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Remembering 9/11, and Confronting ISIS September 12, 2014 2:25 am

Remembering 9/11, and Confronting ISIS

Thirteen years ago, the world stopped breathing as everyone watched in horror as the Twin...

Correcting Jesus’ Image in Christian Artwork September 8, 2014 1:12 am

Correcting Jesus’ Image in Christian Artwork

Painter and architect Rod Borghese and I conceived a triptych consisting of three images of...

Innocence and Blood September 5, 2014 8:30 am

Innocence and Blood

Just as the terrible news arrived about the ISIS beheading of another American journalist...

Da’at Torah September 5, 2014 8:26 am

Da’at Torah

You cannot understand Orthodox Judaism today without coming to grips with the concept of Da’at...

Israeli Learning Start-Ups Go Beyond the Classroom September 4, 2014 12:56 pm

Israeli Learning Start-Ups Go Beyond the Classroom

JNS.org – School began again this week for Israeli children, many of whom had the...

Israel’s Christian Friends Are the Candle in the Darkness September 1, 2014 12:15 pm

Israel’s Christian Friends Are the Candle in the Darkness

When I left Israel nearly six weeks ago for my annual trip to America the rockets had already...

Lev Tahor Haredi Group Leaves Guatemalan Town After Threats August 31, 2014 7:44 pm

Lev Tahor Haredi Group Leaves Guatemalan Town After Threats

JNS.org - About 200 members of a controversial Haredi sect of Judaism, Lev Tahor (“Pure...

An Open Letter to the Muslim World: What Would Your Grandfather Say? August 29, 2014 10:37 am

An Open Letter to the Muslim World: What Would Your Grandfather Say?

Dear cousin, As relatives that go back thousands of years to our shared grandfather Abraham,...

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception August 29, 2014 10:01 am

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

A few years ago I gave a talk on art, perception, and anti-Semitism to a mostly Jewish audience...

Young Israeli Christians Complete First-Ever Summer Seminar August 28, 2014 6:06 pm

Young Israeli Christians Complete First-Ever Summer Seminar

JNS.org - Thirty Israeli Christians have completed the first-ever summer seminar for Arabic-speaking...

A Miracle in Our Times? August 24, 2014 1:52 am

A Miracle in Our Times?

As I am landing in New York on my return flight from Israel – sadly, I should add; I really...

Why It’s So Easy for Liberal Jews to Judge Israel August 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Why It’s So Easy for Liberal Jews to Judge Israel

It never fails. Whenever Israel fights a war with Hamas in Gaza, you can be sure of a few...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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  • Commentary Featured Features Jewish 100 The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014 ACADEMIA Alain Finkielkraut Moshe Halbertal Deborah Lipstadt Jacob Metzer Steven Pinker Tammi Rossman-Benjamin ARTS AND CULTURE Yaacov Agam David Blatt Leonard Cohen Gal Gadot Scarlett Johansson Ryan Kavanaugh Steven Spielberg Harry Styles INNOVATION AND ACTIVISM Meira Aboulafia Adina Bar-Shalom Nitsana Darshan-Leitner Daniel Gold Anett Haskia Ephrat Levy-Lahad Gabriel Nadaf Dumisani Washington GOVERNMENT Tony Abbott José María Aznar Ron Dermer Yuli Edelstein Abdul Fatah el-Sisi Stephen Harper Goodluck Jonathan Mitch McConnell Narendra Modi [...]

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  • Features Jewish 100 Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Bassam Eid Palestinian human rights activist While Palestinians who demonize Israel as the sole reason for their woes receive no shortage of media invitations, those among them who spotlight their own leaders’ iniquities are far less in demand. Even so, the profile of Bassam Eid, the Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, is thankfully continuing to grow. Eid’s latest campaign is for the overhaul of UNRWA, the UN refugee agency dedicated solely to the Palestinians, which he says [...]

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