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As we report on page 3, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer have teamed up to produce legislation that protects kosher consumers by requiring those selling food as kosher, to disclose the basis for that representation.
From what we understand, this approach, by building in a strict enforcement mechanism aimed at the truthfulness of the disclosures rather than adherence to specific standards for “kosher,”
would provide meaningful protection to the kosher consuming public without running afoul of federal court decisions. Those decisions threw out New York’s old kosher laws because they were deemed to have effectively codified and enforced religious standards. Also of great interest is the bill’s provision directing the State to maintain a website where kosher consumers can obtain the disclosure information that manufacturers, distributors, stores and caterers are required to provide.
We are also happy to note that Silver and Spitzer have also worked together to introduce legislation that would provide all schools – including yeshivas and other non-public schools - with greater flexibility in spending their state aid. Significantly, for the first time, non-public schools would be permitted to use some of their otherwise category specific aid to purchase computers for their students’ use. This bill was developed pursuant to Spitzer’s Report On Non Public Education issued last year which recommended new approaches for increasing appropriate assistance for non-public school students, including computer hardware aid.
The legislative session is scheduled to end in a few days. We hope to be able to report next week that both of these important pieces of legislation have been enacted into law.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
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The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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