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Israeli Science, Iranian Sci-Fi April 16, 2013 9:56 am

Israeli Science, Iranian Sci-Fi

On Sunday afternoon I was able to hear Adam Riess speak. Adam is a member of our synagogue...

An Interview with Ambassador Michael Oren: The Enduring Israeli-U.S. Partnership (INTERVIEW) April 16, 2013 2:14 am

An Interview with Ambassador Michael Oren: The Enduring Israeli-U.S. Partnership (INTERVIEW)

On February 21, inFOCUS editor Matthew RJ Brodsky interviewed Ambassador Michael Oren....

Why Does Independence Day Immediately Follow Memorial Day in Israel? April 15, 2013 6:57 pm

Why Does Independence Day Immediately Follow Memorial Day in Israel?

It’s been a busy week for Israel. First there was Holocaust Remembrance Day last Monday,...

140,000 Canisters of U.S. Teargas to Egypt’s Morsi April 15, 2013 1:18 am

140,000 Canisters of U.S. Teargas to Egypt’s Morsi

The Egyptian publication Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that the U.S. government has supplied five...

Jihadist Magazines Recruit Young Terrorists April 15, 2013 1:09 am

Jihadist Magazines Recruit Young Terrorists

Jihad recruitment has evolved into using a mainstream format, it is now cool. Print and online...

Full Transcript: Shimon Peres Remarks at Opening Remembrance Day Ceremony 2013 April 14, 2013 4:55 pm

Full Transcript: Shimon Peres Remarks at Opening Remembrance Day Ceremony 2013

Below is the full transcript of remarks by Israeli President Shimon Peres at the opening commemoration...

The Double Standard for Terrorism in Israel April 14, 2013 2:19 am

The Double Standard for Terrorism in Israel

Moments before Yom Hazikaron, the district court of Jerusalem proved that terror victims in...

A Tribute to Arthur J. Finkelstein, Strategist for U.S. Conservatives and Israeli Prime Ministers April 11, 2013 8:51 am

A Tribute to Arthur J. Finkelstein, Strategist for U.S. Conservatives and Israeli Prime Ministers

The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the world’s largest organization...

Sanctimonious Jewish Bleeding Hearts April 11, 2013 8:02 am

Sanctimonious Jewish Bleeding Hearts

I was somewhat taken aback by a letter released in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama’s...

The Disdainful Jimmy Carter (VIDEO) April 11, 2013 3:18 am

The Disdainful Jimmy Carter (VIDEO)

Jimmy Carter’s stance on Israel has earned him much condemnation over the years. Yet even...

Islamist Hate and Betrayal April 10, 2013 7:12 am

Islamist Hate and Betrayal

A recent assassination attempt in Turkey offers valuable lessons for the West concerning...

The Arab Spring, Israel and Bahrain’s 38 Jews in the Eyes of Jewish Ambassador to U.S. (INTERVIEW) April 10, 2013 7:07 am

The Arab Spring, Israel and Bahrain’s 38 Jews in the Eyes of Jewish Ambassador to U.S. (INTERVIEW)

Tiny Bahrain consists mainly of a 34-mile island connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway,...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    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 live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    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 assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

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

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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