Arts and Culture

Capturing a Council Member’s ‘Battle for Jerusalem’ December 14, 2012 1:57 am

Capturing a Council Member’s ‘Battle for Jerusalem’

JERUSALEM—Countless battles have been fought to capture her and claim her religious glory....

Jewish ‘Twilight Zone’ Writer’s Work Still Inspires December 13, 2012 5:20 pm

Jewish ‘Twilight Zone’ Writer’s Work Still Inspires

In the world of ideas and imagination, Rod Serling lives on. Known for his work on the television...

Mel Gibson the Maccabee? How an Irony-Filled Project Fell Apart December 12, 2012 1:37 am

Mel Gibson the Maccabee? How an Irony-Filled Project Fell Apart

For Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas—who had planned to collaborate on a recently shelved film...

Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO) December 11, 2012 2:08 pm

Snoop Lion Plays Moses in New YouTube Rap Battle With Santa (VIDEO)

Who knew Moses looked so much like Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Doggy Dogg)? In a...

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO) December 10, 2012 2:02 pm

Billboard Releases List of Top 30 Jewish Musicians (VIDEO)

Billboard, one of the oldest trade publications in the world, has been the litmus test for...

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO) December 9, 2012 6:01 pm

Matisyahu Performs on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

Celebrated Jewish rapper Matisyahu performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently ahead...

New Video Showcases Orthodox Jewish “All Stars” (VIDEO) December 9, 2012 2:57 pm

New Video Showcases Orthodox Jewish “All Stars” (VIDEO)

A new video released on YouTube by Jew in the City touts the many Orthodox Jewish figures...

Israeli Rockers Dan Toren and Dana Berger Touring the US for Chanukah December 9, 2012 1:41 am

Israeli Rockers Dan Toren and Dana Berger Touring the US for Chanukah

While most Israeli artists are busy with local Hanukkah events back in the holy land as...

The Myth of the Almighty Scientist: “Genesis and Genes” by Yoram Bogacz (REVIEW) December 7, 2012 2:05 pm

The Myth of the Almighty Scientist: “Genesis and Genes” by Yoram Bogacz (REVIEW)

Genesis and Genes, by Yoram Bogacz (Feldheim Publishers, 2012) There is at least one thing...

The Israeli Music Scene’s Rising ‘Shtar’ December 6, 2012 10:54 am

The Israeli Music Scene’s Rising ‘Shtar’

JERUSALEM—When the men of Shtar walked into a Tel Aviv bar on Halloween to perform, the...

Apple’s iTunes Comes to Israel, at Last December 5, 2012 7:23 pm

Apple’s iTunes Comes to Israel, at Last

Music lovers in Israel will finally be able to download their favorite melodies through Apple’s...

AOTA’s Israeli Painters Bring Rich Symbolism to Manhattan December 5, 2012 2:51 pm

AOTA’s Israeli Painters Bring Rich Symbolism to Manhattan

Liora Rosenman is an Israeli artist whose work infuses the trappings of modernity with ancient...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    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 as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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