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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

In Beit Shemesh, American-Israeli Baseball Fans Will Get Their Field of Dreams

JNS.org - On an unseasonably warm Friday in early January, the tune of “Take...

10 Things to Know About Israel’s Tourism Sector

JNS.org - Some 2.9 million people visited Israel last year, a 3.6 percent increase from 2015. Earlier this week, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism...

World Nations Glean Emergency-Response Expertise From Israel’s Magen David Adom

JNS.org - Amid the rise in global terror attacks, countries around the world are...

Features

What Will Trump’s Presidency Mean for US Ties With Israel’s Peaceful Arab Neighbors?

JNS.org - The upcoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break...

Israel’s German-Made Submarines Engulfed by Controversy, Shrouded in Secrecy

JNS.org - Silently cruising in the depths of the seas, the Israeli Navy’s growing...

IDF Welcomes Soldier With Cerebral Palsy

JNS.org -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has welcomed its newest member, a soldier with cerebral palsy, as part of the military’s...

World

Paris Peace Confab Like ‘Marriage Counseling With Neither Husband Nor...

The international diplomatic conference held in Paris on Sunday was “like having marriage counseling with neither the husband nor the...

Israel

Search Underway in Tel Aviv for ‘Nice, Friendly’ Monkey Who Fle...

Searches continued throughout Monday in the greater Tel Aviv area for a small monkey who escaped from the safari in Ramat...

Middle East

Ahead of Trump Inauguration, Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Not Be ‘Rene...

Iran's deputy foreign minister says the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers "will not be renegotiated" ahead...

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