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Israeli’s Chief Rabbinate Wants to Become the Vatican January 14, 2016 12:10 pm

Israeli’s Chief Rabbinate Wants to Become the Vatican

The tensions created by the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate within Israeli society have extended...

Israel’s Shift from West to East  — and the Implications for American Jewry January 12, 2016 7:55 am

Israel’s Shift from West to East — and the Implications for American Jewry

JNS.org – Last week, the media carried what on the surface appeared to be an insignificant...

Hope Is Born in the Home January 12, 2016 7:18 am

Hope Is Born in the Home

The American writer Bruce Feiler recently published a best-selling book entitled The Secrets...

Jewish Poverty in Manhattan Exists and Needs Our Attention Now January 11, 2016 7:46 am

Jewish Poverty in Manhattan Exists and Needs Our Attention Now

Poverty among Jews in Manhattan is a reality — just one whose proportions few are...

Why Excluding Books Can Help Preserve Jewish Identity January 8, 2016 5:18 am

Why Excluding Books Can Help Preserve Jewish Identity

I have not read Dorit Rabiniyan’s book Borderlife — and I’m pretty sure I never...

Groundswell of Christian Philanthropy Tackles Poverty in Israel January 8, 2016 5:12 am

Groundswell of Christian Philanthropy Tackles Poverty in Israel

JNS.org – A recently released report by Israel’s National Insurance Institute shows...

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Jerusalem January 7, 2016 7:30 am

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Jerusalem

JNS.org – The first time I was in Jerusalem for New Year’s Eve, it was 2011/2012...

Visiting Israel, Terror Victim Ezra Schwartz’s Family Sees ‘Where His Soul Is’ January 6, 2016 7:36 am

Visiting Israel, Terror Victim Ezra Schwartz’s Family Sees ‘Where His Soul Is’

JNS.org – Ezra Schwartz’s body was buried in the United States. But the way his...

To Improve People’s Spirituality, Improve Their Standard of Living January 6, 2016 7:29 am

To Improve People’s Spirituality, Improve Their Standard of Living

The Torah sometimes says something of fundamental importance in what seems like a minor and...

New Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament (INTERVIEW) January 6, 2016 7:22 am

New Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament (INTERVIEW)

It is well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy...

Why the World Blames Israel for ISIS and All Other Problems January 4, 2016 3:08 am

Why the World Blames Israel for ISIS and All Other Problems

ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recently turned his threats towards Israel. In the war against...

In 2016, Chabad’s Personal Touch Might Make Largest Strides on Campuses January 4, 2016 3:06 am

In 2016, Chabad’s Personal Touch Might Make Largest Strides on Campuses

JNS.org – The Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s robust Internet presence, and its network...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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  • Music US & Canada Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular US rapper that includes lyrics promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and cites a Holocaust denier, The Algemeiner has learned. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was responding to Tuesday’s release of B.o.B’s “Flatline,” the lyrics of which include: “But before you try to curve it, do your research on David Irving; Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kippa.” Irving is a historian who has questioned […]

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  • Business Features World-Changing Israeli Technologies Wow at Global Investor Summit

    World-Changing Israeli Technologies Wow at Global Investor Summit

    JNS.org – You’re cruising along the highway. Suddenly, your car starts to sputter, your engine grumbles, and your car comes to a screeching halt. The tow truck drags the car to a local auto mechanic. Damage: $1,000. You have no idea whether or not the mechanic is trying to do one over on you, but you will soon, thanks to a new Israeli innovation. Engie puts the car owner in the driver’s seat by providing a special malfunction reader that simply […]

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