Jerusalem, Israel - Dec. 9, 2019 - On a very wet and rainy Thursday evening, The Jerusalem Cinematheque was the scene of a unique fundraising project. In spite of heavy rain, Theater #1 was full with family, friends, and supporters, to see the premiere of the documentary film, "The Declaration of Independence of Yitzchak Shmidman," created by Shlomi Kombor and Moshe Yonas. Seats in a smaller theater had sold out so quickly the event was moved to the larger space.
Kombor and Yonas, leaders of the creative team of the Community Television Department of Idan, started out to make three short films for Idan. Since 1983, Idan, a non-profit public organization has been providing health and community services to senior citizens in Jerusalem, Israel, at the Bayer House in Ramot Eshkol an...
One of my editors suggested that I mention to those who are squeamish that this article will be graphic about aspects of shechitah, so I am fulfilling this request.
When Yankel returns from kollel one day, his wife Miriam asks for his advice about the following situation. While visiting a neighbor, Miriam noticed her neighbor using a brand of meat that nobody she knows considers reliably kosher. "Should I tell her that her meat does not have a good hechsher?"
Question #2: Chayim asks me the following: "In parshas Vayeishev, Rashi mentions that Yosef reported to his father that his brothers ate meat that was prohibited, even for a Ben Noach; but Yosef was mistaken — the brothers were very careful to eat only properly shechted meat. Could it be that they were following ...
This past Thursday, Mefoar Judaica had the honor and pleasure to host an illustrious guest, the Satmar Rebbe from Yerushalayim, Shlit’a, in honor of the “kvias mezuzah” of a brand new extension to Mefoar’s headquarters.
As the Rav browsed the perimeter of Mefoar’s premises he marveled at the eye catching displays of Judaica items with open admiration. Later, as her conversed with the world renowned mechanech R’ Leibish Lish, Shlit’a, the Rav expressed his awe at the quality workmanship and kashrus standards of the toys manufactured by Mefoar Judacia emphasizing his wonder on the newly released “Kidchachka” which is making waves amongst the kids of klal yisroel.
The Rav’s amazement was evident when it was revealed tha...
The U.S. attorney who is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe released a rare statement Monday saying he disagrees with conclusions of the so-called FISA report -- after DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in that review that the probe's launch largely complied with DOJ and FBI policies.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” U.S. Attorney John Durham said in a statement.
Horowitz released his report Monday saying his investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrou...
Watch: Massive Flooding In The City Of Ashkelon Due To Torrential Rainpour
President Donald Trump said his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani planned to issue a report to the Justice Department and Congress detailing what he’d learned from his investigations in Ukraine.
Trump claimed not to know what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine this week or what he found out while there, but he asserted that Giuliani says “he has a lot of good information.”
“He’s going to make a report, I think to the attorney general and to Congress,” Trump told reporters Saturday outside the White House. “He says he has a lot of good information. I have not spoken to him about that information yet.”
“I hear he has found plenty,” Trump added.
During Giuliani’s trip to Ukraine, the country at the center of the impeachment inquir...
The Justice Department’s inspector general on Monday released the long-awaited internal review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation, revealing that while the probe's launch complied with DOJ and FBI policies, there are "significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised."
Specifically, the report concluded that investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the Russia investigation -- but faulted the FBI over numerous "omissions" and "inaccuracies" in the application process.
Electric and autonomous car company Tesla is moving forward with its plans to enter the Israeli market. The company has hired local lawyers and custom brokers to accompany Tesla Europe representatives from the Netherlands to meetings with the Israeli ministries of transportation and energy, according to several people familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. The purpose of the meetings was to examine the legal demands Tesla will face as a local car distributor, the people said.
Up until recently, Israeli law required companies importing cars to have at least 90% of their shares owned by Israelis, but, since September, a company only needs to be headed by an Israeli to operate. Last month, Tesla incorporated locally as Tesla Motors Israel. The company has ...
“Usually, you’re not supposed to interfere with the election in other countries, but in this case I’m going to make an exception. Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite.”
So said Blue and White No. 2 Yair Lapid in Jerusalem on Monday in front of 25 pro-Israel parliamentarians from around the world during a question-and-answer session at the Israel Allies Foundation’s annual Chairman’s Conference.
“If you want to know something [about anti-Semitism] there are experts,” he added, “and the experts are called Jews. So I’m an expert on this one. And we can tell an anti-Semite when we see one. This is old-school, plain anti-Semitism, just using new excuses. And anyone in his right mind should take this into consideration while walking into t...
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday he believed the US military had sufficient capability in the Middle East for now to deter conflict, dismissing a media report that a major troop increase was under consideration amid tension with Iran.
Esper, speaking to a small group of reporters, did not rule out rotations of forces or even minor increases in the future.
“But nothing in terms of the numbers — 14,000 — it’s just a completely false report,” Esper said as he flew to California for a defense forum at the Reagan Library. “Every commander wants more and more capabilities, wherever they are. But right now we believe we have sufficient capability in the theater to deter what we’ve needed to deter.”
He added that he regularly reviews...
