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J. Ezra Merkin (R) with Rabbi Ya’acov Medan, Co-Dean of Yeshivat Har Etzion.
 

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

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As president of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Merkin introduced Madoff to members like Mort Zuckerman and Elie Wiesel, who together took "a $2 billion bloodbath."

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Is Mr. Softee Kosher?
 

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

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Mr. Softee truck and customer, East Broadway, NYC, Circa 2005. We caught the following online discussion from August through October, 2004 of the question of Mr. Softee’s adherence to kashrut laws, on Chowhound.com: Ari Cohen: OK, does anyone know if these trucks which populate New York city during the summer months are kosher? Beerhound: To […]

Terrorists in Mumbai, 2008.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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Following more than three years of investigation, Indian security forces have arrested Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Hamza, alleged member of Lashker-e-Taiba (Army of the Righteous) and the Hindi instructor of 10 terrorists who executed the murderous attack in Mumbai in 2008.

Palestinians celebrate Mohammed Morsi's victory in Egypt's first democratic presidential election.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The statement, made by Mohammed Morsi in an interview with Fars News Agency published Monday, seems to contradict comments he made in his televised victory speech, where he offered a vague assurance that he would "preserve international accords and obligations."

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Sergei Building
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The transfer of one of Jerusalem’s most prime pieces of real estate to Russia will be finalized when the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) vacates its offices, following the completion of talks between Israel and Russia on Sunday.

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Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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A missing sentence in an Ha'aretz translation is all that stands between Eli Yishai being a racist, and those he's quoting.

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Israeli Olympic Team 2008
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The Olympic Committee of Israel approved its list of 36 athletes to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Sunday.

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Candidate Romney fundraising in earnest on the campaign trail.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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About 50 of the 700 donors who attended the retreat this weekend in Park City were Jewish. Romney dropped in on the session, and said he had just been briefed by the Israeli ambassador. But the Romney campaign supports the same two-state solution as does Obama.

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Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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Australia’s 2011 census shows that Australia’s official Jewish population has risen to almost 100,000, a rise of 10 percent in five years.

 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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An event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles featuring controversial anti-Islamist Pamela Geller was cancelled on Sunday, just hours before it was to take place.

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Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The search for Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who has given millions to Jewish nonprofit organizations, reportedly was called off. Aguiar, the CEO of Leor Energy who lives in Fort Lauderdale, was last seen on the evening of June 19. His yacht washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale the following day, according to reports. […]

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"Sack and Ashes" assembly against the decree of military and national service.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The assembly of at least 2000 began by saying Slichot, led by Rabbi Yaakov Chanun, who is the baal tefilah at the Munkatch beit Midrash on the Yamim Noraim. The assembled repeated chapters of Tehilim, verse by verse, and sat down on the ground in mourning just as Jews do on the day of Tisha B'Av.

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Grease Paint Rally
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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Two mimes joined the protesters against the cost of living on Rothschild Boulevard in downtown Tel-Aviv last Shabbat. The protests ended in clashes with police and mass arrests. Despite Police decision to indict 37 out of the 85 protesters who were arrested, the judge ordered their release as they had no criminal records and the […]

Mohammed Morsi.
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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While the winner is declared and the celebrations in Egypt's squares cannot be ignored, it isn't clear what, exactly, has Mohammed Morsi won, considering the restrictions the Army has placed on his presidency. On Sunday evening, Morsi said he had a "message of peace," and he "will respect all international agreements," but stopped short of mentioning Israel.

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Mudar Zahran on British TV.
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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Zahran predicted that by the end of 2013 King Abdullah, whom he calls "the only non-Palestinian in Jordan," will be toppled, and at long last the Palestinians will be free to conduct their lives in their own country.

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Supporters of Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Gaza.
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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Morsi's election will have tremendous reverberations beyond Egypt's borders, and not least for Israel, as the Muslim Brotherhood has questioned the validity of the 30-plus year peace treaty between Israel and Egypt; and is also the inspiration for and closely affiliated with Hamas, which rules in Gaza, and borders both Egypt and Israel.

General Salami.
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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“In our strategic planning, we have defined a radius named the radius of deterrence, which includes all strategic interests of the enemy in the region, so that we can manage the battle at any level in case of the outbreak of war,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said.

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Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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A Muslim couple in Manchester, England, allegedly purchased items for homemade bombs to be used against Jewish targets, a court in that city was told. “It was jihad at home,” prosecutor Bobbie Cheema told the Manchester crown court on Thursday, according to the Guardian. “Between them they acquired substances, common for gardening, that can be […]

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Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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The British Broadcasting Corporation “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing. In March 2011, Arabs entered the Fogels’ home and murdered Udi, 36, Ruth, 35, and their children, Yoav, 11, […]

 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

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French police said they were investigating death threats made against the country’s chief rabbi. Polices said over the weekend that they are looking for people connected to a photomontage disseminated through Facebook which shows Rabbi Gilles Bernheim with a revolver pointing at his head. The picture shows Bernheim wearing a Star of David on his […]

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