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The Morality of Disproportionality August 21, 2014 2:05 am

The Morality of Disproportionality

On July 11, the Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess synagogue in Tel Aviv was damaged when remnants of...

Divorce the Personal From the Collective August 20, 2014 1:46 pm

Divorce the Personal From the Collective

The brouhaha surrounding the wedding reception of a Jaffa couple on Sunday evening is yet...

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed August 18, 2014 10:11 pm

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed

JNS.org - Ancient bronze coins dating back to 69/70 C.E., the time of the Jewish revolt...

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers August 11, 2014 5:32 pm

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers

JNS.org – Many more Israeli couples are living together and having children without...

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict August 11, 2014 10:46 am

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

A broad consensus has emerged that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and the dismantling of...

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees August 10, 2014 1:27 pm

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees

Hamas used a Greek Orthodox Church sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes...

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel August 10, 2014 12:25 am

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel

Israel benefits from the fact that Americans remain in large part a religious people. But...

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse August 10, 2014 12:23 am

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse

Jason Rosenhouse is a Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,...

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War August 8, 2014 11:11 am

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War

When a civilized country determines that for the sake of self-protection and survival it must...

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones August 5, 2014 2:36 am

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth Day of the Month of Av, is the second most important fast day in...

From Welfare to Warfare August 4, 2014 7:02 pm

From Welfare to Warfare

As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, we have now seen four incidents in the...

How Islamic Are Muslims? August 1, 2014 1:49 pm

How Islamic Are Muslims?

Islamic law demands much of Muslims; how successfully do they fulfill its precepts? Scheherazade...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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