Jewish Identity

New Institute Seeks to Consolidate the Growing Field of Israel Studies February 28, 2013 1:42 am

New Institute Seeks to Consolidate the Growing Field of Israel Studies

In response to the Jewish community’s concern with the growth of anti-Israel bias and pro-Palestinian...

Netanyahu Thanks Pope Benedict for Boosting Jewish-Christian Ties February 20, 2013 1:18 am

Netanyahu Thanks Pope Benedict for Boosting Jewish-Christian Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his boosting Jewish-Christian...

Israel Presses International Community to Protect Tunisian Jews February 18, 2013 1:05 am

Israel Presses International Community to Protect Tunisian Jews

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has instructed its diplomats to press the international community...

Art Exhibition Features Tefillin Hair Ties for Women February 15, 2013 1:14 am

Art Exhibition Features Tefillin Hair Ties for Women

The most fun part of planning an exhibition is when you get to the works coming together for...

First Ever Hebrew Conference Held in South Asia February 14, 2013 1:55 am

First Ever Hebrew Conference Held in South Asia

Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, made history when it organized a three-day...

Finding the Jewish Billy Graham, the Israeli Martin Luther King February 12, 2013 2:09 am

Finding the Jewish Billy Graham, the Israeli Martin Luther King

The Jewish people can be characterized as a noble and distinguished nation who have excelled...

A Synagogue With an Open Bar February 10, 2013 3:04 pm

A Synagogue With an Open Bar

Wall Street Journal – Come Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, the atmosphere at Rabbi Sholom...

Faceless With a Kippah (PHOTO BLOG) February 8, 2013 8:54 am

Faceless With a Kippah (PHOTO BLOG)

There is considerable debate among the Halachic authorities as to whether or not wearing...

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Israeli Wines February 8, 2013 2:16 am

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Israeli Wines

Tulip Winery certainly isn’t alone in the growing market of Israeli kosher wine. Here are...

Inside the Revamped Tel Aviv Museum of Art January 31, 2013 1:48 am

Inside the Revamped Tel Aviv Museum of Art

TEL AVIV - There is hardly any movement in the entry of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  The...

Year in Israel: Seminary Girls Want to Have More Than Fun January 29, 2013 10:11 am

Year in Israel: Seminary Girls Want to Have More Than Fun

Every year, hundreds of eager eighteen-year-old girls from all over the world step off the...

The Hebrew Bible As Common Ground January 29, 2013 2:10 am

The Hebrew Bible As Common Ground

Followers of the three great Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which comprise...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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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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