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Tribalism and the Wisdom of Sykes-Picot, in Hindsight February 2, 2016 7:20 am

Tribalism and the Wisdom of Sykes-Picot, in Hindsight

The division of the former Ottoman Empire by the British and French following World War...

How Would Israeli Human Rights Groups Have Reacted During World War II? February 1, 2016 5:15 am

How Would Israeli Human Rights Groups Have Reacted During World War II?

Since the outbreak of the recent terror attacks against Israeli citizens, human rights groups...

IDF Preparing for Arrival of ISIS on Syrian Border January 31, 2016 7:18 am

IDF Preparing for Arrival of ISIS on Syrian Border

As conflict and mayhem continue to rage across Syria, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is preparing...

Crossing the Line: When Criticism of Israel Becomes Antisemitic January 31, 2016 7:13 am

Crossing the Line: When Criticism of Israel Becomes Antisemitic

In the wake of a protest against a reception featuring an Israeli community group at a recent...

The Pope’s Disgraceful Display January 29, 2016 10:31 am

The Pope’s Disgraceful Display

Italian officials declined to comment after being ridiculed this week for covering up the...

The Requiem for the Oslo Accords Warrants a Unity Government January 29, 2016 6:06 am

The Requiem for the Oslo Accords Warrants a Unity Government

The controversy over the Oslo Accords, which bitterly divided the nation over the past quarter...

Commemorating Dead Jews While Hating the Living January 29, 2016 5:37 am

Commemorating Dead Jews While Hating the Living

‎”The battle for the equal value of all people and against antisemitism and racism...

Holocaust Remembrance Day and Ban Ki-Moon’s Cowardly Act January 29, 2016 5:20 am

Holocaust Remembrance Day and Ban Ki-Moon’s Cowardly Act

Embedded in the DNA of the Jewish people there is a special gene; call it remembrance. From...

40 Years of Campaign Finance Decisions at the Supreme Court January 29, 2016 5:06 am

40 Years of Campaign Finance Decisions at the Supreme Court

January 30 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Buckley v....

The Fatal Flaw in Post-Zionist Logic January 29, 2016 5:00 am

The Fatal Flaw in Post-Zionist Logic

In my understanding, the concept “Post Zionism” is–at the ideological level–a...

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Death’s Siren Song, Life’s Noble Rhythm January 28, 2016 1:42 pm

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Death’s Siren Song, Life’s Noble Rhythm

The rhythmic litany of deaths chanted out in the press in recent weeks has had a strange effect. David...

Welcome to Academia: Professor Who Praises Jihadis Still Teaches, Jihad Critic Doesn’t January 28, 2016 5:15 am

Welcome to Academia: Professor Who Praises Jihadis Still Teaches, Jihad Critic Doesn’t

To understand just how depraved today’s college campuses are, compare the treatment...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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  • Music US & Canada Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular US rapper that includes lyrics promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and cites a Holocaust denier, The Algemeiner has learned. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was responding to Tuesday’s release of B.o.B’s “Flatline,” the lyrics of which include: “But before you try to curve it, do your research on David Irving; Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kippa.” Irving is a historian who has questioned […]

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  • Business Features World-Changing Israeli Technologies Wow at Global Investor Summit

    World-Changing Israeli Technologies Wow at Global Investor Summit

    JNS.org – You’re cruising along the highway. Suddenly, your car starts to sputter, your engine grumbles, and your car comes to a screeching halt. The tow truck drags the car to a local auto mechanic. Damage: $1,000. You have no idea whether or not the mechanic is trying to do one over on you, but you will soon, thanks to a new Israeli innovation. Engie puts the car owner in the driver’s seat by providing a special malfunction reader that simply […]

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