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Torah Academy Of Boca Raton Begins Year Of Explosive Growth

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Torah Academy of Boca Raton as begun the new school year with growth and expansion. The school has experienced a 20 percent increase in enrollment over last year. Torah Academy, which opened its doors in 1999 with 18 children, now has an enrollment of 365 students.

In order to keep up with the high demand, the school’s dean, Rabbi Reuven Feinberg, has organized a large, well-trained staff that enables Torah Academy to educate a broad range of students with an all-encompassing curriculum. The school’s goal is to continue to exceed national and state standards in Jewish and secular studies while maintaining its focus on the individual learner.

Rabbi Rafi Draiman

Rabbi Rafi Draiman

“It remains a top priority of ours to fill our classrooms with teachers who specialize in their subject matter and create a passion for learning in our students,” said Rabbi Feinberg.

Torah Academy has also welcomed a new headmaster, Rabbi Rafi Draiman, who believes the concept of “building” encompasses his philosophy and approach to education: “At Torah Academy, we are building students, building scholars, building self-esteem, and building the skills and knowledge that lead to success and meaningful accomplishment.”

Rabbi Draiman is no stranger to personal accomplishment and extensive study. The Chicago native’s training and experience in the field of education is impressive: he holds a Masters in educational administration from Loyola University and principal certificates from the Harvard Graduate School Principals’ Institute, NYC Leadership Academy, and Jewish Leadership Institute. He has served as director of the Principal Training Institute at the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools and has mentored for the Azrieli Graduate School of Education at Yeshiva University. He has been a school administrator for many years, most recently at Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett, New York.

For more information about Torah Academy of Boca Raton call 561-465-2200 or e-mail office@torahacademubr.org.

Shelley Benveniste

Soldier Stabbed in Azaria Case Testifies: I Heard There Was an Explosive Charge

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The defense continued to call its witnesses at a military court in Jaffa Sunday, in the case of IDF medic Sgt. Elor Azaria, who is facing manslaughter charges for killing a terrorist who had already been neutralized, Walla reported. The day began with the soldier who was the victim of the stabbing attack by the two terrorists at a check post in Hebron. Later in the day the court will hear from MDA Director Eli Bin.

The soldier testified that the two Arab terrorists raised the suspicion of the check post soldiers because they both were wearing heavy coats and did not stop at the metal detector. After being attacked and injured, the witness said he shot the terrorist and thought he was dead, but then he heard people crying that the terrorist was carrying an explosive charge.

The witness described the main dangers IDF soldiers face at the check posts as being stabbings and explosives. He said the two Arabs “came close to my post and I identify that something is out of the ordinary — they didn’t stop at the line, and tried to avoid the metal detector. As soon as the company commander ordered them to stop and go back, they stood and stared at each other. I put my hand on my weapon, one of them pulled out a knife and ran at the company commander to try to stab him. The company commander followed the blocking protocol and shot the terrorist. Meanwhile, as I was asking where was the second terrorist, I felt two stabs in my shoulder and my arm.”

At that point the witness said he shot the terrorist. “I turn around and while I’m falling I shoot three bullets at him and he’s fleeing. I thought he still posed danger, maybe he was going to blow up a charge. I ran after him, following the blocking protocol. He turns back and starts running at me and I hear three shots and the terrorist falls down. Since I didn’t know if he had explosives on him I didn’t want to take a chance, I tried to shoot him and didn’t succeed. Then I thought he was dead and went to report the incident over the com. When I was inside the ambulance I heard the cries about the explosive charge and became very tense as a result.”

The witness described a chaotic scene in which “no one took charge, no one gave orders.” He told the court that the defendant, Sgt. Azaria “was standing next to me, I think he turned towards the terrorist and looked in his direction. There was a lot of pressure in the scene.”

The witness also told the court that the IDF reneged on a decision to award him a certificate of appreciation for his performance while being wounded. He reported asking the deputy brigade commander why he wasn’t receiving the award and the latter did not offer a clear explanation, other than to say “the IDF is a bit chincy on these matters.”

As to his own relationship with the defendant, the witness said they “enlisted together, went through training together, did everything together. He is a very generous man and always likes to give, no matter when and how. He’s a soldier that no matter what’s the mission, he always does it without showing it when it’s tough. A man of values and tolerance.”

David Israel

Terrorist in Failed Light-Rail Attack Arraigned in Jerusalem Court

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israeli police on Tuesday afternoon revealed details of an attempted attack on Jerusalem’s light rail that was foiled by security forces two weeks ago.

The suspect, 21-year-old Ali Abu-Hasan who is a Palestinian Authority student of civil engineering in Hebron, infiltrated into Israeli-controlled territory with pipe bombs and a knife. Abu-Hasan intended to carry out the attack on July 17 in what he claimed would be response to visits by Jews and non-Muslim tourists to the Temple Mount complex.

The details of the foiled attack had been under a gag order so as to prevent any interference in the investigation, which was carried out in collaboration with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). The details were published after the investigation was completed.

Abu-Hasan revealed under questioning that he had entered Israeli-controlled territory two days before his arrest by crossing through an olive grove near the Arab neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem. He then changed his clothes and shaved his beard, leaving a goatee so as to blend in with the Israeli population.

The police said that the suspect prayed at a nearby mosque on the morning of July 17 and boarded a bus heading to Jaffa Street, a major Jerusalem street in the city’s center along which runs the light-rail train.

