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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

Unpacking the Message of Iran’s Missile Strike Against Islamic State

JNS.org - While Iran routinely threatens Israel, experts say that the Islamic Republic was...

Israel’s Recent Response to Syrian Mortars Deemed ‘Old Policy’

JNS.org - Mortar shells fired from Syria into the Israeli Golan Heights on Saturday...

Will Palestinian Energy Feud Spark Surge in Violence Against Israel?

JNS.org - The long-running feud between Hamas and Fatah has led to a deepening...

World

Jewish Groups Condemn ‘Antisemitic’ Exclusion of Marchers From ...

Leading US Jewish organizations on Monday excoriated the organizers of a gay rights march in Chicago this past weekend whose...

Israel

Israeli Resident of Golan Heights Says Area Feels Like ‘War Zone̵...

Residents of Israel’s Golan Heights region have been rattled in recent days by a spate of incoming errant mortar shells...

Middle East

Top Israeli Diplomatic Official: Palestinian Leaders Prioritize Denial of J...

The blame for the lack of opportunities for everyday Palestinians should be placed on their own leaders, not Israel, the...

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