Beliefs and concepts

Is a Secular Jewish State an Obstacle to Peace?‎ March 19, 2014 6:23 am

Is a Secular Jewish State an Obstacle to Peace?‎

IDF Head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, recently warned that Israel is...

Brothers Plead Guilty Over Extortion of Divorce From Jewish Husbands March 14, 2014 9:56 am

Brothers Plead Guilty Over Extortion of Divorce From Jewish Husbands

JNS.org – Two Orthodox-Jewish brothers in Brooklyn admitted to being involved with a crime...

After Pew Pessimism, is ‘JOFEE’ the New Acronym for the Jewish Future? March 11, 2014 10:47 am

After Pew Pessimism, is ‘JOFEE’ the New Acronym for the Jewish Future?

JNS.org – More than five months after the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait...

Jesus’ Circumcision: The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians March 6, 2014 8:00 am

Jesus’ Circumcision: The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians

I was puzzled when I first learned about the Christian Feast of the Circumcision. The celebration,...

Charedim Stage Massive Rally as Political Battle on IDF Enlistment Heats Up March 5, 2014 2:54 pm

Charedim Stage Massive Rally as Political Battle on IDF Enlistment Heats Up

JNS.org - Close to half a million members of Israel’s charedi public rallied in Jerusalem...

Jewish Kids Belong in Synagogue March 4, 2014 1:52 pm

Jewish Kids Belong in Synagogue

Like many other parents, my children are the most important people in my life. They are smart,...

‘Jews Don’t Hunt’ – Mostly March 4, 2014 1:40 pm

‘Jews Don’t Hunt’ – Mostly

JNS.org – “Jews don’t hunt.” That’s a comforting statement to one who, like...

Charedi Women Respond to Israel’s Proposed Universal Draft Law March 4, 2014 1:00 pm

Charedi Women Respond to Israel’s Proposed Universal Draft Law

Among the hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews that gathered to protest the government’s...

Israel Sci-Tech Schools Cross Religious and Ethnic Lines for Science Education February 28, 2014 3:01 pm

Israel Sci-Tech Schools Cross Religious and Ethnic Lines for Science Education

JNS.org – In Israel, high school education is mandated by law and the government grants...

Chabad Fanatics Are Destroying the Movement February 27, 2014 8:00 am

Chabad Fanatics Are Destroying the Movement

Johannesburg, South Africa – I have lately found myself a target of Islamic extremist...

Jews, Hunters, and Sunday Hunting Bans February 25, 2014 12:34 pm

Jews, Hunters, and Sunday Hunting Bans

JNS.org - For most Jews in the United States, hunting laws are not a concern. Following...

Denmark, Kashrut, and Anti-Semitism February 24, 2014 8:31 am

Denmark, Kashrut, and Anti-Semitism

Centuries after Shakespeare said “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark,” we have...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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