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US Official: US-Israel Ties Should Never Be 'Politicized'

US Official: US-Israel Ties Should Never Be 'Politicized'
A top Obama administration official declared Monday that the relationship between the United States and Israel “should never be politicized,” while defending President Barack Obama’s high-stakes bid for a nuclear deal with Iran. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s address came amid heightened tensions between the long-time allies, sparked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress at the invitation of Republican leaders. The White House has blasted the ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Hikind Appeals To Democratic Congressional Reps To Reconsider Boycott Of Netanyahu Address

Hikind Appeals To Democratic Congressional Reps To Reconsider Boycott Of Netanyahu Address
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is appealing to fellow Democrats not to turn their backs on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is scheduled to address Congress tomorrow. In an impassioned appeal to each individual Democrat who has publicly stated his or her intentions not to attend Netanyahu’s address, Hikind is urging the lawmakers to remember that it is Iran, not Israel, that has long been an enemy of the United States and that listening to Netanyahu is in ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Rav Amar Remains with R' Ovadia’s Psak Halacha Regarding Purim in Ramot

Rav Amar Remains with R' Ovadia’s Psak Halacha Regarding Purim in Ramot
Days after Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita announced his ruling regarding the observance of Purim for residents of Ramot, Jerusalem Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita released his psak. Rav Yosef announced that the new reality regarding Ramot is such that residents should observe Purim on the 15th of Adar, Shushan Purim, together with all Jerusalemites. This represents a change from the long-standing psak of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L. Rav Amar ...
(5 opinions  |   March 02 )

Hakaras HaTov After 75 Years: Emotional Gathering At The Mirrer Yeshiva With Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, Japanese Hero

Hakaras HaTov After 75 Years: Emotional Gathering At The Mirrer Yeshiva With Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, Japanese Hero
A special gathering was held in the Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn to express hakaras hatov to Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, the son of Mr. Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Ambassador at the onset of WW II who was instrumental in saving the Mirrer Yeshiva during the Holocaust. In order to appreciate this meeting, we must go back in time and review some historical information. As is well known, the Mirrer Yeshiva was the only Yeshiva that was saved in its totality during World War II. Many miracles occurred ...
(2 opinions  |   March 02 )

Halachic Analysis: Stout Beer and Six Hours

Halachic Analysis: Stout Beer and Six Hours
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] There is beer – and there is stout beer. Stout beer is darker beer than the regular beer generally served at Shalom Zachars. It is made with roasted malts or roasted barley. Stout beer is a lesson in contrasts. The rough tastes of the roasted grains are tempered by the sweetness of an added sugar – lactose. Lactose is a sugar that doesn’t ferment. It does not lose its sweetness to alcohol and thus adds more sweetness and body to the beer. The problem is that ...
(7 opinions  |   March 02 )

VIDEO: UN Secretary General Message to CTeen-Convention Concludes in Brooklyn

VIDEO: UN Secretary General Message to CTeen-Convention Concludes in Brooklyn
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] March 1st, over 1500 Jewish teens attended CTeen’s international convention in Brooklyn N.Y. The conference brought together teens from Brazil, Hong Kong, France, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the US, their staff, Rabbis, political leaders and guest educators for an important weekend of teen engagement. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the teens via video message on Sunday, at the CTeen Choice Awards banquet ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Ice Slows Business, Traffic On Northeast Waterways

Ice Slows Business, Traffic On Northeast Waterways
Waterways around the Northeast are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places. The thick ice is making life miserable for those who make their living on the water or commute via boat. Frigid temperatures froze more than 10 lobster fishing boats off of Portland in February. National Weather Service records that go back to 1940 say Maine's largest city set a record for the coldest February temperature at about 14 degrees. The Coast Guard is cutting ice on the Hudson River in New ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Israelis Indicted for Assisting Hamas to Rebuild Terror Tunnels

Israelis Indicted for Assisting Hamas to Rebuild Terror Tunnels
GAG ORDER LIFTED: The Israel Security Agency (ISA), Israel Police, Israel Tax Authority and the State Attorney's Office, assisted by the Defense Ministry, the IDF and the Justice Ministry, have recently uncovered an efficient network operated by Hamas to acquire and smuggle materials used for strengthening the organization's military infrastructure in Gaza. Three Israelis have been indicted for assisting Hamas in Gaza to rebuild its tunnel infrastructure to southern Israel. A total of four ...
(6 opinions  |   March 02 )

