Spirituality/Tradition

The Independent Absurdly Claims That Israeli Self-Defense is Violating Jewish Values July 10, 2014 10:40 am

The Independent Absurdly Claims That Israeli Self-Defense is Violating Jewish Values

What would the appropriate U.K. response be to thousands of rockets raining down on London,...

An Open Letter to Israel’s Critics July 10, 2014 12:56 am

An Open Letter to Israel’s Critics

To Israel’s critics: Want to be taken seriously by Israel and its friends? Here’s...

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome, Repetitive, and Deadly July 10, 2014 12:55 am

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome, Repetitive, and Deadly

I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and...

Sometimes True Change Takes Generations, Even With Great Leaders July 9, 2014 4:44 pm

Sometimes True Change Takes Generations, Even With Great Leaders

Pinhas contains a mini-essay on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks...

Cemetery Excavations Reveal Complicated Jamaican Jewish Past July 9, 2014 4:39 pm

Cemetery Excavations Reveal Complicated Jamaican Jewish Past

JNS.org – Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come...

Call Anti-Semites What They Are – Jew Haters July 8, 2014 5:34 pm

Call Anti-Semites What They Are – Jew Haters

While actual anti-Semitism (hating Jews) will likely never be eliminated, we should stop using...

With New Presence in Mississippi, Chabad Now in 49 U.S. States July 8, 2014 12:45 pm

With New Presence in Mississippi, Chabad Now in 49 U.S. States

JNS.org – Chabad-Lubavitch has a new presence in Mississippi, meaning the Hassidic movement...

Reverse Birthright: Pioneering Academic Program Takes Israelis on U.S. Adventure July 7, 2014 1:23 pm

Reverse Birthright: Pioneering Academic Program Takes Israelis on U.S. Adventure

JNS.org – Gur Alroey, chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa and...

A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW) July 7, 2014 1:13 pm

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?...

No, Not All Mothers Are the Same July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

No, Not All Mothers Are the Same

Among the many heartbreaking images associated with the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teenagers...

Leadership and Loyalty July 4, 2014 8:22 am

Leadership and Loyalty

Is leadership a set of skills, the ability to summon and command power? Or does it have an...

What Judaism Says About the Dangers of Facebook July 4, 2014 8:14 am

What Judaism Says About the Dangers of Facebook

I recently attended a panel session at Limmud Oz in Australia entitled “Is Facebook good...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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