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New Baby Trump Versus New Baby Royal; Was ‘The Donald’ his Sandek at the Bris? October 24, 2013 12:11 pm

New Baby Trump Versus New Baby Royal; Was ‘The Donald’ his Sandek at the Bris?

A baby rivalry has begun in the UK between the newest heir to the throne, Prince George, whose...

The Spiritual Education of Cory Booker October 21, 2013 9:13 am

The Spiritual Education of Cory Booker

Twenty-one years ago a young African-American Rhodes scholar walked into our Jewish student...

Michael Bloomberg Awarded Inaugural Genesis Prize October 21, 2013 9:12 am

Michael Bloomberg Awarded Inaugural Genesis Prize

New York Daily News – For this prize-winner, a million bucks is just pocket change. Billionaire...

House of Mendelsohn: Jon Joins Lords, Nicola Leads Facebook to Israel October 17, 2013 9:06 am

House of Mendelsohn: Jon Joins Lords, Nicola Leads Facebook to Israel

This has been a big week for the Mendelsohns of London, what with Jon being introduced to...

Two American Jews Win Nobel Prize in Medicine October 7, 2013 3:36 pm

Two American Jews Win Nobel Prize in Medicine

JNS.org - Two American Jews, along with their German partner, have been awarded the 2013...

Rabbi Jack Moline Takes Helm for Jewish Democrats (INTERVIEW) October 3, 2013 1:14 pm

Rabbi Jack Moline Takes Helm for Jewish Democrats (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – Rabbi Jack Moline was sitting with his friend, Rahm Emanuel, then a White...

‘Soul Doctor’ and the Awesome Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach September 30, 2013 4:49 pm

‘Soul Doctor’ and the Awesome Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

I can’t remember exactly the first time I heard Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach sing, or the first...

Archive of Jewish WWII Heroine Spy, Original ‘Bond Girl,’ Captures Renewed Interest at London Museum (VIDEO) September 12, 2013 8:38 am

Archive of Jewish WWII Heroine Spy, Original ‘Bond Girl,’ Captures Renewed Interest at London Museum (VIDEO)

The archive, including never-before-seen photographs, of a Jewish heroine from World...

Jerusalem’s Mayor is Israel’s Richest Politician September 2, 2013 11:21 pm

Jerusalem’s Mayor is Israel’s Richest Politician

JNS.org – Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat topped a list published by Forbes of Israel’s...

Jewish Professor Who Declined Honorary Polish Doctorate Because of Anti-Semitic Attacks is No Stranger to Discrimination August 22, 2013 10:58 am

Jewish Professor Who Declined Honorary Polish Doctorate Because of Anti-Semitic Attacks is No Stranger to Discrimination

University of Leeds, U.K. Professor Emeritus Zygmunt Bauman, 87, author of Modernity and The...

The Goy (Will Be) Back in Town August 14, 2013 8:39 am

The Goy (Will Be) Back in Town

Remember I told you in July that I was a finalist in the ‘Commitment to Israel’ category...

Eydie Gorme, Jewish-American Singer, Dies at 84 August 12, 2013 7:23 pm

Eydie Gorme, Jewish-American Singer, Dies at 84

JNS.org - Jewish-American singer Eydie Gorme, who became famous for her popular duet performances...

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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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