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One Small Step for Media Accuracy on Israel March 15, 2013 2:06 am

One Small Step for Media Accuracy on Israel

This week, two vicious, accusatory and vastly damaging media reports about Israel were publicly...

Foreign Policy Priorities Must Include Pro-Israel Actions March 15, 2013 1:53 am

Foreign Policy Priorities Must Include Pro-Israel Actions

The strong ties between the U.S. and Israel find expression in the traditionally bipartisan...

Bon Voyage: President Obama in Israel March 14, 2013 1:20 am

Bon Voyage: President Obama in Israel

In anticipation of President Obama’s forthcoming visit to Israel The New York Times published...

Francis I and the Jews March 14, 2013 12:22 am

Francis I and the Jews

There are an estimated 2 billion Christians in the world led by a variety of religious leaders...

The True Source of Religious-Secular Tension in Israel: The Arrogance of Ben-Gurion (and now Naftali Bennett) March 12, 2013 12:44 am

The True Source of Religious-Secular Tension in Israel: The Arrogance of Ben-Gurion (and now Naftali Bennett)

As the latest round of coalition-building maneuvering plays out in Israel – with Bibi...

Ambassadors All: Jews in the 21st Century March 12, 2013 12:39 am

Ambassadors All: Jews in the 21st Century

In his poignant and insightful writings, outgoing UK and Commonwealth Chief Rabbi Jonathan...

Senior al-Qaeda Veteran Captured, Successors Roam Planet March 11, 2013 8:51 am

Senior al-Qaeda Veteran Captured, Successors Roam Planet

Earlier this week, Americans learned about the arrest and extradition to the US of Suleiman...

American Patriotism and Service in the IDF March 11, 2013 8:33 am

American Patriotism and Service in the IDF

I met with a group from the American military last week. After thanking them for their gallant...

Do You Truly Love Israel, Or do You Just Want to be ‘Right’? March 11, 2013 12:01 am

Do You Truly Love Israel, Or do You Just Want to be ‘Right’?

Next time you take part in a debate about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, here’s how...

Kerry, Obama, and the Turkish Prime Minister March 8, 2013 6:27 am

Kerry, Obama, and the Turkish Prime Minister

John Kerry’s recent rebuke of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for...

Women and Children in War March 8, 2013 6:22 am

Women and Children in War

I have been invited to speak at a forum to be held at the United Nations on the suffering...

Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya March 7, 2013 1:38 am

Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya

Last Thursday, a Coptic Christian church located in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by armed...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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