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The Supreme Court and Sholom Rubashkin

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
We know we speak for many in our community when we express sadness at the news that the United States Supreme Court on Monday decided not to review the 27-year sentence meted out to former Agriprocessors chief executive Sholom Rubashkin.

Russia Bans “Innocence of Muslims”

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
In a show of solidarity with movements seeking to preserve respect for Islam, a Moscow ruled on Monday that the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” may not be shown in all of Russia.

Iran Currency Plummets

Iran’s currency fell a whopping 16 percent on Monday to a record low of 34,500 rials to the dollar, plummeting from 29,500 rials on Sunday.

White House Network Hacked By Chinese

16 Tishri 5773 – October 1, 2012
FoxNews reports that White House computers were breached by Chinese hackers. The report says that the breach may have included sensitive military related computers....

Designer Sukkah

14 Tishri 5773 – September 30, 2012
I went looking for interesting Sukkah images online, and most of them repeated the familiar decoration themes, some with more natural ingredients, others with...

‘I Inspire Myself’

10 Tishri 5773 – September 25, 2012
We first met Shlomie (name and some details have been changed) over 20 years ago. He davens in our shul, and he and my husband share a love of photography. Over time, we got to know each other well.

Many Gazans Less Than Peachy About Fruit Import Ban

With the exception of bananas and apples, fruit will no longer be brought from Israel to Gaza is, according to the Agriculture Ministry on Monday.

Olmert “Standing Tall” After Receiving Commuted Sentence

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert told a press conference Monday that he leaves court “standing tall” after being handed a one year suspended sentence and a fine of NIS 75,300 for breaching the public trust in what has been called the “Investment Center Affair”.

Israel’s UN Envoy Leaves Session in Protest When A-Jad Takes Podium

Israel's UN envoy Ron Prosor left a UN session on Monday in protest when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium. Ahmadinejad was present to speak about the rule of law in a session on the subject.

Miracle of the Crowded Pilgrims

The Mishna in "Chapters of our Fathers" 5:5 describes ten miracles that used to occur in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (a couple of...

Tens of Thousands Gather for Massive “Selichot” Prayer at the Western Wall

9 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
An estimated 85,000 people are expected to arrive at the Kotel plaza on Monday night for the final recitation of the Selichot prayers prior to Yom Kippur, the holiday of atonement.

Shekel Up Against Dollar Post-Rosh Hashanah

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
The shekel strengthened against the dollar and euro in trading after the Rosh Hashana holiday. Tel Aviv’s foreign currency exchange market was closed Monday and Tuesday for the Jewish New Year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock Tel Aviv

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
The “Red Hot Chili Peppers” performed in Tel Aviv on Monday night, a decade after they canceled their show due to security issues. It was the group’s first visit to Israel, and to make the most of it, the members went to the Western Wall in Jerusalem straight from the airport. The band talked about Hillel Slovak, one of their founding members, who died from a drug overdose in the early 1990s.

Iran Claiming Oil Deal with Egypt

24 Elul 5772 – September 10, 2012
The Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) was quoted on Monday by Reuters as stating, in the name of Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi, that Iran is negotiating to sell oil to Egypt.

Parshas Ki Tavo

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
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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.

High Court Hears Petition against Mikvah for Married Women Only

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Minister of Religious Affairs Yaakov Margi and the Chief Rabbinate Council to explain why they not allow single women to immerse in state-run mikvahs.

As America Throws Israel Under the Bus…

In "liberal-speak", pundits say that countries don't have allies, they have interests. That's incorrect; political leaders have interests...countries still have allies.

IDF Soldier Dies From Training Accident

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
IDF Spokespersons Office: Sergeant Yonatan Ben-Yishai, 20, died of his wounds Thursday morning. Ben -Yishai was injured on Monday during a training exercise in...

How Much Is Netanyahu Worth?

10 Elul 5772 – August 28, 2012
Following the minor storm that erupted on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to rearrange his portfolio which is in a blind trust—a request he eventually rescinded—Forbes Israel decided to dig into that portfolio, to find out how rich is Bibi. It turns out he's not crazy rich, and incidentally, close to half of the Netanyahus wealth is invested in their penthouse in the affluent neighborhood of Rechavia in downtown Jerusalem, and a villa in Caesaria.

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