Opinion

The Real Challenge in the Middle East: Ideology July 4, 2012 12:06 pm

The Real Challenge in the Middle East: Ideology

Roger Garaudy, the French self-styled philosopher who died on June 13 aged 98, was an exceptional...

A Fourth of July Reflection: Patriotic Necessity Leads to American Invention July 4, 2012 12:01 am

A Fourth of July Reflection: Patriotic Necessity Leads to American Invention

On July 10, 1778, at the height of the Revolutionary War, there was a picnic in Paterson,...

When Everything’s Been Said July 3, 2012 12:41 pm

When Everything’s Been Said

It was at dinner in the garden of a well-known analyst of Iran.  He’d spent years...

Jews Do Control the Media July 3, 2012 12:16 pm

Jews Do Control the Media

We Jews are a funny breed. We love to brag about every Jewish actor. Sometimes we even pretend...

Iran: Staying In Power Trumps Nuclear Ambitions July 2, 2012 3:51 pm

Iran: Staying In Power Trumps Nuclear Ambitions

The only way the clerical regime in Iran will meet the demands of the P5+1 to end its nuclear...

Iran, Israel, and the Bomb July 2, 2012 1:29 pm

Iran, Israel, and the Bomb

When I first saw the headline in the current issue (July/August 2012) of Foreign Affairs –...

Israel’s Least Appreciated Prime Minister: The Death of Yitzchak Shamir July 1, 2012 6:52 pm

Israel’s Least Appreciated Prime Minister: The Death of Yitzchak Shamir

I’m not sure which is sadder, that Yitzchak Shamir died or that people didn’t...

Yitzhak Shamir and Israeli History July 1, 2012 9:59 am

Yitzhak Shamir and Israeli History

I first met Yitzhak Shamir a few months after I made my aliya from the rapidly declining Soviet...

Israel and Protecting Refugees July 1, 2012 12:01 am

Israel and Protecting Refugees

Israel, like many other developed countries has a migrant problem. As in most European countries,...

Morsi and the Future of the Peace Treaty June 29, 2012 4:09 pm

Morsi and the Future of the Peace Treaty

When Dr. Mohammed Morsi, the president-elect of Egypt, spoke during the last year about...

America’s $2 Billion a Year to Egypt Hinges on Peace with Israel June 29, 2012 11:48 am

America’s $2 Billion a Year to Egypt Hinges on Peace with Israel

I am thrilled that Egypt has now held its first free election for President. Let me further...

Lenin’s Legacy: Why Jews Have Been Betrayed by the Radical Left June 29, 2012 11:41 am

Lenin’s Legacy: Why Jews Have Been Betrayed by the Radical Left

There are a few biographical details about Professor Robert Wistrich that people tend to...

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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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