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Israel Deploying Underwater Barrier, Sonar Array Against Hezbollah Divers (VIDEO) December 28, 2014 2:47 pm

Israel Deploying Underwater Barrier, Sonar Array Against Hezbollah Divers (VIDEO)

Under the watchful eyes of the Israeli Navy, private US and EU firms are deploying a defensive...

After Failed Attack in Jerusalem Hamas Releases ‘How to Stab Jews’ Clip (VIDEO) December 28, 2014 2:14 pm

After Failed Attack in Jerusalem Hamas Releases ‘How to Stab Jews’ Clip (VIDEO)

After a failed stabbing attack against two border policemen in Jerusalem’s Old City...

Netanyahu Says Iran Has Stepped Up Terror Activity in West Bank December 28, 2014 12:26 pm

Netanyahu Says Iran Has Stepped Up Terror Activity in West Bank

i24 News – Iran is ramping up its efforts to “intensify” terrorist activity...

Obama Admin. Welcomes Growing Iran Role in Fight Against ISIS December 28, 2014 12:20 pm

Obama Admin. Welcomes Growing Iran Role in Fight Against ISIS

Washington Post – Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over...

AirAsia Flight From Indonesia to Singapore Missing With 162 Passengers December 28, 2014 12:11 pm

AirAsia Flight From Indonesia to Singapore Missing With 162 Passengers

BBC – An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people...

Pakistan’s ‘Last Jew’ Works to Save Local Cemetery December 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Pakistan’s ‘Last Jew’ Works to Save Local Cemetery

The Guardian – There are few clues as to the identity of the last Pakistani Jew to be...

Sen. Lindsey Graham Says Senate Will Hold Iran Sanctions Vote in January December 27, 2014 7:31 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham Says Senate Will Hold Iran Sanctions Vote in January

The Hill – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that the Senate will take up an...

Israeli Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby After Sudden Heart Attack December 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Israeli Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby After Sudden Heart Attack

Times of Israel – A Palestinian baby’s life was saved after he collapsed at a Jordanian...

Jerusalem Home Targeted in Firebomb Attack, Nationalist Motives Suspected December 27, 2014 7:26 pm

Jerusalem Home Targeted in Firebomb Attack, Nationalist Motives Suspected

Ynet – A firebomb was thrown Saturday night at an apartment balcony in the Armon HaNetziv...

Iran to Expand Use of ‘Smart’ Internet Censorship December 27, 2014 1:00 pm

Iran to Expand Use of ‘Smart’ Internet Censorship

Reuters – Iran is to expand what it calls “smart filtering” of the Internet,...

Assad Forces Bombard ISIS Controlled Areas Over Christmas December 27, 2014 9:00 am

Assad Forces Bombard ISIS Controlled Areas Over Christmas

Jerusalem Post – Forces loyal to embattled Syrian president Bashar Assad have engaged...

Army Commander Claims Iran Tested Suicide Drone December 26, 2014 5:13 pm

Army Commander Claims Iran Tested Suicide Drone

Tasnim – “The (suicide) drone can be used for hitting the aerial and ground targets...

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that is a cause of great concern to him: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds him captive. Tony, who is [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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