CZECHOSLOVAKIA (Czech News Agency) – Prague will remove the sett pavement cobblestones from several streets in the city’s center made from old Jewish gravestones during the communist era and return them to the Jewish community, the City Hall and the Technical Road Administration (TSK) representatives agreed today.
The Jewish community, who initiated the project, will return the stones removed from the streets to the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague’s Žižkov district.
Jewish community of Prague chairman Frantisek Banyai told Czech News Agency (CTK) that if such stones are found and identified, they will be ritually returned to a place of reverence. He added that the community welcomed the city’s decision and hopes such cooperation will continue.
The Jewish communit...
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday that the Trump administration officials who provided information to the anonymous whistleblower about the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.”
“This would have been far better off if we would’ve just taken care of this behind the scenes,” Johnson said in an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “We have two branches of government. Most people, most people wanted to support Ukraine. We were trying to convince President Trump.”
Johnson’s comments come days after the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Democrats are seeking to prove that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting in exchan...
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has moved toward joining the Democratic presidential race, apologized Sunday for his handling of stop-and-frisk, a controversial policing tactic that has been criticized as a kind of racial profiling and which Bloomberg defended as recently as early this year.
Bloomberg expressed regrets at a predominantly black megachurch he has visited many times, telling congregants that he didn’t understand the full effects on African American and Latino communities quickly enough and should have curtailed the program sooner.
“I’m sorry we didn’t,” said Bloomberg. “I can’t change history. However, today I want you to know I realize back then, I was wrong.”
The speech served as one of the clearest indicators ...
The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay of an appeals court ruling that granted House Democrats access to President Trump's financial records, Chief Justice John Roberts announced on Monday.
Trump's lawyers had appealed the ruling, which was set to go into effect on Wednesday.
The subpoena from the House Oversight Committee will be unenforceable while the Supreme Court decides whether to take up the case. The panel is seeking eight years of Trump's financial records from his accounting firm.
Trump's lawyers argue that the committee has no legitimate purpose in seeking the documents.
“For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has subpoenaed the personal records of a sitting president from before he was in office,”&nbs...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Sunday with the families of two IDF soldiers whose remains are being held captive in the Gaza Strip by its ruling faction Hamas.
Following the meeting in Jerusalem, the prime minister’s office issued a statement, saying “Netanyahu updated the families on the efforts being made to return the boys and on the latest developments.
“The families raised other courses of action; the prime minister instructed his staff to evaluate the possibilities that were raised.”
Read more at i24NEWS.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana has surged to become the clear front-runner in Iowa in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released on Saturday.
Buttigieg was the top choice of 25% of likely caucus-goers, according to the poll – a 16-point increase compared to a September CNN/DMR poll.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was next at 16%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at 15% apiece.
Read more at The Washington Times.
Day by day, minute by minute, the opportunity to be part of history in the making inches ever closer.
Never before have so many people been on the verge of successfully completing the Daf Yomi cycle, bringing Rav Meir Shapiro’s dream to life in an unprecedented fashion. Never before has a Siyum HaShas sparked so many new Torah initiatives, kindling a worldwide spark of hasmadah that burns brighter with every passing day. Never before have the words ki heim chayeinu inspired tens of thousands of lomdim of all ages to commit to k’vias itim l’Torah on a regular basis. With the 13th Global Siyum HaShas poised to take its place in the record books in less than two months, senior members of Agudath Israel of America took the opportunity to exp...
A bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package found near a shul in Delft, Netherlands on Sunday, hours before a musical act from Israel was scheduled to perform.
According to local media outlets, police closed off nearby streets until they could ascertain the package was not threatening.
Jews in the Netherlands remain on high alert as antisemitism has reached worrying levels in the country and throughout Western Europe. Large numbers of European Jews have emigrated and, in a survey conducted by the European Union Agency’s for Fundamental Rights, nearly 40 percent said they feared to openly identify as Jewish “all the time” or “frequently.”
Shuls, a frequent target of attacks, require multiple layers of protection, including police, armed gu...
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday offered support for President Trump’s pardons of two U.S. service members in cases involving allegations of war crimes.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked the lawmaker about the president clearing three men accused or convicted of war crimes, adding that “Senior Pentagon officials advised the president against” the decision because they believed it would “undermine the military justice system.”
“Clearly the president is the commander-in-chief. He's well within his rights. Do you have any problem with this decision to clear these three men?” Wallace asked.
“No,” Scalise responded.&n...
Senate Republicans say the first week of House impeachment hearings hasn't moved the needle in their conference and question whether the proceedings consuming Washington have much traction outside the Beltway.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is up for reelection next year in what is increasingly becoming a battleground state, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a moderate swing vote in the upper chamber, for example, say their constituents aren’t even closely following the impeachment proceedings.
