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Will Methodists Choose Peace? May 16, 2016 6:57 am

Will Methodists Choose Peace?

JNS.org – Methodists know how important face-to-face meetings are for reconciliation....

What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbor? May 16, 2016 6:38 am

What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbor?

Last week we returned, in our cycle of reading the Torah each week, to the iconic, indeed...

How Some Religious Leaders in Israel Are Disgracing the Torah May 16, 2016 6:21 am

How Some Religious Leaders in Israel Are Disgracing the Torah

Last week, tens of thousands of Israelis were prevented from traveling on their normal roads...

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg Says She Is ‘Torch of Freedom’ for Holocaust Survivor Mother May 12, 2016 4:20 pm

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg Says She Is ‘Torch of Freedom’ for Holocaust Survivor Mother

Famed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said on Tuesday night that she sees herself as...

Judaica and Memorabilia Connect Us To the Past May 12, 2016 6:40 am

Judaica and Memorabilia Connect Us To the Past

A date in a calendar is strengthened when history can be held and cherished. Last week, Israel...

Shabbat Is a Gift From God May 12, 2016 6:35 am

Shabbat Is a Gift From God

The parsha of Emor contains a chapter dedicated to the festivals of the Jewish year. There...

Israel Is Powerful, But It Is Also Right May 12, 2016 6:33 am

Israel Is Powerful, But It Is Also Right

Until last week, I thought that I had heard just about everything bad anyone had to say about...

The Yitro Effect and US-Israel Relations May 10, 2016 7:16 am

The Yitro Effect and US-Israel Relations

Israel never had a greater ally and supporter than Yitro (Jethro), Moshe’s father-in-law,...

Israeli Independence Day: An Unyielding Marriage of 3,500 Years May 10, 2016 6:46 am

Israeli Independence Day: An Unyielding Marriage of 3,500 Years

This year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence day) commemorates the 68th anniversary...

Censorship Never Works May 9, 2016 7:13 am

Censorship Never Works

I have always hated the idea of censorship. It never really works. As Proverbs says, “Food...

The Blessing of a Big Family May 9, 2016 6:54 am

The Blessing of a Big Family

Pictures don’t lie, but they don’t tell the whole truth either. They just capture...

Auschwitz Survivor Brings Crowd to Tears at Manhattan Holocaust Remembrance Event May 9, 2016 6:47 am

Auschwitz Survivor Brings Crowd to Tears at Manhattan Holocaust Remembrance Event

On May 4, 1944, the Nazis rounded up many of the Jews in Hungary. Most did not live to tell...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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