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Last Israeli Wounded in Gaza War Released From Hospital September 16, 2014 1:07 pm

Last Israeli Wounded in Gaza War Released From Hospital

JNS.org - Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released...

Bank of Israel Governor Listed Among World’s Top Central Bank Chiefs September 16, 2014 1:07 pm

Bank of Israel Governor Listed Among World’s Top Central Bank Chiefs

JNS.org – Less than a year after her appointment as Bank of Israel governor, Dr. Karnit...

Hamas’ West Bank Supporters: ‘Hit Tel Aviv, Haifa, Allah Willing’ (VIDEO) September 16, 2014 11:19 am

Hamas’ West Bank Supporters: ‘Hit Tel Aviv, Haifa, Allah Willing’ (VIDEO)

Public support for terror group Hamas in the West Bank has only increased since Operation...

Ex-Mossad Chief Yitzhak Hofi Dies Aged 87 September 16, 2014 11:04 am

Ex-Mossad Chief Yitzhak Hofi Dies Aged 87

Associated Press – Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played...

12,000 U.S. Physicians Watch New Israeli Brain Catheterization Technique Live Online (VIDEO) September 15, 2014 7:54 pm

12,000 U.S. Physicians Watch New Israeli Brain Catheterization Technique Live Online (VIDEO)

In a first, some 12,000 medical professionals in Washington, D.C., watched a new Israeli...

Israeli Residents Along Northern Borders: ‘We Don’t Fear Hezbollah – or Anyone Else’ September 15, 2014 5:29 pm

Israeli Residents Along Northern Borders: ‘We Don’t Fear Hezbollah – or Anyone Else’

Local leaders of Israeli towns and villages along the Syrian and Lebanon borders said they...

Israeli Emergency Services Rescue Dog Who Fell From Desert Cliff September 15, 2014 5:26 pm

Israeli Emergency Services Rescue Dog Who Fell From Desert Cliff

Deep in the inhospitable Negev Desert, an expert Israeli medical rescue team on Sunday saved...

Western Europe, Turkey, on Israel’s Holiday Terror Warning List; Attacks by Returning ISIS Fighters Feared September 15, 2014 12:49 pm

Western Europe, Turkey, on Israel’s Holiday Terror Warning List; Attacks by Returning ISIS Fighters Feared

Israeli security officials on Monday issued a severe terror alert for citizens warning of...

Wall-to-Wall Anger in Israel at IDF Intel Unit Refusal Letter, Dozens Volunteer to Replace Them September 14, 2014 7:17 pm

Wall-to-Wall Anger in Israel at IDF Intel Unit Refusal Letter, Dozens Volunteer to Replace Them

Israeli public leaders, military leaders and rank-and-file troops are slamming a protest...

Israel ‘Hoping for the Return of Egyptian Ambassador’ September 14, 2014 6:33 pm

Israel ‘Hoping for the Return of Egyptian Ambassador’

After the new Israeli ambassador to Egypt presented his credentials to President Abdel Fattah...

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days September 14, 2014 4:30 pm

Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka...

IDF Commanders: Hezbollah May Raid Israeli Border Villages in Next Showdown September 14, 2014 4:16 pm

IDF Commanders: Hezbollah May Raid Israeli Border Villages in Next Showdown

Senior commanders in the Israeli army’s northern command are warning that Lebanon-based...

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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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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that is a cause of great concern to him: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds him captive. Tony, who is [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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