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Potomac, MD – Police Investigate Vandalism at Synagogue

April 18, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Potomac, MD - Montgomery County police say someone used a BB gun to shoot holes in several windows at a synagogue in Potomac and at two nearby businesses. The vandalism was discovered early Monday at Beth Sholom Congregation on Seven Locks Road. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins Monday evening. Officer Howard Hersh, a police spokesman, says investigators haven’t determined whether the...

Havana – Jewish Group Delivers Passover Food for Jailed Alan Gross

April 18, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Havana, Cuba - American contractor Alan Gross, serving a 15-year sentence for sedition, was allowed a visit Monday morning by leaders of Cuba's Jewish community. President Adela Dworin of the Jewish Community of Cuba says they delivered traditional Passover food to a "visibly emotional" Gross, who Dworin describes as being in "a good physical state." In an e-mail to CBS News, Dworin said...

Washington – Obama Phoned Netanyahu to Wish Happy Passover

April 18, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed cooperation on counterterrorism, the Middle East peace process and violence in the Gaza Strip during a telephone conversation Monday. Obama also extended best wishes to Netanyahu before the start of Passover. The weeklong holiday begins Monday night with a traditional seder meal and...

New York, NY – Propane Flames Keep the Kitchen Kosher for Passover

April 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM
New York, NY - During Passover, observant Jews do not eat leavened bread — and some take careful precautions not to consume even the tiniest crumb. So how do the kosher kitchens of New York City make sure they follow the strict dietary code? With the Inferno, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Inferno is a three-and-a-half foot long propane torch that fires a sanctifying flame at the...

Atlanta, GA – Like Every Year Cola Goes Kosher for Passover

April 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Atlanta, GA -If you've noticed Coca-Cola bottles with yellow-colored caps materialize each March and April, what you're looking at is the result of a burgeoning market in parve soda. Most commercial sodas, with their heavy doses of corn syrup and traces of alcohol from grain, are forbidden. Thirsty Passover observers have an Atlanta-based Orthodox rabbi, Tobias Geffen, to thank. In the 1930s...

New York – State Lawmakers: Impersonate Someone’s Identity On Net Should Be A Crime

April 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM
New York - Identity theft for financial gain is a well-known problem, but cyberbullying is becoming a growing concern, said Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan). Kellner's bill would create the crime of digital impersonation for those who steal someone's identity to harass, send unsolicited spam - or make bogus embarrassing postings. Kellner said a growing number of schoolkids set up...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland’s Halt Of Restitution Plans Angers Many

April 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM
Warsaw, Poland - Before the Nazis arrived, Maurice Deluty's life followed a rhythm familiar to so many Jews in small Polish towns. His father, a grain merchant, would stop work before dusk on Fridays to observe the Sabbath with his family, sitting down to a meal prepared on a wood-burning iron stove, the matzo bought from a bakery in their small town near Warsaw. Deluty's parents and sister...

New York – S&P Lowers Outlook On U.S. Debt To Negative

April 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM
New York - Standard & Poor's Ratings Service has lowered its long-term outlook for the United States' sovereign debt to "Negative" from "Stable" due to risks from the country's growing deficit. But the agency also reaffirmed the investment-grade credit ratings on country's long-term and short-term debt. S&P says the U.S. has a high-income, diversified and flexible economy that has helped it...

New York, NY – Alt. Side Parking Rules For Next 8 Days

April 18, 2011 at 09:39 AM
New York, NY - Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended from Tuesday, April 19 through Friday, April 22 for observance of Passover, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and on the following Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26 for observance of Passover. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect...

New York – Halachic Analysis: Reciting Hallel on Pesach in Shul

April 18, 2011 at 09:29 AM
New York - On Pesach night, some have the custom to recite the Hallel in Shul at night, and some do not. The issue is actually a debate between the Mechaber and the Ramah in Chapter 487:4 of the Orech Chaim section of Shulchan Aruch. This is a famous debate that most people certainly know. There is another debate, however, that fewer people are aware of. What is the halacha if someone’s...

Jerusalem – In Photos: The Burning of the Chametz In Israel

April 18, 2011 at 09:06 AM
Jerusalem - On the morning before Passover, before the fifth hour, we burn all the chametz that was found during the search, and anything that was left over from breakfast and not stored with the chametz that will be sold to the non-Jew. After the chametz has been burnt in the fire, we recite the following declaration: All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, whether I...

Midwood, NY – Man Gets 643 Bogus Sanitation Summonses Totaling $48,225

April 18, 2011 at 08:34 AM
Midwood, NY - City Sanitation bigs played a dirty trick on an elderly Brooklyn insurance salesman -- slapping him with 643 in bogus summonses totaling more than $48,000 in fines, The Post has learned. Levy Zelishovsky, 72, received the avalanche of summonses at his Midwood office April 5 for supposedly illegally posting fliers advertising a moving company on public lampposts throughout...

New York – Cuomo for Vice President? One Analyst Thinks So

April 18, 2011 at 08:26 AM
New York - Andrew Cuomo for vice president in 2012? That was the provocative prediction made last week by former San Francisco Mayor and onetime California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Jr., widely regarded on the West Coast as one of the savviest political analysts around. Brown, who writes a well-read column for the San Francisco Examiner, was touching on widespread speculation that Vice...

New York – Pesach Kosher Sameach To All Our Readers

April 18, 2011 at 07:51 AM
New York - Sick of cleaning all day? Now do it all week. Then do it all year. Then do it for 210 years. As the time of our cheirus approaches (and our precious kids keep pestering us with “Why do we have to clean the whole house for Pesach?!”), the key to its spiritual theme just may be found in its grueling physical groundwork. Calling all talmidei chachomim—could it be that chometz...

New York – Jews Around The Globe To Celebrate Passover

April 18, 2011 at 07:50 AM
New York - Jews around the world will celebrate Passover, (Pesach) this year between sunset on Monday, 18 April, and sunset on Monday, 26 April. The eight-day commemoration of Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt, and their subsequent exodus to the Promised Land. The first Passover began under the shadow of death. According to the Torah, God inflicted 10 plagues on Egypt as a way to get the...

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