WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of American’s 41st president.
Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne.”
That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral.
Meacham said once on the primary campaign trail in New Hampshire, Bush mistakenly grabbed the hand of a department store mannequin asking for votes. Meacham said, “When he realized his mistake, he said ‘Never know. Gotta ask.’”
The former president, who died Friday at age 9...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s most exclusive fraternity — the presidents club — assembled Wednesday to mourn George H.W. Bush, putting on public display its uneasy relationship with the current occupant of the Oval Office. The uncomfortable reunion brought President Donald Trump together in the same pew with past White House residents who have given him decidedly critical reviews.
The late Bush was the de facto chair of the modern incarnation of the president’s club, transcending contentious campaigns and party lines to bring together fractious personalities who share that rarified experience. But the staid group of Oval Office occupants has been disturbed since Donald Trump’s election. And since his swearing-in, Trump has spurned most contact with his...
Hundreds of New Jersey students set a world record for Chanukah with a dreidel spin-off at Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey in River Edge. Nearly 1,200 students and faculty worked together to smash the unofficial world record for the most dreidels spinning simultaneously, whirling exactly 1,369 dreidels at one time.
The previous record was set last year, when people at the 2017 National Jamboree’s carnival, called “Jambo-palooza,” spun 965 dreidels.
New York - A typographical error in a tweet written by one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers has linked to an anti-Trump prank.
Rudy Giuliani wrote Tuesday that the social network had “allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message.” But Giuliani had inadvertently created a hyperlink when he failed to put a space after a period in a Nov. 30 tweet.
Web firm designer Jason Velazquez tells The New York Times he saw the link, paid $5 to buy the domain and created a page in about 15 minutes. Those who clicked on the link saw: “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
A Twitter spokesman says the company can’t edit users’ tweets and “the accusation that we’re artificially injecting something into a tweet ...
Mid-Atlantic chain kicks off $175-million major store upgrade plan
After launching a brand refresh at Stop & Shop in the Northeast, Ahold Delhaize USA is now investing $175 million in a store upgrade program at Giant Food in the Mid-Atlantic.
Landover, Md.-based Giant said Tuesday that it plans to open one new store in Fairfax Circle, Va., and remodel 24 locations over the next two years across its Washington, D.C., regional trade area.
Related: Giant to open pair of new stores in Virginia
The program follows a $21 million investment that Giant announced in late June to open a new store in Olney, Md., next spring. In November, the chain opened two new stores in Herndon and Alexandria, Va., which feature additional space for improved services and product selection.
Cape Town, South Africa - Torah scrolls worth Tens of Thousands of $USD were destroyed in a fire at a Cape Town synagogue, the congregation’s rabbi said on Wednesday.
Sam Thurgood, the rabbi at the Arthurs Road synagogue in Cape Town, said five handwritten scrolls were destroyed or damaged in Tuesday night’s fire that started just before 11pm.
It caused the collapse of the roof at the former Dutch church building, which was converted into a synagogue about 60 years ago.
Thurgood said while the cause of the fire remained unknown, arson was not suspected. He also denied that Channukah candles had been left burning inside the shul.
Most of the damage happened in the synagogue’s sanctuary, or ark, where congregants pray and where the Sifrei Torah were kept. It is believed...
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NEW YORK – Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union and the former chairman of Proskauer Rose LLP, has been appointed to the Transition Committee for New York’s Attorney General-Elect Letitia James. The committee consists of 36 individuals who will help identify strong candidates for positions with, and establish policy recommendations for, the Attorney General’s Office. The Transition Committee is a diverse group of experts in law, academia and government hailing from areas throughout New York State.
"I am honored to serve on Letitia James’ transition team," said Allen Fagin. "It has been a privilege to work with her as New York City Public Advocate. We look forward to future collaboration as she assumes her new role of New York State Attorney G...
Question #1: Why Eight?
Why was a miracle required so that the menorah would burn specifically for eight days?
Question #2: Seven or Eight?
Why is Chanukah celebrated for eight days, when the miracle was for only seven days?
Question #3: Why the Oil?
Why do we commemorate the miracle that happened to the oil, rather than the miracle of the victory against the superior Greek army?
The Eight-Day Mystery
Why was a miracle required so that the menorah would burn specifically for eight days?
Numerous approaches have been suggested to answer this question. These include:
1) The Mishnah (Menachos 85b) states that the preferred location from which they would obtain oil for use in the Beis Hamikdash was the city of Teko’a. The Geonim (Teshuvos Hageonim #104) write that the trip from ...
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HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz Shlita, 92, (Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim ben Batya), was admitted to Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital on Wednesday morning after complaining of difficulty breathing.
The rav was taken from the home of his son on Rashbam Street, transported in an intensive care unit to the hospital. The rav is now undergoing diagnostic tests to determine his medical condition.Read more at YWN
Washington - One last time, for the record: It was not an ordinary supermarket scanner.
