Spirituality/Tradition

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election March 23, 2015 1:18 pm

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election

JNS.org – As pundits and politicians sift through the election data, devise alternative...

Islam Bulldozes the Past March 23, 2015 10:39 am

Islam Bulldozes the Past

The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra,...

The Religious Dogma of Palestinian Statehood March 23, 2015 7:35 am

The Religious Dogma of Palestinian Statehood

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark about the dangers of a Palestinian state...

Queens of the Jews March 22, 2015 1:10 am

Queens of the Jews

Most of the queens in Jewish history are either unnamed or unknown beyond their names. Yet...

India’s Modi Tweets Netanyahu in Hebrew, Showing Strong Indo-Israeli Ties March 20, 2015 11:33 am

India’s Modi Tweets Netanyahu in Hebrew, Showing Strong Indo-Israeli Ties

After Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...

Israeli Elections – Then and Now March 20, 2015 10:37 am

Israeli Elections – Then and Now

The first Israeli election I experienced was in the summer of 1961. I was in Yeshivah in Jerusalem,...

Swarthmore Hillel Drops ‘Hillel’ Name After Disagreement on Pro-BDS Speakers March 19, 2015 7:07 am

Swarthmore Hillel Drops ‘Hillel’ Name After Disagreement on Pro-BDS Speakers

JNS.org – The Hillel chapter at Swarthmore College voted to drop “Hillel” from...

Jewish Community in Wales ‘Feeling Vulnerable’ Following Record-Breaking Antisemitism in Britain March 19, 2015 1:58 am

Jewish Community in Wales ‘Feeling Vulnerable’ Following Record-Breaking Antisemitism in Britain

The Jewish community in Wales, UK is dwindling in number and its members are feeling vulnerable...

In Israel, Medical Marijuana Research Far From Stuck in the Weeds March 19, 2015 12:06 am

In Israel, Medical Marijuana Research Far From Stuck in the Weeds

JNS.org – One of the most revolutionary social movements in the past decade has...

Dewey Defeats Truman – This Time in Israel March 18, 2015 3:46 pm

Dewey Defeats Truman – This Time in Israel

JNS.org – Israelis went to bed on March 17 thinking that the two main political...

Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish? March 18, 2015 1:44 am

Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish...

Explaining the Sacrifice March 18, 2015 1:44 am

Explaining the Sacrifice

The laws on sacrifices, which dominate the early chapters of the book of Leviticus, are among...

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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