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What Ordinary Palestinians Are Saying About the Israeli Election March 20, 2015 7:58 am

What Ordinary Palestinians Are Saying About the Israeli Election

JNS.org – Near the entrance to the city of Ariel in the heart of Samaria lies an...

Analysis: Likud’s Unexpected Success Shows Israeli Voters Still Place High Priority on Security March 17, 2015 5:26 pm

Analysis: Likud’s Unexpected Success Shows Israeli Voters Still Place High Priority on Security

JNS.org – Israeli television exit polls on Tuesday night showed that while the country’s...

Mideast Christian, Yazidi Groups Urge UN Action on Islamic State Persecution March 17, 2015 12:05 am

Mideast Christian, Yazidi Groups Urge UN Action on Islamic State Persecution

JNS.org – Organizations representing religious minorities in the Middle East have...

The BDS Movement Can Be Traced Back to Hitler March 16, 2015 8:06 am

The BDS Movement Can Be Traced Back to Hitler

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement is said to have ignited in...

Nine Months Later, Photo Exhibit Continues Dialogue on Pope Francis’s Israel Trip March 13, 2015 7:06 am

Nine Months Later, Photo Exhibit Continues Dialogue on Pope Francis’s Israel Trip

JNS.org - If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture of an individual with...

Netanyahu: Confrontation With Obama Was Worth It (INTERVIEW) March 10, 2015 7:31 am

Netanyahu: Confrontation With Obama Was Worth It (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – After speaking to Congress on March 3 despite the objections of the Obama...

Analysis: Fact-Check on Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif in NBC Interview March 8, 2015 3:37 pm

Analysis: Fact-Check on Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif in NBC Interview

Iran’s chief negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, was interviewed on NBC...

Deal or No deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference March 2, 2015 10:33 am

Deal or No deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

WASHINGTON, DC—As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee...

Election Spotlights Increasingly Vocal Israeli Christian Community February 25, 2015 12:41 am

Election Spotlights Increasingly Vocal Israeli Christian Community

JNS.org - As Israel’s March 17 election nears, some Israeli Christians are using the race...

The 2015 Israeli Election Video Wars (VIDEO) February 24, 2015 1:42 am

The 2015 Israeli Election Video Wars (VIDEO)

JNS.org - Forget pollsters. These days, to get a sense of an Israeli politician’s popularity...

Gadi Eizenkot Takes Command of IDF During ‘Tense and Challenging Period’ February 19, 2015 8:44 am

Gadi Eizenkot Takes Command of IDF During ‘Tense and Challenging Period’

JNS.org – The four-year term of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen....

Where Does Liberal Icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren Stand on Israel? February 18, 2015 1:35 pm

Where Does Liberal Icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren Stand on Israel?

JNS.org – US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has become a rising star in the Democratic...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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