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The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there. In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba Rahami, and son Qassim Rahami were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul. "Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home. [Don't] send him to a different country," Mohammad Rahami said. The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family had anything to do with Ahmad Rahami's alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 1...
BERLIN –  German prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of vote-rigging in an election for Berlin's Jewish community parliament. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office, Martin Steltner, said they are looking into alleged forging of documents in connection with the 2011 election. Opposition members within the Jewish community have alleged for years that the top leadership was involved in voting fraud — something the leadership has denied. Ilan Kiesling, a spokesman for community head Gideon Joffe, denied...read more at Fox News
President Barack Obama hopes to attend the funeral of former Israeli president and statesman Shimon Peres in Israel on Friday and the White House is working on the logistics, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday.
ATLANTA - Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is remembering Shimon Peres for his work to bring peace to Israel and Palestine. In a statement released Wednesday, Carter says: "Mr. Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region." Carter says he and his wife, Rosalynn, were saddened to learn of Peres' death and recalled Peres as "a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office." "We extend our...read more at News Observer
Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at the age of 93, never realized his vision of a new Middle East built upon a 1993 interim peace deal he helped shape with the Palestinians. But Israel's elder statesman won world acclaim and a Nobel prize as a symbol of hope in a region long plagued by war fueled by deep religious and political divisions. Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and his condition had improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday, doctors said. In announcing his passing, family members said that he did not suffer pain, and as a last act after death, he donated his corneas for transplant. "Don't forget to be daring and curious and to dream big," Peres urged first-graders at the start of the school year in a posting on his Fa...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers. Senators voted 97-1 Wednesday to override Obama's decision to scuttle the bill. The override vote came even as the president and top military officials warned the measure could put U.S. troops and interests at risk. A House vote is expected later Wednesday. If the House also overrides, the bill becomes law. During his nearly two terms in office, Obama has never had a veto overridden by Congress. Families of the victims disputed Obama's reasons for vetoing the bill and pushed lawmakers to overturn his decision.
MADRID –  Officials say police in Spain, Belgium and Germany have arrested five people that allegedly formed part of a cell that spread propaganda and sought to recruit militants for the Islamic State armed group. The Spanish Interior Ministry said the five arrested Wednesday worked for the Islamic State group by spreading information on several internet sites, among them a Facebook page called "Islam en Espanol" (Islam in Spanish), which was managed by two suspects arrested in Belgium and Germany. It said the site had 32,500 followers. A ministry statement said...read more at Fox News
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Chodesh Elul

From Rosh Hodesh Elul until after Yom Kippur  is a time of (Divine) favor.  Although, throughout the entire year,  the Holy One, blessed be He, accepts the repentance  of those who return to Him wholeheartedly,  in any case, these days (between the 1st of Elul and Yom Kippur) are more special  have been set aside for repentance,  because they are days of mercy and favor.  Because on Rosh Hodesh Elul, Moses ascended Mount Sinai  to receive the second set of stone tablets  and spent forty days there,  descending on the tenth of Tishrei,  which was then the finish of the atonement period1  From then on, these days were set aside as days of favor,  and the tenth of Tishrei as the Day of Atonement. 2  It is the custom in most places  to fast on the day preceding Rosh Hodesh Elul  and follow the order of prayer (termed) the Minor Day of Atonement  to prepare one's heart to repent.  If Rosh Hodesh Elul falls on Shabbat,  one advances (the fast) to the Thursday before it.  The Ari (lit; The Rabbi, our master, Rabbi Isaac Luria), may his memory be a blessing,3  wrote:4  ''Surely (a man) does not lie in ambush (to murder), but G-d  (who) caused this to happen, then I will provide for you (a place for you to take refuge)''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul.  To tell (us) that this month  is (like a place of refuge,) a time of favor when (G-d) accepts (our) repentance  on the sins done throughout the year.  It also alludes to (sins) committed inadvertently  that also need repentance during this month  The Rabbis5 have also noted6  ''And G-d, your Lord, will circumcise  your heart and the hearts of your descendants''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also7  ''I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also8  ''a person (sending gifts) to his friend and (giving) presents to the poor.''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  (The verses) allude to the three things, which are repentance  prayer, and charity,  which must be done eagerly in this month.  ''And G-d will circumcise...'' alludes to repentance;  ''I am for my Beloved...'' alludes to prayer,  which is ''a song of lovers'';  ''Sending gifts...''  alludes to charity. (KSA 128:1)
1) For the sin of the Golden Calf.
