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Barcelona’s main synagogue is closing for a minimum of 24 hours following Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack in the city, in which at least thirteen people were murdered and dozens more wounded.
Barcelona Rabbi Meir Bar Chen said that all “community institutions” had been closed in the immediate aftermath of the atrocity. Bar Chen confirmed that “this was not a terrorist attack directed against Jews,” following initial reports that a kosher restaurant on the Las Ramblas thoroughfare along the path of the terrorists’ van had been their primary target.
In an interview with The Algemeiner on Thursday, a prominent Catalan journalist highlighted the vulnerabilities confronting the Spanish authorities in confronting terror...
A 25-ton, bronze sphere damaged by the collapsing World Trade Center is finally being returned to a spot overlooking the rebuilt site.
Workers on Wednesday began hoisting sections of the Koenig Sphere into its permanent home at the new Liberty Park overlooking the 9/11 memorial.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last year approved plans to move the sculpture from its temporary place in Battery Park at Manhattan’s southern tip.
The sphere once stood between the trade center’s two towers.
The late German artist Fritz Koenig created the work commissioned by the Port Authority, which lost 84 employees. It was dedicated in Battery Park in 2002, with an eternal flame honoring the more than 2,700 people who died at the trade center a year earlier.
Shas party leader Minister Aryeh Deri interviewed on Wednesday evening 24 Menachem Av with Kol Chai Radio host Avi Mimron, speaking on a number of current issues including the situation in Syria, the sale of the party-affiliated Yom L’Yom newspaper, opening a new newspaper in response, giyur, the Sanhedria Talmid Torah machlokes and more.
Deri began by addressing the situation along the northern border, speaking as a member of the Security Cabinet. “The situation in Syria is very sensitive, I do not want to pressure the public, but I need a lot of tefilos. The prime minister is under very heavy pressure and he is the best person to deal with such issues,” he said. I wish him and his wife the best and that they should pass this difficult period in peace.”
Baltimore, MD – Aug. 17, 2017 – It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Nellie Bienenstock, a'h, mother of Rabbi David Bienenstock and Mrs. Chaya Statman.
The levaya and kevurah will be held tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at New Mount Zion Cemetery in East Rutherford, NJ.
Shiva will be observed at 6607 Greenspring Ave. Baltimore, MD 21209 from Motzei Shabbos through Thursday morning, Aug. 24, after Shacharis.
The family requests no visitors 12:00-1:00, 6:00-7:00, or after 10:00 PM.
Shacharis Sunday: 8:30 AM
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 AM
Mincha/Ma'ariv: Sunday-Wednesday 7:40 PM
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Islamic terror group says terrorists responsible for Barcelona attack were affiliated with organization.
The ISIS terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the ramming attack in Barcelona Thursday which left at least 13 people dead and roughly 80 injured.
The terror group claimed responsibility via the ISIS-aligned Amaq media outlet.
It is unclear whether ISIS directed the terror cell responsible for the attack or if the terrorists were simply ISIS-inspired.
American security officials warned Spain two months ago about the possibility of a terror attack in Barcelona at the hands of an Islamic terror organization like ISIS.
Thursday’s attack is the first successful terrorist attack on Spanish soil since the 2004 Madrid train bombings which left nearly ...
CIA warned local police Barcelona could be hit by Islamic terrorists two months before attack left 13 dead, 32 injured.
American security officials warned Spanish authorities two months ago that Barcelona’s La Rambla pedestrian mall could be hit by Muslim terrorists.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Peridoico, Spanish officials received a specific warning regarding the popular tourist hotspot in Barcelona two months ago.
Central Intelligence Agency officials reportedly warned Spain that the La Rambla area could be targeted by Muslim terrorists in the same kind of car ramming attack used against Germany, the UK, France, the US, and Israel.
The report comes just hours after a white Fiat van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians near La Rambla, killing at least 13 ...
Maine’s governor says taking down statues of Confederate figures is “just like” removing a monument to people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the comments during an appearance Thursday morning on WGAN-AM when asked for his reaction to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
LePage says he condemns “both sides” that demonstrated. He says he finds white nationalist and far-left protesters “equally as bad” and “disgusting.”
LePage says left-wing protesters who want to remove Confederate statues are ignorant of history and want to erase it. He compares them to “the Taliban in Afghanistan” in their desire to remove monuments.
LePage says he didn’t find out about...
In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump for seemingly drawing an equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash last weekend.
“AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville this weekend,” the prominent Israel lobbying group said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“The vile hatred expressed by neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists must be categorically and unambiguously rejected. We urge all elected officials to reject moral equivalence and oppose between those who promote hate and those who oppose it. There must be no qua...
Tel Aviv, Israel - Aug. 17, 2017 - Tel Aviv, first city in the world lit up in colors of Spanish flag to pay tribute to the victims of the attack in Barcelona.
As the terror attack unfolded in Barcelona, Spain, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was briefed by staff from the local Israeli embassy on live video conference.
Reports indicate 13 were killed and dozens more injured when a van slammed into a crowd of people outside a popular Kosher restaurant in the historic Las Ramblas of Barcelona, an area frequented by many Israeli and Jewish tourists.
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MFA Situation Room + @IsraelinSpain monitoring #Barcelonaevents, in contact w/ local authorities to ensure wellbeing of Israelis in area.
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Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.
THE NUMBERS: Weekly unemployment applications fell by 12,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 232,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile four-week average slipped 500 to 240,500. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits has fallen 9 percent over the past 12 months to 1.9 million.
THE TAKEAWAY: The job market appears solid as the U.S. enters its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. Employers are holding onto workers with the expectation that business will continue to improve. Jobless claims, which closely track layoffs, have come in below 300,000 for 128 weeks in a row. That’s the longest such stretch since 1970, when the U...
Another bein hazmanim accident, this one occurring on Wednesday night in Tiveria at about 1:30AM. A 19-year-old chareidi female was struck by a taxi and taken by chopper in serious condition to the trauma unit of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The woman is reported to be a resident of Mevasseret Tzion, who was visiting family in Tiveria.
The injured woman was walking with a cousin when she was struck. Her cousin was in shock but did not sustain physical injuries B’chasdei Hashem.
Yossi Uknin of United Hatzalah Tiveria was among the first on the scene, describing the victim’s serious head injuries and facial trauma, confirming she was taken by chopper to the northern region trauma center.
An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.
Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes before taking it off as she rose to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds.
“There has been a large majority of Australians (who) wish to see the banning of the burka,” said Hanson, an outspoken fan of President Donald Trump, as senators objected.
Attorney-General George Brandis drew applause when he said his government would not ban the burqa, and chastised Hanson for what he described as a “stunt” that of...
As has been reported, 13 people have been killed and around 50 injured after a white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents.
YWN was first to report that the attack occurred in front of “Maccabi“, which is a Shomer Shabbos, Kosher restaurant.
“It’s a terrible situation,” Rabbi Dovid Libersohn, director of Chabad Lubavitch de Barcelona, which provides kosher certification to Maccabi told Chabad.org.
“We pray for the injured and for the families of those who were killed, and we are grateful, thank G‑d, that nobody at the restaurant was harmed. As far as we know right now, members of the Jewish com...
President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday evening, sent a letter to Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein, asking him to convey his support and solidarity for the American Jewish community.
The President wrote, “At this difficult time I want to express my support and solidarity, and that of all the Israeli people, with you and your communities, and ask that you kindly convey this message on my behalf to the Jewish communities across the US.”
He noted, “The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag – perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism – paraded in the streets of the world’s greatest democracy, and Israel’s most cherished and greatest ally is almost be...
A 6-year-old boy was bitten by a Palestinian Viper snake during a family outing in the Golan Heights. The child went into cardiac arrest.
Harel Deshen arrived with his parents Tirzah and Yakir to visit friends who were camping nearby an area pool. As they were walking, Harel suddenly felt a burning pain in his left leg, telling his parents immediately. His parents were not able to see what occurred, or what caused the injury, nor did they realize the seriousness of his injury. They headed to the camping site and with the help of a flashlight, they saw the two red marks on Harel’s skin and realized he had been bitten by a poisonous snake.
As they called Magen David Adom, they ran with Harel towards the road from the camping area, a 15 minutes hike, with a dispatcher explaining an am...
An American soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a battle with ISIS terrorists in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.
The military said in a statement that several Afghan forces were also wounded in the fighting on Wednesday in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, a militant stronghold. It did not specify how many forces were wounded.
And in three southern provinces, Taliban attacks on Wednesday killed a total of three civilians and 15 Afghan policemen, Afghan officials said Thursday.
The Utah National Guard said the American soldier who died was one of its members and that approximately seven other National Guardsmen were among the wounded. The names were withheld pending notification of family members.
The wounded soldiers were evacuated for medical...