Beliefs and concepts

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...

Delectable Recipes for Tu B’Shevat January 16, 2014 11:49 am

Delectable Recipes for Tu B’Shevat

JNS.org – Winter fruit might seem less spectacular than the much more time-valued offerings...

The Stark Truth: Our Business Dealings Matter January 14, 2014 10:51 am

The Stark Truth: Our Business Dealings Matter

Shiva (traditional week of mourning) has just ended for the Stark family and the media has...

Naftali Bennett Can’t Ignore Rabbi Druckman Scandal January 2, 2014 11:40 am

Naftali Bennett Can’t Ignore Rabbi Druckman Scandal

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the most prominent Rabbis within the national religious movement,...

Israeli Christians in Nazareth Launch New Website to Encourage Tourism January 1, 2014 5:08 pm

Israeli Christians in Nazareth Launch New Website to Encourage Tourism

JNS.org – A group of Israeli Christians from Nazareth have launched a new website...

Authors Examine Education’s Impact on Jewish History (REVIEW) January 1, 2014 12:35 pm

Authors Examine Education’s Impact on Jewish History (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Why has education been so important to the Jewish people? Author Maristella...

Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Insights Elucidated for a New Generation (REVIEW) December 31, 2013 11:17 am

Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Insights Elucidated for a New Generation (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, by Shai Held. (Indiana University...

Islamist Horrors on Christmas December 25, 2013 1:53 pm

Islamist Horrors on Christmas

As Christians in the West go to church and worship during this Christmas season, it is well...

In Christmas Message Abbas Claims Jesus was Palestinian December 24, 2013 12:27 pm

In Christmas Message Abbas Claims Jesus was Palestinian

JNS.org - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is drawing criticism for a Christmas...

Poll: Belief in God Among U.S. Adults Drops December 23, 2013 1:08 pm

Poll: Belief in God Among U.S. Adults Drops

Breitbart – Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they believe in God, down from 82 percent...

Sean Penn, My Unlikely Hero December 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Sean Penn, My Unlikely Hero

I’ve enjoyed a great number of Sean Penn’s films over the years. Clearly, he’s...

‎Three Questions Non-Profits Should be Ready to Answer ‎ December 20, 2013 4:21 pm

‎Three Questions Non-Profits Should be Ready to Answer ‎

People may not necessarily be getting smarter, but they are getting warier, and better informed....

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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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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