Beliefs and concepts

Must a Jewish State be Zionist? June 28, 2013 8:55 am

Must a Jewish State be Zionist?

Modern western states are slowly adapting to the idea that no one religion should dominate...

What if Clark Kent Were a Drug Smuggler? June 27, 2013 4:21 pm

What if Clark Kent Were a Drug Smuggler?

Looking to duck out of life for a couple of hours, I recently cart wheeled into Jerusalem’s...

‘The Last Supper According to Judas’ in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta (INTERVIEW) June 27, 2013 1:27 am

‘The Last Supper According to Judas’ in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta (INTERVIEW)

Bible stories are hot and Hollywood studios are rushing to cash in. Leading the pack, Viacom...

On Parents and Teachers June 26, 2013 1:45 pm

On Parents and Teachers

Just beneath the surface of this week’s parshah (Bible portion) is an exceptionally poignant...

Should Morality Come at the End of a Government Camera? June 25, 2013 10:26 am

Should Morality Come at the End of a Government Camera?

In September 2009, Colonel Muamar Kaddafi of Libya wanted to move into the home next to mine....

The AP’s Double Standard on Israel, Women Ordained as Orthodox Clergy, and Religious-Themed Entertainment June 21, 2013 9:33 am

The AP’s Double Standard on Israel, Women Ordained as Orthodox Clergy, and Religious-Themed Entertainment

Here are a few random thoughts I wished to share: When Prime Minister Netanyahu was reelected...

Rape, the Agunah problem, and Bernard Jackson June 21, 2013 7:05 am

Rape, the Agunah problem, and Bernard Jackson

The treatment of women around the world today remains a blot on humanity. That an Indian...

“Christ Killers”: The Hidden Agenda June 21, 2013 6:29 am

“Christ Killers”: The Hidden Agenda

The historic charge “Christ Killers” leveled against Jews is one of the most...

Orthodox Jewish Women Ordained as First Class of a ‘Different Kind of Leader’ June 19, 2013 5:29 am

Orthodox Jewish Women Ordained as First Class of a ‘Different Kind of Leader’

JNS.org - On the surface, Sunday’s ordination ceremony for the first three graduates of...

The Hardest Word to Hear June 19, 2013 5:11 am

The Hardest Word to Hear

The story of Bilaam, the pagan prophet, begins with a bewildering set of non-sequiturs –...

Pills and Religion June 14, 2013 2:07 pm

Pills and Religion

As a child in the UK, we used to make fun of Americans with their bottles of vitamins and...

Making Friends With My Grey Hair June 12, 2013 10:32 am

Making Friends With My Grey Hair

My big sister’s hair went grey in her 30s My little brother Eddie also went grey early I...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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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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