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Rocket Lands Near Sderot Library as 55 Projectiles Fired at Israel March 12, 2014 3:01 pm

Rocket Lands Near Sderot Library as 55 Projectiles Fired at Israel

Fifty-five projectiles were fired from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday evening, with one reportedly...

Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Host Fundraiser for Virginia Democrat March 12, 2014 10:45 am

Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Host Fundraiser for Virginia Democrat

A Northern Virginia congressman will headline a fundraiser sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood...

NGO Monitor: U.S., U.K., Netherlands Fund Anti-Israel ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ Conference March 12, 2014 7:49 am

NGO Monitor: U.S., U.K., Netherlands Fund Anti-Israel ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ Conference

JNS.org - The U.S., U.K., and Dutch governments are helping to fund an upcoming conference...

Arafat Recognized Jewish State, Why Won’t Abbas? March 11, 2014 10:21 am

Arafat Recognized Jewish State, Why Won’t Abbas?

The Arab League is endorsing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal...

A Muslim Sheikh Remembers an Orthodox Settler Rabbi March 11, 2014 9:58 am

A Muslim Sheikh Remembers an Orthodox Settler Rabbi

A year after the passing of peace activist and settler Rabbi Menachem Froman, his wife, Hadassah...

Syrian Rebels Release Group of Kidnapped Nuns in Exchange for Captive Women and Children March 11, 2014 9:04 am

Syrian Rebels Release Group of Kidnapped Nuns in Exchange for Captive Women and Children

Thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation, a group of 13 nuns captured in December 2013 by Syrian...

Islam’s Inadvertent Patterns March 10, 2014 1:16 pm

Islam’s Inadvertent Patterns

How does Islam shape the way Muslims live? The religion’s formal requirements are the narrow...

Jewish Voices From Crimea: ‘Living in Readiness’ March 10, 2014 10:32 am

Jewish Voices From Crimea: ‘Living in Readiness’

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – Two weeks after the fall of the regime in the Ukraine, and as the...

My Next Visit to Israel March 9, 2014 11:55 am

My Next Visit to Israel

I’m on my way to Israel. The trip was arranged by Wizo, as part of the prize for my Commitment...

Intense Iran Debate at the Oxford Union (VIDEO) March 7, 2014 1:27 pm

Intense Iran Debate at the Oxford Union (VIDEO)

Twenty-five years ago when the Lubavitcher Rebbe sent me to Oxford I wondered why the University...

Abbas: ‘No Way’ He’ll Recognize Jewish State March 7, 2014 1:20 pm

Abbas: ‘No Way’ He’ll Recognize Jewish State

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is rejecting a key demand of the United States...

Mort Klein’s Continued Leadership is Vital to Keep ZOA Strong and Effective March 7, 2014 11:49 am

Mort Klein’s Continued Leadership is Vital to Keep ZOA Strong and Effective

On Sunday, March 9, the Zionist Organization of America will convene its national convention...

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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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  • 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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