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Teaneck, NJ – Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski Shares Timely Thoughts on Gilad Shalit’s Release

October 19, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Teaneck, NJ - The 20th of Tishrei, the day of Gilad Shalit's release from captivity, is a day of mixed emotions. Our hearts throb with joy for the Shalit family, and we wish them much nachas forever and ever. Yet, our hearts also bleed for the families who lost loved ones at the hands of the ruthless killers who are being released, whose wounds are reopened. We also live in dread of...

Washington – DEA Holding Unused Prescription Drug Drop-Off

October 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Washington - The Drug Enforcement Administration says people can drop off unused prescriptions at sites around the country next week as part of an effort to prevent drug abuse. The agency's third such event is set for Oct. 29. The DEA says the first two collections took in more than 309 tons of pills. The drugs are incinerated. The agency says surveys show that more people in the United...

New York, NY – Wall Street Protesters Tough It Out in the Rain

October 19, 2011 at 03:05 PM
New York, NY - The Wall Street protesters have been toughing it out in the rain at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. The park, which takes up one square block, is a sea of blue tarps — and people huddled beneath them. Some soaked sleeping bags could be seen protruding from beneath the tarps. The kitchen was still working, and serving cereal for breakfast. A couple of die-hards stood right in the...

New York – NYC Sept. 11 Memorial Funding To Date: $700M

October 19, 2011 at 01:29 PM
New York - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum says it has raised more than $700 million so far. It outlined its funding in a statement seeking federal funding authorization. The statement says the authorization would "help advance core national priorities at a site of international importance." A Senate subcommittee was meeting on the proposed legislation in Washington on...

Atlanta, GA – CDC: 1 In 25 Adolescents Take Drugs For Depression

October 19, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Atlanta, GA - Health officials say roughly 1 in 25 adolescents in the United States are taking antidepressants. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to offer statistics on how many kids ages 12 to 17 take antidepressants. It's based on surveys and depression screenings of about 12,000 Americans. The study found about 1 in 10 adults take...

Brooklyn, NY – Feds Investigate Borough Park-Williamsburg Bus For Requiring Women To Sit In Back

October 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Brooklyn bus contracted by the city to operate a Williamsburg-to-Borough Park route -- catering to Orthodox Jews but open to the public -- is under investigation for allegedly forcing women to sit in the back of the bus, authorities said yesterday. The B110 looks a lot like any other city bus on the outside -- with a lit-up sign broadcasting its official route...

Washington – FDA Cites Dirty Equipment In Cantaloupe Outbreak

October 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Washington - Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm's cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit...

Jerusalem – Exhibit Features Simchat Torah Flags

October 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Jerusalem - The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv is featuring an exciting exhibit which centers around the Simchat Torah flag. Simchat Torah is the holiday which is celebrated on the eighth day of Sukkot and in which Jews celebrate the completion of the weekly cycle of Torah readings. The last portion in the book of Deuteronomy is read, followed by the first portion in the book of...

Zanesville, OH – Sheriff: Ohio Town On Lock-down As Farm Owner Commits Suicide, Wild Animals On The Loose

October 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Zanesville, OH - Schools closed and motorists were warned to stay in their vehicles as officers with assault rifles hunted Wednesday for bears, big cats and other beasts that escaped from a wild-animal preserve after the owner apparently opened cages that housed dozens of dangerous animals and then committed suicide. Officers were under orders to shoot to kill because officials said it wasn't...

New York – NY Times Editorial: Bibi Says Yes To Hamas, No To Palestinian Authority

October 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM
New York - We share the joy of Israelis over the release of Sgt. First Class Gilad Shalit, who was held by Hamas for five years. We will leave it to the Israeli people to debate whether the deal — which includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners — will make their country safer or lead to more violence or more abductions of Israeli soldiers or other citizens. We are...

New York – Jews To Mark Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

October 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM
New York - The eight day festival that consists of Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah will be marked by Jews around the globe tonight at sundown. In Israel, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined in a one day holiday. Outside of israel, they are separate and celebrated for two days - Shmini Atzeret on the first day, and Simchat Torah on the second. On Shmini Atzeret, the solemn...

New York – NBC Poll: Cain Leads In S.C.; Tight Fla. Race

October 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM
New York - Former businessman Herman Cain holds a narrow lead in South Carolina’s Republican primary, and he’s running neck and neck in Florida with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls. These two states have played pivotal roles in past Republican presidential nominating contests: Since 1980, the winner of South Carolina’s GOP primary has...

Las Vegas, NV – GOP Contenders Turn Fire On Each Other

October 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Las Vegas, NV - The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs. Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs. The feisty...

Cleveland, OH – US Seeks to Block Reopening Demjanjuk Citizenship Case

October 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Cleveland, OH - Federal prosecutors said they will fight a "brazen" attempt to restore U.S. citizenship to a man deported to Germany and convicted on Nazi war crimes charges. In a U.S. District Court filing Tuesday night, prosecutors said retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk was trying to cast himself as a victim following his May 12 conviction in Germany on over 28,000 counts of accessory...

Jerusalem – Man with Arba’ah Minim on Hoshana Raba at Har Habayit Arrested

October 19, 2011 at 09:46 AM
Jerusalem - A Jewish worshipper was arrested on the Temple Mount for performing the mitzvah of taking the four species - most commonly symbolized by the most visible component, the lulav (palm frond), at around 15:30 on Wednesday. The Kotel (Western Wall) is traditionally packed with Jewish worshippers during the holiday season, many of whom ascend the mount to Judaism's holiest site...

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