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French Rabbi Whose Daughter Was Murdered in Toulouse Jewish School Atrocity Finds Strength to Carry On (INTERVIEW) January 23, 2015 2:58 pm

French Rabbi Whose Daughter Was Murdered in Toulouse Jewish School Atrocity Finds Strength to Carry On (INTERVIEW)

It’s almost three years since the Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah walked into the...

Petition Calls for Israel to Honor Muslim HyperCacher Hero Lassana Bathily January 23, 2015 2:30 pm

Petition Calls for Israel to Honor Muslim HyperCacher Hero Lassana Bathily

A British woman has started an online petition urging Israel to honor Lassana Bathily, the...

Former British Home Secretary Leon Brittan Dies From Cancer January 23, 2015 10:49 am

Former British Home Secretary Leon Brittan Dies From Cancer

BBC – Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 after a long battle with cancer,...

Yarmulke-Clad Swedish Gentile Reporter Attacked in Malmo (VIDEO) January 22, 2015 6:49 pm

Yarmulke-Clad Swedish Gentile Reporter Attacked in Malmo (VIDEO)

Eighteen months after an intrepid gentile journalist strolled the streets of Malmo, Sweden...

Prospect of Jewish Exodus From Europe as Grave a Problem as Euro Crisis, Says Top EU Official January 21, 2015 3:57 pm

Prospect of Jewish Exodus From Europe as Grave a Problem as Euro Crisis, Says Top EU Official

The prospect of a Jewish exodus from Europe is as grave a problem as the future of the Euro...

Four Charged in Paris Attacks as France Announces New Counterterrorism Measures January 21, 2015 11:33 am

Four Charged in Paris Attacks as France Announces New Counterterrorism Measures

USA Today – France announced sweeping new counterterrorism measures Wednesday, including...

Poll: 24% of Young Brits Expect Another Holocaust January 21, 2015 2:22 am

Poll: 24% of Young Brits Expect Another Holocaust

Times of Israel – In a poll commissioned in the direct aftermath of January’s Paris...

British Opposition Leader Ed Miliband Condemns ‘Questioning the Right of Israel to Exist’ January 20, 2015 4:13 pm

British Opposition Leader Ed Miliband Condemns ‘Questioning the Right of Israel to Exist’

Ed Miliband, the Jewish leader of Britain’s Labour opposition whose stance on Israel...

Gaza Jihadists Rally in Support of Islamic State, Condemn Charlie Hebdo January 19, 2015 7:12 pm

Gaza Jihadists Rally in Support of Islamic State, Condemn Charlie Hebdo

JNS.org – Jihadists took to the streets in Gaza on Monday to support the Islamic State...

Auschwitz Survivor Remembers Encounter With Monstrous Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele January 19, 2015 5:10 pm

Auschwitz Survivor Remembers Encounter With Monstrous Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

The great Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi famously wrote that a Nazi guard at the Auschwitz...

Lord Sacks Reveals British Police Thwarted Terror Plot Against Manchester Jews January 19, 2015 4:32 pm

Lord Sacks Reveals British Police Thwarted Terror Plot Against Manchester Jews

Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former British Chief Rabbi, has told the BBC that the greatest threat...

EU to Challenge Court’s Removal of Hamas From Terror List January 19, 2015 10:06 am

EU to Challenge Court’s Removal of Hamas From Terror List

JNS.org - The European Union (EU) will appeal a December ruling by the EU General Court to...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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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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