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A Prayer for Alan Gross on Passover 2014 April 18, 2014 3:19 pm

A Prayer for Alan Gross on Passover 2014

I never met Alan Gross. But on Monday night, when I gather with 700 other American Jews in...

How U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong and Why April 18, 2014 3:15 pm

How U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong and Why

It is tempting to simply list all the ways the Obama administration — particularly Secretaries...

Jewish Organizations on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City Area April 17, 2014 11:25 am

Jewish Organizations on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City Area

JNS.org – Kansas’s tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the...

‘Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal Incites Murder of Three in Kansas’ April 17, 2014 10:48 am

‘Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal Incites Murder of Three in Kansas’

Max Blumenthal, like others on the far-Left, jumped on the July 2011 Norwegian massacre of...

Hamas Praises Deadly West Bank Shooting April 17, 2014 10:44 am

Hamas Praises Deadly West Bank Shooting

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh praised a deadly West Bank shooting that killed an Israeli...

The ‘Peace Process’ Unravels Yet Again April 14, 2014 6:08 am

The ‘Peace Process’ Unravels Yet Again

The Obama Administration’s Mideast peace-making whirlwind appears to be headed towards an...

Passing the Story of Passover to the Next Generation April 14, 2014 6:04 am

Passing the Story of Passover to the Next Generation

Storytelling has always been a core tenet of Judaism. Not surprisingly then, some of history’s...

Brandeis Flap Marks Another Win for Islamist Intimidation April 14, 2014 4:29 am

Brandeis Flap Marks Another Win for Islamist Intimidation

We’re only two weeks into April, but 2014 already is shaping up to be a banner year...

Former Terrorist: Palestinian Leadership to Blame for Failure of Peace Talks (VIDEO) April 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Former Terrorist: Palestinian Leadership to Blame for Failure of Peace Talks (VIDEO)

Dr. Tawfik Hamid is a unique and often solitary voice in the Islamic world. A self-described...

My Unpleasant Evening With J Street and ‘Breaking the Silence’ April 11, 2014 1:18 pm

My Unpleasant Evening With J Street and ‘Breaking the Silence’

JNS.0rg – On March 31, I attended a disturbing lecture at Washington University in...

Iconic Jerusalem Hotel Offers ‘Grand Luxury’ Once Again April 11, 2014 11:14 am

Iconic Jerusalem Hotel Offers ‘Grand Luxury’ Once Again

JERUSALEM – After seven years of construction and an investment of $150 million, the only...

American Muslims for Palestine’s Shameful Choice of ‘Heroes’ April 10, 2014 9:47 am

American Muslims for Palestine’s Shameful Choice of ‘Heroes’

In the American civil rights movement, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King were among those...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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