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The Western Wall Prayer Decision and the Shifting Israel-Diaspora Paradigm February 3, 2016 8:05 am

The Western Wall Prayer Decision and the Shifting Israel-Diaspora Paradigm

JNS.org – The Israeli government’s passage of legislation that authorizes egalitarian...

Why We Must Each Reach Out to God in Our Own Way February 3, 2016 7:15 am

Why We Must Each Reach Out to God in Our Own Way

One of the most famous phrases in the Torah makes its appearance in this week’s parsha....

Why Chess Is Like the Talmud, and Why Jews Love Both February 2, 2016 7:01 am

Why Chess Is Like the Talmud, and Why Jews Love Both

There is probably no game as difficult and captivating as chess. Thousands of books and tens...

K.A. Paul: Indian, Evangelical, Pro-Israel International Man of Mystery January 29, 2016 6:19 am

K.A. Paul: Indian, Evangelical, Pro-Israel International Man of Mystery

JNS.org – On a rainy day in Huffman, Texas — on the outskirts of Houston, America’s...

Avoid the Zealots Who Have Dibs on ‘Orthodoxy’ January 29, 2016 5:46 am

Avoid the Zealots Who Have Dibs on ‘Orthodoxy’

There has been a lot of debate recently about what defines Modern Orthodoxy. The latest “term”...

Even Amid Terror and Fear, Look for the Silver Lining January 29, 2016 5:27 am

Even Amid Terror and Fear, Look for the Silver Lining

Once again, we are all reeling from horrific news coming out of Israel. A couple of weeks...

Meet a True Israeli Hero: Avi Dorfman Survived Hamas Attack and Near-Permanent Brain Damage (VIDEO) January 28, 2016 5:40 am

Meet a True Israeli Hero: Avi Dorfman Survived Hamas Attack and Near-Permanent Brain Damage (VIDEO)

How would you feel if you knew you were going to die? This is an uncomfortable question, but...

Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW) January 28, 2016 5:34 am

Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary)...

A Staycation in Tel Aviv January 28, 2016 5:18 am

A Staycation in Tel Aviv

JNS.org – Although the bus ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is just about one hour,...

Jewish Unity Could Truly Help the World on Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2016 7:35 am

Jewish Unity Could Truly Help the World on Holocaust Remembrance Day

UNESCO’s page announcing this year’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of...

How We Can Be Rational, Yet Still Believe in God January 26, 2016 10:57 am

How We Can Be Rational, Yet Still Believe in God

In memory of Dafna Meir, who lost her life in a terrorist attack on January 17, 2015. Few...

To Be Happy, Thank Before You Think January 26, 2016 4:36 am

To Be Happy, Thank Before You Think

The Ten Commandments are the most famous religious and moral code in history. Until recently,...

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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