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Remembering Rabbi Louis Jacobs

I will be delivering a memorial lecture this week for Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs, a very controversial figure in Anglo-Jewry in my youth. He was...

July 10, 2016 4:15 am

Is Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Following the Path of Korach?

Once again, Israel’s rabbinic court system is in the news -- and once again it is for taking a stance that seems unnecessarily harsh. An American woman who converted to Judaism under the supervision of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein...

Reflecting on My First ‘Aliyahniversary’

JNS.org - Here we are — a year after my aliyah date — which means I am no longer a “new” immigrant, but rather, just an immigrant. Goodbye discounts and goodbye receiving some slack for Hebrew...

Becoming Orthodox and Kicking the Clothes-Shopping Habit

When I tell my daughter-in-law, Devorah, who has only known me for five years, that I used to love shopping, she finds it hard to believe. I do, too. But my closet testifies that most of...

July 7, 2016 6:12 am

Meet the Orthodox ‘Ninja Warrior’

Yeshiva University rabbinical student Akiva Neuman decided to keep his kippah, his tsitsit and his...

July 7, 2016 6:06 am

There Is No Faith Without Uncertainty

Faith means striving for faith. It is never an arrival. It can only burst forth...

July 6, 2016 6:52 am

Orthodox-Jewish Beat-Boxing Duo Stuns ‘America’s Got Talent’ Audience, Judges (VIDEO)

A pair of Orthodox-Jewish beat-boxers wowed judges and viewers on Tuesday night with an unlikely...

July 5, 2016 2:59 pm

80 Jewish Teens From Around the World to Visit Poland, Israel as Part of Summer ‘Heritage Quest’ Program

Eighty Jewish teens from around the world will travel to Poland and Israel this month, as...

July 5, 2016 7:26 am

‘When You Rise Up’:  Brexit From a Torah Perspective

"When You Rise Up"  is the English translation of Beha'alotecha, the name of the Torah’s...

July 10, 2016 4:15 am

Remembering Rabbi Louis Jacobs

I will be delivering a memorial lecture this week for Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs, a very controversial figure in Anglo-Jewry in my youth. He was the...

July 8, 2016 2:17 am

Is Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Following the Path of Korach?

Once again, Israel’s rabbinic court system is in the news -- and once again it is for taking a stance that seems unnecessarily harsh. An American woman who...

July 8, 2016 2:13 am

Reflecting on My First ‘Aliyahniversary’

JNS.org - Here we are — a year after my aliyah date — which means I am no longer a “new” immigrant, but rather, just an...

July 8, 2016 2:08 am

Becoming Orthodox and Kicking the Clothes-Shopping Habit

When I tell my daughter-in-law, Devorah, who has only known me for five years, that I used to love shopping, she finds it hard to...

July 7, 2016 6:12 am

Meet the Orthodox ‘Ninja Warrior’

Yeshiva University rabbinical student Akiva Neuman decided to keep his kippah, his tsitsit and his shirt on while competing on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” The...

July 7, 2016 6:06 am

There Is No Faith Without Uncertainty

Faith means striving for faith. It is never an arrival. It can only burst forth at singular moments. It does not arise out of logical...

July 6, 2016 6:52 am

Orthodox-Jewish Beat-Boxing Duo Stuns ‘America’s Got Talent’ Audience, Judges (VIDEO)

A pair of Orthodox-Jewish beat-boxers wowed judges and viewers on Tuesday night with an unlikely performance on America’s Got Talent. Ilan "The Aleph Bass" Swartz-Brownstein and Josh "The...

July 5, 2016 2:59 pm

80 Jewish Teens From Around the World to Visit Poland, Israel as Part of Summer ‘Heritage Quest’ Program

Eighty Jewish teens from around the world will travel to Poland and Israel this month, as part of a program aimed at helping them explore their history,...

July 5, 2016 7:26 am

‘When You Rise Up’:  Brexit From a Torah Perspective

"When You Rise Up"  is the English translation of Beha'alotecha, the name of the Torah’s portion which was read on the Shabbat that followed the...

July 5, 2016 6:34 am

Healing the Trauma of Loss

It took me two years to recover from the death of my father, of blessed memory. To this day, almost 20 years later, I am not...

July 1, 2016 3:15 am

As Jews ‘Forever Remain the Outsider,’ New York Group Teaches Self-defense

JNS.org - “Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,’” Ron Miller, a prospective member of the Legion, New...

July 1, 2016 2:45 am

Jeremy Corbyn, Moses’ Spies and the Lust for Power

You are certainly familiar with the political crisis raging in Europe following the UK referendum result last week, which saw voters opt to sever the UK’s...

June 30, 2016 1:15 pm

Israel’s Genesis Prize Foundation Seeks ‘Jewish Heroes’ to Set an Example for Younger Generation

JNS.org - As a community priding itself on thousands of years of continuity and tradition, the Jewish people now face the challenge of increasing secularization and...

June 30, 2016 1:10 pm

Boston Publisher of ‘Mein Kampf’ to Donate Proceeds to Holocaust Survivors

JNS.org - The Boston-based publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate proceeds from the sale of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf autobiography to an organization helping aging...

Culture

Members of India’s ‘Lost Tribe’ of Jews Visit Auschwitz for the First Time

JNS.org - Members of India’s so-called “lost tribe” of Jews visited Auschwitz...

Features

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’

JNS.org - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

After Massive Diaspora Response, Israel’s Raging Fires Come Under Control

JNS.org - Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community...

Baptist Pastor Unearths His Father’s Holocaust Heroism in Wartime Diaries

JNS.org -- Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his experiences as a prisoner...

World

Europe Police Reveal Which Nations ISIS Could Target Next

The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the US-led coalition fighting...

Israel

Jewish Agency, Boston Philanthropies Distribute Aid to Haifa Fire Victims

JNS.org - The heads of the Jewish Agency and Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) visited Haifa Wednesday to distribute aid funds to victims of last week’s wildfires. “In these trying times, the...

Middle East

Senior Tehran Cleric Calls for ‘Retaliation’ After US Senate Ba...

“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s...

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