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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

Jay-Z Refutes Accusations of Antisemitic Lyrics: ‘It Was an Exaggeration’

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has slammed claims that lyrics on his recently released album included...

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Iconic Jewish Comic Jerry Lewis Following His Death at Age 91

A number of celebrities shared tributes to comedic legend Jerry Lewis, who died...

Israel’s Sam Spiegel School Named One of World’s Best Film Academies

The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School has been named one of the...

Features

Palestinian Authority Payments to Terrorists Far Exceed Regular Welfare Payments

Palestinian terrorists and their families are receiving far higher payments than Palestinian welfare...

Jewish Beard Growers Strive to Be the Face of Global Facial Hair Showdown

JNS.org - Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim...

With Kurdistan, Israel May Gain ‘Stable, Tolerant’ Ally in Fight Against Islamic Extremism

JNS.org - During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling...

World

South Africa Expected to Boycott Africa-Israel Summit in October

JNS.org - South Africa is expected to boycott a major Africa-Israel summit in Togo in October. The gathering will include leaders from 25-30 African nations. Organizers of the summit have not received...

Israel

Israeli PM Netanyahu Meets With Visiting Bipartisan US Congressional Delega...

JNS.org - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday with a bipartisan delegation from the US Congress, thanking the lawmakers for...

Middle East

Lebanese Beauty Queen Stripped of Title After Israel Visit Revealed

JNS.org – A winner of a Lebanese beauty pageant has been stripped of her title after it was revealed she visited Israel. Dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen Amanda Hanna, who won the Miss Lebanon...

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