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Preventing a Nuclear Iran is an Act of Tikkun Olam August 26, 2013 8:39 am

Preventing a Nuclear Iran is an Act of Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam: the Hebrew phrase for repairing a broken world and making it a better place. Some...

Humans Have the Potential to Scale Mountains August 26, 2013 8:33 am

Humans Have the Potential to Scale Mountains

It is midnight. It is cold. We are headed north. And up… A full moon lights the night....

Will Obama Triumph in 2014? August 25, 2013 5:12 pm

Will Obama Triumph in 2014?

President Barack Obama’s maneuverability, domestically and internationally, will depend...

Meeting Malki: Father of Terror Victim Speaks Out on Prisoner Release (INTERVIEW) August 25, 2013 5:09 pm

Meeting Malki: Father of Terror Victim Speaks Out on Prisoner Release (INTERVIEW)

You must meet Malki. She is a 15-year-old girl…still. She has been 15 for the last 12 years;...

Will Syria Be the Graveyard of Obama’s Presidency? August 23, 2013 9:27 am

Will Syria Be the Graveyard of Obama’s Presidency?

Rarely has an administration looked as inconsequential as President Barack Obama’s did...

Democracy Isn’t Easy August 23, 2013 9:23 am

Democracy Isn’t Easy

What is currently happening in Egypt should not come as a surprise to anyone who has even...

An Open Letter to Roger Waters From the ADL: ‘Your Animosity Towards Israel is Colored by Anti-Semitism’ August 23, 2013 6:57 am

An Open Letter to Roger Waters From the ADL: ‘Your Animosity Towards Israel is Colored by Anti-Semitism’

Dear Mr. Waters: Your recent statements about Israel and advocacy for BDS have garnered...

PBS Includes Vicious Anti-Semites in Show About Mohammad August 22, 2013 4:44 pm

PBS Includes Vicious Anti-Semites in Show About Mohammad

The Los Angeles Times recently praised “The Life of Mohammad,” a three-part PBS series...

Muslim Brotherhood Leader (and Terrorist) Now Behind Bars August 22, 2013 9:08 am

Muslim Brotherhood Leader (and Terrorist) Now Behind Bars

The supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the head of the Islamist snake, Muhammad Badie—who...

Bolton: U.S. Should Back Egyptian Army August 22, 2013 9:03 am

Bolton: U.S. Should Back Egyptian Army

If the Muslim Brotherhood wins, say goodbye to the peace treaty with Israel and stability...

Do Abbas and the PA Really Want Peace? August 22, 2013 8:54 am

Do Abbas and the PA Really Want Peace?

Diplomats may sign treaties, but only people make peace. If true, then Secretary of State...

The PLO Charter Still Calls for Israel’s Destruction August 21, 2013 9:17 am

The PLO Charter Still Calls for Israel’s Destruction

The Palestine Liberation Organization was created in 1964. Like most revolutionary movements,...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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