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Elijah and the Still, Small Voice July 8, 2015 12:55 pm

Elijah and the Still, Small Voice

Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Why are you here, Elijah?’ He replied, I am moved...

Into the Fray: The Logical Lacunae of the Left – Ari Shavit at AJC July 7, 2015 3:14 pm

Into the Fray: The Logical Lacunae of the Left – Ari Shavit at AJC

It is no secret that AJC believes in the two-state solution as a better, more practical alternative...

Another Example of Israel’s Positive Human Rights Record June 29, 2015 10:54 am

Another Example of Israel’s Positive Human Rights Record

A few weeks ago, in honor of the Jewish holiday of Passover, I found myself reminiscing...

‘Game of Thrones’ and the Meaning of Shame June 26, 2015 1:01 am

‘Game of Thrones’ and the Meaning of Shame

Please note that this post contains spoilers about the TV show “Game of Thrones.” The...

Why Non-Jews Are Asking a Mohel to Circumcise Their Sons June 24, 2015 2:27 pm

Why Non-Jews Are Asking a Mohel to Circumcise Their Sons

JNS.org – An interesting phenomenon may be emerging in the U.S. when it comes to brit...

Peace in Haredi Homes and the Health of the Jewish State June 22, 2015 11:55 am

Peace in Haredi Homes and the Health of the Jewish State

JNS.org – According to a Bank of Israel study conducted in 2011, less than half (46...

The Power – and Curse – of Charisma June 21, 2015 11:51 am

The Power – and Curse – of Charisma

It just never seems to end. The press publicizes yet another case of a rabbi and teacher guilty...

In Honor of Ramadan, Israeli Charity Provides Help for East Jerusalem Families June 19, 2015 11:10 am

In Honor of Ramadan, Israeli Charity Provides Help for East Jerusalem Families

In honor of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday evening, June 17, food vouchers totaling 1...

Be Wary of Those Who Distort Truth for Power June 16, 2015 11:51 pm

Be Wary of Those Who Distort Truth for Power

What was wrong with Korach and his fellow rebels? On the face of it, what they said was both...

Why is it So Difficult for Jews to Find the Positive? June 11, 2015 6:06 pm

Why is it So Difficult for Jews to Find the Positive?

This is the time of year for travel! One of the most visited tourist sites worldwide is the...

Don’t Get Trapped in the Past: The Best of Times is Now June 8, 2015 7:25 am

Don’t Get Trapped in the Past: The Best of Times is Now

God bless Barack Obama! He always makes my juices flow! He did it once again last week in...

Have the Yazidis Been Forgotten by the International Community? June 7, 2015 11:29 am

Have the Yazidis Been Forgotten by the International Community?

Nearly one year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and...

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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