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Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality April 14, 2014 4:31 am

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality

Kigale, Rwanda – Last week saw the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan...

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party April 14, 2014 2:39 am

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party

JNS.org - When one in five people in a key European state votes for a neo-Nazi party,...

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece April 13, 2014 2:35 pm

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece

The so-called Affair Baltakos in Greece is one of those eye-opening moments that throws into...

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing? April 13, 2014 2:31 pm

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing?

Readers no doubt remember that in the summer of 2012 the BBC’s Sports department produced...

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority April 13, 2014 2:18 pm

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

Secretary of State John Kerry’s non-stop efforts at cementing an Israeli-Palestinian peace...

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers? April 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers?

Should American taxpayers be funding an organization that has provided activist training to...

British Grassroots Counter BDS, With a Touch of Humor April 11, 2014 1:34 pm

British Grassroots Counter BDS, With a Touch of Humor

JNS.org – In August 2012, a Christian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton,...

New York Times and Reuters Fall for ‘Gaza Runner’ Propaganda April 11, 2014 11:40 am

New York Times and Reuters Fall for ‘Gaza Runner’ Propaganda

From Reuters: Kicking up dust on the back roads of northern Gaza within sight of the Israeli...

No Longer Banned in the British Library! April 10, 2014 9:55 am

No Longer Banned in the British Library!

The British Library, I documented recently, had blocked my website and those of the Middle...

Obama and the Difference Between Prophetic and Pathetic Leaders April 10, 2014 9:46 am

Obama and the Difference Between Prophetic and Pathetic Leaders

All leaders are human, and they all make mistakes, but really good leaders study the errors...

French Anti-Semitism and French Aliyah Skyrocket on Parallel Tracks April 10, 2014 8:43 am

French Anti-Semitism and French Aliyah Skyrocket on Parallel Tracks

JNS.org - Against the backdrop of studies revealing rising anti-Semitism both in France...

An Open Letter to French Jewry: You Are Not Alone April 9, 2014 9:50 am

An Open Letter to French Jewry: You Are Not Alone

On March 27, 2014, I saw the picture of “David,” a 59-year-old Hebrew School teacher...

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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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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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  • Commentary Featured Features Jewish 100 The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014 ACADEMIA Alain Finkielkraut Moshe Halbertal Deborah Lipstadt Jacob Metzer Steven Pinker Tammi Rossman-Benjamin ARTS AND CULTURE Yaacov Agam David Blatt Leonard Cohen Gal Gadot Scarlett Johansson Ryan Kavanaugh Steven Spielberg Harry Styles INNOVATION AND ACTIVISM Meira Aboulafia Adina Bar-Shalom Nitsana Darshan-Leitner Daniel Gold Anett Haskia Ephrat Levy-Lahad Gabriel Nadaf Dumisani Washington GOVERNMENT Tony Abbott José María Aznar Ron Dermer Yuli Edelstein Abdul Fatah el-Sisi Stephen Harper Goodluck Jonathan Mitch McConnell Narendra Modi [...]

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  • Features Jewish 100 Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Bassam Eid Palestinian human rights activist While Palestinians who demonize Israel as the sole reason for their woes receive no shortage of media invitations, those among them who spotlight their own leaders’ iniquities are far less in demand. Even so, the profile of Bassam Eid, the Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, is thankfully continuing to grow. Eid’s latest campaign is for the overhaul of UNRWA, the UN refugee agency dedicated solely to the Palestinians, which he says [...]

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