Spirituality/Tradition

How a Rabbi Got Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Respond to an Email March 10, 2014 8:57 pm

How a Rabbi Got Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Respond to an Email

A rabbi from British Columbia got Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to respond to an email he sent by...

Jewish Scribe Restores Book of Esther Scroll for Catholic Nuns in Time for Purim March 10, 2014 7:39 pm

Jewish Scribe Restores Book of Esther Scroll for Catholic Nuns in Time for Purim

JNS.org – A collaboration between an order of nuns and a British Jewish scribe to...

Barack Obama and Biblical Sacrifice March 10, 2014 2:18 pm

Barack Obama and Biblical Sacrifice

In synagogues all over the country, last Saturday’s opening portion of Leviticus (usually...

The Sins of Leaders March 7, 2014 8:04 am

The Sins of Leaders

Leaders make mistakes. That is inevitable. So, strikingly, our parsha implies. The real issue...

New Program Increases Options for Yeshiva Students Seeking to Earn a BA in Israel March 7, 2014 7:53 am

New Program Increases Options for Yeshiva Students Seeking to Earn a BA in Israel

JNS.org – For Anglo university students who are spending a semester abroad in...

The Path to Spiritual Self Improvement March 7, 2014 12:25 am

The Path to Spiritual Self Improvement

The Talmud makes the seemingly outlandish claim that Israel generated 1.2 million prophets...

A Response to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Chabad March 6, 2014 10:56 am

A Response to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Chabad

A week ago, when a private letter from Rabbi Ezra Schochet was leaked, which called it...

Jesus’ Circumcision: The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians March 6, 2014 8:00 am

Jesus’ Circumcision: The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians

I was puzzled when I first learned about the Christian Feast of the Circumcision. The celebration,...

The Intricacies of the Hebrew Calendar Leap Year March 6, 2014 7:56 am

The Intricacies of the Hebrew Calendar Leap Year

JNS.org – No, it isn’t nearly as rare as “Thanksgivukkah,” the once-in-75,000-years...

Charedim Stage Massive Rally as Political Battle on IDF Enlistment Heats Up March 5, 2014 2:54 pm

Charedim Stage Massive Rally as Political Battle on IDF Enlistment Heats Up

JNS.org - Close to half a million members of Israel’s charedi public rallied in Jerusalem...

Jewish Kids Belong in Synagogue March 4, 2014 1:52 pm

Jewish Kids Belong in Synagogue

Like many other parents, my children are the most important people in my life. They are smart,...

‘Jews Don’t Hunt’ – Mostly March 4, 2014 1:40 pm

‘Jews Don’t Hunt’ – Mostly

JNS.org – “Jews don’t hunt.” That’s a comforting statement to one who, like...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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