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IDF Soldiers to Consume 300,000 Doughnuts Over Chanukah November 29, 2013 11:47 am

IDF Soldiers to Consume 300,000 Doughnuts Over Chanukah

One of Chanukah’s delights in Israel is the eating of the traditional sufganiyah, the...

When Palestinians Violate the Boycott of Israel November 22, 2013 2:20 pm

When Palestinians Violate the Boycott of Israel

Imagine a movement called Movement X. The movement is simple: it is calling for a boycott...

Not Much ‘Dreamin’ in California November 22, 2013 1:50 pm

Not Much ‘Dreamin’ in California

What is reputedly the safest city in America—Irvine, California—is safely reached by...

Examining Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly November 15, 2013 10:14 am

Examining Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly

JNS.org - JERUSALEM—The changing nature of the American Jewish community has been a much-debated...

Prince Charles Visits Cochin, India, Synagogue on 65th Birthday November 14, 2013 12:01 am

Prince Charles Visits Cochin, India, Synagogue on 65th Birthday

Britain’s Prince Charles of Wales visited a synagogue in Cochin, India, Wednesday,...

California vs. Israel: The Grass May be Greener, But Not the Olives November 11, 2013 10:30 am

California vs. Israel: The Grass May be Greener, But Not the Olives

Southern California’s olive trees are taller and emptier than olive trees anywhere in Israel,...

American Olim Bring Spiritual Care to Israel November 8, 2013 10:19 am

American Olim Bring Spiritual Care to Israel

JNS.org - Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct—dugri, in local parlance....

Jewish Genetic Screening Becomes More Accessible With At-Home Testing November 8, 2013 10:15 am

Jewish Genetic Screening Becomes More Accessible With At-Home Testing

JNS.org - One in four Jews is a carrier of one or more of the 19 known preventable Jewish...

Rabbi Eric Yoffie Should Stop Harming the Jewish Community November 7, 2013 11:24 am

Rabbi Eric Yoffie Should Stop Harming the Jewish Community

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who served as president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1996 to 2012,...

Hillel at 90: The Past, Present, and Future of Campus Activism November 7, 2013 10:00 am

Hillel at 90: The Past, Present, and Future of Campus Activism

JNS.org – When recent rabbinical school graduate Rabbi Benjamin Frankel began a part-time...

Is Jewish Life in the Diaspora Coming to an End? November 4, 2013 11:44 am

Is Jewish Life in the Diaspora Coming to an End?

The recent Pew Research Center survey of American Jews has ignited discussions extending from...

What Does it Mean to Be Jewish? November 1, 2013 10:15 am

What Does it Mean to Be Jewish?

As recent surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews—millions, in fact—who...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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