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If Jesus Was a Jew, How Can the West Bank be Occupied? January 2, 2014 8:35 am

If Jesus Was a Jew, How Can the West Bank be Occupied?

Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Jesus – the birth of a Jewish baby to a...

Aliyah on the Rise: 19,200 New Immigrants Arrive in Israel in 2013 December 30, 2013 2:13 pm

Aliyah on the Rise: 19,200 New Immigrants Arrive in Israel in 2013

Approximately 19,200 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2013, according to data compiled by the...

Sephardic Group Cautiously Praises Iraqi Government for Recognizing Jewish History December 27, 2013 3:34 pm

Sephardic Group Cautiously Praises Iraqi Government for Recognizing Jewish History

JNS.org – The Sephardic group Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa...

Haaretz Shames Itself on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising December 26, 2013 3:07 pm

Haaretz Shames Itself on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

I rubbed my eyes in disbelief this week when I read an article prominently featured on Haaretz...

Spanish Duke Apologizes for Inquisition Expulsion of Jews from Gibraltar December 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Spanish Duke Apologizes for Inquisition Expulsion of Jews from Gibraltar

JNS.org -The Duke of Medina Sidonia, Alonso González de Gregorio y Álvarez de Toledo,...

Will the U.S. Allow Iraq to Steal a Jewish Treasure? December 3, 2013 11:27 am

Will the U.S. Allow Iraq to Steal a Jewish Treasure?

I saw something amazing today. The National Archives of the United States, which houses the...

Near East’s Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar Unearthed in Israel, With a Festive Surprise November 27, 2013 10:57 am

Near East’s Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar Unearthed in Israel, With a Festive Surprise

JNS.org – A team of archeologists has found what it describes as the “oldest and...

Archeologists Discover Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar in Near East November 25, 2013 12:06 pm

Archeologists Discover Oldest, Largest Wine Cellar in Near East

JNS.org – A team of archeologists unearthed what it describes as the “oldest and largest...

‎Remembering the Holocaust: Ruth Lichtenstein and Project Witness ‎ November 21, 2013 2:53 pm

‎Remembering the Holocaust: Ruth Lichtenstein and Project Witness ‎

It was May 7, 1945, when the Germans signed the surrender agreement that ended World War...

What Kristallnacht and Modern-Day Iran Have in Common November 20, 2013 2:01 pm

What Kristallnacht and Modern-Day Iran Have in Common

November marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy siege in Iran, and the 75th anniversary...

Shiloh Altar: Biblical Archaeology Provides Evidence of Ancient Religious Center November 20, 2013 12:56 pm

Shiloh Altar: Biblical Archaeology Provides Evidence of Ancient Religious Center

JNS.org – For decades archaeologists have been searching for evidence to support the...

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Visits Auschwitz in Holocaust Commemoration November 19, 2013 7:07 pm

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Visits Auschwitz in Holocaust Commemoration

JNS.org – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the remnants of the Auschwitz death...

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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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