Jewish History

In Every Generation, We Must Tell the Passover Story March 20, 2013 1:34 am

In Every Generation, We Must Tell the Passover Story

I have often tried to imagine how the Israelite slaves in Egypt responded to the Ten Plagues,...

Violence and the Sacred March 20, 2013 1:23 am

Violence and the Sacred

Judaism is less a philosophical system than a field of tensions – between universalism...

Obama, FDR, and Zionism March 19, 2013 1:15 am

Obama, FDR, and Zionism

President Barack Obama has spoken of his deep admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and...

Between Destiny and Chance March 14, 2013 1:12 am

Between Destiny and Chance

The third book of the Torah is known in English as “Leviticus”, a word deriving from...

Grim 75th Anniversary: Hitler’s Dream, Austrian Jewry’s Nightmare March 14, 2013 12:47 am

Grim 75th Anniversary: Hitler’s Dream, Austrian Jewry’s Nightmare

Adolf Hitler had long dreamed of making his native Austria a part of Germany and subjecting...

Jewish Leaders Call for Further Measures to Protect Mount of Olives Cemetery March 13, 2013 1:10 am

Jewish Leaders Call for Further Measures to Protect Mount of Olives Cemetery

Jewish leaders this week asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take further steps...

Israel Escapes Locust Plague in Advance of Passover March 8, 2013 6:07 am

Israel Escapes Locust Plague in Advance of Passover

In advance of Passover, Israel has successfully escaped the plague of locust that threatened...

A Holocaust Pageant That Was ‘Too Political’ for FDR March 4, 2013 2:41 pm

A Holocaust Pageant That Was ‘Too Political’ for FDR

Seventy years ago this week, 40,000 New Yorkers watched as Jewish activists and Hollywood...

Jesus, Bill O’Reilly, and the Romans February 26, 2013 2:17 am

Jesus, Bill O’Reilly, and the Romans

The question of who killed Jesus or who was primarily responsible for the crucifixion has...

Study Equates Zionist Pioneers with Arab Terrorists February 26, 2013 2:15 am

Study Equates Zionist Pioneers with Arab Terrorists

The film is grainy and amateurish, but the image is stirring: one-armed Yosef Trumpeldor,...

Knesset Archives Go Digital February 25, 2013 4:30 pm

Knesset Archives Go Digital

What did first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion say in the Knesset in 1952 on the issue of...

Jewish Museum of Vienna Deals With Items Looted by Nazis February 22, 2013 1:28 am

Jewish Museum of Vienna Deals With Items Looted by Nazis

Twenty-five years after the founding of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, museum officials have...

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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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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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