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Brandeis’ Political Correctness Undermines All Jewish Values April 24, 2014 2:12 pm

Brandeis’ Political Correctness Undermines All Jewish Values

Imam Suhaib Webb was a happy man last Wednesday. The radical Islamist leader of Boston’s...

The Palestinian People Are Not Ready for Peace April 24, 2014 1:50 pm

The Palestinian People Are Not Ready for Peace

A lifelong dream came true in 1992 when I boarded an El Al flight with my one-way ticket to...

The Conflicting Agendas of Israel’s Jewish Home Party April 23, 2014 10:08 am

The Conflicting Agendas of Israel’s Jewish Home Party

JNS.org – As both Haredi political parties in Israel—United Torah Judaism and...

Anti-Semitism From Ukraine to the U.S. April 23, 2014 10:03 am

Anti-Semitism From Ukraine to the U.S.

Few recent news articles captured more attention than reports that Jews in Ukraine were being...

50 Years Later: The March That Launched the Soviet Jewry Movement April 23, 2014 9:28 am

50 Years Later: The March That Launched the Soviet Jewry Movement

JNS.org – “We didn’t know you couldn’t organize a mass rally in four days,...

Guardian Blames 1929 Arab Massacre of Jews on ‘Zionist Provocations’ April 20, 2014 10:11 am

Guardian Blames 1929 Arab Massacre of Jews on ‘Zionist Provocations’

During my youth in Poland, I asked a group of Poles why they felt a need to beat up Jews,...

How Jewish Values Enrich the Earth April 20, 2014 9:58 am

How Jewish Values Enrich the Earth

On May 18, our organization, This World: The Values Network, will host our second annual International...

Kansas Hate Crime Didn’t Emerge From a Vacuum April 20, 2014 9:58 am

Kansas Hate Crime Didn’t Emerge From a Vacuum

JNS.org – When you look at the image of Frazier Glenn Cross, AKA Glenn Miller, the...

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, 1865 to 1935 April 18, 2014 3:45 pm

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, 1865 to 1935

There is one rabbi who stands out in my mind above all others in the previous century. Rav...

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...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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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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