Spirituality/Tradition

Lev Tahor Haredi Group Leaves Guatemalan Town After Threats August 31, 2014 7:44 pm

Lev Tahor Haredi Group Leaves Guatemalan Town After Threats

JNS.org - About 200 members of a controversial Haredi sect of Judaism, Lev Tahor (“Pure...

Will Jews Buy Umbrellas When They See Clouds in the Sky? August 29, 2014 12:01 pm

Will Jews Buy Umbrellas When They See Clouds in the Sky?

19th century Zionist philosopher, Max Nordau, was quoted as telling Jewish leader Ze’ev...

An Open Letter to the Muslim World: What Would Your Grandfather Say? August 29, 2014 10:37 am

An Open Letter to the Muslim World: What Would Your Grandfather Say?

Dear cousin, As relatives that go back thousands of years to our shared grandfather Abraham,...

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception August 29, 2014 10:01 am

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

A few years ago I gave a talk on art, perception, and anti-Semitism to a mostly Jewish audience...

Reading and Writing Separate the Statesmen From the Politicians August 28, 2014 6:46 pm

Reading and Writing Separate the Statesmen From the Politicians

The parsha of Shoftim is the classic source of the three types of leadership in Judaism,...

Young Israeli Christians Complete First-Ever Summer Seminar August 28, 2014 6:06 pm

Young Israeli Christians Complete First-Ever Summer Seminar

JNS.org - Thirty Israeli Christians have completed the first-ever summer seminar for Arabic-speaking...

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior August 27, 2014 11:48 am

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior

I’m usually the one around the Old Jews poker table who counsels my oversensitive friends...

My War Story: a New Torah for Sderot August 27, 2014 11:14 am

My War Story: a New Torah for Sderot

JNS.org - This summer has been incredibly difficult for our brothers and sisters in Israel. Instead...

Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW) August 27, 2014 11:06 am

Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

“Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World...

The High Holidays Bring Us Together as a Community August 26, 2014 1:21 pm

The High Holidays Bring Us Together as a Community

Shwer zu sein a yid. It’s difficult to be a Jew. This old Yiddish expression, often said...

Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach August 26, 2014 1:08 pm

Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

JNS.org - “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli...

Mel Bochner is an Amazing Jewish Artist August 24, 2014 2:33 am

Mel Bochner is an Amazing Jewish Artist

I recently enjoyed, “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” an amazing exhibit at the Upper East...

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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