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Israeli Police Helmet Cam Captures Gunfight With Hamas Killers of Three Teens (VIDEO) September 23, 2014 1:25 pm

Israeli Police Helmet Cam Captures Gunfight With Hamas Killers of Three Teens (VIDEO)

Dramatic helmet cam footage released on Tuesday depicts a gunfight overnight between an Israeli...

Official: Hamas Doing Everything Possible to Carry Out Attacks Since Gaza Operation (VIDEO) September 23, 2014 11:17 am

Official: Hamas Doing Everything Possible to Carry Out Attacks Since Gaza Operation (VIDEO)

Despite sporadic rocket fire and trying to pull off terror attacks, Hamas in Gaza is primarily...

Suspects in Murder of Israeli Teens Killed During West Bank Raid September 23, 2014 8:06 am

Suspects in Murder of Israeli Teens Killed During West Bank Raid

JNS.org – Hamas terrorists Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh—who kidnapped and murdered...

Israel Downs Syrian Jet in Golan Heights (VIDEO) September 23, 2014 3:40 am

Israel Downs Syrian Jet in Golan Heights (VIDEO)

An Israeli Patriot surface-to-air missile shot down a Syrian warplane that entered Israeli...

Life After Presidency: Shimon Peres Goes Skydiving, Searches for New Job (VIDEO) September 23, 2014 12:05 am

Life After Presidency: Shimon Peres Goes Skydiving, Searches for New Job (VIDEO)

A new tongue-in-cheek video shows Israel’s Shimon Peres, having just retired from the...

Meet Israel’s Newest, Most Expensive Weapon: The INS Tanin Submarine (VIDEO) September 22, 2014 5:01 pm

Meet Israel’s Newest, Most Expensive Weapon: The INS Tanin Submarine (VIDEO)

In a commemoration aboard Israel’s 4th and newest submarine, the INS Tanin (“crocodile,”...

IDF Report: Palestinians Inflated Casualty Stats in Gaza Operation September 22, 2014 3:11 pm

IDF Report: Palestinians Inflated Casualty Stats in Gaza Operation

The IDF on Monday fired a salvo at critics of its policies in the recent Operation Protective...

Israel Approves Intel Plan to Invest $6 Billion in Jewish State September 22, 2014 2:33 pm

Israel Approves Intel Plan to Invest $6 Billion in Jewish State

JNS.org – The Israeli finance and economy ministries on Monday approved a plan by...

Israeli Cabinet Approves ‘Gateway to Jerusalem’ Project September 22, 2014 2:32 pm

Israeli Cabinet Approves ‘Gateway to Jerusalem’ Project

JNS.org – The Israeli cabinet has approved the “Gateway to Jerusalem” project,...

Ophir Prize-Winning Film ‘Gett’ to Represent Israel at Oscars September 22, 2014 1:43 pm

Ophir Prize-Winning Film ‘Gett’ to Represent Israel at Oscars

JNS.org - The movie Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, about an Israeli woman whose intransigent...

IDF Forces Nab Hamas Terrorists Planning Rosh Hashana Attack Near Jerusalem September 22, 2014 11:40 am

IDF Forces Nab Hamas Terrorists Planning Rosh Hashana Attack Near Jerusalem

Israeli army and security forces overnight arrested seven Palestinians near Hebron, thwarting,...

IDF: No Evidence of Islamic State Presence at Syria Border September 22, 2014 11:36 am

IDF: No Evidence of Islamic State Presence at Syria Border

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “does not recognize any Islamic State...

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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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