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Kerry Says Progress Made Towards Reaching Israel-PA Framework Peace Agreement January 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Kerry Says Progress Made Towards Reaching Israel-PA Framework Peace Agreement

Ynet - Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace...

Hospital Director: Sharon in ‘Battle Against All Odds’ January 4, 2014 7:42 pm

Hospital Director: Sharon in ‘Battle Against All Odds’

JNS.org – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is still in critical condition...

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Argentinean Ambassador’s Remarks ‘Detached From Reality’ January 4, 2014 7:37 pm

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Argentinean Ambassador’s Remarks ‘Detached From Reality’

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said on Saturday that a former ambassador’s...

Hundreds of Palestinian Arabs Protest Kerry’s Visit to Ramallah January 3, 2014 3:10 pm

Hundreds of Palestinian Arabs Protest Kerry’s Visit to Ramallah

JNS.org – Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the streets of Ramallah to protest...

Netanyahu: Abbas Missed Opportunity by Not Condemning Palestinian Terrorism January 3, 2014 10:45 am

Netanyahu: Abbas Missed Opportunity by Not Condemning Palestinian Terrorism

JNS.org – In a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday...

After Marathon Meeting With Netanyahu, John Kerry Leaves Jerusalem Frustrated by Lack of Progress in Peace Talks January 3, 2014 10:27 am

After Marathon Meeting With Netanyahu, John Kerry Leaves Jerusalem Frustrated by Lack of Progress in Peace Talks

A marathon five-hour meeting in Jerusalem between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Israeli PM Netanyahu: PA Policeman in Bat Yam Terror Cell Proof of PA Involvement in Terrorism January 3, 2014 10:07 am

Israeli PM Netanyahu: PA Policeman in Bat Yam Terror Cell Proof of PA Involvement in Terrorism

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night commended police and security...

Ariel Sharon’s Health Further Worsens, Family at His Side January 3, 2014 9:54 am

Ariel Sharon’s Health Further Worsens, Family at His Side

Ynet – In the last 24 hours there has been further deterioration in the condition of...

Israel Successfully Conducts Second Missile Shield System Test January 3, 2014 9:51 am

Israel Successfully Conducts Second Missile Shield System Test

JNS.org - Israel successfully tested the Arrow 3 missile interceptor system, meant to defend...

IAF Strikes Gaza Rocket Launchers in Response to Qassam Attack January 3, 2014 12:07 am

IAF Strikes Gaza Rocket Launchers in Response to Qassam Attack

The Israeli Air Force confirmed direct hits on three Gaza rocket launchers on Thursday evening...

Gaza Rocket Fired at Israel, Education Ministry Director-General’s Car Stoned January 3, 2014 12:06 am

Gaza Rocket Fired at Israel, Education Ministry Director-General’s Car Stoned

JNS.org – A Qassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded in Israel on Thursday night on...

Analysis: As Beirut is Rocked by Car Bomb, Israel Seen Safe From Hezbollah Attack January 2, 2014 10:47 pm

Analysis: As Beirut is Rocked by Car Bomb, Israel Seen Safe From Hezbollah Attack

As a Beirut suburb was struck on Thursday by a car bomb loaded with 20 kilos of explosives, according...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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