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Syria’s Assad Makes Rare Appearance to Dine With Frontline Soldiers on New Year’s Eve January 1, 2015 11:17 am

Syria’s Assad Makes Rare Appearance to Dine With Frontline Soldiers on New Year’s Eve

The Telegraph – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts...

Jordan Arrests Sheikh Who Endorsed Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount (VIDEO) December 31, 2014 3:55 pm

Jordan Arrests Sheikh Who Endorsed Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount (VIDEO)

Jordan has arrested a sheikh who recently ruled that Jews should have a place of prayer on...

Palestinians to Join International Criminal Court December 31, 2014 12:54 pm

Palestinians to Join International Criminal Court

JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the Palestinians...

Netanyahu Dubbed ‘Tyrant’ in Islamic State Magazine December 31, 2014 10:53 am

Netanyahu Dubbed ‘Tyrant’ in Islamic State Magazine

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was featured in the Islamic State’s Dabiq...

Saudi Arabia Claims No Problem Employing Jewish Workers, Only Israelis Are Banned December 30, 2014 3:47 pm

Saudi Arabia Claims No Problem Employing Jewish Workers, Only Israelis Are Banned

A source in Saudi Arabia’s labor ministry said the country “does not mind”...

Hamas Leader Blasts Expired Palestinian Unity Government December 30, 2014 2:03 pm

Hamas Leader Blasts Expired Palestinian Unity Government

JNS.org – Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh slammed the Palestinian terrorist group’s...

Iran Hangs Seven on Christmas, at Least a Dozen More Before and After the Holiday December 30, 2014 10:49 am

Iran Hangs Seven on Christmas, at Least a Dozen More Before and After the Holiday

Washington Free Beacon – The Iranian regime hanged seven citizens on Christmas morning...

Two Women Face Terrorism Charges for Defying Driving Ban in Saudi Arabia December 30, 2014 10:48 am

Two Women Face Terrorism Charges for Defying Driving Ban in Saudi Arabia

International Business Times – Two Saudi women are facing terrorism charges for defying...

Taliban in Afghanistan Declares ‘Defeat’ of U.S., Allies After Coalition Marks End of Combat Mission December 30, 2014 10:47 am

Taliban in Afghanistan Declares ‘Defeat’ of U.S., Allies After Coalition Marks End of Combat Mission

Reuters – Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday declared the “defeat”...

Iranian Paramilitary Commander Reportedly Admits Tehran’s Goal of Achieving ‘Atomic and Chemical’ Weapons December 29, 2014 2:13 pm

Iranian Paramilitary Commander Reportedly Admits Tehran’s Goal of Achieving ‘Atomic and Chemical’ Weapons

A commander of Iran’s widely feared Basij paramilitary corps has inadvertently confessed...

Turkish PM Backs Palestinian Claim That Israel Reduces Jerusalem’s ‘Islamic Character’ December 29, 2014 1:20 pm

Turkish PM Backs Palestinian Claim That Israel Reduces Jerusalem’s ‘Islamic Character’

JNS.org – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday that Turkey supports...

Hamas Bans Gaza Orphans From Peace-Building Trip to Israel December 29, 2014 1:17 pm

Hamas Bans Gaza Orphans From Peace-Building Trip to Israel

JNS.org - The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has barred a group of 37 orphans in Gaza...

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  • Commentary Featured Sports Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

    Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

    JNS.org – I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, or should I say, the instant replay booth. Still, football is like life—not always fair. And even the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl has lacked fairness, as the media is obsessed with deflated footballs. Fans of the sport are not enjoying the sidebar stories that always accompany the lead-up to the big game. When the Patriots and the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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