President Trump said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “everything” to lose after Pyongyang reported a “very important test” at a rocket site.
“Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” Trump tweeted.
“He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November,” he added.
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!” he wrote.
Read more at&nb...
The World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee voted Monday to bar Russia from competing at the next two Olympic Games.
The decision means Russia will have no formal presence at next year’s Summer Games or the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Similar to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Russians who have not been implicated in the country’s state-sponsored doping scheme will be allowed to compete in Tokyo as unaffiliated athletes. In PyeongChang, 168 Russians competed as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”
After being banned from the 2018 Games, the country and its Russian Anti-Doping Agency were conditionally reinstated in September 2018, but Russian officials were caught earlier this year manipulating data from its Moscow anti-doping laboratory and misleading ...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., earned nearly $2 million working as a consultant for corporations and financial firms while she was a law professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and other law schools, according to records her campaign abruptly released Sunday evening.
Warren’s consulting work often involved companies dealing with bankruptcy, which was her specialty as an academic. Her campaign had been asked repeatedly for the information and had declined to release it multiple times.
Her work for some of the companies doesn’t fit neatly with her current presidential campaign brand as a crusader against corporate interests.
For instance, the documents released Sunday show that Warren made about $80,000 from work she did for creditors in the energy com...
The Jewish Democratic Council of America said President Trump’s remarks at the Israeli-American Council were “deeply offensive” in that they repeated “negative stereotypes that have been used historically to target Jews.”
“We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel,” Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Halie Soifer said in a statement Sunday.
During the Israeli-American Council’s 2019 national summit in Hollywood, Fla., Trump told the crowd, “A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well.”
“You’re brutal killers, not n...
Fringe Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson apparently got duped by a fake news article Monday when she claimed that President Trump had pardoned dead cult leader Charles Manson.
“There is something deeply sinister about Trump pardoning Charles Manson, even posthumously. Dog whistles of the very worst possible kind,” the also-ran tweeted at 12:53 a.m.
Except that didn’t actually happen – the article in question was from a satire website. Williamson deleted the post less than an hour later.
Read more at NY POST.
Mark D’Amico, the New Jersey man who masterminded a plot to scam GoFundMe donors with a hoax story about his ex-girlfriend helping a homeless man, pleaded guilty Friday and must now serve five years behind bars.
D’Amico’s accomplices — ex-girlfriend Katelyn McClure and homeless vet Johnny Bobbitt — have each pleaded guilty to state and federal charges for their roles in the scam. Bobbit was ordered to enter a drug rehab program, and McClure agreed to serve four years in prison as part of her plea deal.
McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 39, created a GoFundMe page in November 2017, claiming homeless drug addict Bobbitt spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s empty gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia. The fundraiser made over $400,0...
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn’t use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report.
In the lawsuit obtained by Los Angeles Times, Almog Peretz claims the synagogue did not have proper security despite a rise in anti-Semitic attacks nationally and that it did not use a $150,000 grant to upgrade safety measures.
Officials at Chabad of Poway did not immediately respond to a request from the Times seeking comment on the lawsuit.
Prosecutors have charged John Timothy Earnest with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the April 27 attack at Chabad of Poway.
According to court documents, Earnest — 19 ...
NEW YORK (AP) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has died at age 92.
Volcker headed the central bank from 1979 to 1987. When he took over, the economy was suffering from runaway inflation.
Volcker pushed interest rates to historic highs to tame it, triggering a recession.
More recently, President Barack Obama made him an economic adviser when he took office after the financial crisis of 2008. Volcker took charge of the Fed in August 1979, when the U.S. economy was slipping into the grip of runaway inflation. Consumer prices skyrocketed 13 percent in 1979 and then by the same amount again in 1980. Volcker worked relentlessly to bring prices under control.
WASHINGTON - One thing is for sure -- the early week is not going to feel a bit more like early fall as opposed to late fall. A strong storm system will be getting its act together across the Great Lakes region. Strong southern flow through multiple levels of the atmosphere will warm us nicely after a chilly weekend. Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 50s and lower 60s by Monday afternoon with more widespread lower 60s by Tuesday afternoon. It will be warm enough that the last thing on one's mind would be the threat for snow.
But Wednesday morning may surprise with a little sneak attack!
Late Tuesday night -- a cold front will cross the region, causing temperatures to crash from those 60s to near the freezing mark by the time sunrise arrives on Wednesday mo...
JERUSALEM (Israel Hayom) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met on Sunday with Abdallah Chatila, a Lebanese-born Swiss businessman who purchased Adolf Hitler’s hat and other Nazi memorabilia at a recent auction and donated them to Yad Vashem.
Chatila purchased the items, including Hitler’s top hat and a cocktail dress worn by his lover Eva Braun, two weeks ago.
“Your donation is of great importance at this time, when people are trying to deny historical truth. These artifacts, which you are generously making available to Yad Vashem, will help convey the legacy of the Holocaust to the next generation who will not meet survivors,” said Rivlin.
“What you did was seemingly so simple, but this act of grace shows the whole world how to fight the gl...