Beliefs and concepts

Old Testament is the New Fad at Political Faith and Freedom Coalition Confab June 27, 2014 4:07 pm

Old Testament is the New Fad at Political Faith and Freedom Coalition Confab

JNS.org – Religious freedom, family values, fiscal policy, and Israel were the primary...

Soccer is a Substitute for Warfare June 27, 2014 12:04 pm

Soccer is a Substitute for Warfare

They say soccer is a beautiful game, but it is also a symbol of what is wrong with society....

Is Egypt’s New Government Promoting Anti-Christian Measures? June 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Is Egypt’s New Government Promoting Anti-Christian Measures?

Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory...

Jews Must Stand Up for Middle East Christians June 18, 2014 11:45 am

Jews Must Stand Up for Middle East Christians

On Sunday, I stood before 12,000 Christian allies of Israel at Faith Church in Budapest to...

Jews and Gun Control: Where is the Outrage? May 28, 2014 7:18 am

Jews and Gun Control: Where is the Outrage?

I have decided to no longer support the Republican Party, or any other party or individual...

Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip May 28, 2014 7:04 am

Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip

JNS.org – After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem,...

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld May 27, 2014 10:10 pm

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve as the head of the Conservative movement....

Improving Your Sleep May 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Improving Your Sleep

“To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub.” – Hamlet (111,i,65-68) For...

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute May 27, 2014 7:08 pm

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute

JNS.org – The Israeli dairy firm Tnuva, which just sold a majority share of its company...

What Keeps Judaism Alive? May 23, 2014 11:29 am

What Keeps Judaism Alive?

It is a thought often attributed to Ernest Bloch that it is anti-Semitism that, for all its...

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred May 20, 2014 5:03 pm

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred

JNS.org – I was in one of those big boxes in another city, waiting for a prescription....

Donald Sterling Asks for Forgiveness May 12, 2014 9:30 am

Donald Sterling Asks for Forgiveness

JNS.org – In an interview with Anderson Cooper that will air 8 p.m. Monday on CNN, Los...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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