Politics

After Rocket Attacks, Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls for Israel to Retake Gaza Strip March 13, 2014 12:46 am

After Rocket Attacks, Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls for Israel to Retake Gaza Strip

Times of Israel – Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday evening said the IDF...

At Knesset, British PM David Cameron Calls Boycotts of Israel ‘Abhorrent’ March 12, 2014 1:27 pm

At Knesset, British PM David Cameron Calls Boycotts of Israel ‘Abhorrent’

JNS.org – British Prime Minister David Cameron, in his first visit to Israel since taking...

Orthodox Candidate Narrowly Wins Beit Shemesh Mayoral Race March 12, 2014 10:54 am

Orthodox Candidate Narrowly Wins Beit Shemesh Mayoral Race

Times of Israel – Hours after the polls closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, culminating an...

Israel’s Finance Ministry Considers Establishing First Arab University in Jewish State March 12, 2014 10:42 am

Israel’s Finance Ministry Considers Establishing First Arab University in Jewish State

Israel Hayom – The Finance Ministry is considering establishing Israel’s first...

Opinion: The Netanyahu-Obama Rift Can’t Be Fixed March 11, 2014 10:38 am

Opinion: The Netanyahu-Obama Rift Can’t Be Fixed

In an unprecedented breach of diplomatic etiquette, President Obama once again sandbagged...

Israeli Government Official Blasts Opposition for Boycotting Controversial Votes March 11, 2014 10:28 am

Israeli Government Official Blasts Opposition for Boycotting Controversial Votes

Israel Hayom – Likud Deputy Minister Ofer Akunis called opposition parties “childish”...

U.S. Senators Working to Sanction Russian Officials for Ukraine Hostilities March 11, 2014 10:26 am

U.S. Senators Working to Sanction Russian Officials for Ukraine Hostilities

Politico – Top senators are crafting a package that includes both direct aid to Ukraine...

Hamas Erects Rocket Statue in Gaza City March 11, 2014 9:59 am

Hamas Erects Rocket Statue in Gaza City

JNS.org - Hamas unveiled a new rocket-shaped statue in Gaza on Monday, highlighting the Palestinian...

Naftali Bennett Says Israel Must Be Recognized as Jewish State (INTERVIEW) March 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Naftali Bennett Says Israel Must Be Recognized as Jewish State (INTERVIEW)

CNN - Q: Prime Minister Netanyahu has talked about the importance of the Palestinians recognizing...

Charedi Jews Protest Israeli Draft Proposal in New York March 10, 2014 9:55 am

Charedi Jews Protest Israeli Draft Proposal in New York

AP – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews filled the streets in lower Manhattan on Sunday...

Egypt Latest Arab Country to Pull Qatari Ambassador March 7, 2014 2:59 pm

Egypt Latest Arab Country to Pull Qatari Ambassador

New York Times – Egypt on Thursday became the fourth Arab state in two days to pull...

Report Reveals How Knesset Members Used Voter Relations Budgets March 7, 2014 11:28 am

Report Reveals How Knesset Members Used Voter Relations Budgets

Ynet – Members of Knesset are allocated a budget for “voter relations” –...

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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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  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

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  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

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