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Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying March 12, 2014 7:24 am

Book: Infamous Nazi Goering Refused to Pray, Said Jesus Was ‘Just Another Smart Jew’ Shortly Before Dying

Nazi leader Hermann Goering, who went to trial at Nuremberg after World War II, refused to...

Ancient Jewish Text Added to UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register March 3, 2014 12:01 am

Ancient Jewish Text Added to UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register

A rare Hebrew, 15th century manuscript from the Israel Museum’s collection was included...

Israeli Archeologists Unearth Hellenistic-Era Village Outside of Jerusalem February 18, 2014 10:25 pm

Israeli Archeologists Unearth Hellenistic-Era Village Outside of Jerusalem

JNS.org - Israeli archeologists have unearthed a 2,300-year-old Hellenistic era village...

Beatles’ Jewish Manager Remembered 50 Years After Band’s American Debut February 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Beatles’ Jewish Manager Remembered 50 Years After Band’s American Debut

JNS.org – Amid the celebrations and hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the...

‘Monuments Men:’ Rescuing Chagall’s Paintings, Abandoning Chagall (INTERVIEW) February 13, 2014 7:39 am

‘Monuments Men:’ Rescuing Chagall’s Paintings, Abandoning Chagall (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org - The new George Clooney film, “The Monuments Men,” tells the thrilling story...

Career Working With the Elderly Will Aid New U.S. Envoy for Holocaust Survivors (INTERVIEW) February 11, 2014 12:44 pm

Career Working With the Elderly Will Aid New U.S. Envoy for Holocaust Survivors (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – Aviva Sufian was just 8 years old when her mother took her to an American...

Ancient Well Discovered in Tel Aviv February 6, 2014 11:14 am

Ancient Well Discovered in Tel Aviv

JNS.org - Archaeologists recently discovered an ancient well, used during the Byzantine...

After 250 Years at Touro Synagogue, Jewish History is Alive and Well in Newport January 24, 2014 2:05 am

After 250 Years at Touro Synagogue, Jewish History is Alive and Well in Newport

JNS.org – NEWPORT, RI—It is best known as one of America’s most celebrated and...

Polish Righteous Among the Nations Honored at Yad Vashem January 21, 2014 8:33 am

Polish Righteous Among the Nations Honored at Yad Vashem

JERUSALEM – Yad Vashem held an event on January 16 to posthumously honor a Polish woman,...

PLO Foreign Minister: If Jews Have History in Israel, Then We Don’t January 20, 2014 2:19 pm

PLO Foreign Minister: If Jews Have History in Israel, Then We Don’t

From an interview in Asharq al-Awsat of Palestinian Arab Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki: Q:...

Israeli Museums to Look for Heirs of Nazi-Looted Art January 10, 2014 5:18 pm

Israeli Museums to Look for Heirs of Nazi-Looted Art

JNS.org - Representatives of Israeli museums and the Company for Location and Restitution...

Perplexed by Food? Dietitians and Medical Institutions Are Increasingly Turning to Maimonides January 3, 2014 2:57 pm

Perplexed by Food? Dietitians and Medical Institutions Are Increasingly Turning to Maimonides

Recently, a growing number of dietitians and medical institutions have begun prescribing a...

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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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