Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that he would look into an alleged corruption saga that has reportedly been holding up the construction of a shul in the city of Uman for more than a decade.
Zelensky’s remarks came during a meeting with Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, shortly before the president held his first-ever meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.
The saga began more than 10 years ago, when Israeli businessman Yisrael Elhadad acquired a large parcel of land in Uman, near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Chassidic movement.
He planned to build a massive Jewish center on the site, with a large shul and a mikvah. The need was great, he ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s running for the Democratic nomination for president, responded to President Trump’s Tuesday remarks that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are showing a “lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
“I am a proud Jewish person, and I have no concerns about voting Democratic,” Sanders said to a cheering crowd Tuesday night at a Sioux City, Iowa, rally.
“And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States,” he added.
Sanders’s comments come just hours after Trump told reporters, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Read more at The Hill.
Brooklyn - Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that an 18-year-old Queens man has been indicted for reckless manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and other charges for killing a cyclist at a Midwood intersection when he allegedly sped through a steady red light and collided with an SUV, causing it to strike the victim who was waiting for the light to change.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This tragic case illustrates the dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians when drivers choose to recklessly ignore the rules of the road. I urge all motorists to obey the speed limit, follow all traffic laws and yield the right of way to those who share our streets. If they don’t, they might take a life in an instant – and face serious ...
A 30-year-old suspect in the July 28 synagogue shooting in Miami-Dade County has been arrested, the Miami-Dade Police Department reported on Tuesday night, Local10.com reports.
The gunman, police officers identified as Carlints St. Louis, was in a black Chevrolet Impala when he stopped in front of Young Israel of North Miami Beach and fired his weapon. St. Louis, of Hallandale Beach, is a Hertz Rent A Car employee, and he was arrested at shopping mall in North Miami Beach, according to the arrest form.
Yosef Lifshutz, 68, was approaching the shul when he was wounded. He tried to escape the gunfire, but he collapsed on the ground. Lifshutz was born in Rochester, New York, and is an active member of Young Israel of North Miami Beach. He has undergone 15 sur...
It has been widely disseminated over the last day that Rav Elya Brudny, rosh yeshiva of Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn, has advised that while normative water-related activities are fine to engage in, other water sports, especially those that involve a modicum of danger, should be avoided, in light of the preponderance of water-related tragedies in the frum community this summer.
Rav Brudny did not issue a halachic p’sakregarding this matter, but shared his personal feeling regarding the proper hanhagah of a Torah Jew.
Matzav.com has reported no less than 8 drowning incidents over the course of the summer.
In general, what are the parameters of engaging in sports and activities that involve some danger?
Let’s take a look.
The prevailing ...
The measles outbreak spreading across the country has spiked to 1,200 confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In an update Monday, the CDC confirmed that there have been 1,203 individual cases in 30 states as of Aug. 15, an increase of 21 cases from the previous week.
Alaska and Ohio saw new cases for the first time early last month, bringing the total number of states affected by cases to 30, Reuters reported.
The outbreak is on track to be the worst since 1992 and since measles was declared “eliminated” in the United States in 2000.
Read more at The Hill.
Hatzolah of central Jersey responded to a call this morning in Jackson, NJ, for a toddler who was found unconscious in a pool.
The incident occurred in the last hour.
Hatzolah members found the two-year-old in cardiac arrest and immediately began performing life-saving measures. After recovering a pulse, the child was transported by ambulance to the hospital in critical condition.
All are asked to daven for Chaim Refoel ben Batya.
The building has been a landmark of our community, sitting on the busiest and most visible corner in Pikesville. You may have noticed some new signage, which confirms that the winds of change are moving through. Yes, the familiar yellow building on the corner of Reisterstown Road and Old Court Road is now under new ownership and management, with Shua Bier's Platinum Law Group, LLC as its most visible tenant.
There are a few vacancies for both suites and executive offices, with month-by-month pricing starting at just $450 per month for a private office (and use of the conference room and other shared amenities. The building has been a breeding ground for many young successful businesses in our community, with several successful businesses still occupying bigger spaces in the bui...
On Tuesday night, United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command center received an urgent call regarding a father and his three children who were lost in Nachal Sorek. The phone call came in from a “kosher” phone that does not have GPS tracking availability. According to the person who made the call the family members had gotten lost while on a bicycle trip through the wadi.
The trail winds around the wadi which is located in the Lachish region. Due to the family being lost for a lengthy period of time, the caller told the dispatch that they had run out of water and food.
