Spirituality/Tradition

Why Israel Has Reason to Rejoice April 22, 2015 1:12 pm

Why Israel Has Reason to Rejoice

The Bible quotes Balaam describing the Jews as “a people that dwells alone and is not counted...

Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time April 22, 2015 10:56 am

Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s...

How Early Christians Traded Pilate for the Jews April 21, 2015 12:54 pm

How Early Christians Traded Pilate for the Jews

“Crucify him, crucify him!” shouted the multitude of Jews when Pontius Pilate...

How Sweet It Is April 17, 2015 2:13 pm

How Sweet It Is

In 2012 a television series called Magic City appeared on Starz Network and ran for two seasons....

70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen April 17, 2015 9:58 am

70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

JNS.org – On April 15, 1945, the British Second Army entered Bergen-Belsen. One week...

Bar Mitzvah Memorial Project Links Teens With Holocaust Victims April 17, 2015 9:47 am

Bar Mitzvah Memorial Project Links Teens With Holocaust Victims

JNS.org – When 12-year-old Max Levin was looking for a meaningful way to celebrate...

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary April 16, 2015 10:15 am

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary

JNS.org – As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel...

Greek Rabbi to Be Honored for Saving Jews During Holocaust With Help of Righteous Christians April 16, 2015 6:44 am

Greek Rabbi to Be Honored for Saving Jews During Holocaust With Help of Righteous Christians

In the Jerusalem Hills, there stands the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world,...

Religion, Like Fire, Can Burn – and We Must Guard the Flame April 16, 2015 6:37 am

Religion, Like Fire, Can Burn – and We Must Guard the Flame

The shock is immense. For several weeks and many chapters – the longest prelude in the Torah...

Anne Frank’s Death at Bergen-Belsen Commemorated With #Notsilent Campaign (VIDEO) April 15, 2015 9:18 pm

Anne Frank’s Death at Bergen-Belsen Commemorated With #Notsilent Campaign (VIDEO)

JNS.org - The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp,...

Examining the Mezuzah April 13, 2015 2:15 pm

Examining the Mezuzah

According to the Biblical narrative, when the Children of Israel were still in Egypt they...

20 French Mayors to Visit Israel for Yom HaShoah April 9, 2015 5:34 pm

20 French Mayors to Visit Israel for Yom HaShoah

JNS.org - A delegation of 20 French mayors will visit Israel next week to commemorate Yom...

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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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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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