Jewish Literature

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

Approaching the High Holy Days as Jews…or as People 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...

The Possession, Drawing on Jewish Sources, is Hollywood’s Kabbalistic Version of The Exorcist (VIDEO) August 30, 2012 1:26 am

The Possession, Drawing on Jewish Sources, is Hollywood’s Kabbalistic Version of The Exorcist (VIDEO)

By Atara Arbesfeld and Ezriel Gelbfish A Dybbuk is a mystical spirit that possesses the body...

The Morality of Love August 7, 2012 12:58 am

The Morality of Love

Something implicit in the Torah from the very beginning becomes explicit in the book of Devarim....

100,000 Jews to Celebrate Talmud Study in Football Stadium August 1, 2012 9:43 am

100,000 Jews to Celebrate Talmud Study in Football Stadium

Nearly 100,000 Jewish men and women will gather at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Wednesday...

“The First X-Men” Takes Aim at Nazi War Criminals July 27, 2012 1:57 pm

“The First X-Men” Takes Aim at Nazi War Criminals

From the demented geneticist known as Mr. Sinister to the evil giant Juggernaut, the X-Men...

Salon.com Partners With Purveyor of Anti-Semitic Material Mondoweiss July 23, 2012 9:30 am

Salon.com Partners With Purveyor of Anti-Semitic Material Mondoweiss

Popular progressive online magazine Salon.com recently announced a content sharing partnership...

Where Hebrew is Leading the Way July 13, 2012 2:31 pm

Where Hebrew is Leading the Way

Preserving scholarship, digitizing Hebrew text, and dramatically increasing access to archived...

Author Deaths Leave Childrens Literature With Big Shoes to Fill February 2, 2012 1:04 pm

Author Deaths Leave Childrens Literature With Big Shoes to Fill

Haaretz – Among the most loved books on my daughter’s shelf are those by Simms...

Continued Incitement Over My Kosher Jesus Book January 11, 2012 11:17 am

Continued Incitement Over My Kosher Jesus Book

The only reason I have decided to respond once again to Rabbi Wolfe and the legion of hatemongers...

Responding to Attacks on ‘Kosher Jesus’ January 10, 2012 12:53 pm

Responding to Attacks on ‘Kosher Jesus’

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf’s vicious attack against me and my new book, Kosher Jesus – to say...

Deception and Desire: An Overview of Genesis January 6, 2012 10:53 am

Deception and Desire: An Overview of Genesis

Based on a series of lectures by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach At the core of the book of Genesis...

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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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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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