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Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Boxing Champ: G-d Gave me the Ability to Box

December 9, 2009 at 01:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Prize-winning Jewish American boxer Dmitriy Salita arrived in Israel for his first visit in the country. 27 year old Salita is also known as "The Star of David” because of the Israeli flag he waves at tournaments and the star of David that appears on his sports uniform. Dmitriy is an Orthodox Jew born in Odessa, Ukraine, and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He is in...

Jerusalem – Father and His Kallah Daughter Arrested for Praying on Har HaBayit

December 9, 2009 at 12:36 PM
Jerusalem - Police detained an Israeli man and his daughter for a few hours after they ascended the Temple Mount and began to pray at the contested holy site, the Jerusalem police spokesperson reported. David Kirschenbaum told The Jerusalem Post he went up to the mount with his daughter on the day before her wedding, in order to take in the holiest site in Judaism. Kirschenbaum denied he...

New York – Free Phone for Low-Income Families

December 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM
New York, NY - Low-income New Yorkers can now dial up wireless phone service - for free. Starting today, Virgin Mobile will offer Assurance Wireless, a federally subsidized program providing eligible residents a free Kyocera Jax phone and 200 minutes of free local and long-distance calling per month. One account per household will be available. If users want more than 200 minutes, or text...

Israel – ‘Sanhedrin’: Kill Prisoners if Shalit Doesn’t Return

December 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM
Israel - "If Gilad Shalit, Heaven forbid, is executed or not returned in peace, prisoners will be executed immediately," ruled the court of the reestablished "Sandhedrin" organization, in a ruling published last week on the backdrop of the negotiations to release the captured Israeli soldier. The rabbis even recommended that Israel capture senior Palestinian figures – "including ministers...

Manhattan, NY – Heirs of Holocaust Survivor Sue for Return of Van Gogh Drawing

December 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM
Manhattan, nY - A Canadian attorney and his family sued the Swiss government and a prominent Swiss museum for a Vincent Van Gogh pen-and-ink drawing they say their great-grandmother sold under duress as her family tried to flee the Nazis in their native Germany. Andrew Orkin, of Ontario, claims Oskar Reinhart, the Swiss art collector who bought the drawing and bequeathed it to the Museum Oskar...

New York, NY – Wired Parents Get BlackBerry Fix While Wheeling Baby Around

December 9, 2009 at 09:55 AM
New York, NY - It's the perfect accessory for the BlackBerry-meets-Bugaboo crowd. A gizmo called Texthook lets parents strap phones to the bars of their strollers so they can text and e-mail without missing a step. The company that makes them said about 100 of the $30 devices have been bought since they went on sale last week. Some parents out with their tots Tuesday worried that it was a...

Bnei Brak, Israel – Economic Forum Focuses on Charedi Employment Issues

December 9, 2009 at 09:26 AM
Bnei Brak, Israel - Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said yesterday (Tuesday) at an economics forum sponsored by Bank Poalei Agudas Yisroel that he would form a nurses training track for the charedi sector. During the event, which addressed the issue of employment in the charedi sector, Rabbi Litzman said the training program would be set up in cooperation with Laniado Hospital in...

New York, NY – Prepare to Shell Out More Green for Lettuce as Prices Jump

December 9, 2009 at 09:21 AM
New York, NY - $3.49 for a head of Romaine? That's a lot of cabbage for some lettuce. Thanks to a cold snap in California, lettuce prices have exploded in the last month. Tomato prices have jumped too - 300% in some cases. "I'm just shocked. I compare prices all the time," housewife Tatiana Martinez said Tuesday, at a Key Food in Sunnyside Queens. A head of Iceberg was 89 cents there last...

Washington – Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Chanukkah Tune Is His Gift to Jewish People

December 9, 2009 at 08:53 AM
Washington - The canon of Hanukkah songs written by Mormon senators from Utah just got a little bigger. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a solemn-faced Republican with a soft spot for Jews and a love of Barbra Streisand, has penned a catchy holiday tune, “Eight Days of Hanukkah.” The video was posted Tuesday night on Tablet, [Please note the video features woman singing] an online magazine of...

Delray Beach, FL – Menorah’s Absence is Legally Safer for City, Manager Says

December 9, 2009 at 08:52 AM
Delray Beach, FL - When City Commissioner Adam Frankel noticed that Old School Square had no menorah alongside the 100-foot Christmas tree this year, all he wanted was a simple answer — something along the lines of, "Oops, we'll put one up right away." Instead, he got a memo from City Manager David Harden that left him upset. Harden wrote that a temple had sponsored a menorah in past years...

Tehran, Iran – Minister: If Attacked We Will Hit Israeli Nuke Sites

December 9, 2009 at 08:25 AM
Tehran, Iran - Iran would strike back at Israeli weapons manufacturing sites and nuclear installations if the Jewish state attacks the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying on Wednesday. srael has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve an international dispute over Iran's nuclear programme, which the West suspects is...

Israel – Charedi Leaders Question ‘Mi Yehudi’ Policy of Chief Rabbi

December 9, 2009 at 07:48 AM
Israel - Rabbis representing the Ashkenazi haredi rabbinical leadership were poised to send a letter to Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger demanding that he "clarify" his stance on city rabbis who refuse to recognize conversions performed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. "We want nothing less than a written statement from the chief rabbi detailing his position regarding conversions that a...

New York – DAF: Kollel Money – To Take or Not to Take?

December 9, 2009 at 07:44 AM
New York - The Gemorah discusses the incident in Nach where the men of Dan meet a descendant of Moshe Rabbeinu who is involved in servicing Avodah Zarah yet doesn’t believe in it himself. The men of Dan ask him how he could do such a thing and he responds with his mis-interpreted tradition that he claimed goes back to Moshe Rabbeinu” It is better to partake in Avodah Zarah – than to have...

Williamsburg, NY – Cops Arrest Bike-Lane Repainters

December 9, 2009 at 07:36 AM
Williamsburg, NY - Police busted again two of the hipster Brooklyn cyclists who repainted whole sections of Williamsburg bike lanes the city had just removed at the request of the neighborhood's Hasidic community. Quinn Hechtropf, 26 and Katherine Piccochi, 24 -- who surrendered hours after posting a video of the guerilla public-works operation on YouTube -- allegedly used paint rollers and...
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