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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...

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...

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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