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Qualcomm Co-Founder Donates $50 Million to Technion

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Qualcomm cofounder Prof. Andrew Viterbi said he is donating $50 million to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion.

Viterbi, a native of Italy who grew up in the United States, has donated to Technion in the past, but the new grant makes him the university’s largest private donor.

This is not Viterbi’s first donation to the Technion, but it is his largest.

He co-founded the Qualcomm chip company and invented the Viterbi Algorithm for decoding signals.

Prof. Viterbi’s visisted and lectured at Technion in 1967, when he was on Sabbatical from UCLA, and he was granted an honorary Doctorate in 2000, when also was named a Technion Distinguished Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie said:

This is the greatest honor for a professor at the Technion, and has been granted up until now to only six people, three of whom were Nobel Prize winners. The degree enables Viterbi to come to the Technion whenever he wants, and there was a period when he visited here every year.

Viterbi said after announcing the latest donation, “Technion electrical engineering graduates are in large part responsible for creating and sustaining Israel’s high-tech industry, which has been essential for Israel’s economic success.”
Technion graduates have been responsible for founding and managing 1,602 high-tech companies, he added.
The grant will enable Technion to enlarge the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Jews Boo US Treasury Secretary Lew [video]

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was repeatedly booed and heckled Sunday during his speech defending the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Lew, an Orthodox Jew and former Budget Director, spokes at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York City.

The unusually harsh reaction, as he spoke in New York City at a Jewish-themed conference sponsored by The Jerusalem Post, was termed by Haaretz “as one of the surliest reactions ever accorded to such a high-ranking administration official by a Jewish audience in the United States.”

Lew’s address normally would not have made headlines, but even the Washington-based Politico picked up the boisterous reaction, that included shouts of “nonsense.”

The most significant statement was not Lew’s insistence that the United States is headed for a “good deal” with Iran. Instead it was his reaction to the boos:

I would only ask that you listen to me as we listen to you.

That is exactly the problem. The Obama administration does not listen to anyone that does not feed it the information it wants to hear. It “hears” but does not “listen.”

President Barack Obama has opened the doors of the White House to J Street and Reform Jewish leaders, who espouse the Obama view that Jews living in huge suburban neighborhoods of Jerusalem are “illegitimate” and “illegal,” that “two states” is the only way to bring peace to the Middle East, and that a bad deal with Iran is a “good deal” because Iran can be trusted because of conditions for inspections of nuclear sites.

Lew took on the task of parroting the Obama-Kerry line. After winning applause for the usual pronouncement that “the United States of America stands with the State of Israel,” and that “we must never allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon,” Lew said:

Some denounced the interim understanding, known as the Joint Plan of Action. They said Iran would cheat, that our sanctions would fall apart, and that this temporary deal would allow Iran to move closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon. But none of that came to pass.

Of course, it has not come to pass. Why should Iran cheat before it gets what it wants?

‘Orthodox Jewish’ Horse Violates the Sabbath to Win Triple Crown

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

American Pharaoh, the horse and not the politician, raced to a Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont States on Saturday, two days after the horse’s non-Jewish jockey visited the grave of the Rebbe of Lubavitch.

Jockey Victor Espinoza, not to be confused with the early 18th century heretic Baruch Spinoza, said he visited the Rebbe’s grave on the advice of a Jewish friend.

American Pharaoh’s owner is Ahmed (Ephraim) Zayat, an Orthodox Jew from Teaneck, New Jersey and is considered one of the most flamboyant of horse race owners. As at the Preakness and other races, Zayat watched the Belmont Stakes without violating the Sabbath.

When there is a big race, he always stays in a hotel or in a recreational vehicle nearby and then walks to the race track.

He moved from Cairo to the United States in 1980, at the age of 18, returned to Egypt after learning at Yeshiva University and earning a master’s degree at Boston University, and began investing in racehorses after his beverage company was purchased by Heineken.

Zayat returned to the United States and founded Zayat Stables which eventually went into bankruptcy

He finally hit the jackpot with American Pharaoh, who did better for Zayat than other horses he has owned, such as Maimonides.

Will he next horse be named “Aliyah”?

Obama Awards Posthumous Medals of Honor to Jewish and Black WWI Vets

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded two posthumous Medals of Honor to Jewish and black World War I veterans who likely did not receive the awards due to discrimination at the time.

The medals were given to Jewish Army Sergeant William Shemin and black Army Private Henry Williams.

“No one who serves our country should ever be forgotten,” Obama said. “We are a nation, a people who remembers our heroes. We never forget their sacrifices and believe it’s never too late to say thank you. Today, America honors two of her sons who served in WWI.”

Shemin joined the army in 1917, and while serving in France in 1918 “left the cover of his platoon’s trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded,” according to the White House. He later took command of his platoon after all the officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties.

Johnson received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Germany in 1918, when he mounted a “brave retaliation resulting in several enemy causalities” after being attacked by a German raiding party of 12 soldiers.

Shemin’s daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, 86, fought to get Congress to pass an exemption to award her father with the Medal of Honor. The exemption was included in last year’s $585 billion defense bill.

“This was anti-Semitism, no question about it,” Shemin-Roth said at the time of bill’s passage in late 2014, the Associated Press reported. “Now a wrong has been made right and all is forgiven.”

Obama Peeved Jews Don’t Appreciate Him: ‘I’m the Closest Thing to a Jew’

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In an advance peek at what looked to be a blockbuster report from Israel’s Channel 2 Tuesday night, we learned that the reporter, Ilana Dayan, spoke with several of President Obama’s closest advisers regarding frayed relations between the White House and the Prime Minister’s House.

