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Prejudice August 29, 2014 10:10 am

Prejudice

I am prejudiced. No doubt about that. My level of prejudice, of course, varies according to...

Physical Violence and the Violence of Words: Israel’s Wars Against Hamas August 29, 2014 9:58 am

Physical Violence and the Violence of Words: Israel’s Wars Against Hamas

In Israel’s neighborhood, sticks, stones, and name calling are adult problems. The old children’s...

What Did Israel Really Give Up in the Gaza Cease-Fire? August 28, 2014 6:49 pm

What Did Israel Really Give Up in the Gaza Cease-Fire?

It has been hard to find the actual terms of the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas...

Jewish Survivors and Their Progeny Against Israel August 28, 2014 2:11 pm

Jewish Survivors and Their Progeny Against Israel

The Jewish enemies of Israel, if they are sufficiently profligate in the expenditure of claptrap,...

The Legacy of Daniel Tragerman, z”l August 27, 2014 12:05 pm

The Legacy of Daniel Tragerman, z”l

The recent death from Hamas mortar fire of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman was a tragic and...

Analysis: The Anatomy of a Cease-Fire August 27, 2014 10:50 am

Analysis: The Anatomy of a Cease-Fire

JNS.org – After at least 11 failed attempts at achieving a lasting cease-fire between...

Explaining the Media’s Anti-Israel Bias August 27, 2014 9:04 am

Explaining the Media’s Anti-Israel Bias

In carrying out this blog’s mission, we often attempt to contextualize Guardian/UK media...

Schooling Hamas, Surprising Abbas August 27, 2014 12:01 am

Schooling Hamas, Surprising Abbas

Israel’s school year, which begins September 1, may soon force a policy change that...

Are Rwandan Troops the Solution for Gaza? August 26, 2014 1:07 pm

Are Rwandan Troops the Solution for Gaza?

What to do about Gaza and Hamas? How can Israel avoid a war of attrition – with Hamas...

What Barack Obama Can Learn from Richard Nixon on Israel and Foreign Policy August 26, 2014 11:18 am

What Barack Obama Can Learn from Richard Nixon on Israel and Foreign Policy

Richard Nixon and Barack Obama are rarely compared.  But the way these two presidents have...

Temple University the Latest Hotbed of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses August 26, 2014 11:15 am

Temple University the Latest Hotbed of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

Temple University has become the latest focal point for groups concerned about the spreading...

How Huffington Post Could Test Out its Advice to Israel August 25, 2014 5:26 pm

How Huffington Post Could Test Out its Advice to Israel

Since its debut in 2005, The Huffington Post has positioned editorials exclusively on the left...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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