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Israel Finalizes Deal to Acquire V-22 Osprey Planes From U.S. November 24, 2013 11:01 am

Israel Finalizes Deal to Acquire V-22 Osprey Planes From U.S.

JNS.org – The deal for the Israel Defense Forces to acquire the American V-22 Osprey aircraft...

Obama to Call Netanyahu in Effort to Assuage Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Deal November 24, 2013 10:48 am

Obama to Call Netanyahu in Effort to Assuage Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Deal

Jerusalem Post – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday a deal between Iran and...

Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Deal as ‘Historic Mistake’ November 24, 2013 9:43 am

Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Deal as ‘Historic Mistake’

Hours after a deal was announced between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear...

Israeli Ministers Line Up to Lambast Iran Nuclear Deal; Choice Was Between ‘Plague and Cholera’ Says Lapid November 24, 2013 2:26 am

Israeli Ministers Line Up to Lambast Iran Nuclear Deal; Choice Was Between ‘Plague and Cholera’ Says Lapid

As news broke in the wee hours of the morning of an interim deal reached between Iran and...

Hamas Says it Wants to Buy More Electricity From Israel November 23, 2013 10:00 am

Hamas Says it Wants to Buy More Electricity From Israel

JNS.org – While Gaza faces a power shortage due to an Egyptian crackdown on its smuggling...

U.N. Conference Urges More Attention for Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries November 22, 2013 12:36 pm

U.N. Conference Urges More Attention for Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries

JNS.org – NEW YORK—Jewish and Israeli leaders on Thursday urged greater attention...

On 50th Anniversary of JFK Death, Iran’s PressTV Blames Israel November 22, 2013 12:04 pm

On 50th Anniversary of JFK Death, Iran’s PressTV Blames Israel

As Israel pushes for the world to halt Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s state-controlled...

Israel’s Labor Party Elects Herzog to Replace Yachimovich  as New Leader November 22, 2013 9:37 am

Israel’s Labor Party Elects Herzog to Replace Yachimovich as New Leader

Times of Israel – “We will challenge the [Netanyahu] government until we reclaim the...

Israel’s Oren in LA Times Op-Ed: ‘Netanyahu is Merely Doing His Job’ in Warning Against a Nuclear Iran November 21, 2013 2:41 pm

Israel’s Oren in LA Times Op-Ed: ‘Netanyahu is Merely Doing His Job’ in Warning Against a Nuclear Iran

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, took to the pages of the...

Jerusalem Restaurateur Offers Steep Discount for Customers Who Shut Off Their Phones November 21, 2013 2:37 pm

Jerusalem Restaurateur Offers Steep Discount for Customers Who Shut Off Their Phones

Restaurateur Jawdat Ibrahim has spent decades promoting coexistence among the Jewish and...

Foodies Loving Medjool Dates From Israel, Crop Thrives With Irrigation System November 21, 2013 1:34 pm

Foodies Loving Medjool Dates From Israel, Crop Thrives With Irrigation System

Global foodies are clamoring for Israel’s Medjool dates, which are thriving because...

IDF Officer Says New Hamas Spy Balloons Have ‘Alarming Capability’ November 21, 2013 12:30 pm

IDF Officer Says New Hamas Spy Balloons Have ‘Alarming Capability’

As Israel Defense Forces work to close the terror tunnels dug by Gaza-based Hamas, the Islamist...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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