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Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip May 28, 2014 7:04 am

Making Sense of Pope Francis’ Whirlwind Mideast Trip

JNS.org – After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem,...

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld May 27, 2014 10:10 pm

Shame on Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve as the head of the Conservative movement....

Improving Your Sleep May 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Improving Your Sleep

“To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub.” – Hamlet (111,i,65-68) For...

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute May 27, 2014 7:08 pm

Israel’s Shavuot Cheese Supply Threatened by Tnuva Labor Dispute

JNS.org – The Israeli dairy firm Tnuva, which just sold a majority share of its company...

What Keeps Judaism Alive? May 23, 2014 11:29 am

What Keeps Judaism Alive?

It is a thought often attributed to Ernest Bloch that it is anti-Semitism that, for all its...

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred May 20, 2014 5:03 pm

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred

JNS.org – I was in one of those big boxes in another city, waiting for a prescription....

Donald Sterling Asks for Forgiveness May 12, 2014 9:30 am

Donald Sterling Asks for Forgiveness

JNS.org – In an interview with Anderson Cooper that will air 8 p.m. Monday on CNN, Los...

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox: Piety vs. Patriotism May 9, 2014 7:36 am

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox: Piety vs. Patriotism

As Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day earlier this week, dozens of ultra-Orthodox...

After J Street Rejection, Critics Target Diversity of Conference of Presidents May 5, 2014 7:34 am

After J Street Rejection, Critics Target Diversity of Conference of Presidents

JNS.org - Since the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations voted...

Thomas Piketty – Capital in the Twenty-First Century May 2, 2014 1:18 pm

Thomas Piketty – Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty is a French economist. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has taken...

Jewish Organization’s Reactions to J Street Conference of Presidents Rejection May 2, 2014 10:14 am

Jewish Organization’s Reactions to J Street Conference of Presidents Rejection

JNS.org – Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,...

In Case You Didn’t Know: Israel’s Medical Marijuana Market (VIDEO) May 1, 2014 5:13 pm

In Case You Didn’t Know: Israel’s Medical Marijuana Market (VIDEO)

JNS.org – An interesting CNBC article explores the medical marijuana industry in Israel....

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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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