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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...

Report: Israel Monitoring Iran from Eritrea December 12, 2012 11:31 am

Report: Israel Monitoring Iran from Eritrea

Israel is operating an intelligence gathering base in the East African nation of Eritrea to...

Israeli Scientists Freeze Tumors in New Breast Cancer Treatment December 10, 2012 12:44 pm

Israeli Scientists Freeze Tumors in New Breast Cancer Treatment

Israeli scientists have developed a new technique to treat breast cancer and it is being used...

Human Rights Watch Head Refused to Label Iranian Calls to Destroy Israel as Incitement to Genocide December 8, 2012 7:12 pm

Human Rights Watch Head Refused to Label Iranian Calls to Destroy Israel as Incitement to Genocide

At least one organization does not take Iran’s threats to wipe Israel off the map, coupled...

Former Sun Editor: Anti-Israel Bias in Media is “A Form of Proxy for Anti-Semitism by Journalists in the West” December 7, 2012 11:43 am

Former Sun Editor: Anti-Israel Bias in Media is “A Form of Proxy for Anti-Semitism by Journalists in the West”

American newspapers. At a recent Jewish Chronicle event in London, former Sun editor Kevin...

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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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