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American Jews Should Focus Less on Israel and More on Judaism October 7, 2013 10:10 am

American Jews Should Focus Less on Israel and More on Judaism

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, one of the greatest Zionist leaders ever, once wrote an essay entitled...

The Shameful Behavior of House Republicans on Food Stamps October 7, 2013 9:14 am

The Shameful Behavior of House Republicans on Food Stamps

A 2012 University of Chicago study reveals that the U.S is among the five most religious...

​Christians in Israel Declare Renewed Identity and Bonds to Jewish State October 4, 2013 5:27 pm

​Christians in Israel Declare Renewed Identity and Bonds to Jewish State

JNS.org – Leading Israeli Christians gathered at a Jerusalem conference to declare...

Islamist Group Tied to Obama Downplays Violence Against Coptic Christians October 1, 2013 11:06 am

Islamist Group Tied to Obama Downplays Violence Against Coptic Christians

Dalia Moghaed, credited with helping President Obama draft his June 2009 Cairo speech about...

Muslim Persecution of Christians Continues:  July, 2013 September 30, 2013 9:17 am

Muslim Persecution of Christians Continues: July, 2013

This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute. On July 4, the day after...

Modern Orthodox Women Struggle With Traditions and Modernity (REVIEW) September 25, 2013 8:52 am

Modern Orthodox Women Struggle With Traditions and Modernity (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Rabbi Norman Lamm once said that when modernity fights with the liberal...

Large Ark of the Covenant Replica Donated to Israel September 24, 2013 11:04 am

Large Ark of the Covenant Replica Donated to Israel

JNS.org – A giant replica of the Ark of the Covenant went on display for the first...

The Rabbi as a Declining Jewish Profession September 24, 2013 8:53 am

The Rabbi as a Declining Jewish Profession

A curious thing happened the other day. My son Mendy completed his rabbinic ordination after...

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Rwanda and Syria (INTERVIEW) September 23, 2013 12:53 am

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Rwanda and Syria (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – Known as “America’s rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach has lived an unconventional...

Ahead of Sukkot, Etrog Smugglers Attract Israel Tax Authority Attention September 18, 2013 12:01 am

Ahead of Sukkot, Etrog Smugglers Attract Israel Tax Authority Attention

Ahead of the start of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot on Wednesday night, smugglers...

Balancing Humility and Pride September 17, 2013 12:03 pm

Balancing Humility and Pride

Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa famously said: “Every person should have two pockets. In...

Will Syria be Obama’s Rwanda? September 17, 2013 10:52 am

Will Syria be Obama’s Rwanda?

When I visited Rwanda last month, I was preceded by President Clinton who arrived the day...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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