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Mourning Israel’s Greatest Spy October 1, 2014 7:36 am

Mourning Israel’s Greatest Spy

Some say he was the man on whom the fictional character of James Bond was based. But he was...

Saeb Erekat Describes His Strategy of Lying October 1, 2014 7:12 am

Saeb Erekat Describes His Strategy of Lying

On Monday, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat added another to his long list of lies that he spouts...

Fascist Party Wins in Swedish Election Signals Further Concern for Religious Freedoms September 30, 2014 7:18 am

Fascist Party Wins in Swedish Election Signals Further Concern for Religious Freedoms

After eight years of center-right rule that championed the free-market approach – and...

How Anti-Semitism Hides Among the Intellectual Elite – Ed Husain’s Offensive Tweet September 30, 2014 6:53 am

How Anti-Semitism Hides Among the Intellectual Elite – Ed Husain’s Offensive Tweet

Over the weekend, a number of newspapers breathlessly published a story about an El Al flight...

What Would a Partisan Shift in Control of the Senate Mean for Jewish Issues? September 30, 2014 6:37 am

What Would a Partisan Shift in Control of the Senate Mean for Jewish Issues?

JNS.org - As the Republican party pushes to retake the majority of the U.S. Senate in the...

Abbas Finds a Friend in The New York Times September 29, 2014 7:12 am

Abbas Finds a Friend in The New York Times

In his Rosh Hashanah tirade at the UN General Assembly Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

BBC Executive Lies, Blames Fewer Listeners on Inability to Report Freely From Gaza September 29, 2014 6:58 am

BBC Executive Lies, Blames Fewer Listeners on Inability to Report Freely From Gaza

A recent report in the Guardian reveals that the editor of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news...

Allies and Adversaries in the Middle East September 29, 2014 6:22 am

Allies and Adversaries in the Middle East

JNS.org - Who are we at war with in the Middle East? At first glance, this seems like...

The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths September 28, 2014 3:30 pm

The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths

“Struggles for freedom continued across the Middle East and North Africa in 2013, but several...

Opinion: Extremist Iranian Regime Has No Business Promoting ‘World Against Violence & Extremism’ Initiative at UN September 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Opinion: Extremist Iranian Regime Has No Business Promoting ‘World Against Violence & Extremism’ Initiative at UN

In his inaugural speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year, Iranian...

The Right to Protest the Metropolitan Opera Decision to Put on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ September 24, 2014 4:12 pm

The Right to Protest the Metropolitan Opera Decision to Put on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

On Monday night I stood in front of the Metropolitan Opera listening to hundreds of Jewish...

Why We Must Stand Up for Israel, and Our Convictions September 24, 2014 11:06 am

Why We Must Stand Up for Israel, and Our Convictions

I can be harsh with my children. Perhaps too harsh. Amid writing books on parenting and having...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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