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Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO) December 18, 2014 10:39 am

Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song...

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind December 18, 2014 12:17 am

On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind”...

EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW) December 17, 2014 5:25 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious...

‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France December 10, 2014 8:48 am

‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high...

Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake December 4, 2014 2:03 pm

Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the...

Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History 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...

‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’ October 23, 2014 2:47 pm

‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the...

Beyond ‘Klinghoffer': Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem October 23, 2014 7:07 am

Beyond ‘Klinghoffer': Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death...

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake October 19, 2014 7:46 pm

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake...

How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life 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...

10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial September 14, 2014 6:46 pm

10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous...

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days September 14, 2014 4:30 pm

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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

    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. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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