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Preserving the Memories of Israel’s Creation May 5, 2014 9:00 am

Preserving the Memories of Israel’s Creation

JNS.org – Elad Peled, 87, has told the story of how he was injured during the battle...

Love Rules on 70th Anniversary of Bau Couple’s Concentration Camp Wedding April 27, 2014 1:03 am

Love Rules on 70th Anniversary of Bau Couple’s Concentration Camp Wedding

JNS.org – In stark contrast to the many somber memorials that recall the tragedies...

Libyan Family’s Travails Provides Glimpse at Jews in Arab World During Holocaust April 25, 2014 10:20 am

Libyan Family’s Travails Provides Glimpse at Jews in Arab World During Holocaust

JNS.org – Although the commemoration of Yom HaShoah focuses primarily on the ghettoes...

National Library of Israel Acquires Rare Montefiore Family Passover Haggadah April 8, 2014 12:41 pm

National Library of Israel Acquires Rare Montefiore Family Passover Haggadah

JNS.org – The National Library of Israel has acquired a rare Passover Haggadah that...

As Survivors Pass, Holocaust Memoir Genre Braces for Significant Transformation April 3, 2014 5:26 pm

As Survivors Pass, Holocaust Memoir Genre Braces for Significant Transformation

JNS.org – As the generation of Holocaust survivors passes, writers and researchers...

U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Sheds New Light on Nazi Propaganda March 31, 2014 11:15 am

U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Sheds New Light on Nazi Propaganda

JNS.org – An ongoing traveling exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum challenges...

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks March 13, 2014 12:44 am

Jerusalem Exhibit Unveils 9,000-Year-Old Stone Masks

JNS.org – A new display in Jerusalem is showcasing the oldest-known masks in the world,...

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...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More doggedly than any other expert on Middle East affairs Daniel Pipes has riveted his attention upon the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized life in nearly every corner of the globe. The Boston Globe was not indulging in hyperbole when it stated, “If Pipes’ admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” He is the polar opposite to the willfully […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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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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