According to the investigation, Abu-Hasan decided that the light-rail would be the best target for a terror attack, since it is frequently crowded with pedestrians. Security guards noticed and became immediately suspicious of Abu-Hasan as he stood near the light-rail stop with his backpack, which contained the pipe bombs and explosives.

The light-rail security guards closed off the area and called in police bomb technicians to investigate Abu-Hasan’s backpack. They discovered three pipe-bombs tied together and dipped in rat poison with nails and screws glued onto them. Two knives and a mobile phone were also discovered in Abu-Hasan’s backpack.

Abu-Hasan claimed that he acted alone without organizational help and that he had been planning the attack for a long time. He purchased the equipment and materials needed to assemble the pipe bombs and learned about how to make them as well as to how to maximize their potential impact. He also tested the pipe bombs several times by detonating them.

Before heading to Jerusalem, the terrorist left a will in the hands of his friends at his university in Hebron, asking them to give it to his parents.

Abu-Hasan was arraigned on Tuesday at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court and has been charged with attempted murder, weapons manufacturing, and conspiracy to commit a crime. The court extended his remand until August 5.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF Officer Wounded in Hizme Bombings Continues to Improve

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

IDF officer Shachar Roditi’s condition continues to improve following intensive surgery on his face and head. Roditi was wounded in the Hizme terror attack on May 11 when multiple bombs exploded severely wounding the officer and lightly wounding a second soldier. Five additional bombs on the site did not explode.

Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital has upgraded Roditi’s condition to moderate. He is fully conscious and communicating with his family.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Update: Air France Bomb Scare Was FAKE, AGAIN

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

First, it was suspicious. Then, it was REAL. Now it is FAKE.
There are so many versions of this tale that it is getting hard to keep track.

But the latest word from Air France CEO Frederic Gagey is that the suspected “device” was a faker, made of paper and a timer.

The “bomb scare” on Air France flight 463 Sunday morning was taken by sappers away from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya to be scrutinized after it was found by a passenger in the lavatory of the plane.

Gagey told reporters that because there was no explosive material in the device, it would not have been detected during pre-flight security checks in Mauritius. Passengers and crew were not at risk, he said.

The device appeared to have been made from a carton, sheets of paper and a kitchen timer, Gagey explained. It was placed behind a mirror in the lavatory. The Air France CEO thanked the crew and Kenyan authorities for the professional manner in which they handled the incident.

It was the fourth such “bomb scare” to strike Air France since the November 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

The flight set out from Mauritius en route to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew members.

When the device was discovered, the pilot requested an emergency landing and then brought the plane down very, very slowly, according to one passenger who spoke with the BBC. “The plane just went down slowly, slowly, slowly, so we just realized probably, something was wrong,” he said.

But passengers were told only that the plane was being diverted due to a technical problem.

The Kenya government issued a statement to media at the time saying, “Bomb experts from the Navy and DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) have retrieved the device and are determining whether the components contained explosives.”

Kenyan Interior Ministry cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said authorities were also checking into the security screening procedures that had been carried out by France and Mauritius. “We are in touch with Mauritius to know how security screening of passengers was done,” he said. “A few passengers are being interrogated.”

“The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport. Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a Facebook post.

At least six passengers were questioned about the device, a police official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity. One passenger described it as “a stopwatch mounted on a box,” the official said.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terrorist Kills Himself in Failed Terror Attack

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Not quite making it into the category of suicide bomber, an Arab terrorist was killed when the bomb he was about the throw blew up on him.

On Monday evening, around 11:30 PM, Arabs set up an ambush on the road connecting Negohot and Adorayim in the southern Mount Hebron area, according to a Tazpit report.

The Arabs piled up rocks onto the road hoping an Israeli driver would crash into them, at which point they would apparently attack the driver directly.

An Israeli driver from Negohot saw the pile of rocks just in time, and managed to swerve around them. He then called in the army.

As an IDF jeep arrived, the IDF soldiers heard a loud explosion.

Searching the area, the soldiers discovered the remains of an Arab terrorist who was about to throw a bomb at them.

The explosive detonated prematurely.

Oops.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Five IDF Soldiers Injured in Gaza Terror Tunnel Clash

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Five IDF soldiers were injured last night at the start of the clash with Gaza.

A Golani unit was in the process of destroying the terror tunnel discovered on October 7 that led to the inside of Israeli Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha, when they were injured in an explosion. It is not yet clear if the explosion was from an explosive device or mortar fire.

Reportedly, the soldiers were 100 meters inside Gaza, working on destroying the part of the terror tunnel on the Gaza side of the fence.

The soldiers were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva by helicopter. At least one was brought in, in serious condition, one in moderate, and the rest with lighter injuries.

The soldier who was seriously injured is Achiyah Klein (Achiyah ben Nira) of Kfar Etzion. Klein is an officer in the Yahalam combat engineering unit.

The IDF responded with tank fire, helicopter fire, and reportedly navy fire at Khan Yunis in Gaza.

Four Gazan terrorists were killed in the IDF response.

Recently, the IDF began reducing the forces placed within the Gaza border communities, saying that the situation is now safer along the Gaza border. On Thursday evening the IDF pulled out their last soldier stationed within the communities in Sha’ar HaNegev.

The Mossad gave an assessment this week, that as US pressured talks progress with the Palestinian Authority, Hamas will escalate their terror activities against Israel.

Shalom Bear

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