Picture of the Day: Matzaivah of Maran HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, ZT'L
Matzaivah of Maran Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, ZT'L
Matzaivah of Maran Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, ZTL
Matzaivah of Maran Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, ZT'L
WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled.
The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish fighters against IS, even as President Donald Trump resists deeper U.S. involvement and is eager to withdraw completely in coming months. Trump wants "other people" to deal with Syria, whose civil war has spawned the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II in terms of refugees.
It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with a total U.S. withdrawal while IS retains even a small presence in Syria.
Since January, when Trump asserted in his State of the Union address that "very close to 100 percent" of IS territory in Syria and I...
Philadelphia's police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city.
Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, apologized to the two men on Thursday after he previously staunchly defended police for their handling of the incident.
Ross says that he "failed miserably" in the messaging around the arrests. He says that the issue of race is not lost on him and he shouldn't be the person making things worse.
He says the police department did not have a policy for dealing for similar situations, but does now. He says it will be released soon.
Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks said they were just waiting for a business meeting — and a week later still wonder how that could escalate into a police encount...
Four right-wing Israelis were arrested by police on Thursday after they hung leaflets around Judea and Samaria hitchhiking stops that criticised Samaria Regional Brigade Commander Colonel Gilad Amit.
The flyers accused Amit of "shooting at Jewish people" and decried his "harassment of the settlement movement". The four are charged with insulting a public servant and will be brought before a judge on Thursday.
The Honenu legal organization, which is representing the four, decried the arrests, contending that police had detained their clients in order to censor them. "As the Supreme Court has ruled in the past, these are not crimes and definitely not crimes that warrant an arrest," said Attorney Nati Rom.
“The police are using detention as a punitive measure, and this is against the...
Thousands of students who participated in the 30th March of the Living come to Israel to celebrate the Jewish state's 70th Independence Day.
More than 6,000 students arrived in Israel this week following their participation in the 30th March of the Living in Poland last Thursday, April 12, an international procession from Auschwitz to Birkenau led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the top echelon of Israel’s security forces to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah). The young participants, both Jews and non-Jews from over 40 countries from around the world, explored the journey from tragedy to renewal by spending the week visiting historical sites, nature reserves and Jewish National Fund forests, and meeting with Israelis from across the country.
On the eve of Tuesd...
US State Department congratulates Israel on 70th birthday. 'Israel is a successful nation that has flourished and continues to thrive.'
The US State Department said that it "looks forward to opening the new Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem" in a congratulatory statement it issued in honor of Israel's 70th Independence Day.
"The State of Israel has prevailed over every challenge it has faced over the past 70 years. In just a short time, the people of Israel have created a successful nation that has flourished and continues to thrive,” said acting Secretary of State John Sullivan.
“The United States established our diplomatic presence in Jerusalem well before the State of Israel was born, over 170 years ago. This year, we look forward to opening ...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will cost $85,000, which is more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.
The Record reports that Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.
The cost detail was obtained through an open records request.
Democrats Jon Corzine, Richard Codey and Jim McGreevey spent a combined $74,500 for theirs. None served for two terms.
The Christie painting will likely be more formal than one of his best known images of him after he was photographed sitting on a beach closed to the public due to a budget stalemate last year.
Christie appreciated luxury, watching the Dallas Cowboys from ow...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane and led to the death of a woman who was blown partway out a window.
The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.
Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her injuries. The plane, which was headed from New York to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers is recommending approval of a medicine made from the marijuana plant to treat childhood epilepsy, moving the medication closer to the U.S. market.
The Food and Drug Administration experts voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the experimental medication from GW Pharmaceuticals. The company's medicine is made from a chemical found in the cannabis plant — one that does not get users high.
Experts said the drug reduced seizures in children with two rare forms of severe epilepsy.
If the FDA follows the group's recommendation, the syrup-based medicine would become the first drug derived from cannabis to win federal approval in the U.S. The FDA is expected to make its decision by late June.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.
He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.
A few minutes later, they hardly noticed when the police walked into the coffee shop — until officers started walking in their direction.
