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Will There be Jews in Palestine? February 10, 2014 1:30 am

Will There be Jews in Palestine?

A brouhaha erupted recently in Israel over a completely theoretical question: could Israelis...

Propaganda for a Peace Deal February 10, 2014 1:24 am

Propaganda for a Peace Deal

For more than a week, anyone who gets off of the Jerusalem light rail can’t help but...

A Classroom Exercise in Indoctrination February 10, 2014 1:17 am

A Classroom Exercise in Indoctrination

A University of California, Berkeley, professor is requiring 100 students to create Twitter...

Time for Allies of Israel to Speak Up February 7, 2014 1:21 pm

Time for Allies of Israel to Speak Up

US Secretary of State John Kerry no longer pretends to be even-handed in overseeing the negotiations...

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop May be Right on the Legality of Settlements February 7, 2014 1:17 pm

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop May be Right on the Legality of Settlements

Julie Bishop had some sensible things to say in Jerusalem, as she broke ranks from a cosy,...

The Truth About Al Qaeda’s Efforts to ‘Protect’ Christians February 7, 2014 12:01 pm

The Truth About Al Qaeda’s Efforts to ‘Protect’ Christians

Muslim persecution of Christians is the “Achilles Heel” of the global Islamic movement’s...

Oxfam Spokesperson Owned by SodaStream’s Daniel Birnbaum on BBC Newsnight (VIDEO) February 6, 2014 11:53 am

Oxfam Spokesperson Owned by SodaStream’s Daniel Birnbaum on BBC Newsnight (VIDEO)

Back in the 60s, anti-war activists sometimes used the pejorative phrase “you have...

Why it’s Cheaper to be Healthy in Israel February 6, 2014 8:14 am

Why it’s Cheaper to be Healthy in Israel

A study carried out by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture found that the cost of fruits and...

The Algemeiner Hosts Ambassador Ron Dermer for Breakfast Roundtable February 5, 2014 2:53 pm

The Algemeiner Hosts Ambassador Ron Dermer for Breakfast Roundtable

The Algemeiner recently hosted Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer,...

Naftali Bennett Must Resign From the Coalition Now February 5, 2014 8:17 am

Naftali Bennett Must Resign From the Coalition Now

For the past several months, the head of the Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), Naftali...

The Independent Corrects Error on Israeli Settlements February 5, 2014 8:07 am

The Independent Corrects Error on Israeli Settlements

A February 2 story at The Independent by Jonathan Owen, titled ‘Scarlett Johansson split...

Pretending Tel Aviv is the Capital of Israel February 4, 2014 12:18 am

Pretending Tel Aviv is the Capital of Israel

Some, especially in the mainstream media, pretend that not Jerusalem but Tel Aviv serves as...

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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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