Beliefs and concepts

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, His Murdered Students and a Call to Action July 1, 2014 9:11 am

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, His Murdered Students and a Call to Action

Today, I watched my mentor cry. I picked up the car phone to learn that the bodies of the...

How Two Women Work to Shift Public Opinion on Israeli Sovereignty June 27, 2014 4:16 pm

How Two Women Work to Shift Public Opinion on Israeli Sovereignty

JNS.org – Almost every day, Nadia Matar, 48, steers her battered white SUV along...

Old Testament is the New Fad at Political Faith and Freedom Coalition Confab June 27, 2014 4:07 pm

Old Testament is the New Fad at Political Faith and Freedom Coalition Confab

JNS.org – Religious freedom, family values, fiscal policy, and Israel were the primary...

Soccer is a Substitute for Warfare June 27, 2014 12:04 pm

Soccer is a Substitute for Warfare

They say soccer is a beautiful game, but it is also a symbol of what is wrong with society....

Is Egypt’s New Government Promoting Anti-Christian Measures? June 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Is Egypt’s New Government Promoting Anti-Christian Measures?

Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory...

Jews Must Stand Up for Middle East Christians June 18, 2014 11:45 am

Jews Must Stand Up for Middle East Christians

On Sunday, I stood before 12,000 Christian allies of Israel at Faith Church in Budapest to...

Jews and Gun Control: Where is the Outrage? May 28, 2014 7:18 am

Jews and Gun Control: Where is the Outrage?

I have decided to no longer support the Republican Party, or any other party or individual...

Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip May 28, 2014 7:04 am

Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip

JNS.org – After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem,...

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld May 27, 2014 10:10 pm

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve as the head of the Conservative movement....

Improving Your Sleep May 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Improving Your Sleep

“To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub.” – Hamlet (111,i,65-68) For...

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute May 27, 2014 7:08 pm

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute

JNS.org – The Israeli dairy firm Tnuva, which just sold a majority share of its company...

What Keeps Judaism Alive? May 23, 2014 11:29 am

What Keeps Judaism Alive?

It is a thought often attributed to Ernest Bloch that it is anti-Semitism that, for all its...

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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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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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