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Brooklyn Hospital Shows That Yom Kippur Fast Can Trigger Labor October 8, 2014 12:53 am

Brooklyn Hospital Shows That Yom Kippur Fast Can Trigger Labor

JNS.org - The Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn delivered an unusually high number of...

Christian-Jewish Group Plans Major Push for Immigration to Israel October 7, 2014 11:07 am

Christian-Jewish Group Plans Major Push for Immigration to Israel

JNS.org – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) plans to substantially...

Why ISIS and Hamas Wear Masks October 6, 2014 10:39 am

Why ISIS and Hamas Wear Masks

The biblical story of Saul teaches us a powerful lesson regarding the individual’s moral...

CNN Features Viral Article on Biased Reporting About Israel October 6, 2014 12:59 am

CNN Features Viral Article on Biased Reporting About Israel

CNN’s Reliable Sources recently brought attention to a viral article, written by a former...

Tzohar Hosts Yom Kippur Prayer for 55,000 Israelis, Including Prisoners October 6, 2014 12:01 am

Tzohar Hosts Yom Kippur Prayer for 55,000 Israelis, Including Prisoners

JNS.org – The national-religious rabbinical organization Tzohar is celebrating the...

This Yom Kippur, Offload Your Sins to a Virtual Goat October 3, 2014 7:46 am

This Yom Kippur, Offload Your Sins to a Virtual Goat

JNS.org – After launching the eScapegoat app last year—allowing users to prepare...

Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur, and Who Shouldn’t? October 3, 2014 7:43 am

Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur, and Who Shouldn’t?

JNS.org – Herut Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only...

Christian Zionist ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ is Jerusalem Arena’s First Major Event October 2, 2014 2:06 pm

Christian Zionist ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ is Jerusalem Arena’s First Major Event

JNS.org - The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), a Christian Zionist organization...

Bucking Multiple Stereotypes, Jerusalem College Trains Haredi Men as Nurses October 2, 2014 7:39 am

Bucking Multiple Stereotypes, Jerusalem College Trains Haredi Men as Nurses

JNS.org – A new educational program in Israel is bucking multiple stereotypes, seeking...

Welcome to Multicultural America October 1, 2014 10:53 am

Welcome to Multicultural America

The Center for Immigration Studies finds that the foreign-born population of the United States...

Where is the Muslim Outrage at IS? October 1, 2014 7:23 am

Where is the Muslim Outrage at IS?

Imagine this scenario: a new militant Jewish group, The New Sadducee State (NSS), rejects...

We Must Build World Peace Locally September 29, 2014 7:24 am

We Must Build World Peace Locally

The condition of both supporting bottom-up social movements and enabling top-down laws, policies,...

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  • Commentary Featured Sports Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

    Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

    JNS.org – I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, or should I say, the instant replay booth. Still, football is like life—not always fair. And even the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl has lacked fairness, as the media is obsessed with deflated footballs. Fans of the sport are not enjoying the sidebar stories that always accompany the lead-up to the big game. When the Patriots and the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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