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Dudu Fisher Says New Hanukkah Single Has Added Meaning in Light of Recent Terrorism (AUDIO) December 14, 2014 4:49 pm

Dudu Fisher Says New Hanukkah Single Has Added Meaning in Light of Recent Terrorism (AUDIO)

On the debut of a new version of a beloved Hanukkah melody, iconic cantoral and stage...

Boeing Israel Chief Touts Laser Weapon as Alternative to Iron Dome Anti-missile Defense System (VIDEO) December 14, 2014 3:29 pm

Boeing Israel Chief Touts Laser Weapon as Alternative to Iron Dome Anti-missile Defense System (VIDEO)

After the US Navy’s successful battle laser tests, a former Israeli air force chief...

Israeli Air Force Scrambles to Track Hamas Drone Over Gaza (VIDEO)‏ December 14, 2014 2:18 pm

Israeli Air Force Scrambles to Track Hamas Drone Over Gaza (VIDEO)‏

The Israeli army said it had boosted its alert status around Gaza and was tracking an...

Netanyahu Says Efforts to Force Israeli Withdrawal to ’67 Lines Will Fail December 14, 2014 12:47 pm

Netanyahu Says Efforts to Force Israeli Withdrawal to ’67 Lines Will Fail

Jerusalem Post – Attempts to get the UN Security Council to force Israel to withdraw...

Defense Minister Says Israel Will ‘Be Fine’ Without PA Security Cooperation December 13, 2014 8:19 pm

Defense Minister Says Israel Will ‘Be Fine’ Without PA Security Cooperation

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Friday said that Israel would “be fine”...

IDF Underground Command Bunker Being Upgraded to Protect From Biological, Nuclear Threats December 13, 2014 8:09 pm

IDF Underground Command Bunker Being Upgraded to Protect From Biological, Nuclear Threats

Deep underground, the Air Force bunker at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv is being upgraded in...

Israeli Film ‘Gett’ Nominated for Golden Globe Award December 12, 2014 5:00 pm

Israeli Film ‘Gett’ Nominated for Golden Globe Award

JNS.org – The Israeli film “Gett: the Trial of Viviane Ansallem” has been selected...

Palestinian Hitchhiker Injures Five Israelis in West Bank Acid Attack, Assailant Shot December 12, 2014 9:32 am

Palestinian Hitchhiker Injures Five Israelis in West Bank Acid Attack, Assailant Shot

JNS.org – An Israeli family of five, including several young children, were lightly...

IDF’s Septuagenarian Reservist Never Missed a Day of Training (VIDEO) December 11, 2014 4:18 pm

IDF’s Septuagenarian Reservist Never Missed a Day of Training (VIDEO)

For nearly five decades, from the Six-Day War to Protective Edge, 73-year-old IDF Lt.-Col....

IDF Furious Over Palestinian Site Airing Leaked Video of Hamas SEAL Raid (VIDEO) December 11, 2014 3:00 pm

IDF Furious Over Palestinian Site Airing Leaked Video of Hamas SEAL Raid (VIDEO)

Israeli army officials are outraged over the appearance on a Palestinian website of what appears...

UN Spokesman Denies UNRWA Official’s Call for ‘Boycott’ of Jerusalem Post (VIDEO) December 11, 2014 1:51 pm

UN Spokesman Denies UNRWA Official’s Call for ‘Boycott’ of Jerusalem Post (VIDEO)

A routine UN press briefing this week was marred by an awkward exchange between New York Post...

IDF Soldiers: We Acted With Restraint at Protest Where Abu Ein Died (VIDEO) December 11, 2014 11:02 am

IDF Soldiers: We Acted With Restraint at Protest Where Abu Ein Died (VIDEO)

Israeli Border Police officers insist they acted “moderately,” and within the official...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Education Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    Haredim and Bedouin: A Tale of Two Communities Transformed by Vocational Education

    JNS.org – Low enlistment rates in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). High rates of poverty. Communal resistance to traditional schooling. Difficulty finding employment or a lack of motivation to be employed. These conditions are shared by two sectors of the Israeli population that the casual observer likely wouldn’t group together: haredi Jews and Bedouin. Through its operation of schools for each population, however, the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network seeks to give haredim and Bedouin a brighter future in the Jewish [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that is a cause of great concern to him: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds him captive. Tony, who is [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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