Obama’s confidantes undoubtedly believe and attempted to convey the impression that Israel’s Netanyahu is the source of the bad blood.

A preview of the report was published by the JPUpdates, but The Daily Caller realized what was the money quote, and it came from President  Obama’s former political aide, David Axelrod.

David Axelrod is a Democratic political consultant and was a senior adviser to Obama during his first administration as well as a top aide to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Axelrod suggested that not only is Netanyahu to blame for the bad relations between the two executives, but Axelrod also blames Netanyahu for causing some people to view Obama as not only anti-Israel, but anti-Semitic as well.

Here’s the Obama quote, which comes from Axelrod:

‘You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.’

The political operative, Axelrod, went on to attack Netanyahu’s integrity not only in his dealings with Obama, but as the leader of Israel.

Axelrod explained that there are two kinds of people who run for public office. There are those who run “because they want to be somebody,” and then there is a smaller group of “respectable people who run for public office because they want to do something – something positive. Shape the future in a positive way.”

According to Axelrod, Netanyahu is not in that second group, the one made up of respectable people: “I think Benjamin Netanyahu completely falls in the first category.”

And then Axelrod shared his own concern for the Israelis. He said Netanyahu “knows what he needs to do to get through the next election. But it seems to me that Israel has to think about what they need to do to get through the next generation.”

It will be interesting to see whether Axelrod serves as an adviser to Hillary Clinton, as he did for her husband, President Bill Clinton.

Another Jewish adviser to Obama, Martin Indyk, was not content to just criticize Netanyahu. He slammed all Israelis for “being ungrateful” to Obama. His basis? “They never really appreciated his rule whereby nothing will harm the security of Israel.”

Indyk talks about Israelis’ security concerns the way a paternalistic but insufficiently attuned university administrator might address what he would call an hysterical co-ed. “You are an emotional nation, not a rational nation. You work from your gut and not your mind.”

Indyk, who most recently served Obama as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations from 2013 to 2014, must believe it would have been more logical for Israelis to immediately conclude a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority rather than to wait for Israel’s neighbors to renounce terrorism before concluding a deal.

Indyk twice served as the U.S. ambassador to Israel. He also served on the board of the controversial New Israel Fund, which awards grants to many far leftist organizations, some of which advocate economic and legal warfare against the Jewish State.

The third close adviser to Obama about whom we learned Channel 2 interviewed for its story is the current U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro. Like Indyk and Axelrod, Shapiro is also Jewish, but he is the only one who is currently in office.

Son of Late Revered Kabbalistic Rabbi Kaduri in Critical Condition

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Rabbi David Kaduri, son of the famed and revered Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri (z”l) is fighting for his life, doctors said.

His family was called to his Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital room on Friday, but doctors managed to stabilize his condition, which has deteriorated rapidly the past several days.

Rav Kaduri, reported to be 80 years old, underwent brain surgery earlier this year after having fallen down the steps of a Torah study hall.

His father Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri dies in 2006. He was born in Baghdad and his age was reported at anywhere between 103 and 118.

Nearly half a million people attended his funeral, the largest ever in Israel.

His son Rabbi David Kaduri ran a poultry store and brought fame to his revered father by establishing a Yeshiva Nachalot Yitzchak for him next to their family home in Jerusalem

Please pray for Rav Meir David ben Sarah Shadrah.



‘Mystery Rabbi’ Sues Rapper ‘Ice Cube’ for $2 Million for Assault

Friday, May 29th, 2015

A man identified as “P. Taras” who says he is  a rabbi is suing rapper “Ice Cube” for $2 million following an assault the entertainer ordered after the two men literally bumped into each other outside an elevator.

The TMZ website reported that Taras said he was at the MGM Detroit hotel on Monday, the holiday of Shavuot, when Ice Cube bumped into him.

Taras said something to the tune of “Hey, watch out,” and Ice Cube allegedly sent his “boys” into action with a few punches to the sounds of some ad lib anti-Semitic rap.

The victim says he may have been beaten up because he was wearing a kippa, but Ice Cube’s spokesmen said it all is a lie and that the rapper does not even know who Taras is.

Of course he would not know since the first time they met is when they bumped into each other because one or both of them was not looking straight ahead.

But who is this rabbi “Taras”? And what was he doing in a hotel, which features casinos, on Shavuot.

Michigan Rabbi Jason Miller wrote on his website:

No, I have never heard of a rabbi here in Detroit named Taras….Now, for the record, I don’t believe there is such a rabbi named Taras here in Detroit. Of course, there could have been a rabbi visiting over the Memorial Day weekend… but I highly doubt any Jewish person wearing a yarmulke would have been at the MGM Grand on the Shavuot holiday, when going to a casino would be forbidden

Taras wants the last word and commented on TMZ, but this time he posted his name as “Rev Taras,” which means he might be a reverend, who is a religious functionary, even though he signed off as “P. Taras:

This incident occurred in the HOTEL part, and their [sic] is video which is already in my possession. I am not releasing any videos due to the fact that Mr. Jackson has a right to defend this suit, and he has not yet been served with the complaint. When same happens, at the apporpriate [sic] time I will release such material. -P. Taras

Ice Cube is a Muslim by conversion, and many of his lyrics are blatantly violent, with one of his songs calling for the murder of a Jew in the music industry. One of his lines in a rap was, “Let a white Jew tell [them] what to do.”

But that does not mean that “Taras” is not trying a scam to win more than he could win in a casino on Shavuot, as some of TMZ’s readers noted on the website.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/mystery-rabbi-sues-rapper-ice-cube-for-2-million-for-assault/2015/05/29/

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