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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....

Examining the Mezuzah April 13, 2015 2:15 pm

Examining the Mezuzah

According to the Biblical narrative, when the Children of Israel were still in Egypt they...

UK May Fire 100 Islamist Educators in ‘Trojan Horse’ Scandal April 9, 2015 11:52 am

UK May Fire 100 Islamist Educators in ‘Trojan Horse’ Scandal

At least 100 Islamist teachers and teaching assistants implicated in last year’s “Trojan...

UJA and Jewish Communal Fund Must Reject the New Israel Fund April 7, 2015 5:48 pm

UJA and Jewish Communal Fund Must Reject the New Israel Fund

The State of Israel is under assault by a campaign that is partially financed by Jewish-American...

Educational Integration: Time to Set an Example for Israeli Children April 7, 2015 5:30 pm

Educational Integration: Time to Set an Example for Israeli Children

JNS.org – The unfortunate truth is that Israeli society is still afraid of people...

Temple Institute Recreates Ancient Korban Pesach (Passover Offering) April 2, 2015 12:23 pm

Temple Institute Recreates Ancient Korban Pesach (Passover Offering)

JNS.org – Two days before the eve of the Passover holiday, the Temple Institute, a...

It’s Hard to Be a Christian Arab in Israel, But Not Because of Prejudice March 27, 2015 3:27 pm

It’s Hard to Be a Christian Arab in Israel, But Not Because of Prejudice

My name is Gabriel Nadaf and I have the privilege of being a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth...

The Cost of Religion March 27, 2015 3:19 pm

The Cost of Religion

I love Pesach with all its laws and customs and even the preparation of cleaning out rooms,...

Don’t Blame Brooklyn Fire Deaths on Shabbat or Orthodox Judaism March 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Don’t Blame Brooklyn Fire Deaths on Shabbat or Orthodox Judaism

According to the 2012 New York Jewish Population study, 32 percent of the New York area’s...

Reflecting on Empathy and an Unspeakable Tragedy for the Jewish Community March 25, 2015 8:13 am

Reflecting on Empathy and an Unspeakable Tragedy for the Jewish Community

JNS.org – “In the end it is for their benefit and for our benefit, but we cannot...

Radicalization of Europe’s Muslims Hits a Crisis Point March 24, 2015 7:49 am

Radicalization of Europe’s Muslims Hits a Crisis Point

With every new atrocity, Western leaders and political commentators collectively assure themselves...

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election March 23, 2015 1:18 pm

Democracy is the Real Winner of Israel’s Election

JNS.org – As pundits and politicians sift through the election data, devise alternative...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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