2) Moses went up to Mt Sinai for 3 consecutive 40 day periods; for the first forty days, Hashem taught him the entire Torah and gave him the first set of stone tablets, which Moses subsequently smashed when he came down the mountain and saw the Jews dancing around the Golden Calf; Moses then spent the next 40 days begging Hashem to forgive the Jewish People; the final forty days was spent receiving the second set of tablets.
3) Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572), renowned as the greatest kabbalist of modern times, is commonly known as the ARI, an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Yitzhak - the G-dly Rabbi Isaac.
4) To explain the verse Exodus 21:13.
5) lit; the explainers of lists.
6) Deuteronomy 30:6
7) Song of Songs 6:3
8) Esther 9:22

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Democrat Hillary Clinton sought on Tuesday to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after their first U.S. presidential debate with accusations he is a sexist, racist and tax dodger, while Trump suggested he would "hit her harder" next time by bringing up her husband's infidelity. While the New York real estate mogul found himself in another controversy over his fresh insults about the weight of a former beauty pageant winner, Clinton tried to keep up the momentum after her forceful debate performance. She told reporters that during the debate, Trump "was making charges and claims that were demonstrably untrue, offering opinions that I think a lot of people would find offensive and off-putting." For his part, Trump, speaking at a rally in the battlegrou...
BlackBerry Ltd. reported fiscal second-quarter sales that missed analyst estimates and said it will stop making its iconic smartphones and focus on its software business. The shares rose in premarket trading in New York. Key Points Fiscal second-quarter earnings per share, excluding some items, was flat, compared with analysts’ average estimate of a loss of 5 cents. Revenue in the quarter was $352 million, missing estimates of $390 million. Software revenue was $156 million, more than double what it was in the same period last year, but down sequentially from $166 million last quarter. Shares gained 6 percent to $8.35 in early trading. BlackBerry enters joint venture with Indonesia-based BB Merah Putih to make and distribute BlackBerry-branded devices. Chief Financial Offic...
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech - Rosh Hashana & Shema IV - Teshuva of the Heart (Audio)

We continue our discussion about Shema and accepting Hashem as our King on Rosh Hashana with the possuk in Parshas Nitzavim describing a person whose does not inwardly accept the covenant. It is critical for our heart and mouth to be aligned-we must believe what we say. When we do teshuva, we are trying to align our heart and mind. As we declare the unity of Hashem in Shema, we try to align our thoughts, actions, and feelings, so that we too can experience the harmony of 'echad'.


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Palestinians express mixed reactions on the passing of Israel's ninth president, who won the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin in 1994. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a condolence letter to the family of former Israeli president Shimon Peres on Wednesday following news of the veteran statesman's death.In the letter, the president expressed his sadness and sorrow and said that Peres was a partner in making peace with the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat and late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Abbas also lauded Peres for what he said were his exerted intensive efforts to make peace since the Oslo Accords until the last moment of his life. Hamas in Gaza says Peres' death is the 'end of an era of the Israeli occupation&...
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World leaders to converge on Har Herzl this Friday for massive state funeral for Shimon Peres. A government committee within the Ministry of Culture and Sport charged with planning state events is preparing for what is expected to be the largest state funeral since Nelson Mandela’s in 2013. President Shimon Peres, who passed away early Wednesday morning, will lay in state in the Knesset on Thursday. Flags at all state institutions, army bases, and police stations will be flown at half-mast. The funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday at Har Herzl in Jerusalem. Peres will be buried in a plot near Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “This is a complicated event which requires a great deal of cooperation between different [governmental] bodies,” said Minister of ...
