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Questions About Syria for the Muslim World May 19, 2014 9:40 am

Questions About Syria for the Muslim World

It has become a mainstay to begin articles on the Syrian conflict by stating the current score...

Why the Iraqi Jewish Archive Belongs in America May 19, 2014 12:09 am

Why the Iraqi Jewish Archive Belongs in America

JNS.org – When I last wrote about the archive of Jewish treasures from Iraq rescued...

How Could California School Allow Students to Debate if Holocaust Happened? May 18, 2014 12:07 pm

How Could California School Allow Students to Debate if Holocaust Happened?

A lot of people apparently thought it was a good idea. Five teachers in the Rialto Unified...

Uses and Abuses May 18, 2014 11:47 am

Uses and Abuses

Muslim activists have been exerting pressure within state schools in Birmingham, U.K. to Islamize...

Rouhani is No ‘Moderate’ on Human Rights May 18, 2014 11:09 am

Rouhani is No ‘Moderate’ on Human Rights

The Canadian Parliament has just concluded its third Iran Accountability Week, which sounded...

Max Blumenthal Attracts Jew Haters of All Stripes May 16, 2014 9:47 am

Max Blumenthal Attracts Jew Haters of All Stripes

Max Blumenthal, the proud author of a book that equates Israel with Nazi Germany, keeps complaining...

Will Israel Be Forced to Move Unilaterally Due to Failed Peace Talks? May 16, 2014 7:56 am

Will Israel Be Forced to Move Unilaterally Due to Failed Peace Talks?

JNS.org – With the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, the Palestinian...

Moroccan Film ‘Horses of God’ Shows How Suicide Bomber Brothers From Casablanca Shanty Learn to Love Death (REVIEW) May 16, 2014 12:32 am

Moroccan Film ‘Horses of God’ Shows How Suicide Bomber Brothers From Casablanca Shanty Learn to Love Death (REVIEW)

At the New York premiere of the Moroccan film ‘Horses of God’ on Wednesday night,...

Divestment Losses Piling Up for BDS May 15, 2014 1:21 pm

Divestment Losses Piling Up for BDS

The divestment strategy seems to be a real bust for the BDS movement this year. A case in...

What the Media Won’t Report: The Palestinians Are the Most Anti-Semitic People in the World May 15, 2014 12:01 pm

What the Media Won’t Report: The Palestinians Are the Most Anti-Semitic People in the World

How would you characterize someone who believes that Jews have too much power over the global...

Hamas Refusing to Buy Polio, Other Vaccines – and UNRWA Doesn’t Care May 15, 2014 11:56 am

Hamas Refusing to Buy Polio, Other Vaccines – and UNRWA Doesn’t Care

UNRWA released a statement  to several Arabic newspapers warning of a serious health crisis...

U.K. Cooperative Continues ‘Boycott’ of Israeli Produce Despite Woes May 14, 2014 10:55 am

U.K. Cooperative Continues ‘Boycott’ of Israeli Produce Despite Woes

To paraphrase Dr. Samuel Johnson, “Anti-Semitism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Despite...

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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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