Jewish History

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...

Was the Holocaust Punishment for Sin? May 21, 2013 2:27 am

Was the Holocaust Punishment for Sin?

For so many people religion is practiced out of a sense superstition. Like a furry rabbit’s...

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...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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