In accordance with a 2015 law, Israeli drivers’ licenses will now include Hebrew dates of birth.
Implementation of the law was delayed to verify that addition of a Hebrew date would not negatively impact international acceptance of Israeli licenses.
A court ruled in 2015 that the two-year restrictive period for new drivers may be determined according to Hebrew years, which are often shorter.
In general, Israeli law mandates use of the Hebrew calendar in all state documents, correspondence and publications.
Kichol V’lavan chairman Benny Gantz spoke with the Kretchnif Rebbe on Wednesday when they both visited the home of Deputy Minister Meir Porush, who was sitting shiva for his brother, according to a Kan News report.
The Kretchnif Rebbe asked Gantz about his partner, Yair Lapid, known for his vicious anti-haredi rhetoric. Lapid’s presence in Blue and White is an insurmountable obstacle to the party possibly forming a coalition with the charedi parties in the 22nd Knesset.
“What’s with your partner Yair Lapid,” the Kretchnif Rebbe inquired.
“My partner is behaving better all the time. It will be okay,” Gantz responded.
At that point, Porush, sitting on a low chair in front of the two men, said, “We don’t want them saying th...
President Donald Trump is celebrating his 73rd birthday Friday.
Born in 1946, Trump was the oldest President to be sworn into office. He took the oath at 70 years, 220 days old. Ronald Regan was sworn in at 69 years, 349 days old.
If President Trump completes a second term in office, he will become the oldest currently-serving President. Reagan was 77 years, 349 days old at the end of his presidency.
US President Trump has rejected Iran's rejections that it was involved in an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
President Donald Trump on Friday doubled down in accusing Iran of executing twin tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, saying the incident had Iran "written all over it."
"Iran did do it," Trump said in an interview on television program Fox and Friends, after the US military released footage it said showed an Iranian patrol boat removing an "unexploded limpet mine" from one of the tankers.
"You know they did it because you saw the boat," Trump said. "I guess one of the mines didn't explode and it's probably got essentially Iran written all over it."
"You saw the boat at night, successfully trying to take the mine off - and that was exposed."
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a British court Friday that “175 years of my life is effectively at stake,” as a judge ruled that he would face a full extradition hearing in early 2020.
At a largely procedural hearing, Assange appeared via a video link from Belmarsh, a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of London.
Assange sported a shaggy white beard and wore a blue sweatshirt and black-framed glasses. He looked tired. His lawyers said he was receiving medical care at the prison.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court said the full extradition hearing to decide whether Assange should be sent to the United States to stand trial for espionage will take place in February next year. A handful of protesters outside the court held banners that...
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest beer maker, said on Thursday it was opening a cybersecurity unit in Israel to help protect itself from a growing number of attacks.
Israel is a leader in cybersecurity and many of the world’s largest companies have opened centers there or acquired Israeli tech firms to defend themselves against hackers as the reliance on digital networks and cloud storage becomes more prevalent.
AB InBev’s Tel Aviv hub will focus on analyzing threats and potential attacks, said Luis Veronesi, vice president of global security and compliance. The company did not disclose financial details of the move.
Veronesi told Reuters that AB InBev and the entire industry have been facing increased cyber attacks, ranging from “financially m...
Rose Marie Bentley of Oregon died at the age of 99, with only one doctor ever realizing that all her organs except her heart were misplaced, in a medical condition known as “situs invertus with levocardia.” The doctor who noticed that her liver, stomach and other abdominal organs were reversed right to left, entered the information into a report, which was never seen again until after her passing.
One in 22,000 people are born with this condition, many with heart defects, and their chance of reaching adulthood is one in 50 million.
The only chronic complaint Bentley suffered from was arthritis, her children said.
Moderating a panel in Jerusalem this week titled “The Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism: The Media, BDS and Celebrated Bigotry,” David Hazony, executive director of the Israel Innovation Fund, analyzed the issue right off the bat: “What you are seeing on [North American college] campuses is only a thin slice of the anti-Semitic beast that has emerged in our public life around the world in the last six months, in the last year.”
The event was hosted by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), in partnership with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Hazony’s organization.
Hazony added, “All of a sudden, The New York Times’ editorial-page cartoons; all of a sudden, columns; all of a sudden, valedictory ad...
President Trump on Friday said former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t “have what it takes” to become president.
“It means mental capacity, it means a lot of different things,” the president said in a phone call interview with Fox News.
The president predicted the Democratic nomination for president was between the three current Democratic frontrunners: Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Trump said he’d “love” to run against any of them.
Read more at The Hill.
President Donald Trump said Friday that he will not fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.
“Well I got briefed on it yesterday, and it looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech, and that’s just not fair,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News.
His comments came a day after the Office of Special Counsel publicly recommended Conway’s removal from federal office, calling her a “repeat offender.”
A report submitted to Trump found that Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capaci...
The Justice Department backed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s refusal to turn over President Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Baltimore MD - June 13, 2019 - On Tuesday, June 11, Dr. Roneet Lev spoke to an audience of about 150 adults and teens at Congregation Shomrei Emunah under the auspices of Chayeinu*. Dr. Lev is the first chief medical officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She has 25 years of experience as an emergency physician treating frontline cases of addiction.
