Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas apparently backed out of a meeting with a 31-member GOP delegation at the last minute on Tuesday, sending other senior officials to meet them in his stead.
The incident comes just a week after Abbas met a 41-member Democratic delegation led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), during which he said he would not accept American “dictates.”
Abbas’s P.A. has boycotted the U.S. administration ever since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.
Though PLO General Secretary Saeb Erekat and P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh were sent to meet the Republicans, several legislators opted not to go to Ramallah after Abbas announced his cancellation.
Those who did attend were told ...
The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said on Tuesday that during the next round of fighting between Israel and Hamas the terrorist organization would rain “hundreds of rockets” on the Jewish state at a time. Hamas claimed in June to have overwhelmed Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system with concentrated rocket salvos.
Sinwar’s remarks came during a meeting with residents of Khan Younis in southern Gaza on Tuesday evening, where he discussed Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz’s statement last week that Israel’s next round of fighting with Hamas “would be the last.”
“I urge Benny Gantz to remember how the IDF failed when confronting the residents of eastern Gaza during [Operation] Protective Edge, when he was I...
Chayeinu* is pleased to announce that representatives from the Orthodox yeshivos and day schools in Baltimore participated in a meeting on August 5th to establish policies for dealing with alcohol and drug use. The group developed a core set of principles that each school will refine for itself, with input from its menahalim, guidance counselors and vaad hachinuch leadership. Rather than start from scratch, the schools are adapting policies that have been used successfully by schools in other communities. In so doing, local schools acknowledge our collective responsibility for the students in all Baltimore yeshivos and day schools.
The development of policies recognizes that addiction is a disease, and we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to seek and receive help...
Mazel Tov to Yaelle and Ariel Fromowitz on the birth of a son! Mazel Tov to grandparents Elly and Shayndee Lasson! Mazel Tov to great-grand parents, Rabbi Dr Moshe and Greta Lasson and other great-grandmother, Eleanor Frankel!
Mazel tov to Shimmy and Chani Sichel on the birth of a son! Mazel tov to the grandparents, Steve and Leah Sichel and Moshe and Suri Rosen of Brooklyn NY.
Bike 4 Chai 2019 kicked off this morning; 180 mile bike ride from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey all the way to Camp Simcha. Wishing all the riders, especially TEAM BALTIMORE, hatzlacha! Team Baltimore Riders:Dr. Gary BaumanBaruch BitmanShlomo CaplanLarry FranksAJ GordonEli GreengartJonathan Lerner Mordechai LeybovichAlan Aharon NewmanTzvi ShearGavriel WealcatchDaniel WealcatchBinyomin WealcatchDr. Shmuli WealcatchBenjamin WeiskindEliezer Zweig
Join us this evening August 14, 2019 at the home of the Wolasky's @ 8pm to help support R' Bauman z"l family!
Rabbi Reuven Bauman z”l dedicated his life to helping others, and tragically gave his life attempting to save the lives of others. The heartbreaking petirah of this young, dynamic and dedicated rebbi shook the close-knit community of Norfolk, Virginia and the entire world. For days, Klal Yisroel joined together in tefillah as hundreds of Yidden from around the country galvanized to search for Rabbi Bauman after he was swept away by a strong wave. Sadly, Rabbi Bauman did not make it back to shore and his body was recovered six days after a search began by devoted volunteers created a world-wide Kiddush Hashem.
Over those six days, Klal Yisroel was united as t...
Stocks plunged on Wednesday, giving back Tuesday’s solid gains, after the U.S. bond market flashed a troubling signal about the U.S. economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 650 points or 2.5%, while the S&P 500 fell 2.5% and Nasdaq Composite declined 2.9%. The Cboe Volatility Index, aka Wall Street’s fear gauge, jumped to a high of 22 on Wednesday.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note on Wednesday broke below the 2-year rate, an odd bond market phenomenon that has been a reliable indicator of economic recessions. Investors, worried about the state of the economy, rushed to long-term safe haven assets, pushing the yield on the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond to a new record low on Wednesday.
12th Siyum Anniversary from Agudath Israel on Vimeo.
When some 90,000 yidden united seven years ago at the 12th Siyum HaShas, it was by far the greatest gathering of Kavod Shamayim and Kavod HaTorah in contemporary history – coming after the previous Siyumim set record after record. Attendance at the 12th Siyum was roughly double that of the 11th Siyum – and mostly at a single location: MetLife Stadium, the largest arena in the Northeast. The sophistication of every aspect of The Siyum – and the resulting level of inspiration – was unlike anything the world has ever seen. “We are all gathered here to celebrate and proclaim that, ‘Yisroel v’oraysa chad hu’!” exclaimed the Novominsker Rebbe shlit”a, Rosh Agudas Yisroel. Thous...
The Ivy Bookshop is sending out new shoots.
The independent Baltimore bookstore, which has been a haven for serious readers since 2001, will leave its Baltimore County location at 6080 Falls Road next spring and move two blocks south over the city line to the site of the former Divine Life Church.
The 2,704-square-foot property at 5928 Falls Road is more than three times the size of the Ivy’s existing space and is located on 2.5 acres with a meditation pathway and landscaped garden that the store has promised to maintain as a public green space.
