Jewish Literature

Bo: The Consciousness of Freedom January 22, 2010 4:24 pm

Bo: The Consciousness of Freedom

After a series of plagues that crush the country and subdue its king, Pharaoh finally surrenders....

Va’eira: Ten Ways to Destroy Your Life January 15, 2010 1:18 am

Va’eira: Ten Ways to Destroy Your Life

The Thief A traveler once was stopped by a highway robber who demanded his money bag...

January 8, 2010 4:30 pm

Shemos: The Enemy Within

The War Is Over? A man in Germany felt that he needed to confess, so he went to his priest,...

Vayechi: Are You a Hypocrite? On the Essence of Education January 1, 2010 6:33 pm

Vayechi: Are You a Hypocrite? On the Essence of Education

A Bribe for your Professor A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed...

December 25, 2009 6:12 pm

Vayigash: Are You a Leader?

The story is told that on April 12th, 1945, Harry Truman was summoned to the White House....

Vayigash: 2000–2010 – A Decade in Retrospect December 25, 2009 6:07 pm

Vayigash: 2000–2010 – A Decade in Retrospect

As the curtain closes on the first decade of the 21st Century, it seems appropriate to look...

December 18, 2009 6:04 pm

Mikeitz: The Wisdom of Joseph

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, has two dreams, we learn in this week’s Torah portion. ...

December 11, 2009 5:57 pm

Vayeishev: Holy Narcissism

“Comrades! Yesterday we stood on the edge of the abyss. But today we have taken a giant...

Vayishlach: Jacob’s Three-Step Program toward Serenity December 4, 2009 5:53 pm

Vayishlach: Jacob’s Three-Step Program toward Serenity

Two Perspectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping together, they put up a tent and...

November 27, 2009 5:50 pm

Vayeitzei: The Battle of the Stones

The Shouters The Yeshiva decided to field a rowing team. Unfortunately, they lost race after...

November 20, 2009 5:47 pm

Toldot: The Sandy Path to Inspiration

Free Plowing Back in the ’40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel,...

November 13, 2009 5:41 pm

Chayei Sarah: The First 12-Step Program in History – And Why It Didn’t Work

Israeli “Serenity” An American tourist was riding in a taxi in Israel. As the taxi approached...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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