season, many municipalities throughout...

Remains of Ancient Olive Oil Discovered in the Lower Galilee December 19, 2014 1:13 am

Remains of Ancient Olive Oil Discovered in the Lower Galilee

The earliest evidence for the use of olive oil in Israel, and possibly the entire Middle East,...

Green Hanukkah: Oil-Conservation Miracle Inspires Environmentalism December 18, 2014 12:21 am

Green Hanukkah: Oil-Conservation Miracle Inspires Environmentalism

JNS.org - The miracle of Hanukkah is an epic story of conservation, as one day’s worth...

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind December 18, 2014 12:17 am

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

JNS.org - The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15...

Hanukkah Menorahs of Israel Shed Light on Jewish People’s Past, Present, Future December 17, 2014 10:59 am

Hanukkah Menorahs of Israel Shed Light on Jewish People’s Past, Present, Future

JNS.org – As winter arrives and the days grow shorter, outdoor lighting is needed...

How American Jews Made Hanukkah the Holiday of Religious Freedom December 17, 2014 10:58 am

How American Jews Made Hanukkah the Holiday of Religious Freedom

JNS.org – In the 21st century, Hanukkah is celebrated by more Jews than any holiday...

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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