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Islamic State Demands $200 Million for Release of Two Japanese Hostages January 20, 2015 9:40 am

Islamic State Demands $200 Million for Release of Two Japanese Hostages

CNN – Two Japanese hostages, one demand from ISIS: Hand over $200 million, or else. The...

Alberto Nisman Death: Judge Seizes Evidence, Initial Autopsy Findings Released January 19, 2015 2:27 pm

Alberto Nisman Death: Judge Seizes Evidence, Initial Autopsy Findings Released

Ariel Lijo, the Argentinian judge who received a 300 page complaint from Special Prosecutor...

‘Alberto Nisman Was the 86th Victim of the AMIA Bombing:’ Skepticism Meets Official Argentine Suggestion That Special Prosecutor Committed Suicide (VIDEO) January 19, 2015 11:20 am

‘Alberto Nisman Was the 86th Victim of the AMIA Bombing:’ Skepticism Meets Official Argentine Suggestion That Special Prosecutor Committed Suicide (VIDEO)

Assertions by Argentinian officials that Alberto Nisman – the Special Prosecutor investigating...

Israeli and Japanese Prime Ministers Seek Greater Economic Cooperation January 19, 2015 10:25 am

Israeli and Japanese Prime Ministers Seek Greater Economic Cooperation

JNS.org – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Argentine Prosecutor Investigating Jewish Center Bombing Found Dead January 19, 2015 10:10 am

Argentine Prosecutor Investigating Jewish Center Bombing Found Dead

JNS.org – Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of...

Phone Taps Reveal Argentinian President ​Fernández de Kirchner’s Attempt to Cover Up Iranian Involvement in AMIA Bombing, Prosecutor Says January 14, 2015 5:27 pm

Phone Taps Reveal Argentinian President ​Fernández de Kirchner’s Attempt to Cover Up Iranian Involvement in AMIA Bombing, Prosecutor Says

In a sensational development in the long-running investigation into the 1994 bombing of the...

New Poll Reveals Widespread Antisemitism in UK Society, 84 Percent of British Jews Regard Anti-Israel Boycotts as ‘Intimidation’ January 14, 2015 11:42 am

New Poll Reveals Widespread Antisemitism in UK Society, 84 Percent of British Jews Regard Anti-Israel Boycotts as ‘Intimidation’

A new opinion poll released by the UK-based Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) has revealed...

French Anti-Semitic Comedian Dieudonné Investigated Over ‘I Am Charlie Coulibaly’ Declaration January 12, 2015 12:04 pm

French Anti-Semitic Comedian Dieudonné Investigated Over ‘I Am Charlie Coulibaly’ Declaration

Dieudonné M’Bala M’bala, the anti-Semitic French provocateur infamous for devising the...

‘Their Hands Are Covered in Blood:’ Bennett Denounces Presence of PA President Abbas and Qatar at Paris Anti-Terror Rally January 11, 2015 3:35 pm

‘Their Hands Are Covered in Blood:’ Bennett Denounces Presence of PA President Abbas and Qatar at Paris Anti-Terror Rally

Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has issued a stinging criticism of the presence of...

Paris Sieges End With Four Dead at Kosher Supermarket, French President Hollande Denounces ‘Appalling Anti-Semitic Act’ January 9, 2015 12:38 pm

Paris Sieges End With Four Dead at Kosher Supermarket, French President Hollande Denounces ‘Appalling Anti-Semitic Act’

Police have stormed the two buildings seized by Islamist terrorists near Paris, with all three...

Charlie Hebdo Shooting Leads to Jewish Condemnations of Islamist Terror, Self-Censorship January 8, 2015 3:27 pm

Charlie Hebdo Shooting Leads to Jewish Condemnations of Islamist Terror, Self-Censorship

JNS.org – Global Jewish leaders are weighing in on Wednesday’s shooting at...

Thousands Rally Across the World Holding ‘I Am Charlie’ Signs After Deadly Shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris January 8, 2015 10:55 am

Thousands Rally Across the World Holding ‘I Am Charlie’ Signs After Deadly Shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Bloomberg – We are all Charlie. Tens of thousands of people, many holding signs saying “Je...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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