Spirituality/Tradition

Rosh Hashanah 5775 Sees Record Number of Births in Israel September 30, 2014 7:05 am

Rosh Hashanah 5775 Sees Record Number of Births in Israel

Rosh Hashanah 5775 and the new year ushered in a record number of new babies. Maayanei Hayeshua...

The Jewish Leader’s Call to Responsibility: Celebrate Life September 30, 2014 6:52 am

The Jewish Leader’s Call to Responsibility: Celebrate Life

In the year that we recently parted with, 5774, it became dangerous once again to be a Jew....

Why I Want to Work on Behalf of Israel September 29, 2014 7:34 am

Why I Want to Work on Behalf of Israel

It was a pleasant day this past summer, until I heard the news. Three Israeli boys — Naftali...

We Must Build World Peace Locally September 29, 2014 7:24 am

We Must Build World Peace Locally

The condition of both supporting bottom-up social movements and enabling top-down laws, policies,...

Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques September 29, 2014 7:18 am

Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques

The American Thinker had a chance to catch up with Steven Emerson, head of The Investigative...

Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5775 September 24, 2014 5:07 pm

Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5775

As we mark the end of another year with the advent of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,...

The Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed, 2014 September 24, 2014 11:13 am

The Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

Happy, healthy, challenging, and rewarding new year! 1. Rosh Hashanah is a universal, stock-taking,...

Jewish New Year in Review: 5774 September 24, 2014 10:39 am

Jewish New Year in Review: 5774

JNS.org – As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the Jewish calendar turns to 5775, JNS.org...

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism September 23, 2014 12:58 pm

Australian Jews on Edge After Islamic State Arrests and Rise of Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – Despite the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe in the wake of Operation...

The Truth About the Etzion ‘Settlement’ Bloc September 23, 2014 7:33 am

The Truth About the Etzion ‘Settlement’ Bloc

While the Middle East burns and tens of thousands of corpses pile up in Syria and Iraq, Jewish...

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative September 22, 2014 1:51 pm

How DNA Testing Can Reveal Jewish Ancestry and Bolster the Zionist Narrative

JNS.org - When Noah Slepkov started using online genealogical tools to build a family tree,...

El Al Reunites Parents of Lone Soldiers From ‘Protective Edge’ for Rosh Hashana September 22, 2014 1:43 pm

El Al Reunites Parents of Lone Soldiers From ‘Protective Edge’ for Rosh Hashana

In a special initiative to enable families to spend the Jewish New Year together, an airlift...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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