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Israeli Police Block East Jerusalem Road After Four Firebomb Attacks June 17, 2016 2:53 pm

Israeli Police Block East Jerusalem Road After Four Firebomb Attacks

Israeli police blocked a road in East Jerusalem on Friday after four firebombs were hurled...

Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff: Until Middle East Stabilizes, Withdrawal of Israeli Military From Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley Would Be ‘Irresponsible’ June 17, 2016 3:41 am

Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff: Until Middle East Stabilizes, Withdrawal of Israeli Military From Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley Would Be ‘Irresponsible’

A former deputy chief of staff of the Israeli army said that any decision to withdraw the...

Watchdog: False ‘Water War’ Reporting Highlights Media Willingness to Frame Israel as ‘Malevolent Force’ Oppressing Palestinians June 17, 2016 2:53 am

Watchdog: False ‘Water War’ Reporting Highlights Media Willingness to Frame Israel as ‘Malevolent Force’ Oppressing Palestinians

Foreign news reports claiming Israel purposely cut off the water supply to Palestinians during...

Former Israeli Defense Minister Slams Netanyahu, Announces Intention to Run for Prime Minister June 16, 2016 2:36 pm

Former Israeli Defense Minister Slams Netanyahu, Announces Intention to Run for Prime Minister

JNS.org – Former Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, who resigned from the government...

Israeli College With ‘Distinct Point of View’ Ranks Among World’s 25 Best Fashion Schools in 2016 June 16, 2016 2:14 pm

Israeli College With ‘Distinct Point of View’ Ranks Among World’s 25 Best Fashion Schools in 2016

An Israeli college was ranked by the website Fashionista as one of the world’s 25...

President of International Military Supplier Calls Israel ‘Silicon Valley’ of Defense Industry June 16, 2016 12:31 pm

President of International Military Supplier Calls Israel ‘Silicon Valley’ of Defense Industry

Israel is the “Silicon Valley” of the defense industry, an executive at DRS Technologies...

Israeli Company Invents Virtual Personal Trainer Headphones (VIDEO) June 16, 2016 9:56 am

Israeli Company Invents Virtual Personal Trainer Headphones (VIDEO)

JNS.org – The Israeli company LifeBEAM has created the first augmented reality (AI)...

Israel to Build Underground Wall Along Gaza Border June 16, 2016 9:51 am

Israel to Build Underground Wall Along Gaza Border

JNS.org – Israel is reportedly set to build a massive underground and aboveground concrete...

Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman Set for First Visit to US as Defense Minister June 16, 2016 9:41 am

Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman Set for First Visit to US as Defense Minister

JNS.org – Recently appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will depart Israel...

Amid Qatari Report of Arab States Voting For Israel to Lead UN Legal Committee, Ambassador Danon Touts ‘Importance’ of Historic Move June 15, 2016 1:54 pm

Amid Qatari Report of Arab States Voting For Israel to Lead UN Legal Committee, Ambassador Danon Touts ‘Importance’ of Historic Move

Amid reports about a number of Arab countries secretly voting in favor of Israel’s chairmanship...

Report: Senior Hamas Member Defects to Israel June 15, 2016 12:40 pm

Report: Senior Hamas Member Defects to Israel

JNS.org – Palestinian Fatah-affiliated websites are reporting that a senior member...

Massive Forest Fire Rages Outside of Jerusalem as Firefighting Teams Try to Contain Blaze June 15, 2016 10:33 am

Massive Forest Fire Rages Outside of Jerusalem as Firefighting Teams Try to Contain Blaze

A large forest fire is raging in the Jerusalem forest next to Givat Shaul. The fire is being...

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

    Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book that concentrates on a very small bit of history: the time period from 1948-50 when the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, was organizing refugee relief in Gaza. Before UNRWA, the UN created the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). It outsourced […]

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