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The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Antisemitism July 13, 2016 3:33 am

The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Antisemitism

When I was young, I always thought that antisemitism had died in the burning wreckage of Berlin,...

Palestinian Nationalism and the Case for Kurdish Statehood July 12, 2016 6:41 am

Palestinian Nationalism and the Case for Kurdish Statehood

Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support...

Lessons Already Learned From Brexit July 12, 2016 6:37 am

Lessons Already Learned From Brexit

The United Kingdom’s revolutionary decision to leave the European Union stunned pollsters,...

Why Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Is Supremely Confident July 12, 2016 6:33 am

Why Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Is Supremely Confident

JNS.org – One year after they signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known...

Ivanka Trump Chose to Be Jewish; Attacking Her Orthodox Rabbi Is a Disgrace July 11, 2016 6:33 pm

Ivanka Trump Chose to Be Jewish; Attacking Her Orthodox Rabbi Is a Disgrace

The one thing we’re not supposed to do in Judaism is make a convert feel like a convert....

Netanyahu’s Multi-Nation Trip Marks ‘Overdue’ Step in Israel-Africa Relations July 11, 2016 9:21 am

Netanyahu’s Multi-Nation Trip Marks ‘Overdue’ Step in Israel-Africa Relations

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a historic multi-nation trip...

Defending Rabbi Haskel Lookstein July 11, 2016 6:57 am

Defending Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

I met Rabbi Haskel Lookstein in 1981, about a week before my wedding. I had made aliyah four...

The ADL and #BlackLivesMatter July 10, 2016 5:21 am

The ADL and #BlackLivesMatter

Like many fellow Jews, I fought for black voting and civil rights in the 1960s. I participated...

Do Houses Matter More Than Jews?‎ July 10, 2016 5:13 am

Do Houses Matter More Than Jews?‎

In the wake of the report of the Middle East Quartet, which called on Israel to cease settlement...

Israel Tries Area-Based Response to Palestinian Terror Wave July 10, 2016 5:11 am

Israel Tries Area-Based Response to Palestinian Terror Wave

New Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had the briefest of honeymoon periods after...

Will Turkey’s New Diplomatic Push Reduce Its American Muslim Brotherhood Support? July 10, 2016 4:32 am

Will Turkey’s New Diplomatic Push Reduce Its American Muslim Brotherhood Support?

Turkey is mending fences with Egypt and cutting back its support for the Muslim Brotherhood...

Does Bibi Talk Too Much, or Too Little? The New York Times Has All The Answers July 8, 2016 4:45 pm

Does Bibi Talk Too Much, or Too Little? The New York Times Has All The Answers

Does the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, talk too little, or too much? The New...

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

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