Spirituality/Tradition

The Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed, 2014 September 24, 2014 11:13 am

The Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

Happy, healthy, challenging, and rewarding new year! 1. Rosh Hashanah is a universal, stock-taking,...

Jewish New Year in Review: 5774 September 24, 2014 10:39 am

Jewish New Year in Review: 5774

JNS.org – As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the Jewish calendar turns to 5775, JNS.org...

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism September 23, 2014 12:58 pm

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – Despite the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe in the wake of Operation...

The Truth About the Etzion ‘Settlement’ Bloc September 23, 2014 7:33 am

The Truth About the Etzion ‘Settlement’ Bloc

While the Middle East burns and tens of thousands of corpses pile up in Syria and Iraq, Jewish...

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative September 22, 2014 1:51 pm

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative

JNS.org - When Noah Slepkov started using online genealogical tools to build a family tree,...

El Al Reunites Parents of Lone Soldiers From ‘Protective Edge’ for Rosh Hashana September 22, 2014 1:43 pm

El Al Reunites Parents of Lone Soldiers From ‘Protective Edge’ for Rosh Hashana

In a special initiative to enable families to spend the Jewish New Year together, an airlift...

Off and on the Orthodox Path September 22, 2014 7:12 am

Off and on the Orthodox Path

JNS.org – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the days in between them mark the season...

A Trembling World Waiting to Be Reborn September 19, 2014 9:39 am

A Trembling World Waiting to Be Reborn

As the sun sets before Rosh Hashana, the universe goes into a comatose state. A slumber...

The Sabbatical Year of Shmita and Spiritually Responding to Terrorism September 19, 2014 7:36 am

The Sabbatical Year of Shmita and Spiritually Responding to Terrorism

JNS.org – The sound of the shofar is in the air. The Hebrew month of Elul has come,...

Great Quotes on the Meaning of Rosh Hashanah September 19, 2014 7:31 am

Great Quotes on the Meaning of Rosh Hashanah

Sundown on Wednesday, September 24, marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and millions...

Leaders Must Lead by Both Consensus and Command September 18, 2014 7:08 am

Leaders Must Lead by Both Consensus and Command

What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give him or her? Vayelech is the place...

Honey, Guess Who’s Coming to Temple? Prominent Arab Leaders to Participate in Jewish New Year Services (SATIRE) September 18, 2014 6:59 am

Honey, Guess Who’s Coming to Temple? Prominent Arab Leaders to Participate in Jewish New Year Services (SATIRE)

Is Israel slowly starting to cozy up with key Sunni countries in the Middle East? Based on...

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  • Relationships US & Canada Time Out Features Single Lady Who Likes ‘Big Schlubby Jewish Comedians’

    Time Out Features Single Lady Who Likes ‘Big Schlubby Jewish Comedians’

    A profile published Wednesday in Time Out New York highlighted a 25-year-old Brooklyn woman who claimed she is attracted to chubby Jewish comedians, Maxim Deputy Editor Jason Feifer pointed out via Twitter. Talking about a date she went on, Steph, a sunglasses designer living in Borough Park, told the magazine, ”He was very attractive, just not my type. I like big schlubby Jewish comedians and he was clean-cut.” Feifer posted a picture of the magazine page and commented that Steph’s preferences amounted [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship. He couldn’t survive the heats. He didn’t make the start line. He was devastated—and he had no one with whom to share his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointment. His divorced parents still live in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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