Spirituality/Tradition

Opinion: President Obama’s Moral Ambiguity on Hamas July 27, 2014 11:44 am

Opinion: President Obama’s Moral Ambiguity on Hamas

Elie Wiesel is one of my greatest heroes and I’ve been lucky to have a warm friendship with...

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time July 25, 2014 8:03 pm

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time

I am not a soldier. I am not even a citizen of Israel. Yet Israel is the only place on earth...

Why Anti-Zionists Are Often Accused of Anti-Semitism July 25, 2014 12:52 pm

Why Anti-Zionists Are Often Accused of Anti-Semitism

I was driving in my car recently when the James O’Brien show came on London talk station...

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South July 25, 2014 10:14 am

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South

As Gaza rockets continue to strike southern Israel, the region’s lower-socioeconomic sectors...

Leadership During Times of Crisis July 25, 2014 2:12 am

Leadership During Times of Crisis

The parsha of Masei always occurs at the heart of the Three Weeks. This is the time when we...

‘Redemption Song’ of U.S. Lone Soldiers in Israel July 25, 2014 2:10 am

‘Redemption Song’ of U.S. Lone Soldiers in Israel

Tens of thousands of Israelis attended the funeral of Staff Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli in Haifa...

Brandeis University President Mulling Foxman’s ADL Post? July 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Brandeis University President Mulling Foxman’s ADL Post?

JNS.org – The TruthRevolt website is reporting that Brandeis University President Frederick...

Christian Group Holds Rally in Washington D.C. to Support Israel July 24, 2014 9:40 am

Christian Group Holds Rally in Washington D.C. to Support Israel

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 5,000 Christians from all over the world, including just under...

While Gaza Conflict Rages, CUFI Summit Rallies Christian Support for Israel July 24, 2014 1:29 am

While Gaza Conflict Rages, CUFI Summit Rallies Christian Support for Israel

JNS.org – WASHINGTON, DC—With the conflict in Israel in their hearts and on their...

LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’ July 24, 2014 1:01 am

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...

Lone Soldier From LA Receives Hero’s Farewell, Over 30,000 People Pay Respects to IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg (PHOTOS/VIDEO) July 23, 2014 5:43 pm

Lone Soldier From LA Receives Hero’s Farewell, Over 30,000 People Pay Respects to IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Over 30,000 people paid their respects to lone soldier, Sgt. Max Steinberg at his funeral...

Witnessing an Anti-Israel Rally First Hand July 23, 2014 3:06 pm

Witnessing an Anti-Israel Rally First Hand

They came with their posters and their chants. “Judeonazi” they cried, as rage filled...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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