What Palestinian flags reveal about Israel’s nation-state law

For the second consecutive week, Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square was the site of a Saturday-night protest against Israel’s nation-state law. But the difference between the two demonstrations speaks volumes about the nature of the debate over the controversial legislation…writes Jonathan S. Tobin. Read more

Roman Salyutov’s Melbourne piano recital

August 14, 2018 by  

Russian-German pianist Roman Salyutov visited Melbourne  on his way home from New Zealand where he enthralled music lovers in  a recital…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

Deterrence against Hamas is evaporating

August 13, 2018 by  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will see his electoral support plummet unless he finds a better solution to the barrage of Hamas rockets and incendiary kites than bombing empty buildings…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The Turk in Italy: an Opera review by Victor Grynberg

August 13, 2018 by  

2 parts Rossini + 1 part Phillips = a sparkling cocktail. Read more


August 13, 2018 by  

Feintooner’s view:   Parse Farce Read more

Are suicides buried at the edge of the cemetery?…ask the rabbi

August 13, 2018 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple answers this and other questions. Read more

Gaza: Lieberman gets an ‘F’

August 12, 2018 by  

Shortly after Avigdor Lieberman was appointed Israeli Defence Minister, two Palestinian-Arab terrorists cut down almost a dozen customers at a well-known coffee shop located a few hundred yards from the Ministry of Defence and Israel Defence Forces’ headquarters in Tel Aviv, killing four and wounding the rest…writes Martin Sherman/JNS. Read more

On the other hand

August 12, 2018 by  

Rockets from Gaza are raining down on Israeli communities in the south of the country…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new rules of conduct on Israel while paying a minimal price for its aggression…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS/military correspondent. Read more

Social media and the hate-speech slippery slope

Someone I know once told me that if his elderly mother ever wound up on Facebook, it would mean one of two possible things had happened: Either the social-media giant had become passé or literally everyone on the planet would have acquired a Facebook account…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Promised destination…writes Michael Kuttner

August 10, 2018 by  

Those who are regular Synagogue attendees will know that at the moment we are reading and making our way through the Book of Devarim. Read more

Meet the Mishpacha family

August 10, 2018 by  

J-Wire introduces to the Mishpacha family and the first of their cartoon strips… Read more

Battling anti-Semitism with Holocaust survivor stories

August 10, 2018 by  

The rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world, including New Zealand, means that the re-telling and preservation of Holocaust survivors’ stories matters more and more…writes Miriam Bell. Read more

7 Days in Entebbe: 10 DVDs to give away

August 10, 2018 by  

Entertainment One will  release the DVD on August 29 – email J-Wire to win a copy. Read more

An interview with pianist Roman Salyutov

August 9, 2018 by  

Ron Jontof-Hutter meets Russian-German Pianist Roman Salyutov who will perform in  recital on Sunday at the South Melbourne  Town Hall. Read more

Trump and Israel dabble in Hamas and PLO quicksand

August 9, 2018 by  

President Trump‘s attempt to see a five-year Gaza ceasefire negotiated between Hamas and Israel seems to be an exercise in futility destined to failure…writes David Singer. Read more

Ben and Gus don’t let you off lightly: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 9, 2018 by  

A program of Britten and Mahler is not for those who want to hum tunes or tap feet, as demonstrated by last night’s APT Master Series SSO concert at the Sydney Opera House. Read more

Crazy Rich Asians: a movie by Hila Tsor

August 9, 2018 by  

Highly entertaining and colourful, Crazy Rich Asiansis an Asian-American romantic comedy which follows Rachel (Constance Wu), a smart and beautiful NYU economics professor who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, and discovers that her boyfriend comes from an extremely wealthy family… Read more

Hamas-Israel truce would be like a ‘painkiller, not an antibiotic,’ say observers

August 8, 2018 by  

Intensive efforts are underway to reach a long-term, comprehensive truce arrangement between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Former members of the Israeli defense establishment, however, have expressed skepticism about the feasibility of such an outcome…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Hysteria over nation-state law

August 8, 2018 by  

It is inevitable – and laudable – that there are debates and differences over most new legislation. However, that does not justify the global hysteria generated over the recently passed nation-state law, which the clear majority of Israelis support…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Iranians furious at regime as economy teeters on verge of collapse

August 7, 2018 by  

Thousands of Iranian citizens have been protesting across the country, including in major cities such as Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan and Qom over what appears to be the imminent collapse of the economy, the first of two stages of the re-imposition of full U.S. sanctions went into effect following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal…writes Israel Kasnett/JNS. Read more


August 7, 2018 by  

This week’s cartoon – As the Riel reels Read more

Osborne at war and peace – a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 7, 2018 by  

Distinguished Scottish pianist, Steven Osborne, unexpectedly interleaved major piano works by Debussy and Prokofiev to present contrasting musical landscapes, not only in composition but playing style as well. Read more

A message to the Jewish nation from a Druze Zionist friend

August 6, 2018 by  

Don’t you understand, without the Jewish nation there would be death and suffering here like in the rest of the Middle East?…writes Atta Farhat/JNS. Read more

What is the Jewish view of divorce?…ask the rabbi

August 6, 2018 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple answers this question and others. Read more

On the other hand,,,

August 5, 2018 by  

Tourist numbers have been setting records with visitors arriving in Israel from all parts of the world…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Dangerously disloyal opposition?

This past week was one of immense sadness for me…writes Martin Sherman/JNS. Read more

Patient preparedness: Israeli hospitals drill the transition from ‘routine to war’

Under the expert guidance of IDF Home Front Command, Israeli hospitals across the country are shoring up their ability to shift into war mode should a sudden conflict erupt without prior warning…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Abbas, PA & UN – perfect partners

August 3, 2018 by  

For far too long the United Nations and its associated organisations have given Abbas and his terrorist supporting authority a free pass to pursue the most outrageous acts…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Trump opens door for talks with Iran to isolate the ayatollahs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s manner, in which he initially puts forth his most ferocious face and then an extended hand, creates a situation that the interlocutor doesn’t expect…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

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