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Art Exhibit Corrects History and Helps Repair Jewish/Christian Relations August 21, 2013 9:21 am

Art Exhibit Corrects History and Helps Repair Jewish/Christian Relations

Rembrandt and the Images of Jesus, a 2011-2012 exhibit curated by the Louvre, the Philadelphia...

Touro Synagogue Artifacts Dispute to Continue After Mediation Fails August 16, 2013 4:02 pm

Touro Synagogue Artifacts Dispute to Continue After Mediation Fails

JNS.org – Talks between the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, and a New York...

The Wedding That Dented the Iron Curtain August 16, 2013 10:52 am

The Wedding That Dented the Iron Curtain

In the history of the Soviet Jewry movement, the most spectacular – and possibly most pivotal...

Italian ‘Hitler’ Wine Sparks Outrage and Condemnation August 13, 2013 8:35 am

Italian ‘Hitler’ Wine Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

An Italian winery selling a line of Nazi and fascist branded wines has outraged both tourists...

EU Settlement Policy Legitimises Mass Dispossession August 12, 2013 8:53 am

EU Settlement Policy Legitimises Mass Dispossession

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is once more in the news: revolution and counter-revolution, protest...

Ancient Jewish Pottery Village Discovered in Galilee August 6, 2013 6:51 am

Ancient Jewish Pottery Village Discovered in Galilee

JNS.org – A religion professor from Alabama-based Samford University has discovered...

German Resistance Group, ‘The White Rose,’ Remembered 70 Years Later August 5, 2013 10:18 am

German Resistance Group, ‘The White Rose,’ Remembered 70 Years Later

JNS.org - Among the various events in Holocaust history marking their 70th anniversary...

Jewish History of Budapest: A Day Trip to a Golden Age August 1, 2013 11:04 am

Jewish History of Budapest: A Day Trip to a Golden Age

JNS.org - Budapest is the 25th most-visited city in the world, and it’s easy to understand...

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen July 31, 2013 9:39 am

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen

JNS.org – Fifty years after Hannah Arendt came out with her controversial book, “Eichmann...

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...

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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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