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Knesset Extends Trial of Biometric ID Program in Israel June 30, 2015 6:55 am

Knesset Extends Trial of Biometric ID Program in Israel

Arutz Sheva – The Knesset voted Monday to extend the nine-month test period for Israel’s...

US Now Has Second Largest Spanish-Speaking Population in World June 30, 2015 1:28 am

US Now Has Second Largest Spanish-Speaking Population in World

The Guardian – The United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking...

Report: Israel to Release Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike June 29, 2015 2:18 am

Report: Israel to Release Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike

AFP – Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 56-day hunger strike on Sunday after...

2016 GOP Hopefuls React to Gay Marriage Ruling June 29, 2015 2:17 am

2016 GOP Hopefuls React to Gay Marriage Ruling

CNN – Republicans seeking the White House struggled to find their footing … after...

Donald Trump on US-Iran Talks: ‘We Look Like Beggars’ June 29, 2015 2:13 am

Donald Trump on US-Iran Talks: ‘We Look Like Beggars’

The Hill – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Obama administration is...

Former Obama, Bush Officials: Iran Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of a Good Agreement June 26, 2015 11:20 am

Former Obama, Bush Officials: Iran Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of a Good Agreement

JNS.org – Ahead of the June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran, former...

Palestinians Advance Push to Prosecute Israel at International Criminal Court June 26, 2015 12:44 am

Palestinians Advance Push to Prosecute Israel at International Criminal Court

Washington Post – The Palestinian Foreign Ministry presented documents on Thursday to...

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law by Comfortable Margin June 26, 2015 12:43 am

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law by Comfortable Margin

New York Times – The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health...

Poll: Bernie Sanders Narrowing Gap With Hillary in New Hampshire June 26, 2015 12:36 am

Poll: Bernie Sanders Narrowing Gap With Hillary in New Hampshire

WMUR – Less than two months ago, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a 21...

Obama Heckled at White House by Pro-Illegal Immigrant Activist June 25, 2015 10:36 am

Obama Heckled at White House by Pro-Illegal Immigrant Activist

Breitbart – Wednesday at the White House reception to observe LGBT Pride Month, President...

GOP Presidential Candidates Introduce Bill Championed by Sheldon Adelson June 25, 2015 10:34 am

GOP Presidential Candidates Introduce Bill Championed by Sheldon Adelson

National Journal – Two Republican senators running for president reintroduced a bill...

At Ramadan Dinner, Obama Says Image of Muslims Has Been ‘Distorted’ June 24, 2015 10:06 am

At Ramadan Dinner, Obama Says Image of Muslims Has Been ‘Distorted’

President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans stand united in rejecting the targeting...

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  • Personalities Sports Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

    Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

    JNS.org – Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same. But author John Klima wants readers of any background to know the unsung story of Greenberg’s World War II service. As indicated by its […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    Can ‘Islamic Reformation’ Work? (REVIEW)

    It is cocktail hour on an April afternoon in 2004. The sun is hot on Amsterdam’s canals, and I am sitting at Café den Leeuw on the Herengracht with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali is still a member of the Dutch Parliament, and we talk about Islam. Specifically, we talk about the concept of “moderate Islam,” or what she calls “liberal Islam.” And she has one word for it. “It’s absurd,” she says. “It’s complete nonsense. There is no ‘liberal […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    A Look at the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (REVIEW)

    Everybody knows that cooking varies from country to country. There are Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, etc. We associate different styles of cuisine with different languages. Do we also think of the association of different cuisines with different dialects? We should, because cooking also varies from region to region. Litvaks and Galitsyaners have their own traditions of preparing gefilte fish. Marvin I. Herzog, in his book The Yiddish Language in Northern Poland: Its Geography and History (Indiana University, Bloomington, and Mouton & Co., The […]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

    An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday. The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same. Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    Jerry Lewis, Legendary Jewish Comic and Humanitarian, Stays Relevant at 89

    JNS.org – Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Lewis added another award to his trophy case in April, when he received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gordon Smith, NAB’s president and CEO, said the organization was “honored to recognize not only [Lewis’s] comedic innovation, but also his remarkable […]

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  • Europe Sports Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli Gymnasts Win Bronze, Silver Medals at 2015 European Games in Baku

    Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku. The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event. Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling. The 2015 European Games in Baku are […]

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  • Theater Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO)

    Experts Highlight Success of Russian-Jewish-American Ballroom Dancers (VIDEO)

    Russian-American Jews feature prominently among the most successful ballroom dancing competitors in the U.S., South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) radio reported on Thursday. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, said their success can be traced back to discrimination against Jews in the former Soviet Union. Because of the prejudice they faced, Russian Jews had to perform better than their peers in every field, including dance, in order to have a chance of getting ahead, he said. “They knew […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    Israeli Dancer With Shofar, Prayer Shawl Wows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges (VIDEO)

    An Israeli dancer made use of Jewish props in an extraordinary routine that left judges amazed when he auditioned for season 12 of TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on Monday. At first, the panel of judges appeared confused when Asaf Goren, 23, began his audition in Los Angeles with a tallit (prayer shawl) over his head and the blowing of a shofar, which he explained “opens the sky” for people’s prayers. However, as soon as he started his “Hebrew breaking” performance, […]

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