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Foreign Ministry Officials' Preparing For The Levaya Of Shimon Peres

Foreign Ministry Officials' Preparing For The Levaya Of Shimon Peres
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotevely completed the discussion in the Ministry’s situation room where plans were discussed for the upcoming levaya of the ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. The levaya will entail receiving current and former world leaders and nations’ representatives. Hotevely scheduled another meeting for later in the afternoon for continuing the discussion on the issues and implementation of the logistics surrounding the levaya, which will be an international ...
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Magen David Adom's Wine And Honey Rosh Hashanah Project

Magen David Adom's Wine And Honey Rosh Hashanah Project
It’s almost Rosh Hashanah and thousands of Magen David Adom volunteers around Israel are out collecting food for the needy as they do annually. Under MDA’s “Wine & Honey” project, volunteers work hard to fill thousands of cartons with food for the upcoming Yomim Tovim to assist families in need. The two-week project end on Thursday, 26 Elul, after which all efforts are concentrated on distributing the cartons before Rosh Hashanah. MDA volunteers are out in the streets between ...
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See How This Wounded Combat Soldier Can Make You Incredible Profits

See How This Wounded Combat Soldier Can Make You Incredible Profits
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Gaza 2014 After getting wounded by a large shell that penetrated his brain, an Israeli soldier named Yehuda Hayisraeli was almost pronounced dead on the scene. But after a miraculous recovery and several long years of hospitalization, Heyisraeli found himself ready to return home. All that was needed was a special room to be built in his house to complete his physical rehabilitation. The rehab room was supposed to be paid for by the Defense Ministry as ...
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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu's Remarks At The Start Of The Special Cabinet Meeting On The Passing Of Former President Peres

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu's Remarks At The Start Of The Special Cabinet Meeting On The Passing Of Former President Peres
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on the morning of Wednesday 25 Elul, at the start of the special Cabinet meeting in memory of Israel's ninth President, the late Shimon Peres: "This is the first day in the State of Israel without the late Shimon Peres. Shimon Peres was among our greatest leaders, who left behind him a long trail of unique achievements. On behalf of the entire Jewish People, the citizens of Israel and the Government of Israel, I convey deep ...
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Funeral Arrangements For Shimon Peres - The Timetable

Funeral Arrangements For Shimon Peres - The Timetable
The government Ceremonies Committee, which operates under Minister of Culture & Sport Miri Regev, has announced the details of the coming days pertaining to the passing of Israel’s ninth President, Mr. Shimon Peres. The levaya itself is scheduled for 11:00AM on Friday morning at Mt. Herzl, in the section for the nation’s leaders. · 8:45AM Thursday morning: President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will lay wreathes as the coffin will lie in state in Knesset ...
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Six Planes Carrying Security Equipment Will Accompany The US Delegation To The Peres Levaya

Six Planes Carrying Security Equipment Will Accompany The US Delegation To The Peres Levaya
US President Barak Obama will be attending the funeral in Jerusalem on Friday 27 Elul for former President Shimon Peres. The Latest reports state that Obama will be arriving on Friday morning, and will return to the United States on Friday following the funeral. The first planes will land on Thursday, 26 Elul and a total of no less than six large US military planes will escort the presidential mission, bringing the array of security equipment to protect the US leader while in Israel. The ...
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Getting Ready For Tishrei Yomim Tovim Rush At Ben-Gurion Airport

Getting Ready For Tishrei Yomim Tovim Rush At Ben-Gurion Airport
It is the week before Rosh Hashanah and at Ben-Gurion International Airport, this signals the beginning of the Tishrei travel season which includes tens of thousands leaving this week for Uman and 770, as well as tens of thousands of Israelis leaving the country for Rosh Hashanah. The ‘holiday rush’ officially begins on Wednesday 25 Elul. At the airport, a special team has been trained to begin operating this week in the hope of expediting security checks, passport continue and ...
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Hamas: Former President Shimon Peres Was A 'Criminal'

