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Seeking Triple Crown, American Pharaoh Jockey Prays at Rabbi Schneerson’s Grave (VIDEO) June 5, 2015 12:51 pm

Seeking Triple Crown, American Pharaoh Jockey Prays at Rabbi Schneerson’s Grave (VIDEO)

Jockey Victor Espinoza prayed for success at the grave of the Grand Lubavitcher Rebbe in...

Corruption at FIFA June 5, 2015 12:37 pm

Corruption at FIFA

You know someone is unsavory if Vladimir Putin defends him. Thank goodness Sepp Blatter, the...

Human Rights Activist ‘Punks’ Saudi Arabia Over Treatment of Gays June 2, 2015 3:44 pm

Human Rights Activist ‘Punks’ Saudi Arabia Over Treatment of Gays

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) held its annual celebration and job fair last...

Gay Couples Included in New IDF Policy to Protect Children of Enlisted Soldiers May 20, 2015 12:54 pm

Gay Couples Included in New IDF Policy to Protect Children of Enlisted Soldiers

Gay and straight couples with children will no longer have to deal with situations where both...

Journalism Tackles ‘The Problem With Good Friday’ and an Episcopal Priest Responds May 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Journalism Tackles ‘The Problem With Good Friday’ and an Episcopal Priest Responds

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it’s rare to get concrete...

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy May 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation of Country’s Marijuana Policy

Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino told students in a Beit Shemesh school on Wednesday, May...

Racism in Israel and Beyond May 8, 2015 10:34 am

Racism in Israel and Beyond

The riot of Ethiopian Jews in Israel who were protesting against racism is a sad reflection...

Archbishop of Canterbury Vows to Take Rising Antisemitism ‘Seriously’ May 8, 2015 9:57 am

Archbishop of Canterbury Vows to Take Rising Antisemitism ‘Seriously’

JNS.org – In an address to leading Jewish figures in the United Kingdom, Archbishop...

Judaism Was First in Fight Against Income Inequality May 7, 2015 10:03 am

Judaism Was First in Fight Against Income Inequality

The most surprising best-selling book in 2014 was French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital...

100 Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Students Meet in ‘War for the Environment’ May 1, 2015 2:09 pm

100 Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Students Meet in ‘War for the Environment’

Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies...

‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ Turn Technology Into Solutions for People With Disabilities May 1, 2015 12:30 pm

‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ Turn Technology Into Solutions for People With Disabilities

JNS.org – From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming...

How Sweet It Is April 17, 2015 2:13 pm

How Sweet It Is

In 2012 a television series called Magic City appeared on Starz Network and ran for two seasons....

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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