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Spirituality/Tradition

What’s With the Wig?

A friend once asked me whether a certain activity was permitted on Shabbat. She’d heard that it wasn't -- because she enjoyed it. How...

August 29, 2016 6:19 am

Twice-Divorced Holocaust Survivor Marrying Woman Nearly Half Century Younger Wants ‘Big New York Party’ to Celebrate

A Holocaust survivor who recently got engaged to a woman nearly half a century his junior told the New York Post that he hopes to have the wedding at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, where he is a member. Two-time divorcé...

Only a New Judaism Can Save Israel — and Our People

When I contemplate the future of the state of Israel and its inhabitants, I realize more and more that religious Judaism must become its primary driving force, so as not merely to survive, but to...

The Beauty of Israel Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Occasionally you come across information in an article that is meaningless to most of the readers, but resonates powerfully with you. Stumbling across one of these nuggets is a "Eureka!" moment, and I was lucky...

August 24, 2016 1:59 am

The Listener, Not the Speaker, Can Often Change the World

It is one of the most important words in Judaism, and also one of the...

August 23, 2016 3:08 pm

UK Chief Rabbi Corresponds With 11-Year-Old Australian Girl About Meaning of Friendship; Quotes King Solomon

The UK's chief rabbi on Tuesday posted on Twitter an email correspondence with a young Australian girl...

August 22, 2016 4:21 am

Afterthoughts on Tisha B’av

I must confess that this year’s Tisha B'av, a few days ago, was the first...

August 22, 2016 4:09 am

Message to My Daughter Under the Chuppah

Below are the words I delivered during my daughter's wedding in Jerusalem: Shterny, these are my last...

August 19, 2016 2:20 am

Keeping Kosher, Eating Healthily

Not a week goes by without a new fad diet hitting the headlines. Each promises countless health...

August 19, 2016 2:09 am

Shabbat Nachamu in Jerusalem, 1920

August 17, 2016 6:41 am

The Power of Asking Why

August 16, 2016 6:10 am

A Daughter Weds in Jerusalem

August 29, 2016 6:19 am

What’s With the Wig?

A friend once asked me whether a certain activity was permitted on Shabbat. She’d heard that it wasn't -- because she enjoyed it. How did...

August 28, 2016 12:40 pm

Twice-Divorced Holocaust Survivor Marrying Woman Nearly Half Century Younger Wants ‘Big New York Party’ to Celebrate

A Holocaust survivor who recently got engaged to a woman nearly half a century his junior told the New York Post that he hopes to have the wedding at...

August 26, 2016 2:45 am

Only a New Judaism Can Save Israel — and Our People

When I contemplate the future of the state of Israel and its inhabitants, I realize more and more that religious Judaism must become its primary...

August 26, 2016 2:36 am

The Beauty of Israel Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Occasionally you come across information in an article that is meaningless to most of the readers, but resonates powerfully with you. Stumbling across one of...

August 24, 2016 1:59 am

The Listener, Not the Speaker, Can Often Change the World

It is one of the most important words in Judaism, and also one of the least understood. Its two most famous occurrences are in last...

August 23, 2016 3:08 pm

UK Chief Rabbi Corresponds With 11-Year-Old Australian Girl About Meaning of Friendship; Quotes King Solomon

The UK's chief rabbi on Tuesday posted on Twitter an email correspondence with a young Australian girl who had written to ask what "friendship" means to him. Moved by...

August 22, 2016 4:21 am

Afterthoughts on Tisha B’av

I must confess that this year’s Tisha B'av, a few days ago, was the first time in 54 years (since I was 16) that I...

August 22, 2016 4:09 am

Message to My Daughter Under the Chuppah

Below are the words I delivered during my daughter's wedding in Jerusalem: Shterny, these are my last words to you as a single woman as you stand...

August 19, 2016 2:20 am

Keeping Kosher, Eating Healthily

Not a week goes by without a new fad diet hitting the headlines. Each promises countless health benefits and longevity, while guaranteeing sustainable weight loss, and each...

August 19, 2016 2:09 am

Shabbat Nachamu in Jerusalem, 1920

The Haftorah read on Shabbat Nachamu, which follows Tisha B’Av, expresses the message of comfort conveyed by the prophet Isaiah to a bereaved nation soon...

August 17, 2016 6:41 am

The Power of Asking Why

In a much-watched TED talk, Simon Sinek asked the question: how do great leaders inspire action? What made people like Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs...

August 16, 2016 6:10 am

A Daughter Weds in Jerusalem

Next week, our daughter Shterny will wed in Jerusalem. It would have been easier, obviously, to have the wedding in the United States. But there...

August 15, 2016 6:09 am

How to Use Your Judaism to Lose Weight

JNS.org - Cholent on Shabbat day. Brisket on Rosh Hashanah. Matzo balls and challah – lots of challah. Jews love food, and much of Jewish culture...

August 12, 2016 3:38 am

Tisha B’Av and the Nature of Evil

The period of mourning for the destruction of our two Jerusalem temples does not seem to fit with the idea that Judaism is underpinned by...

Culture

Belieb It: Justin Bieber to Perform in Israel in 2017

JNS.org -- Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will perform in Israel as part of his upcoming 2017 international tour. The singer announced...

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron (REVIEW)

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, By Colin Shindler, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, 411 pp. Finally, the student of...

Features

Captain of Communication: IDF Vet Turned Entrepreneur Optimizes Email Usage

JNS.org -- As a former Israel Defense Forces elite special forces captain, Haim Senior...

Chabad Emissaries Coming to Small Jewish Community of South Dakota

JNS.org -- A state boasting just 400 Jews is about to receive its first full-time...

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’

JNS.org - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

World

‘Proud’ Jewish Actor Andrew Garfield Winning Plaudits for Playing Chris...

American-British Jewish actor Andrew Garfield is drawing critical acclaim for his portrayal of Christians in two potential Oscar candidate films. Garfield,...

Israel

Israel Signs Trilateral Research and Development Pact With Greece, Cyprus

JNS.org -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece on Thursday in Jerusalem as the three nations signed a research and development agreement to advance...

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