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Divorce the Personal From the Collective August 20, 2014 1:46 pm

Divorce the Personal From the Collective

The brouhaha surrounding the wedding reception of a Jaffa couple on Sunday evening is yet...

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed August 18, 2014 10:11 pm

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed

JNS.org - Ancient bronze coins dating back to 69/70 C.E., the time of the Jewish revolt...

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers August 11, 2014 5:32 pm

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers

JNS.org – Many more Israeli couples are living together and having children without...

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict August 11, 2014 10:46 am

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

A broad consensus has emerged that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and the dismantling of...

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees August 10, 2014 1:27 pm

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees

Hamas used a Greek Orthodox Church sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes...

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel August 10, 2014 12:25 am

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel

Israel benefits from the fact that Americans remain in large part a religious people. But...

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse August 10, 2014 12:23 am

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse

Jason Rosenhouse is a Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,...

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War August 8, 2014 11:11 am

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War

When a civilized country determines that for the sake of self-protection and survival it must...

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones August 5, 2014 2:36 am

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth Day of the Month of Av, is the second most important fast day in...

From Welfare to Warfare August 4, 2014 7:02 pm

From Welfare to Warfare

As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, we have now seen four incidents in the...

How Islamic Are Muslims? August 1, 2014 1:49 pm

How Islamic Are Muslims?

Islamic law demands much of Muslims; how successfully do they fulfill its precepts? Scheherazade...

A Radical New Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Change the Education System August 1, 2014 1:18 pm

A Radical New Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Change the Education System

Those at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) who voted to condemn Israel in the...

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    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 historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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