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Jewish Leaders Express Mixed Feelings on New Greek Government January 26, 2015 7:08 pm

Jewish Leaders Express Mixed Feelings on New Greek Government

JNS.org – Jewish leaders have expressed both hope and concern over the outcome of...

Survey: 84 Percent of Palestinians Think Israel May be Behind Paris Attacks January 26, 2015 6:45 pm

Survey: 84 Percent of Palestinians Think Israel May be Behind Paris Attacks

JNS.org – A poll conducted by the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency found that 84.4...

Israel Warns Hezbollah Via Russia: Back Off Our Border and Interests Abroad January 26, 2015 11:25 am

Israel Warns Hezbollah Via Russia: Back Off Our Border and Interests Abroad

Israel has warned Lebanon based terror group Hezbollah not to approach the border or attack...

Gaza: Hamas Test Fires Rocket Barrage From Ruins of Jewish Village January 26, 2015 10:13 am

Gaza: Hamas Test Fires Rocket Barrage From Ruins of Jewish Village

Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip on Monday fired a major barrage of 10 test...

Top British Jewish Columnist Blasts Media Hypocrisy Over Antisemitism January 26, 2015 9:39 am

Top British Jewish Columnist Blasts Media Hypocrisy Over Antisemitism

A leading British Jewish columnist has charged British media outlets with hypocrisy for decrying...

Hollywood Heavyweights to Join Spielberg at Auschwitz Commemoration Ceremony in Poland January 25, 2015 9:30 pm

Hollywood Heavyweights to Join Spielberg at Auschwitz Commemoration Ceremony in Poland

A number of Hollywood executives joined director Steven Spielberg on a trip to Poland this...

IDF Soldier Awarded Medal for Storming Booby-trapped Building in Gaza, Killing Terrorists (VIDEO) January 25, 2015 7:56 pm

IDF Soldier Awarded Medal for Storming Booby-trapped Building in Gaza, Killing Terrorists (VIDEO)

The Israeli army will grant an unnamed Golani Brigade soldier a citation for bravery after...

Israeli Police Open Probe After Unknown Intruder Films, Curses Bus Terrorist in Hospital Room (VIDEO) January 25, 2015 1:32 pm

Israeli Police Open Probe After Unknown Intruder Films, Curses Bus Terrorist in Hospital Room (VIDEO)

Israeli military police are probing how an unknown man managed to enter the closely-guarded...

Israeli Doctors Join Mission to Help Hundreds of Children in Vietnam January 25, 2015 1:20 pm

Israeli Doctors Join Mission to Help Hundreds of Children in Vietnam

For more than 30 years, Operation Smile has provided more than 200,000 free surgical procedures...

Israeli Foreign Minister to Distribute Latest Charlie Hebdo Issue January 25, 2015 12:26 pm

Israeli Foreign Minister to Distribute Latest Charlie Hebdo Issue

JNS.org – After Israel’s Steimatzky bookstore chain canceled a special sales event...

Netanyahu Defends Planned Congress Speech as Moral Obligation to Speak About Iranian Nuclear Threat January 25, 2015 11:59 am

Netanyahu Defends Planned Congress Speech as Moral Obligation to Speak About Iranian Nuclear Threat

Reuters – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech...

Officials: Argentinian Prosecutor Nisman Was Shot Point Plank in Forehead January 25, 2015 11:57 am

Officials: Argentinian Prosecutor Nisman Was Shot Point Plank in Forehead

Yahoo/AFP – An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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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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