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Israeli Medical Smartphone Spreading Freedom, Happiness, Around the World

19 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
Israeli scientific breakthroughs are restoring freedom and ease to the lives of millions of patients throughout the world. The latest: a smartphone to measure your vital signs and help manage chronic diseases, a discovery which may restore speech to the paralyzed and disabled, and a possible cure for severe depression for those with no options left.

Israeli, Palestinian Stopped in Self-Immolation Attempts

Police prevented an Israeli man and a Palestinian man from setting themselves on fire.

“Israel’s Capital” Lingo Re-Added to Democratic Party Platform

At President Obama's behest, and to boos from some delegates, Democrats on Wednesday night inserted a few lines into their party platform affirming Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Homeland Security Runs Threat Response Exercise with Jewish Leaders

About 50 high-ranking federal and state law enforcement officials met with an equal number of leading American Jewish officials for their first “table top” threat exercise.

EU launches Online Anti-Semitism Survey

The European Union launched an online survey into how Jews experience anti-Semitism in nine member states. Results will be published in an EU report next...

Charles Schumer on Obama and Jerusalem: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (Video)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) strongly declared that most Democratic party members support the concept of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

DNC Leadership Rams Through God and Jerusalem Despite Losing the Vote (Video)

Despite obviously losing the voice vote, the DNC leadership decided to pretend it won the vote, and restored God and Jerusalem to their platform.

German state of Berlin Declares Circumcision, Not Brit Milah, Legal

Berlin declares circumcision legal only if performed by a doctor. Brit Mila by a Mohel is still illegal.

Netanyahu: Europe Must Intensify Sanctions, Declare Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi this afternoon, reiterating his call on the international community to “set a clear redline for Iran” as well as for economic sanctions “to be intensified.”
Yitzhak Rabin (L.) and Yigal Alon in 1949

When I Murdered Rabin

Between conversations and nibbling, one of my neighbors bent over and whispered, smiling, “At least in this shul we know no one is going to recited Tehillim for his speedy recovery.” My immediate, totally uncalculated reaction was to open a siddur (prayer book) and begin to recite Tehillim. I couldn’t behave otherwise. That‘s my nature – if someone will tell me NOT to jump off a bridge, I’m already up on the railing, hat in hand.

Study: Highest Suicide Rates Among Religious Homosexuals

3.5% of the young people interviewed attempted suicide.

New York Times Bestseller List Bad News For Obama?

Do book sales reflect the general mood of the American electorate? If so, the current New York Times bestseller list does not carry good news for President Obama.

U.S., Israeli Officials Blast Media Reports Claiming Obama-Netanyahu Rift

JERUSALEM – White House and Israeli government officials criticized Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper for publishing what they described as two patently false stories during the past week.

At DNC, Focus Is On Jewish Swing Voters As Key To Obama Election Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection. At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the Democratic National Convention.
President Jimmy Carter (seen here with wife Rosalynn), one of America's most outspoken critics of Israel, spoke at the DNC convention Tuesday night. Featuring Carter as a major speaker signaled a shift in the Party's view of Israel, which can bee seen in changes in its platform.

Some Love Lost: Dems Drop ‘Special Relationship’ Language from 2012 Platform

Also missing is what had been a solid commitment to isolate Hamas. Instead, the only pre-conditions imposed are the same for all Arabs in the area - "we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel's right to exist [not to exist as a Jewish State, just to exist], reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements." That's it. There have also been changes regarding Israel between the 2008 Republican Party Platform and the one just passed in Tampa at last week's Republican Party Convention - and those appear to be more favorable to Israel.

Netanyahu Furious Over Security-Cabinet Leaks, Cancels Second Meeting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled the second meeting of the security cabinet due to leaks from the meeting held yesterday about discussions onIran’s nuclear program.

Today in 1972 – Democratic Hopeful George McGovern Sends New Year’s Wish to US...

Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic Presidential candidate, greeted American Jews today on the occasion of the High Holy Days. "Mrs. McGovern joins me in wishing our Jewish friends and Jews around the world a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year," the South Dakotan said.

Today in 1934 – Brooklyn Jewish Women Help Refugees from Nazi Germany

SEPTEMBER 5, 1934 - Mrs. Stephen S. Wise, president of the Women's Association of the American Jewish Congress, who has just returned from a visit to the German refugee centers in Europe, will be hostess this afternoon to 500 Brooklyn women who have pledged to support the establishment of a center in New York City for refugees from Nazi Germany.

Missing Florida Millionaire Left Tefillin on Abandoned Boat

Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who went missing in June, left his tefillin on his abandoned boat.

Calif. Democratic Party Chair Rues Any Offense with Goebbels Analogy

John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda.

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