הילולת הרה"ק מבאבוב זי"ע בראשות חתנו כ"ק אדמו"ר מבאבוב-45 שליט"א Yurtzeit of the Bobov Rov Zy"u by the Bobov-45 Rebbe אדר תשע"ז Photo Credit: JDN    
New York -  While Donald Trump’s political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. Trump tumbled more than 100 spots to No. 544 on the magazine’s 31st annual list, largely because of the impact of the slumping New York real estate market on his holdings. “Midtown Manhattan real estate is down; therefore, so is Donald Trump’s fortune,” the business magazine said in a statement. The developer-turned-politician, who ranked No. 205 last year, fell further behind to Bill Gates, the list’s perennial leader. Gates, the philanthropic co-founder of Microsoft C...
Head of security service says Israelis should not be lulled into complacency by 'deceptive calm' The head of Israel's Shin Bet security service warned on Monday that the Palestinian group Hamas are sure to attempt terror attacks on Israelis during the upcoming Passover holiday, Israeli news outlets report. Addressing parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Nadav Argaman said Israel is in a period of "deceptive calm" and there was no doubt that terrorist networks will attempt attacks during the holiday. He further said that in the face of so-called "lone wolf" terrorists with no explicit ties to a terrorist group, the Shin Bet has developed new technologies and operational techniques. Argaman added that the Shin Bet arrested some 400 would-be attackers b...
Japan and Russia agreed Monday to step up work toward resolving a longstanding territorial dispute through cooperation in a range of areas. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, also joined in urging North Korea to refrain from “provocative actions” and to abide by United Nations resolutions demanding an end to its nuclear and missile testing. The call came in “two-plus-two” talks among foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo that touched on a wide array of issues, including the conflict in Syria, drug trafficking, and logistics for travel by elderly Japanese back to disputed islands that have been under Russian control since the end of World War II. The meetings in Tokyo were the two countries’ first “two-...
Only several hours after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatens to destroy Syrian air defense systems, the Israeli Air force reportedly kills a member of a pro-regime militia in a drone strike. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Sunday that Israeli aircraft struck a vehicle driving near the town of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra province, on the road to Damascus, killing its driver. The National Defense Force, a pro-regime militia formed in 2012 and organized by the Syrian government during the Syrian Civil War as a part-time volunteer reserve component of the Syrian military, claimed the man killed was from among their ranks, naming him as Yasser Hussien Assayed.  Israel has been reported to target members of that militia in the past, apparently for pla...
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The Syrian media on Sunday night the eve of 22 Adar reported that Israel’s military struck terrorist targets along the Syrian-Lebanon border once again. Israeli officials remain silent in the wake of the report. The Israel Air Force reportedly struck out against Hizbullah targets. According to earlier reports, the IAF targeted a vehicle near Quneitra in which the unidentified driver was killed in an attack earlier Sunday. Israeli officials did not comment on the earlier report either. On Erev Shabbos it was reported that Syria fired missiles at Israeli fighter jets following a series of IAF Attacks. In this case, Israeli officials confirmed attacking several terrorist targets and that defense systems intercepted one of the Syrian missiles.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), whose annual policy conference draws more than 15,000 people and is arguably the world’s largest pro-Israel gathering, Thursday announced the highest-level dignitaries who will address the lobby’s 2017 conference later this month. U.S. political leaders Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will all speak at the March 26-28 convention in Washington, D.C. In the realm of foreign leaders, Rwandan Pr...
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A Minnesota university student leader who tweeted “yahood [Jews] will get what coming for them [sic]” railed on Facebook against exposure of his social media posts as an “Islamophobic smear campaign.” Mayzer Muhammad — president of the undergraduate student union (USG) at the University of St. Thomas — wrote last Wednesday: “I am coming under attack for being a Muslim leader of the student government at a private Catholic institution,” after his online activity, revealed by campus watchdog Canary Mission, was reported by The Algemeiner two days earlier. Muhammad called his posts — which included calling Zionists “the scum of the e...
North Korean exporting of missile and other military systems to countries and terrorist organizations around the world directly threatens the Jewish state, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday. According to Channel 2, Arab media outlets reported over the weekend that an arms shipment on its way to Hezbollah was attacked by the IDF in Syria late Thursday night/early Friday morning. The shipment, according to these sources, included advanced North Korean missiles. Channel 2 added that the nuclear reactor in Syria which Israel destroyed in September 2007, was built for President Bashar Assad with the aid of the regime in Pyongyang. As The Algemeiner reported last April, former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s national securi...
