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Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Development ‘Won’t Stop or Slow Down’ April 13, 2014 12:31 pm

Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Development ‘Won’t Stop or Slow Down’

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei told his Twitter followers on Friday that the Islamic...

London Teacher Threatens Jewish Student ‘I’ll Send You to One of Your Gas Chambers’ April 13, 2014 10:04 am

London Teacher Threatens Jewish Student ‘I’ll Send You to One of Your Gas Chambers’

A London teacher threatened to send a Jewish student to the gas chambers for cutting the lunch...

Israel Announces $289 Million National Plan for Holocaust Survivors April 13, 2014 9:56 am

Israel Announces $289 Million National Plan for Holocaust Survivors

JNS.org - The Israeli government is expected to approve an additional annual budget of $289...

Israeli, Palestinian Authority Negotiators Meet Sunday in Latest Effort to Salvage Peace Talks April 13, 2014 9:56 am

Israeli, Palestinian Authority Negotiators Meet Sunday in Latest Effort to Salvage Peace Talks

Times of Israel – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday in the latest...

Temple Mount Closed After Muslim Worshipers Riot, Injuring Two Officers April 13, 2014 9:56 am

Temple Mount Closed After Muslim Worshipers Riot, Injuring Two Officers

JTA – The Temple Mount was closed to visitors after Muslim worshipers threw stones and firebombs...

Professor Attacked for Taking Palestinian Students to Auschwitz April 13, 2014 9:53 am

Professor Attacked for Taking Palestinian Students to Auschwitz

Washington Post – Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to...

France’s Former First Lady Carla Bruni: I’m ‘Crazy About Israel’ April 12, 2014 9:28 pm

France’s Former First Lady Carla Bruni: I’m ‘Crazy About Israel’

Times of Israel – France’s former first lady Carla Bruni declared herself “crazy...

Report: Israeli Minister Says Convicts’ Release Likely After Passover April 12, 2014 9:25 pm

Report: Israeli Minister Says Convicts’ Release Likely After Passover

Ynet – Naftali Bennett, Chairman of Bayit Yehudi, threatened Thursday night to break...

German Furniture Store Sells Hundreds of Hitler Coffee Mugs April 12, 2014 9:15 pm

German Furniture Store Sells Hundreds of Hitler Coffee Mugs

NBC News – A furniture store in western Germany sold nearly 200 coffee mugs bearing...

Norway, Denmark Take Steps to Preserve Legal Status of Circumcision April 12, 2014 1:00 pm

Norway, Denmark Take Steps to Preserve Legal Status of Circumcision

JTA – Resisting calls to ban the non-medical circumcision of boys, the governments of...

Report: Israeli Official Blames Kerry for Peace Talks Crisis April 12, 2014 9:00 am

Report: Israeli Official Blames Kerry for Peace Talks Crisis

Times of Israel – The likelihood that derailed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will...

American-Jewish Prisoner Alan Gross Ends Hunger Strike in Cuba April 11, 2014 8:00 pm

American-Jewish Prisoner Alan Gross Ends Hunger Strike in Cuba

JNS.org – American-Jewish prisoner Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuba since late...

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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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