Jewish Identity

An Open Letter to Israel’s Critics July 10, 2014 12:56 am

An Open Letter to Israel’s Critics

To Israel’s critics: Want to be taken seriously by Israel and its friends? Here’s...

Cemetery Excavations Reveal Complicated Jamaican Jewish Past July 9, 2014 4:39 pm

Cemetery Excavations Reveal Complicated Jamaican Jewish Past

JNS.org – Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come...

Call Anti-Semites What They Are – Jew Haters July 8, 2014 5:34 pm

Call Anti-Semites What They Are – Jew Haters

While actual anti-Semitism (hating Jews) will likely never be eliminated, we should stop using...

With New Presence in Mississippi, Chabad Now in 49 U.S. States July 8, 2014 12:45 pm

With New Presence in Mississippi, Chabad Now in 49 U.S. States

JNS.org – Chabad-Lubavitch has a new presence in Mississippi, meaning the Hassidic movement...

Reverse Birthright: Pioneering Academic Program Takes Israelis on U.S. Adventure July 7, 2014 1:23 pm

Reverse Birthright: Pioneering Academic Program Takes Israelis on U.S. Adventure

JNS.org – Gur Alroey, chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa and...

A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW) July 7, 2014 1:13 pm

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?...

Proud to be a Zionist July 3, 2014 10:44 am

Proud to be a Zionist

Zionism represents self-determination and freedom. It was created to empower the Jewish people...

Why Israel Must Reach Out to the Jewish Media July 2, 2014 6:38 pm

Why Israel Must Reach Out to the Jewish Media

Despite star turns from Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres, the loudest spontaneous applause...

Grand Larceny July 2, 2014 3:36 pm

Grand Larceny

TOTD: Palestinian identity has been forged out of a vacuum of historical nothingness. It culturally...

Germany to Loosen Immigration Restrictions for Ukrainian Jews June 26, 2014 2:42 pm

Germany to Loosen Immigration Restrictions for Ukrainian Jews

JNS.org – The German government announced Thursday that it will ease immigration restrictions...

Jewish Man Selling ‘Christoozas,’ Mezuzas for Christians June 25, 2014 3:49 am

Jewish Man Selling ‘Christoozas,’ Mezuzas for Christians

A Jewish man from Queens, N.Y., is seeking to draw Christians into the Judaica market with...

Stephen Fry: ‘Being Jewish is Not a Matter of Religion’ June 24, 2014 7:07 pm

Stephen Fry: ‘Being Jewish is Not a Matter of Religion’

Legendary British actor Stephen Fry asserted on Tuesday that Jewish identity can come irrespective...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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