Spirituality/Tradition

Uganda Denies Deal to Accept Thousands of Illegal African Migrants From Israel August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

Uganda Denies Deal to Accept Thousands of Illegal African Migrants From Israel

JNS.org – Israel has struck a deal with Uganda to accept thousands of illegal African...

On Rosh Hashana, Mourning, and the Yom Kippur War, Revisited August 30, 2013 9:40 am

On Rosh Hashana, Mourning, and the Yom Kippur War, Revisited

1. With the Jewish high holy days approaching, I’m nervous at the realization that...

Nixon, Truman, and FDR’s Private Thoughts About Jews August 30, 2013 6:50 am

Nixon, Truman, and FDR’s Private Thoughts About Jews

JNS.org – The latest tapes of President Richard M. Nixon’s private conversations...

Looking Back on 13 Years of Birthright Israel August 29, 2013 8:45 am

Looking Back on 13 Years of Birthright Israel

JNS.org - Shira Kaiserman remembers her 2010 Taglit-Birthright Israel trip like it was yesterday....

The Orthodox Rabbi and the Rapper August 29, 2013 6:56 am

The Orthodox Rabbi and the Rapper

JNS.org – SEATTLE—Most Orthodox rabbis who earn the title “emeritus”...

Ethiopian Aliyah Ends With Last 450 Arrivals August 29, 2013 12:01 am

Ethiopian Aliyah Ends With Last 450 Arrivals

JNS.org - A group of 450 Ethiopian immigrants arrived in Israel on Wednesday, marking the...

CAMERA Helps Jewish Students Fight Back on Campus August 28, 2013 9:09 am

CAMERA Helps Jewish Students Fight Back on Campus

JNS.org – Lighting up the screen at Boston University Hillel is a progression map...

Youth and Beauty Abound in Israel August 28, 2013 9:08 am

Youth and Beauty Abound in Israel

On a recent return visit to Israel this summer, I couldn’t help but notice its beauty; the...

JDC App Features Rosh Hashanah Recipes from Around the World August 28, 2013 7:05 am

JDC App Features Rosh Hashanah Recipes from Around the World

JNS.org – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) released a Facebook...

Book Sounds Alarm on Modern Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW) August 27, 2013 9:44 am

Book Sounds Alarm on Modern Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

JNS.org – An assault on reason is taking place. As the world impatiently seeks a just...

Report: Yeshiva University Insufficiently Responded to Sex Abuse Claims Before 2001 August 27, 2013 8:30 am

Report: Yeshiva University Insufficiently Responded to Sex Abuse Claims Before 2001

JNS.org - The findings of an investigation commissioned by Yeshiva University (YU)...

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Affixes Mezuzah to His Comptroller Campaign HQ Doorpost August 26, 2013 9:17 am

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Affixes Mezuzah to His Comptroller Campaign HQ Doorpost

Scott Stringer, Manhattan’s Borough President and candidate for City Comptroller, affixed...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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