Hamas: Former President Shimon Peres Was A 'Criminal'
Hamas was not left out, joining world leaders in issuing a statement following the death of Shimon Peres, albeit a different type of message. Hamas officials called the late ninth President of Israel “A criminal”, and at the time of this article, PA (Palestinian Authority) leader Abu Mazen offered his condolences. In Hamas-run Gaza, the atmosphere over the death is one of joy, as Hamas blames Peres as being part of the “occupation”. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, "The ...
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ROUNDUP: Reaction And Condolnece Messages Upon The Death Of Israel's Shimon Peres [UPDATED 10:35AM ET]

ROUNDUP: Reaction And Condolnece Messages Upon The Death Of Israel's Shimon Peres [UPDATED 10:35AM ET]
Quotes from around the world after the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. (New condolence messages will be added at the end of this post) ——— "A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever. Shimon Peres was a soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves — to the very end of our time on Earth, and in the legacy that we leave to others. For the gift of his friendship and ...
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PHOTOS: Preparing For Tens Of Thousands In Uman Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah

PHOTOS: Preparing For Tens Of Thousands In Uman Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Preparations for the expected tens of thousands of mispallalim who will arrive in Uman for Rosh Hashanah continue. Tents are being set into place and hotels and guest houses are readying as arrivals are coming daily with the large influx expected ahead of Shabbos. Uman Express CEO Refael Tuvol explains with Rosh Hashanah beginning on a Sunday night, the arrivals have begun and his drivers are busy making trips to the airport to bring people to the area of the ...
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Frightening Facebook Post Calls For The Elimination Of Chareidim By Nuclear Holocaust

Frightening Facebook Post Calls For The Elimination Of Chareidim By Nuclear Holocaust
A frightening post was discovered on Facebook, on the page called Shir Melody, stating “Someone has to eliminate the chareidim from the world. Let’s say a nuclear Holocaust or something like this”. “They are unnecessary, unproductive, stupid, prohibit and prohibit (themselves on others) and deformed – trying to sweep normal people and make them abnormal, primitive, incurably and evidently screwed – destroy these destructive clerics”. Police have been notified as the posting ...
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Dignitaries Expected to Attend the Funeral for Former President Shimon Peres

Dignitaries Expected to Attend the Funeral for Former President Shimon Peres
The Foreign Ministry: International delegations that have confirmed their attendance of the funeral for Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres so far: • US President Barak Obama • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau • Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary • French President Francois Hollande • Prince Charles • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull • US Secretary of State John Kerry • German Chancellor Angela Merkel • UN Secretary-General ...
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A Message from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres

A Message from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres
PM Netanyahu Statement on the Passing of Shimon Peres "We grieve today for the passing of our dear and beloved Shimon Peres. Shimon devoted his life to our nation and to the pursuit of peace. He set his gaze on the future. He did so much to protect our people. He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all. As Israel's President, Shimon did so much to unite the nation. And the nation loved him for it. Few people contributed as much to our people and to our ...
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The Jewish Agency for Israel Mourns the Passing of Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres

The Jewish Agency for Israel Mourns the Passing of Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres
Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky has issued the following statement: The Jewish Agency for Israel and I personally bow our heads in mourning upon the passing of the ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. Throughout his many roles in Israel’s leadership and over many years, Peres was always driven by a deep sense of responsibility toward the entire Jewish people. He concerned himself with the fate and future of the entire nation, but also with ...
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's Statement on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's Statement on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres
“Today, the city of Jerusalem mourns the loss of President Shimon Peres, a visionary whose morality and belief in humanity and a better future inspired everyone who had the privilege of meeting him. Over the years, as Mayor of Jerusalem, I had the honor of experiencing countless unique Jerusalem moments with President Peres. “President Peres was a true friend of Jerusalem. At the beginning of every school year, President Peres accompanied Jerusalem's students on the first day of classes, ...
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Knesset Speaker Edelstein: “Peres Was Among the Giants of Our National Leadership”

