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Karel van Oordt, Founder of Christians for Israel, Dies at 84 April 17, 2013 1:50 am

Karel van Oordt, Founder of Christians for Israel, Dies at 84

Karel van Oordt, founder of Christians for Israel, died in his home last week in Amersfoort,...

What is Leadership? April 14, 2013 6:10 pm

What is Leadership?

Over the next few weeks, a slew of different Jewish organizations are hosting dinners honoring...

Holocaust-Era British Rabbi will Receive Award for Rescue of 300 Children April 12, 2013 8:00 am

Holocaust-Era British Rabbi will Receive Award for Rescue of 300 Children

The UK’s Department for Communities on Monday will posthumously honor a British rabbi...

Kirk Douglas, Jewish ‘Ragman’s Son’ Turned Movie Star, Still Earning Accolades at 96 April 9, 2013 1:12 am

Kirk Douglas, Jewish ‘Ragman’s Son’ Turned Movie Star, Still Earning Accolades at 96

Film historian Bob Birchard describes an anti-Jewish prejudice in American culture that existed...

The Inspiration of the Rebbe March 24, 2013 6:36 pm

The Inspiration of the Rebbe

Last Friday, the eleventh day of Nissan in the Jewish calendar, was the 111th anniversary...

‘Identity Through Athletics’: The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class March 21, 2013 1:43 am

‘Identity Through Athletics’: The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class

A weightlifter who was one of the 11 Israeli Olympians killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics...

South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein: I Know Apartheid Firsthand (INTERVIEW) March 18, 2013 12:56 am

South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein: I Know Apartheid Firsthand (INTERVIEW)

Rabbi Warren Goldstein grew up in South Africa. He is also a regular visitor to Israel. With...

Famous Philippine Fashion Blogger Bryan Boy Celebrating…Shabbat March 17, 2013 3:30 pm

Famous Philippine Fashion Blogger Bryan Boy Celebrating…Shabbat

Philippine Fashion blogger Bryan Grey Yambao, better known as Bryan Boy, has been celebrating...

For $18,000 You Can Fly Next to a Renowned Chassidic Rebbe March 11, 2013 12:01 am

For $18,000 You Can Fly Next to a Renowned Chassidic Rebbe

How much would you be willing to pay to sit next to a Hassidic rebbe on a long flight? Apparently...

Settler Rabbi’s Peace Legacy Lives On March 7, 2013 1:15 am

Settler Rabbi’s Peace Legacy Lives On

Israeli Orthodox rabbi, settler, poet and peace activist Rabbi Menachem Froman passed away...

Secret of the Oldest Serving Head of State? The Mediterranean Diet! March 5, 2013 9:58 am

Secret of the Oldest Serving Head of State? The Mediterranean Diet!

What is the secret to becoming the oldest serving head of state at 89 years old? The details...

The Final Word: Renowned Yiddish Journal Editor Friedenson Dies at 93 March 1, 2013 1:45 am

The Final Word: Renowned Yiddish Journal Editor Friedenson Dies at 93

Joseph (Yossel) Friedenson carried the title of “rabbi,” but his “pulpit” was far...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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