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After Court Ruling, Kafka Papers Go to Israeli National Library July 9, 2015 1:34 pm

After Court Ruling, Kafka Papers Go to Israeli National Library

After decades of legal wrangling, a Tel Aviv District Court has awarded custody of the estate...

Dutch Man Discovers Message Written by Jewish Couple Who Hid in His House During the Holocaust July 6, 2015 4:30 pm

Dutch Man Discovers Message Written by Jewish Couple Who Hid in His House During the Holocaust

A Dutch man discovered a last will of sorts inscribed by a Jewish couple from Amsterdam...

UNESCO Declares Israel’s Beit She’arim National Park a World Heritage Site July 6, 2015 3:21 pm

UNESCO Declares Israel’s Beit She’arim National Park a World Heritage Site

JNS.org – The Beit She’arim National Park in northern Israel has been officially...

Democrats Think Israel is Racist? They’re Probably Right July 6, 2015 6:57 am

Democrats Think Israel is Racist? They’re Probably Right

A few days after the U.S. was the only country to stand by Israel at the United Nations...

2,000-Year-Old Jewish Ritual Bath Discovered Under Jerusalem Home’s Floor July 1, 2015 2:32 pm

2,000-Year-Old Jewish Ritual Bath Discovered Under Jerusalem Home’s Floor

JNS.org – A 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath (mikvah) was discovered under a Jerusalem...

Dismay at Continued Destruction of Mount of Olives’ Gravestones June 23, 2015 11:58 am

Dismay at Continued Destruction of Mount of Olives’ Gravestones

Yochanan Gol looks at his uncle’s tombstone in dismay. A huge, black burnt circle marks...

Palmyra Redux: The Clash of Civilization & Barbarism June 14, 2015 12:38 pm

Palmyra Redux: The Clash of Civilization & Barbarism

Amid the stately yet skeletal ruins of Palmyra, Syria, the world is witnessing in real time...

Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath June 7, 2015 9:43 am

Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath

JNS.org – Dan Stone’s “The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and...

When a Piece of Paper Meant Life or Death June 4, 2015 12:36 pm

When a Piece of Paper Meant Life or Death

JNS.org – “It is a fantastic commentary on the inhumanity of our times,” journalist...

Let’s Use Nazi War Criminals to Combat Holocaust Denial May 14, 2015 4:41 pm

Let’s Use Nazi War Criminals to Combat Holocaust Denial

The trial of 93-year-old ex-SS officer Oskar Groening currently underway in Germany is receiving...

70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen April 17, 2015 9:58 am

70 Years Later, Recalling the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

JNS.org – On April 15, 1945, the British Second Army entered Bergen-Belsen. One week...

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary April 16, 2015 10:15 am

World’s Tiniest Bible to be Presented at Israel Museum for 50th Anniversary

JNS.org – As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More doggedly than any other expert on Middle East affairs Daniel Pipes has riveted his attention upon the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized life in nearly every corner of the globe. The Boston Globe was not indulging in hyperbole when it stated, “If Pipes’ admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” He is the polar opposite to the willfully […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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