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‘Fury’ a Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust October 29, 2014 12:24 pm

‘Fury’ a Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

JNS.org – Going into a World War II film, audiences expect to see 70-year-old battle...

How to Advance Israel Advocacy? I Ask First for Zionism October 27, 2014 1:45 pm

How to Advance Israel Advocacy? I Ask First for Zionism

I ask FIRST for Zionism. Not for pogrom. Not for libel. Not for Shoah. Not for discussions...

Jewish Boycotts – Then and Now October 21, 2014 7:25 am

Jewish Boycotts – Then and Now

JNS.org – A clash between anti-boycott activists and a group of Jewish studies professors,...

Ex-Presidents and the Jews: Carter vs. Hoover October 14, 2014 12:01 pm

Ex-Presidents and the Jews: Carter vs. Hoover

JNS.org – Ex-presidents seldom take an interest in Jewish affairs, with two notable...

Massive 5,000-Year-Old Stone Monument Unveiled in Israel September 17, 2014 10:08 am

Massive 5,000-Year-Old Stone Monument Unveiled in Israel

JNS.org – A 5,000-year-old monument was revealed northwest of the Sea of Galilee in...

If Not Us, Who? A Lesson From Our History With Soviet Jews September 16, 2014 7:01 am

If Not Us, Who? A Lesson From Our History With Soviet Jews

Forty years ago this month, my life took a new path. Forty years later, I’m still on...

‘Mein Kampf’, Entering the Public Domain, Must be Put in its Place September 4, 2014 12:28 am

‘Mein Kampf’, Entering the Public Domain, Must be Put in its Place

The publishing world is plagued with simple-minded books. Toe-curling examples include Kardashian...

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior August 27, 2014 11:48 am

Economist Uses ‘Fagin the Jew’ to Illustrate Article on Criminal Behavior

I’m usually the one around the Old Jews poker table who counsels my oversensitive friends...

Full Transcript: Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid Speech at Platform 17 in Berlin in Memory of Holocaust Victims August 22, 2014 2:49 pm

Full Transcript: Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid Speech at Platform 17 in Berlin in Memory of Holocaust Victims

Below is the full transcript of Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s speech at Platform...

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW) August 11, 2014 5:52 pm

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German...

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work July 31, 2014 5:08 am

Turning Back the Clock, JDC Exhibit Depicts a Century of Jewish Humanitarian Work

JNS.org – The turbulent 20th century witnessed humanitarian crises in all corners...

The False Prophets of the Middle East July 22, 2014 1:34 am

The False Prophets of the Middle East

As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry moved to mediate the Hamas-Israel...

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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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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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