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Passover ‘Horseradish Challenge’ Aims to Replicate ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO) April 22, 2016 10:06 am

Passover ‘Horseradish Challenge’ Aims to Replicate ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Remember the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, a new Passover-themed...

Jews Must Unite to Defend the State of Israel April 22, 2016 6:59 am

Jews Must Unite to Defend the State of Israel

Just when you think that the reductio ad absurdum has reached its lowest point, it slides...

Passover, Judaism and Bernie Sanders April 22, 2016 6:50 am

Passover, Judaism and Bernie Sanders

Abba Eban once said that “if Algeria introduced a UN resolution declaring the earth was...

Passover Defies Logic, But It Works April 22, 2016 6:44 am

Passover Defies Logic, But It Works

Pesach, like all of religion, defies logic. That does not make it any less significant, valid...

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover April 21, 2016 6:45 am

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover

The Passover holiday commemorates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration...

Another Year, Another Flood for Houston’s Jews. What Now? April 21, 2016 6:30 am

Another Year, Another Flood for Houston’s Jews. What Now?

JNS.org – For the second straight year, this is a story that I wish I didn’t need...

At the Seder: What If You Just Don’t Feel It? April 21, 2016 6:18 am

At the Seder: What If You Just Don’t Feel It?

There are likely to be at least a couple skeptics at most seder tables. The story of the...

Blessed Are Those Who Eat Chametz! April 20, 2016 1:00 pm

Blessed Are Those Who Eat Chametz!

The Talmud (Brachot 17a) poses the following question: Why is it prohibited to eat or to...

Jerusalem Craft Brewery Recreates Jesus-Era ‘Biblical Beer’ (VIDEO) April 20, 2016 12:48 pm

Jerusalem Craft Brewery Recreates Jesus-Era ‘Biblical Beer’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, and a common drink consumed...

From Israel’s Negev to Your Passover Seder: Four Cups of Desert Wine April 20, 2016 12:45 pm

From Israel’s Negev to Your Passover Seder: Four Cups of Desert Wine

JNS.org – During the Passover holiday, Jews around the world celebrate the story...

Houston Jewish Community Is Flooded Again April 20, 2016 6:19 am

Houston Jewish Community Is Flooded Again

JNS.org – Just 11 months after a massive Memorial Day flood damaged about 500 Jewish...

Israeli Genealogy Website: Trump and Clinton Related! April 20, 2016 6:17 am

Israeli Genealogy Website: Trump and Clinton Related!

JNS.org – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called Democratic contender...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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