Beliefs and concepts

Presbyterian Church’s New Arab-Israel Study Guide Seen as ‘Hateful Document’ February 12, 2014 12:17 am

Presbyterian Church’s New Arab-Israel Study Guide Seen as ‘Hateful Document’

JNS.org – Presbyterian Church (USA) has come under fire for its new study guide...

Time for Some Answers From United Church of Christ on Pilgrim Press February 7, 2014 1:16 pm

Time for Some Answers From United Church of Christ on Pilgrim Press

JNS.org - The Pilgrim Press—the publishing house of the United Church of Christ, a liberal...

What’s Wrong With Women Wearing Teffilin? February 7, 2014 12:56 pm

What’s Wrong With Women Wearing Teffilin?

One of the most significant daily rituals in Judaism is laying Tefilin, strapping leather...

Ban Orthodox Rabbinic Pedophiles – Not Rabbi Avi Weiss February 6, 2014 4:50 pm

Ban Orthodox Rabbinic Pedophiles – Not Rabbi Avi Weiss

There’s an ongoing debate within the Jewish Modern Orthodox community about where its parameters...

The Path of the Righteous (REVIEW) February 3, 2014 8:17 am

The Path of the Righteous (REVIEW)

JNS.org – There are lots of biographies of famous people lining the shelves of bookstores....

Rabbi Creates ‘Playlist’ for Changing Tunes of Synagogue Life January 29, 2014 8:03 am

Rabbi Creates ‘Playlist’ for Changing Tunes of Synagogue Life

JNS.org – Rabbi Kerry Olitzky is an optimist. While other Jewish communal leaders...

Orthodox, Gay, and Out of the Closet January 28, 2014 1:24 am

Orthodox, Gay, and Out of the Closet

JNS.org – “Orthodox parents of gay children tend to feel isolated,” says Mindy...

Jewish Network Plans Superbowl ‘Kosher Halftime Show’ January 27, 2014 6:52 pm

Jewish Network Plans Superbowl ‘Kosher Halftime Show’

JNS.org – The Nachum Segal Network announced plans to air its first-ever “Kosher...

Israel to Create Kosher Supervision Authority January 21, 2014 10:52 am

Israel to Create Kosher Supervision Authority

JNS.org – Israel’s Religious Services Ministry intends to create a kosher observance...

Who is Abu Naji? January 20, 2014 2:06 pm

Who is Abu Naji?

Every year, starting in about November, Palestinian Christians and their allies in North America...

Why Israel’s Temple Mount Policy is Wise January 17, 2014 1:33 am

Why Israel’s Temple Mount Policy is Wise

JNS.org – In the 1920s, the Jerusalem Waqf, the local Muslim religious authority,...

Tu B’Shevat Guide for the Perplexed, 2014 January 16, 2014 12:23 pm

Tu B’Shevat Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

1.  Judaism stipulates four New Years, one of them is the New Year for the trees, Tu Bishvat...

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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