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Israeli Foreign Ministry Director: Expansionist Iran Wants to Turn Syria Into Iranian Province January 13, 2016 10:31 pm

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director: Expansionist Iran Wants to Turn Syria Into Iranian Province

“Iran wants to turn Syria into a province of Iran,” said the director-general...

Iranian Naval Commander Says US Aircraft Carrier Was Potential Target of Missile Attack January 13, 2016 4:05 pm

Iranian Naval Commander Says US Aircraft Carrier Was Potential Target of Missile Attack

An Iranian naval commander revealed that his forces had locked their missiles on a US aircraft...

Iran Releases US Navy Crew Members Accused of ‘Trespassing’ January 13, 2016 10:37 am

Iran Releases US Navy Crew Members Accused of ‘Trespassing’

Iran has released two United States Navy patrol boats and 10 crew members who were described...

Iran Pledges Continued Support for Anti-Israel Terrorism January 13, 2016 4:45 am

Iran Pledges Continued Support for Anti-Israel Terrorism

An Iranian official pledged his country’s continued support for anti-Israel terrorism,...

Ten American Sailors Detained By Iranian Navy, Hours Before State of the Union Address January 12, 2016 10:19 pm

Ten American Sailors Detained By Iranian Navy, Hours Before State of the Union Address

Ten American sailors were being held in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft...

Official: Hezbollah Committed to Creating Islamic Republic in Lebanon Modeled After Iran January 12, 2016 11:30 am

Official: Hezbollah Committed to Creating Islamic Republic in Lebanon Modeled After Iran

A senior Hezbollah official said last week that his organization remains committed to transforming...

Erdogan: Syrian Suicide Bomber Likely Carried Out Istanbul Attack January 12, 2016 10:44 am

Erdogan: Syrian Suicide Bomber Likely Carried Out Istanbul Attack

A Syrian suicide bomber is thought to be responsible for an attack which killed at least ten...

Hamas Believed to Have Nearly as Many Terror Tunnels as Before 2014 Gaza War January 12, 2016 10:39 am

Hamas Believed to Have Nearly as Many Terror Tunnels as Before 2014 Gaza War

Eighteen months after the last Israel-Hamas war, the Islamist terror group is believed to...

Mass Murder, Hostage Crisis at Baghdad Mall; Iraqi Troops Storm Premises, Kill Gunmen January 11, 2016 4:05 pm

Mass Murder, Hostage Crisis at Baghdad Mall; Iraqi Troops Storm Premises, Kill Gunmen

Gunmen stormed into a Baghdad mall on Monday after setting off a car bomb and launching a...

Report: Russia Giving Advanced Weapons to Hezbollah, ‘No Strings Attached’ January 11, 2016 3:03 pm

Report: Russia Giving Advanced Weapons to Hezbollah, ‘No Strings Attached’

Russia has been arming Lebanese terror group Hezbollah with heavy munitions as fighting...

Arab League Condemns Iranian ‘Meddling’ in Arab Affairs January 11, 2016 10:44 am

Arab League Condemns Iranian ‘Meddling’ in Arab Affairs

Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon, condemned in a Sunday statement what...

Palestinian Authority Calls Tel Aviv Pub Killer ‘Precious Martyr Whose Pure Blood Waters Our Free Land’ January 10, 2016 7:22 pm

Palestinian Authority Calls Tel Aviv Pub Killer ‘Precious Martyr Whose Pure Blood Waters Our Free Land’

Raked over the coals for removing the name of the Tel Aviv pub killer from its official list...

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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