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New York, NY – For Passover, Quinoa Is Popular, but Kosher?

April 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM
New York, NY - The big Passover questions are the same every year, and easy enough to answer, starting with “Why is this night different from all others?” At the Pomegranate market, in a heavily Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, shoppers ask about quinoa. Little questions, though, sometimes arise that can stump even the experts. Like, what to do about the quinoa situation? Quinoa...

New York, NY – Washington Haggadah on display at Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM
New York, NY - The Washington Haggadah, an illuminated medieval manuscript and, since 1916, a principal treasure in the Library of Congress, is spending Passover in New York City on a snug reading stand in a display case at the Metropolitan Mu­seum of Art. The Haggadah, the collection of prayers and songs that tells the story of exodus that is the Passover Seder, lies open to the Dayenu (“If...

Givatayim – Apartment Heavily Damaged after Fire from Bedikat Chametz

April 17, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Givatayim - A fire broke out in an apartment in the city of Givatayim on Sunday as its tenant was conducting biur chametz (burning of chametz before Passover). The tenant and other residents in the building were evacuated and firefighters were able to put out the flames. No one was hurt but the apartment sustained heavy damage...

London – Blind Taste Test: Volunteers Unable To Distinguish Between Expensive And Cheap Wine

April 17, 2011 at 08:53 PM
London - An expensive wine may well have a full body, a delicate nose and good legs, but the odds are your brain will never know. A survey of hundreds of drinkers found that on average people could tell good wine from plonk no more often than if they had simply guessed. In the blind taste test, 578 people commented on a variety of red and white wines ranging from a £3.49 bottle of Claret...

Israel – 82% of Secular Conduct Seder, 22% Won’t Eat Chametz

April 17, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Israel - The majority of secular and traditional Israelis celebrate the Passover Seder, figures released last week by the Central Bureau of Statistics show. According to a social survey, 82% of seculars conduct the Seder, as do 93% of those who define themselves as "traditional but not so religious" and 98% of those who define themselves as "religious traditional." It appears, however, that...

Washington – FAA Gives Tired Controllers an Extra Hour to Rest

April 17, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Washington - The government said Sunday it is giving air traffic controllers an extra hour off between shifts so they don't doze off at work, a problem that stretches back decades. But officials rejected the remedy that sleep experts say would make a real difference: on-the-job napping. "On my watch, controllers will not be paid to take naps. We're not going to allow that," Transportation...

Manhattan, NY – Personal Satisfaction in Cleaning for Passover

April 17, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Manhattan, NY - First, Joey and Dana Small cordon off their apartment, room by room. Then they begin their search. Every cupboard, closet, doorknob, coat pocket, remote control, couch cushion and crevice is thoroughly inspected. Their target: any speck or crumb containing the leavened flour of wheat, oats, barley, rye — otherwise known as chametz, and forbidden observant Jews during...

Long Branch, NJ – Orthodox Developer To Invest Millions in Ocean Place Resort

April 17, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Long Branch, NJ - A developer with strong ties to the Orthodox Jewish Community is reportedly ready to invest millions of dollars into Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center. The developer, Jeffrey Fernbach, president of Fernmoor Homes of Jackson, plans on playing a major role in redeveloping the hotel and property it’s on. If the bankruptcy court approves the hotel’s restructuring plan...

New York – Legislators Propose Domestic Violence Registry

April 17, 2011 at 02:39 PM
New York - Three legislators want the state to register domestic violence offenders just as sex crime offenders are publicly listed. State Sen. Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries announced the proposed law today. It would require anyone convicted of domestic violence to be listed in a Domestic Violence Offender Database. Police say 23-year-old Sarah...

New Square, NY – Second Car-Pedestrian Accident in Two Days

April 17, 2011 at 01:07 PM
New Square, NY - For the second time in two days, a pedestrian was struck by a motorist in the Village of New Square. Ramapo Town Police said a 20-year-old female resident of the village was struck as she walked on Ostereh Boulevard in the roadway. The driver of the car, a 61-year-old New Square man, was making a left turn onto the road when the front passenger side corner of his car struck...

Jerusalem – Israeli Teen Wounded In Missile Attack On School Bus Dies

April 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Jerusalem - A hospital official says an Israeli teen critically wounded when an anti-tank rocket fired from Gaza hit a school bus 10 days ago has died. 16-year-old Daniel Viflic did not regain consciousness. Inbal Guter, a spokeswoman for Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, says he died Sunday. The attack on the bus provoked outrage in Israel and unleashed a harsh response in the form of...

Warsaw – Polish President Presented With Matzoh

April 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A delegation from the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) was welcomed this past Friday, by the the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Belweder Palace. The RCE delegation presented the president with matza, the unleavened bread that is eaten by Jews on the Passover festival. The president said he was honoured by the gift and ate some of the matza. He also explained...

Brooklyn, NY – Victims of Domestic Violence, Assaults To Share in Passover Seder In Borough Park

April 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Passover spirit of freedom has a whole new meaning for crime victims putting together a special Seder where they will share stories about abuse, during the holy dinner. Survivors of domestic violence, sex assaults and child abuse will pack into the B'nai Israel of Linden Heights synagogue on Ninth Ave. in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn Monday and Tuesday...

Raleigh, NC – Storm’s Fury Over 6 States Leaves At Least 37 Dead

April 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Raleigh, NC - A furious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs has left at least 37 people dead on a rampage that has stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia. Emergency crews searched for victims in hard-hit swaths of North Carolina, where 62 tornadoes were reported from the worst spring storm in two decades to...

Washington – Disgraced Helen Thomas to Head Anti-Israeli Rally

April 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Washington - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to Washington may not be the bed of roses he was expecting. In addition to his speech in front of the US congress and the vote of support he is set to receive from the Jewish lobby AIPAC, he will also likely to face a thornier welcome. A number of US groups are organizing "Move Over AIPAC" – a meeting they say will expose "the...

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