Beliefs and concepts

The Corrosive Self-Delusion of the Presbyterian Church’s Israel Divestment Vote July 11, 2014 8:28 am

The Corrosive Self-Delusion of the Presbyterian Church’s Israel Divestment Vote

JNS.org – Much has been written about the deplorable anti-Israel divestment vote...

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome, Repetitive, and Deadly July 10, 2014 12:55 am

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome, Repetitive, and Deadly

I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and...

No, Not All Mothers Are the Same July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

No, Not All Mothers Are the Same

Among the many heartbreaking images associated with the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teenagers...

The Leftward Tilt of American Jews July 3, 2014 10:41 am

The Leftward Tilt of American Jews

Twenty years after the Oslo peace process, and now with the collapse of the recent negotiations...

In Memory of Israel’s Murdered Teens July 2, 2014 6:12 pm

In Memory of Israel’s Murdered Teens

This past Shabbat we read the parsha of Chukkat with its almost incomprehensible commandment...

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, His Murdered Students and a Call to Action July 1, 2014 9:11 am

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, His Murdered Students and a Call to Action

Today, I watched my mentor cry. I picked up the car phone to learn that the bodies of the...

How Two Women Work to Shift Public Opinion on Israeli Sovereignty June 27, 2014 4:16 pm

How Two Women Work to Shift Public Opinion on Israeli Sovereignty

JNS.org – Almost every day, Nadia Matar, 48, steers her battered white SUV along...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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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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