Spirituality/Tradition

Hundreds of Jews Ascend Temple Mount for Tisha B’Av, Confronted by Muslim Protesters August 6, 2014 2:27 am

Hundreds of Jews Ascend Temple Mount for Tisha B’Av, Confronted by Muslim Protesters

JERUSALEM – Hundreds of Jews ascended the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning to mark Tisha...

Sneakers on Tisha B’Av: When Spirit and Letter Collide August 5, 2014 1:57 pm

Sneakers on Tisha B’Av: When Spirit and Letter Collide

JNS.org – The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward...

A Tisha B’Av Message: Jews Must Fight to Prevent Their Destruction August 5, 2014 1:33 pm

A Tisha B’Av Message: Jews Must Fight to Prevent Their Destruction

I first wrote this essay about Tisha B’Av in 2011 and have been revising it each...

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones August 5, 2014 2:36 am

Tisha B’Av: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth Day of the Month of Av, is the second most important fast day in...

EXCLUSIVE: IDF Veteran, Painter Tomer Peretz Wins Inaugural Arthur Szyk Prize of Disruptive Thought and Zionist Art (INTERVIEW) August 4, 2014 7:20 pm

EXCLUSIVE: IDF Veteran, Painter Tomer Peretz Wins Inaugural Arthur Szyk Prize of Disruptive Thought and Zionist Art (INTERVIEW)

Israeli-American painter, and Israel Defense Forces veteran, Tomer Peretz, 32, was selected...

From Welfare to Warfare August 4, 2014 7:02 pm

From Welfare to Warfare

As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, we have now seen four incidents in the...

Israel Defines the Empowerment of Women, Even During Wartime August 4, 2014 2:58 pm

Israel Defines the Empowerment of Women, Even During Wartime

The Electronic Intifada recently published a piece that claims ending Zionism is a feminist...

How Islamic Are Muslims? August 1, 2014 1:49 pm

How Islamic Are Muslims?

Islamic law demands much of Muslims; how successfully do they fulfill its precepts? Scheherazade...

Israel Making Positive Strides in Uphill Battle on the Information Front August 1, 2014 1:45 pm

Israel Making Positive Strides in Uphill Battle on the Information Front

JNS.org – Israel has been taking its licks in the international arena since it launched...

A Radical New Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Change the Education System August 1, 2014 1:18 pm

A Radical New Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Change the Education System

Those at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) who voted to condemn Israel in the...

Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam as a Means for Peace August 1, 2014 12:00 am

Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam as a Means for Peace

JNS.org – Jews around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Mohammad...

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work July 31, 2014 5:08 am

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work

JNS.org – The turbulent 20th century witnessed humanitarian crises in all corners...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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