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Australia – Shechita Debated in New Zealand and Australia

June 7, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Australia - The slaughter of animals according to religious principles is under the spotlight in both Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand's government is facing a court challenge over its banning of Jewish or Kosher killing of animals. At the same time, the Australian Government is poised to officially announce that it is suspending all live cattle exports to Indonesia, until animal...

Washington – White House Condemns Mosque Burning in West Bank

June 7, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Washington - The White House is condemning today's burning of a mosque in the West Bank. "As we have long maintained, all sides must do all they can to prevent attacks and incitement of this kind," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. As was reported here on Vos Iz Neias, that arsonists torched a West Bank mosque early Tuesday and scrawled Hebrew graffiti on one of...

Washington – Reid To Weiner: Call Somebody Else

June 7, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Washington - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says he cannot defend embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, on lying about his misdeeds. Reid told reporters on Tuesday that he wished there were some way he could defend the New York congressman, but he can't. It was the latest sign of the cool response Weiner is getting from fellow Democrats embarrassed by his online scandal. Asked what...

Brooklyn, NY – Historic Sefer Torah To Be Brought To Satmar Shul

June 7, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In a historic event, a Torah written in the 1800’s, owned by a noted hasidic rabbi and passed down to his descendants for six generations will be brought to the Satmar synagogue at 152 Rodney Street on Wednesday June 8th. The procession, will take place from 12 noon to 3 PM, and will begin at 550 Bedford Avenue. Thousands are expected to attend this event. The Torah which...

New York, NY – Budget Director Comes Under Fire for Voucher Cuts

June 7, 2011 at 02:45 PM
New York, NY - Furious City Council members lashed out at Mayor Bloomberg's budget director, blaming him for cuts to libraries, firehouses and child care. Budget chief Mark Page also took heat from the council's GOP leader, James Oddo (SI), for letting pensions, health care and debt-service costs skyrocket during Bloomberg's tenure. Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) screamed, "Shame on...

Spring Valley, NY – State Blocks Sale of Hillcrest School to New Square

June 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Spring Valley, NY - The State Education Commissioner of Education has annulled the East Ramapo school board's sale of Hillcrest Elementary School to the Congregation Yeshiva Avir Yakov. In a critical 10-page ruling released Monday, Commissioner David Steiner sustained an appeal lodged by district parent Steve White in August to stop the sale of school to the New Square congregation for $3.2...

Israel – Religious Farmers Refuse to Plant Wheat Named after Pope

June 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Beit-She'an, Israel - The Volcani Center for Agricultural Research, which belongs to the Agriculture Ministry, has been forced to change the moniker of a type of wheat named after Pope Benedict XVI because religious farmers refused to grow it. The name was officially changed to Binyamin, after which the farmers, whose fields are located near Beit-She'an, agreed to purchase and plant the...

Yemen – Yemeni President Hurt Worse Than Thought

June 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Yemen - Obama administration officials say Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was more badly injured than thought in a rocket attack on his compound last week. Three U.S. officials say Saleh has burns covering some 40 percent of his body and is suffering from bleeding inside his skull. The U.S. officials spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation...

New York – Port Authority Looks To hike Hudson River Tolls By 25%

June 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM
New York - The round-trip peak charge for the Port Authority's bridges and tunnels crossing the Hudson is expected to go up by a steep 25 percent -- from $8 to $10, The Post has learned. The agency has been at work on a confidential plan to raise tolls since last year -- and has gotten a green light from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a source said. PA sources said they believe they can...

Damascus, Syria – Syria Warns of Mass Marches On Israeli Border

June 7, 2011 at 09:24 AM
Damascus, Syria - A Syrian government newspaper says marches to the border will continue and warns Israel the day will come when thousands of Syrians will return to their occupied villages. Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian and Syrian protesters Sunday, killing as many as 23 people who tried to cross into the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The Tishreen newspaper said the...

New York – Holiday of ‘Shavuot’ Begins Tuesday Night

June 7, 2011 at 08:46 AM
New York - The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is set to begin Tuesday night – lasting for its one Biblical day (from sunset to the next sunset) in Israel, and two days in the rest of the world. The holiday of Shavuot marks the Jewish People's receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai 3,323 years ago. It also marks the day after the 49-day Sefirat HaOmer counting period, which begins on the Passover...

New York, NY – Experts Say Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Career Is Finished

June 7, 2011 at 08:26 AM
New York, NY - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's call for an investigation into Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal was a clear sign of how far the Queens congressman's stock has fallen - and underscores his long odds for salvaging his once-promising career. "The only question is how soon he realizes he has to go," a prominent Democratic strategist said. "He's finished. He should have...

New York – ‘Shavuot’ Music Video Reminds Jews Around The World To “Stay Up All Night!”

June 7, 2011 at 08:15 AM
New York - Just in time for the Festival of Weeks, a Shavuot holiday music video (produced by "Rebbetzin TAP & Friends") reminds Jews around the world that Tuesday night is the time to "stay up all night!" ...

Oceanside, NY – NY Inflatable Mishap Focuses On Regulating Rides

June 7, 2011 at 08:04 AM
Oceanside, NY - Bodies began tumbling when a two-story red, white and blue inflatable slide went soaring into the air at a youth soccer tournament over the weekend. Two other inflatables also flew off the ground that breezy afternoon, causing youngsters to suffer bumps and bruises but critically injuring a mother who had an inflatable crash-land on her. Fathers, coaches and bystanders sprinted...

Albany, NY – Bill Would Protect 911 Caller At Drug Overdose

June 7, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Albany, NY - A bill proposed in New York would protect callers making emergency 911 reports at the scene of drug overdoses from being charged with drug possession themselves. The state legislators sponsoring the so-called Good Samaritan bill say the measure is aimed at saving lives. Advocates from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence say they want to make sure someone...

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