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Jewish Organization’s Reactions to J Street Conference of Presidents Rejection May 2, 2014 10:14 am

Jewish Organization’s Reactions to J Street Conference of Presidents Rejection

JNS.org – Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,...

In Case You Didn’t Know: Israel’s Medical Marijuana Market (VIDEO) May 1, 2014 5:13 pm

In Case You Didn’t Know: Israel’s Medical Marijuana Market (VIDEO)

JNS.org – An interesting CNBC article explores the medical marijuana industry in Israel....

Everyone Can Celebrate Recent Papal Canonizations April 28, 2014 9:31 am

Everyone Can Celebrate Recent Papal Canonizations

When two Princes of the Church achieved sainthood Sunday, non-Catholics had something to celebrate...

Followership April 25, 2014 10:53 am

Followership

There is a fascinating sequence of commands in the great “holiness code” with which our...

Rabbi Avi Weiss’s ‘Guide to Jewish Spirituality’ Speaks to the Power of Prayer (REVIEW) April 25, 2014 10:47 am

Rabbi Avi Weiss’s ‘Guide to Jewish Spirituality’ Speaks to the Power of Prayer (REVIEW)

Rabbi Avi Weiss’ latest book, “Holistic Prayer: A Guide To Jewish Spirituality” offers...

The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW) April 24, 2014 2:32 pm

The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion...

Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Parable of the Four Sons of Passover April 20, 2014 12:39 pm

Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Parable of the Four Sons of Passover

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Zionist leader and prophet, had an amazing parable of the “Four...

At Easter, Stark Contrast in Life for Christians in Israel and in Rest of Middle East April 20, 2014 12:29 pm

At Easter, Stark Contrast in Life for Christians in Israel and in Rest of Middle East

JNS.org - Millions of Christians will celebrate this Easter Sunday under threat throughout...

Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention April 20, 2014 10:04 am

Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March...

Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology April 18, 2014 3:26 pm

Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

JNS.org - Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes...

No Second Thoughts: Immigrants to Israel Don’t Regret Dropping Extra Passover Seder April 14, 2014 5:58 am

No Second Thoughts: Immigrants to Israel Don’t Regret Dropping Extra Passover Seder

JNS.org – Rather than feeling a sense of loss, leaving the second Passover seder behind...

Passover, Water, and the Generosity of Israel April 11, 2014 1:29 pm

Passover, Water, and the Generosity of Israel

In a few days, Jews around the world will  gather at their seder tables to celebrate the...

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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