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Rabbi Avi Weiss’s ‘Guide to Jewish Spirituality’ Speaks to the Power of Prayer (REVIEW) April 25, 2014 10:47 am

Rabbi Avi Weiss’s ‘Guide to Jewish Spirituality’ Speaks to the Power of Prayer (REVIEW)

Rabbi Avi Weiss’ latest book, “Holistic Prayer: A Guide To Jewish Spirituality” offers...

The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW) April 24, 2014 2:32 pm

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

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion...

Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Parable of the Four Sons of Passover April 20, 2014 12:39 pm

Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Parable of the Four Sons of Passover

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Zionist leader and prophet, had an amazing parable of the “Four...

At Easter, Stark Contrast in Life for Christians in Israel and in Rest of Middle East April 20, 2014 12:29 pm

At Easter, Stark Contrast in Life for Christians in Israel and in Rest of Middle East

JNS.org - Millions of Christians will celebrate this Easter Sunday under threat throughout...

Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention April 20, 2014 10:04 am

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...

Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology April 18, 2014 3:26 pm

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...

No Second Thoughts: Immigrants to Israel Don’t Regret Dropping Extra Passover Seder April 14, 2014 5:58 am

No Second Thoughts: Immigrants to Israel Don’t Regret Dropping Extra Passover Seder

JNS.org – Rather than feeling a sense of loss, leaving the second Passover seder behind...

Passover, Water, and the Generosity of Israel April 11, 2014 1:29 pm

Passover, Water, and the Generosity of Israel

In a few days, Jews around the world will  gather at their seder tables to celebrate the...

The Art of Praising Others April 3, 2014 5:40 pm

The Art of Praising Others

The sages were eloquent on the subject of lashon hara, evil speech, the sin they took to...

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Bakes Matzah for First Time April 2, 2014 12:45 am

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Bakes Matzah for First Time

KFAR CHABAD – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the time to bake some...

In Contraception Mandate Case, Supreme Court Justices Split Along Expected Lines April 1, 2014 10:44 am

In Contraception Mandate Case, Supreme Court Justices Split Along Expected Lines

JNS.org – In oral arguments March 25 over the reach of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

The Unique Goodness of Israel April 1, 2014 12:40 am

The Unique Goodness of Israel

War is hell. Israel has not always been at war, but it has never been at peace. Its neighboring...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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