Although it is becoming increasingly clear that President Trump attempted to use military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, the bottom line for Republicans is that it doesn’t reach the threshold to re...
Question #1: Davening in Public
“I am traveling, and the only place to daven is in a crowded terminal. Are there any special laws that I need to know?”
Question #2: Bowing or Genuflecting?
Have you ever genuflected?
Question #3: Bow and Arrow!
Does bowing have anything to do with bows and arrows?
Parshas Chayei Sarah mentions that Avraham bowed to the descendants of Cheis, when they agreed to give him a burial area for Sarah (Bereishis 23:7). The parsha also mentions that Eliezer bowed to Hashem to thank Him that his mission appeared to be achieving success. These provide a special opportunity to discuss some of the laws of bowing during the shemoneh esrei. As there is far more to this topic than can be covered in one article, we will, bli neder, have to re...
Toronto – A Toronto student union has refused to support a drive to make kosher food accessible on campus because its backers are “pro-Israel.”
Last week, a Jewish student wrote to the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), asking it to consider supporting an ongoing campaign by Hillel to secure kosher food access on campus. In response, the student was told: “I doubt the Executive Committee will be comfortable recommending this motion given that the organisation hosting it (Hillel) is openly pro-Israel.”
The response email added that any move to support the kosher food campaign could be contrary to “the will of the membership,” an apparent reference to the GSU’s adoption of the Boycot...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly.
Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.
“If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said.
Senate Democratic leader Chuc...
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Bloomberg on Sunday reversed his longstanding support of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run, a policy he embraced as New York’s mayor even though it disproportionately impacted people of color.
Addressing a black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg said the practice often led to the disproportionate detaining of blacks and Latinos. He added that he “can’t change history” but now realizes “I was wrong.”
If anyone was wrongly stopped by police, “I apologize,” he said.
Bloomberg’s reversal is a notable recognition of the power and importance of black voters in the Democratic Party and the fact that his record on stop-and-frisk could be...
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said on Sunday that he believes the upcoming Inspector General report on the counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign is going to be damning evidence of wrongdoing by FBI and Justice Department officials and could lead to a full-fledged criminal investigation.
“It doesn’t take 500 pages to tell the inspector general that everything was done properly,” Ratcliffe said during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “The IG report is going to find that there were problems.”
For more than a year and a half, Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating alleged misconduct related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrants del...
A creative idea born in the Halutza community located near the Gaza border is turning rocket shards into beautiful jewelry!
From the website:
Thousands of Kassam Rockets have been fired into our communities bordering the Gaza Strip and the main purpose of these rockets are to cause nothing but chaos, destruction & death. My wife Shiran & I have collected pieces of rockets, removed the rust, filed & cut the sharp edges down & created beautiful necklaces gold or silver plated. It’s amazing to be able to turn something very hateful into a lovely piece of jewelry that symbolizes strength and beauty which is what The State of Israel is to us! Thank you for your love & support! #AmIsraelChai
“Here on the Gaza Border-We are turning a NEGATIVE into a POSI...
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is defending an unlikely target: Joe Biden.
Trump is responding to North Korea calling the former vice president and Democratic candidate a “rabid dog” who “must be beaten to death with a stick.”
Trump says in a tweeted message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Biden “may be Sleepy and Very Slow,” but says, “he is not a ‘rabid dog’” and “is actually somewhat better than that.”
Still, Trump adds he is “the only one” who can get Kim “where you have to be,” and is urging Kim to “act quickly, get the deal done.” He’s also hinting at another meeting, writing, “See you soon!”
The tweet comes amid an impeachment inve...
Hurricane Dorian inflicted losses of about $3.4 billion on the Bahamas, an amount equal to one-quarter of the Caribbean archipelago’s GDP, according to a report released Friday.
The report by the Inter-American Development Bank also said there were 67 confirmed deaths and that 282 people were still missing as of late October. Those figures have been previously reported.
Nearly 29,500 people lost homes or jobs, or were temporarily displaced by the Category 5 storm that hit Grand Bahama and Abaco islands in early September, the report said.
The development bank said reconstruction will require big investments and will take many years. Dorian was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever to make landfall, unleashing a storm surge of up to 7.6 meters (25 feet).
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across Iran, blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for “sabotage,” state television reported.
“Some people are no doubt worried by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.
Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators on Saturday in Tehran and dozens of cities across the country, Iranian news agencies and social media said, a day after the government increased the price of gasoline.
Officials said on...