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New York – Open Orthodoxy: MO Rabbi Agrees With Novominsker Rebbe, Chovevei Torah Rabbi Welcomes Debate

May 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM
New York - As controversy continues to swirl around the Novominsker Rebbe’s public condemnation of Open Orthodoxy at the Agudah Dinner this past week, the Modern Orthodox Rabbi and author of a popular blog on Orthodox Jewish thought has publicly expressed his own assessment of Open Orthodoxy, agreeing that it is inconsistent with Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Harry Maryles, a Chicago resident who...

Thessaloniki, Greece – Vandals Deface Jewish Graves In Northern Greece

May 30, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Thessaloniki, Greece - Greek authorities say vandals have attacked the Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, whose Jewish population was nearly wiped out during World War II. Police said Friday marble ornaments were smashed off 12 graves, while vandals also tried to remove the tombs' heavy marble covers. Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos promised that police would do "whatever is humanly...

Washington – NSA Finds 1 Email From Snowden Raising Question

May 30, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Washington - Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for "clarification" on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator whose leaks have exposed some of the...

Washington – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

May 30, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama disclosed he's losing his chief spokesman on the same day that the president came to the White House briefing room to personally announce the resignation of his Veterans Affairs secretary. It was a Friday not quite like any other recently. Press secretary Jay Carney had a surprise visitor to his daily news briefing, which began not long after Obama's...

Crimea, Ukraine – Jewish-Crimean Association Says Bank Account Emptied In Ukraine

May 30, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Crimea, Ukraine – Approximately 3,177 US dollars disappeared from a bank account in Crimea belonging to a Jewish organization. Ria Novosti ( http://bit.ly/1mQQmeb) reports the money went missing from the Ukrainian bank Privatbank said the Jewish reform group’s head, Anatoli Guendine. Guendine found out about the missing money after receiving a text message that stated the account had a...

Washington – New Book Claims Israel Eavesdropped On President Clinton’s Diplomatic Communications

May 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Washington - A soon-to-be published book claims Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on sensitive phone calls between President Bill Clinton and Syria’s late leader Hafez al-Assad regarding Middle East peace talks 15 years ago. Newsweek (http://bit.ly/SjY2ur) reports “Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories” by Ahron Bregman, will be released in the U.K next week...

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Attorney General: Gay Marriage Would Cause Harm

May 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Tallahassee, FL - The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm." Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states...

Washington – Report: Clinton Defends Response To Benghazi

May 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, writing in her new book that she will "not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans." The former secretary of state devotes a chapter of her upcoming book, "Hard Choices," to the Benghazi attack, responding to Republicans who have accused the Obama...

Washington – Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans’ Health Care Issues

May 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Washington - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency's health care system that serves millions of the nation's former warriors. President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation "with considerable regret," and appointed Sloan Gibson, the...

San Francisco, CA – Facebook’s Zuckerberg Pledges $120 Million To Bay Area Schools

May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM
San Francisco, CA - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $120 million to Bay Area schools to help underserved communities in San Francisco, the two wrote in an essay to the San Jose Mercury News. The announcement, made in the Bay Area paper on Thursday night, marks Zuckerberg's latest charitable donation to lagging public education systems. In 2010...

New York, NY – Aides Say De Blasio “Distracted” During Speech By Novominsker Rebbe Against Open Orthodoxy Jews

May 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM
New York, NY - Despite speaking from the same podium, aides to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered up a myriad of "distractions" as excuses to why the mayor did not respond to Tuesday evening's tirade by Agudath Israel America's Novominsker Rebbe Rabbi Yaakov Perlow against Open Orthodoxy. NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://nydn.us/1wyM3Jv) reports that aides to de Blasio said not only did the...

Washington – U.S. Consumer Spending Dips; Inflation Creeps Up

May 30, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Washington - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in a year in April after two months of solid gains, but the decline probably will not change expectations for a sharp rebound in economic growth this quarter. While demand cooled last month, there are signs price pressures in the economy are stirring, with an inflation gauge rising at its quickest pace since November 2012. The...

Washington – Hillary Clinton Secretly Lunches With Obama

May 30, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton has slipped into the White House for a private lunch with President Barack Obama. The White House is confirming the president and his former secretary of state dined, just the two of them. But aides to both are keeping the details under wraps. The White House will only say they met privately and informally. The White House had no details, saying only that...

South Korea – Second Diver Dies During Search For Bodies In Sunken Ferry

May 30, 2014 at 09:19 AM
South Korea - A diver searching for bodies in a sunken ferry died on Friday after an accident, the coast guard said, as a car believed to be used by a fugitive businessman linked to the ship was reported found. The diver was pulled from the water where he was involved in the cutting open of the hull in the hope of reaching some of 16 people missing 45 days after the vessel sank, a coast guard...

Ukraine – Defense Minister: Will ‘Push Ahead’ With Offensive Against Rebels Until ‘Normal Life’ Is Restored

May 30, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Kiev - Ukrainian forces will press ahead with a military offensive against rebels in the east until peace and order have been restored there, Ukraine's acting defense minister said on Friday. Speaking after 14 servicemen, including a general, were killed on Thursday when rebels shot down an army helicopter, the minister, Mykhailo Koval, said: "Our given task is to bring peace and order to the...

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