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U.S. Says Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Can Continue March 13, 2014 12:31 am

U.S. Says Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Can Continue

Ongoing talks between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran over Iran’s...

Introducing the Open Muslim Students Association (SPOOF) March 13, 2014 12:29 am

Introducing the Open Muslim Students Association (SPOOF)

As a result of the Open Hillel initiative, where the Jewish student groups throughout North...

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...

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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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