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ARTICLES BY: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / JNS.org

September 17, 2018 10:47 am

A Look at the Candidates to Become Jerusalem’s Next Mayor

JNS.org - The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wanted to uproot and replant a tree in Jerusalem, it might require...

September 17, 2018 8:56 am

Faith and Fasting: A Look at the Practice Ahead of Yom Kippur

JNS.org - Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40% of American Jews and 60% of Israeli...

August 29, 2018 7:41 am

Fire Kites Sting Negev Honey Farms Just Before Rosh Hashanah

JNS.org - When you drive into Israel’s Sha’ar HaNegev Region in the northwestern Negev, the fields are burnt and black. The trees are broken, and...

July 24, 2018 10:49 am

American Teenagers Spend Their Summer Saving Lives in Israel

JNS.org - Sophie Roth, 17, from Long Island, New York, had always watched as ambulances whirred by, and wondered what it would be like to...

February 27, 2018 4:36 pm

Israel and South Korea Grow Closer Based on History, Innovation — and God

JNS.org - On Sunday, IOC President Thomas Bach closed the 2018 Winter Olympics, declaring that the sporting event is “an homage to the past and an act...

February 6, 2018 2:17 pm

Israeli Military Technology Leads to Everyday Advances — All Over the World

JNS.org - Did you know that the same Israeli technology used to track the virtual movements of terrorists across the Internet is also being used to...

November 17, 2016 7:36 am

Ireland’s Jewish Population Faces Sad Decline

JNS.org - An Israeli and an Irish Jew walk into a bar. After a shot of whiskey and a pint of Guinness, they discuss neither leprechauns...

October 14, 2016 7:45 am

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith

JNS.org - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated to Israel, where they worked the...

October 2, 2016 6:00 am

Exiled Spanish and Portuguese Jews Are Returning Home to Israel

JNS.org - Sonya Loya never felt Catholic; she was drawn to Judaism instead. Then, in her late 30s, the New Mexico native discovered her family’s hidden secret....

September 27, 2016 6:58 am

Israel’s Education System Should Be a Tool for Economic Productivity and Unity, Not a Religious Divider

  JNS.org - A recent controversial decision by Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett means that haredi (ultra-Orthodox) students in Israel may continue to miss out on the...

September 19, 2016 7:33 am

What You Need to Know About the Top Five Jewish Beatboxers

JNS.org - Jews have the gift of the mouth. Whether it’s food, talking or music, Jewish performers have rocked Hollywood to Broadway and Vaudeville to hip...

September 11, 2016 4:13 am

Ancient City Unearthed Where David Battled Goliath

JNS.org -- Archaeologists believe they have found the location of the battle between David and Goliath, narrated in the Book of Samuel, in a mysterious...

September 1, 2016 6:35 am

Larger-Than-Life Haredi Rabbi’s Legacy Remembered

JNS.org - The indelible legacy that the late haredi Rabbi Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv has left on his community is still felt today. Even after...

August 26, 2016 2:59 am

Explaining the Rise of the Far-Right in Europe

JNS.org - The refugee crisis, escalating terrorism and dissatisfaction with the political elite are blamed for the current rise of Europe’s far-right political parties. Such a...


American Actress Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Jewish Prayer Book Up for Auction

JNS.org - A Jewish prayer book that belonged to American actress Marilyn Monroe has...

‘Observance’: A Touching, Relevant Play About Modern Judaism

Tracey Goldblum wants her daughter to stop smoking marijuana, practice safe sex, and avoid punching men in the face. Her...


The Man Who Chose Israel

I am the CEO of the Israel Scholarship Education Foundation. This organization, founded in 1977, helps young people in Israel’s...

Report: Hezbollah Hacked Into Mobile Devices Worldwide

Hezbollah hackers used "catfishing" techniques on social media to infiltrate mobile devices worldwide, according to a release from the Czech...

UCI Preparing to Refer Anti-Israel Disrupters to Prosecution

Campus police at University of California, Irvine will in the near future refer anti-Israel disruptors of a May 3, 2018...


Iran Still Weighing Nuclear Deal Exit, Foreign Minister Zarif Says

Iran's foreign minister on Monday would not guarantee that the Tehran regime would remain a party to the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw...


Dershowitz on Lara Alqasem: ‘Israel Never Should Have Detained Her’

JNS.org - The reactions of Jewish individuals and Israel-related groups are mixed over Israel’s Supreme Court allowing entry on Thursday to 22-year-old American BDS activist Lara Alqasem after Israel initially...

Middle East

Saudi Arabia Has ‘No Intention’ of 1973 Oil Embargo Replay

Saudi Arabia has no intention of unleashing a 1973-style oil embargo on Western consumers and will isolate oil from politics, the Saudi energy minister said on Monday amid a worsening...