Spirituality/Tradition

Jewish Warfare: A Traditional Perspective July 30, 2014 10:57 am

Jewish Warfare: A Traditional Perspective

In the timely hour of battle between Israel and its neighbors, it is helpful to recall the...

Israel and the Jewish People Don’t Need the World’s Permission to Survive July 29, 2014 11:40 am

Israel and the Jewish People Don’t Need the World’s Permission to Survive

It is easy for me, as someone who does not live in Israel, to tell the Israeli military...

Making Aliyah During Wartime July 29, 2014 12:40 am

Making Aliyah During Wartime

JNS.org – Of the 228 souls who emerged from El Al Flight LY 3004 on the morning...

Christians United For Israel Comes Through at a Critical Moment July 29, 2014 12:27 am

Christians United For Israel Comes Through at a Critical Moment

Recent events have propelled Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to the front row of pro-Israel...

Presbyterian Church Criticizes Israel, Remains Silent on Brutal Anti-Christian Persecution in Middle East July 28, 2014 1:09 am

Presbyterian Church Criticizes Israel, Remains Silent on Brutal Anti-Christian Persecution in Middle East

Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church USA withdrew...

More Than Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, Be My Messenger July 28, 2014 1:02 am

More Than Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, Be My Messenger

JNS.org – Another depressing day. Listening to the news at 6 a.m. already takes...

To Be a Jew in France Today July 28, 2014 12:48 am

To Be a Jew in France Today

JNS.org – “Wie Gott in Frankreich leben”—“living like God in France”—was...

ADL Scrutinized Over Interfaith Camp Coordinators’ Alleged Ties to Al-Qaeda Terrorist July 27, 2014 11:23 pm

ADL Scrutinized Over Interfaith Camp Coordinators’ Alleged Ties to Al-Qaeda Terrorist

JNS.org - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is being scrutinized over the alleged ties staffers...

Opinion: President Obama’s Moral Ambiguity on Hamas July 27, 2014 11:44 am

Opinion: President Obama’s Moral Ambiguity on Hamas

Elie Wiesel is one of my greatest heroes and I’ve been lucky to have a warm friendship with...

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time July 25, 2014 8:03 pm

Supporting Israel’s Soldiers, One Challah at a Time

I am not a soldier. I am not even a citizen of Israel. Yet Israel is the only place on earth...

Why Anti-Zionists Are Often Accused of Anti-Semitism July 25, 2014 12:52 pm

Why Anti-Zionists Are Often Accused of Anti-Semitism

I was driving in my car recently when the James O’Brien show came on London talk station...

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South July 25, 2014 10:14 am

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South

As Gaza rockets continue to strike southern Israel, the region’s lower-socioeconomic sectors...

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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 moral 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 has [...]

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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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