Knesset Speaker Edelstein: “Peres Was Among the Giants of Our National Leadership”
Statement on the passing of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. ”Shimon ”The Knesset bows its head and agonizes over the passing of the ninth president and former prime minister Shimon Peres. The State of Israel bids farewell to the head of its family; a man who had seen everything, was involved in everything and shaped everything,” Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said in a statement following Peres` death at the age of 93 early Wednesday ...
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President Rivlin’s Statement on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President Shimon Peres

President Rivlin’s Statement on the Passing of Israel’s Ninth President Shimon Peres
President Reuven Rivlin expressed his deep sadness on the passing of Israel’s former president and prime minister Shimon Peres in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday). The President’s Office confirmed that the President – who was currently on a State Visit to Ukraine - would be returning early from the visit, and would arrive back in Israel during the course of the day. President Rivlin said, “A short distance from where I am visiting in Ukraine, in the city of Vishnyeva, ...
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Statement from the Prime Minister of Canada on the Passing of Former President Shimon Peres

Statement from the Prime Minister of Canada on the Passing of Former President Shimon Peres
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the death of His Excellency, Shimon Peres, the former President and Prime Minister of Israel: “It is with great sadness that I learned tonight of the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. “Shimon Peres was, above all, a man of peace and a man dedicated to the well-being of the Jewish people. “Over the course of his long and distinguished life, Mr. Peres made enormous contributions ...
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Former US President George H.W. Bush on the Passing of Shimon Peres

Former US President George H.W. Bush on the Passing of Shimon Peres
Former US President George H.W. Bush hailed Peres for his 'unyielding determination and principle' which 'helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of mortal challenge.' 'But it was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over and helped pave a path to peace broad enough that future generations will walk it one day, side-by side,' the elder Bush said. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Statement from the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan on the Passing of Shimon Peres

Statement from the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan on the Passing of Shimon Peres
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres: “The world has lost a true legend and statesman. Shimon Peres was a gift to the country he helped establish and lead, and a persistent voice for the cause of peace. President Peres' countless contributions to the world earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. While we join the State of Israel and people ...
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Security Agency Directors to Meet to Plan for the State Funeral of Former President Shimon Peres

Security Agency Directors to Meet to Plan for the State Funeral of Former President Shimon Peres
Heads of the Shin Bet, IDF, Israel Airports Authority, and the Prime Minister’s Office are all going to be meeting today, Wednesday, 25 Elul, as they must plan the security and related logistics of the levaya of the late president, Shimon Peres, which is set for Friday, 27 Elul at 11:00am in Jerusalem. In fact, when Mr. Peres suffered the major stroke some two weeks ago, the heads of the various agencies began discussing the eventuality of his petira. Among the international VIPs ...
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Israel’s High Court to Rule on Olmert’s Petition Regarding Talansky Case

Israel’s High Court to Rule on Olmert’s Petition Regarding Talansky Case
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday, 25 Elul, is expected to announce its verdict in the case of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the request for a retrial in the Talansky cash envelopes case. Olmert began serving a 19-month prison term in February 2016 and the decision of the court today will determine if an additional eight months is added onto the sentence, bringing it to 27 months. Background The former Prime Minister was sentenced to an eight-month term after being found ...
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Israel Airports Authority Preparing for Influx of World Leaders for Peres Levaya

Israel Airports Authority Preparing for Influx of World Leaders for Peres Levaya
With the petira of former President Shimon Peres and the levaya scheduled for Friday, 27 Elul at 11:00, Israel Airports Authority announces it is taking necessary measures to prepare for the influx of high-level personnel and all the security and other arrangements connected to such a reality; coming during some of the busiest days of year at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Officials add that in addition to world leaders and representatives of the international community, religious leaders ...
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6:00PM Wednesday Night Tefilla Event at the Home of Maran Rav Kanievsky

