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History Matters: Remembering the Six-Day War June 8, 2015 7:10 am

History Matters: Remembering the Six-Day War

Mention the word “history” and it can trigger a roll of the eyes. Add “Middle...

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement June 7, 2015 12:59 pm

Documentary Exposes Russian Government Involvement in Neo-Nazi Movement

An explosive documentary burst onto Israeli screens Wednesday evening, grabbing viewers...

Now is the Time for Middle East Peace June 7, 2015 9:37 am

Now is the Time for Middle East Peace

Given the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the peace negotiations, the formation...

A Liberal Democrat Just Called Two CAIR Officials ‘Insane’ June 7, 2015 9:36 am

A Liberal Democrat Just Called Two CAIR Officials ‘Insane’

The National Union of Students, a confederation of 600 student unions representing more than...

The Israeli Angle to the NBA Finals That Nobody is Talking About June 5, 2015 12:33 pm

The Israeli Angle to the NBA Finals That Nobody is Talking About

JNS.org – When it comes to the 2015 NBA Finals, much attention in the Jewish and Israeli...

The Islamic State May Soon Be a Direct Threat to Israel June 5, 2015 12:31 pm

The Islamic State May Soon Be a Direct Threat to Israel

In only four months, the Islamic State (IS) has captured territory larger than the country...

Islamists Continue to Push the Wrong Questions in Boston Shooting June 5, 2015 11:08 am

Islamists Continue to Push the Wrong Questions in Boston Shooting

The campaign by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamists to cast Tuesday’s shooting...

SPME BDS Monitor: US State Legislatures Fight Back, But Soccer Ban a Risk June 4, 2015 6:43 pm

SPME BDS Monitor: US State Legislatures Fight Back, But Soccer Ban a Risk

Introduction BDS on campuses ended the year with limited gains and important setbacks. The...

Polish Members of Parliament Voice Public Support of Israel June 4, 2015 1:14 pm

Polish Members of Parliament Voice Public Support of Israel

Warsaw – This past week, the Polish Parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus was launched...

In Boston Shooting, Islamists Damn First and Ignore Facts Later June 4, 2015 12:31 pm

In Boston Shooting, Islamists Damn First and Ignore Facts Later

Virtually everything Islamist activists in the United States claimed about Tuesday’s fatal...

Chinese Dragon Boats Race at Israel’s Sea of Galilee June 3, 2015 6:20 pm

Chinese Dragon Boats Race at Israel’s Sea of Galilee

The third annual Dragon Boat Israel festival took place on the Sea of Galilee last week, with...

An Iranian Textbook Case June 2, 2015 1:47 pm

An Iranian Textbook Case

Iranian school textbooks, such as The Quran and Life (Grade 12) prepare Iranian children...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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