Middle East

Hezbollah Planted Syria Border Bomb That Wounded IDF Soldiers, Report Says March 21, 2014 9:46 am

Hezbollah Planted Syria Border Bomb That Wounded IDF Soldiers, Report Says

JNS.org – Hezbollah has confirmed that its operatives planted the recent roadside bomb...

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Says Reality of Holocaust is ‘Uncertain’ March 21, 2014 9:01 am

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Says Reality of Holocaust is ‘Uncertain’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday questioned the reality of the...

Palestinians ‘Will Not Give Up One Inch of Land,’ Abbas Says March 21, 2014 6:50 am

Palestinians ‘Will Not Give Up One Inch of Land,’ Abbas Says

JNS.org – Upon returning Thursday from his visit to the United States, Palestinian Authority...

Iran Building Replica of U.S. Aircraft Carrier, American Officials Reveal March 21, 2014 5:47 am

Iran Building Replica of U.S. Aircraft Carrier, American Officials Reveal

New York Times – Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft...

Leaked Documents: Hezbollah Leader Promised No Action Against Israel During Syria War March 20, 2014 10:44 pm

Leaked Documents: Hezbollah Leader Promised No Action Against Israel During Syria War

Leaked documents cited Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah reassuring Israel last year that...

Israel’s Peres Sends Iranian New Year’s Greeting – Happy Nowruz – to Persian Speakers March 20, 2014 10:43 am

Israel’s Peres Sends Iranian New Year’s Greeting – Happy Nowruz – to Persian Speakers

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday spoke to the people of Iran by delivering a festive...

Iran FM Zarif Confident About Reaching Nuclear Deal by July Deadline March 20, 2014 9:21 am

Iran FM Zarif Confident About Reaching Nuclear Deal by July Deadline

Reuters – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on Wednesday he was optimistic...

Hundreds of Arabs Violently Protest Israeli MK’s Visit to Temple Mount March 20, 2014 9:16 am

Hundreds of Arabs Violently Protest Israeli MK’s Visit to Temple Mount

Ynet – Hundreds of young Arabs gathered Thursday morning at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem...

In Nuclear Talks, Iran Spars With World Powers Over Future of Arak Reactor March 20, 2014 12:26 am

In Nuclear Talks, Iran Spars With World Powers Over Future of Arak Reactor

JNS.org – Following a two-day session of nuclear talks in Geneva, Iran and world powers...

Palestinian Authority and Fatah Glorify Terrorist Attack That Killed 37 Israelis March 20, 2014 12:15 am

Palestinian Authority and Fatah Glorify Terrorist Attack That Killed 37 Israelis

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah marked the anniversary of a 1978 terrorist...

Amid Bloody Civil War, Syrian Government Reaches for the Stars March 20, 2014 12:14 am

Amid Bloody Civil War, Syrian Government Reaches for the Stars

JNS.org – Amid raging civil war that has left 146,000 dead and millions displaced, the...

Jordanian PM: No Action Against Israel Until Probe on Judge’s Death is Complete March 19, 2014 9:55 am

Jordanian PM: No Action Against Israel Until Probe on Judge’s Death is Complete

JNS.org – Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Tuesday that Jordan would not...

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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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