The dispatcher immediately notified the closest responders all along the trail and the police. A united rescue operation was immediately undertaken. Volunteers from United Hatzalah together with volunteers fr...
BALTIMORE, MD — They're the uninvited guests at every picnic. The buzzing nuisance who arrives early and refuses to leave. We're talking of course about mosquitos, the flying bloodsuckers whose bites leave your skin irritated for days.
Worst of all, Baltimore was listed among the top cities across the United States impacted by mosquitos. In honor of World Mosquito Day, which occurred on Aug. 20, the pest control company Terminix released its annual list of the Top 50 Mosquito Cities.
Terminix determined the rankings by using service data across more than 300 company branches nationwide, and identified the cities where residents needed the highest number of mosquito services last year.
Baltimore ranked 9th worst in the country, behind Memphis and ahead of Chicag...
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
- Emma Lazarus
It should come as no surprise that a Jew wrote the powerful words of exhortation and welcome engraved on the Statue of Liberty. These words proclaim the noble potential of America with alarming clarity. Millions have arrived in New York Harbor to be embraced by these words. How frightening then is it to realize that we have come to a time in our American experiment when the tone and policy of our government makes mockery of the great promise of that mighty statue and the sacred power of Emma Lazarus’ words.
Close to 100 leaders of the Daf Yomi community flocked to Flatbush to learn more about the Agudah’s upcoming Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi taking place at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020.
Agudah executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel welcomed participants warmly at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin, introducing Agudah chairman of the board Shlomo Werdiger who spoke about the unprecedented wave of hasmada that has taken place in recent months, as excitement for The Siyum continues to build in every corner of the world.
Numerous global initiatives to promote limud haTorah h...
Congratulations to #SinaiHospital President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Jonathan Ringo who made the 2019 list of "105 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems" from Becker's Hospital Review.
Jonathan Ringo, MD. Senior Vice President, President and COO of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. As an executive leader of Sinai Hospital, Dr. Ringo oversees operations at the 500-bed independent teaching and research hospital. He also serves as senior vice president for LifeBridge Health, a four-hospital health system in Baltimore. Dr. Ringo is responsible for the system's move from fee-to-service to value-based care. Before joining Sinai Hospital, he served as director of population health at Northwell Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Dr. Ringo has received...
President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his call for Russia to be allowed to rejoin the Group of Seven industrial nations, saying it’s “more appropriate to have Russia in.”
Trump was speaking with reporters in the Oval Office days before he is set to arrive in France for this weekend’s G-7 summit.
“I guess President Obama, because Putin outsmarted him – President Obama thought it wasn’t a good thing to have Russia in, so he wanted Russia out,” Trump said, referring to his predecessor’s push for a united stand against Russia after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region. “But I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in.”
He added that “if somebody would make that motion, I would certainly be disp...
Mazel Tov to Mr and Mrs Daniel Schwartz, on the engagement of their daughter, Elka, To Zechariah Reisch from Woodmere. May the entire mishpocha have nachas.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. TEVA, +4.47% said Tuesday its FDA-approved generic version of the EpiPen is available in the U.S. at most retail pharmacies at a wholesale cost of $300 for a 2-pack. The news comes after a period of shortages for the EpiPen, a life-saving allergy treatment that is made by Mylan N.V. MYL, -0.52%.
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Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau on Tuesday ordered to delay the burial of the mother of a Get refuser who has been keeping his ex-wife in a state of Aguna for more than a decade.
Five years ago, the man remarried in an unofficial rabbinical court, leaving his first wife without a Get which keeps her from being remarried in a religious ceremony.
The Chief Rabbi ordered Israel’s burial society to refrain from burying the mother, whose coffin had arrived overnight from the US to Israel, until the order of the United States Rabbinical Court is upheld.
Rabbi Lau said: “We hope this move will bring about a speedy Get and the woman will be released from her moorings after so many years.”
Read More @ JewishPress
Los Angeles - Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities.
In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they’re placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. Some said they’ve been denied wheelchairs and a deaf detainee who communicates in American Sign Language said he has not been provided an interpreter.
The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, sta...
London - Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.
Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern Monday at the rising incidence of measles. He said Britain had a great record in fighting the disease but things were suddenly “going in the wrong direction,” with 230 new measles cases in the first few months of this year.
He said authorities need to address misleading information online about vaccinations.
“I’m afraid people have been listening to that superstitious mumbo jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff and thinking that the MMR...