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Israeli Forensic Expert: Murdered Teens Put Up ‘Serious’ Fight Against Captors July 1, 2014 10:44 am

Israeli Forensic Expert: Murdered Teens Put Up ‘Serious’ Fight Against Captors

“One of the abducted youths put up a serious fight against his captors,” a source...

Slain Israeli Teens to be Buried Side by Side in Modi’in Cemetary July 1, 2014 10:29 am

Slain Israeli Teens to be Buried Side by Side in Modi’in Cemetary

Ynet – Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach will be laid to rest together in Modi’in...

Israeli Ministers Divided on Military Response to Murder of Teens July 1, 2014 10:26 am

Israeli Ministers Divided on Military Response to Murder of Teens

Times of Israel – Government ministers argued bitterly Monday night about Israel’s proper...

Israel’s Shin Bet Working to Create Detailed Timeline of Kidnapping and Murder of Israeli Teens July 1, 2014 10:19 am

Israel’s Shin Bet Working to Create Detailed Timeline of Kidnapping and Murder of Israeli Teens

Jerusalem Post – The Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] has spent the past 18 days piecing...

IAF Strikes 34 Terror Sites in Gaza After Bodies of Murdered Israeli Teens Found July 1, 2014 10:11 am

IAF Strikes 34 Terror Sites in Gaza After Bodies of Murdered Israeli Teens Found

ABC News – The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called “precision strikes”...

American Jewish Groups Express Anguish, Solidarity Following Discovery of Murdered Israeli Teens June 30, 2014 7:10 pm

American Jewish Groups Express Anguish, Solidarity Following Discovery of Murdered Israeli Teens

Major American Jewish groups expressed outrage and grief following reports from Israel on...

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: More Gaza Rocket Fire May Prompt IDF Op ‘Bigger’ Than Pillar of Defense June 30, 2014 6:33 pm

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: More Gaza Rocket Fire May Prompt IDF Op ‘Bigger’ Than Pillar of Defense

A top former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) general told a local radio station on Monday,...

Netanyahu Says Hamas Responsible for Teens’ Deaths; Terror Group Threatens to Open ‘Gates of Hell’ if Israel Strikes June 30, 2014 4:09 pm

Netanyahu Says Hamas Responsible for Teens’ Deaths; Terror Group Threatens to Open ‘Gates of Hell’ if Israel Strikes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night said that “Hamas is responsible,...

Report: Arabs Attacked IDF Ambulance Transporting Bodies of Murdered Israeli Teens (PHOTO) June 30, 2014 3:23 pm

Report: Arabs Attacked IDF Ambulance Transporting Bodies of Murdered Israeli Teens (PHOTO)

Palestinian Arabs attacked an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ambulance humvee on Monday that...

FM Avigdor Lieberman: Jordan’s Stability of Vital Interest to Israel June 30, 2014 2:40 pm

FM Avigdor Lieberman: Jordan’s Stability of Vital Interest to Israel

JNS.org – In the strongest statement yet on the subject by an Israeli official, Foreign...

Worst Fears Confirmed: Israeli Searchers Find Bodies of Three Kidnapped Teens June 30, 2014 1:47 pm

Worst Fears Confirmed: Israeli Searchers Find Bodies of Three Kidnapped Teens

Israeli army forces on Monday discovered the bodies of three teenagers who Israel says Hamas...

Israel Needs Security Fence Along Jordan Border, Netanyahu Says June 30, 2014 10:40 am

Israel Needs Security Fence Along Jordan Border, Netanyahu Says

JNS.org – In light of recent changes in the Middle East, Israel needs to construct a security...

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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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