Pledging she "will not shut up," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But her message at the UN Security Council went unheard by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who opted to leave the chamber prior to Haley's remarks. Abbas exited the meeting shortly after he addressed the Security Council -- calling out the US for failing to clarify its stance on a two-state solution and keeping the Palestine Liberation Organization on the terror watch list. "We ...
Rabbi Adam Scheier, Rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish Community in North America, close ally of Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau and one of the senior rabbis included in the “blacklist” of rabbis today attended yesterday (Monday) the Knesset and took part in the Immigrant and Absorption Committee meeting regarding the discussions on the delay of publication of the criteria for recognizing Diaspora rabbis. Rabbi Scheier, also known as the rabbi e of the late singer, Leonard Cohen, arrived in Israel for one day to take part in the discussion. During the discussion Rabbi Scheier addressed Moshe Dagan, Director of the Chief Rabbinate saying that, “Each year, at the very end of Yom Kippur – when everyone is hungry and eager to break their fasts, and filled with energy...
דינער לטובת הארגון "בוני עולם" בוויליאמסבורג Dinner for The Bonai Olam Organization in Williamsburg שבט תשע"ח Photo Credit: JDN
One of the revelations in Friday’s indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day. A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was “a love rally,” and repeated the marchers’ anti-Trump mantras, such as: “We reject the President-elect.” While the two liberal anti-Trump networks offered heavy coverage of the anti-Trump rally throughout the day, a check of coverage between noon and 5:00 p.m. Eastern&nbs...
The couple who took in suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother died is speaking out for the first time – and they insist they had no idea he was capable of allegedly opening fire at a school. James and Kimberly Snead said they knew Cruz had guns, but said they practiced gun safety and made him keep them locked up. James Snead told the Sun-Sentinel he believed he had the only key to the gun safe and said Cruz had to ask permission to take the guns out. He said he didn’t realize Cruz had his own key that allowed him to access the guns. Read more at Time.
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The Trump administration on Tuesday made a controversial move to expand access to health insurance that does not meet ObamaCare requirements. The proposed rules would expand access to short-term health insurance to a duration of up to 12 months, lifting the Obama administration’s restrictions that limited the plans to a maximum of three months. The administration believes the move will provide cheaper options for people facing high costs for ObamaCare plans. Read more at The Hill.
President Trump sought to blame former President Obama over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, sending a series of tweets on Tuesday morning that said his predecessor didn’t do enough to stop Moscow. Trump said that before the election, Obama though Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election and didn’t want to “rock the boat.” After Clinton lost, the president said “the whole game changed.” “Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” Trump tweeted. Read more at The Hill.
Former CIA Director John Brennan lit into President Trump for his tweets about the investigation into Russian election interference, saying Trump’s “insecurity is well deserved, as is your concern over Russia investigation.” “It never ceases to amaze me how successful you have been making yourself so small, petty, and banal with your tweets. Your insecurity is well deserved, as is your concern over Russia investigation,” Brennan tweeted on Tuesday. “Thomas Paine was right when he said, ‘These are the times that try men’s souls,’” he added. Read more at The Hill.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is charging a man who communicated with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates with making false statements to the FBI. Attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan is charged with making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the special counsel’s office and FBI agents, according to a court filing released Tuesday morning. Van Der Zwaan allegedly lied about his last communications with Gates and then deleted emails requested by the special counsel’s office, according to the indictment. Read more at The Hill.
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Russia condemned Tehran’s remarks that Israel should be wiped off the map, TASS quoted Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on Monday at the opening of the Valdai conference on “Russia in the Middle East,” that “We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should be destroyed and wiped off the map. I believe this is an absolutely wrong way to advance one’s own interests.” The JPost reports that Dore Gold, head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a former director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry, was in the audience for Lavrov’s statement and noted it was said in the presence of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Gold considered this to be very signific...
דינער לטובת הארגון ילדי במאנטריאל Dinner for The Yaldei Organization in Montreal
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President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney’s bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a “worthy successor” to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had been among the most vocal Republican critics of Trump’s presidential aspirations, once calling him “a phony” and “a fraud.” “MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday night after returning to Washington from a long w...
