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‘Mein Kampf’, Entering the Public Domain, Must be Put in its Place September 4, 2014 12:28 am

‘Mein Kampf’, Entering the Public Domain, Must be Put in its Place

The publishing world is plagued with simple-minded books. Toe-curling examples include Kardashian...

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior August 27, 2014 11:48 am

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior

I’m usually the one around the Old Jews poker table who counsels my oversensitive friends...

Full Transcript: Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid Speech at Platform 17 in Berlin in Memory of Holocaust Victims August 22, 2014 2:49 pm

Full Transcript: Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid Speech at Platform 17 in Berlin in Memory of Holocaust Victims

Below is the full transcript of Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s speech at Platform...

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW) August 11, 2014 5:52 pm

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German...

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work July 31, 2014 5:08 am

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work

JNS.org – The turbulent 20th century witnessed humanitarian crises in all corners...

The False Prophets of the Middle East July 22, 2014 1:34 am

The False Prophets of the Middle East

As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry moved to mediate the Hamas-Israel...

Belzec — Past and Present June 23, 2014 2:36 pm

Belzec — Past and Present

Belzec. It’s not exactly a household name. But during World War II, Belzec, a small...

‘The German Doctor’ Reveals the Same Inhumane Mengele June 11, 2014 6:07 pm

‘The German Doctor’ Reveals the Same Inhumane Mengele

JNS.org - Seven decades after the Holocaust, Josef Mengele is still a difficult name to...

D-Day and the Bombing of Auschwitz June 10, 2014 12:58 am

D-Day and the Bombing of Auschwitz

JNS.org - Seventy years ago this week, the Allies staged the D-Day invasion, landing some...

A 1914 Novel’s Prescient Vision of Londonistan May 29, 2014 1:09 am

A 1914 Novel’s Prescient Vision of Londonistan

Exactly one century ago, the renowned British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), called by...

New York’s Diamond District and Jewish Tradition May 21, 2014 7:22 am

New York’s Diamond District and Jewish Tradition

‎The diamond district of New York City can trace its origins to the centuries-old Hasidic...

2,500 Jews Make Pilgrimage to Ancient Tunisian Synagogue Despite Instability May 19, 2014 7:08 pm

2,500 Jews Make Pilgrimage to Ancient Tunisian Synagogue Despite Instability

JNS.org – More than 2,500 Jews last weekend made the pilgrimage to Tunisia’s ancient...

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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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