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Btselem’s Poor Methodology and Credibility March 8, 2015 3:17 pm

Btselem’s Poor Methodology and Credibility

In January 2003, the Israeli human rights organization Btselem, which receives hundreds of...

What Antidote to Radical Islam? March 8, 2015 3:12 pm

What Antidote to Radical Islam?

“Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution,” has been my...

Old Wine of Hate From the Vineyard March 6, 2015 1:50 pm

Old Wine of Hate From the Vineyard

Israel supporters may want to think twice before buying wine produced in vineyards owned by...

Jewish Voice for Peace Whitewashes Antisemitism in the Anti-Israel Movement March 6, 2015 1:13 pm

Jewish Voice for Peace Whitewashes Antisemitism in the Anti-Israel Movement

JNS.org – Why is a self-styled “Jewish organization” collaborating with rabid...

BDS and ‘Cultural’ Boycotts March 6, 2015 11:24 am

BDS and ‘Cultural’ Boycotts

One of the most insidious elements of the BDS strategy is the call for a cultural boycott...

Mutually Assured Delusion: Obama Outsources US Middle East Policy to Iran March 5, 2015 1:01 pm

Mutually Assured Delusion: Obama Outsources US Middle East Policy to Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the United Congress on...

Susan Rice Exposes Administration Failings on Iran at AIPAC March 5, 2015 12:59 pm

Susan Rice Exposes Administration Failings on Iran at AIPAC

Watching Obama Administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s speech Monday to...

How J Street Misled Obama Into Netanyahu Speech Debacle March 5, 2015 11:37 am

How J Street Misled Obama Into Netanyahu Speech Debacle

Who misled President Obama into his losing showdown over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s blockbuster...

Opinion: The White House Must Respond to Netanyahu’s Important New Proposal March 4, 2015 12:05 pm

Opinion: The White House Must Respond to Netanyahu’s Important New Proposal

I was in the House gallery when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a logical...

The Forgotten Issue in the Iran Debate March 4, 2015 11:24 am

The Forgotten Issue in the Iran Debate

JNS.org – “There was nothing new in it.” With those six words, President Barack...

Obama is the Problem in US-Israeli Relations March 4, 2015 11:23 am

Obama is the Problem in US-Israeli Relations

In an interview on the PBS television ‘Charlie Rose’ program, President Barack...

Paris Undercover Reporter: ‘I’m Asked if I Was Scared. The Truth is I Was’ March 3, 2015 8:43 pm

Paris Undercover Reporter: ‘I’m Asked if I Was Scared. The Truth is I Was’

The curses, the spitting, the threats, and the lynch mob that was avoided. The video, documenting...

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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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