Special Needs Trusts: Planning for the Disabled

Special Needs Trusts: Planning for the Disabled
Parents of individuals who are disabled are always looking to build financial security for their disabled children. They want to ensure that their loved ones with “special needs” will enjoy a rewarding lifestyle that includes the “extras” in life. However, special care must be taken in providing for the well-being of children with “special needs.” Eligibility for various government benefits (often providing essential coverage of their medical and living expenses, as well as ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Elad Child Injured by Fireworks Ahead of Purim

Elad Child Injured by Fireworks Ahead of Purim
The warnings are heard annually but unfortunately, too many do no comprehend the dangers associated with fireworks, especially children and for some, fireworks have become a part of their Purim celebration. Ichud Hatzalah on Sunday, 10 Adar reported a 5-year-old boy in Elad sustained a facial injury after fireworks were hurled in his direction on Yosef Caro Street in Elad. The child was conscious and alert when transported to Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah, reportedly with ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 02 )

Israel: Meat Delivery Arrives with a Swastika on a Package

Israel: Meat Delivery Arrives with a Swastika on a Package
A kibbutz in Israel received a regular meat delivery, meat with kashrus certification from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, meat that originates in Brazil. The kitchen staff was shocked that when they opened a sealed carton one of the packages inside had a swastika painted on it in blue, apparently affixed to the bag in S. America. It is added that it is equally shocking that none of the Chief Rabbinate mashgichim found the swastika despite the expectation they inspect all cartons before being ...
(3 opinions  |   March 02 )

Man Attacked & Injured Near Rishon L'Tzion Chabad House

Man Attacked & Injured Near Rishon L'Tzion Chabad House
Eldar Hughes, a 31-year-old Kfar Saba resident told police he was attacked near the city’s Chabad house on Friday night 8 Adar. The victim was returning from seudas Shabbos at the home of the Chabad shaliach when a vehicle passed and stopped. There were five Arabs inside according to his report and one began attacking him with a broken bottle, leading to a large cut to the side of his face that required sutures. The victim was transported to Meir Hospital in the city where doctors did sew ...
(1 opinions  |   March 02 )

'Egged Transport' Drivers Strike on Monday

'Egged Transport' Drivers Strike on Monday
Egged Transport union leaders announced that they will be launching a strike on Monday, 11 Adar. Drivers will permit riders on buses without charging them from 05:30-14:30. The strike appears to surround labor allegations that management is unwilling to take worker demands serious regarding contract negotiations. Free rides will be given in a number of cities including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Ofakim, Netivot, Sderot, Elad, Mevassert Tzion, Maale Adumim, Pisgat ...
(1 opinions  |   March 01 )

Galant: PM’s Congressional Address a Definite Loss for Israel

Galant: PM’s Congressional Address a Definite Loss for Israel
Speaking on the Channel 2 “Meet the Press” program on motzei Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh, Kulanu party candidate Yoav Galant commented on a number of issues including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Congressional address scheduled for this week. Galant, a retired IDF major-general who also served as military secretary for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, explained his experience in that post as well as his military career provide him with a solid understanding of the events ...
(3 opinions  |   March 01 )

GOP Senators Pledge Help If Court Bars Health Law Subsidies

GOP Senators Pledge Help If Court Bars Health Law Subsidies
Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law. But in a Washington Post opinion article posted online late Sunday, GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how they would pay for it. Nor do they address how ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 01 )

35,000 People Took Part in the Tel Aviv Marathon

35,000 People Took Part in the Tel Aviv Marathon
Tel Aviv celebrates a new record broken on Friday morning 8 Adar in the Nonstop City by William Prono Yegon from Kenya who completed the full marathon in just 2:10:29 hours. The phenomenal success at Tel Aviv Marathon 2015 took place on the morning of February 27th, with 35,000 runners from Israel and around the world participating in the country’s biggest international sports event. A record number of 2,300 runners ran the full marathon (42.2 km) with a further 8,500 running the half ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 01 )