6:00PM Wednesday Night Tefilla Event at the Home of Maran Rav Kanievsky
Kol Chai Radio host Betzalel Kahn reports when he and others were summoned to the home of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, they thought it was just to receive a bracha for Rosh Hashanah which they sought. However, when they arrived the rav’s gabboim explained Rav Kanievsky is “ill at ease” and most concerned over the situation, particularly the pain and suffering of widows and orphans. Rav Kanievsky is calling on increased tefilos and teshuva from Am Yisrael, adding that tonight, ...
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A Letter Of Condolence On The Passing Of Shimon Peres From The Embassy Of The Russian Federation In The State Of Israel

A Letter Of Condolence On The Passing Of Shimon Peres From The Embassy Of The Russian Federation In The State Of Israel
This letter of condolence was sent to President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the passing of the ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. The letter is from Russian President Vladimir Putin. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett Mourns the Passing of Shimon Peres

Education Minister Naftali Bennett Mourns the Passing of Shimon Peres
Education Minister Naftali Bennett has issued the following statement following the petira of former President Shimon Peres: "The last of the founding fathers has left us. Shimon Peres was my education minister, and I will miss him very much. He didn't watch history - he wrote it. Peres was a practical visionary and peace-seeking security figure, a courageous leader. He proudly represented Israel around the globe, and cared for the future of the Jewish people with every ounce of his body ...
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PM Binyamin Netanyahu & His Wife Sara Express Deep Personal Sorrow Over the Passing of Former President Shimon Peres

PM Binyamin Netanyahu & His Wife Sara Express Deep Personal Sorrow Over the Passing of Former President Shimon Peres
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara express deep personal sorrow over the passing of the former President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. The Prime Minister will issue a special statement later this morning and convene the Cabinet in special session. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Levaya for Former President Shimon Peres to be Held on Friday, 27 Elul

Levaya for Former President Shimon Peres to be Held on Friday, 27 Elul
It has been announced that the levaya of former President Shimon Peres will be held in Yerushalayim on Friday, 27 Elul at 11:00AM. Leaders, representatives of the international community and former world leaders are expected to arrive to attend the event. Fox News reports that US President Barak Obama will be attending the funeral. Mr. Peres will be interred on Har Herzl in the section for the nation’s leaders. A special mourning cabinet session will be held today, Wednesday 25 Elul, at ...
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Statement from NYS Governor Andrew Como on the Passing of Former President Peres

Statement from NYS Governor Andrew Como on the Passing of Former President Peres
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres. He was not only a great leader for his country, but one of the most profound statesmen our world has ever known. "Serving in nearly every high office of government, Shimon Peres dedicated his life to his country and his people. He worked tirelessly to reaffirm their rights and freedoms and, following the systematic annihilation of six million fellow Jews, he worked to ensure their ...
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Statement from Former US President Bill & Hillary Clinton on the Death of Former President Peres

Statement from Former US President Bill & Hillary Clinton on the Death of Former President Peres
With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel has lost a leader who championed its security, prosperity, and limitless possibilities from its birth to his last day on earth. The Middle East has lost a fervent advocate for peace and reconciliation and for a future where all the children of Abraham build a better tomorrow together. And Hillary and I have lost a true and treasured friend. I’ll never forget how happy he was 23 years ago when he signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn, ...
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Statement By President Obama On The Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Statement By President Obama On The Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres
There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people. Shimon Peres once said that, “I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on moral foundations.” Tonight, Michelle and I join people across Israel, the United States and around the world in honoring the ...
(2 opinions  |   September 27 )

Debate Renews Attention on Trump's Tax Returns

Debate Renews Attention on Trump's Tax Returns
Donald Trump says "you don't learn that much from tax returns," a dubious assertion that has renewed attention on his refusal to release documents that could shed light on his tax rate, charitable giving and foreign business ties. Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was happy to seize on the issue, questioning in the first presidential debate what Trump is trying to hide by bucking decades of campaign tradition in keeping his 1040s private. She referred to the several years in which ...
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Too Many Overweight Israeli Children Attracts Attention Of World Health Organization

