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Hundreds of Arabs Celebrate Atop Temple Mount After Rocket Attacks on Jerusalem (VIDEO) July 8, 2014 4:03 pm

Hundreds of Arabs Celebrate Atop Temple Mount After Rocket Attacks on Jerusalem (VIDEO)

A video showing hundreds of Arabs jeering and celebrating atop the temple mount after air...

Fearing Terror Infiltration, Officials Order Citizens of Israel’s South to Remain in Bomb Shelters July 8, 2014 2:22 pm

Fearing Terror Infiltration, Officials Order Citizens of Israel’s South to Remain in Bomb Shelters

Israeli officials on Tuesday night told residents in areas bordering the southern Gaza Strip...

Jerusalem Mayor Tells Residents to Open Bomb Shelters July 8, 2014 1:47 pm

Jerusalem Mayor Tells Residents to Open Bomb Shelters

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday evening instructed residents to open and prepare public...

Israeli Officials Call for IDF to Retake Gaza Amid Escalation in Rocket Attacks July 8, 2014 12:46 pm

Israeli Officials Call for IDF to Retake Gaza Amid Escalation in Rocket Attacks

JNS.org – Amid the announcement of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Operation Protective...

IDF Foils Palestinian Terror Attack Launched From Sea Near Gaza (VIDEO) July 8, 2014 12:40 pm

IDF Foils Palestinian Terror Attack Launched From Sea Near Gaza (VIDEO)

Israeli army forces interdicted and foiled a Palestinian terror squad trying to infiltrate...

Rockets Disrupt Israeli Final Exams, Summer Camps, Public Recreation July 8, 2014 11:58 am

Rockets Disrupt Israeli Final Exams, Summer Camps, Public Recreation

JNS.org – Students taking their English final exam in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba...

Gaza Rockets Force Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport to Change Flight Routes July 8, 2014 11:31 am

Gaza Rockets Force Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport to Change Flight Routes

“Ben-Gurion International Airport is continuing it’s normal schedule,”...

Israel Approves Call-Up of 40,000 Troops for Possible Gaza Ground Operation July 8, 2014 8:54 am

Israel Approves Call-Up of 40,000 Troops for Possible Gaza Ground Operation

Instructing the Israeli army to “take the gloves off,” Prime Minister Benjamin...

Israel Assassinates Hamas Naval Commando Chief in Pinpoint Strike (VIDEO) July 8, 2014 8:05 am

Israel Assassinates Hamas Naval Commando Chief in Pinpoint Strike (VIDEO)

An air-to-ground missile fired by an Israeli aircraft targeted the head of Hamas’ naval...

Arab Protesters Clash With Israeli Police Across the Country July 8, 2014 6:04 am

Arab Protesters Clash With Israeli Police Across the Country

Ynet – Several dozen masked Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and improvised gas grenades...

Father of Slain Arab Youth to Gilad Shaar’s Grandfather: Maybe a Jew Killed Your Grandson (VIDEO) July 7, 2014 10:54 pm

Father of Slain Arab Youth to Gilad Shaar’s Grandfather: Maybe a Jew Killed Your Grandson (VIDEO)

During a recent joint appearance on Israel’s Channel 2, the father of slain Arab youth...

Israeli Defense Force Launches Operation ‘Protective Edge’ to End Hamas Rocket Attacks July 7, 2014 7:53 pm

Israeli Defense Force Launches Operation ‘Protective Edge’ to End Hamas Rocket Attacks

The Israel Defense Forces announced the launch of a new major operation late on Monday night aimed...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

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

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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