Baltimore, MD - Mar. 14, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi & Mrs. Aharon Saltzman on the birth of a daughter. Mazel Tov to the extended Saltzman & Miller families יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Borough Park, NY - An Upper West Side man chose to celebrate a milestone birthday Wednesday night by handing out $80 gifts and blessings to clients arriving at a Borough Park soup kitchen to pick up their weekly food packages. Zalman, who asked VIN News not to reveal his last name, said that the idea to do something special on his birthday came to him several months ago as he was reading a book by noted lecturer Rabbi Paysach Krohn that discussed a person’s divine ability to bless others on their birthday.  Looking for an appropriate venue to bless others when he turned 80 on the seventh day of the Jewish month of Adar, Zalman reached out to Rabbi Krohn who suggested he spend the evening at the Masbia soup kitchen in Borough Park. After reaching out to the soup kitchen’...
Washington - The House has unanimously approved a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to be made public. It’s a symbolic action designed to pressure Attorney General William Barr to release as much information as possible when the probe is concluded. The Democratic-backed resolution passed 420-0 on Thursday. Lawmakers in both parties have maintained there will have to be some sort of public resolution when the report is done — and privately hope that a report shows conclusions that are favorable to their own side. The nonbinding resolution calls for the public release of any report Mueller provides to Barr, with an exception for classified material. The resolution also calls for the full report to be released ...
Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) is suggesting he will protect President Donald Trump’s privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump’s tax returns. At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Thursday, Mnuchin was asked whether he would meet a request for Trump’s tax returns. Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., is expected to formally ask for those as Democrats seek to shed light on Trump’s financial dealings and potential conflicts of interest. Mnuchin said, “We will examine the request and we will follow the law ... and we will protect the president as we would any taxpayer” regarding their right to privacy. The law says the Treasury chief “shall furnish” the material, but Mnuchin d...
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Meet Jake Mordfin, a Lone Soldier from Baltimore, Maryland. Jake is 22 years old, and currently serves in Gadsar Givati. "I wanted to make Aliyah and draft since I came to Israel with my family back in 2007. In 2016 I made Aliyah and learned Hebrew at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Kibbutz Ulpan. My dream finally came true in 2017 when I drafted to the Israeli Defense Forces!"
Jerusalem - Exxon Mobil Corp is considering exploring for oil and gas in Israel, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, in what would make Exxon the first oil major to operate in the country still technically at war with Gulf Arab states. A number of large gas discoveries offshore Israel and in nearby eastern Mediterranean waters in the last decade have made Israel a potentially lucrative prospect for big energy firms. The region is emerging as a new hot spot for gas exploration and production. Until those discoveries, Israel was believed to be sitting on scant oil and gas reserves. There was little reason for energy firms to explore for energy in Israel and risk complicating operations and future investments in nearby Arab countries that hold some of the world’s larges...
Washington - A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient knew to avoid in food — but was surprised to find hiding in medicine. A new report says pills often contain so-called “inactive” ingredients capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal reactions in small numbers of people sensitive to specific compounds. And it’s hard for those patients, or even their doctors, to tell if a pill contains an extra ingredient they should avoid, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Wednesday. When the doctor sends a prescription, the pharmacist issues whatever the person&rsqu...
Washington - Aerospace giant Boeing is a juggernaut in Washington, employing a team of in-house lobbyists and blue chip firms as part of a multimillion dollar influence operation built to shape policy on Capitol Hill and inside the Trump administration. But the company’s clout goes only so far. Bowing to international pressure, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the U.S. were being grounded following the Ethiopian Airlines disaster and another crash involving the same model jet five months earlier in Indonesia. Many nations in the world had already barred the aircraft from their airspace. Trump said he didn’t want to take any chances, even though the Federal Aviation Administration had said it didn’t have any data to ...
California - Los Angeles prosecutors say they won’t charge a synagogue security guard accused of shooting a person who was recording video of the building. The Los Angeles Times reports the announcement Thursday came as the woman who was shot filed a civil lawsuit against the guard and his employer. Edduin Zelayagrunfeld was arrested last month after the shooting outside the Etz Jacob Congregation/Ohel Chana High School. Prosecutors said they wouldn’t be able to prove he wasn’t acting in self-defense. The victim described the wound as deep graze to one leg. She is Zhoie Perez, a self-described First Amendment “auditor” who pushes the bounds of her rights in public spaces and posts videos to YouTube. Her lawsuit alleges assault and discrimination. The guar...
