Jewish History

Jesus and the Violent History of Christianity April 3, 2013 1:56 am

Jesus and the Violent History of Christianity

Christians call Jesus the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace and the Embodiment of Love. These...

Pharaoh Waiting for the Last of the Ten Plagues of Passover (PHOTO BLOG) March 31, 2013 6:59 pm

Pharaoh Waiting for the Last of the Ten Plagues of Passover (PHOTO BLOG)

Text courtesy of chabad.org. 1. Aaron strikes the Nile, the waters turn to blood; 2....

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...

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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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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