Emma Snyder, who became the bookstore’s sole owner earlier this year, said this will be the first time the Ivy has owned its own home — a development she said will put the much-loved arts instit...
Fondant from David Rosen Bakery Supply, in industrial sized containers, bears an unauthorized STAR-K symbol.
Corrective action is being taken.
Washington - Rising tensions over trade have dimmed Americans’ opinions of China.
A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 60% say they have an unfavorable view of China — up from 47% last year to the highest proportion since Pew started asking the question 14 years ago.
The survey results being released Tuesday found that 24% of Americans regard China as America’s top threat for the future, the same percentage that said so of Russia. North Korea (12 was the only other country to draw double-digit concern.
The Trump administration and Beijing have been clashing for more than a year over allegations that China steals trade secrets, pressures foreign companies to hand over technology and unfairly subsidizes the country’s own companies.
Chicago - United Airlines is setting an earlier cut-off time when pilots must stop drinking alcohol before flights.
The airline is telling pilots they must abstain from alcohol for 12 hours before flights, up from a previous ban lasting eight hours.
The change in the so-called bottle-to-throttle rule comes after two United pilots were arrested in Scotland and charged with suspicion of being under the influence before a flight to the U.S.
The old 8-hour limit complied with Federal Aviation Administration rules, which also prohibit pilots from flying with a blood-alcohol content at or above 0.04%.
A United Airlines spokesman says the new policy was sent to pilots a week ago and took effect last Saturday.
Frankfort, KY - The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes deliberately violated federal law by funneling corporate contributions to his daughter’s failed 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of a trial.
Jerry Lundergan’s attorney characterized the contributions as mistakes during a hectic period when Grimes’ campaign against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell got off to a “rough start.” But those mistakes did not amount to crimes, defense attorney J. Guthrie True said.
Both sides made opening arguments in a federal jury trial that could last about four weeks in Kentucky’s capital city. Lundergan and another defendant, Dale Emmons, are accused of taking part in a conspiracy to funnel illegal ...
Caracas, Venezuela - Legislators loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday stripped immunity from four opposition lawmakers accused of treason amid a struggle for control of the crisis-stricken nation.
The move brings to 18 the number of opposition politicians Maduro’s government has threatened with criminal prosecution so far this year.
Socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello oversaw the unanimous vote as head of the National Constituent Assembly, the legislative body stacked with Maduro’s allies that rivals the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Its members cheered and waved Venezuelan flags overhead throughout the afternoon session.
“Justice is slow, but it gets to where it has to go,” said Cabello, justifying the move depri...
New York - CBS and Viacom announced a long-anticipated reunion Tuesday, bringing together their television networks and the Paramount movie studio as traditional media giants bulk up to challenge streaming companies like Netflix.
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who will become CEO of the combined company, said the new ViacomCBS will be “one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry.”
Analysts say the reunion will help both companies navigate an ever-competitive streaming landscape.
Viacom owns Paramount Pictures and pay TV channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and BET, while CBS has a broadcast network, television stations, Showtime and a stake in The CW over-the-air network. MoffettNathanson analyst Michael...
Phoenix, AZ - Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he’s thinking about running for Congress in Arizona.
Schilling confirmed in an email to The Arizona Republic on Monday that he’s considering a run. He declined to say which district he’d run in and wrote that “the illegal immigration issue is not a joke.”
Schilling, 52, helped the Arizona Diamondbacks to its only World Series championship in 2001. He won another World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
He was later fired as an ESPN commentator for controversial online comments.
He’s an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, who tweeted, “Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!”
Schilling has ...
Chicago - Airbus is stretching its lead over Boeing in aircraft deliveries as Boeing continues to be held back by the grounding of its 737 Max.
Chicago-based Boeing said Tuesday it delivered 19 planes in July, down from 39 in July 2018. It also reported that it received no new orders for the Max in July — the fourth straight month without an order.
European rival Airbus reported 69 deliveries last month, including 52 A320neo and A321neo jets that compete with the Max.
This year through July, Boeing has delivered 258 airliners. That’s down 38% from a year earlier, and far behind Airbus’ 458 deliveries.
Boeing halted Max deliveries in March after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.
New orders for Boeing jets have plunged 71% through t...
Washington - A top Trump administration official said Tuesday that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about “people coming from Europe” and that America is looking to receive migrants “who can stand on their own two feet.”
The comments from Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, came a day after the Trump administration announced it would seek to deny green cards to migrants who seek Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. The move — and Cuccinelli’s defense — prompted an outcry from Democrats and immigration advocates who said the policy would favor wealthier immigrants and disadvantage those from poorer countries ...
Tokyo - Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs of Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.2% in early trading to 20,691.10, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.5% to 6,598.50. South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.3% to 1,951.33. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.3% to 25,618.67. The Shanghai Composite edged up 0.9% to 2,822.30.
Also boosting investor sentiments were comments from China that the two sides held discussions on trade overnight and would talk again the next two weeks.
The benchmark S&P 500 snapped a two-day losing streak and rose 42.57 points, or 1.5%, to 2,926.32. It had been up as much as 2.1%. The Dow Jo...