New York City on Monday issued an advisory strongly recommending that everyone wear masks indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status, amid concern about the new, highly mutated strain of Covid named omicron. ” Dr. David Chokshi, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told reporters during an update.
The heads of the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency and Mossad on Sunday named a chief rabbi for the intelligence services.
A., a known figure in the national-religious sector, will be tasked with catering to agents’ spiritual needs.
The Shin Bet confirmed the report, first published by B’Sheva reporter Dvir Amar. The weekly is part of Israel National News, an Israeli media network catering to the religious-Zionist public.
The Shin Bet did not elaborate on the exact scope of the rabbi’s position and responsibilities, saying that the information was classified.
In everyday use, words are useful tools that communicate assertions, ideas, aspirations, and uncertainties. But they can also become vehicles for ideological conflict.
This is what happened to vaccine in 2021. The promising medical solution to the pandemic that upended our lives in 2020 also became a political argument and source of division. The biggest science story of our time quickly became the biggest debate in our country, and the word at the center of both stories is vaccine.
Hopes for cures and treatments of COVID-19 began as soon as the disease began to spread. Research into a new kind of vaccine containing messenger RNA, or mRNA, genetic material rather than an inactivated form of the virus was accelerated. After decades of studies conducted f...
Police are investigating antisemitic fliers that were left at homes in Beverly Hills on Sunday, hours before Chanukkah began.
The Beverly Hills Police Department revealed in a statement Sunday afternoon that it is investigating a “hate incident” that occurred overnight after a resident reported finding a flyer with hate speech in their front yard.
The flyer, which was in a plastic bag with rice “for weight,” featured “propaganda style hate speech related to the COVID pandemic and the Jewish people,” according to police. It was a single 8.5 inch-by-11 inch piece of paper.
The flyers, which were discovered at a number of homes in the northeast of the city, were canvassed and collected by police and Public Works personnel, according to police.
An usual meeting took place Monday, between hasidic rebbes (leaders), yeshiva deans, and senior rabbis from the haredi community, and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (New Hope).
Recently, Hendel has taken steps to limit cellular providers' abilities to put limits on "kosher" phones, an option which is supervised by the Rabbinical Committee for Communications. This step has infuriated the haredi community, which has many members who prefer that their phones not be able to access the internet.
Participating in the Monday meeting were the Vizhnitz Rebbe, one of the most senior hasidic leaders in Israel; Rabbi Reuven Elbaz, a member of the Shas party's Council of Torah Sages; Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, who heads the large Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem; and Rabbi Moshe Tzedaka...
A coalition that represents some 2,000 Orthodox Jewish rabbis condemned the Duke University student government's decision to deny recognition to a pro-Israel student group, claiming that the move demonstrated a "despicable double standard" on "Jew-hatred." The pro-Israel group had responded to criticism by inviting a student to engage in dialogue, but the student president had called that response "unacceptable."
"The right to reply when attacked is fundamental to civil discourse," Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director at the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), told Fox News in a statement on the letter, which he provided to Fox News. "Duke's Student Government, to the contrary, decided it's fine to slander a Jewish group but ‘unacceptable’ for t...
Washington, DC, Nov. 29, 2021—Today Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) responded to remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), after she took offense to a reference by another Member of Congress to progressives in Congress as the "Jihad Squad," and a joke directed against her saying that "she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine."
CJV noted Rep. Omar's record. She previously whitewashed the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group founded by individuals with ties to the Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood terror organizations, and which was an unindicted co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation to provide material support to Hamas. This past summer Omar claimed that Israel committed "unthinkable atrocities" when defending itself against missile attacks upon ...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 29, 2021 - On Sunday, November 21st JEWELS reached another special milestone. We proudly cut the ribbon on a new inclusive playground. This space was designed in a manner that allows for ALL children to play side by side, regardless of any physical limitations. Aside from the recreational benefits, our therapists are eager to use the playground for PT and OT as well.
Many parents, staff, board members, elected officials, and students gathered in a festive atmosphere as State Delegate John Cardin and David Kelley cut the ribbon. The playground was filled with happy children climbing and bouncing around as everyone brimmed with pride and enjoyment.
This is the only such playground in the Pikesville area that can accommodat...
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Monday that three doses of the Pfizer company's coronavirus vaccine would remain effective even against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and added that a new vaccine specifically made to combat the new strain could be ready in 100 days.
In an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell, Bourla said that his company's drug to treat the coronavirus would also remain effective against the and that Pfizer would significantly increase its production target for the pills.
He said that the Omicron vaccine would not eliminate the original vaccine's effectiveness, but it could reduce it. Therefore, Pfizer has already begun looking into the creation of a new vaccine. He said that Pfizer began creating a DNA template for a new vaccine.
Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey will resign soon in order to become a fashion designer or massage therapist, CNBC reported Monday.
According to the report, sources close to Dorsey say he is expected to submit his resignation "in the near term."
Shares of Twitter rose 11% following the report.
Dorsey, who is worth nearly $13 billion, according to Forbes, has faced scrutiny in the last year over Twitter's censorship policies, including its ban of former US President Donald Trump and Twitter's censoring of a New York Post story about the laptop of US President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 29, 2021 – As most of the community is aware, the Agudah on Park Heights is the community’s main drop-off point for sheimos. The amount of sheimos that comes through the building is immeasurable.
