Jewish History

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...

Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising by Honoring Veteran of the Fight April 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising by Honoring Veteran of the Fight

Friday was the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and to commemorate the event...

From Dry Bones to Start Up Nation April 16, 2013 10:03 am

From Dry Bones to Start Up Nation

On May 15th, 1948 a certain national myth became a reality. Though Jews weren’t the only...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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