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The Sandy Path to Inspiration

Free Plowing Back in the '40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel, then known as Palestine. He was taken into one...

November 25, 2011 10:47 am

Abraham Vs. Gaddafi

The Genesis of a Faith The unfolding dramatic events in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and other countries in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the recent Gilad Shalit exchange for 1,027 Arab...

Korach: Korach and John Lennon

Wise or Boorish? This week's portion, Korach, relates the tragic story of the mutiny staged by a man named Korach (Numbers chapter 16), who organized a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, chosen by the...

Korach: The Spiritual Narcissist

This week's Torah reading deals with the rebellion of Korach, a cousin of Moses, who contends that he is just as deserving of leadership as the great lawgiver. Korach claims that Moses has usurped power...

May 6, 2011 3:34 pm

Emor: How to Speak – The Secret to Influencing Others

To Rebuke or to Ignore? To Fight or to Accept? When witnessing a transgression our...

January 28, 2011 1:36 pm

Mishpatim: Shoveling the Snow

Who's Digging Out of What? A Snow Shoveling Meditation As I was digging out of the snow...

January 7, 2011 7:13 am

Bo: The New Moon

This new moon (Ha'chodesh Hazeh) ...

September 3, 2010 3:55 pm

Vayelech: A 2,000-Year-Old Debate on Whether to “Get Out of the Box”

Synagogue Bulletin Blunders These announcements, with interesting typos and phrasing blunders, were reportedly found in...

September 3, 2010 3:45 pm

Netzavim: Free Choice

See, I have set before you this day life and goodness, and death and...

November 25, 2011 10:47 am

The Sandy Path to Inspiration

Free Plowing Back in the '40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel, then known as Palestine. He was taken into one of...

November 4, 2011 3:41 pm

Abraham Vs. Gaddafi

The Genesis of a Faith The unfolding dramatic events in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and other countries in the Middle East and Africa, as well...

June 24, 2011 3:06 pm

Korach: Korach and John Lennon

Wise or Boorish? This week's portion, Korach, relates the tragic story of the mutiny staged by a man named Korach (Numbers chapter 16), who...

June 24, 2011 2:50 pm

Korach: The Spiritual Narcissist

This week's Torah reading deals with the rebellion of Korach, a cousin of Moses, who contends that he is just as deserving of leadership as...

May 6, 2011 3:34 pm

Emor: How to Speak – The Secret to Influencing Others

To Rebuke or to Ignore? To Fight or to Accept? When witnessing a transgression our first inclination may be to rebuke the transgressor, and chastise...

January 28, 2011 1:36 pm

Mishpatim: Shoveling the Snow

Who's Digging Out of What? A Snow Shoveling Meditation As I was digging out of the snow this sparkling New York ...

January 7, 2011 7:13 am

Bo: The New Moon

This new moon (Ha'chodesh Hazeh) ...

September 3, 2010 3:55 pm

Vayelech: A 2,000-Year-Old Debate on Whether to “Get Out of the Box”

Synagogue Bulletin Blunders These announcements, with interesting typos and phrasing blunders, were reportedly found in various synagogue newsletters and bulletins around the country. 1. ...

September 3, 2010 3:45 pm

Netzavim: Free Choice

See, I have set before you this day life and goodness, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to...

August 27, 2010 6:23 pm

Ki Savo: A Tale of Two Mountains

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, "Everyone who thinks he's stupid, please...

August 20, 2010 6:11 pm

Ki Teitzei: Why Children Rebel

Two phases In a military class the professor asked the students, "What is the difference between an engagement and a battle?" No one in the group offered...

August 13, 2010 5:36 pm

Shoftim: Jacob’s Last Lecture “Lost Souls – Secret messages between Joseph to Jacob”

The rabbi and his driver A renowned rabbi, a brilliant philosopher, was held in high regard by his driver, who listened in awe at every...

August 6, 2010 5:29 pm

Re’eh: How Jews View History

Progress "I have lost my faith in the idea of progress." With those words columnist Anthony Lewis spoke the epilogue to his career as...

July 30, 2010 5:05 pm

Eikev: “Which You Broke”

"Which You Broke" The simple reading of the story goes like this: After the Jews created a Golden Calf, Moses smashed the stone tablets created...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

Pulitzer-Winning Jewish Author Philip Roth Dies at 85, Says Agent

Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85,...

Israel

Israel’s Defense Expertise Drives Tech Boom for Autonomous Cars

Technology that has helped Israel's military drive tanks, guide and intercept missiles, and keep its computer systems secure is being redeployed in the development of driverless cars. Investment from firms seeking...

Middle East

Syria Says Iranian Withdrawal Not Up for Discussion

The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict. US...

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