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Book Reviews

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...

September 8, 2015 10:12 am

A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core....

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam's canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is...

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 what happened in the Displaced Persons camps in the three...

May 18, 2015 4:55 pm

‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three...

May 10, 2015 10:51 am

‘Catch the Jew!’ Replete With Diverse People in an Ideological Minefield

JNS.org - Alan Dershowitz is fond of pointing out that, were a Martian to...

March 27, 2015 1:02 am

In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

JNS.org - "Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest," the classic Parker Brothers board game,...

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...

February 17, 2015 1:19 am

Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics...

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...

August 20, 2015 2:11 pm

A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for...

July 1, 2015 10:04 am

Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam's canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw...

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 18, 2015 4:55 pm

‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300...

May 10, 2015 10:51 am

‘Catch the Jew!’ Replete With Diverse People in an Ideological Minefield

JNS.org - Alan Dershowitz is fond of pointing out that, were a Martian to land in the middle of the United Nations, he would...

March 27, 2015 1:02 am

In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

JNS.org - "Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest," the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against...

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...

February 17, 2015 1:19 am

Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America's Great Game: The...

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 9, 2014 6:51 am

An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos - sidelocks - dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you...

August 27, 2014 11:06 am

Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

"Jews Out!" was just the name of a child's game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not...

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm

Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

JNS.org - Sara Davidson's The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope...

Culture

Israeli President Rivlin Witnesses Jewish State’s Technology in Action in Vietnam

JNS.org- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week visited the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam,...

Hundreds of Liquor Bottles Belonging to WWI-Era British Troops Unearthed in Israel

JNS.org - Among several other discoveries, hundreds of liquor bottles belonging to British soldiers from...

Israeli Music Icon Idan Raichel Jams With Students at Chicago Cultural Center

Israeli music icon Idan Raichel turned what was supposed to be a lesson...

Features

As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel

JNS.org - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem

JNS.org - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel

JNS.org - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...

World

Trump Administration: If Friday Vote on Repeal, Replace Obamacare Fails Pas...

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on...

Israel

Anti-Israel Groups Will Not Benefit From National Service, New Law Stipulat...

JNS.org - The Knesset finalized a law Wednesday preventing foreign-funded organizations that operate against Israel from enjoying the benefits of Israel’s...

Middle East

Ex-Egyptian President Mubarak Free, Six Years After Ouster, Detention

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown. Mr Mubarak left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the...

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