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Jerusalem – Rabbis Promote Layered Burial

March 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Jerusalem - Four senior national-religious rabbis have joined an initiative promoting “high-density” burial as a means to alleviate the increasingly problematic lack of burial land in the country. The initiative was launched ahead of the traditional day of personal accounting for Burial Societies, which occurs on the Hebrew date of Adar 7 and fell this year on Thursday, and also marks the...

New York, NY – Obama Blitzed Through Manhattan To Raise Campaign Cash

March 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM
New York, NY - Raking in campaign cash, President Barack Obama blitzed through Manhattan Thursday night, offering donors at ritzy fundraisers a vigorous defense of his foreign policy record, saying his administration's successes abroad would weaken one line of Republican attack in the presidential election. "The other side traditionally seems to feel that the Democrats are somehow weak on...

Palm Beach, FL – Police: Package At Limbaugh’s Home Was Not Harmful

March 1, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Palm Beach, FL - Authorities say a suspicious package sent to Rush Limbaugh's South Florida home was not dangerous or hazardous. Instead, police say the item investigated Thursday turned out to be an electronic plaque sent by a listener of the radio talk show host's program as a "business opportunity" for him. It concerned the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes...

New York – AT&T Relents On ‘Unlimited Data’ Plan Limits

March 1, 2012 at 09:12 PM
New York - AT&T Inc. responded to complaints that it places unreasonable limits on the "unlimited data" plans it offers smartphone subscribers. The cellphone company said Thursday that it will slow down service for "unlimited data" subscribers after they reach 3 gigabytes of usage within a billing cycle. The change relaxes a previous policy under which AT&T had been throttling service when...

Montana – Calls for Resignation of Judge Who Sent Racist Email about Obama

March 1, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Montana - An appellate court will conduct a judicial misconduct review of Montana's chief federal judge, who sent an email to friends that contained a racist joke involving bestiality and President Barack Obama's mother. Judge Richard Cebull also plans to send Obama a formal apology, but that has not stopped calls for the judge's resignation. "If he has any respect for his office and for...

Rochester, NY – Kodak Sells Online Gallery To Shutterfly

March 1, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Rochester, NY - Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday it plans to sell its online photo service business to online photo publishing company Shutterfly Inc. for $23.8 million. Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and said it is narrowing its focus to its core printer businesses. A bankruptcy court will review the proposed sale of Kodak Gallery. The company said Kodak...

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Sheriff Probes Obama’s Birth Certificate

March 1, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Phoenix, AZ - America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn't adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases. Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe...

New York – Schottenstein Gemara: Revolutionary Artscroll Digital Talmud App To Debut (video)

March 1, 2012 at 04:01 PM
New York - The Schottenstein Talmud is about to undergo a massive transformation in size, as publishing giant Artscroll has announced the development of a groundbreaking digital version of their best selling Gemara series to run on mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad and iTouch. According to Artscroll, tens of thousands of hours have gone into the creation of the Talmud app, which will...

Jerusalem – Despite Personal Injury, Hatzalah Chief Answers Call

March 1, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Jerusalem - The chief coordinator and founder of Jerusalem’s United Hatzalah rushed to the scene of a medical emergency this morning, despite suffering a broken leg while answering the call. Eli Beer was racing down the steps of his own building after receiving a frantic Hatzalah call at 10:13 this morning about an unconscious toddler when he slipped on the rain slicked stairs and fell down...

Houston, TX – Texas Orthodox Basketball Team Wins Fight To Play

March 1, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Houston, TX - Organizers of a Texas state basketball tournament relented Thursday and agreed to reschedule a semifinal game involving an Orthodox Jewish school after parents filed a lawsuit over the original game time, which conflicted with the Sabbath. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, had rejected Beren Academy's requests to reschedule the game that was to be...

New York – Thousands Of Chabad Chasidim To Celebrate Siyum HaRambam

March 1, 2012 at 01:31 PM
New York - Jewish communities throughout the world will be celebrating a momentous achievement this weekend: the completion over the past 11 months of the study of the Mishneh Torah, the foundational legal code authored by the 12th century sage Rabbi Moses Maimonides. It’s the 30th time the cycle has run since the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, instituted the...

Tel Aviv – Israel Unveils Sophisticated Shelters In Tel Aviv

March 1, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Tel Aviv - Underneath the plaza outside Israel's Habima national theater, Israel has put the finishing touches on a new gathering place that it hopes will never host a crowd: the country's most advanced public underground bomb shelter. The shelter, four stories underground and with space for 1,600 people, is usually a parking lot. It is also part of Tel Aviv's elaborate civil defense...

Trenton, NJ – NJ Governor Contiues To Slam The NYPD Over Spying Saying They Ignored 9/11 Lessons

March 1, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - The New York Police Department ignored one of the key lessons of Sept. 11 by not sharing information with New Jersey law enforcement agencies when it conducted secret surveillance of Muslim communities, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. The Republican governor's comments echoed remarks he made Wednesday night on a radio program, when he issued his harshest criticism yet of the...

Jerusalem – Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Faces Fraud Charge For Doling Out Rabbinic Ordinations

March 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Jerusalem - The State Attorney’s office announced on Thursday that it was considering indicting former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Bakshi Doron, subject to a hearing, for his part in the affair known as the “rabbis case,” in which 1,500 members of the IDF and police force received false certificates of rabbinic ordination entitling them to an extra NIS 2,000 - 4,000 a month in wages. In...

Harrisburg, IL – Tales Of Chaos After Deadly Pre-Dawn Storms (photos)

March 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Harrisburg, IL - Jeff Rann had ample warning that terrible weather was approaching before dawn. A frantic call to his wife from his mother-in-law alerted them to reports that a tornado was barreling down, and Rann heard the deafening wail of storm sirens. Rann was among those who survived the weather's passing assault Wednesday, his home untouched. Yet just two blocks away in the southern...
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