New York - A Manhattan woman has expressed her gratitude to a man who recovered her purse, containing $10,000, from a subway platform. Aiya Tulemaganbetova (EYE’-uh too-leh-mah-gan-beh-TOH’-vah) met with Richard Taverna on Thursday. He found her Chanel bag, including an envelope filled with $100 bills, on a subway bench near Lincoln Center on Dec. 20. The retired financial consultant took it to police. She’d filed a police report before heading to Kazakhstan. She was planning to use part of the money to buy Christmas gifts. When they met, she presented Taverna with a statue, a hug and a donation in his name to a charity. Taverna says there was “never any question” about doing the right thing.
Damascus -  The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m.(2115 GMT), it said. Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos. Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011. T...
A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Baltimore County. BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Get your snow shovels ready, because wintry weather is on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Baltimore County. The warning calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow. Heavy snow is expected from Saturday, Jan. 12, to Sunday, Jan. 13. A winter storm warning means that travel will be hazardous or impossible. The winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday for Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties as well as Baltimore City. Those who must travel should keep a flashlight, food and water in their vehicles in case of emergency. The Jewish Community Center of Baltimore closed the Weinberg Park Heights JCC ...
Motorists along the Interstate 70 corridor of the Midwest can expect a slow and dangerous journey as a major snowstorm continues through Saturday night. In many areas from Missouri to southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, this will be the biggest snowfall in what has been a lean cold weather season so far for some locations. That has already been the case in St. Louis, where 10.4 inches was reported at midday Saturday. This storm will be the biggest snowstorm since Jan. 5, 2014, when 10.8 inches of snow fell. While the snow has come to an end across Kansas, it will take until Saturday night to taper off across the states of the middle Mississippi and upper Ohio valleys. Through that time, the heaviest snow will leave 6-12 inches from Kansas City to St. Louis to Indianapolis. Within this...
IDF fighter jets target two Hamas underground structures in Gaza in retaliation for rocket attack on southern Israel. IDF fighter jets on Saturday night targeted two Hamas underground structures in the Gaza Strip. The air strike was in retaliation for a rocket that was launched from Gaza towards Israeli territory earlier on Saturday. “We will continue operating to defend Israeli civilians,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The rocket that was fired from Gaza exploded in an open area without causing physical injuries or damage. A siren was activated in seven communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils, and the residents entered protected areas. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that one rocket was fired from the Ga...
The air strike followed violent riots on the Gaza border, in which 13,000 Gazan rioters threw grenades and explosives. There were three incidents of Gazans breaking through the border fence into Israel. The soldiers stopped them before they could reach the homes of Israeli families who live minutes away. “The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip,” the IDF Spokesperson stressed. The Hamas-run “health ministry” in Gaza claimed Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian Arab woman during the violent border riots, reported AFP. Since March 30, Gaza Arabs have held weekly riots along the border, dubbed the “March of the Return”. The violent border riots in the past included Gazans attempting ...
This past Thursday afternoon Harav Shmuel  Kamenetsky, shlita,  visited the Chazaq Headquarters upon the request of the community Rabbonim. At the meeting, the Rabbonim and askanim discussed with the Rosh Hayeshiva and manhig hador, the challenges facing the Bucharian community. The foremost concern that was discussed was the 10,000 traditional Bucharian children attending public school. While the parents are not anti-religious and keep many Jewish customs, they fail to realize the threat that the American public school poses to Yiddishkeit. Besides the violence and substance abuse that they become involved in, it has also led to widespread intermarriage r"l.  Harav Ilan Meirov. Rav of Bet Gavriel and co-founded of Chazaq described to the Rosh Hayeshiva the many p...
I recently had an observation regarding the current political battle raging in the United States and how it relates to events in these parshios. Without getting too deep in the political weeds, one way to understand the dispute is a disagreement as to whether or not certain individuals are desired as residents of this country. Shall we build a wall to keep out all but those who wish to enter through fully legal means? Or is it proper to let anyone in who wants to enter? Every nation needs to devote significant thought to the issue of whom they want to let in and at times, even consider those who are already there and whether they should remain. There were certainly many facets to the subjugation in Mitzrayim and the subsequent redemption. This national issue was very much part of the stor...
Most Democrats now identify as liberal rather than moderate or conservative, a Gallup poll released Tuesday found, marking the first time since the polling giant began asking the question in the 1990s. Monday’s poll found that 51 percent of Democrats self-identified as liberal in 2018, up slightly from 50 percent in 2017. The percentage of liberals has sharply climbed in recent years, Gallup noted, with 38 percent identifying as liberal in 2008. Roughly a third of Democrats — 34 percent — identified as moderates in 2018, according to the new poll. Read more at The Hill.
New York - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he’ll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. Bloomberg’s comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential nomination becoming “one more plaything that billionaires can buy.” But Bloomberg says his riches insulate him from having to curry favor with special interests. “I ran three times. I used only my own money so I didn’t have to ask anybody what they wanted in return for a contribution,” Bloomberg said. “And, if I ran again, I would do the same thing. I think not having to adjust what yo...
