Spirituality/Tradition

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount May 21, 2014 7:00 am

My Recent Visit to the Temple Mount

This past week, within a 24-hour period, I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places...

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate? May 21, 2014 6:58 am

ADL Anti-Semitism Study is Historically Large, But How Accurate?

JNS.org – While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s...

We Must Stand With the Jews in Ukraine May 20, 2014 6:51 pm

We Must Stand With the Jews in Ukraine

Lag B’Omer is supposed to be a day of joy, celebration, and spiritual renewal. But there...

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred May 20, 2014 5:03 pm

A Priest’s Encounter With Jew-Hatred

JNS.org – I was in one of those big boxes in another city, waiting for a prescription....

Much-Debated Jewish Archive Won’t Return to Iraq – For Now May 20, 2014 4:59 pm

Much-Debated Jewish Archive Won’t Return to Iraq – For Now

JNS.org – A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community...

2,500 Jews Make Pilgrimage to Ancient Tunisian Synagogue Despite Instability May 19, 2014 7:08 pm

2,500 Jews Make Pilgrimage to Ancient Tunisian Synagogue Despite Instability

JNS.org – More than 2,500 Jews last weekend made the pilgrimage to Tunisia’s ancient...

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil May 19, 2014 6:55 am

Only 18 Members Remain in 2,300-Year-Old Turkish Jewish Community Following Political, Economic Turmoil

The once thriving Jewish community of Antakya, Turkey has now dwindled to just 18 members...

In Israel, Lag B’Omer Inspires Memories and Mayhem May 18, 2014 11:10 am

In Israel, Lag B’Omer Inspires Memories and Mayhem

JNS.org – One of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is of a trip to Mount...

Lag B’Omer: A Boy Scout’s Guide to Lighting Your Bonfire May 18, 2014 12:51 am

Lag B’Omer: A Boy Scout’s Guide to Lighting Your Bonfire

JNS.org – On Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and the 18th...

Message to Russia: There Was Never a ‘Good’ Hitler May 16, 2014 12:27 pm

Message to Russia: There Was Never a ‘Good’ Hitler

In an article recently printed in a pro-Kremlin newspaper, Andranik Migranyan, head of a pro-Russian...

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus and the Problem With the Gospels May 16, 2014 9:39 am

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus and the Problem With the Gospels

If the irresistible temptation to fashion Jesus in one’s own image persists today,...

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW) May 16, 2014 8:06 am

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW)

JNS.org – I confess that I came to Hillel Halkin’s “Jabotinsky: A Life” with...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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