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Jerusalem – Eateries Revolt Against Rabbinate’s Kashrut Inspectors

June 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Jerusalem - The last straw for Topolino, an Italian restaurant in Jerusalem, was the lettuce. The Jerusalem Rabbinate requires restaurants that want a kashrut certificate to use only hydroponic produce, commonly known as "Gush Katif," because it's bug-free. "You can't work with this lettuce," said restaurant owner Shai Gini. "It's not tasty, and you need three or four Gush Katif lettuces for...

Slovakia – Coin Honors Rabbinical Scholar Chasam Sofer

June 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Slovakia - The National Bank of Slovakia has issued a new coin which marks the 250th anniversary of birth of Chatam Sofer (1762 - 1839) one of Europe’s most noted scholars of the Talmud and founder of the Bratislava Yeshiva which continued as a primary institute of Hebrew education until the outbreak of World War II. Born in Frankfurt, Sofer traveled to Boskovice, Moravia (now part of the...

New York – Gov. Cuomo: Re-Elect Charlie Rangel in House Race. He Delivers

June 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave Rep. Charles Rangel a big endorsement in his re-election bid. Cuomo lends his star power among voters as well as his standing as head of the state's Democratic Party to Rangel, who faces Democratic state Sen. Andriano Espaillat. Cuomo says Rangel's seniority in the House of Representatives is key. "I've worked with the congressman when I was in...

New York, NY – Bill Passed to Make Kindergarten Mandatory in NYC

June 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM
New York, NY - Kindergarten would become mandatory for all 5-year-olds in New York City under a bill passed this week by state lawmakers. Right now, kids in the city aren't required to attend school until age six. Most parents enroll their kids anyway, but officials estimate that as many as 3,000 New York City schoolchildren enter first grade each year without having gone to...

Moscow – Russia’s FM Warns Against Issuing Ultimatums to Iran over its Nuclear Program

June 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Moscow - Russia’s foreign minister said Friday that Iran shouldn’t face threats over its nuclear program and that a quick settlement of the standoff over it isn’t realistic. Sergey Lavrov said the latest round of talks in Moscow this week between six world powers and Iran has been “quite useful,” even though there was no breakthrough. He said talks must continue without “any...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Suggests Shame as a Punishment for Speeding

June 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM
New York, NY - In a setback to traffic safety advocates, the State Legislature this week again failed to vote on a bill that would allow the Bloomberg administration to use so-called speed cameras at dangerous intersections to enforce the city’s 30-mile-per-hour speed limit. Unhappy with Albany’s pace, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg suggested on Friday a different tack: public shaming of...

Lakewood, NJ – Seminaries Could Get Funds From State

June 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Beth Medrash Govoha, a massive yeshiva in the heart of Lakewood, will be eligible to dip into $750 million in state funding for capital projects if a November referendum is approved by voters. The borrowing legislation was amended Thursday so that “all private, nonprofit, licensed institutions of higher education are eligible for grants under the bill, without exception,”...

Gaza – Hamas Threatens to Escalate Attacks on Israel

June 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Gaza - Gaza's militant Hamas rulers threatened to escalate fighting with Israel on Saturday after airstrikes killed several gunmen in the coastal territory, and Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged an elementary school in the country's south. The two sides periodically clash, but this flare-up was the most serious in months. It started with an attack by a little...

Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Still Hit By Power Outages, Restoration Promised

June 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Power outages that struck neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens on Friday continued into Saturday afternoon, according to Con Edison. Roughly 545 customers were without service in the early afternoon, nearly a third of the 1,700 that originally lost power on Friday. The outages were brought on by the week's heat wave that brought temperatures to the brink of triple digits, Con...

Jerusalem – Counter-Protesters Douse Charedim with Water

June 23, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Jerusalem - Two teenagers were detained during the weekly protest on Neviim Street in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, when extremist haredim protest the desecration of Shabbat and try to close the road to traffic. Despite the fact that the 150 haredim demonstrating spit at passing cars and disobeyed police orders by attempting to block traffic, the two people detained were not haredim...

Ankara, Turkey – Turkey Threatens Action After Syria Downs Jet

June 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Ankara, Turkey - Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was "not an attack" as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration. Turkey threatened to retaliate but did not say what action it would take as it searched for the aircraft's two missing pilots. The...

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