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Bennett: Europe ‘Will Suffer’ From Strengthening of Hamas December 17, 2014 10:38 am

Bennett: Europe ‘Will Suffer’ From Strengthening of Hamas

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Economy Minister and the leader of the Jewish Home party,...

Medal of Valor Awarded to Israeli Druze Policeman Killed in Synagogue Attack December 17, 2014 10:01 am

Medal of Valor Awarded to Israeli Druze Policeman Killed in Synagogue Attack

JNS.org – Zidan Saif, an Israeli Druze policeman who was killed while fighting Palestinian...

Israel Discovers Its Third Offshore Gas Field December 17, 2014 10:00 am

Israel Discovers Its Third Offshore Gas Field

JNS.org – The Israeli government announced the discovery of a new offshore gas field...

EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State December 17, 2014 12:45 am

EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion...

Report: U.S. Will Veto Palestinian Resolution for U.N.-Imposed Peace Plan December 16, 2014 8:28 pm

Report: U.S. Will Veto Palestinian Resolution for U.N.-Imposed Peace Plan

JNS.org – The U.S. will use its veto power at the United Nations Security Council...

Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim That West Bank Mosque Fire Was ‘Indefensible Price Tag Attack’ December 16, 2014 3:25 pm

Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim That West Bank Mosque Fire Was ‘Indefensible Price Tag Attack’

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a fire that broke out in a mosque in the West...

Israeli AG: ‘Free Speech’ Protects Haaretz Journalist Over IAF ‘Death Squadron’‏ Slur December 16, 2014 3:04 pm

Israeli AG: ‘Free Speech’ Protects Haaretz Journalist Over IAF ‘Death Squadron’‏ Slur

Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday threw out a complaint of incitement...

Germany to Fund Warships for Israel December 16, 2014 2:06 pm

Germany to Fund Warships for Israel

JNS.org – Germany’s government said Monday that it plans to fund the Israeli...

Iranian Desire to Lift Sanctions Dominates Agenda at Geneva Nuclear Talks December 16, 2014 1:55 pm

Iranian Desire to Lift Sanctions Dominates Agenda at Geneva Nuclear Talks

As nuclear talks between international negotiators and Iranian representatives got underway...

Hamas Chief Nixes Prisoner Swap for Remains of IDF Soldiers Killed During Operation Protective Edge December 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Hamas Chief Nixes Prisoner Swap for Remains of IDF Soldiers Killed During Operation Protective Edge

Despite the August 26 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group is in no...

‘French Effect’ Hits Turkey as Jews Look to Future Outside of the Country December 16, 2014 12:07 pm

‘French Effect’ Hits Turkey as Jews Look to Future Outside of the Country

The “French effect” – increasing numbers of Jews leaving a country because of...

Want to Know Who Funded the Artist That Defecated on the Israeli Flag? Ask European Governments, Says Israeli Watchdog December 15, 2014 6:17 pm

Want to Know Who Funded the Artist That Defecated on the Israeli Flag? Ask European Governments, Says Israeli Watchdog

Back in April, Israelis were horrified by the sight of a young performance artist named Natalie...

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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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