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Hamas, Negotiating From Weakness, is on the Verge of Calamity August 20, 2014 11:21 am

Hamas, Negotiating From Weakness, is on the Verge of Calamity

The summer war that has raged between Hamas in Gaza and Israel has left the Islamist terrorist...

A Love Letter From Hamas to ISIS (PARODY) August 20, 2014 11:13 am

A Love Letter From Hamas to ISIS (PARODY)

Dear Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Our leadership felt bad about all of the tough...

Was Israel Justified in Going After Hamas Terrorist Tunnels? The Key Question for Any Legal Proceeding August 19, 2014 8:52 pm

Was Israel Justified in Going After Hamas Terrorist Tunnels? The Key Question for Any Legal Proceeding

The key question—both legally and morally—in evaluating Israel’s recent military actions...

Disengagement Not an Option in the Middle East August 19, 2014 9:23 am

Disengagement Not an Option in the Middle East

JNS.org – Strolling through Jerusalem’s historic Yemin Moshe quarter on a pleasant...

Visiting the Parents of Murdered Israeli Teen Gilad Shaar August 18, 2014 3:57 pm

Visiting the Parents of Murdered Israeli Teen Gilad Shaar

A day after the searing emotions of meeting IDF senior commanders on the Gaza border, I braced...

The Anti-Jewish Riots Have Exposed Hamas August 17, 2014 8:05 pm

The Anti-Jewish Riots Have Exposed Hamas

The editors at British newspaper The Guardian are beside themselves. Somebody forgot to pass...

How Hillary Clinton Enabled Hamas’ Construction of Terror Tunnels August 17, 2014 11:20 am

How Hillary Clinton Enabled Hamas’ Construction of Terror Tunnels

Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too...

Who is Monitoring the ‘Impartial Observers’ in the Media? August 17, 2014 11:17 am

Who is Monitoring the ‘Impartial Observers’ in the Media?

As is the historical pattern concerning Israel, last week began the growing tsunami of groups...

U.S. Jewish Leaders’ Deafening Silence August 15, 2014 11:28 am

U.S. Jewish Leaders’ Deafening Silence

Over the past few months, the Jewish state has been increasingly castigated by U.S. President...

Israel and America: Time for a Trial Divorce? August 15, 2014 6:16 am

Israel and America: Time for a Trial Divorce?

The Obama Administration has halted a shipment of Hellfire aerial anti-armor missiles to Israel,...

PA President Mahmoud Abbas Under Pressure As Armed Wing of Fatah Insists on Fighting, Questioning His Sincerity for Peace August 14, 2014 7:25 pm

PA President Mahmoud Abbas Under Pressure As Armed Wing of Fatah Insists on Fighting, Questioning His Sincerity for Peace

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Supporting Hamas is Anti-Semitic August 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Supporting Hamas is Anti-Semitic

Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not anti-Semitic. Indeed many Israelis...

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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