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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...

Hamas-Linked Group CAIR Shuts Down Film on University of Michigan Campus; Calls Documentary on Abuse of Muslim Women ‘Islamophobic’ (VIDEO) April 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Hamas-Linked Group CAIR Shuts Down Film on University of Michigan Campus; Calls Documentary on Abuse of Muslim Women ‘Islamophobic’ (VIDEO)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, is a nationally recognized non-profit whose...

The Economist Falsely Claims That Exports From Gaza Are Banned April 6, 2014 10:05 am

The Economist Falsely Claims That Exports From Gaza Are Banned

The Economist’s Middle East blog, Pomegranate, published a post on April 2 about the...

Is Israel Really Isolated? April 6, 2014 10:03 am

Is Israel Really Isolated?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that “if we do not resolve the issues between...

Don’t Let Israel Boycotters Into the Israel Day Parade April 4, 2014 12:59 am

Don’t Let Israel Boycotters Into the Israel Day Parade

It was 81 years ago this week that the Nazis instituted their first boycott of Jewish businesses...

Peace Now ‘Haggadah’ Compares Israel to Pharaoh April 4, 2014 12:51 am

Peace Now ‘Haggadah’ Compares Israel to Pharaoh

Every year, Americans for Peace Now writes its own bizarre Haggadah inserts to be read by...

Abbas is the Victim of Netanyahu and an Ideological Divide April 4, 2014 12:01 am

Abbas is the Victim of Netanyahu and an Ideological Divide

The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu...

Students for Justice in Palestine’s Actions at Northeastern University Raise Civil Rights Concerns April 3, 2014 5:31 pm

Students for Justice in Palestine’s Actions at Northeastern University Raise Civil Rights Concerns

JNS.org - American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where...

Will Regional and Domestic Challenges Force Renewed Israel-Turkey Normalization? April 3, 2014 5:28 pm

Will Regional and Domestic Challenges Force Renewed Israel-Turkey Normalization?

JNS.org – Israel’s relations with Turkey, once its closest Muslim ally, have grown...

The Third Narrative: Not So Third, Not a Narrative, Not New April 3, 2014 6:27 am

The Third Narrative: Not So Third, Not a Narrative, Not New

I regret to say that a fair number of people I respect (and some not so much) have signed on...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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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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