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Jewish Literature

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...

Culture

Jay-Z Refutes Accusations of Antisemitic Lyrics: ‘It Was an Exaggeration’

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has slammed claims that lyrics on his recently released album included...

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Iconic Jewish Comic Jerry Lewis Following His Death at Age 91

A number of celebrities shared tributes to comedic legend Jerry Lewis, who died...

Israel’s Sam Spiegel School Named One of World’s Best Film Academies

The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School has been named one of the...

Features

Jewish Beard Growers Strive to Be the Face of Global Facial Hair Showdown

JNS.org - Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim...

With Kurdistan, Israel May Gain ‘Stable, Tolerant’ Ally in Fight Against Islamic Extremism

JNS.org - During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling...

Netanyahu and Putin to Hold Syria Talks, Amid Iranian Threat

JNS.org - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in the Russian resort city of...

World

Shia Imam in Southern California Restates Belief That Israel ‘Finance...

A prominent Shia Muslim imam in California is sticking defiantly with his allegation that Israel finances and arms ISIS --...

Israel

Israel Expresses Solidarity with Finland After Country’s First Islamic Te...

JNS.org - The Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed solidarity with the Finnish people on Monday, several days after the European nation experienced...

Middle East

Hezbollah Says It Carried Out Drone Attack Against Islamic State on Lebanon...

JNS.org - Hezbollah said it has used a drone to strike an Islamic State position along the Lebanon-Syria border, in a...

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