Jewish History

Great-Granddaughter of Anti-Semitic Composer Richard Wagner Trying to Rehabilitate His Image May 20, 2013 1:38 pm

Great-Granddaughter of Anti-Semitic Composer Richard Wagner Trying to Rehabilitate His Image

The great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, Katharina Wagner, has said she will...

Israel: Triumph of Resilience May 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Israel: Triumph of Resilience

Israel, having attained its 65th anniversary, resists easy definition.  Sixty-five years...

Shavuot – A Kid In Its Mother’s Milk May 14, 2013 12:14 am

Shavuot – A Kid In Its Mother’s Milk

“Do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.“ It is a puzzling statement that is repeated...

Happy Europe Day May 10, 2013 1:16 pm

Happy Europe Day

As Europeans come together to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of Europe Day today, the...

Yom Yerushalayim and the Temple Mount: ‘Miracles of Biblical Proportion’ May 8, 2013 2:14 am

Yom Yerushalayim and the Temple Mount: ‘Miracles of Biblical Proportion’

While the 1967 Six Day War ushered in a 46-year period of controversial and complex political...

Three Graves in Jerusalem, Three Lives Linked by History May 8, 2013 2:06 am

Three Graves in Jerusalem, Three Lives Linked by History

Leading up to Jerusalem Day this year, leaders of four U.S. Orthodox organizations in March...

How the St. Louis Saved Jewish Lives – in Holland May 6, 2013 2:38 am

How the St. Louis Saved Jewish Lives – in Holland

This week’s symposium on “Performing Arts in Holland During the Holocaust” at Yad Vashem...

The U.S. Holocaust Museum at 20: Confronting Tough Issues April 30, 2013 1:23 am

The U.S. Holocaust Museum at 20: Confronting Tough Issues

When President Bill Clinton stepped to the podium at the opening of the United States Holocaust...

New Research Sheds Light on Nazi Influence in Arab World April 30, 2013 1:22 am

New Research Sheds Light on Nazi Influence in Arab World

Nazi Germany’s effort to recruit supporters in the Arab world is attracting new attention...

The Bar Kochba Debate April 29, 2013 1:47 am

The Bar Kochba Debate

Among the historical events associated with “Lag Ba’omer,” celebrated...

Lag B’Omer: Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva Narrative April 28, 2013 10:59 am

Lag B’Omer: Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva Narrative

As is the case for many holidays in the Jewish calendar cycle, Lag B’Omer (April 28 this...

Ancient Church Discovered Near Ark of the Covenant Site April 22, 2013 4:29 pm

Ancient Church Discovered Near Ark of the Covenant Site

Archeologists have discovered an ancient church in the ruins of the ancient biblical city...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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