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Ya’alon Confirms: Israel Aiding Syrian Rebels in Exchange for Protection of Druze June 29, 2015 9:42 am

Ya’alon Confirms: Israel Aiding Syrian Rebels in Exchange for Protection of Druze

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to...

Report: On Eve of Nuclear Deal Deadline, Obama Sent Private Message to Iran Leadership June 29, 2015 9:42 am

Report: On Eve of Nuclear Deal Deadline, Obama Sent Private Message to Iran Leadership

U.S. President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran’s leadership via...

Iran Nuclear Negotiations With US Started in 2009 With Wish List Sent to Obama June 29, 2015 9:41 am

Iran Nuclear Negotiations With US Started in 2009 With Wish List Sent to Obama

Iran secretly passed to the White House beginning in late 2009 the names of prisoners it wanted...

Palestinian Prime Minister Promises Free Education to Families of Terrorists June 29, 2015 2:41 am

Palestinian Prime Minister Promises Free Education to Families of Terrorists

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah pledged on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority...

Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Flotilla, Redirects to Ashdod June 29, 2015 2:16 am

Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Flotilla, Redirects to Ashdod

JNS.org -Israel on Monday intercepted a ship of pro-Palestinian activists that had set sail...

Iran Blocks Websites Promoting Holocaust Education, State Department Report Says June 28, 2015 11:36 am

Iran Blocks Websites Promoting Holocaust Education, State Department Report Says

The government of Iran has continued to block the website of an initiative aimed at fostering...

Islamic State-Signed Leaflets Threaten Jerusalem Christians With ‘Massacre’ June 28, 2015 11:30 am

Islamic State-Signed Leaflets Threaten Jerusalem Christians With ‘Massacre’

JNS.org – Leaflets distributed in Jerusalem in the name of the Islamic State terror...

Netanyahu Says Western Concessions to Iran Increasing Days Before Nuclear Deal Deadline June 28, 2015 11:28 am

Netanyahu Says Western Concessions to Iran Increasing Days Before Nuclear Deal Deadline

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that western concessions to Iran over...

Code Red Sirens Heard in Golan Heights as Fighting Continues Across Syrian Border June 28, 2015 11:27 am

Code Red Sirens Heard in Golan Heights as Fighting Continues Across Syrian Border

Code red sirens sounded twice in the Golan Heights Sunday afternoon, suggesting possible misfire...

Authorities Identify Decapitated Victim of French Terrorist Attack at Factory June 28, 2015 11:26 am

Authorities Identify Decapitated Victim of French Terrorist Attack at Factory

French authorities have identified the man whose decapitated head was found after an attack...

Negotiators Facing Significant Obstacles in Nuclear Talks With Iran June 28, 2015 11:22 am

Negotiators Facing Significant Obstacles in Nuclear Talks With Iran

After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are trying to reach a final...

Israeli Wins Gold Medal at European Judo Competition June 27, 2015 1:30 pm

Israeli Wins Gold Medal at European Judo Competition

JNS.org – An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Report Highlights Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers

    Russian-American Jews are some of the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to Jewish discrimination in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dancing, in order to have a chance of getting ahead. “They knew that if they […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    Jewish Hoops Fairytale Falls Short as David Blatt’s Cavaliers Drop Game 6

    JNS.org – A fairytale ending to Jewish basketball coach David Blatt’s first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was not meant to be, as the Blatt-led Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night dropped Game 6 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 105-97, to lose the best-of-seven series 4-2. Blatt, who just last year coached Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv franchise to a European basketball championship, failed to finish a second straight hoops season on top. But after the Cavaliers began the NBA […]

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