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Israel – MK On Women Singing: Orthodox Soldiers Should Use Earplugs

December 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Israel - Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev said Tuesday that male orthodox soldiers be allowed to use earplugs to block out women singing in official IDF ceremonies. Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, Ze'ev also argued that such soldiers should have the right to serve in women-free units.  Head of IDF Manpower Directorate Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai shot back that...

New York – ‘Move Over Law’ Expands to Include Amber Lights

December 27, 2011 at 09:32 PM
New York - State police are warning motorists that New York's "move over law" is being expanded as of New Year's Day to include tow trucks, other emergency vehicles and highway crews. The law requiring drivers to shift lanes when approaching flashing police lights will now include flashing amber lights as well. If it isn't safe to change lanes, drivers must slow down. The law enacted to...

Jerusalem – Israel TV Station’s Troubles Reflect A Larger Political Battleground

December 27, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli television station reported last spring on numerous trips Benjamin Netanyahu had taken as an elected official to Paris, London and New York before becoming prime minister in 2009. Accompanied by his wife, he flew first class and stayed in baronial hotel suites. Mrs. Netanyahu had her hair styled and her wardrobe dry-cleaned. The bills, displayed on screen, were paid for by...

New York, NY – Riders Stuck on Snow Trapped Train During 2010 Blizzard Sue the MTA

December 27, 2011 at 07:17 PM
New York, NY - Subway riders stuck all night in a train trapped by snow after a blizzard sued a transportation agency on Tuesday, saying officials told them it was simply "an act of God." In court papers describing last year's ordeal, they said they had no heat, food, water or bathroom facilities while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority kept promising help. The city was all but...

Gaza City – Israeli Airstrikes Kill Gaza Militant

December 27, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Gaza City - Israel carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Tuesday, killing a Palestinian militant wounding others. Israel said it targeted militants before they could carry out an attack on the border between Israel and Egypt. Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said the militant was killed and another two injured in the explosion when a rocket hit his...

New York, NY – NYC Cyclists Face Tough Regulations in 2012

December 27, 2011 at 05:59 PM
New York, NY - Commercial and recreational bicyclists are facing a steep hill in the coming year as the City Council looks to strictly regulate cycling in the five boroughs. The council’s Transportation Committee will consider a group of bills that would rein in biking — an activity that has greatly expanded, with controversy, under Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette...

Brooklyn, NY – Hikind: Legislation To Require Sanitation Agents To Provide Photographic Evidence With Summonses

December 27, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) has announced that he is introducing legislation in the new legislative session which will require New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) agents to photograph and document the condition of a property at the time a sanitation ticket is issued. According to the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, there...

New York, NY – City Life Expectancy Rises to 80.6 Years, Mayor Says

December 27, 2011 at 04:16 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New Yorkers are living longer than ever. The mayor detailed new health stats on Tuesday showing babies born in the city in 2009 have a record-high life expectancy of 80.6 years. That's an increase of 3 years since 2000 and 2½ years better than the most recently reported national average. Bloomberg and health care officials announced the figures in...

New York – Charedi Violence Is Damaging Israel’s Image, U.S. Rabbis Say

December 27, 2011 at 03:37 PM
New York - Violent clashes between Israel Police forces and ultra-Orthodox activists amid a public outcry over the exclusion of women from the public sphere is damaging the image of the Haredi community in the United States, Brooklyn community leaders told Haaretz on Tuesday. "The violent clashes show Israel in a horrible light and cause a great deal of damage to its image in America," one...

Jerusalem – Tourist Center Planned At Sensitive Jerusalem Site

December 27, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Jerusalem - A hard-line Israeli group said Tuesday it was launching plans for a new tourist center at the site of a politically sensitive archaeological dig in a largely Arab neighborhood outside Jerusalem's Old City, drawing fire from Palestinian officials. The project's sponsor, the Elad Foundation, said the new visitors center and parking garage will be built above a section of the...

New York – After 1,500 Years, an Index for the Talmud

December 27, 2011 at 01:38 PM
New York - The Talmud is a considerable body of work: 63 volumes of rabbinical discourse and disputation that form Judaism's central scripture after the Torah. It has been around for 1,500 years and is studied every day by tens of thousands of Jews. But trying to navigate through its coiling labyrinth can be enormously difficult because the one thing this monumental work lacks is a widely...

London – Noted Charedi Mechanech: Banning The Internet Is Not The Answer

December 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM
London - In a blockbuster Interview with Zev Brenner on Talkline this past Motzei Shabbos, Rabbi Osher Shapiro explained how the internet is not the reason for the ever growing problem of at risk teens that plagues society. Rabbi Shapiro, who lives in Stamford Hill London, is the son of the Naroler Rebbe Rabbi Berish Shapiro Shlita, in addition to being a well known mechanech and founder of Kol...

Berkeley, CA – Anti Semitism Claims Against UC Berkeley Dismissed

December 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Berkeley, CA - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley filed by two Jewish students who alleged harassment by Muslim students. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said much of the alleged harassment, even if true, constituted protected political speech that UC Berkeley had no obligation to stop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports...

New York – Op-Ed By Rabbi Yakov Horowitz: Occupy Beit Shemesh!! Time for the 99% to Be Heard

December 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM
New York - The ongoing violence in Beit Shemesh by hooligans has taken an even uglier turn recently as it is being directed against school-age children and their parents. It is now receiving front-page international coverage due to the involvement of Israeli elected officials at the highest levels. As the colossal Chilul Hashem and distortion of genuine Torah values is escalating, it is...

Jerusalem – Beit Shemesh Mayor: Firm Hand Against Rioters

December 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Jerusalem - "There is no reason on earth for a person to raise a hand - let alone on helpless girls." Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul said Tuesday in reference to Na'ama Margolis, the seven-year-old girl who was spat on by a haredi man who claimed she was not dressed "modestly enough." Addressing the recent acts of violence against women in his city perpetrated by local ultra-Orthodox, the...

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