Spirituality/Tradition

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy May 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy

Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino told students in a Beit Shemesh school on Wednesday, May...

Let’s Use Nazi War Criminals to Combat Holocaust Denial May 14, 2015 4:41 pm

Let’s Use Nazi War Criminals to Combat Holocaust Denial

The trial of 93-year-old ex-SS officer Oskar Groening currently underway in Germany is receiving...

Why We Are Responsible for Evil That Befalls Us – And Why That is Good May 13, 2015 1:46 pm

Why We Are Responsible for Evil That Befalls Us – And Why That is Good

The 26th chapter of Vayikra sets out with stunning clarity the terms of Jewish life under...

Jerusalem Day Statistics Reveal Israeli Capital’s Progress, But Room for Growth May 13, 2015 1:04 pm

Jerusalem Day Statistics Reveal Israeli Capital’s Progress, But Room for Growth

JNS.org – May 17 marks Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) in Israel, a national holiday...

Pew Survey: Judaism Rises With Christianity’s Decline, But Not as Fast as Islam May 13, 2015 10:22 am

Pew Survey: Judaism Rises With Christianity’s Decline, But Not as Fast as Islam

JNS.org – The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape...

Study Shows High Jewish Engagement for Alumni of OU Teen Israel Experience May 13, 2015 12:27 am

Study Shows High Jewish Engagement for Alumni of OU Teen Israel Experience

JNS.org – A newly released study reveals that non-Orthodox participants of an Orthodox...

Pro-Israel Advocates Should Stand Up and Support Ted Cruz’s Gay Host May 12, 2015 3:24 pm

Pro-Israel Advocates Should Stand Up and Support Ted Cruz’s Gay Host

Something disturbing recently happened that slipped right past pro-Israel advocates. Mati...

Why Won’t Jewish Leaders Fight BDS? May 12, 2015 7:31 am

Why Won’t Jewish Leaders Fight BDS?

Press reports about the dinner in Washington last week honoring Abe Foxman’s 50 years as...

Return the Talmud’s Confrontational Voice to Judaism May 11, 2015 3:01 pm

Return the Talmud’s Confrontational Voice to Judaism

JNS.org – The very idea of identifying religious faithfulness with a commitment to...

The Jewish Connection to Lampedusa May 11, 2015 2:57 pm

The Jewish Connection to Lampedusa

Lampedusa, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily, has been in the news in Europe lately....

Racism in Israel and Beyond May 8, 2015 10:34 am

Racism in Israel and Beyond

The riot of Ethiopian Jews in Israel who were protesting against racism is a sad reflection...

From Baghdad to Israel: Actor Aryeh Elias, Passes Away at Age 94 May 8, 2015 10:26 am

From Baghdad to Israel: Actor Aryeh Elias, Passes Away at Age 94

Israeli film legend Aryeh Elias passed away at the age of 94 on Thursday, May 7. The veteran...

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  • Featured Sports World Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    The head of Israel’s soccer association called on his Palestinian counterpart to “join forces,” as the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its bid on Friday to have Israel suspended from FIFA. “Let’s leave it to the politicians to do politics,” said Israel Football Association chief Ofer Eini, moments after PFA Chairman Jibril Rajoub announced that his group had withdrawn the proposal. After his remarks, Eini shook hands with the Palestinian soccer chief. Rajoub thanked “those” who convinced him to drop the [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    JNS.org – An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to [...]

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  • Food US & Canada Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Famed ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s will not be introducing a Bacon flavored product to its offerings because the company intends to keep its entire line kosher, Marketing Director Alison Gilbert told AOL’s morning show Rise recently. “It’s kind of funny, a lot of people look for bacon in our ice cream, which is probably not gonna happen because all of our ice cream is kosher,” she said, referring to Jewish dietary restrictions that proscribe the consumption of pig [...]

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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