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Nation With Second Largest Jewish Population Per Capita Is… December 27, 2012 12:09 pm

Nation With Second Largest Jewish Population Per Capita Is…

Arial view of Gibraltar. Photo: Wikipedia A new Pew poll has confirmed that Gibraltar...

Jewish Group Condemns Latest Islamic Terrorist Attack Against Christians in Nigeria December 26, 2012 6:42 pm

Jewish Group Condemns Latest Islamic Terrorist Attack Against Christians in Nigeria

Two terrorist attacks rocked the beleaguered Nigerian Christian community on Christmas Eve,...

Pope Prays for Israeli-Arab Peace, Safety of Mideast Christians on Christmas Eve December 25, 2012 1:39 pm

Pope Prays for Israeli-Arab Peace, Safety of Mideast Christians on Christmas Eve

While leading the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Monday, Pope...

Christian Groups Use Christmas to Demonize Jews and Israel December 21, 2012 3:45 pm

Christian Groups Use Christmas to Demonize Jews and Israel

A new report from NGO monitor discloses the fact that some NGOs are using the holiday season...

South Africa’s Ruling Party Makes Israel Boycott Part of its Policy December 21, 2012 11:46 am

South Africa’s Ruling Party Makes Israel Boycott Part of its Policy

The ANC, South Africa’s ruling party, formally adopted the boycott of Israel as part...

Saudi Columnist: Forged ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ is True December 19, 2012 4:29 pm

Saudi Columnist: Forged ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ is True

A Saudi columnist wrote in a government daily newspaper that The Protocols of the Elders...

Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital, Now Available Online December 19, 2012 4:21 pm

Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital, Now Available Online

Buried in caves for nearly 2,000 years, then bitterly fought over by scholars since their...

Judaism Shows Weakest Growth Prospects Among Major Religions December 19, 2012 1:41 pm

Judaism Shows Weakest Growth Prospects Among Major Religions

Of all the major religious groups in the world, Judaism is the smallest. According to a new...

Jacob Ostreicher, Held 18 Months Without Formal Charges, Released on Bail from Bolivian Prison December 18, 2012 7:04 pm

Jacob Ostreicher, Held 18 Months Without Formal Charges, Released on Bail from Bolivian Prison

American-Jewish contractor Jacob Ostreicher—jailed in Bolivia without formal charges or...

Amid Chilly Peace Prospects, Pope Tells Abbas He Hopes for Renewed International Efforts December 18, 2012 6:57 pm

Amid Chilly Peace Prospects, Pope Tells Abbas He Hopes for Renewed International Efforts

Pope Benedict XVI, in a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told Abbas...

Police Deny Taliban Involvement in Murder of Swedish Christian Aid Worker in Pakistan December 18, 2012 1:01 pm

Police Deny Taliban Involvement in Murder of Swedish Christian Aid Worker in Pakistan

Police continue to deny that Swedish Christian aid worker Birgitta Almby—who was fatally...

South African Christian and Jewish Leaders Urge Government to Treat Israel Fairly December 18, 2012 11:56 am

South African Christian and Jewish Leaders Urge Government to Treat Israel Fairly

A group of South African Christian leaders joined the country’s chief rabbi, Dr. Warren...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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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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