Jewish Literature

A Titanic Victory and a Small Cruse of Oil December 25, 2011 6:14 pm

A Titanic Victory and a Small Cruse of Oil

David Brooks, in an engaging but superficial article on Hanukah in the New York Times (The...

The Rebellious Man of Faith December 14, 2011 5:26 pm

The Rebellious Man of Faith

The patriarch Jacob, my namesake (Jacob Shmuel) of whom we have read the past few weeks in...

Vayishlach – Success Is No Substitute for Familial Harmony December 11, 2011 12:09 pm

Vayishlach – Success Is No Substitute for Familial Harmony

Whole “Jacob arrived whole to the city of Shechem,” the Torah states in this...

Vayeitzei – The Battle of the Stones December 5, 2011 7:20 pm

Vayeitzei – The Battle of the Stones

The Quarrel The rabbis in the Talmud focus on an apparent grammatical inconsistency in the...

The Sandy Path to Inspiration 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,...

Abraham Vs. Gaddafi 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...

Korach: Korach and John Lennon 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...

Korach: The Spiritual Narcissist 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...

Emor: How to Speak – The Secret to Influencing Others 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...

Mishpatim: Shoveling the Snow 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...

Bo: The New Moon January 7, 2011 7:13 am

Bo: The New Moon

This new moon (Ha’chodesh Hazeh) shall be to you the head of...

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,...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man—in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of [...]

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