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An Interview with Ayelet Shaked – The Secular Candidate August 16, 2012 3:06 pm

An Interview with Ayelet Shaked – The Secular Candidate

With the run-up to the first-ever internal primaries for the Israeli Jewish Home Party (Ha-Bayit...

Netanyahu the Ideologist – Exclusive Interview with Eyal Gabbai, Part 2 March 5, 2012 5:14 pm

Netanyahu the Ideologist – Exclusive Interview with Eyal Gabbai, Part 2

Up until six months ago, Eyal Gabbai was the Director-General of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin...

On Iran and Obama, How Bibi will Decide – Exclusive Interview with Eyal Gabbai, Part 1 March 5, 2012 12:17 pm

On Iran and Obama, How Bibi will Decide – Exclusive Interview with Eyal Gabbai, Part 1

Up until six months ago, Eyal Gabbai was the Director-General...

Who is Jodi Rudoren? …Incoming NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief February 16, 2012 10:55 am

Who is Jodi Rudoren? …Incoming NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Who is Jodi Rudoren? Until February 14th she was the head of the Education bureau for The...

Marine, Jew and Republican Senator? September 17, 2011 9:14 pm

Marine, Jew and Republican Senator?

Living and working inside the Washington beltway affords me the opportunity to meet a broad...

The Elevator Interview – Ed Koch (Exclusive) August 4, 2011 2:34 pm

The Elevator Interview – Ed Koch (Exclusive)

DK: What’s the most striking change you notice in NYC from the time you were mayor...

Betty Ford: Advocate for Addicts, Women July 10, 2011 8:58 pm

Betty Ford: Advocate for Addicts, Women

To the dismay of President Ford’s advisers, Former First Lady Betty Ford, was extremely...

Benny Begin, the “Old School” Israeli Politician Opens Up June 2, 2011 1:24 pm

Benny Begin, the “Old School” Israeli Politician Opens Up

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Israeli Cabinet Minister Mr. Binyamin (Benny)...

The Jewish Response to the Economic Collapse – Exclusive Algemeiner interview with Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks June 5, 2009 7:26 am

The Jewish Response to the Economic Collapse – Exclusive Algemeiner interview with Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

I understand a main purpose of your trip to the states is the promotion of your new siddur,...

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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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