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Lone Soldier From LA Receives Hero’s Farewell, Over 30,000 People Pay Respects to IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg (PHOTOS/VIDEO) July 23, 2014 5:43 pm

Lone Soldier From LA Receives Hero’s Farewell, Over 30,000 People Pay Respects to IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Over 30,000 people paid their respects to lone soldier, Sgt. Max Steinberg at his funeral...

Peres Meets With Wife of Jonathan Pollard Ahead of Visit to U.S. June 24, 2014 6:19 pm

Peres Meets With Wife of Jonathan Pollard Ahead of Visit to U.S.

JERUSALEM – President Shimon Peres met on Sunday with Esther Pollard, wife of incarcerated...

New ‘Russian-American Person of the Year’ Awards Program Unveiled June 19, 2014 10:26 am

New ‘Russian-American Person of the Year’ Awards Program Unveiled

JNS.org – A new program called “Russian-American Person of the Year”...

A Human Portrait of the Rebbe (REVIEW) June 17, 2014 11:02 am

A Human Portrait of the Rebbe (REVIEW)

Turning Judaism Outward: A biography of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, by Chaim Miller...

Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor Posthumously Revealed to be Jewish June 12, 2014 3:56 pm

Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor Posthumously Revealed to be Jewish

JNS.org – heartwarming revelation has recently rocked both the Jewish and Christian...

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe—Part Two June 11, 2014 6:17 pm

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe—Part Two

JNS.org – Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the June 12, 1994 death of Rabbi Menachem...

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW) June 11, 2014 6:15 pm

Rabbis Write Up the Rebbe (INTERVIEW)

Two well-known contemporary rabbis. Two prolific authors. Two personal journeys. One Rebbe. Rabbis...

New Book On the Chabad Rebbe: A Guide to Becoming a Better Person (REVIEW) June 10, 2014 1:19 am

New Book On the Chabad Rebbe: A Guide to Becoming a Better Person (REVIEW)

The new biography, “Rebbe: The Life And Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most...

20 Years After Rebbe’s Death, Jewish Movements Increasingly Emulate Chabad June 10, 2014 12:55 am

20 Years After Rebbe’s Death, Jewish Movements Increasingly Emulate Chabad

JNS.org – Many questions surrounded the future of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of...

Monica Lewinsky Interview Re-Opens Old Tale of ‘That Woman’ May 26, 2014 11:58 am

Monica Lewinsky Interview Re-Opens Old Tale of ‘That Woman’

JNS.org – Monica Lewinsky. The name makes you cringe, roll your eyes, and shake...

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW)

On Tuesday, June 14, 1994, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz walked into my classroom, visibly shaken;...

Pope Francis’s Jewish Friend Set to Join Him on Israel Trip May 15, 2014 4:41 pm

Pope Francis’s Jewish Friend Set to Join Him on Israel Trip

JNS.org – Pope Francis will be joined on his upcoming trip to Israel by his close...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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