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  • “Jews Can’t Stop”: Parodying Miley while making a statement

    By Julie Bien

    December 16, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Jewish Journal blogger, and American settler, Orit Arfa, is raising eyebrows here and abroad with her controversial music video, "Jews Can't Stop," a re-write of Miley Cyrus's party anthem, "We Can't Stop," and part of a recent blog post on our website.

    Arfa, who lives in Ariel,... read on

  • Jewish/Israel-themed movies vie for Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 16, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Producers and directors in 76 countries will be biting their nails when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar nominees for best foreign language film.

    Besides providing a test of cinematic skills in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela,... read on

  • Believe

    Chris Stuke

    December 16, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Every year Politifact.com awards one unlucky schmuck the not-so-prestigious Lie of the Year Award. This year’s recipient was our very own commander in chief Barack Obama. Now as far as I’m concerned politicians should just be exempt from this whole thing because every last one of... read on

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  • When Mandela and Sharansky met in LA

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2013 | 12:35 am


    My only encounter with Nelson Mandela was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel, and the initial impression was more comical than awe-inspiring.

    The reserved, soft-spoken Mandela, released only four months earlier after 27 years in South African prisons, stood next to the... read on

  • Banish the darkness with a Festival of Light- no matter what your religion

    Rivkah Ben-Yisrael

    November 25, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    My aversion to Hanukkah streetlights, national-religious pride and surprising similarities between different light festivals- all explored here.

    The lights put up in Israel around the time of the winter festival of Hanukkah evoke mixed feelings for me. You probably think that's... read on

  • “Suck it, Christmas”: The story of a Chanukah comedy album

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Rachel Bloom, 26, and Dan Gregor and Jack Dolgen, both 31, have just released their first Chanukah album, "Suck it, Christmas"--an adult-themed comedic ode to the standard holiday music released en masse this time of year. The Jewish Journal was able to interview the trio of... read on

  • Scholastic apologizes for children’s book that omits Israel on Middle East map

    By Julie Bien

    November 13, 2013 | 11:33 am

    The educational book publishing company, Scholastic, has apologized for printing an English-language children's book, "Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt," with a map of the Middle East, sans Israel. Oops. 

    It's pretty amazing that something like this got through multiple levels of scrutiny. Other countries surrounding Egypt (where the story takes place) are represented, including Libya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

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