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Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say June 25, 2013 11:17 am

Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say

An ancient road leading from Jaffa to Jerusalem, which dates back nearly 1,800 years to the...

A New Low for the International Committee of the Red Cross? June 18, 2013 8:18 am

A New Low for the International Committee of the Red Cross?

A new low for the International Committee of the Red Cross? When it indirectly sponsors activities...

The Marx Brothers and Jewish Identity June 17, 2013 10:47 am

The Marx Brothers and Jewish Identity

JNS.org - The sons of Jewish immigrants from Germany and France, the Marx Brothers became...

Father’s Day—Bible Style June 16, 2013 1:38 am

Father’s Day—Bible Style

An illustration of Elkanah and his two wives. In honor of Father’s Day 2013, JNS.org...

Superman: Saving His Jewish Creators June 13, 2013 12:37 am

Superman: Saving His Jewish Creators

From left to right, Joe Shuster, Neal Adams, and Jerry Siegel shortly after their victory...

Why Was Moses Not Destined to Enter the Land? June 12, 2013 10:36 am

Why Was Moses Not Destined to Enter the Land?

It is one of the most perplexing, even disturbing, passages in the Torah. Moses the faithful...

Curator Says Holocaust Artifacts Vital for ‘When We Have No Survivors’ (VIDEO) June 10, 2013 12:02 am

Curator Says Holocaust Artifacts Vital for ‘When We Have No Survivors’ (VIDEO)

Suzy Snyder is a curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. On a current four-city...

Ceremony Marks Begin’s 100th Birthday in Hometown June 5, 2013 9:25 am

Ceremony Marks Begin’s 100th Birthday in Hometown

The hometown in which Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was born and raised in,...

Venturing Outside the Big Apple? Visit West Point June 4, 2013 1:55 pm

Venturing Outside the Big Apple? Visit West Point

WEST POINT, NEW YORK – A number of years ago (when Richard M. Nixon was president) my wife...

Torah Scroll Found in Italian University Library is Possibly World’s Oldest May 29, 2013 12:27 pm

Torah Scroll Found in Italian University Library is Possibly World’s Oldest

JNS.org - A university in Italy has discovered what it said might be the oldest complete...

The Resurgence of European Antisemitism May 27, 2013 8:49 am

The Resurgence of European Antisemitism

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. A recent Tel Aviv University report found that the...

Leadership Beyond Despair May 22, 2013 9:53 am

Leadership Beyond Despair

Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, is remarkable for the extreme realism with which it portrays human...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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