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Obama and the Difference Between Prophetic and Pathetic Leaders April 10, 2014 9:46 am

Obama and the Difference Between Prophetic and Pathetic Leaders

All leaders are human, and they all make mistakes, but really good leaders study the errors...

French Anti-Semitism and French Aliyah Skyrocket on Parallel Tracks April 10, 2014 8:43 am

French Anti-Semitism and French Aliyah Skyrocket on Parallel Tracks

JNS.org - Against the backdrop of studies revealing rising anti-Semitism both in France...

An Open Letter to French Jewry: You Are Not Alone April 9, 2014 9:50 am

An Open Letter to French Jewry: You Are Not Alone

On March 27, 2014, I saw the picture of “David,” a 59-year-old Hebrew School teacher...

Harvard Students Make Time for Arafat, But Not to Honor Terror Victims April 9, 2014 7:06 am

Harvard Students Make Time for Arafat, But Not to Honor Terror Victims

JNS.org - The controversy over the Harvard University students who recently posed, smiling,...

Guardian Book Review Casually Mentions Israeli ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ April 9, 2014 7:01 am

Guardian Book Review Casually Mentions Israeli ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Though we haven’t read the book by Arun Kundnani (a Soros Foundation Fellow who has appeared...

An Open Letter to the Staff of the Financial Times April 8, 2014 2:56 pm

An Open Letter to the Staff of the Financial Times

To the Staff of the Financial Times Dear Sir, Your correspondent David Gardner may live in...

How Can Anyone Have ‘Iran Fatigue?’ April 8, 2014 2:05 pm

How Can Anyone Have ‘Iran Fatigue?’

For two years, I have been doing outreach work around the country for the advocacy group...

With Peace Talks in Crisis, Boston Forum Showcases Diverse Israeli Political Landscape April 8, 2014 1:45 pm

With Peace Talks in Crisis, Boston Forum Showcases Diverse Israeli Political Landscape

JNS.org – The U.S.-Israel relationship finds itself at a critical juncture while...

‎A Response to Thomas Friedman: The Jewish Community Needs More Sheldon Adelsons April 8, 2014 12:49 am

‎A Response to Thomas Friedman: The Jewish Community Needs More Sheldon Adelsons

‎ In Sunday’s edition of the New York Times, Thomas Friedman penned a scathing op-ed...

Tom Friedman Shamefully Equates Sheldon Adelson With Iran April 7, 2014 5:20 pm

Tom Friedman Shamefully Equates Sheldon Adelson With Iran

Istanbul, Turkey – I stopped here in the land of the Sultans en route to Rwanda for...

Harriet Sherwood Wants Israeli Jews to Feel the ‘Pain’ of Exclusion April 7, 2014 10:12 am

Harriet Sherwood Wants Israeli Jews to Feel the ‘Pain’ of Exclusion

A few hours before the Israeli government was set to approve a new deal with the Palestinians...

Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador is Latest Outrage: Will U.S. Take Action? April 7, 2014 10:07 am

Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador is Latest Outrage: Will U.S. Take Action?

JNS.org - As its next ambassador to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Iran...

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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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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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