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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

What’s New — and Jewish — On and Off Broadway

Below is a listing of shows with Jewish connections on and off-Broadway. BROADWAY Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner, stars Nathan Lane and Andrew...

Australian Rock Star Nick Cave to Boycotters: ‘I Love Israel’

JNS.org – Australian rock star Nick Cave is facing backlash from BDS supporters following...

A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Features

Iran Faces Israel’s Game-Changing Air Power

Iran has big plans to create a military outpost in Syria, right on Israel’s doorstep. From there, the Islamic Republic...

Israeli-American Group Seeks to Be ‘Glue,’ Not ‘Wedge,’ for US Jewry

JNS.org - As Jewish communal organizations throughout the US  struggle to maintain membership levels...

World

UK Buys Israeli Iron Dome Technology to Defend Falkland Islands

JNS.org - The United Kingdom has signed a $104 million contract for the purchase of advanced missile defense technology used in Israel’s Iron Dome short-range missile defense system. In purchasing the Sky...

Middle East

At Least 235 Killed, 109 Injured in Deadly Egypt Mosque Attack

At least 184 people were killed and 125 injured when gunmen armed with explosives attacked a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, according to officials quoted by the state...

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