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Ha’aretz Economy Editor: Anti-Israel Boycotts Are ‘Creature of the Media’s Imagination’ February 28, 2014 1:17 pm

Ha’aretz Economy Editor: Anti-Israel Boycotts Are ‘Creature of the Media’s Imagination’

In a recent Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, David Rosenberg, economics editor and a columnist for...

Wealthiest Israeli Ranks 206th on World Billionaire List With $6.7 Billion Fortune February 27, 2014 11:41 am

Wealthiest Israeli Ranks 206th on World Billionaire List With $6.7 Billion Fortune

The highest ranking Israeli on China’s Hurun magazine’s annual list of the world’s...

Israeli Economy Minister Bennett Hails ‘Turning Point’ in China’s Economic Relations With Israel February 26, 2014 11:16 am

Israeli Economy Minister Bennett Hails ‘Turning Point’ in China’s Economic Relations With Israel

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday hailed a “turning point”...

Canadian-Jewish Developer Buys Tel Aviv Seaside Penthouse for NIS 110M (PHOTOS) February 25, 2014 12:47 pm

Canadian-Jewish Developer Buys Tel Aviv Seaside Penthouse for NIS 110M (PHOTOS)

A Canadian-Jewish real estate developer bought a penthouse in Tel Aviv’s seafront 10...

Israeli Cyber Exports Three Times Greater Than United Kingdom’s February 23, 2014 9:51 pm

Israeli Cyber Exports Three Times Greater Than United Kingdom’s

Exports by Israeli companies in the cyber field were estimated to be three times greater than...

U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale February 17, 2014 1:03 pm

U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale

The Israeli-American Shabtai family will earn some $496 million for their 55.2% stake in Israeli...

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa February 16, 2014 2:08 pm

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa

Social media company Twitter announced on Friday that it has expanded its Twitter Trends...

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million February 14, 2014 10:58 am

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million

JNS.org – The Israeli-founded voice and video communications app Viber has been purchased...

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’ February 12, 2014 8:21 pm

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday praised former Cyota colleague, Michal...

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire February 12, 2014 11:54 am

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire

Hackers on Tuesday took over the websites of the Las Vegas Sands Casino empire, uploading...

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva February 11, 2014 11:35 am

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva

JNS.org – Negotiations for control of Israeli dairy cooperative Tnuva are moving forward,...

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO) February 10, 2014 3:18 pm

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO)

The UK’s Telegraph newspaper recently featured several mobile phone apps that were...

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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  • Music US & Canada Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular US rapper that includes lyrics promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and cites a Holocaust denier, The Algemeiner has learned. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was responding to Tuesday’s release of B.o.B’s “Flatline,” the lyrics of which include: “But before you try to curve it, do your research on David Irving; Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kippa.” Irving is a historian who has questioned […]

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