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Sarah Silverman Vouches for Separation of Church and State September 30, 2012 4:18 am

Sarah Silverman Vouches for Separation of Church and State

Known for her irreverent comedy, Sarah Silverman is now raising awareness about church-state...

How Iran Was Duped by the Onion September 30, 2012 3:18 am

How Iran Was Duped by the Onion

You just can’t make this up. Well, the satirical website “The Onion” did...

Is Samuel L. Jackson More Important to Jews Than Iran? September 28, 2012 2:24 pm

Is Samuel L. Jackson More Important to Jews Than Iran?

Why would any so-called Jewish organization issue an advertisement featuring Samuel L. Jackson,...

At UN, Netanyahu Draws Line Iran Cannot Cross September 28, 2012 1:59 pm

At UN, Netanyahu Draws Line Iran Cannot Cross

On Sept. 27, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu came to the UN General Assembly and laid it...

How ‘Religious Defamation’ Laws Would Ban Islam September 28, 2012 1:55 pm

How ‘Religious Defamation’ Laws Would Ban Islam

As the Islamic world, in the guise of the 57-member state Organization of Islamic Cooperation,...

Mona Eltahawy Defends Jihad: We are all Proud Savages Now! September 27, 2012 5:44 pm

Mona Eltahawy Defends Jihad: We are all Proud Savages Now!

On Tuesday, the prominent Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy informed her almost 160,000...

Israel and Iran: The Basic Truth and the Red Line September 27, 2012 4:46 pm

Israel and Iran: The Basic Truth and the Red Line

Back in April, I wrote an article for Ynet which touched on the Iranian nuclear issue. I argued...

On Eve of UN Speech, is Prime Minister Netanyahu Looking Towards China? September 27, 2012 12:26 am

On Eve of UN Speech, is Prime Minister Netanyahu Looking Towards China?

A day before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is due to address the United Nations General...

Egyptian CNN, MSNBC Pundit Arrested for Vandalizing Pro-Israel Ad (VIDEO) September 26, 2012 9:23 pm

Egyptian CNN, MSNBC Pundit Arrested for Vandalizing Pro-Israel Ad (VIDEO)

Egyptian-American anti-Israel activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested on Tuesday evening on charges...

Morsi’s Election Can’t Erase Radical Record September 25, 2012 4:01 pm

Morsi’s Election Can’t Erase Radical Record

New Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is being received as a visiting dignitary in New York...

President Obama, It’s Not About the Film September 25, 2012 2:27 pm

President Obama, It’s Not About the Film

Just watched President Obama deliver his speech at the U.N. A few thoughts. First, the President...

Time for the EU to Rethink its Palestinian Aid Policy September 25, 2012 12:28 pm

Time for the EU to Rethink its Palestinian Aid Policy

The European Union’s funding policy towards the Palestinians could best be described by...

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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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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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