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What I Hope to Hear at High Holy Day Services August 22, 2014 12:59 pm

What I Hope to Hear at High Holy Day Services

It’s often said the High Holy Days come either too late or too early, but never on time. This...

The Morality of Disproportionality August 21, 2014 2:05 am

The Morality of Disproportionality

On July 11, the Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess synagogue in Tel Aviv was damaged when remnants of...

Divorce the Personal From the Collective August 20, 2014 1:46 pm

Divorce the Personal From the Collective

The brouhaha surrounding the wedding reception of a Jaffa couple on Sunday evening is yet...

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed August 18, 2014 10:11 pm

Ancient Coins From Time of Jewish Revolt Against Rome Unearthed

JNS.org - Ancient bronze coins dating back to 69/70 C.E., the time of the Jewish revolt...

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers August 11, 2014 5:32 pm

In Honor of Tu B’Av: Israeli Love in Numbers

JNS.org – Many more Israeli couples are living together and having children without...

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict August 11, 2014 10:46 am

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

A broad consensus has emerged that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and the dismantling of...

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees August 10, 2014 1:27 pm

Hamas Fires Rockets From Ancient Church Sheltering Refugees

Hamas used a Greek Orthodox Church sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes...

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel August 10, 2014 12:25 am

How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes Toward Israel

Israel benefits from the fact that Americans remain in large part a religious people. But...

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse August 10, 2014 12:23 am

The Morally Confused World of Atheist Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse

Jason Rosenhouse is a Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,...

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War August 8, 2014 11:11 am

It is Completely Moral to Fight a Justified War

When a civilized country determines that for the sake of self-protection and survival it must...

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones August 5, 2014 2:36 am

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth Day of the Month of Av, is the second most important fast day in...

From Welfare to Warfare August 4, 2014 7:02 pm

From Welfare to Warfare

As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, we have now seen four incidents in the...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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  • Commentary Featured Features Jewish 100 The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014 ACADEMIA Alain Finkielkraut Moshe Halbertal Deborah Lipstadt Jacob Metzer Steven Pinker Tammi Rossman-Benjamin ARTS AND CULTURE Yaacov Agam David Blatt Leonard Cohen Gal Gadot Scarlett Johansson Ryan Kavanaugh Steven Spielberg Harry Styles INNOVATION AND ACTIVISM Meira Aboulafia Adina Bar-Shalom Nitsana Darshan-Leitner Daniel Gold Anett Haskia Ephrat Levy-Lahad Gabriel Nadaf Dumisani Washington GOVERNMENT Tony Abbott José María Aznar Ron Dermer Yuli Edelstein Abdul Fatah el-Sisi Stephen Harper Goodluck Jonathan Mitch McConnell Narendra Modi [...]

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  • Features Jewish 100 Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Bassam Eid Palestinian human rights activist While Palestinians who demonize Israel as the sole reason for their woes receive no shortage of media invitations, those among them who spotlight their own leaders’ iniquities are far less in demand. Even so, the profile of Bassam Eid, the Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, is thankfully continuing to grow. Eid’s latest campaign is for the overhaul of UNRWA, the UN refugee agency dedicated solely to the Palestinians, which he says [...]

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