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Umar Mulinde Stands With Israel November 16, 2012 5:21 pm

Umar Mulinde Stands With Israel

Last week I attended a consultation held in Jerusalem about mainline churches in the United...

Operation Pillar of Defense: Israel’s Game Changing War November 16, 2012 3:54 pm

Operation Pillar of Defense: Israel’s Game Changing War

The recent flare up of violence between Israel and the Hamas, dubbed Operation Pillar of...

Moral War (for the Sake of Peace) November 15, 2012 7:32 pm

Moral War (for the Sake of Peace)

“For everything there is a season…a time for war and a time for peace.”...

When an Israeli Terror Victim is Thrown Out of a Jewish Community Center November 15, 2012 6:17 pm

When an Israeli Terror Victim is Thrown Out of a Jewish Community Center

So here is a story that may make you shudder–one that has been relayed to me by three...

The Dangers of Golden Dawn – and National Public Radio November 15, 2012 5:45 pm

The Dangers of Golden Dawn – and National Public Radio

Where do we find the licensing body for the journalistic profession? Who are the determinants...

Prime Minister Netanyahu, It’s Time to Finish What You Began November 14, 2012 6:58 pm

Prime Minister Netanyahu, It’s Time to Finish What You Began

Over the last few months, hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities. The world...

Englewood, NJ: The City that has Problems with Synagogues (VIDEO) November 13, 2012 4:29 pm

Englewood, NJ: The City that has Problems with Synagogues (VIDEO)

My congressional campaign is over, but one of the main reasons I ran remains. What first impelled...

U.S. to Legitimize U.N. Human Rights Council  for Three More Years November 13, 2012 8:45 am

U.S. to Legitimize U.N. Human Rights Council for Three More Years

The Obama administration was reelected yesterday for a second three-year term to the U.N.’s...

Determination, Not Deterrence, Will Secure Israel November 12, 2012 9:22 pm

Determination, Not Deterrence, Will Secure Israel

Israeli leaders, both political and military, are notorious for publicly musing about whether...

Four More Years of Middle East Noise November 12, 2012 6:51 pm

Four More Years of Middle East Noise

Back in September, when it seemed as if there was everything to play for in the forthcoming...

An Orthodox Rabbi’s View: This Election Was NOT About the Economy, Stupid! November 11, 2012 3:56 am

An Orthodox Rabbi’s View: This Election Was NOT About the Economy, Stupid!

As long as political pundits everywhere – particularly those on the right – are conducting...

Petraeus: Did a Great Man Have to Fall? November 11, 2012 3:25 am

Petraeus: Did a Great Man Have to Fall?

Did General Petraeus have to resign? He opened himself as head of the CIA to blackmail, which...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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