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Passover, Peace, and Palestine: An Arab-Style Seder in 1920s Long Island March 29, 2013 7:55 am

Passover, Peace, and Palestine: An Arab-Style Seder in 1920s Long Island

Passover at Irma Lindheim’s Long Island home in the 1920s was not your standard Jewish holiday...

Taking Passover Back to Its Roots March 29, 2013 7:54 am

Taking Passover Back to Its Roots

JERUSALEM - When most Israeli Jews sit down for the Passover seder on the night of March...

Children of Israel Flee Egyptians as Crisis Creates a New People (SPOOF) March 28, 2013 3:21 am

Children of Israel Flee Egyptians as Crisis Creates a New People (SPOOF)

Approximately two million Children of Israel are now encamped in the Sinai following their...

A Different Kind of Holocaust Remembrance (INTERVIEW) March 25, 2013 3:08 am

A Different Kind of Holocaust Remembrance (INTERVIEW)

“Legion Day” isn’t the type of Holocaust remembrance ceremony that the Jewish community...

In Every Generation, We Must Tell the Passover Story March 20, 2013 1:34 am

In Every Generation, We Must Tell the Passover Story

I have often tried to imagine how the Israelite slaves in Egypt responded to the Ten Plagues,...

Violence and the Sacred March 20, 2013 1:23 am

Violence and the Sacred

Judaism is less a philosophical system than a field of tensions – between universalism...

Obama, FDR, and Zionism March 19, 2013 1:15 am

Obama, FDR, and Zionism

President Barack Obama has spoken of his deep admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and...

Between Destiny and Chance March 14, 2013 1:12 am

Between Destiny and Chance

The third book of the Torah is known in English as “Leviticus”, a word deriving from...

Grim 75th Anniversary: Hitler’s Dream, Austrian Jewry’s Nightmare March 14, 2013 12:47 am

Grim 75th Anniversary: Hitler’s Dream, Austrian Jewry’s Nightmare

Adolf Hitler had long dreamed of making his native Austria a part of Germany and subjecting...

Jewish Leaders Call for Further Measures to Protect Mount of Olives Cemetery March 13, 2013 1:10 am

Jewish Leaders Call for Further Measures to Protect Mount of Olives Cemetery

Jewish leaders this week asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take further steps...

Israel Escapes Locust Plague in Advance of Passover March 8, 2013 6:07 am

Israel Escapes Locust Plague in Advance of Passover

In advance of Passover, Israel has successfully escaped the plague of locust that threatened...

A Holocaust Pageant That Was ‘Too Political’ for FDR March 4, 2013 2:41 pm

A Holocaust Pageant That Was ‘Too Political’ for FDR

Seventy years ago this week, 40,000 New Yorkers watched as Jewish activists and Hollywood...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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