Spirituality/Tradition

Haifa’s Rambam Hospital Treats, Protects, Innovates in the Face of Looming Danger September 12, 2014 9:59 am

Haifa’s Rambam Hospital Treats, Protects, Innovates in the Face of Looming Danger

JNS.org - Not unexpectedly, southern Israel suffered more than other areas of the Jewish...

Remembering 9/11, and Confronting ISIS September 12, 2014 2:25 am

Remembering 9/11, and Confronting ISIS

Thirteen years ago, the world stopped breathing as everyone watched in horror as the Twin...

Even in Siberia, it’s Never Too Late for a Jewish Awakening September 11, 2014 7:27 am

Even in Siberia, it’s Never Too Late for a Jewish Awakening

JNS.org - Siberia is not known for its welcoming appeal. But in 2005, I stood for the first...

How an Israeli Hero is Helping Victims of Terror Begin Life Anew September 11, 2014 7:18 am

How an Israeli Hero is Helping Victims of Terror Begin Life Anew

Since September 2000, Israeli society has been subjected to numerous deadly terror attacks. Since...

The Jewish People Are a Nation of Storytellers September 11, 2014 7:15 am

The Jewish People Are a Nation of Storytellers

Howard Gardner, professor of education and psychology at Harvard University, is one of the...

Jews Should Build Wherever They Want in Judea and Samaria September 10, 2014 7:21 am

Jews Should Build Wherever They Want in Judea and Samaria

Stop the presses. After defeating an enemy devoted to erasing its entire country, the State...

Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film September 9, 2014 6:52 am

Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

JNS.org - Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has...

An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW) September 9, 2014 6:51 am

An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks –...

Biblical Archaeology Sees Golden Age in Israel, Dark Age in Rest of Middle East September 9, 2014 6:25 am

Biblical Archaeology Sees Golden Age in Israel, Dark Age in Rest of Middle East

JNS.org – At a time when many archaeological sites and antiquities throughout the...

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a Model for Jewish Fundraising? September 8, 2014 1:14 am

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a Model for Jewish Fundraising?

JNS.org – The hottest month of summer was ice cold, as thousands of people poured...

Correcting Jesus’ Image in Christian Artwork September 8, 2014 1:12 am

Correcting Jesus’ Image in Christian Artwork

Painter and architect Rod Borghese and I conceived a triptych consisting of three images of...

Innocence and Blood September 5, 2014 8:30 am

Innocence and Blood

Just as the terrible news arrived about the ISIS beheading of another American journalist...

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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