Beliefs and concepts

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’

JNS.org - Jew in the City, an organization working to connect Orthodox Judaism with digital...

How Dare Israel’s Rabbinate Dictate to American Orthodox Jews October 18, 2013 9:30 am

How Dare Israel’s Rabbinate Dictate to American Orthodox Jews

Recent media reports indicate that at least ten American Modern Orthodox rabbis are no longer...

We Must Work Together, Even When We Disagree October 17, 2013 12:17 pm

We Must Work Together, Even When We Disagree

According to an old legend, when a Jewish man living on an uninhabited island was asked why...

Women of the Wall Don’t Want to Compromise October 11, 2013 12:06 pm

Women of the Wall Don’t Want to Compromise

JNS.org – Women of the Wall faced a tough choice this Rosh Chodesh. Though I don’t...

Proud to Be a Jew and a Woman of the Wall October 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Proud to Be a Jew and a Woman of the Wall

JNS.org – On Rosh Chodesh at the Western Wall (Kotel), when Orthodox men and women...

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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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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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