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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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Miss Israel, Miss Iraq Find ‘Peace and Love’ Amid Mideast Tensions

JNS.org – In a rare sign of Middle East solidarity, Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman and...

Israeli Soccer Star Named Most Valuable Player in Chinese League

JNS.org – Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi was named this year’s most valuable player in the Chinese Super League (CSL) last...


Former Israeli General and Ex-State Department Official Clash Over Peace Obstacles

JNS.org - A former Israeli general and an ex-State Department official presented sharply differing views...

US Lawmakers Advance Measures to Block Aid to Hamas

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday targeting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The approved measures include the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention...


Rutgers President Defends ‘Academic Freedom’ of Three Professor...

The president of Rutgers University in New Jersey defended the free speech rights of three faculty members who have recently...


Cathay Pacific Airways to Open Israel Office, Upgrade Tel Aviv-Hong Kong Ro...

JNS.org – Cathay Pacific, the flagship airline of Hong Kong, is set to launch an office in Israel as well as...

Middle East

Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parlia...

Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in "flagrant injustice" toward Christians in...