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To Serve, Or Not to Serve March 21, 2014 8:54 am

To Serve, Or Not to Serve

My friend Yori Yanover was recently sacked as editor of the online Jewish Press. His crime...

Three Years Into Syrian Civil War, Neighboring Israel Faces Familiar and Emerging Threats March 21, 2014 12:15 am

Three Years Into Syrian Civil War, Neighboring Israel Faces Familiar and Emerging Threats

JNS.org – March 15 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of unrest that led to...

Abbas Says Outrageous Things to Obama, No One Cares March 20, 2014 4:05 pm

Abbas Says Outrageous Things to Obama, No One Cares

Whenever Bibi Netanyahu visits the White House, every word and gesture and demeanor is micro-analyzed...

The Politics of Demography March 20, 2014 7:18 am

The Politics of Demography

It is endlessly – and mindlessly – reiterated that demographic disaster looms...

The State Department’s Campaign Against the ‘Jewish State’ Idea—in 1954 March 20, 2014 12:49 am

The State Department’s Campaign Against the ‘Jewish State’ Idea—in 1954

JNS.org – Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark last week that it is a “mistake”...

Obama Refuses to Act as Suffering in Syria Reaches Epic Levels March 20, 2014 12:01 am

Obama Refuses to Act as Suffering in Syria Reaches Epic Levels

Imagine the face of a little boy walking while holding his father’s hand, when suddenly...

One Korea, One Less Problem March 20, 2014 12:00 am

One Korea, One Less Problem

Once again, a dramatic nighttime photo, taken in color from space, shows North Korea as an...

Starvation Death Toll in Yarmouk is up to 133 March 19, 2014 6:17 am

Starvation Death Toll in Yarmouk is up to 133

According to the Action Group for Palestinians in Syria, the only organization that keeps...

Trauma From Palestinian Rocket Attacks Inflicts Deepening Wounds on Israeli Society March 19, 2014 5:58 am

Trauma From Palestinian Rocket Attacks Inflicts Deepening Wounds on Israeli Society

JNS.org – Fifteen seconds. That’s how long a resident of Sderot has from the time...

In White House Visit, PA’s Abbas Tells Obama Nothing About Compromise (VIDEO) March 18, 2014 11:12 pm

In White House Visit, PA’s Abbas Tells Obama Nothing About Compromise (VIDEO)

In Monday’s visit to the White House, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...

There’s No Better Time to Bring Back the Arab Peace Initiative March 18, 2014 1:07 pm

There’s No Better Time to Bring Back the Arab Peace Initiative

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is about to unveil his proposed framework for an Israeli-Palestinian...

Obamacare Offers Health Insurance, Not Health Care March 18, 2014 1:06 pm

Obamacare Offers Health Insurance, Not Health Care

JNS.org – In March, the Obama administration reported on Obamacare’s enrollment numbers. Fewer...

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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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