"That's when we knew she called the police on us," Nelson told The Associated Press in the men's first interview since video of their April 12 arrests went viral.
Nelson and Robinson, black men who became best friends in the ...
LONDON (AP) — The British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds — and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that "plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." She told Commonwealth leaders meeting in London Thursday that protecting the ocean environment is "central to our agenda," and urged the 53 member nations to sign up to the newly formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance.
Later this year officials will launch a public consultation for a potential bill banning the sale of the single-use plastics in England. Officials say banning plastic straws in Britain would mean that billions of discarded plastic straws would no longer pollute oce...
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — A 26-foot-long (8 meter) model of the Titanic made out of 56,000 Legos built by a boy in Iceland who has autism can now be seen in the U.S.
The model of the ocean liner is on display through 2020 at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Brynjar Karl Birgisson says he started building the model when he was 10 years old, and it took him 11 months to finish.
The 15-year-old from Reykjavik, Iceland, tells the museum the project helped him out of what he calls his "autistic fog." He says being autistic can sound "a bit scary" but there are ways to "become more functional."
He credits his family for their support.
The Titanic sank April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage.
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The race for the mayoralty of Jerusalem this week underwent many jolts, with a growing list of candidates, as well as political moves by the candidates in order to strengthen their hold.
The chareidi public, which has a decisive influence on the identity of the mayor of the capital, has become more reverberating than ever when everyone is trying to win its support.
It is important to note that at this stage, Gedolei Torah have yet to announce if the chareidim should have their own candidate for mayor, or to support a different candidate.
Earlier this week, Jerusalem Councilman and challenger Moshe Leon went to the home of HaGaon HaRav Baruch Soloveitchik Shlita, a member of the rabbinic committee of Degel Hatorah, as part of his efforts to receive the support o...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."
Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons.
But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is being billed as an extraordinary meeting between the leaders of longtime adversaries.
"If I think that if it'...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is repeating a call for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the internet giant's data privacy scandal, after Zuckerberg offered to send a subordinate in his place.
In a letter to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the EU assembly's president, Antonio Tajani, said political group leaders "stressed the absolute need of your personal presence."
Facebook this month acknowledged that up to 2.7 million people in the EU may have had their personal data improperly shared and used by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.
Tajani said in the letter, seen by The Associated Press, that Europeans hit by the "scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook's top manager."
He noted that Facebook's international h...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Law enforcement and Pennsylvania Health Department officials are investigating the death of H.R. McMaster Sr., the father of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, at a Philadelphia senior care facility.
The 84-year-old McMaster, a retired U.S. Army officer, died April 13 at Cathedral Village continuing care retirement facility. Local police and Pennsylvania Attorney General's office investigators are looking into it as a suspicious death. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office says McMaster died of "blunt impact head trauma."
Facility officials say they are cooperating with investigators. They also say they contacted the Health Department and launched an internal investigation.
H.R. McMaster Jr. served as Trump's nat...
TOMS RIVER - Chabad Jewish Center can continue to operate in a home on Church Road after a federal judge ruled that Toms River wrongly required the Chabad to acquire a variance to operate in a residential zone.
U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson said the township's Board of Adjustment violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the U.S. Constitution in barring Rabbi Moshe Gourarie from operating the Chabad without a variance.
"I'd just like to say that our clients are very pleased with the result and look forward to many years of a productive relationship with the community in Toms River," said Roman P. Storzer, of Storzer & Greene in New York and Washington, D.C., who represents the Chabad Jewish C...
TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to be trying out a new tactic to boost the image of his authoritarian regime — he's putting the spotlight on the women in his life.
Over the past few months, Kim has increasingly shared the stage with his younger sister, who became an instant celebrity as his envoy to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and his wife, a former singer in her late 20s.
For sure, there is only one star of the show in North Korea, and that is Kim himself.
But the greater public role for Kim Yo Jong, his sister, and Ri Sol Ju, his wife, comes as Kim is embarking on a "charm offensive" — a series of summits and diplomatic moves that have significantly raised his international profile. The timing suggests he's hoping to change the opt...