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IAF Strikes Gaza Terror Sites After Rockets Fired Into Southern Israel June 19, 2014 9:48 am

IAF Strikes Gaza Terror Sites After Rockets Fired Into Southern Israel

Ynet – Israel responded to rocket fire on Israel Wednesday, with IAF jets attacking a number...

Moving: Sarit Hadad Sings ‘As The Heart Breaks’ at Vigil With Kidnapped Israeli Teens’ Family Members (VIDEO) June 18, 2014 1:11 pm

Moving: Sarit Hadad Sings ‘As The Heart Breaks’ at Vigil With Kidnapped Israeli Teens’ Family Members (VIDEO)

Israeli pop star Sarit Hadad and an audience of over 1,000 women joined together in an emotional...

Intel Jerusalem Exec Yishai Fraenkel Laments Kidnapping of Nephew; Says Palestinians Email Him to Say Also Repulsed by Abductions June 18, 2014 12:40 pm

Intel Jerusalem Exec Yishai Fraenkel Laments Kidnapping of Nephew; Says Palestinians Email Him to Say Also Repulsed by Abductions

Yishai Fraenkel, General Manager of Intel’s Jerusalem R&D Center and a veteran...

‘No Limits’ on Will, Ways and Means to Find Abducted Teens, Defense Minister Vows June 18, 2014 10:32 am

‘No Limits’ on Will, Ways and Means to Find Abducted Teens, Defense Minister Vows

Israel has placed “no limitations” on capabilities and drive to find the trio...

Palestinian Social Media Campaign Celebrating Kidnapping Goes Viral June 18, 2014 10:10 am

Palestinian Social Media Campaign Celebrating Kidnapping Goes Viral

JNS.org – Palestinian activists have formed their own viral social media campaign...

Israeli National Library Gets Sharansky Family Archive June 18, 2014 10:05 am

Israeli National Library Gets Sharansky Family Archive

JNS.org – The family of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, perhaps the most famous...

Israel Re-arrests 51 Palestinians Freed in Gilad Shalit Swap June 18, 2014 9:22 am

Israel Re-arrests 51 Palestinians Freed in Gilad Shalit Swap

JNS.org – Fifty-one prisoners released in the 2011 deal that secured Israeli soldier Gilad...

IDF Uses Hand-launched ‘Skylark’ Drones in Search for Kidnapped Teens June 18, 2014 9:18 am

IDF Uses Hand-launched ‘Skylark’ Drones in Search for Kidnapped Teens

Jerusalem Post – In the IDF’s mission to locate the three missing yeshiva students...

Israeli Cops: Palestinians Flooding Emergency Call Center With Fake Kidnapping Alerts June 17, 2014 4:23 pm

Israeli Cops: Palestinians Flooding Emergency Call Center With Fake Kidnapping Alerts

Police officials in Israel say that some 42 percent of all #100 (911) emergency calls they...

Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi: Kidnappers Are ‘Not Terrorists’ June 17, 2014 3:17 pm

Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi: Kidnappers Are ‘Not Terrorists’

JNS.org – Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi said in a radio interview on Tuesday that the people...

Palestinian Authority Raid Exposes Hamas Dungeon for Hiding Israeli Captives (VIDEO) June 17, 2014 11:39 am

Palestinian Authority Raid Exposes Hamas Dungeon for Hiding Israeli Captives (VIDEO)

Video footage released on Tuesday showed what Palestinian Authority (PA) security officials...

IDF Seizes Hundreds of Weapons in Nablus, as Operation ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Enters 5th Day (VIDEO) June 17, 2014 9:38 am

IDF Seizes Hundreds of Weapons in Nablus, as Operation ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Enters 5th Day (VIDEO)

Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday said soldiers overnight seized hundreds of weapons and explosives...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

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