Dr. Lev’s presentation topic was “It’s Just Marijuana, Right?” She is outspoken in her concern about the trend in downplaying the potential dangers of marijuana, especially for teens and other young people under the age of 25, whose brains are still in the developmental phase. She notes that people who use marijuana with some regularity before age 25 are 4 to 7 times more likely than ...
Pretty open-and-shut, it would seem.
At a 2014 festival-cum-ski-race northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, a large crowd of revelers was being overseen by a small crew of state police.
One of the officers, Sergeant Luis Nieves, approached a group of merrymakers to ask them to move their beer keg out of the reach of minors. Russell Bartlett, one of the celebrants, objected. When spoken to by Sergeant Nieves, Mr. Bartlett refused to respond, which was his constitutional right.
Nearby, another trooper, Bryce Weight, was questioning some suspected underage drinkers. Mr. Bartlett, who was old enough to legally drink and seemed to have availed himself of that permission, approached and, moving very close to Officer Weight, told the policeman to leave the young people alone. Weight pushed Mr. Bart...
Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2019 - Ohr Chadash Academy (OCA) celebrated the school’s first graduation of its 8th grade class on Wednesday, June 13. Graduates were in 1st grade when OCA opened its doors eight years ago and are the first class to graduate as 8th graders.
The following students received their 8th grade diplomas:
Yaakov Abramson, Dani Carter, Neima Fogel, Jessie Gaither, Ayala Goffin, Shalom Henesch, Yoni Kidorf, Zacky Lerner, Isaac Reitberger, Jonathan Rosen, Eli Silberfarb, Chaya Sternbach, Yoffi Storch, and Yakov Weinreb.
Speakers Terri Rosen (Board President), Ayala Goffin, Yoni Kidorf, Dani Carter (graduates) and Rabbi Moshe Margolese (Principal) reflected on the progression of this class from 1st graders to 8th grade graduates at OCA. ...
Twitter Inc on Thursday said it removed thousands of accounts linked to coordinated, state-backed activities it believes were from the Iranian government and archived them to its public database launched last year.
In the latest purge of information, the company said it believes 4,779 accounts were associated or backed by Iran.
The micro-blogging site also said it had removed and archived four accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” that has been indicted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
It also removed and archived 130 accounts tied to the Catalan independence movement in Spain, and 33 accounts engaged in manipulative behavior related to Venezuela.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore County has ruled an 18-year-old Pikesville woman’s suspicious death to be a homicide by a gunshot wound.
Dymond Ariel Jones, 18, was found dead on the scene when officers responded to her home in 7400 block of Kathydale Road Tuesday night. Police were dispatched to the location for a “medical emergency” call just before 10 p.m. that night.
Police initially could only say Jones had suffered “trauma to the upper body.”
“This case is wide open right now,” said officer Jennifer Peach, a police spokeswoman. She said investigators were trying to “narrow” the scope. Read more at Baltimore Sun
Washington - President Donald Trump is calling Iran “a nation of terror,” saying Iran’s responsibility for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman was “exposed” by the United States.
Calling into “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Trump says of the Thursday attacks, “Iran did do it.” He cites video purporting to show an Iranian boat removing what the U.S. says is an unexploded mine from one of the vessels.
Iran has denied any role in the attacks.
Trump cites no new potential U.S. responses, saying the U.S. has been “very tough on sanctions.” He says, “They’ve been told in very strong terms we want to get them back to the table.”
Trump is warning Iran not to close off the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying if...
Beijing - China has summoned a U.S. envoy in Beijing to protest what it calls “irresponsible words and deeds” on an extradition bill that has triggered massive demonstrations in Hong Kong.
China’s foreign ministry said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Robert Forden, the U.S. embassy’s deputy chief of mission, on Friday.
The ministry says Le told Forden that external forces should not intervene in Hong Kong’s affairs, which are an internal Chinese matter.
Le urged the U.S. to treat the semi-autonomous region’s government “objectively and fairly.” The statement added that “China will respond further to the U.S.‘s actions.”
U.S. politicians including Nancy Pelosi have expressed support for Hong Kong residents prote...
A well-dressed straphanger caught on cellphone video bombarding a Jewish man with anti-Semitic slurs at a Brooklyn subway stop tried to get rid of the evidence by grabbing his victim’s phone and flinging it at an oncoming train — but the phone was not damaged and cops were able to retrieve the video, officials said.
Police on Friday released portions of the video in the hopes that someone recognizes the suspect in the bias incident at the Gates Ave./Broadway J train stop in Bushwick.
Police said the suspect and 33-year-old victim were waiting for a southbound train about 8 a.m. Thursday when they started arguing with each other. When the suspect started referencing Hitler and screaming “F--- all Jews” and “Kill all Jews...
HaGaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, visited the Aish World Center, Dan Family Building across from the Western Wall.
The entrances of the Aish World Center were packed with people trying to get a glimpse of Rav Chaim. Rav Chaim entered the building through Aish’s Kotel Plaza ‘Hochstein Entrance’ and took the elevator up to the Aish World Center rooftop terrace, overlooking the Kotel and Temple Mount, to daven mincha. The roof of the Aish World Center has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives and surrounding mountains.
After Mincha, Rav Chaim went downstairs to visit the students and Rebbeim at Yeshivas Aish HaTorah to wish them a bracha and hazlacha.
Aish HaTorah is a worldwide organization that empowers every Jew to discov...