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Hungarian Ambassador to Israel: Refugee Clashes Misrepresented by Media September 18, 2015 10:35 am

Hungarian Ambassador to Israel: Refugee Clashes Misrepresented by Media

JNS.org – As the Middle Eastern migrant crisis continues in Europe, Hungary has received...

Hillary Clinton’s Aide Sidney Blumenthal Psychoanalyzes Netanyahu—Poorly September 4, 2015 12:50 pm

Hillary Clinton’s Aide Sidney Blumenthal Psychoanalyzes Netanyahu—Poorly

A close adviser to then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton has claimed that the policies of...

ZOA Analysis: Strong Correlation Between Pro-Iran Deal Rabbis and J Street August 21, 2015 12:02 pm

ZOA Analysis: Strong Correlation Between Pro-Iran Deal Rabbis and J Street

JNS.org – After doing some number crunching on a letter signed by 340 rabbis that urges...

BBC Story on Gaza Withdrawal Whitewashes Palestinian Terrorism August 17, 2015 6:40 am

BBC Story on Gaza Withdrawal Whitewashes Palestinian Terrorism

Anyone searching for BBC coverage of the ten-year anniversary of Israel’s disengagement...

The Iran Deal Does New York July 30, 2015 1:27 pm

The Iran Deal Does New York

JNS.org – The July 14 announcement of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers...

UK Paper Says Netanyahu Opposed All Negotiation With Iran, Offers No Evidence to Support Claim July 29, 2015 4:00 pm

UK Paper Says Netanyahu Opposed All Negotiation With Iran, Offers No Evidence to Support Claim

In a July 28 article (Huckabee likens Iran deal to Holocaust), Times of London Middle East...

An Eyewitness Account of the Kurds’ Battle Against ISIS June 25, 2015 2:31 pm

An Eyewitness Account of the Kurds’ Battle Against ISIS

  This firsthand report was originally published by MIDA.  The desert grasslands around...

Analysis: New York Times Editorial is Another Hit Job on Israel June 24, 2015 3:13 pm

Analysis: New York Times Editorial is Another Hit Job on Israel

Below is a sharp critique of a recent New York Times editorial, posted by renowned investigative...

Israel’s Desire to Help Syrian Druze Leads to Entanglement in Civil War June 22, 2015 11:49 am

Israel’s Desire to Help Syrian Druze Leads to Entanglement in Civil War

JNS.org – Though it shares a border with Syria, Israel has tried to stay out of the...

BBC Reporter Turns Palestinian Story Into Anti-Israel Hatefest June 19, 2015 11:08 am

BBC Reporter Turns Palestinian Story Into Anti-Israel Hatefest

The news that Mahmoud Abbas had unilaterally decided to dissolve the one year-old ‘Palestinian...

Major Jewish Groups: School Workshop Has Anti-Israel Bias, Flawed Pedagogy (VIDEO) May 22, 2015 1:01 pm

Major Jewish Groups: School Workshop Has Anti-Israel Bias, Flawed Pedagogy (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Mainstream Jewish organizations—including the Anti-Defamation League...

Israel Increasingly Attractive for Chinese Academics, Investors, and Tourists May 13, 2015 1:03 pm

Israel Increasingly Attractive for Chinese Academics, Investors, and Tourists

JNS.org – East China New University and the University of Haifa this month launched...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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