Spirituality/Tradition

Freedom is Ours to Lose January 15, 2015 2:30 am

Freedom is Ours to Lose

The question is ancient. If God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, then it was God who made Pharaoh...

After Appearance on Shark Tank, ‘Mensch on a Bench’ Gets 15 Minutes of Fame January 15, 2015 2:29 am

After Appearance on Shark Tank, ‘Mensch on a Bench’ Gets 15 Minutes of Fame

JNS.org – Leading up to Hanukkah 2014, former Hasbro toy and game company employee...

The Jewish Way to ‘Shake It Off’ January 13, 2015 3:16 pm

The Jewish Way to ‘Shake It Off’

While the “shake it off” approach to life was recently popularized in a song by Taylor...

On Syria, France, and Jewish Education January 13, 2015 3:01 am

On Syria, France, and Jewish Education

A few thoughts on matters concerning Israel and the Jewish people… A new United Nations...

Chief Rabbis January 13, 2015 2:48 am

Chief Rabbis

The British Jewish community, like all communities, reflects the ethos of its host society....

Satirists and Terrorists January 9, 2015 2:22 pm

Satirists and Terrorists

They say that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy, but no one was prepared for...

The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews January 7, 2015 12:58 am

The ADL Only Highlights Issues Important to Liberal Jews

The Anti-Defamation League recently released their annual list of top issues affecting Jews...

‘I Was Just Following Orders’ is Never an Excuse January 7, 2015 12:18 am

‘I Was Just Following Orders’ is Never an Excuse

The opening chapters of Exodus plunge us into the midst of epic events. Almost at a stroke,...

Mario Cuomo Was a True Friend to Many, Including the Jewish People January 6, 2015 4:02 pm

Mario Cuomo Was a True Friend to Many, Including the Jewish People

The term “true friend ” is used so often that it’s a cliché – but...

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel? January 4, 2015 1:06 pm

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel?

As a Zionism activist, I spend much of my time jetting back and forth between Israel and the...

After Christmas, Being Present January 2, 2015 1:22 am

After Christmas, Being Present

JNS.org – In our family, the wrappings and gifts of Christmas morning have all been...

With New Staff, FIDF Maintains Israeli Soldiers’ Morale in Precarious Times January 2, 2015 1:15 am

With New Staff, FIDF Maintains Israeli Soldiers’ Morale in Precarious Times

JNS.org – Israel’s tumultuous summer and fall tested the Israel Defense Forces...

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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