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Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria Strike August 31, 2013 8:35 pm

Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria Strike

Independent – Pulling back from the brink, a lonely President Barack Obama said last...

Obama: Syrian Chemical Attack Threatens Israel, Jordan August 31, 2013 3:30 pm

Obama: Syrian Chemical Attack Threatens Israel, Jordan

JPost – WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons...

America Prepared to Act Alone to Punish Syria August 31, 2013 10:30 am

America Prepared to Act Alone to Punish Syria

Fox News – President Obama signaled Friday that the U.S. could act alone to punish Syria...

Kerry: U.S. Knows Assad Killed 1,429 Syrians August 30, 2013 11:00 pm

Kerry: U.S. Knows Assad Killed 1,429 Syrians

Times of Israel – US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a passionate statement...

Syrian Opposition Says West Must Enable ‘Syrian People to Defend Themselves,’ Not Just Carry Out ‘Punitive Strikes’ August 30, 2013 3:24 pm

Syrian Opposition Says West Must Enable ‘Syrian People to Defend Themselves,’ Not Just Carry Out ‘Punitive Strikes’

Khaled as-Saleh, media officer for the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition...

IDF Chief Says Many Secret Operations Have Been Carried Out on Golan Front August 30, 2013 2:38 pm

IDF Chief Says Many Secret Operations Have Been Carried Out on Golan Front

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday met with the IDF General Staff forum,...

IDF Prepares for Cyber Warfare Attacks From Syria and Iran August 30, 2013 2:14 pm

IDF Prepares for Cyber Warfare Attacks From Syria and Iran

The Israel Defense Forces on Friday were preparing for the possibility of a cyber-attack from...

Report: Assad Forces Drop Napalm on School Playground August 30, 2013 12:24 pm

Report: Assad Forces Drop Napalm on School Playground

i24 News – BBC aired on Friday footage of a horrific incident in Syria apparently showing...

France Remains Firm in Backing Action on Syria August 30, 2013 8:19 am

France Remains Firm in Backing Action on Syria

BBC – The French president has said a vote by UK MPs against involvement in military...

As Possible Confrontation with Syria Looms, IDF Deploys Iron Dome Battery Near Tel Aviv August 30, 2013 8:15 am

As Possible Confrontation with Syria Looms, IDF Deploys Iron Dome Battery Near Tel Aviv

JPost – The IDF deployed an Iron Dome battery in the greater Tel Aviv area overnight...

UK Parliament Rejects Syria Action August 30, 2013 7:06 am

UK Parliament Rejects Syria Action

AP – LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military...

Eliot Spitzer, Surprised by Campaign Reception, Talks Judaism, Ambitions and Yom Kippur Services (INTERVIEW) August 29, 2013 7:05 pm

Eliot Spitzer, Surprised by Campaign Reception, Talks Judaism, Ambitions and Yom Kippur Services (INTERVIEW)

Eliot Spitzer takes pride in his political acumen, but the former Governor of New York, in...

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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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