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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...

Remember Them May 6, 2016 9:46 am

Remember Them

Six-year old Abraham Freiburg had fled with his mother and long entertained the notion that...

Interfaith Marriage and Jewish Customs: Doing Away With Something Inconvenient May 6, 2016 6:32 am

Interfaith Marriage and Jewish Customs: Doing Away With Something Inconvenient

Seymour Rosenbloom is a Conservative rabbi who gave 36 years of distinguished service to Congregation...

Pop Star Katy Perry Wishes for Weekly Worldwide ‘Shabbat’ to Disconnect From Social Media May 5, 2016 1:27 pm

Pop Star Katy Perry Wishes for Weekly Worldwide ‘Shabbat’ to Disconnect From Social Media

Pop superstar Katy Perry declared in a recent interview that the whole world needs a weekly...

God and Politics in the Book of Esther (REVIEW) May 5, 2016 8:36 am

God and Politics in the Book of Esther (REVIEW)

Ever since the inclusion of the Book of Esther in the biblical canon 2,000 years ago, there...

Armenians, Artsakh and the Invisible Hand May 5, 2016 7:03 am

Armenians, Artsakh and the Invisible Hand

Sunday, April 24 commemorated the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The day was...

What the Yom HaShoah Siren Means to Israelis May 5, 2016 6:22 am

What the Yom HaShoah Siren Means to Israelis

JNS.org – Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 10 a.m. all throughout Israel,...

Young Diaspora Jews Learn About Holocaust Through Unique Israeli Perspective May 4, 2016 3:42 pm

Young Diaspora Jews Learn About Holocaust Through Unique Israeli Perspective

JNS.org – Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, challenges Israelis...

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Admits Father Wanted Him to Become a Rabbi May 3, 2016 3:38 pm

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Admits Father Wanted Him to Become a Rabbi

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft admitted on Monday that his father wanted him to become...

What Is Good? May 1, 2016 6:37 am

What Is Good?

The core question of any discussion about ethics is: What is “good”? If we humans think...

Conan O’Brien Throws ‘Pharaoh’ Through Giant Wall of Matzah in Passover Sketch (VIDEO) April 28, 2016 10:05 am

Conan O’Brien Throws ‘Pharaoh’ Through Giant Wall of Matzah in Passover Sketch (VIDEO)

Conan O’Brien celebrated Passover on his late night show this week by throwing the...

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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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