A February 1992 newspaper story reporting that President George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket barcode scanner when he visited a grocers’ convention in Florida fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he was dealing with a reeling economy and fending off a primary election challenge at the outset of his re-election campaign.
The New York Times’ front-page account carried the headline: “Bush Encounters the Supermarket, Amazed.”
But although Bush had remarked that some of the machine’s features seemed “amazing,” it hardly looked like his first time in a supermarket checkout line. Mostly, Bush seemed to be politely listening to N...
London - Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.
Experts said using uteruses from women who have died could make more transplants possible. Ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the U.S. have failed.
The baby girl was delivered last December by a woman born without a uterus because of a rare syndrome. The woman — a 32-year-old psychologist — was initially apprehensive about the transplant, said Dr. Dani Ejzenberg, the transplant team’s lead doctor at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine.
“This was the most important thing...
London - The great-grandson of a Jewish woman who surrendered her priceless Camille Pissarro painting to escape the Holocaust watched Tuesday as his lawyer relentlessly grilled officials of the Spanish museum where it now hangs, expressing incredulity that they didn’t know it was Nazi looted art.
Members of the museum’s legal and research team, including some who were there when the painting “Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie” was acquired in 1992, insisted due diligence was done. They added they had no idea it was stolen until Lilly Cassirer’s grandson, Claude, discovered it in 1999.
For nearly 20 years, the family has been battling to get it back. The museum maintains the work, valued at more than $30 million, was acquired in good faith and it sho...
Jerusalem - Israel’s prime minister says he will fast-track a bill combating domestic violence after tens of thousands of Israelis marched the previous day in Tel Aviv to protest perceived government inaction.
Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Wednesday the government to advance the bill, which would track convicted or suspected domestic abusers with GPS bracelets to ensure they comply with probation and bail restrictions.
Netanyahu says violence against women is “like terror in every respect” and pledged harsher punishments for perpetrators.
Organizers of Tuesday’s protests want the government to implement a $67 million plan it promised last year to combat violence against women. At least 24 women were killed in Israel this year, most of whom notified police beforeh...
Istanbul - Turkey is seeking the arrest of two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said a court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who are believed to have overseen the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate in October. Saudi authorities say the agents who killed Khashoggi exceeded their authority.
The Istanbul chief prosecutor’s Tuesday court application says there is “strong suspicion” the two aides were involved in planning the killing.
Turkey has been seeking to extradite...
Washington - The death of George H.W. Bush is bringing together the five remaining members of an oh-so-exclusive fraternity — the presidents club. But for President Donald Trump, it may not be an entirely comfortable reunion, throwing him together with former occupants of the Oval Office who have given him decidedly mixed reviews.
Wednesday’s state funeral for the late president will be attended by “formers” Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The last time they were together with Trump was at his inauguration in 2017. Recalling the funerals for Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, they will all sit together in Washington National Cathedral, with the exception of the younger Bush, who will be seated nearby with his family.
Those who have occupie...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament speaker says Israel has presented no evidence to prove its claims that a network of attack tunnels has been built by Hezbollah across the countries' shared borders.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission meanwhile said Wednesday it will send a team to Israel to "ascertain facts," calling for full access to all locations along the border.
The mission said its regular weekly meeting with the Lebanese and Israeli armies discussed Israel's "activities" searching for suspected tunnels.
The Israeli military Tuesday launched an open-ended operation to destroy tunnels built by Hezbollah it said aimed at infiltrating northern Israel.
Nabih Berri, Lebanon's parliament speaker and ally of Hezbollah, said Israel offered no "coordinates or informa...
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A massive fire ripped through Beit Midrash Morasha (Arthur’s Road) in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, it appears there were as many as seven Sifei Torah that were destroyed in the blaze.
An eyewitness said: “Tears streaming down the faces of witnesses as they formed a human chain to try and save religious books from the burning shul. 7 Torahs destroyed. Later the shul Rabbi recited Kaddish”.
The damage is reported as severe. There were no injuries, and foul play is not suspected.
Sources told YWN that a Chanukah Menorah may have been the cause of the blaze. Read more at YWN
Brooklyn, NY – The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn thanked the NYPD Hate Crimes task force today for their prompt and appropriate response leading to the arrest of the individual suspected of carrying out the unprovoked hate-crime attack against a 32-year-old Chassidic victim this past Friday night, November 30.
News of the arrest came in this afternoon at a meeting at the UJO in Williamsburg which included NYPD’s 90th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Timothy Skretch; NYPD Hate Crime Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Mark C. Molinari; Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Council Member Steven Levin; The NYC Jewish Caucus Chair Councilman Chaim Deutsch; Representative of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Assistance Unit Pinny Ringel; Joseph Ya...