The Ministry of Health today announced to the public today about a possible exposure to a measles-suffering baby who was on bus routes along with many other passengers. The toddler who traveled on public transportation last Saturday night on two bus routes loaded with passengers. The baby stayed on the following bus lines: Line 68 from Bar Ilan Street in Yerushalayim to the city’s central bus station, at 20:00; Line 959 from Yerushalayim to Tiverya at 9:00 PM. “Passengers who were born in 1957 and thereafter and are not vaccinated in two doses against measles,” the secretary of the Ministry of Health, “are invited to contact the Health Bureau closest to their place of residence in order to determine the need for a vaccination.” As reported on Kikar Shabbos...
Public attention about 5G has been focused on the plans of telecom companies to install millions of small cell towers on electric utility poles, on public buildings and schools, on bus stop shelters, in public parks, and anywhere they want in national parks and on federally owned land. In local urban communities there would be a cell tower approximately every 500 feet along every street. As bad as these small cell towers might seem from the standpoint of constant exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation in close proximity to the source, perhaps an even more alarming prospect will be the beaming of millimeter length microwaves at the earth from thousands of new communication satellites. The FCC gave approval to SpaceX on March 29, 2018, to launch 4,425 satellites into low orbit around ...
An Arab terror cell responsible for a shooting attack on an Israeli town south of Jerusalem last Saturday has been captured, the Israeli army revealed Friday morning. Last Shabbos, terrorists from the cell opened fire on the Israeli town of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. The terrorists had climbed onto the roof of a building in the village of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem and fired at homes in the nearby town of Migdal Oz. No injuries or damage was reported in the attack. According to an IDF spokesperson Friday, Israeli security personnel – including soldiers from the IDF’s Etzion Brigade, Israel Police officers, and Shin Bet internal security agency personnel – conducted an investigation of the attack over the past week, culminating in the arrest of the cell members. Rea...
Albany, NY - The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers’ compensation for a month last year. A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers’ Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30. She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid. Stewart says the coverage is “vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.” The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, made bettering the lives of working people and the poor in her Queens-Bronx district a key component of her successful campaign to upset longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primar...
A Palestinian woman was killed and an IDF soldier lightly wounded during violent protests along the Gaza border friday as thousands of Palestinians gathered for weekly protests.According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, a Palestinian woman identified as 43 year-old Amal Mustafa Taramsi was killed after she was shot in the head by IDF troops east of Gaza City. Another 25 were injured, including a journalist and several medics when an ambulance was hit by a gas bomb. The military said some 13,000 Palestinians participated in the riots along the security fence,  burning tires, throwing rocks, as well as throwing fire bombs and hand-grenades towards troops and trying to breach the security fence. According to the military three Palestinians were able t...
Boston - A rare copper penny that a Massachusetts man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago has been sold at an auction for more than $200,000. The 1943 penny is one of 20 that were accidentally minted when the federal government was trying to conserve copper for World War II. Heritage Auctions says Don Lutes Jr., of Pittsfield, was 16 when he found the coin in change he received at his school cafeteria in 1947. Auction officials say the coin sold for $204,000 in Orlando, Florida Thursday. Winning bidder Tom Caldwell, of Concord, says he plans to display the coin at various coin shows. All proceeds of the sale will go toward the Pittsfield Public Library, where auction officials say Lutes often visited before his death in September.
Detroit - Beer drinkers can’t claim blissful ignorance for much longer. Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer’s calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving. Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren’t legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020. Many brands, including Corona Light, Guinness, Heineken and Coors Light, already have calories and other nutrition information on their bottles or packaging. But it’s in small type, or hidden on the bottom of the six-pack, and ingredients aren’t listed. Bud Light went with a big, black-and-white label, similar to...
Parshas Bo/ Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP!   Baltimore, MD – Jan. 11, 2019 Parshas: Bo Today:    5 Shevat Chatzos: 12:15 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 4:45 PM Shkiah:                   5:03:15 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  5:54 PM   Kiddush Levanah: Jan. 9, 3:52 AM – Jan. 20 10:14 PM
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss next week’s oral arguments, but her recovery from surgery remains “on track,” the Supreme Court said in a statement Friday. "Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments. Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required," Kathy Arberg, the Supreme Court public information officer, said in the statement. Read more at FOX News
Flu seasons have been particularly severe in recent years and this one in no different. An estimated 6.2 million to 7.3 million people in the United States have been sick with the flu since October, federal health officials said Friday. At least half of those people have sought medical care for their illness and 69,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized during the Oct. 1 to Jan. 5 period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. This is the first time the CDC has provided such flu estimates for the 2018-2019 season. The estimates are extrapolated from data from about 27 million people, or about 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, federal health officials said. The CDC wouldn't provide data on how many people have died from flu-like illness so far this sea...
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