Inadvertently, some sefarim placed in that area were not hefker and need to be returned.
We ask anyone who might have recently purchased seforim from the Agudah shaimos room, to please check if the name Rabbi Juravel is written on the inside cover of any of the sefarim in your possession and, if so, call Mr. Jonah Ottensoser @ 410.358.2165.
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 25, 2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Joseph Siegal, z"l, father of Leah Weinhouse Edidin, (410-245-5351).
Shiva in Baltimore will be observed beginning Tuesday evening at 7:00PM at 6305 Western Run Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215.Visiting times: Tuesday, November 30, 7-9 pm, and Wednesday, Dec. 1, 9-12, 1-5, and 7-9
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Erdogan suggested Turkish ambassadors could be sent back to Israel and Egypt
Turkey will take steps to improve relations with Israel and Egypt similar to those taken with the United Arab Emirates, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published by Turkish media Monday.
"Just as a step was taken between us and the United Arab Emirates, we will take similar steps with the others," Erdogan told Turkish reporters on board his plane returning from a trip to Turkmenistan at the weekend, NTV broadcaster reported.
Regional issues strained Turkey and the UAE, but Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed's visit to Ankara last week thawed relations as the countries sealed multi-billion-dollar investments.
Erdogan suggested Turkish ambassadors could be sent...
For the first time ever, remains have been uncovered in Yavne of a building dating from the time of the Sanhedrin
Israel Antiquities Authority excavations being carried out on a massive scale in Yavne have uncovered the first evidence there of a building from the time of the Sanhedrin—the supreme legislative Jewish assembly that went into exile in Yavne after the fall of Jerusalem, some 2,000 years ago. The building contained fragments of chalk stone vessels, clear evidence of a Jewish presence. The excavation also discovered an impressive cemetery dating from the time of the Sanhedrin * The current excavation was prompted by development work on the city’s expansion, initiated by the Israel Land Authority in cooperation with Yavne municipality.
The Israel Antiquitie...
Banking executive fills position left vacant since the departure of David Friedman
After nearly a year without a US ambassador in Israel, newly confirmed envoy Thomas Nides arrived to the Jewish state on Monday morning to take up the post left vacant after the departure of David Friedman.
The Biden appointee was confirmed by the Senate on November 3 and will replace senior diplomat Michael Ratney, who has served as charge d'affaires at the US embassy in Jerusalem since June.
Nides posted on Twitter that landing at Ben Gurion Airport to be the ambassador was an unforgettable moment and that he is following the quarantine rules imposed by Israel to prevent the spread of the omicron variant, "eagerly awaiting a negative test result so I can begin to meet many of you soon!"...
Rabbi Levi Duchman recited the holiday's blessings at the Israel Pavilion in front of a large crowd
The Chief Rabbi to the United Arab Emirates lit a giant menorah at Dubai's Expo 2020 on Sunday, to mark the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Rabbi Levi Duchman recited the holiday's blessings at the Israel Pavilion in front of a large crowd, accompanied by Hanukkah songs performed by the local Jewish community's children's choir.
Among those in attendance were Israel's Consul General in Dubai Ilan Sztulman and Commissioner-General of Israel's Expo 2020 Pavilion Elazar Cohen.
Last year's Hanukkah candle lighting was the first in the history of the state.
A similar candle lighting was also held at the Bahr...
Israel’s new restrictions in light of the Omicrom Variant have gone into effect today.
As previously reported by Chaim V’Chessed, foreign tourists are now, once again, banned from entering the State of Israel. These rules will remain in effect for at least 14 days. As Chaim V’Chessed clarified yesterday, student visa holders who are fully vaccinated or recovered will continue to be granted entry into the country. Additionally, their children under age 12 continue to have the option to apply for an entry permit, despite not being vaccinated or recovered; see here.
It should be noted that visa holders will receive a rejection notice when completing the pre-flight Health Declaration. This is normal, as the Health Ministry is not awar...
Nitzan Horowitz defends government's decision to allow Shin Bet to use GPS tracking on omicron carriers
Israel's Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday that the omicron variant of Covid-19 was "under control" in the country.
“We assumed that a new variant was going to emerge. Through our defensive and coercive measures, we located this variant quickly. We were among the first to find and isolate it. Everything is under control. There is no need to fear or panic," Horowitz said at a press conference.
The minister also defended the emergency decree signed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett authorizing the Shin Bet security services to track those infected with the omicron variant, while expressing doubts.
"I have a big problem with the use of tracking. I pre...
Israel's officials expressed concern over the upcoming Iran nuclear negotiations
Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a top-level spokesperson for Iran’s armed forces, called for the destruction of Israel on Saturday during an interview with a state-run media outlet.
“We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter,” Shekarchi told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).
“We want to destroy Zionism in the world,” he added.
Shekarchi also denounced the diplomatic ties established with Israel by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, dubbing the moves “intolerable,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
Bahrain and the UAE agreed to normalized relations with Israel back in 2020 under the Abraham Accord...