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What Elie Wiesel taught me about the Book of Job

The Book of Job - dealing with the fundamental unfairness of the universe and the prospect of horrific undeserved suffering that has existed in every generation - has fascinated many thinkers over t...

 

A most unique bar mitzvah

Isaac Posner, son of Erick Posner and Sara Collins, stepson of Travis Johnson, and great-nephew of Gil and Risa Dombrosky of Fern Park, Fl., was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Oct. 29, 2022... Full story

 

Addition to the Holocaust Center creation

After submitting his letter to the editor about the beginning of the Holocaust Center, Paul Jeser wanted to add something to his letter. The addition was too late for the Nov. 4 issue. Here is, as Paul Harvey used to say, the “rest of the...

 

Monsters, demons, and other mythical creatures in Jewish lore

Jewish tradition is opposed to magic, divination, and sorcery. Exodus 22:18 reads: "You shall not allow a witch to live." And Deuteronomy 18:10-11 is more elaborate: "Let no one be found among you...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Sometimes forgiveness doesn't go as planned. You reflected, you decided, and then when you finally got the clarity and strength to ask someone for forgiveness, they end up blaming you without taking...

 

US Holocaust Memorial Museum to honor Robert Kraft

(JNS) - Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots football team, and his family are set to receive a national leadership award on Tuesday for their support of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Mus...

 

A Jewish cabaret artist's Egon Schiele paintings, stolen by the Nazis, will be auctioned for charity

(JTA) - After a years-long battle to reacquire two paintings the Nazis stole from their ancestor before he became one of their early victims, the descendants of Austrian Jewish cabaret performer...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Brain boosting activities

Want to give your brain a boost? Try these easy remedies: • Sing. Seniors choirs offer joy and a feeling of togetherness. Musical instruments are appealing and playing boosts brain health. Safe Sauna bathing Researchers say that the heat may...

 

Abraham Accords-focused NGO plans to combat Jew-hatred with Holocaust education

(JNS) — On Oct. 27, the fourth anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, hatred of Jews was a palpably inescapable reality in America—from the Kanye West scandal, to a series of...

 

Conference of Presidents commend Biden Administration

New York, NY — Dianne Lob, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement: “We commend President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken for reiterating the...

 

'F- antisemitism,' John Mellencamp says as his Jewish lawyer is inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

(JTA) — As Kanye West extended his antisemitic spree by tweeting about Jewish agents in Hollywood, the rocker John Mellencamp took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and said this about his longtime lawyer: “Allen is Jewish.” The line...

 

History of Mah Jongg Snacks

“Four Bam, One Crack, Six Dot.” Generations of Mah Jongg players and their children and grandchildren recognize the names of the small decorated tiles used in the Chinese game that found a devoted American audience among Jewish women. For...

 

The Jewish history of Tootsie Rolls and other classic American candy

Did you know that some of America's most popular candies (Tootsie Rolls! Peeps! Peanut Chews!) were invented by Jews? How and why this came to pass is a remarkable tale that needs no sugarcoating. ...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

After reconciling with someone is a good time to sit back and reflect. The journey to forgiveness has shown what doesn't work, but you still may not know what could work. For example, what could be...

 

HBO's documentary on the Tree of Life synagogue shooting arrives as the nation's eyes are back on antisemitism

(JTA) – Trish Adlesic was visiting her father in Pittsburgh on the day a gunman walked into the city's Tree of Life synagogue building and murdered 11 people.  Almost immediately, the director...

 

Three monumental Jewish pioneers

Jews have played a major part in inventing, creating, and running companies. Here are three early industry game-changers. Levi Strauss: Jeans from Jewish Genes Bavarian immigrant to the U.S. Levi...

 

Comedian makes a very Jewish TV debut on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

(JTA) — Two weeks ago, Ariel Elias, then a little-known standup comedian performing at a club in New Jersey, had a beer thrown at her head from a group of Trump-supporting hecklers who discovered she voted for Joe Biden. After the beer smashed...

 

The Nazi history of Adidas

(JTA) - As rap star Kanye West continually refuses to back down from his antisemitic rants, some of the many institutions he has ties with have begun to jump ship. The fashion tastemakers Balenciaga...

 

Where the word 'antisemitism' comes from

Hatred of Jews has been a feature of world history for centuries. But only in the late 19th century did a new specific word emerge to describe it.  What prompted the coining of the neologism “antisemitism” was the perception of an altered...

 

The octogenarian 'who is a Jew?' sports writing team calls it quits after 25 years

(JTA) - Jewish sports fans, regardless of sport or team preference, share one universal experience: discovering new players and immediately wondering, "Are they Jewish?" For decades, two men have prov...

 

This year's Jewish Film Festival lineup

Coming Nov. 12 – 15 is the 24th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival. This year's shows are back to the normal in-person viewings at the Enzian Theatre, except the opening night film,...

 

Elie Wiesel Foundation launches new approach for advancing human rights

NEW YORK — The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity is launching a new impact-driven philanthropic strategy to advance human rights around the world. The Foundation, led by Elisha and Marion Wiesel, will adopt a hybrid approach that will not only gr...

 

US Amb. Nides to JNS: Israelis and Palestinians 'nowhere near two-state solution

(JNS) The Biden administration's ambassador to Israel Tom Nides has a tough act to follow. Predecessor David Friedman was the Trump administration's point person for major U.S. policy shifts in...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

I asked for forgiveness, they've accepted my apology, now what? The journey of forgiveness doesn't end there. You think you've figured out the patterns and triggers that caused the issue in the first...

 

New opinion poll illuminates growing challenges of polarization and antisemitism

A poll conducted by the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and OneMessage Public Strategies reveals that self-identified “Progressives” and “Very Liberals” carry views far removed from the rest of the electorate, particularly on the Jewish...

 

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