A seventh grade student in Ohio shot himself in a school bathroom early Tuesday, authorities say. The student shot himself at approximately 7:50 a.m. at Jackson Memorial Middle School in the men's restroom. The student's condition was not immediately known. Investigators have not said if the shooting was accidental or intentional. The middle school and high school in Jackson Township are in lockdown as a precaution, according to the school district. Extracurricular activities have been canceled for the day. Many concerned parents gathered outside the school looking for information. "What a way to start your day," one father told the Repository. There are approximately 1,400 students in the school, the largest middle school in Stark County, according to the Repository. ...
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Despite the constant threat of terror in Israel’s capital city, Yerushalayim Mayor Nir Barkat has announced that “Yerushalayim is one of the safest cities in the world.” Supporting his claim, the mayor stated that the “murder rate in Yerushalayim is only one per every 100,000 residents, which is far lower than most major cities.” Citing the character of Yerushalmis, Barkat noted that “people care very much about one another” and “look out for one another’s well-being” more than in most American cities.
North Korea is quietly expanding both the scope and sophistication of its cyberweaponry, laying the groundwork for more devastating attacks, according to a new report published Tuesday. Kim Jong Un’s cyberwarriors have been accused of causing huge disruption in recent years, including being blamed for the massive hack on Sony Pictures in 2014 and last year’s WannaCry ransomware worm, as well as umpteen attacks on South Korean servers. Now it appears that North Korea has also been using previously-unknown holes in the Internet to carry out cyberespionage – the kinds of activities that could easily metamorphose into full-scale attacks, according to a report from FireEye, the California-based cybersecurity company. Although the North Korean regime bans the internet for or...
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 20, 2018 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) informs the community of the petirah of Reb. Yisrael Yaakov (Ed) Bernstein, z’l, father of Rebbetzin Dahlya (Rabbi Emanuel) Goldfeiz. Shiva will be observed at 3411 Midfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 Visiting hours: Tuesday- Thursday hours 9:00 -12:00 2:00 -5:00 8:00-9:30 Friday 9-1 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 20, 2018 - At Kaylah Diamonds & Jewelry, our goal is to provide you with the perfect piece of jewelry to enhance your simcha – whether it’s an engagement, a wedding, an anniversary, or the birth of a child. A beautiful classic piece of diamond jewelry can become a family heirloom. Our talented and experienced staff is ready to assist you with carefully selecting or creating that special piece. We strive to be at the forefront of trends in the jewelry industry. To achieve this, our talented staff designs and manufactures many of our own pieces in-house, using state-of-the-art equipment. This enables us to keep our prices down while offering a unique selection of classic and trendy designs, and gives us control over the quality of our pieces. You can ex...
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 19, 2018 - This evening, Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic hosted our very first community-focused educational seminar. This symposium was geared towards educators in the jewish day schools, and aimed to develop the skills, strategies, and sensitivities that teachers must be aware of in order to successfully teach the bereaved student. This topic was chosen by a vocal conglomerate of parents in our community. Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic flew in Rabbi Nosson Muller and Rabbi Dr. David Fox for the evening, and invited Rabbi Shmuel Silber to give the opening remarks. We had 40 people in attendance, and 433 independent viewers who joined live on line to watch the symposium over the course of the 1 hour and 45 minute symposia. Rabbi Muller is the Principal of Yeshiva Tiferes ...
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Schwartz, z”l, mechanech, writer, and former Mara d’Asra of Congregation Sfard of Flatbush, was niftar on 22 Shevat. He was 60 years old, and had been suffering from a serious illness for several months. In each of the diverse roles Rabbi Schwartz filled, his depth of thought, balanced by his easygoing personality and good humor, made him a uniquely beloved and valued figure, leaving an indelible impression on those whom he encountered. A dedicated talmid and devotee of sefarim such as the Pachad Yitzchak, Rav Tzadok Hakohen, the Torah of Beis Izhbitz and other similar works, he drew from the deep waters of Chassidus and machshavah with a distinctive ability to ...
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