Warsaw - An opposition lawmaker in Poland is demanding explanations from the parliament speaker about why a right-wing weekly with an anti-Semitic headline was available at the parliament’s hotel. Michal Kaminski said Wednesday he spotted the “Tylko Polska” paper with a front-page headline reading “How to Recognize a Jew” in the kiosk at the hotel, where lawmakers from outside Warsaw stay during parliamentary sessions, and where many of them dine. He said it was an “absolute scandal” that such “filthy texts, as if taken from Nazi newspapers” are sold in the Polish parliament. Kaminski appealed for explanations from Parliament Speaker Marek Kuchcinski, a member of the right-wing ruling Law and Justice party. A spokesman for the parli...
statement following the meeting. Netanyahu in turn invited Bolsonaro to visit Israel in a bid to strengthen cooperation across several areas including the economy, security, agriculture and technology. Bolsonaro, sometimes called the "Trump of the tropics" for a similar style to US President Donald Trump and rejection of multilateral diplomacy, emphasized the bond he wants to build with Netanyahu, a firm US ally. Following the warm meeting, the premier declared it was  “not a question of 'if' but of 'when'," Bolsonaro would announce an embassy move, a promise made on the campaign trail. In July of this year, Bolsonaro appeared to have gotten cold feet after Egypt, citing “scheduling issues”, cancelled the Brazilian leaders November...
Washington -  The U.S. State Department on Wednesday slammed human rights violations in China, saying the sort of abuses it had inflicted on its Muslim minorities had not been seen “since the 1930s.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted abuses in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China in the department’s annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” but told reporters that China was “in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.” “For me, you haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s,” Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department’s human rights and democracy bureau told the same briefing, referring to abuses of China’s Muslim minority. “Rounding up, in some estim...
Miami - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Wednesday offered his vision for what an independent presidency could look like, even though he still hasn’t decided whether to enter the White House race himself. In a speech at Miami Dade College, Schultz laid out his plans for protecting democracy and free enterprise and sought to show how a president elected outside the two-party system could repair the current dysfunction in Washington. Schultz also vowed to sign only legislation that has bipartisan support and to not put forward any Supreme Court nominee who cannot be confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate. “The courts have become yet another battlefield in the ongoing war between Democratic and Republican leaders,” Schultz said. “These battles have undermined o...
Hejere, Ethiopia - An emergency response team from Israel, dispatched to Ethiopia to search for remains of victims of the Ethiopian Airlines disaster, said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the site where the plane crashed. Members of the ZAKA team were seen at the site earlier this week, but they were not permitted to extract material. An Israeli official said the team in Ethiopia is frustrated. Two Israelis were among the 157 killed in the plane crash. Relatives have been wailing and beating their chests at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash as others picked through the rubble for any sign of the 157 people who died. Some family members have expressed frustration with the pace of the investigation and release of information. While a bulldozer naviga...
New York - A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York’s notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the borough’s Todt Hill section just after 9 p.m. Cali was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. There have been no arrests. No other information was provided by police. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia. Multiple press accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot in the gang, although he never faced a criminal ch...
A new initiative has been spreading on social media to put a stop to the Facebook group “Rise Up Ocean County,” an anti semitic group dedicated to stopping the growth of Orthodox families in New Jersey. Read below for the text of the forwarded message: STOP THE HATE AGAINST JEWS PROMOTED ON FACEBOOK Rise Up Ocean County is an Ocean County anti-Semitic group dedicated to demonizing Orthodox Jews. Their hate has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and many others. They use a cruel mix of insinuation, outright lies, and anti-Semitic stereotypes to spread its message; its members have written many thousands of hate-filled, anti-Semitic comments on Facebook. They hide behind the veil of free speech, even as they use open anti-Semitic language, calling all Orthodox J...
Austin, Texas - Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced Thursday that he’ll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. Until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year, O’Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso. But the Spanish-speaking 46-year-old former punk rocker became a sensation during a campaign that used grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation’s largest red state — and shattered fundraising records in the process — immediately fueling chatter that he could have higher amb...
New York - Facebook struggled to restore its services fully on Thursday after a 17-hour partial outage made the world’s largest social network inaccessible to users across the globe, driving a wave of online complaints. The number of reports on the crowd-sourced DownDetector website - one of the internet’s most used sources of numbers on outages - peaked at just over 12,000, gradually falling to a couple of hundreds by early Thursday. But with thousands of users complaining on Twitter under the hashtag #facebookdown, a number of media reports put the number affected in the millions. The BBC and a handful of other media outlets said it was the platform’s longest ever outage. Reuters was not immediately able to verify those claims. Facebook representatives took to Twitt...
Baltimore's new police commissioner is already working on getting more officers on the street. Commissioner Michael Harrison was confirmed Monday by the City Council and sworn in Tuesday. He said Wednesday he's using more civilians in positions to free up sworn officers.   Harrison told the 11 News I-Team he heard the same requests from the public in all the meetings he had leading up to his confirmation. He said residents requested that police officers be more visible and proactive. People also he said they want the Police Department to reform its practices. Harrison also told the I-Team that he plans to define what he called the core functions of the Police Department and reform how it operates. He said the focus will be to engage in a constitu...
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