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American Historical Association Rejects Vote on Anti-Israel Resolutions January 5, 2015 11:47 am

American Historical Association Rejects Vote on Anti-Israel Resolutions

Inside Higher Ed – At their annual meeting in New York, members of the American Historical...

Self-Declared Jewish Atheist Behind Controversial ‘I Met God, She’s Black’ T-Shirt January 4, 2015 2:03 pm

Self-Declared Jewish Atheist Behind Controversial ‘I Met God, She’s Black’ T-Shirt

A self-described Jewish atheist named Dylan Chenfeld is behind the ”I Met God, She’s...

US Lawmakers Warn Palestinians of Repercussions of Joining International Criminal Court January 2, 2015 5:29 pm

US Lawmakers Warn Palestinians of Repercussions of Joining International Criminal Court

JNS.org - Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers warned Palestinian Authority (PA) President...

Revlon CEO Charged With Anti-Semitic, Racist Abuse by Former Jewish Employee January 2, 2015 3:22 pm

Revlon CEO Charged With Anti-Semitic, Racist Abuse by Former Jewish Employee

Cosmetics giant Revlon is at the center of a legal row involving a former Jewish employee...

Mario Cuomo, 3-Term New York Governor and Israel Supporter, Dies at 82 January 2, 2015 12:15 pm

Mario Cuomo, 3-Term New York Governor and Israel Supporter, Dies at 82

JNS.org - Mario Cuomo, a former three-term Democratic governor of New York who Prime Minister...

US Afghan War Hero Who Lost Both Legs Heads to Israel for Spell With IDF January 1, 2015 2:11 pm

US Afghan War Hero Who Lost Both Legs Heads to Israel for Spell With IDF

A former US Army Staff Sergeant who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan is heading...

ZOA: Disqualify Groups Backing Sanctions and Boycotts Against Israel From Zionist Election January 1, 2015 11:19 am

ZOA: Disqualify Groups Backing Sanctions and Boycotts Against Israel From Zionist Election

JNS.org - The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) filed a complaint with the World Zionist...

Report: Putin Showing Little Interest After Secret Obama Administration Outreach January 1, 2015 11:12 am

Report: Putin Showing Little Interest After Secret Obama Administration Outreach

Bloomberg View – President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind...

Former KKK Leader Claims He Has ‘Lots of Jewish Friends,’ Calls Himself ‘Human Rights Activist’ December 31, 2014 4:15 pm

Former KKK Leader Claims He Has ‘Lots of Jewish Friends,’ Calls Himself ‘Human Rights Activist’

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke claimed not to be a racist during an interview with...

US Imposes Sanctions on Nine New Iranian Targets December 31, 2014 10:09 am

US Imposes Sanctions on Nine New Iranian Targets

Reuters – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying...

Washington Post Editorial Slams Abbas for ‘Insisting on Failure’ December 30, 2014 4:39 pm

Washington Post Editorial Slams Abbas for ‘Insisting on Failure’

A powerful editorial in today’s Washington Post has charged Palestinian Authority President...

Media Blindness to Anti-Israel Incitement Tops Watchdog’s ’2014 Media Mangles’ List December 30, 2014 4:17 pm

Media Blindness to Anti-Israel Incitement Tops Watchdog’s ’2014 Media Mangles’ List

As 2014 draws to a close, media watchdog CAMERA has published its “top ten list of Middle...

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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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