Middle East

Syria Rebels Gaining Strength in Damascus Suburbs November 2, 2013 9:00 am

Syria Rebels Gaining Strength in Damascus Suburbs

WSJ – DAMASCUS, Syria—Islamist rebels, including some with links to al Qaeda, are...

U.S. Official: Israeli War Planes Hit Syria Base November 1, 2013 8:57 am

U.S. Official: Israeli War Planes Hit Syria Base

CNN – Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia...

Israeli Security Official: Assad Still Transferring Advanced Weaponry to Hezbollah October 31, 2013 12:18 pm

Israeli Security Official: Assad Still Transferring Advanced Weaponry to Hezbollah

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not given up on his effort to move advanced weapons to...

Rumors Circulate of Ayatollah Khamenei’s Impending Demise October 31, 2013 10:49 am

Rumors Circulate of Ayatollah Khamenei’s Impending Demise

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hasn’t been seen in public in three...

Syria Has Destroyed Chemical Weapons Production Facilities, Organization In Charge of Oversight Says October 31, 2013 8:35 am

Syria Has Destroyed Chemical Weapons Production Facilities, Organization In Charge of Oversight Says

Washington Post – Syria has rendered its declared chemical weapons production facilities...

Report: Israeli Air Force Struck Syrian Military Base October 31, 2013 8:32 am

Report: Israeli Air Force Struck Syrian Military Base

JNS.org - Media outlets in Syria and Lebanon have linked Israel with a loud explosion heard...

Iran Promises to Continue Uranium Enrichment Despite Talks October 30, 2013 8:26 pm

Iran Promises to Continue Uranium Enrichment Despite Talks

JNS.org - Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Akbar Salehi said that his country will...

Officials: Iran Uranium Enrichment to 20% Continues October 26, 2013 2:00 pm

Officials: Iran Uranium Enrichment to 20% Continues

Ynet – Diplomats accredited to the UN nuclear watchdog said on Friday they had no information...

34 New Nuke Sites Announced by Iran October 25, 2013 10:00 pm

34 New Nuke Sites Announced by Iran

Beacon – Iran plans to build many new nuclear plants with atomic reactors along its...

Report: Iran May Have Enough Uranium for Bomb Within a Month October 25, 2013 8:20 am

Report: Iran May Have Enough Uranium for Bomb Within a Month

JNS.org - As of today, Iran could produce a sufficient quantity of uranium for a nuclear...

Senator Chuck Schumer: Iraqi Archive Belongs to Jewish Community October 24, 2013 2:20 pm

Senator Chuck Schumer: Iraqi Archive Belongs to Jewish Community

JNS.org – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to stop the State Department from returning...

NY Times: Israel, Saudis Remain Unconvinced by U.S. Iran Strategy October 24, 2013 8:55 am

NY Times: Israel, Saudis Remain Unconvinced by U.S. Iran Strategy

Ynet – Washington – US Secretary of State John Kerry failed to persuade Prime...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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