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Poll: Netanyahu is Top Prime Minister Candidate by 11-Point Margin January 18, 2015 12:50 pm

Poll: Netanyahu is Top Prime Minister Candidate by 11-Point Margin

JNS.org – With about two months remaining before Israel’s March 17 elections, a...

7 Israeli Arabs Charged With Establishing Local Islamic State Chapter January 18, 2015 12:40 pm

7 Israeli Arabs Charged With Establishing Local Islamic State Chapter

JNS.org – Seven Arab residents of northern Israel’s Galilee region were arrested...

Netanyahu Rejects ‘Absurd’ Alleged War Crimes Investigation by ICC January 17, 2015 7:39 pm

Netanyahu Rejects ‘Absurd’ Alleged War Crimes Investigation by ICC

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday rejected the “absurd” decision by...

Palestinians Burn French Flag on Temple Mount to Protest New Charlie Hebdo Cover January 16, 2015 3:42 pm

Palestinians Burn French Flag on Temple Mount to Protest New Charlie Hebdo Cover

JNS.org – Palestinians burned the French flag in protest of the new cover of the French...

Israelis Overwhelmingly Support Netanyahu’s Visit to Paris After Attacks January 16, 2015 11:58 am

Israelis Overwhelmingly Support Netanyahu’s Visit to Paris After Attacks

JNS.org – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent trip to France following three...

Southern Israeli Official Assures Residents He is Defending IDF Against UN Probe January 16, 2015 11:52 am

Southern Israeli Official Assures Residents He is Defending IDF Against UN Probe

JNS.org – Haim Yalin, the head of southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council, sent...

Israeli Ambassador to US Predicts Major Rise in French Jewish Immigration to Israel January 15, 2015 6:47 pm

Israeli Ambassador to US Predicts Major Rise in French Jewish Immigration to Israel

Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, told MSNBC on Wednesday that, due to rampant...

Afghan War Hero Who Lost Both Legs Begins IDF Volunteer Stint January 15, 2015 12:22 pm

Afghan War Hero Who Lost Both Legs Begins IDF Volunteer Stint

A 12-year US Army Special Operations veteran who was severely wounded by an IED blast during...

Israel’s Lieberman: Turkey’s Erdoğan is ‘Antisemitic Neighborhood Bully’ January 15, 2015 11:11 am

Israel’s Lieberman: Turkey’s Erdoğan is ‘Antisemitic Neighborhood Bully’

JNS.org – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called Turkish President...

Unofficial Israeli Delegation Testifies at UN Gaza Inquiry Despite Government Absence January 15, 2015 11:09 am

Unofficial Israeli Delegation Testifies at UN Gaza Inquiry Despite Government Absence

JNS.org – While the Israeli government is officially boycotting the William Schabas-led...

‘This is Your Land,’ Netanyahu Tells Birthright Participants at Program’s 15th Anniversary January 15, 2015 11:08 am

‘This is Your Land,’ Netanyahu Tells Birthright Participants at Program’s 15th Anniversary

JNS.org - The Taglit-Birthright Israel program celebrated 15 years of bringing young Jews...

Netanyahu Blasts Erdogan for ‘Shameful Remarks’ Claiming He Should Not Have Attended Paris Rally January 14, 2015 2:41 pm

Netanyahu Blasts Erdogan for ‘Shameful Remarks’ Claiming He Should Not Have Attended Paris Rally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan...

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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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