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Activist: Obama Channels FDR, Invokes Memories of US Shame During Holocaust March 2, 2015 3:40 pm

Activist: Obama Channels FDR, Invokes Memories of US Shame During Holocaust

Peggy Shapiro has dedicated her life to exposing and combating antisemitism. The daughter...

Princeton University Gets First 6 Printed Editions of Bible, Including Gutenberg February 19, 2015 10:50 am

Princeton University Gets First 6 Printed Editions of Bible, Including Gutenberg

JNS.org – Princeton University received the largest gift in its history, a $300 million...

Massive Trove of Ancient Gold Coins Discovered Off Israeli Coast February 18, 2015 10:56 am

Massive Trove of Ancient Gold Coins Discovered Off Israeli Coast

JNS.org – A group of amateur divers stumbled upon the largest-ever trove of gold coins...

Munich to Munich: A Symbol of Betrayal or Warning February 13, 2015 11:20 am

Munich to Munich: A Symbol of Betrayal or Warning

The hash tag “Munich” evokes a key signpost to World War II. For the Jewish...

The Return of Rhinoceros February 12, 2015 11:54 am

The Return of Rhinoceros

Given the violent slaying of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical weekly, Charlie...

Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW) February 9, 2015 10:35 pm

Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who...

Ancient Skull Uncovered in Upper Galilee Cave Proves Modern Humans Migrated From Africa February 2, 2015 4:09 am

Ancient Skull Uncovered in Upper Galilee Cave Proves Modern Humans Migrated From Africa

A 55,000 year old human skull found at the Dan David-Manot Cave in the western Galilee, has...

Remains of Ancient Olive Oil Discovered in the Lower Galilee December 19, 2014 1:13 am

Remains of Ancient Olive Oil Discovered in the Lower Galilee

The earliest evidence for the use of olive oil in Israel, and possibly the entire Middle East,...

A Debate on Illegal Immigration – Into British Mandatory Palestine December 8, 2014 9:02 am

A Debate on Illegal Immigration – Into British Mandatory Palestine

JNS.org – The national debate on immigration is very much on the minds of some American...

Second Temple Era Military Outpost Discovered, Possibly Destroyed by Alexander the Great November 26, 2014 8:10 am

Second Temple Era Military Outpost Discovered, Possibly Destroyed by Alexander the Great

Archaeological excavations in Israel’s Netiv Haasarah have uncovered a Persian era military...

Swiss Museum to Receive Nazi-Looted Art November 24, 2014 3:20 pm

Swiss Museum to Receive Nazi-Looted Art

JNS.org – Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern will receive the collection of art...

Kutsher’s Documentary Captures the Eclectic Legacy of a Borscht Belt Relic November 13, 2014 8:27 am

Kutsher’s Documentary Captures the Eclectic Legacy of a Borscht Belt Relic

JNS.org – When young independent music enthusiasts descended on the antiquated Jewish...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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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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