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‘Innocence’ Actress Says the Cast Was Duped, Muhammad’s Character Was Named ‘George’ (Video)

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
A casting call published in July 2011 in Backstage magazine and in other publications listed the movie title as "Desert Warrior," and presented it as an "historical Arabian Desert adventure film." An actress in the film who asked not to be identified said the original script did not include a character named Prophet Muhammad.

Iran Bypassing Sanctions on its Oil, Aided by Asian Customers and the Obama Administration

23 Elul 5772 – September 9, 2012
Iran is involved in hectic attempts to lower the insurance costs for its oil shipments, and, apparently these attempts are working. The U.S. and European countries are aware of the latest developments, and have begun to demand penalties for Asian countries attempting to avoid the sanctions. Many analysts predict, however, that the U.S. is not planning to enforce the sanctions with real, tough measures against countries like Japan or China.

Israeli, Palestinian Stopped in Self-Immolation Attempts

19 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
Police prevented an Israeli man and a Palestinian man from setting themselves on fire.

Levi Aron Gets 40 Years to Life for Killing and Dismembering Leiby Kletzky

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Levi Aron, who killed and dismembered 8 year old Leiby Kletzky in July 2011  pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing Kletzky, in return he...

Neil Armstrong (82)

8 Elul 5772 – August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, died at age 82 on Saturday, July 25, 2012. “That’s one...

JDL Vice Chairman Ari Ephraim Rubin, 30, Suicide

1 Elul 5772 – August 18, 2012
Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. At 30, Ari Rubin had been...

Hungarian Lawyer Seeks Indictment against Nazi Hunter Efraim Zuroff

26 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
A Hungarian lawyer has urged authorities to charge Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff with making “false statements” against an alleged war criminal. Attorney Futo Barnabas said...

Syrian 400m Hurdler Disqualified after Failing Drug Test

24 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
Syria's Olympic 400m hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Olympics after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, according to the BBC. Almouhamad, 23, finished eighth...

Polish Diplomats Won’t Promote Book on Poles’ Conduct During WW2

21 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
Several Polish diplomatic missions have yet to fulfill a request by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote a book on their websites...

Yoram Ettinger: Israel’s Economic Culture Praised Despite Global Financial Gloom

20 Av 5772 – August 8, 2012
While the global economy deteriorates and its ripple effects erode Israel’s economic indicators (e.g., unemployment increased to 7%), there is cause for optimism in the Holy Land.

Turkey’s Trade Deficit Reveals an Economy in Deep Trouble

17 Av 5772 – August 5, 2012
At 18% interest, consumers have to borrow to pay the interest on previous loans. In other words Turkish banks are capitalizing interest, and booking profits on loans that would go sour if they stopped lending additional money to borrowers to pay the interest. The much-vaunted strength of Turkey's banks appears to be an illusion.

July 19, 2012 – An Open Letter To Anyone Who Cares

16 Av 5772 – August 3, 2012
A couple of years ago The Jewish Press published a letter I wrote about how people treat “kids/teens off the derech.” I wrote about my daughter who had totally left religion and how I felt people could make a difference in these children’s lives; they either inspire them or turn them off. The response to my letter was overwhelming. People contacted me wanting to help and others wrote about their children in similar situations.

The Levy Report: Reinvigorating the Discussion of Israel’s Rights in the West Bank

9 Av 5772 – July 27, 2012
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was presented with the report of the Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria, headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy (the “Levy report”). The report has drawn a flurry of overwrought criticism due to its inclusion of a section concerning the lawfulness of Israeli settlement activity.

We’ve Learned Nothing in 2000 Years

I have always felt that the Daf Yomi would be the leader of that "Ahavat Chinam". In all my experiences attending those various Daf Yomis across the globe, nobody ever asked me what Kashrut I observe, how big my Kippa was or if my wife covers her hair. We were all one nation, one people studying the same page of Gemara. And then it came crashing down.

Global Minute of Silence to Be Held on Day of Olympic Opening Ceremony

7 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
The worldwide event will take place at 11 AM London time (1 PM Jerusalem, 6 AM New York) on the morning of the opening ceremony, Friday, July 27.

IOC Adds Insult to Injury: Widows ‘Get’ their Minute of Silence 4 Days Too...

5 Av 5772 – July 23, 2012
I suggest Monday, July 23, 2012, will go down in the annals of Olympic history as Throw the Widow a Bone Day.

The Tribe of Shimon

Israel's President Shimon Peres donned tribal gear for his meeting with Osei Tutu II, king of the Ashanti Empire, West Africa, at the President's...

Azkara Held For Rabbi Yoseph Oziel

2 Av 5772 – July 21, 2012
The Shul of Bal Harbour, 9540 Collins Avenue in Surfside, held an askara (commemoration) marking seven days since the passing of Rabbi Yoseph Oziel on Tuesday, July 10. Minchah services were followed by divrei Torah from prominent rabbis and concluded with Arvit.

Chabad House Hosts Joe Kaufman For Lunch & Learn

The Chabad House in Miami Beach hosted a lecture and “the best lunch in town” on Wednesday, July 11, at its location, 669 Lincoln Lane North. The congregation’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Zev Katz, started the program with a dvar Torah. The talk was followed by guest speaker Joe Kaufman, who spoke on the direction of political movements in the Middle East and the Maghreb. Kaufman’s presentation was titled “Arab Spring or Nuclear Winter?”

Rebbetzin Chave Hecht And Camp Emunah To Be Honored

1 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
On Sunday, July 22, Ulster County Chabad, in association with the Ellenville Jewish community and Camp Emunah, will hold the 10th Annual Empowerment Breakfast at Congregation Ezrath Israel on Rabbi Herman Eisner Square in Ellenville, N.Y. The program will start at 9 a.m.

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