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West Should Arm Assyrian Christians and Yazidis, Editorial Says August 15, 2014 10:36 am

West Should Arm Assyrian Christians and Yazidis, Editorial Says

JNS.org - The United States and European Union should help arm Assyrian Christians and Yazidis...

Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah Lashes Out at Islamic State August 15, 2014 10:17 am

Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah Lashes Out at Islamic State

JNS.org - Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday warned Druze leaders in Lebanon...

Iraq’s Embattled Prime Minister Pledges to Step Aside August 15, 2014 10:15 am

Iraq’s Embattled Prime Minister Pledges to Step Aside

US Today – Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday night that...

Iranian Parliament Speaker Congratulates Hezbollah on Anniversary of 2006 ‘Victory’ Over Israel, Urges Hamas to Continue Fight in Gaza August 14, 2014 9:07 am

Iranian Parliament Speaker Congratulates Hezbollah on Anniversary of 2006 ‘Victory’ Over Israel, Urges Hamas to Continue Fight in Gaza

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday congratulated Hezbollah on the eighth...

Tension Mounts as Clock Ticks Down on Gaza Cease-Fire August 13, 2014 2:54 pm

Tension Mounts as Clock Ticks Down on Gaza Cease-Fire

JNS.org – With the latest 72-hour cease-fire set to expire at midnight Wednesday,...

Gazans Question Hamas’ Decisions in Conflict With Israel August 13, 2014 2:51 pm

Gazans Question Hamas’ Decisions in Conflict With Israel

JNS.org – As long term cease-fire negotiations continue between Israel and Hamas in...

Egypt Offers New Cease-Fire Proposal to Israel, Palestinians August 13, 2014 11:03 am

Egypt Offers New Cease-Fire Proposal to Israel, Palestinians

Times of Israel/AP – Egypt presented a proposed cease-fire to Israel and Hamas aimed...

Iran Hangs Two Gay Men, Latest in Wave of Executions August 13, 2014 10:42 am

Iran Hangs Two Gay Men, Latest in Wave of Executions

Daily Beast – The tragic hanging of two “sodomites” in Iran may seem, in theory,...

Rome Blanketed by Posters Calling for Boycott of Jewish-Owned Shops August 12, 2014 1:19 pm

Rome Blanketed by Posters Calling for Boycott of Jewish-Owned Shops

Rome was blanketed with posters calling for the boycott of Jewish-owned business by far-right...

Palestinian Envoy to Iran: Israel’s Annihilation Just Started August 12, 2014 10:23 am

Palestinian Envoy to Iran: Israel’s Annihilation Just Started

Palestinian Authority Envoy to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi told supporters of Gaza on Tuesday...

Palestinian Official: Long-Term Cease-Fire Agreement May be Reached by Wednesday August 12, 2014 10:21 am

Palestinian Official: Long-Term Cease-Fire Agreement May be Reached by Wednesday

Ynet – A long-term cease-fire agreement could be reached by Wednesday, a member of the...

Iraqi Prime Minister Amasses Troops in Protest to Ousting August 12, 2014 10:13 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Amasses Troops in Protest to Ousting

JNS.org – Iraq’s president Fouad Masoum has ousted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,...

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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