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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...

Culture

Hundreds of Liquor Bottles Belonging to WWI-Era British Troops Unearthed in Israel

JNS.org - Among several other discoveries, hundreds of liquor bottles belonging to British soldiers from...

Israeli Music Icon Idan Raichel Jams With Students at Chicago Cultural Center

Israeli music icon Idan Raichel turned what was supposed to be a lesson...

Clues About Life of Jesus Revealed in Israeli Artifacts Warehouse

JNS.org - Ahead of Easter, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has opened up a 54,000-square-foot warehouse dubbed the “Ali Baba cave,”...

Features

As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel

JNS.org - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem

JNS.org - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel

JNS.org - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...

World

With Only Two Democrats Voting in Favor, Senate Confirms David Friedman as ...

Attorney David Friedman was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to be the next US ambassador to Israel. President Donald Trump’s...

Israel

Israel Air Force to Host 7 Nations in Largest-Ever ‘Battle Lab’

JNS.org - The Israel Air Force (IAF) this fall will host combat pilots and support crews from seven countries — including the US, Greece, Poland, France, Germany, India and Italy —...

Middle East

Report: Hamas Attempts to Present New ‘Moderate Image’

JNS.org - In response to its international isolation, the Palestinian terror group Hamas has undertaken a new political program in an attempt to present a “more moderate image,” aiming to improve...

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