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The Moses Legacy April 18, 2014 3:20 pm

The Moses Legacy

3,400 years ago, the Moses legacy was shaped during the first clash of civilizations (Passover)...

Can Bunker Busters Solve Israel’s Iran Dilemma? April 18, 2014 3:18 pm

Can Bunker Busters Solve Israel’s Iran Dilemma?

JNS.org – Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration...

The Steady Rise of African Zionism April 17, 2014 11:34 am

The Steady Rise of African Zionism

There is something quite remarkable happening on the African continent. A groundswell of love...

‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW) April 17, 2014 11:14 am

‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find...

Honor Dishonored: Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali April 17, 2014 10:58 am

Honor Dishonored: Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Long ago, in Jerusalem, in Ecclesiastes, King Solomon famously wrote: “There is nothing...

Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel April 14, 2014 5:56 am

Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women’s...

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality April 14, 2014 4:31 am

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality

Kigale, Rwanda – Last week saw the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan...

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party April 14, 2014 2:39 am

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party

JNS.org - When one in five people in a key European state votes for a neo-Nazi party,...

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece April 13, 2014 2:35 pm

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece

The so-called Affair Baltakos in Greece is one of those eye-opening moments that throws into...

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing? April 13, 2014 2:31 pm

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing?

Readers no doubt remember that in the summer of 2012 the BBC’s Sports department produced...

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority April 13, 2014 2:18 pm

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

Secretary of State John Kerry’s non-stop efforts at cementing an Israeli-Palestinian peace...

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers? April 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers?

Should American taxpayers be funding an organization that has provided activist training to...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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