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Abbas’ Fatah Praises Hamas’ Call For Israel’s Demise December 11, 2012 4:17 pm

Abbas’ Fatah Praises Hamas’ Call For Israel’s Demise

Much of the world appears to believe that Israeli/Palestinian peace is there for the making....

When Is an Open-Air Prison a Terrorist Camp? December 11, 2012 3:37 pm

When Is an Open-Air Prison a Terrorist Camp?

It is a term we hear a lot in the twenty-first century anti-Israel propaganda storm, flung...

Chanukah Diarist: Antisemitism and the Flight of the ‘Progressives’ December 11, 2012 3:17 pm

Chanukah Diarist: Antisemitism and the Flight of the ‘Progressives’

As my wife and I lit our Chanukah candles last night, and we sang Ma’oz Tzur (מעוז צור),...

When Do We Get to Celebrate the End of Slavery? December 10, 2012 3:23 pm

When Do We Get to Celebrate the End of Slavery?

This year marks the 150 year anniversary of President Lincoln’s announcement of the Emancipation...

Happy Holidays: Why Not Donate For a Daily Dose of Hate? December 10, 2012 2:47 pm

Happy Holidays: Why Not Donate For a Daily Dose of Hate?

It’s this time of year – and it seems that even the anti-Israel activists from the Electronic...

Israeli Settlement Facts and Falsehoods December 10, 2012 2:30 pm

Israeli Settlement Facts and Falsehoods

1. Judea and Samaria (Jewish roots) or West Bank (Arab roots)? “Judea” (יהודה)...

Hamas Spells it Out December 9, 2012 12:59 pm

Hamas Spells it Out

In recent years some people have claimed that Hamas is happy to live in peace, provided Israel...

Bob Carr and Australia’s “Pathetic” Turn Against Israel December 9, 2012 10:40 am

Bob Carr and Australia’s “Pathetic” Turn Against Israel

In the diplomatic debacle at the United Nations General Assembly pertaining to the vote of...

Explaining the ‘Maccabees’ Moniker for Jewish Athletics December 9, 2012 10:27 am

Explaining the ‘Maccabees’ Moniker for Jewish Athletics

Jewish athletes from around the world gather every four years in Israel for the Olympic-style...

The Myth of the Almighty Scientist: “Genesis and Genes” by Yoram Bogacz (REVIEW) December 7, 2012 2:05 pm

The Myth of the Almighty Scientist: “Genesis and Genes” by Yoram Bogacz (REVIEW)

Genesis and Genes, by Yoram Bogacz (Feldheim Publishers, 2012) There is at least one thing...

Middle Eastern Tunnel Vision December 7, 2012 1:08 pm

Middle Eastern Tunnel Vision

Imagine: until the Holland Tunnel was completed in 1927 New York and New Jersey had not been...

Rabbis Who Screw Israel December 7, 2012 10:53 am

Rabbis Who Screw Israel

The New York Times has now devoted two major articles, including a page one feature, to a...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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