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Jerusalem – New Comic Book Depicting Biblical Stories To Be Used in Torah Classes

May 4, 2009 at 11:24 PM
Jerusalem - The Education Ministry has recently introduced a new comic book into school curriculums in order to facilitate Bible studies among elementary school students. The book, which contains an illustrated version of the books Samuel and Judges (Shoftim), is intended for use among fifth and sixth grade students, but the ministry plans to gradually expand the use of comics to all...

New York City – NYPD Cracking Down On Dangerous Pedicab Drivers

May 4, 2009 at 11:18 PM
New York City - They're a big attraction for tourists, but now police are going after pedicab drivers who break traffic laws. They're a familiar part of the New York City landscape, and offer a fun alternative to taking a taxi. But to some, they're just dangerous. "They're the worst things in the world – they don't care about people," Bay Ridge resident Ernesto Buscos says. "They just...

New Jersey – NJ Supreme Court: Abused Children Can Provide Evidence Without Testifying

May 4, 2009 at 11:14 PM
New Jersey - Children who previously talked about an abuse incident but are too frightened to testify in court can still provide evidence in a trial, the state's highest court unanimously ruled today. The justices' decision upholds a jail sentence for a Long Branch man convicted of molesting a three-year-old girl. Johanna Barba Jones, a deputy attorney general, said she was "very happy"...

Queens, NY – Judge: Local Esrog Distributor Bound by Israeli $66,000 Judgment Against Him

May 4, 2009 at 10:11 PM
Queens, NY - A New York-based distributor of esrog, a fruit used by Jews during the observance of Sukkot, the ancient harvest festival holiday, must abide by an Israeli arbitrator's $66,000 judgment against him, a federal judge in New York has decided. New York courts are generally prohibited from disturbing awards made by foreign arbitrators under the Convention on the Recognition and...

New York – INC. Magazine: Why Circuit City Failed, and Why B&H Thrives

May 4, 2009 at 09:42 PM
New York - When Circuit City went kaput in January, I didn't waste my time on the chain's so-called going-out-of-business sale. First of all, Circuit City never had anything good in stock, even before it decided to go out of business. A year ago, I looked at the retailer's entire selection of laptops, and all I found were these huge, ugly, shiny things festooned with garish stickers announcing...

Los Angeles, CA – LA Mayor At AIPAC: My Success Rooted In The Jewish Community

May 4, 2009 at 09:34 PM
Los Angeles, NY - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at the AIPAC policy conference today. (Watch his 12-minute speech here) As the mayor often does when speaking to Jewish crowds, which he does regularly, Villaraigosa connected his life story to the Israel’s story and mentioned his favorite Jewish high school teacher. “Israel’s story is part of who I am as an Angeleno,“...

Albany, NY – State, MTA Leaders Reach Bailout Deal

May 4, 2009 at 08:06 PM
The New York State Senate has reached a deal to avoid the MTA's doomsday budget. The Senate's Democratic majority reached a tentative agreement with the 32 members needed to approve a bailout of New York City's transit system. The bailout would avert double-digit fare increases and service cuts scheduled for next month. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith met privately with key suburban...

Tokyo Japan – Israel Working to Have Hareidi Yeshiva Bochur Serve His Time in Israel

May 4, 2009 at 07:16 PM
Tokyo Japan - The Israeli Justice Ministry has begun the process of asking Japanese officials to transfer a hareidi youth named Yosef to Israel to serve what's left of an eight-year-sentence handed down last week as one of three hareidi tourists found with 90,000 Ecstasy pills at a Japanese airport in April of 2008. The trial of the other two, Yoel Goldstein and Yosef Greenwold, is scheduled...

Brooklyn, NY – Music Star Offers Free Performances to Charities and Nonprofit Organizations: “I Want to Give Back to Those Who Give to Many.”

May 4, 2009 at 06:46 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Recording artist Shea Rubenstein has announced his offer to perform free of charge at events held by charities and other nonprofit organizations for the duration of 2009. “Charities face so many obstacles in the current economic turndown, with more people in need, and fewer donations pouring in,” Shea explains. “I want to give back to those who give to many.” His...

Washington – Supreme Court: Convictions to Immigrant Like Agriprocessors Were in Error

May 4, 2009 at 05:34 PM
Washington - In a unanimous decision issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that many of the convictions and sentences given to immigrant detainees from the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville were in error. According to the ruling, federal prosecutors have inappropriately used aggravated identity theft laws to prosecute undocumented workers. The decision directly impacts Iowa...

New York – Arab Cartoonists Use Swine Flu Theme to Mock Israeli Leaders

May 4, 2009 at 05:31 PM
The swine flu epidemic has provided new fodder for newspapers in the Muslim and Arab world to continue their broadsides against Israel, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors anti-Semitism in the Arab media. Large-circulation daily newspapers are exploiting the swine flu epidemic with editorial cartoons that demonize the Jewish state and its leaders. One theme of the...

New York – U.S. Stocks Move up 200 Points, As Analysts Debate Market Sustainability

May 4, 2009 at 04:12 PM
New York - Stock strategists are still seeing up arrows when it comes to this market. One of the hottest debates on the Street these past three or four weeks is how much further the bull can run before it runs out of steam. Many traders believe a pullback is inevitable and for some, this week is as good as any for that to happen, given recent low volume of trading. But several...

Chicago, IL – Orthodox Groups Appeal Decision Undermining Jewish Grandfather’s Wish

May 4, 2009 at 03:37 PM
Chicago, IL - In the annals of American Jewish sagas, sadly, Max Feinberg’s family story is not atypical. The Chicago dentist, who died in 1986, and his wife, also now gone, were survived by two children and five grandchildren. Of the five, only one married another Jew. Unremarkable, perhaps. And, from a Jewish perspective, tragic. But in this case, it was also the beginning of an...

Jerusalem – Craze Around Plum Tree Growing Above Graves of 4 Tzadikim in Tiverya

May 4, 2009 at 02:38 PM
Jerusalem - An ancient plum tree growing in Tiverya's ancient cemetery has lately been attracting believers from all over the world. They have been picking its fruit as a segula to recover from illness and live long. Tiveryans say that the tree was planted 270 years ago near the graves of 4 famous tzadikim: Rav Chaim Abulafia, who renewed the Jewish settlement in the city (d. 1744), Rav...

Bozeman, MT – First of Its Kind For Backcountry Lifestyle Newly-built Kosher Mikvah Opens In Montana

May 4, 2009 at 02:32 PM
Bozeman, MT - Believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in that part of the American West, a newly-built Jewish ritual bath in Montana is serving Jewish residents from Wyoming, Idaho, North and South Dakota, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. And for a Jewish community numbering 2,500 people and stretched across the fourth-largest U.S. state, the new Mei Menachem...

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