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Iran’s Business Ties Returning to Normal After Nuclear Sanctions Lifted January 25, 2016 9:50 am

Iran’s Business Ties Returning to Normal After Nuclear Sanctions Lifted

Business ties between Iranian and foreign business are returning to normal after nuclear sanctions...

Rocket Fired at Israel From Gaza Explodes in Palestinian Territory; No Casualties Reported January 24, 2016 12:03 pm

Rocket Fired at Israel From Gaza Explodes in Palestinian Territory; No Casualties Reported

A rocket was fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip Saturday night, the latest attack by...

Israeli Official Says Hamas Ready for Next Round of Fighting With Israel January 23, 2016 9:30 am

Israeli Official Says Hamas Ready for Next Round of Fighting With Israel

JNS.org – A senior Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division official said that the Palestinian...

Abbas Shrinks Responsibility for Stalled Peace Talks, Netanyahu’s Office Says January 22, 2016 12:39 pm

Abbas Shrinks Responsibility for Stalled Peace Talks, Netanyahu’s Office Says

JNS.org – The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday denied claims by Palestinian...

Fatah Official Says Palestinian State Alongside Israel Would Just be ‘a Phase’ January 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Fatah Official Says Palestinian State Alongside Israel Would Just be ‘a Phase’

A senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party has said...

Rouhani: Nuclear Deal ‘One of Iran’s Greatest Successes’ Against the West January 22, 2016 5:07 am

Rouhani: Nuclear Deal ‘One of Iran’s Greatest Successes’ Against the West

Iran’s president has expressed his complete satisfaction with the outcome of the nuclear...

Palestinian Intelligence Chief: PA Thwarted 200 Attacks on Israelis Since October January 21, 2016 10:44 am

Palestinian Intelligence Chief: PA Thwarted 200 Attacks on Israelis Since October

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and its security forces have thwarted 200...

Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Destroyed by Islamic State, Images Confirm January 21, 2016 10:36 am

Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Destroyed by Islamic State, Images Confirm

JNS.org – New satellite images confirmed that St. Elijah’s monastery, Iraq’s oldest...

Saudi Foreign Minister Bashes Iran in New York Times, Says Tehran Still Committed to Terror, Spread of Islamic Revolution January 21, 2016 8:14 am

Saudi Foreign Minister Bashes Iran in New York Times, Says Tehran Still Committed to Terror, Spread of Islamic Revolution

In an op-ed on Monday in The New York Times, a senior Saudi official rejected the notion...

Iranian Foreign Minister Decries New US Sanctions as American ‘Coercion’ January 20, 2016 11:11 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Decries New US Sanctions as American ‘Coercion’

Iran’s foreign minister is decrying new U.S. sanctions over Iran’s ballistic missile...

Saudi Arabia Keeps Nuclear Option Open After Iran Deal Implementation January 20, 2016 10:59 am

Saudi Arabia Keeps Nuclear Option Open After Iran Deal Implementation

JNS.org – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir hinted that his country would keep...

Iranian Commander Says Saudi Arabia Acting as Israel’s Proxy January 20, 2016 2:21 am

Iranian Commander Says Saudi Arabia Acting as Israel’s Proxy

A senior Iranian military commander accused Saudi Arabia of acting as Israel’s proxy, semi-official...

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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  • Music US & Canada Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    Rapper B.o.B’s New Song Invoking Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial Has Jewish Group ‘Deeply Troubled’

    A Jewish human rights organization expressed concern on Wednesday over a new song by a popular US rapper that includes lyrics promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and cites a Holocaust denier, The Algemeiner has learned. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was responding to Tuesday’s release of B.o.B’s “Flatline,” the lyrics of which include: “But before you try to curve it, do your research on David Irving; Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kippa.” Irving is a historian who has questioned […]

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