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The Right and the Good July 30, 2015 1:18 pm

The Right and the Good

Buried among the epic passages in Va-etchanan – among them the Shema and the Ten Commandments...

Abe Foxman’s Retirement is the End of an Era July 30, 2015 1:16 pm

Abe Foxman’s Retirement is the End of an Era

I received a call recently from Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League,...

When Shul Talk Goes Nuclear: Should Pulpit Rabbis Publicly Discuss Iran? July 28, 2015 1:52 pm

When Shul Talk Goes Nuclear: Should Pulpit Rabbis Publicly Discuss Iran?

JNS.org – As the U.S. Congress debates whether or not to support the Iran nuclear...

Gaza Disengagement Reflections Pour In a Decade Later July 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Gaza Disengagement Reflections Pour In a Decade Later

JNS.org – This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Israel’s unilateral pullout from...

Jewish Woman’s Suicide Spotlights Maryland Rabbi’s Recovery ‘Sanctuary’ July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Jewish Woman’s Suicide Spotlights Maryland Rabbi’s Recovery ‘Sanctuary’

JNS.org –  The recent suicide of 30-year-old Jewish woman Faigy Mayer in Manhattan...

Unity is the Only Solution to Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism July 26, 2015 4:19 pm

Unity is the Only Solution to Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

On this Ninth of Av, the parallels between the period preceding the ruin of the ancient Temple...

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies July 24, 2015 11:20 am

Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

A June 2015 art exhibit, “The Transformative Power of Art,” at the United Nations...

Tisha B’Av is a Reminder: Don’t Repeat Mistakes of the Past July 24, 2015 11:17 am

Tisha B’Av is a Reminder: Don’t Repeat Mistakes of the Past

“Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana was...

Holy Cow! Red Heifer Project Part of Path From ‘Mourning to Building’ Temple July 24, 2015 11:08 am

Holy Cow! Red Heifer Project Part of Path From ‘Mourning to Building’ Temple

JNS.org – What weighs 400 pounds, is necessary for the coming of the Third Temple,...

My Aliyah Day (a.k.a. the Most Intense Day of My Life) July 23, 2015 7:17 am

My Aliyah Day (a.k.a. the Most Intense Day of My Life)

JNS.org – It happened. I’m officially an Israeli and I have an identification number...

At Jerusalem Film Festival, New Year Brings New Kind of Drama July 23, 2015 7:10 am

At Jerusalem Film Festival, New Year Brings New Kind of Drama

JNS.org – In July 2014 in Jerusalem, sirens over the city at the beginning of the...

‘Concierge Rabbi’ Envisions New Kind of Religious Experience July 23, 2015 7:00 am

‘Concierge Rabbi’ Envisions New Kind of Religious Experience

JNS.org – In layman’s terms, “concierge” essentially means a personal assistant....

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  • Food Jenna Jameson Flips Janice Dickinson the Finger for Raiding Her Kosher Fridge on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ (VIDEO)

    Jenna Jameson Flips Janice Dickinson the Finger for Raiding Her Kosher Fridge on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ (VIDEO)

    Former adult film star Jenna Jameson slammed Janice Dickinson on Sunday night’s episode of U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother after she found out that the former model took food from her kosher refrigerator, the Daily Mail reported. A hungry Dickinson took a pack of celery from Jameson’s fridge, which was reserved for food adhering to kosher dietary laws. When Jameson, who converted to Judaism, found out, she shouted, “I’m about to go eat Janice’s f***ing face.” The previous porn star then stormed into the kitchen and confronted Dickinson. She […]

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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