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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...

Culture

Belieb It: Justin Bieber to Perform in Israel in 2017

JNS.org -- Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will perform in Israel as part of his upcoming 2017 international tour. The singer announced...

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron (REVIEW)

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, By Colin Shindler, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, 411 pp. Finally, the student of...

Features

Captain of Communication: IDF Vet Turned Entrepreneur Optimizes Email Usage

JNS.org -- As a former Israel Defense Forces elite special forces captain, Haim Senior...

Chabad Emissaries Coming to Small Jewish Community of South Dakota

JNS.org -- A state boasting just 400 Jews is about to receive its first full-time...

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’

JNS.org - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

World

‘Proud’ Jewish Actor Andrew Garfield Winning Plaudits for Playing Chris...

American-British Jewish actor Andrew Garfield is drawing critical acclaim for his portrayal of Christians in two potential Oscar candidate films. Garfield,...

Israel

Israel Signs Trilateral Research and Development Pact With Greece, Cyprus

JNS.org -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece on Thursday in Jerusalem as the three nations signed a research and development agreement to advance...

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