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Rabbi Jack Riemer writes frequently for journals of Jewish and general thought in America and abroad.

ARTICLES BY: Jack Riemer / JNS.org


September 20, 2017 1:57 pm
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New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions

JNS.org - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But in her new book, Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World, she seems to...

June 20, 2017 3:39 pm
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New Book Explores and Preserves Hasidic Musical Heritage

JNS.org - You don’t have to be a scholar of Jewish music to enjoy Velvel Pasternak’s new book, Behind the Music: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles & Reflections. You...

June 12, 2017 2:08 pm
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Appreciating and Understanding the Bible, Then and Now (BOOK REVIEW)

JNS.org - Jeremiah Unterman begins Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics, by highlighting two revolutions in the understanding of the Bible that took...

March 16, 2017 10:00 am
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Fresh Perspective on Hayim Nahman Bialik

JNS.org - I have questions about some of the subjects that have been chosen for the Jewish Lives book series from Yale University Press. I wonder...

January 8, 2017 7:13 am
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‘Fotonovela’ on Argentinian Jewish Center Bombing Shows the Camera May Be Mightier Than the Pen

JNS.org -- Do you know what a fotonovela is? I didn’t either, until I read Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires, a fascinating, mesmerizing book, whose new English edition...

January 1, 2017 7:36 am
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A New Book on the Six-Day War Should Be Required Reading for President Trump

JNS.org -- Guy Laron’s forthcoming book, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East -- to be published, fittingly, around the war's 50th anniversary --...

December 6, 2016 8:04 am
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New Biography Asks: ‘What If Rabin Had Lived?’ (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin embodied the qualities of his generation: toughness, gruffness and idealism. He wanted to be a farmer, but the realities of life...

September 8, 2015 10:12 am
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Fusing Israeli and Holocaust History, Novel Offers a ‘Middle Eastern Western’

JNS.org - There is a game that all of us have played at some time in our lives. We ask ourselves: What would my life be...

June 7, 2015 9:43 am
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Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath

JNS.org - Dan Stone’s “The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and Its Aftermath” is difficult reading, and not just because it documents...

May 22, 2015 12:57 pm
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New Commentary on Book of Ruth a Refreshing Approach to Bible Study

JNS.org - The megillah (scroll) of Ruth, read annually on the second day of the Shavuot holiday, is nothing new to synagogue-goers. But a...

February 23, 2015 3:15 pm
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When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next...

November 5, 2014 12:33 pm
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Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

JNS.org - There is one sentence in "Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel" that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the...

September 15, 2014 6:43 am
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How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

JNS.org - What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman,...

September 3, 2014 6:35 am
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From Iphigenia to Isaac, a Fresh Take on Age-Old Stories (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz in Are You Not a Man of God?have taken two stories from the bible, two from the...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

EU Denies It Is Planning to Offer Financial Aid to Iran to Preserve Nuclear...

Three European Union sources have denied that diplomats meeting in Vienna on Friday to salvage the imperiled Iranian nuclear deal...

Israel

Israeli Defense Minister, Arab MK in Ferocious War of Words

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli-Arab Member of Knesset Ayman Odeh conducted a ferocious war of words on Sunday following a controversy over the injury of an Arab demonstrator...

Middle East

Egypt’s Sisi Orders Gaza Border Opened for Ramadan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered on Thursday that the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip be opened for the whole of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he...

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