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People, Not Politicians, Make the US-Israel Alliance Strong March 16, 2015 10:18 am

People, Not Politicians, Make the US-Israel Alliance Strong

If you listen to the legacy media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with help from...

Anti-Israel Efforts Are Anti-Semitic in Intent if Not in Effect March 16, 2015 7:57 am

Anti-Israel Efforts Are Anti-Semitic in Intent if Not in Effect

It was a question of questions. Both asked and unasked. Answered and unanswered. And, most...

How Czech President Zeman Told the Entire Story of History With One Word March 10, 2015 10:13 am

How Czech President Zeman Told the Entire Story of History With One Word

One surprising and exhilarating expression uttered last week by a President of a small European...

Chief Rabbinate Removes Ban on Christmas Trees at Israeli Hotels March 10, 2015 10:04 am

Chief Rabbinate Removes Ban on Christmas Trees at Israeli Hotels

JNS.org – The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has removed a prohibition against the placement...

Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate March 10, 2015 7:44 am

Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

When I was growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had a friend named Billy Tracy. I admired...

Esther is the Poster Woman for Women’s Rights March 6, 2015 1:09 pm

Esther is the Poster Woman for Women’s Rights

In my student days, when I used to campaign for women’s rights, I thought that the Purim...

Historic Marriage Agreement Launched by Tzohar and Israel Bar Association March 5, 2015 1:15 pm

Historic Marriage Agreement Launched by Tzohar and Israel Bar Association

With more than 200 people in attendance from both the Legal and Rabbinic worlds, Tzohar and...

Hippos in Israel? New Museum Re-animates Forgotten Biblical Wildlife March 4, 2015 11:56 am

Hippos in Israel? New Museum Re-animates Forgotten Biblical Wildlife

JNS.org – At the recent official opening of the Biblical Museum of Natural History...

Purim or Munich? March 1, 2015 1:18 am

Purim or Munich?

Purim is this coming week. It’s a story that can be read as being about an ineffectual,...

Assyrian Christians Under Increasing Assault From Islamic State in Syria February 27, 2015 12:24 am

Assyrian Christians Under Increasing Assault From Islamic State in Syria

JNS.org – The number of Assyrian Christians captured by the Islamic State terror...

Five Stages of Antisemitism in Art — From Medieval to Modern Times February 23, 2015 2:49 pm

Five Stages of Antisemitism in Art — From Medieval to Modern Times

Renaissance art stripped Jesus, his family and close followers of their Jewish identity. That...

Commemorating the Holocaust in Turkey (With an Attack on Israel) February 16, 2015 10:38 am

Commemorating the Holocaust in Turkey (With an Attack on Israel)

The victims of the Holocaust were officially going to be commemorated in Turkey – as...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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