Arts and Culture

Beatles, Spice Girls, and Newsies Should be on Your Chanukah Playlist December 2, 2013 6:20 am

Beatles, Spice Girls, and Newsies Should be on Your Chanukah Playlist

JNS.org – For your Hanukkah party this year, impress and surprise your guests with...

Moshav and Matisyahu’s ‘World on Fire’ Music Video Released for the Holidays (VIDEO) November 28, 2013 10:16 am

Moshav and Matisyahu’s ‘World on Fire’ Music Video Released for the Holidays (VIDEO)

In time for Chanukah, Moshav released its new music video, “World on Fire” featuring Grammy-nominated...

Mourners Bid Farewell to Arik Einstein November 27, 2013 9:41 am

Mourners Bid Farewell to Arik Einstein

Jerusalem Post – The Israeli public gathered on Wednesday afternoon to mourn the death...

Anti-Semitism is Rife Among America’s Far Left (REVIEW) November 25, 2013 7:51 am

Anti-Semitism is Rife Among America’s Far Left (REVIEW)

Antisemitism and the American Far Left, by Stephen H. Norwood (New York: Cambridge University...

Noah: Making Movies of Disasters November 19, 2013 12:13 pm

Noah: Making Movies of Disasters

Sandwiched between the Super Typhoon Haiyan last week and the devastation from tornadoes in...

Bob Dylan Meets Opera in Eclectic Israeli Band’s Tribute Album November 18, 2013 12:32 pm

Bob Dylan Meets Opera in Eclectic Israeli Band’s Tribute Album

JNS.org – From Joan Baez to the Grateful Dead, scores of popular artists have tried...

First Trailer for Controversial ‘Noah’ Film Released (VIDEO) November 15, 2013 12:05 pm

First Trailer for Controversial ‘Noah’ Film Released (VIDEO)

The much anticipated film “Noah,” about the eponymous biblical character, has...

Rapper Kosha Dillz on His Jewish Identity and the Music Industry (INTERVIEW) November 15, 2013 10:34 am

Rapper Kosha Dillz on His Jewish Identity and the Music Industry (INTERVIEW)

Out of all the Jewish rappers with a Jewish mission and identity, Kosha Dillz is the only...

TV Series ‘Dig’ First to be Filmed Entirely in Israel November 14, 2013 8:38 pm

TV Series ‘Dig’ First to be Filmed Entirely in Israel

The first U.S. television series ever to be filmed entirely in Israel will be broadcast...

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW) November 13, 2013 10:09 am

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, by Menachem Genack (REVIEW)

Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, edited by Rabbi...

Sacha Baron Cohen Pranks Audience at Awards Show (VIDEO) November 12, 2013 4:54 pm

Sacha Baron Cohen Pranks Audience at Awards Show (VIDEO)

JNS.org - British-Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, known for roles such as Borat, Bruno,...

Iraqi Jewish Archive Goes on Display in Washington November 11, 2013 6:33 pm

Iraqi Jewish Archive Goes on Display in Washington

JNS.org – The U.S. National Archives is now displaying 24 out of 2,700 Jewish books...

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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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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    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 to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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