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Jerusalem – Emanuel Bar Mitzva Followed by Mitzvas

May 30, 2010 at 10:31 PM
Jerusalem - White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s son Zach and nephew Noah had their long-awaited bar mitzva ceremony on Sunday morning, at the southern wall excavations area near the Western Wall, (as was reported by Vos Iz Neias). No women were called up to the Torah, but some of the female guests wore kippot at the bar mitzva that was held in an area reserved for Conservative...

Springfield, MA – Jewish War Veterans Celebrate Memorial Day

May 30, 2010 at 09:52 PM
Springfield, MA - Veterans and their families gathered at the Jewish Community Center today to read the names of members of the Jewish War Veterans Freedman Post 26 who have died in the last year. "It’s a tradition for us to play Taps and read the names of the dead," said Stanley R. Light, commander of Freedman Post 26. Rabbi Fred Hyman of B’Nai Torah served as the guest speaker for the...

Harding, NJ – Police Seek Help to Find Who is Drawing Swastikas on Street Signs

May 30, 2010 at 08:39 PM
Harding, NJ - Swastikas were drawn on various road signs in Harding Township five times over the past two months, most recently on May 15th, police said. The symbols were spotted at the end of April and in the middle of May, police said. Residents or commuters should call police or write down a car’s license-plate number if they see anyone loitering around a road sign in the township...

Israel – Battle Over Drafting Charedi Men Has Begun Again, IDF’s Goal to Draft 50% of Charedi Boys

May 30, 2010 at 07:20 PM
Israel - The battle over drafting Haredi men has begun again, eight years after the Tal Law exempted them from army service for as long as they study at yeshivas. Two weeks ago, at a stormy meeting held in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz proposed changing the Tal Law to allow ultra-Orthodox men to join the workforce. Defense Minister Ehud Barak...

New York, NY – The Weird World of Unions’ Paid Leave Perks

May 30, 2010 at 06:10 PM
New York, NY - Now that we know bus drivers can get up to two months of paid sick time after suffering the "assault" of being spit upon, what other perks have slipped into the city's union contracts? The Post dug up some strange rules about everything from overtime to classroom assignments, some of which rival the absurdity of the MTA's spitting policy. For instance, unionized workers are...

Washington – Report: Obama Provided Israel With Historic Guarantees

May 30, 2010 at 05:14 PM
Washington - Israeli State officials are trying to send calming messages following the US's endorsement of a nuclear-free Middle East resolution advanced by the NPT conference, which named Israel as a country whose facilities must be placed under inspection. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama in the White House later this week amid recent...

Antwerp, Belgium – 4 Torahs Stolen from Shul, Burglars May Have Had Inside Info

May 30, 2010 at 03:56 PM
Antwerp, Belgium - At least four Torah books were stolen Friday night from the largest synagogue in Belgium. Worshipers who arrived at the main synagogue in Antwerp were shocked to find that it had been broken into. The burglars apparently broke into the synagogue's seminary through a door that connects it to a hall. They proceeded to open the Holy Ark and steal the books. Pinchas...

Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. General: Clear Evidence Taliban Train in Iran

May 30, 2010 at 02:03 PM
Kabul, Afghanistan - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Sunday there is "clear evidence" that some Taliban fighters have trained in Iran. Gen. Stanley McChrystal told reporters in the Afghan capital that Iran — Afghanistan's western neighbor — has generally assisted the Afghan government in fighting the insurgent group. "There is, however, clear evidence of...

New York – City and State Must Help Families With Section 8 Vouchers

May 30, 2010 at 01:18 PM
New York - The hundred or so demonstrators who recently descended on the Broadway headquarters of the New York City Housing Authority were desperately trying to call public attention to the 2,600 families whose Section 8 rent vouchers were canceled when the program ran out of money last December. People who had already moved out of homeless shelters, found apartments and presented valid...

Tel Aviv – “Small Percentage” of Residents Protesting Chabad’s ‘Haredization’ of Ramat Aviv

May 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Tel Aviv, Israel - Mayor Huldai slated to voice his opinion regarding ultra-Orthodox influence on northern neighborhood in city council meeting ahead of anti-Chabad protest to be held next week. After speaking out against the ultra-Orthodox community's refusal to include core subjects in its study program, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai faces another challenge in respect to the haredi...

New York, NY – 9/11 Responders’ Lawyers Agree To Cut Fees from $200M to $115M

May 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM
New York, NY - Lawyers who negotiated a massive settlement for 10,000 sickened Ground Zero workers have grudgingly agreed to forgo $85 million in legal fees, the Daily News has learned. Attorneys at Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern sent a letter to Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who is overseeing the case, volunteering to lower legal fees and pass more money on to the ailing...

Washington – White House: Oil May Leak For Months

May 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM
Washington - White House energy czar Carol Browner says oil might keep leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for months until relief wells are completed. Browner tells NBC's "Meet The Press" that the administration is "prepared for the worst." That's a scenario none of the measures under way will work, and oil leaks until relief wells are finished in August. She says the government has ordered BP...

Persian Gulf – UK Report: Israel Stations Nuclear Missile Subs Off Iran

May 30, 2010 at 10:35 AM
Persian Gulf - Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline. The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers. The...

New York – Halachically Speaking: Conclusion On Consuming Gel-Caps‏

May 30, 2010 at 09:45 AM
Achshevai and Medicines There is a concept known as “achshevai,” which means if one eats something which is inedible it shows that he treats the item as food. However, when it comes to ingesting medications, most poskim maintain that achshevey does not apply. The reason is that when one consumes medications he does so for the healing and not to treat the medicine like food. The opinion of...

Israel – Religious Community Irked by Sitcom Ad Showing Western Wall

May 30, 2010 at 09:19 AM
Israel - A new advertisement of the Mashbir Lazarchan department store has managed to offend the ultra-Orthodox and national religious sector in Israel as it makes use of a picture of the Western Wall. A huge ad was hung recently on the fence of a compound in Jerusalem where the new Mashbir Lazarchan structure is being built. The ad shows three members of the cast of Israeli sitcom "Ramzor" on...

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