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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

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on...

German Festival Cancels Scottish Band’s Concert Due to Its BDS Support

A German arts and music festival announced on Wednesday it was cancelling a concert...

Miss Israel and Miss Iraq Share Message of Peace at AJC Global Forum

Miss Israel Adar Gendelsman and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan together gave a speech about...

Features

Haley: UN Makes ‘Morally Bankrupt Judgement’ by Passing Resolution Against Israel

JNS.org - The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Israel...

Toward a Judaism of Resistance

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. -- Joel 4:10 My first...

‘Fauda’ Creators Talk BDS, Critics, and Whether There Will Ever Be Peace

When Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff pitched their TV series about an undercover...

World

South Korea, US to Announce Suspension of Major Military Drills This Week

South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of "large-scale" military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to...

Israel

Israel Launches More Air Strikes Against Incendiary-Balloon Launchers in Ga...

The Israeli military on Sunday continued its effort to thwart ongoing cross-border kite bomb and incendiary balloon attacks being conducted...

Middle East

Turkey Says Its Airstrikes Kill 26 Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq

The Turkish military said on Friday airstrikes its forces carried out killed 26 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq's Qandil mountain region on June 12, the state-run news...

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