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UNESCO Declares Israeli National Park a World Heritage Site June 23, 2014 4:14 pm

UNESCO Declares Israeli National Park a World Heritage Site

JNS.org - The UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted in Qatar on Sunday to admit Beit Guvrin-Maresha...

Hamas Terrorist Freed in Shalit Deal Arrested for Passover Attack June 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Hamas Terrorist Freed in Shalit Deal Arrested for Passover Attack

JNS.org - A Hamas terrorist who was freed as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange...

Police: Enough Evidence to Investigate Arab-Israeli MK Zoabi for Incitement June 23, 2014 2:41 pm

Police: Enough Evidence to Investigate Arab-Israeli MK Zoabi for Incitement

JNS.org – Israeli police say there is enough evidence to investigate Arab-Israeli MK Haneen...

IDF Uncovers Secret Tunnels, Explosives Labs in West Bank June 23, 2014 10:05 am

IDF Uncovers Secret Tunnels, Explosives Labs in West Bank

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Combat Engineering Corps uncovered numerous...

Israel’s Defense Minister Ya’alon Warns Syria’s Assad Against More Attacks June 23, 2014 10:00 am

Israel’s Defense Minister Ya’alon Warns Syria’s Assad Against More Attacks

Times of Israel – Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon justified on Monday Israeli strikes...

Father of 13-Year-Old Israeli Killed in Golan Attack: ‘My Boy Died in My Arms’ June 23, 2014 9:58 am

Father of 13-Year-Old Israeli Killed in Golan Attack: ‘My Boy Died in My Arms’

Ynet – “My boy died before my eyes,” the father of Mohammed Karaka said of his...

IDF Chief Tells Soldiers to be Mindful in Arab Villages, ‘We Are First and Foremost Humans’ (VIDEO) June 23, 2014 4:34 am

IDF Chief Tells Soldiers to be Mindful in Arab Villages, ‘We Are First and Foremost Humans’ (VIDEO)

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told troops last week that they...

Netanyahu Says Israel Has ‘Unequivocal Proof’ Hamas Behind Kidnapping of Teens June 22, 2014 6:23 pm

Netanyahu Says Israel Has ‘Unequivocal Proof’ Hamas Behind Kidnapping of Teens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said his government can prove that Gaza-based...

Mother of Abducted Israeli Teen: It’s Hard to Eat, Sleep June 22, 2014 4:17 pm

Mother of Abducted Israeli Teen: It’s Hard to Eat, Sleep

“It’s been a very hard time; it’s hard to breathe – but we’re...

Israeli Army Retrieves Crashed Drone From Hebron Palestinians June 22, 2014 4:01 pm

Israeli Army Retrieves Crashed Drone From Hebron Palestinians

A small Israeli army drone crashed into the roof of a Palestinian home in Hebron on Sunday,...

Armed Gazan Arrested After Infiltrating Southern Israel June 22, 2014 8:39 am

Armed Gazan Arrested After Infiltrating Southern Israel

JNS.org – A terrorist armed with a grenade infiltrated southern Israel from the Gaza Strip...

15-Year-Old Killed in Golan Heights Border Attack From Syria June 22, 2014 7:03 am

15-Year-Old Killed in Golan Heights Border Attack From Syria

JNS.org – A 15-year-old Israeli boy was killed Sunday in the Golan Heights by an explosion...

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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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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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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 morale 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 [...]

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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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