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Jewish Literature

The Dangers of Favoring One Child Over Another

I've always seen the biblical Jacob as characterized by two central yet seemingly contradictory facets. On the one hand he is the patriarch who...

December 28, 2012 12:54 pm

The Greatness of Growth and Change

The sequence from Bereishit (Genesis) 37 to 50 is the longest unbroken narrative in the Torah (Bible), and there can be no doubt who its hero is: Joseph. The story begins and ends with him....

Disguise and the Mending of Identity

Joseph is now the ruler of Egypt. The famine he predicted has come to pass. It extends beyond Egypt to the land of Canaan. Seeking to buy food, Joseph's brothers make the journey to Egypt....

The Jewish Refusal to be Comforted

The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their father, saying: "Look what we have found. Do you recognize it? Is...

November 28, 2012 9:56 pm

A People Capable of Feeling Distress, Even in Victory

Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of twenty two years....

November 8, 2012 3:13 pm

On Relationships: W.H. Auden vs. Amos the Prophet

"We will buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of...

November 1, 2012 8:26 pm

Reinterpreting Bible Scenes Illuminates New Meanings

It is one of the most famous scenes in the Bible. Abraham is sitting...

October 23, 2012 9:23 pm

Parenting in Judaism: Learning from Abraham

The call to Abraham, with which (the Bible portion of) Lech Lecha begins, seems to...

October 17, 2012 11:33 am

Unchosen: Memoirs of a Philosemite

I co-wrote a book with Julie Burchill a few years ago. It's called Not In My...

December 28, 2012 12:54 pm

The Dangers of Favoring One Child Over Another

I've always seen the biblical Jacob as characterized by two central yet seemingly contradictory facets. On the one hand he is the patriarch who is...

December 19, 2012 8:29 pm

The Greatness of Growth and Change

The sequence from Bereishit (Genesis) 37 to 50 is the longest unbroken narrative in the Torah (Bible), and there can be no doubt who its...

December 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Disguise and the Mending of Identity

Joseph is now the ruler of Egypt. The famine he predicted has come to pass. It extends beyond Egypt to the land of Canaan. Seeking...

December 6, 2012 8:05 pm

The Jewish Refusal to be Comforted

The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their...

November 28, 2012 9:56 pm

A People Capable of Feeling Distress, Even in Victory

Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of twenty two years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to...

November 8, 2012 3:13 pm

On Relationships: W.H. Auden vs. Amos the Prophet

"We will buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of shoes." (Amos 8:6) W.H. Auden once wrote, "Almost all of our...

November 1, 2012 8:26 pm

Reinterpreting Bible Scenes Illuminates New Meanings

It is one of the most famous scenes in the Bible. Abraham is sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat...

October 23, 2012 9:23 pm

Parenting in Judaism: Learning from Abraham

The call to Abraham, with which (the Bible portion of) Lech Lecha begins, seems to come from nowhere: "Leave your land, your birthplace, and your father's...

October 17, 2012 11:33 am

Unchosen: Memoirs of a Philosemite

I co-wrote a book with Julie Burchill a few years ago. It's called Not In My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy, and we had fine old...

October 12, 2012 12:56 pm

Genesis: Ideological Calendars and the Land of Israel

Everyone is conditioned culturally to think in specific ways and to adopt specific timelines. Christians think in terms of Before Christ and After Christ. Never mind...

September 19, 2012 10:34 am

The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible (REVIEW)

The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible, by Harold Bloom   (New Haven: Yale University Press. 2011) Anniversaries generate...

September 19, 2012 2:10 am

Jewish Fiction Finds a New Home on the Internet

Speaking over lively klezmer music in a Krakow café, Canadian author and freelance journalist Menachem Kaiser wonders if Jewish readers are comfortable with the term...

September 3, 2012 11:31 am

The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal (REVIEW)

The State of the Jews A Critical Appraisal by Edward Alexander Transaction Publishers, 2012. $35 pp. 264 As anti-Zionism/anti-Semitism have become more acceptable as "genuine" criticism within...

September 2, 2012 12:26 pm

Approaching the High Holy Days as Jews…or as People

The start of the Jewish New Year, the month of Tishrei, is filled with holy days, among them four foundational celebrations: Rosh haShanah, Yom haKippurim,...

Features

Israeli Deterrence Holds Against Iran in Syria — For Now

JNS.org - A recent surge in alleged Israeli strikes on targets in Syria appears to suggest a new Israeli urgency to...

Some on Israeli Left Slant Right Amid Changing Political Map

JNS.org - Avi Gabbay, a leader of Israel’s political left -- and presumably one of the top challengers to Prime Minister...

How Jerusalem Is Reacting to Trump’s Change in US Policy

JNS.org - Opinions in Jerusalem about President Donald Trump’s landmark policy change there is vast -- reflecting the diversity of the Israeli capital itself. In an...

World

Top Senator Praises Hanukkah-Eve Passage of Key Holocaust Restitution Legis...

Senate minority leader Charles Schumer hailed the passage of new legislation on Tuesday that will boost the restitution process for Holocaust...

Israel

African National Congress to Push for Shutdown of South African Embassy in ...

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is pushing for a major downgrade of the country's full diplomatic relations with...

Middle East

Hamas Threatens to Make Israel ‘Pay a Price,’ Amid Latest Gaza ...

JNS.org - The IDF struck several of the Hamas terror group’s positions in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday night, after several...

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