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CNN Poll: Afghanistan War Possibly Most Unpopular in U.S. History December 30, 2013 2:31 pm

CNN Poll: Afghanistan War Possibly Most Unpopular in U.S. History

CNN – Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national...

Bill Clinton to Swear in New York Mayor Elect De Blasio December 30, 2013 1:57 pm

Bill Clinton to Swear in New York Mayor Elect De Blasio

New York Daily News – Bubba will do the honors on Bill de Blasio‘s big day. Former...

African Asylum Seekers Denied Israeli Visas December 30, 2013 8:39 am

African Asylum Seekers Denied Israeli Visas

Ynet – A new unofficial Israeli policy not to renew special visas of African asylum...

Senators Boxer, Feinstein Side With Obama on Iran Sanctions Debate December 27, 2013 11:33 am

Senators Boxer, Feinstein Side With Obama on Iran Sanctions Debate

SF Gate- A showdown is looming in the Senate next month over increased U.S. sanctions on Iran...

Dozens Protest Convict Release, Chant ‘Jewish Blood is Not Cheap’ December 27, 2013 9:47 am

Dozens Protest Convict Release, Chant ‘Jewish Blood is Not Cheap’

Ynet – Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Kirya in Tel Aviv Thursday evening against...

Eliot Spitzer and Wife File for Divorce December 26, 2013 2:43 pm

Eliot Spitzer and Wife File for Divorce

New York Daily News - Revealing New York’s worst-kept secret, scandal-scarred former Gov....

106 Israeli MKs Call on Obama to Release Pollard December 26, 2013 12:26 pm

106 Israeli MKs Call on Obama to Release Pollard

JNS.org - Following a long debate in the Knesset on Wednesday evening, 106 of the 120 MKs...

Obama Withdraws Egyptian Ambassador Nominee Under Pressure From Egypt Military December 25, 2013 2:04 pm

Obama Withdraws Egyptian Ambassador Nominee Under Pressure From Egypt Military

Foreign Policy – The Obama administration has decided to drop its initial pick for U.S....

Report: Israel Ties Pollard Release to Peace Talks December 25, 2013 1:34 pm

Report: Israel Ties Pollard Release to Peace Talks

Israel Hayom – Israel is asking the United States to free jailed Israeli spy Jonathan...

In Debate on Iran Sanctions Oil Companies Are Silent December 24, 2013 1:40 am

In Debate on Iran Sanctions Oil Companies Are Silent

Reuters – As debate rises in Washington over the first thaw in relations between Iran...

Ethiopian Jewish Boy to Remain in Custody of Foster Family, Court Rules December 24, 2013 1:28 am

Ethiopian Jewish Boy to Remain in Custody of Foster Family, Court Rules

Ynet -A composition of seven Supreme Court justices ruled that an Ethiopian Jewish boy will...

Netanyahu Embarking on New Push to Free Jonathan Pollard December 24, 2013 1:22 am

Netanyahu Embarking on New Push to Free Jonathan Pollard

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly embarking on a new...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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