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Beliefs and concepts

Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

When I was growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had a friend named Billy Tracy. I admired his name since I was a...

March 10, 2015 7:44 am

Esther is the Poster Woman for Women’s Rights

In my student days, when I used to campaign for women's rights, I thought that the Purim story was about the suffering of women. That drunk male numbskulls who got boozed up on excessive amounts...

Historic Marriage Agreement Launched by Tzohar and Israel Bar Association

With more than 200 people in attendance from both the Legal and Rabbinic worlds, Tzohar and the Israel Bar Association launched a new Prenuptial Agreement to protect and assist the future of Jewish marriage. "It's the first...

Hippos in Israel? New Museum Re-animates Forgotten Biblical Wildlife

JNS.org - At the recent official opening of the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Rabbi Natan Slifkin—also known as the "Zoo Rabbi"—unveiled a huge skull, asking Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul...

March 1, 2015 1:18 am

Purim or Munich?

Purim is this coming week. It's a story that can be read as being about...

February 27, 2015 12:24 am

Assyrian Christians Under Increasing Assault From Islamic State in Syria

JNS.org - The number of Assyrian Christians captured by the Islamic State terror group...

February 23, 2015 2:49 pm

Five Stages of Antisemitism in Art — From Medieval to Modern Times

Renaissance art stripped Jesus, his family and close followers of their Jewish identity. That fact...

February 16, 2015 10:38 am

Commemorating the Holocaust in Turkey (With an Attack on Israel)

The victims of the Holocaust were officially going to be commemorated in Turkey - as...

February 16, 2015 9:40 am

UN Economic Commission and Israel’s MASHAV Team Up for Renewal Energy Workshop

A first of its kind renewable energy workshop was recently organized by the UN Economic...

March 10, 2015 7:44 am

Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

When I was growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had a friend named Billy Tracy. I admired his name since I was a fan...

March 6, 2015 1:09 pm

Esther is the Poster Woman for Women’s Rights

In my student days, when I used to campaign for women's rights, I thought that the Purim story was about the suffering of women. That...

March 5, 2015 1:15 pm

Historic Marriage Agreement Launched by Tzohar and Israel Bar Association

With more than 200 people in attendance from both the Legal and Rabbinic worlds, Tzohar and the Israel Bar Association launched a new Prenuptial Agreement to...

March 4, 2015 11:56 am

Hippos in Israel? New Museum Re-animates Forgotten Biblical Wildlife

JNS.org - At the recent official opening of the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Rabbi Natan Slifkin—also known as the "Zoo...

March 1, 2015 1:18 am

Purim or Munich?

Purim is this coming week. It's a story that can be read as being about an ineffectual, drunken leader - a disaster just waiting to...

February 27, 2015 12:24 am

Assyrian Christians Under Increasing Assault From Islamic State in Syria

JNS.org - The number of Assyrian Christians captured by the Islamic State terror group in northeastern Syria continues to rise, marking the latest brutal...

February 23, 2015 2:49 pm

Five Stages of Antisemitism in Art — From Medieval to Modern Times

Renaissance art stripped Jesus, his family and close followers of their Jewish identity. That fact can be easily verified by a tour of any Renaissance art...

February 16, 2015 10:38 am

Commemorating the Holocaust in Turkey (With an Attack on Israel)

The victims of the Holocaust were officially going to be commemorated in Turkey - as they would be in many other countries. This was huge....

February 16, 2015 9:40 am

UN Economic Commission and Israel’s MASHAV Team Up for Renewal Energy Workshop

A first of its kind renewable energy workshop was recently organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) together with Israel's Agency for International...

February 15, 2015 11:44 am

Multifaith Relief Effort for Syrian Refugees Not About Israel, But Israel May Benefit

JNS.org - When members of the pro-Israel community think of populations in need of relief, Syrian refugees are probably not one of the first...

February 11, 2015 2:18 pm

A Frank Conversation on Marriage in Israel With Tzohar’s Rabbi David Stav

JNS.org - I had hardly sat down for my recent meeting with Rabbi David Stav at Manhattan's Wolf & Lamb kosher steakhouse when a...

February 8, 2015 5:12 pm

Yeshivas Are No Longer the Domain of Holiness

"A brawl erupted at the Ponevezh Yeshiva, where a prominent rabbi, Shmuel Markovitz, was physically assaulted by a student of a rival faction, sparking...

January 28, 2015 11:58 am

With Female Spiritual Advisor, Efrat Spotlights Women’s Empowerment in Israel

JNS.org - In Torah times there was Devorah, prophetess and judge. In Talmudic times there was Bruriah, "the wife of Rabbi Meir," considered a...

January 26, 2015 9:36 am

Gun Control After Paris

For a long time, I have believed that the gun culture of the United States is dangerous and frankly stupid. So many people are killed...

Culture

What’s New — and Jewish — On and Off Broadway

Below is a listing of shows with Jewish connections on and off-Broadway. BROADWAY Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner, stars Nathan Lane and Andrew...

Australian Rock Star Nick Cave to Boycotters: ‘I Love Israel’

JNS.org – Australian rock star Nick Cave is facing backlash from BDS supporters following...

A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Features

Iran Faces Israel’s Game-Changing Air Power

Iran has big plans to create a military outpost in Syria, right on Israel’s doorstep. From there, the Islamic Republic...

Israeli-American Group Seeks to Be ‘Glue,’ Not ‘Wedge,’ for US Jewry

JNS.org - As Jewish communal organizations throughout the US  struggle to maintain membership levels...

World

UK Buys Israeli Iron Dome Technology to Defend Falkland Islands

JNS.org - The United Kingdom has signed a $104 million contract for the purchase of advanced missile defense technology used in Israel’s Iron Dome short-range missile defense system. In purchasing the Sky...

Middle East

At Least 235 Killed, 109 Injured in Deadly Egypt Mosque Attack

At least 184 people were killed and 125 injured when gunmen armed with explosives attacked a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, according to officials quoted by the state...

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