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Commemorating the 75th Memorial of Ze’ev Jabotinsky August 9, 2015 12:28 pm

Commemorating the 75th Memorial of Ze’ev Jabotinsky

Below is a speech I delivered at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City at an event...

Abe Foxman’s Retirement is the End of an Era July 30, 2015 1:16 pm

Abe Foxman’s Retirement is the End of an Era

I received a call recently from Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League,...

Award-Winning American Jewish Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at 84 July 22, 2015 3:09 pm

Award-Winning American Jewish Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at 84

JNS.org – Award-winning American Jewish author E.L. Doctorow died Tuesday at age 84...

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Broadway Actor Theodore Bikel Dies at 91 July 21, 2015 8:23 pm

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Broadway Actor Theodore Bikel Dies at 91

JNS.org – Theodore Bikel, an American Jewish actor of Austrian heritage who played...

American Jewish Pilot Lou Lenart, Savior of Tel Aviv in 1948 War, Dies at 94 July 21, 2015 1:23 pm

American Jewish Pilot Lou Lenart, Savior of Tel Aviv in 1948 War, Dies at 94

JNS.org – Lou Lenart, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot during World War II who later helped...

From Haifa to Houston: Israeli Ballet Dancer Makes Unlikely Dream Come True July 9, 2015 12:59 pm

From Haifa to Houston: Israeli Ballet Dancer Makes Unlikely Dream Come True

JNS.org – When Shahar Dori left his Haifa home at age 17 and made a 6,500-mile trip...

Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy July 7, 2015 2:26 pm

Book Pitches World War II as Lasting Part of Hank Greenberg’s Legacy

JNS.org – Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase...

A Year After Milestone, Visitors Mark 21st Anniversary of Chabad Leader’s Death June 24, 2015 2:37 pm

A Year After Milestone, Visitors Mark 21st Anniversary of Chabad Leader’s Death

JNS.org – More than 50,000 people visited the gravesite of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—the...

The Rebbe Represented the Best of Religion June 22, 2015 11:30 am

The Rebbe Represented the Best of Religion

The past few years have been tough on religion. Muslim radicals have made a mockery of their...

Remembering a Fighter Against Oppression of Jews and Blacks June 2, 2015 12:28 am

Remembering a Fighter Against Oppression of Jews and Blacks

JNS.org – Before he gained fame for posing as an African-American in order to expose...

Viewer Discretion Advised (VIDEO) May 27, 2015 11:09 am

Viewer Discretion Advised (VIDEO)

A couple of weeks ago I saw a video circulating on Facebook titled The Butterfly Child. The...

At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’ May 21, 2015 10:39 am

At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter,...

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  • Food Jenna Jameson Flips Janice Dickinson the Finger for Raiding Her Kosher Fridge on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ (VIDEO)

    Jenna Jameson Flips Janice Dickinson the Finger for Raiding Her Kosher Fridge on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ (VIDEO)

    Former adult film star Jenna Jameson slammed Janice Dickinson on Sunday night’s episode of U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother after she found out that the former model took food from her kosher refrigerator, the Daily Mail reported. A hungry Dickinson took a pack of celery from Jameson’s fridge, which was reserved for food adhering to kosher dietary laws. When Jameson, who converted to Judaism, found out, she shouted, “I’m about to go eat Janice’s f***ing face.” The previous porn star then stormed into the kitchen and confronted Dickinson. She […]

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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