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Mr. President, Time to Act in Syria April 1, 2014 12:28 am

Mr. President, Time to Act in Syria

For better or for worse President Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an...

Israel’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to Record Low in February April 1, 2014 12:14 am

Israel’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to Record Low in February

Israel’s unemployment rate dropped to a record low in February 2014, down to 4.9% compared...

Hamas Imposes Radical New Law: Lashings, Amputations, and Massive Executions March 30, 2014 2:47 pm

Hamas Imposes Radical New Law: Lashings, Amputations, and Massive Executions

Hamas is now trying to outdo the Taliban in imposing new Shar’ia inspired draconian...

A Fatal Flaw in the Palestinian Peace Process March 28, 2014 2:39 pm

A Fatal Flaw in the Palestinian Peace Process

Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state has assumed center...

Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Convicted of Conspiring to Kill Americans March 28, 2014 7:56 am

Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Convicted of Conspiring to Kill Americans

A Federal jury in New York found senior al-Qaeda member Sulaiman Abu Ghayth guilty of terrorism-related...

Judge’s Death Highlights Israel’s Stable-Yet-Tenuous Relations with Jordan March 28, 2014 7:55 am

Judge’s Death Highlights Israel’s Stable-Yet-Tenuous Relations with Jordan

JNS.org - A recent border incident in which Israeli troops shot a Jordanian judge has...

Rabbi Avi Weiss: My Hero March 27, 2014 9:36 pm

Rabbi Avi Weiss: My Hero

A few days ago, I attended a momentous event to honor Rabbi Avi Weiss and his family. It...

Western Ignorance of the ‘Conditions of Omar’ March 27, 2014 10:05 am

Western Ignorance of the ‘Conditions of Omar’

A jihadi group occupying the Syrian town of Raqqa recently gave Christian minorities living...

Palestinian Honor Killings Skyrocket, Israel Blamed March 27, 2014 7:14 am

Palestinian Honor Killings Skyrocket, Israel Blamed

From Al Jazeera: Two teenage Palestinian girls were killed in separate incidents last...

Sisi’s Terrible, and Dangerous, Campaign Against Egyptian Islamists March 26, 2014 7:22 am

Sisi’s Terrible, and Dangerous, Campaign Against Egyptian Islamists

An Egyptian court in short order sentenced some 529 people to death for the killing of a single...

It’s Always ‘Groundhog Day’ With the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Peace Process’ March 25, 2014 12:15 pm

It’s Always ‘Groundhog Day’ With the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Peace Process’

The 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” in which the character played by Bill Murray...

The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces March 25, 2014 12:09 pm

The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces

I recently had an opportunity to learn first-hand about the United States Special Operations...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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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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