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Washington’s New Language May 28, 2013 2:38 pm

Washington’s New Language

Watching  the news from  Washington lately is like going on a  trip to other places at...

More Peace, Less Process: The Key to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations May 28, 2013 1:27 am

More Peace, Less Process: The Key to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has already visited the Middle East four times since President...

Memo to Civilization May 28, 2013 1:22 am

Memo to Civilization

The doctrine of relativism is laudable for its egalitarian impetus, but falls short of the...

A Nuclear Middle East is Doomsday May 27, 2013 11:28 am

A Nuclear Middle East is Doomsday

As the Obama administration tries to unbury itself from snowballing scandals, my apocalyptic...

On Stephen Hawking and Israel, an Open Letter May 27, 2013 10:17 am

On Stephen Hawking and Israel, an Open Letter

Prof. Malcolm Levitt Dept. of Chemistry Southampton University 11th May 2013 Dear Professor...

From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich (REVIEW) May 27, 2013 8:19 am

From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich (REVIEW)

“We Shall Build Ramallah in England’s Green and Pleasant Land” From Ambivalence to Betrayal:...

Welcome, Refugee from rekaB Street: Shmuel Rosner’s Mea Culpa May 26, 2013 7:51 pm

Welcome, Refugee from rekaB Street: Shmuel Rosner’s Mea Culpa

In the flood of commentary and analysis of the Al Durah controversy, I’ve tried to fisk...

Lethal Journalists React to the Al Durah Report: Insights Into the NGO-Journo Matrix May 24, 2013 11:10 am

Lethal Journalists React to the Al Durah Report: Insights Into the NGO-Journo Matrix

It’s well known here in Israel that the journalists, the NGOs and the UN folk party together,...

Svoboda Fuels  Ukraine’s Growing Anti-Semitism May 24, 2013 9:24 am

Svoboda Fuels Ukraine’s Growing Anti-Semitism

The rise of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is barely noticed in the State Department’s recent International...

Michael Gove and History May 24, 2013 6:55 am

Michael Gove and History

It is a popular misconception that there is no precise word in the Bible for “history”....

Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State May 23, 2013 1:13 pm

Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State

This week, a Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism will gather in Jerusalem. The time has come...

Top 10 Warning Signs You May be a ‘Guardian Left’ Anti-Semite May 23, 2013 10:07 am

Top 10 Warning Signs You May be a ‘Guardian Left’ Anti-Semite

H/T Harry Steel The Guardian’s associate editor Seumas Milne – who, when working...

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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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