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Mubarak Could be Placed Under House Arrest After Release From Prison August 22, 2013 8:50 am

Mubarak Could be Placed Under House Arrest After Release From Prison

NBC – Egypt’s deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak could be freed from prison and placed...

Thailand Court Convicts Two Iranians for Attempted Bomb Attack on Israeli Diplomats August 22, 2013 8:36 am

Thailand Court Convicts Two Iranians for Attempted Bomb Attack on Israeli Diplomats

JNS.org - A court in Thailand has convicted two Iranians who were part of a botched bomb plot...

Israeli-Arab Student Arrested After Joining Syrian Rebel Forces August 21, 2013 12:32 pm

Israeli-Arab Student Arrested After Joining Syrian Rebel Forces

A 26-year old Israeli-Arab was arrested by Israeli security forces after sneaking into Syria...

Lawyer: Mubarak Could be Released From Prison Thursday August 21, 2013 11:32 am

Lawyer: Mubarak Could be Released From Prison Thursday

Reuters – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could be freed from prison on Thursday,...

Syrian Rebels and Activists Claim Hundreds Dead in Regime Chemical Weapons Attack August 21, 2013 8:31 am

Syrian Rebels and Activists Claim Hundreds Dead in Regime Chemical Weapons Attack

BBC – Rockets with toxic agents were launched at the suburbs of the Ghouta region early...

Syrian Treated in Israel Says Most Fighters Return to the Battlefield August 20, 2013 7:40 pm

Syrian Treated in Israel Says Most Fighters Return to the Battlefield

JNS.org - Poriya, a Tiberias hospital, has joined Safed’s Ziv Medical Center as well as...

Egyptian Catholic Church Leader Says Country in a ‘War Against Terrorism’ August 20, 2013 5:00 pm

Egyptian Catholic Church Leader Says Country in a ‘War Against Terrorism’

JNS.org - The ongoing turmoil in Egypt “is not a political struggle, but a war against...

Israel Security Official Meets Egyptian Counterparts in Cairo as Shin Bet Counts 15 Sinai Terror Groups, 4 Violent August 20, 2013 11:42 am

Israel Security Official Meets Egyptian Counterparts in Cairo as Shin Bet Counts 15 Sinai Terror Groups, 4 Violent

A senior Israeli security official met a small group of his Egyptian counterparts for several...

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Leader Detained by Egypt Military August 20, 2013 9:30 am

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Leader Detained by Egypt Military

Daily Mail – Egypt’s military-backed regime today seized the supreme leader of...

Erdogan: ‘Israel is Behind the Coup in Egypt, We Have Evidence’ August 20, 2013 7:37 am

Erdogan: ‘Israel is Behind the Coup in Egypt, We Have Evidence’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed Tuesday that Israel was behind the recent...

Egypt’s Coptic Christians Condemn Western Media Coverage August 19, 2013 5:25 pm

Egypt’s Coptic Christians Condemn Western Media Coverage

JNS.org - In the face of an unprecedented wave of violence directed against Coptic Christians...

Iran Revolutionary Guards to Teach Students How to Hunt Drones August 19, 2013 3:15 pm

Iran Revolutionary Guards to Teach Students How to Hunt Drones

Students in Iran will be taught how to hunt U.S. drone aircraft by the country’s Revolutionary...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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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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