Spirituality/Tradition

The Clown Therapist Who Sees No Borders March 18, 2014 6:40 am

The Clown Therapist Who Sees No Borders

Reuven Singer can often be seen wearing two very different uniforms that seem worlds apart. The...

Purim and the Poor in Israel March 16, 2014 2:07 am

Purim and the Poor in Israel

JNS.org - Israelis take Purim seriously—kids get the day off school, many towns put...

What is the Name ‘Purim’ All About? March 16, 2014 2:05 am

What is the Name ‘Purim’ All About?

JNS.org – The names of religious holidays are usually fairly straightforward,...

Purim Guide for the Perplexed, 2014 March 14, 2014 12:23 pm

Purim Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

1.  Purim’s Scroll of Esther represents fundamental tenets of Judaism: *Faith in...

Researcher Discovers Genetic Mutation in Moroccan Jews That Leads to Crippling Disease March 14, 2014 12:08 pm

Researcher Discovers Genetic Mutation in Moroccan Jews That Leads to Crippling Disease

JNS.org - Imagine that your child is born seemingly normal, but by age 1 or 2 her or she...

Brothers Plead Guilty Over Extortion of Divorce From Jewish Husbands March 14, 2014 9:56 am

Brothers Plead Guilty Over Extortion of Divorce From Jewish Husbands

JNS.org – Two Orthodox-Jewish brothers in Brooklyn admitted to being involved with a crime...

The Start-Up Nation Concept Represents Modern Zionism March 13, 2014 1:15 am

The Start-Up Nation Concept Represents Modern Zionism

The great book Start-Up Nation by Saul Singer and Dan Senor, which describes the amazing...

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks March 13, 2014 12:44 am

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks

JNS.org – A new display in Jerusalem is showcasing the oldest-known masks in the world,...

As IDF Service Controversy Swirls, Charedi Entrepreneurship Thrives in Beit Shemesh March 13, 2014 12:34 am

As IDF Service Controversy Swirls, Charedi Entrepreneurship Thrives in Beit Shemesh

JNS.org – Amid the buzz surrounding issues of religious-secular tension—such as...

Leaders Must Be Honest, Above All to Themselves March 12, 2014 12:24 pm

Leaders Must Be Honest, Above All to Themselves

The great leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build...

Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying March 12, 2014 7:24 am

Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying

Nazi leader Hermann Goering, who went to trial at Nuremberg after World War II, refused to...

Before Purim, Non-Profit Raises Funds and Awareness for African Energy Crisis March 12, 2014 12:47 am

Before Purim, Non-Profit Raises Funds and Awareness for African Energy Crisis

JNS.org - Ahead of Purim, Innovation: Africa (iA)—a U.N. award-winning organization that...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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