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For Germany and Israel, a Textbook Case July 30, 2013 10:46 am

For Germany and Israel, a Textbook Case

JNS.org - Almost 70 years after the Holocaust and 50 years after Germany and Israel established...

Bidding for Schindler’s Actual List Starts at $3 Million on eBay July 21, 2013 6:20 pm

Bidding for Schindler’s Actual List Starts at $3 Million on eBay

JNS.org – The original physical list compiled by German industrialist Oskar Schindler,...

UK Clergyman Calls on Church to Repent for Past Anti-Semitism July 19, 2013 2:08 pm

UK Clergyman Calls on Church to Repent for Past Anti-Semitism

JNS.0rg – An Anglican clergyman spoke on the church’s history of anti-Semitism and...

The Man Who Told FDR About the Holocaust July 17, 2013 9:29 am

The Man Who Told FDR About the Holocaust

JNS.0rg - Seventy years ago this month, on July 28, an eyewitness to the Nazi atrocities...

Israel PM Netanyahu Stresses ‘Unity’ Ahead of 9th of Av; Meteorologist Braces for Traditional Choppy Seas July 15, 2013 10:22 am

Israel PM Netanyahu Stresses ‘Unity’ Ahead of 9th of Av; Meteorologist Braces for Traditional Choppy Seas

The “Three Weeks” of traditional Jewish mourning to commemorate the destruction...

More ‘Forest Swastikas’ Discovered as Mystery of Origins Persist (PHOTO) July 11, 2013 1:44 pm

More ‘Forest Swastikas’ Discovered as Mystery of Origins Persist (PHOTO)

New technologies enabling perspectives hitherto unobtainable, have allowed for the discovery...

Portuguese Diplomat Finally Celebrated for Saving Jews During WW II July 10, 2013 3:22 pm

Portuguese Diplomat Finally Celebrated for Saving Jews During WW II

When Aristides de Sousa Mendes died in 1954 he was broke and shamed, this despite his heroic...

As Egypt Names New Leader, Israeli Archaeologists Discover Sphinx From Pharaoh Mycerinus July 9, 2013 12:59 pm

As Egypt Names New Leader, Israeli Archaeologists Discover Sphinx From Pharaoh Mycerinus

As modern Egypt named a new leader, Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced they have...

Sequel Released to Temple Institute ‘Children’ Video That Caused Arab Outrage Last Year (VIDEO) July 9, 2013 11:31 am

Sequel Released to Temple Institute ‘Children’ Video That Caused Arab Outrage Last Year (VIDEO)

A film that inadvertently outraged the Arab world last year now has its sequel. The Children...

Holocaust Failure Symbol Evian Conference to Bring Hope for African Refugees? July 2, 2013 6:40 am

Holocaust Failure Symbol Evian Conference to Bring Hope for African Refugees?

JNS.org - The name “Evian” will forever be remembered as the site of an international...

The Life and Times of the Jewish Beauty Queens of India June 26, 2013 2:54 pm

The Life and Times of the Jewish Beauty Queens of India

Given the fact that Jewish beauty has been celebrated in history, it does not come as a surprise...

Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say June 25, 2013 11:17 am

Roman-Era Road Uncovered in Northern Jerusalem is Most Finely Preserved Yet, Authorities Say

An ancient road leading from Jaffa to Jerusalem, which dates back nearly 1,800 years to the...

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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