Beliefs and concepts

Pope Francis Says He Can’t Imagine Middle East ‘Without Christians’ November 21, 2013 2:08 pm

Pope Francis Says He Can’t Imagine Middle East ‘Without Christians’

JNS.org – Pope Francis said he could not imagine a Middle East devoid of Christians. “We...

Thousands of Catholics Gather in Nazareth for ‘Day of Faith’ November 18, 2013 8:57 pm

Thousands of Catholics Gather in Nazareth for ‘Day of Faith’

JNS.org – More than 7,000 Catholics from around the world gathered for mass on Sunday...

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW) November 13, 2013 10:09 am

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW)

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, edited by Rabbi...

Jewish Federation and Israeli Leaders Debate Jewish Identity Growth Strategies at Conference November 12, 2013 4:50 pm

Jewish Federation and Israeli Leaders Debate Jewish Identity Growth Strategies at Conference

JNS.org – Jewish leaders convening at the Jewish Federations of North America...

CUFI’s John Hagee, Face of Christian Zionism, Grows Movement Despite Skeptics November 12, 2013 10:55 am

CUFI’s John Hagee, Face of Christian Zionism, Grows Movement Despite Skeptics

JNS.org - NEW YORK—With more than 1.6 million members, Pastor John Hagee’s Christians...

Pope Francis on Kristallnacht: Jews are ‘Big Brothers’ of Catholics November 11, 2013 6:31 pm

Pope Francis on Kristallnacht: Jews are ‘Big Brothers’ of Catholics

JNS.org -Pope Francis I called the Jewish people the “big brothers” of Roman Catholics...

Why Judaism and Superstition Don’t Mix November 11, 2013 10:25 am

Why Judaism and Superstition Don’t Mix

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was a doughty activist against superstition and black magic. A gentle...

Adelson, Iran, and Double Standards October 31, 2013 8:53 am

Adelson, Iran, and Double Standards

Last Tuesday. I organized an event in New York City at Yeshiva University that addressed the...

The Growing Extremism of Reform Leader Eric Yoffie October 30, 2013 8:52 am

The Growing Extremism of Reform Leader Eric Yoffie

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is one of those courageous souls, prepared to throw stones while living...

Pew Jews: The Future of American Judaism October 28, 2013 9:42 am

Pew Jews: The Future of American Judaism

Oh, dear. American Jewish poobahs are all upset by a Pew Foundation survey that “discovered”...

Put an End to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly October 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Put an End to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly

It’s painful to have one’s rabbinic credentials challenged by the Chief Rabbinate of...

Treasury Secretary Lew, Nobel Laureate Aumann Among 2013 ‘Orthodox Jewish All Stars’ October 22, 2013 8:16 pm

Treasury Secretary Lew, Nobel Laureate Aumann Among 2013 ‘Orthodox Jewish All Stars’

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

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

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    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 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    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 that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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