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The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews January 7, 2015 12:58 am

The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews

The Anti-Defamation League recently released their annual list of top issues affecting Jews...

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel? January 4, 2015 1:06 pm

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel?

As a Zionism activist, I spend much of my time jetting back and forth between Israel and the...

President Rivlin and Leaders of Israel’s Christian Community Welcome New Year January 1, 2015 10:49 am

President Rivlin and Leaders of Israel’s Christian Community Welcome New Year

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the traditional state reception for leaders of Israel’s...

Frenemies: Judaism and Islam December 26, 2014 12:22 pm

Frenemies: Judaism and Islam

I always used to regard Islam as a religion much closer to Judaism than Christianity was....

A Kuwaiti Muslim’s Journey to Hanukkah December 24, 2014 4:22 pm

A Kuwaiti Muslim’s Journey to Hanukkah

When Mark Halawa lights his family’s menorah during Hanukkah, it is not without recalling...

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...

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...

Hanukkah and the Lessons of International Pressure Against Israel December 16, 2014 8:26 pm

Hanukkah and the Lessons of International Pressure Against Israel

What induced Antiochus Epiphanes to attempt to eradicate Judaism? Some speculate that he...

‘This Too Shall Pass’ December 14, 2014 3:03 pm

‘This Too Shall Pass’

“This too shall pass” is something I remember my mother, Penny Waga, saying to...

Reflecting on the Har Nof Aftermath and the Coming of the Messiah December 14, 2014 2:53 pm

Reflecting on the Har Nof Aftermath and the Coming of the Messiah

It’s been weeks since the massacre in Har Nof, and the passage of time still seems superficial....

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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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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