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Why Israel Matters to Me, Even if I’m Not Jewish November 5, 2014 1:24 am

Why Israel Matters to Me, Even if I’m Not Jewish

I was thrilled as a young boy to watch the rebirth of Israel. I knew of the Holocaust; pictures...

Susan Rice, Israel, and the Midterm Elections November 4, 2014 3:17 pm

Susan Rice, Israel, and the Midterm Elections

JNS.org - Whatever the results of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, Israel will no doubt continue...

Haaretz Writer Says Jews Should Not Have Civil Rights November 4, 2014 12:27 pm

Haaretz Writer Says Jews Should Not Have Civil Rights

Haaretz’s Nir Hasson is clearly upset that the major argument for giving Jews free...

Abbas and the Rabin Legacy November 4, 2014 12:09 pm

Abbas and the Rabin Legacy

Tuesday marks the 19th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin....

Obama Officials’ Insults Are Vulgar, But Their Policies Are Far Worse November 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Obama Officials’ Insults Are Vulgar, But Their Policies Are Far Worse

The Obama administration officials’ vulgar treatment of Israel’s prime minister...

The Obama Administration’s Campaign Against Israel November 3, 2014 12:01 pm

The Obama Administration’s Campaign Against Israel

The U.S. Department of State sent a strong expression of condolence to the family of Palestinian-American Orwah...

A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe (REVIEW) November 2, 2014 1:24 pm

A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe (REVIEW)

A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe. Edited by Nina Howe, with a foreword...

Will Obama Become a Lame Duck? November 2, 2014 11:35 am

Will Obama Become a Lame Duck?

The outcome of the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 4 — for all 435 House seats, 36 (of...

A Challenge to Ed Miliband: Would You Protect Great Britain Against Terrorism? October 31, 2014 10:24 am

A Challenge to Ed Miliband: Would You Protect Great Britain Against Terrorism?

Ed Miliband, who is the leader of Great Britain’s Labour Party, wants to become prime minister...

Obama Seeks Confrontation With Israel October 31, 2014 10:16 am

Obama Seeks Confrontation With Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the intensifying global pressures...

Why the Mastermind Behind Leon Klinghoffer’s Murder Went Free October 30, 2014 7:17 am

Why the Mastermind Behind Leon Klinghoffer’s Murder Went Free

JNS.org – Amid the ongoing controversy over the Metropolitan Opera’s performance...

The ‘Chickenshitgate’ Fallout for America, Israel, and the Middle East October 29, 2014 12:16 pm

The ‘Chickenshitgate’ Fallout for America, Israel, and the Middle East

JNS.org – Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, got it 100 percent right in...

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu’s Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu’s Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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