'The Palestinian people are happy at the death of this criminal,' says Hamas spokesperson. Hamas welcomed the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres Wednesday, calling him a "criminal", while the Palestinian Authority made no official comment after the death of the elder Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Islamist Hamas terrorist organization commented on Peres’ death, saying that "The Palestinian people are happy at the death of this criminal. "Shimon Peres was one of the last Israeli founders of occupation. His death marks the end of an era in the history of the Israeli occupation," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP. Tributes to the 93-year-old poured in from across the world, but ...
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Despite differences over Oslo Accords and Palestinian statehood, Yesha Council remembers Peres' 'contributions to Israel.' The Yesha Council released a statement in response to the death of Shimon Peres. “In this hour we remind ourselves of Peres’ greatest contributions to lay the groundwork for Israel’s defense since its inception, and his great contribution to the establishment of Jewish settlements in Samaria,” the statement read. In the statement, the council noted that Peres was “one of the founders of the state and visionaries of the Israeli people even in the settlements which he developed from their very beginning. Throughout the disputes over the years, we will remember the constant support to the security of the settlemen...
Israel’s ninth President and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres dies at 93 after suffering a major stroke. Israel’s ninth President and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres has passed away at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a serious stroke and being admitted to the Tel Hashomer Hospital. His condition deteriorated on Tuesday and family and friends were summoned to the hospital to say their farewell. Peres served as the Prime Minister of Israel twice and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and was a member of 12 cabinets over a period of 66 years. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu honored the late president in a statement Wednesday morning, calling him "one of our great leaders," and "one of the founding fathers of the State of Israel." "His name will be foreve...
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Former president's family speaks out after his death. The Peres family conducted a press conference outside the hospital where Peres was hospitalized for the past two weeks. Peres' son, Hemi, opened the conference by saying: “With deep sorrow we are parting from our beloved father, the head of our family, the 9th president of Israel, Shimon Peres.” Hemi referenced his father's seven decades of public service in Israel “Father was from the generation of founding fathers of the country. He served his nation even before the inception of the state, and the state of Israel since its inception and until his last day. Throughout 70 years of public service he worked for this state with loyalty and devotion as the ninth President, as the Prime Minister...
Prime Minister eulogizes former rival and 1996 election opponent as 'visionary' who 'strengthened Israel's defense.' Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hailed former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres as a "visionary" and a "champion of Israel's defense" after the 93-year-old elder statesman's death earlier Wednesday morning. "Shimon dedicated his life to the rebirth of our people," Netanyahu, who was a political rival of Peres, said in a statement. "As a visionary he looked to the future. As a champion of Israel's defense, he strengthened its capacities in many ways, some of them still unacknowledged to this day," he added, referring to Peres's role in the development of Israel's undeclared nuclear program. AFP contribute...
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Obama, Clinton among world leaders set to travel to Israel Friday for funeral of former President Shimon Peres. Seventeen world leaders representing 11 countries notified the Israeli Foreign Ministry Wednesday morning that they plan to attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, scheduled for this Friday. Peres will lie in state at the Knesset Thursday, a former aide to the president said. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are among the world leaders slated to arrive in Israel later this week for Peres’ funeral. The US president praised Peres in a written statement Wednesday morning, calling him “My Friend Shimon.” “There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just thr...
Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) reacted Wednesday morning to news of former President and two-time Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ death overnight. Bennett noted that with Peres’ passing, the era of Israel’s ‘founding fathers’ – those premiers and other senior leaders involved in the establishment and governing of Israel in its early years – was now over. "The last of the founding fathers has left us,” said Bennett. “Shimon Peres was my Education Minister, and I will miss him very much. He didn't watch history - he wrote it.” Despite their fundamentally different approaches to resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, Bennett praised Peres as a “visionary,” and a “peace-seeking” lead...
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