Middle East

Iran’s President-Elect Calls Israel a ‘Miserable Country,’ Rejects Call for Nuclear Halt July 18, 2013 12:35 pm

Iran’s President-Elect Calls Israel a ‘Miserable Country,’ Rejects Call for Nuclear Halt

Much like his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s President-elect Hasan Rouhani...

Muslims Demonstrate for Morsi on Temple Mount, Call for Destruction of U.S., European Countries (VIDEO) July 17, 2013 12:58 pm

Muslims Demonstrate for Morsi on Temple Mount, Call for Destruction of U.S., European Countries (VIDEO)

Upon the Temple Mount, on the first Friday of Ramadan, last week, a demonstration was held...

Syrian Gunmen Fire at IDF Patrol in Southern Golan Heights July 17, 2013 7:44 am

Syrian Gunmen Fire at IDF Patrol in Southern Golan Heights

Times of Israel – Two Syrian gunmen of unknown affiliation infiltrated an unmanned IDF...

Despite Islamic Law, Arrests, Iran Seeks to Become Major Tourist Destination July 16, 2013 11:30 am

Despite Islamic Law, Arrests, Iran Seeks to Become Major Tourist Destination

Iran hopes to become a major tourist destination, and the sector is relying on President-elect...

Report: At Least 7 Killed in New Round of Egypt Violence July 16, 2013 7:44 am

Report: At Least 7 Killed in New Round of Egypt Violence

Fox News – A senior Health Ministry official says clashes overnight between police...

U.S. Fears Iran Will Develop Nuclear Bomb ‘Under the Radar’ July 15, 2013 12:11 pm

U.S. Fears Iran Will Develop Nuclear Bomb ‘Under the Radar’

JNS.org – The United States is concerned that Iran would somehow be able to deceive...

Turkey: We Still Consider Morsi to be Legitimate President of Egypt July 15, 2013 10:55 am

Turkey: We Still Consider Morsi to be Legitimate President of Egypt

Turkey still considers recently ousted Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to be the...

Terrorists Attack Work Bus in Sinai, Kill 3, Wound 17 July 15, 2013 9:56 am

Terrorists Attack Work Bus in Sinai, Kill 3, Wound 17

At least three people were killed and 17 wounded when terrorists fired rockets at a bus carrying...

Turkey Denies Report it Allowed Israel to Use Base for Syria Strike July 15, 2013 9:00 am

Turkey Denies Report it Allowed Israel to Use Base for Syria Strike

Turkey has denied reports Monday that Israel used an air force base in the country to launch...

NY Times: U.S. Plans to Arm Syria Rebels Limited July 15, 2013 7:50 am

NY Times: U.S. Plans to Arm Syria Rebels Limited

New York Times – A month ago Obama administration officials promised to deliver arms...

Report: Strike on Syria Launched from Turkish Base July 15, 2013 7:44 am

Report: Strike on Syria Launched from Turkish Base

Ynet / RT – Are Israel and Turkey cooperating against Bashar Assad‘s regime?...

Ahmadinejad Receives Rare Public Scolding from New Iranian President July 15, 2013 7:15 am

Ahmadinejad Receives Rare Public Scolding from New Iranian President

Times of Israel – Iran’s president-elect Hasan Rouhani rebuked his soon-to-be predecessor...

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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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