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Jewish Identity

The Theocracy of Israel’s Rabbinate

I have always felt that in a democracy, it should not be the role of a state to impose personal religious practices on its...

July 10, 2015 1:36 pm

Natalie Portman Says She is ‘Grateful’ for Her Israeli Roots — ‘I Never Questioned My Identity’

Famed actress Natalie Portman said she takes pride in having Israeli roots, in a new cover story for the Harper's Bazaar's August issue. "Everyone has a very strong, very passionate opinion about it," she said of her...

Popular Jewish Radio Show Raises Awareness for Houston Flood Recovery

JNS.org - The late-May flood in Houston, which damaged about 500 Jewish homes and three synagogues in America’s fourth-largest city, garnered national media attention in the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster. But while the attention...

Jews Who Harass Christians? Not in Our Name

Recent reports that some Charedi Jews disrupted a Christian mass on Mount Zion really upset me. When insensitive bullies who dress as and proclaim their obedience to Judaism treat Christians disrespectfully, especially those wishing to...

July 2, 2015 2:05 pm

Lower the Age for Birthright Israel to Build a Pro-Israel Army on Campus

Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college...

June 30, 2015 8:58 pm

European Parliament Shines Light on Plight of Holocaust Survivors

A day-long seminar entitled "Living with Dignity" was held last Tuesday at the European Parliament...

June 30, 2015 7:28 am

A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants,...

June 24, 2015 10:11 am

Jaffa Orange Republic: Towards the Ontogeny of Jewish Statehood in the 21st Century

Maturation in Jewry's Third Commonwealth will be signaled by conspicuous shifts in attitudes and approaches in diverse areas....

June 21, 2015 12:34 pm

Strength and Humility: The Paradox of Life

On June 16, 2015, The Carlebach Shul of Manhattan's Upper West Side held its annual...

July 10, 2015 1:36 pm

The Theocracy of Israel’s Rabbinate

I have always felt that in a democracy, it should not be the role of a state to impose personal religious practices on its citizens....

July 9, 2015 3:45 pm

Natalie Portman Says She is ‘Grateful’ for Her Israeli Roots — ‘I Never Questioned My Identity’

Famed actress Natalie Portman said she takes pride in having Israeli roots, in a new cover story for the Harper's Bazaar's August issue. "Everyone has a very...

July 9, 2015 12:59 pm

Popular Jewish Radio Show Raises Awareness for Houston Flood Recovery

JNS.org - The late-May flood in Houston, which damaged about 500 Jewish homes and three synagogues in America’s fourth-largest city, garnered national media attention in the...

July 3, 2015 7:04 am

Jews Who Harass Christians? Not in Our Name

Recent reports that some Charedi Jews disrupted a Christian mass on Mount Zion really upset me. When insensitive bullies who dress as and proclaim their...

July 2, 2015 2:05 pm

Lower the Age for Birthright Israel to Build a Pro-Israel Army on Campus

Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college campuses is right on, and his recommendation to form an...

June 30, 2015 8:58 pm

European Parliament Shines Light on Plight of Holocaust Survivors

A day-long seminar entitled "Living with Dignity" was held last Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels, focusing on the experiences and current hardships of...

June 30, 2015 7:28 am

A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do...

June 24, 2015 10:11 am

Jaffa Orange Republic: Towards the Ontogeny of Jewish Statehood in the 21st Century

Maturation in Jewry's Third Commonwealth will be signaled by conspicuous shifts in attitudes and approaches in diverse areas. The prevailing state of affairs - a state fraught with existential...

June 21, 2015 12:34 pm

Strength and Humility: The Paradox of Life

On June 16, 2015, The Carlebach Shul of Manhattan's Upper West Side held its annual dinner. The following are excerpts from a speech I gave...

June 21, 2015 11:58 am

Israel’s Absorption Ministry Plans for Influx of French Jews

Immigration from France is on the rise: in the first half of 2015, approximately 5,100 French Jews immigrated to Israel – 25% more than in...

June 17, 2015 11:29 am

Young Indian Jews Visit Israel on Birthright Trip

Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, is home to the majority of India's Jewish population. Among the 12 million people...

June 16, 2015 11:47 am

Will Sephardic Jews Join Ashkenazi Embrace of Pre-Marriage Genetic Testing?

JNS.org - “There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew),...

June 14, 2015 12:41 pm

Why Does the Jewish World Put on Conferences?

JNS.org - In one of the larger Jewish-related events of the year, more than 1,500 people as well as an impressive lineup of political and thought...

June 12, 2015 10:04 am

Why the Fuss Over Ban on Orthodox Jewish Women Driving Cars?

There has been much neurotic outcry about the Belz Chasidic Yeshiva in London (note, not in Israel) for issuing a ban on women driving and...

Features

Fatah Continues Promoting Violent Protests Over Jerusalem Announcement

Fatah continues encouraging Palestinians to engage in violent protests and "continue the intifada"...

New Jet Is a Game-Changer for Israeli Air Force

JNS.org - After being deemed combat capable earlier this month, the F-35 “Adir” stealth fighter jet promises to create system-wide change in...

Arab Street Outraged by Jerusalem Decision, but Governments Have Other Concerns

JNS.org - President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was overwhelmingly rejected...

World

White House: In Any Peace Deal, Western Wall Will Remain Part of Israel

Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem’s Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and...

Israel

NJ Senator Cory Booker Slams ‘Repugnant’ Call for Killing of Je...

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D) has issued a scorching rebuke to the Jersey City imam who delivered two antisemitic sermons...

Middle East

Interfaith Delegation From Bahrain Visits Israel, Draws Criticism in Arab W...

JNS.org - An interfaith delegation from Bahrain is visiting Israel during Hanukkah in an unprecedented trip. On Tuesday night, the group attended...

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