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Attending a Satmar Bar Mitzvah Celebration June 17, 2014 10:44 am

Attending a Satmar Bar Mitzvah Celebration

A friend, Herman Friedman, invited me to attend the bar mitzvah celebration of his son, and...

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews June 12, 2014 4:18 pm

Yair Lapid: Birthright ‘Saved a Generation’ of Young Jews

JNS.org – Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that the Taglit-Birthright Israel...

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change June 12, 2014 3:37 pm

Jewish Attitudes on Israel: Understanding the Winds of Change

Over the past few weeks, the increasing bipolarity of Jewish attitudes towards Israel has...

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit June 9, 2014 1:18 pm

Mid-Century Jewish Modern Designers Explored in Exhibit

JNS.org – An interesting article in The Atlantic explores the influence that Jews have...

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany June 6, 2014 7:35 am

Honoring Russian-American Jews and the 500,000 Soviet Jewish Soldiers Who Fought Nazi Germany

The following is a speech I delivered as Dinner Chair of the sixth annual Russian-American...

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book June 6, 2014 1:47 am

No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for ‘Jewish Soul Food’ Book

JNS.org – The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried,...

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community June 2, 2014 12:53 pm

Brussels Shooting, EU Right-Wing Elections are Worrying Signs for Jewish Community

JNS.org – During the same weekend, the fatal shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels...

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own May 29, 2014 10:57 am

Not Far From Home Anymore: Lone IDF Soldiers Find a Place to Call Their Own

JERUSALEM – There are some 5,600 lone soldiers currently serving in the IDF, 60% of...

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount May 21, 2014 7:00 am

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount

This past week, within a 24-hour period, I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places...

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate? May 21, 2014 6:58 am

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate?

JNS.org – While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s...

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil May 19, 2014 6:55 am

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil

The once thriving Jewish community of Antakya, Turkey has now dwindled to just 18 members...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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