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The Most Important Lesson From Hungary’s Jewish Past

When my father died, he left me his prayer books and a beautifully bound tabletop book, entitled “The Gold Album”- printed in Budapest, Hungary, in 1938. Feeling nostalgic, I...

August 17, 2015 7:11 am

From Gaza to Halutza: 10 Years After Pullout, Stories From the New Frontier

JNS.org - Standing on a hill overlooking B’nei Netzarim, one of the small communities that comprise Halutza in the southwestern Negev desert, one can see a dry, rocky sandscape spread all around. The sky seems a little...

Jewish Family to Get Back Stolen Stradivarius Violin After 35 Years

JNS.org - U.S. authorities announced on Thursday that they have recovered a rare 18th-century violin that was stolen from Jewish violinist Roman Totenberg in 1980. The Stradivarius violin was made in 1734 by famed Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari....

Gaza Disengagement Reflections Pour In a Decade Later

JNS.org - This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Israel's unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip. In the summer of 2005, then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon ordered the withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the evacuation of...

July 24, 2015 11:20 am

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

A June 2015 art exhibit, "The Transformative Power of Art," at the United Nations headquarters...

July 24, 2015 11:17 am

Tisha B’Av is a Reminder: Don’t Repeat Mistakes of the Past

“Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana was not...

July 21, 2015 1:20 pm

Tissue Samples From Holocaust Victims Found in French Lab

JNS.org - A researcher has discovered the 70-year-old remains of Jewish victims of Holocaust-era gas chambers...

July 16, 2015 11:02 am

Thief Returns Ancient Roman Artifacts: ‘They Brought Me Nothing But Trouble’

A pair of ancient Roman trebuchet stones were discovered outside a museum in southern Israel on...

July 9, 2015 1:34 pm

After Court Ruling, Kafka Papers Go to Israeli National Library

After decades of legal wrangling, a Tel Aviv District Court has awarded custody of the estate of Max...

August 17, 2015 7:11 am

The Most Important Lesson From Hungary’s Jewish Past

When my father died, he left me his prayer books and a beautifully bound tabletop book, entitled “The Gold Album”- printed in Budapest, Hungary, in 1938. Feeling nostalgic, I recently...

August 14, 2015 12:26 pm

From Gaza to Halutza: 10 Years After Pullout, Stories From the New Frontier

JNS.org - Standing on a hill overlooking B’nei Netzarim, one of the small communities that comprise Halutza in the southwestern Negev desert, one can see a...

August 7, 2015 10:56 am

Jewish Family to Get Back Stolen Stradivarius Violin After 35 Years

JNS.org - U.S. authorities announced on Thursday that they have recovered a rare 18th-century violin that was stolen from Jewish violinist Roman Totenberg in 1980. The Stradivarius violin...

July 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Gaza Disengagement Reflections Pour In a Decade Later

JNS.org - This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Israel's unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip. In the summer of 2005, then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon ordered the...

July 24, 2015 11:20 am

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

A June 2015 art exhibit, "The Transformative Power of Art," at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, harnessed the universal language of art...

July 24, 2015 11:17 am

Tisha B’Av is a Reminder: Don’t Repeat Mistakes of the Past

“Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana was not referring to Israel, but he might have been. When all...

July 21, 2015 1:20 pm

Tissue Samples From Holocaust Victims Found in French Lab

JNS.org - A researcher has discovered the 70-year-old remains of Jewish victims of Holocaust-era gas chambers at a medical research facility in Strasbourg, France. Along with tissue samples,...

July 16, 2015 11:02 am

Thief Returns Ancient Roman Artifacts: ‘They Brought Me Nothing But Trouble’

A pair of ancient Roman trebuchet stones were discovered outside a museum in southern Israel on Monday, accompanied by a cryptic note. The artifacts were identified as...

July 9, 2015 1:34 pm

After Court Ruling, Kafka Papers Go to Israeli National Library

After decades of legal wrangling, a Tel Aviv District Court has awarded custody of the estate of Max Brod, Franz Kafka's friend and publisher, to the National Library...

July 6, 2015 4:30 pm

Dutch Man Discovers Message Written by Jewish Couple Who Hid in His House During the Holocaust

A Dutch man discovered a last will of sorts inscribed by a Jewish couple from Amsterdam who hid in his house during the Holocaust, Israel's NRG reported on Monday. In the message, the...

July 6, 2015 3:21 pm

UNESCO Declares Israel’s Beit She’arim National Park a World Heritage Site

JNS.org - The Beit She'arim National Park in northern Israel has been officially named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The approval marks a successful end to...

July 6, 2015 6:57 am

Democrats Think Israel is Racist? They’re Probably Right

A few days after the U.S. was the only country to stand by Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council, an ostensibly shocking survey was released that showed that...

July 1, 2015 2:32 pm

2,000-Year-Old Jewish Ritual Bath Discovered Under Jerusalem Home’s Floor

JNS.org - A 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath (mikvah) was discovered under a Jerusalem home’s living room floor during renovations of the structure, shedding light on both...

June 23, 2015 11:58 am

Dismay at Continued Destruction of Mount of Olives’ Gravestones

Yochanan Gol looks at his uncle’s tombstone in dismay. A huge, black burnt circle marks the grave - remnants of an arson attack that blacked out...

Features

Can the World Agree to ‘Fix’ the Iran Nuclear Deal?

President Donald Trump on Jan. 12 outlined his intentions to “fix the terrible flaws” of the Iran nuclear deal, giving...

IDF Prepares for New High-Tech Home in Southern Israel’s ‘Silicon Wadi’

JNS.org - The IDF is gearing up for a major relocation to southern Israel,...

Longtime Supporters of Peace Process: Abbas Is Disqualified as Negotiating Partner

JNS.org - Some prominent Jewish proponents of the decades-long peace process between Israel and...

World

Europe Readies Riposte to Trump’s ‘America First’ Push in...

European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before...

Israel

New Pew Poll Reveals Republican Embrace, Democratic Ambivalence, in America...

Support for Israel among US Republicans is at its highest level in four decades, while Democrats are becoming more indifferent...

Middle East

Egyptian Army Summons Ex-Military Chief Over Presidential Bid

Egyptian ex-military chief of staff Sami Anan was detained in Cairo on Tuesday, three of his campaign organizers said, after the army summoned him for questioning over his intention to...

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