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New York – Halachic Musings: Withholding A Get; The Case Of A Congressman’s Aide

March 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM
New York - It is an issue in the center of three intersecting imperatives that religious Jews hold precious and dear. It involves our desire to avoid embarrassing headlines concerning Jews acting improperly—chillul Hashem, desecrating G d’s Name. It involves adhering to what our gedolim, the sages of Israel, have to say. And finally, it involves our sensibilities in causing a fellow human...

Jerusalem – Israel Says Will Protect Christian Sites

March 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's President Shimon Peres has promised the Roman Catholic Church that the country will step up efforts to combat the vandalism of Christian holy sites by suspected Jewish extremists. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is the Vatican's custodian of religious sites in the Holy Land, asked the president earlier this week to intervene following the spraying of graffiti on two Christian...

Jerusalem – For Israel, Little Hope From NKorea Nuclear Freeze

March 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Jerusalem - Israel says the economic pressure that appears to have brought a dramatic breakthrough in nuclear negotiations with North Korea is unlikely to work on Iran. This gloomy assessment delivered by Israel's deputy foreign minister on Thursday came ahead of a key visit to the White House by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader is expected to argue that economic sanctions...

Rome – Vatican Reveals Archived Documents On Pope Pius XII And The Jews

March 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Rome - The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled secret documents aimed at showing controversial pope Pius XII's attention to the persecution of the Jews and promised the full archives would be opened soon. The documents are part of an unprecedented exhibition in Rome of rare Vatican archives spanning centuries of history and include a report from a papal envoy on the conditions inside seven...

Worcester, MA – Man Pleads Not Guilty To Robbing Synagogue‎

March 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Worcester, MA - A Worcester resident has pleaded not guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of religious artifacts from a city synagogue where he worked as a maintenance man. Donald Spencer was held on $10,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court on more than a dozen counts of larceny. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Spencer stole the items last year...

Los Angeles, CA – Internet Media Guru Who Exposed Former Rep. Weiner Dies Unexpectedly

March 1, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Los Angeles, CA - Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, has died in Los Angeles at age 43. Breitbart's website, bigjournalism.com, announced Thursday he died of natural causes in Los Angeles. His death was...

Warsaw – Poland: Auschwitz Barrack Could Stay In Washington Till Next Year

March 1, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Warsaw - Poland's culture minister has indicated a compromise could be found in the row over an Auschwitz Museum exhibit loaned to Washington's Holocaust Museum. Poland’s minister of culture Bogdan Zdrojewski has said that a barrack from Auschwitz-Birkenau, now on loan at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, should be returned to Poland. Talking to reporters in Warsaw, he recalled that it...

New York, NY – Defiant Comptroller Still Eyeing Mayor Run in 2013

March 1, 2012 at 09:07 AM
New York, NY - New York City's comptroller says he's moving ahead with plans to run for office in 2013, in spite of the recent arrest of his campaign treasurer. Comptroller John Liu, a Democrat, has been considered a top contender to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg when the billionaire's third term ends. Liu said Wednesday when asked if he was still considering running for mayor that "all...

New York – ‘Unorthodox’: Simon & Shuster Stands By Deborah Feldman’s Memoir Despite Being Full Of Lies

March 1, 2012 at 09:01 AM
New York - The memoir is a devilish genre. The pull of embellishment must be great, for even the most ordinary life has its dull moments. Why subject your readers to the mundane, when one or two novelistic flourishes can add the necessary sheen? And calling an enhanced memoir what it is – a novel – won’t do. Weaned on reality shows and social networking, today’s readers demand lived...

Trenton, NJ – Gov Christie Critical Of NYPD Surveillance Secrecy

March 1, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sharply criticized the New York Police Department on Wednesday for not informing federal law enforcement agencies — at least to his knowledge — about their secret surveillance of Muslims in Newark. Christie has said he doesn't recall being briefed about the spying in 2007, while he was the state's top federal prosecutor. Speaking Wednesday...

Houston, TX – Jewish School’s Playoff Run Halted by Sabbath‎ Denied Again

March 1, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Houston, TX - A state association has again voted down a request by a Jewish Orthodox school in Houston to move the start of its scheduled boys’ basketball playoff game this weekend so the team wouldn’t violate its Sabbath. The Beren Academy advanced to the 2A semifinals of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial School’s boys’ basketball tournament, but its next game was slated...

Shvut Rachel, West Bank – Israel Legalizes Unsanctioned Settler Enclave

March 1, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Shvut Rachel, West Bank - Israel has legalized one of the oldest and largest of the unsanctioned settler enclaves dotting the West Bank, a step denounced by the Palestinians and Israeli activists as a show of bad faith ahead of talks next week between the Israeli leader and President Barack Obama. The dispute over settlements has confounded Washington's attempts to revive Israeli-Palestinian...

Washington – Clinton, Panetta Dismiss GOP Criticism of Obama Administration Record On Israel

March 1, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Washington - Pushing back hard, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are rejecting Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's policy toward Israel, arguing that the election-year attacks ignore the strong cooperative relationship and the record billions of dollars in U.S. aid for the Mideast ally. In separate appearances on Capitol Hill, Clinton...

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