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President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He’s tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process. That put FBI Director James Comey in the unusual situation of having to respond to presidential tweets in the middle of his testimony. Trump’s tweet seemed to differ with what Comey said. He told members of the House intelligence committee that the FBI has offered no opinion, and has no view and no information, on the potential impact on the election because that’s not something the FBI looked at. Comey did say earlier in the hearing, however, that there is no evidence that Russian meddling resulted in changes of any vot...
“Israel is open for business with China,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Beijing on Monday after meeting with a group of top Chinese business leaders as he continued his five-day visit to the Asian power that began on Sunday. “Today I met with the heads of China’s largest corporations,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook. “One-hundred fifty billion dollars around one table. Some of them already invest in Israel; some of them now will invest in Israel. This means more jobs for Israelis and a strengthening of the Israeli economy.” The prime minister posted a selfie he took with Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma. Netanyahu then attended an innovation forum in which hundreds of Israeli and Chinese business people took part....
The US will boycott deliberations conducted within the framework of a permanent UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agenda item that singles out Israel, the Trump administration announced on Monday. The news came as the UNHRC was set to weigh a slew of anti-Israel resolutions this week at its Geneva, Switzerland headquarters. “While we are making some progress on reversing the anti-Israel bias at the UN in New York, regrettably, today in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council begins debate on the only country permanently on the body’s calendar,” American UN envoy Nikki Haley said in a statement on Monday. “It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people. It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not...
A Jerusalem Rabbinate beis din rejected a request to retroactively recognize a wedding that took place without prior registration, taking place in a local rabbinate by pre-agreement. The psak din was signed by Av Beis Din Rav Uriel Lavie, Rav Shlomo Ram and Rav David Kalka, and they explain the party was aware of the process and need for registration, but decided to marry in a fashion that is not recognized by the rabbinate. They asked people to assist them in bypassing the local system and then hopefully have the marriage recognized retroactively. The couple was supposed to be registered by they then decided to have a chupah which the rabbinate does not accept. As part of the ceremony the couple signed an agreement and instead of the chosson saying “Harei at…”, they w...
A Philadelphia man has sued a New York City bar after he says he was denied service because he was wearing a hat supporting President Donald Trump. The New York Post reports Greg Piatek says in the lawsuit that he and his friends were initially served drinks at The Happiest Hour on Jan. 28. But he says once a bartender noticed his “Make America Great Again” hat, he asked Piatek if it was “a joke.” He says a second round of drinks was “slammed” down on the bar. The suit claims a manager later asked Piatek to leave, saying he was told by the bar owner that “anyone who supports Trump or believes what you believe is not welcome here.” The bar didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
A federal judge on Sunday rejected the U.S. government’s request to clarify his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said nothing was unclear about his order and the government can’t ask for a distinction that officials failed to make in earlier briefs and arguments, according to online court records. Watson issued the temporary restraining order Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from the state of Hawaii, concluding there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. Two days later, the Justice Department asked Watson to clarify that the order only applied to the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and not a global freeze on refugees enteri...
A former North Carolina police chief who now works as a law enforcement consultant says he’s disappointed with his country of 42 years after he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Former Greenville police Chief Hassan Aden of Alexandria, Virginia, says he was detained March 13 on his return trip from Paris. He says he supports the officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, but he believes his 90-minute detention was unreasonable. In a Facebook post, he says a customs officer told him that his name “was used as an alias by someone on some watch list.” The 52-year-old Aden says he became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of 10 when he was an Italian citizen. Customs and Border Patrol officials didn’t immediately comment.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Monday, 22 Adar, met with Deputy Mayor Chaim Epstein of the Bnei Torah party following protests on erev Shabbos which intentionally tried to disrupt the annual Jerusalem marathon. The mayor did not take favorably to the actions of chareidim affiliated with the Peleg Yerushalmi branch, trying to disrupt the marathon, and he suspended Epstein from his post and activities for thirty days in response. The mayor is extending this to his staff and associates, informing city officials not to take any instructions from him during the suspension period. The mayor explained to Epstein the efforts by protestors were illegal and contrary to police instructions, as well as posing a danger to public safety. Bnei Torah officials responded to the mayor’s decision, v...
Britain’s government says it will trigger Article 50, signaling Britain’s departure from the European Union, on March 29. The Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement that Britain’s permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the European Council President Donald Tusk of the timing on Monday morning. The notification of triggering Article 50 will come in the form of a letter. Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement that the country is “on the threshold of the most important negotiation” for a generation.
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