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Binyamin Kagedan has an MA in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

ARTICLES BY: Binyamin Kagedan / JNS.org


August 5, 2014 1:57 pm
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Sneakers on Tisha B’Av: When Spirit and Letter Collide

JNS.org - The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward a renegotiation of the terms of halakhic observance. At...

June 3, 2014 11:47 am
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When is a Pentecost Not a Pentecost?

JNS.org - Religion and language interact in curious ways. Language, as the modern theorists have understood it, is in essence a culturally bounded system...

April 17, 2014 1:52 am
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The Passover Pop Playlist

JNS.org - "In every generation, one is obligated to see himself as if he had personally left Egypt." The Passover Haggadah annually exhorts us to...

March 16, 2014 2:05 am
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What is the Name ‘Purim’ All About?

JNS.org - The names of religious holidays are usually fairly straightforward, pointing us to the central symbol or theme of the festival. Pesach...

January 21, 2014 2:47 pm
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The Specialized Art of Chuppah Music

JNS.org - The hall has been booked, the dress fitted, the flowers selected, the food tasted, the photographer approved, the bands auditioned, the rings...

December 2, 2013 6:20 am
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Beatles, Spice Girls, and Newsies Should be on Your Chanukah Playlist

JNS.org - For your Hanukkah party this year, impress and surprise your guests with songs that aren't explicitly about the Festival of Lights, but...

November 29, 2013 10:18 am
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Just Who Were the Maccabees?

JNS.org - You've probably been hearing about the Maccabees since you were kid, and if you're like me, there's a good chance that the...

November 27, 2013 10:59 am
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Menorah: The History of a Symbol

JNS.org - From the Chabad House to the White House, there are few more ubiquitous symbols of Jewish presence than the menorah. From its first...

September 23, 2013 9:20 am
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A New Purpose for the Lulav and Etrog

JNS.org - Another High Holidays season is upon us, which means Sukkot is right around the corner. In no time you'll be ordering your annual...

September 4, 2013 12:53 am
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Pop Songs for the High Holidays

JNS.0rg - In time for the 2013 High Holiday season, JNS.org has compiled a list of the top five popular songs to put you in...

August 9, 2013 8:45 am
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Tisha B’Av in the 21st Century

JNS.org - It is a testament to the amazing variability of Jewish synagogue life in America that the summertime fast of Tisha B'Av is for some...

June 16, 2013 1:38 am
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Father’s Day—Bible Style

An illustration of Elkanah and his two wives. In honor of Father's Day 2013, JNS.org compiled some quick facts about some rather un-famous (though not...

May 9, 2013 3:52 am
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For Popular Musicians, Performing in Israel Makes a Statement

Since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement got its start in 2005, the decision to schedule an appearance in Israel has been...

April 28, 2013 10:59 am
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Lag B’Omer: Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva Narrative

As is the case for many holidays in the Jewish calendar cycle, Lag B'Omer (April 28 this year) carries within it not one, but multiple...

Culture

NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins Donate Nearly $350K to Shooting Victims

The Pittsburgh Penguins donated nearly $350,000 Thursday to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims...

Features

Antisemites to the Left of Me, Nazis to the Right: Stuck in the Middle With Jews

We enjoyed a wonderful 60-year run, we American Jews. The postwar boom of...

In Teaching English to Hebrew-Speaking Kids, Educators Learn Their Own Lessons

JNS.org - A teaching program dedicated to tackling the achievement gap in Israel...

World

UCLA Chancellor Says SJP Conference Will Take Place on Campus, Despite Anti...

The chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, expressed "fundamental disagreements" with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), but said...

Israel

No ‘Both Sides to Blame’ Excuse for Hamas Escalation, Israeli E...

Israel's envoy to the United Nations has urged the UN Security Council to avoid the trap of "blaming both sides"...

Middle East

Spotify Launches in the Middle East and North Africa

Spotify, the world's most popular paid music streaming service, officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday. The company said services would now be available in 13 Arab...

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