Too Many Overweight Israeli Children Attracts Attention Of World Health Organization
A new World Health Organization (WHO) report states there is a growing number of Israeli children who are overweight, over 500,000 at present. Israel ranks in first place in the dubious ranking of obesity in Europe, with 12.6% of children labeled as overweight, ranking second in the world community behind the United States with 12.9% of its children fitting in this category. The average in Europe is 7.4% of the children, far behind Israel and the US. The WHO report was prepared for the day ...
(2 opinions  |   September 27 )

Grandmother And Great Grandmother Killed Both Killed In Accidents - Both While Heading To A Bas Mitzvah

Grandmother And Great Grandmother Killed Both Killed In Accidents - Both While Heading To A Bas Mitzvah
After Mrs. Rivka Toledano, 83, was killed in a vehicular accident 10 years ago on Route 70, on Sunday night the eve of 23 Elul while heading to a Bas Mitzvah, her daughter Esther Asig, 57, was niftar a month before her son’s chasenah, also in a car accident and also heading to a bas mitzvah. The family tells they were traveling to a bas mitzvah of a grandchild of Esther’s A”H, a great grandchild of Mrs. Rivka Toledano A”H. The accident occurred on 12 Elul on the road near Yishuv ...
(1 opinions  |   September 27 )

BORUCH DAYAN HA'EMMES: FORMER ISRAEL PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES

BORUCH DAYAN HA'EMMES: FORMER ISRAEL PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was Niftar early Wednesday morning. He was 93. Peres had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke two weeks ago. Peres held virtually every senior political office in Israel over a seven-decade career, including three terms as prime minister as well as stints as foreign minister and finance minister. He was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and ...
(7 opinions  |   September 27 )

Avreichim Of The Migdal Ohz Network Receive A Unique Yomtov Coupon Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah

Avreichim Of The Migdal Ohz Network Receive A Unique Yomtov Coupon Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah
It is common for avreichim in Eretz Yisrael to receive purchase vouchers for a hat, suit and shirt before Rosh Hashanah and Pesach. However, ahead of this Rosh Hashanah, avreichim in the Migdal Ohr community headed by Rabbi Yechezkel Etrog are receiving a different kind of purchase voucher – one to buy a quality piece of jewelry for their wives. This brings Migdal Ohr onboard the growing trend of kollels who are issuing vouchers for the wives of the avreichim ahead of Yomtov. According to ...
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Newly Discovered Historic Documents Paying Tribute To The Chofetz Chaim On His Yahrtzeit

Newly Discovered Historic Documents Paying Tribute To The Chofetz Chaim On His Yahrtzeit
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] There is hardly a name that carries as much meaning to every Jew as that of Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan, the saintly Chofetz Chaim. Each of his many accomplishments would be legendary on its own; when combined, they are beyond our comprehension. The Chofetz Chaim was niftar 83 years ago today, the 24 th of Elul. The first known dedication to his memory in America took place just a few weeks later. In a small room in Baltimore, Rabbi J. Heffland, the chairman of the ...
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Ex-Ally: Gov. Christie Seemed Happy About Bridge Gridlock

Ex-Ally: Gov. Christie Seemed Happy About Bridge Gridlock
Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie's White House ambitions. David Wildstein, a former executive at the agency that oversees New York-area bridges and tunnels, took the stand for the prosecution at the trial of two one-time Christie allies accused ...
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Israel: Woman Visits Kever Of Mother-In-Law Only To Find The Matzeivah Of Another

Israel: Woman Visits Kever Of Mother-In-Law Only To Find The Matzeivah Of Another
Ramat Gan resident Janetta Berman traveled to the new Beersheva Cemetery to visit the kever of her mother-in-law Mrs. Shaina Berman but found the matzeivah of another person in place, Walla News reports, adding the incident occurred about two weeks ago. Mrs. Berman adds she has been visiting this kever for close to 20 years and is quite certain of the location, but this time, there was a kever in the name of Bernardo Tovorovsky. Nevertheless, her first thought is she got confused and retraced ...
(1 opinions  |   September 27 )