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The Atrocious Accusation of Israeli ‘Genocide’ July 22, 2014 1:32 am

The Atrocious Accusation of Israeli ‘Genocide’

JNS.org – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Israel is carrying...

On Twitter, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Admits to Being the Head of the Serpent Whose Tail is Hamas in Gaza July 21, 2014 6:22 pm

On Twitter, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Admits to Being the Head of the Serpent Whose Tail is Hamas in Gaza

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza,...

Israel is Being Crucified by Unchallenged Lies July 21, 2014 12:02 pm

Israel is Being Crucified by Unchallenged Lies

I recently received an email from a reporter asking me to comment on questions of the “when...

Jews Must Fight Back Against Anti-Semitism July 21, 2014 11:32 am

Jews Must Fight Back Against Anti-Semitism

JNS.org – The debate about whether Jews have a future in Europe has once again surfaced,...

The Real Source of the Mideast Dispute: Hobbes vs. Locke July 20, 2014 7:20 pm

The Real Source of the Mideast Dispute: Hobbes vs. Locke

The conventional wisdom regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict is that peace in the Middle East...

In Israel, Standing Side by Side with Our People July 20, 2014 12:46 pm

In Israel, Standing Side by Side with Our People

Last week, I had the honor and privilege to lead 57 international Jewish community leaders...

Seventh Lesson of the Gaza War: We Must Demilitarize Gaza July 20, 2014 9:12 am

Seventh Lesson of the Gaza War: We Must Demilitarize Gaza

A simple cease-fire in Gaza would give Hamas time to re-arm and renew its terrorist activities. The...

Making Lies Sound Truthful and Murder Respectable July 18, 2014 6:10 pm

Making Lies Sound Truthful and Murder Respectable

Trying to make sense of international reactions to Israel’s war against Hamas this week,...

Maternal Cognitive Dissonance July 18, 2014 12:57 pm

Maternal Cognitive Dissonance

On Thursday night, after 10 days of aerial warfare between Hamas terrorists and Israel,...

Learning From History: Terrorists Don’t Uphold Agreements July 18, 2014 12:18 am

Learning From History: Terrorists Don’t Uphold Agreements

Thousands of rockets launched from Gaza raining down throughout Israel. Israeli homes being...

Is Israel Acting Disproportionately? July 18, 2014 12:15 am

Is Israel Acting Disproportionately?

It has been nearly two weeks since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, in a stated...

Families Grapple With Lasting Effects of Israel-Gaza Conflicts July 17, 2014 12:46 am

Families Grapple With Lasting Effects of Israel-Gaza Conflicts

JNS.org – “I feel so vulnerable when I am driving my car,” said Ehud Zion Waldoks...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man—in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of [...]

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