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Examining the Mezuzah April 13, 2015 2:15 pm

Examining the Mezuzah

According to the Biblical narrative, when the Children of Israel were still in Egypt they...

UK May Fire 100 Islamist Educators in ‘Trojan Horse’ Scandal April 9, 2015 11:52 am

UK May Fire 100 Islamist Educators in ‘Trojan Horse’ Scandal

At least 100 Islamist teachers and teaching assistants implicated in last year’s “Trojan...

UJA and Jewish Communal Fund Must Reject the New Israel Fund April 7, 2015 5:48 pm

UJA and Jewish Communal Fund Must Reject the New Israel Fund

The State of Israel is under assault by a campaign that is partially financed by Jewish-American...

Educational Integration: Time to Set an Example for Israeli Children April 7, 2015 5:30 pm

Educational Integration: Time to Set an Example for Israeli Children

JNS.org – The unfortunate truth is that Israeli society is still afraid of people...

Temple Institute Recreates Ancient Korban Pesach (Passover Offering) April 2, 2015 12:23 pm

Temple Institute Recreates Ancient Korban Pesach (Passover Offering)

JNS.org – Two days before the eve of the Passover holiday, the Temple Institute, a...

It’s Hard to Be a Christian Arab in Israel, But Not Because of Prejudice March 27, 2015 3:27 pm

It’s Hard to Be a Christian Arab in Israel, But Not Because of Prejudice

My name is Gabriel Nadaf and I have the privilege of being a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth...

The Cost of Religion March 27, 2015 3:19 pm

The Cost of Religion

I love Pesach with all its laws and customs and even the preparation of cleaning out rooms,...

Don’t Blame Brooklyn Fire Deaths on Shabbat or Orthodox Judaism March 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Don’t Blame Brooklyn Fire Deaths on Shabbat or Orthodox Judaism

According to the 2012 New York Jewish Population study, 32 percent of the New York area’s...

Reflecting on Empathy and an Unspeakable Tragedy for the Jewish Community March 25, 2015 8:13 am

Reflecting on Empathy and an Unspeakable Tragedy for the Jewish Community

JNS.org – “In the end it is for their benefit and for our benefit, but we cannot...

Radicalization of Europe’s Muslims Hits a Crisis Point March 24, 2015 7:49 am

Radicalization of Europe’s Muslims Hits a Crisis Point

With every new atrocity, Western leaders and political commentators collectively assure themselves...

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election March 23, 2015 1:18 pm

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election

JNS.org – As pundits and politicians sift through the election data, devise alternative...

Islam Bulldozes the Past March 23, 2015 10:39 am

Islam Bulldozes the Past

The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra,...

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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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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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