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White House Avoids Congratulating Netanyahu on Decisive Election Win (VIDEO) March 18, 2015 11:48 am

White House Avoids Congratulating Netanyahu on Decisive Election Win (VIDEO)

White House Director of Political Strategy David Simas on Wednesday morning avoided congratulating...

Top Democratic Pollster Says Israeli Election a ‘Stunning Rebuke’ to Obama March 18, 2015 11:31 am

Top Democratic Pollster Says Israeli Election a ‘Stunning Rebuke’ to Obama

Top Democratic pollster and political strategist Douglas Schoen weighed in on yesterday’s...

Netanyahu Visits Western Wall, Thanks Israeli People for Election Victory March 18, 2015 10:06 am

Netanyahu Visits Western Wall, Thanks Israeli People for Election Victory

Jerusalem Post – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday headed to the Western...

Global Media Prematurely Eulogizes Netanyahu Government March 18, 2015 10:03 am

Global Media Prematurely Eulogizes Netanyahu Government

JNS.org – Some news outlets found themselves prematurely hinting at the defeat of...

‘Religious Zionism Rallied to Save Netanyahu,’ Jewish Home Party Says March 18, 2015 10:02 am

‘Religious Zionism Rallied to Save Netanyahu,’ Jewish Home Party Says

JNS.org – Despite dropping from 12 Knesset seats to eight seats in Tuesday’s Israeli...

Kulanu Party Wins 10 Knesset Seats, Cements Decisive Role in Coalition-Building Process March 18, 2015 10:01 am

Kulanu Party Wins 10 Knesset Seats, Cements Decisive Role in Coalition-Building Process

JNS.org – Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon, whose new centrist party won 10 Knesset seats...

Israeli Election Sees Highest Voter Turnout Since 1999 March 18, 2015 10:00 am

Israeli Election Sees Highest Voter Turnout Since 1999

JNS.org – Tuesday’s voter turnout to elect Israel’s 20th Knesset was 71.8 percent,...

Herzog Concedes Defeat in Israeli Election, Says ‘Nothing Has Changed’ March 18, 2015 9:56 am

Herzog Concedes Defeat in Israeli Election, Says ‘Nothing Has Changed’

JNS.org – Isaac Herzog, the leader of the Zionist Union party, called Israeli Prime...

Reports Indicate Israeli Election Not Free From Irregularities March 18, 2015 9:47 am

Reports Indicate Israeli Election Not Free From Irregularities

Reports emerged late on Tuesday of several allegations of voter fraud in Israel’s general...

With Ballots Counted, Netanyahu Scores Dramatic, Decisive Victory in Israeli Elections March 17, 2015 9:01 pm

With Ballots Counted, Netanyahu Scores Dramatic, Decisive Victory in Israeli Elections

With almost all the ballots counted for Israel’s general election held today, the ruling...

White House Says Committed to ‘Working Very Closely’ With Winner of Israeli Election March 17, 2015 7:07 pm

White House Says Committed to ‘Working Very Closely’ With Winner of Israeli Election

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told The New York Times on Tuesday that regardless of...

Netanyahu Declares Victory ‘Against All Odds’ After Publication of Exit Poll Results March 17, 2015 6:26 pm

Netanyahu Declares Victory ‘Against All Odds’ After Publication of Exit Poll Results

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling Likud Party declared victory this evening...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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