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Rabbi Elon Heckled Over Sexual Abuse Conviction August 8, 2013 8:17 pm

Rabbi Elon Heckled Over Sexual Abuse Conviction

Ynet - Rabbi Moti Elon conducted his weekly Torah lesson in the Midgal Yeshiva Wednesday...

Jewish Basketball Pioneer Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman Passes Away July 31, 2013 9:38 am

Jewish Basketball Pioneer Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman Passes Away

“The Show Must Go On” – Queen Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman, an original member of the New...

Talking with Dr. Oz About Israel, Turkey, Islam, and Lust July 29, 2013 8:47 am

Talking with Dr. Oz About Israel, Turkey, Islam, and Lust

I’m sitting on the plane to Israel with Dr. Mehmet Oz, his wife Lisa, his kids, my wife...

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict July 24, 2013 9:21 am

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict

Israel has a fresh and vital comedy scene, with a host of “stand-up-istim” (yes, that’s...

Sheldon Adelson at 80 July 24, 2013 8:42 am

Sheldon Adelson at 80

This past Friday marked the 80th birthday on the Jewish calendar of philanthropist Sheldon...

Candidate for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate David Stav on Conversions, Women of the Wall and Healing the Rift Between the Orthodox and the Secular (INTERVIEW) July 24, 2013 12:11 am

Candidate for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate David Stav on Conversions, Women of the Wall and Healing the Rift Between the Orthodox and the Secular (INTERVIEW)

On the eve of elections for the Israeli chief rabbinate, one of the more prominent candidates,...

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France July 16, 2013 7:58 am

Chasing Chagall’s Legacy in France

JNS.org – Originally published by www.Jewish.Travel, the new online travel magazine. The...

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life July 10, 2013 11:01 am

Leonard Nimoy’s Judaism Informs Photography and Life

JNS.org - Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he...

Amy Winehouse Exhibit Exploring Singer’s Jewish Roots Opens in London July 2, 2013 1:12 pm

Amy Winehouse Exhibit Exploring Singer’s Jewish Roots Opens in London

An exhibition dedicated to the late Jewish singer Amy Winehouse, featuring unpublished photographs...

Yeshiva University Chancellor Resigns, Admits Failure Over Sexual Abuse Cases July 1, 2013 4:25 pm

Yeshiva University Chancellor Resigns, Admits Failure Over Sexual Abuse Cases

JNS.org – Yeshiva University (YU) Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm, 85, has stepped down...

Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig Honored by B’nai B’rith June 28, 2013 5:33 pm

Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig Honored by B’nai B’rith

JNS.org - B’nai B’rith International honored Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud...

From ‘Scared Child’ to Miss Israel June 24, 2013 10:24 am

From ‘Scared Child’ to Miss Israel

JNS.org - NEW MILFORD, NJ—When Yitayish “Titi” Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel,...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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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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