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Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer is a Rebbe in the Middle School of YCC/TA and is the Associate Regional Director of NCSY Atlantic Seaboard Region
An American scholar held for three years on espionage charges in Iran has been released from prison and was flown out of the country in exchange for an Iranian biologist imprisoned in the United States, officials said early Saturday.
Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student, was conducting research in Iran when he was arrested in 2016. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison the following year and sent to the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.
Wang was exchanged for Massoud Soleimani, a stem cell researcher arrested last year on charges of sanctions violations. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 11, but the Justice Department dropped all charges against him, paving the way for his release.
After the exchange was made in Switzerland, Wang was flown to a U.S. Air Force ba...
Benjamin Netanyahu called for direct elections against political rival and leader of the Blue & White alliance Benny Gantz on Saturday if ongoing talks to form a unity government fail.
“It’s still not too late, but if they don’t come to their senses and set up a national unity government, there is one more thing we can do to prevent an unnecessary Knesset election: A direction election for the premiership between Benny Gantz and myself,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
“Blue & White say that they know what the people want, so I’m all for the people deciding and no one else – including the media,” he added.
Blue & White almost immediately rejected the premier’s offer, calling Netanyahu’s proposal “hollow spin&rd...
Hamas’s propaganda department reported that in the month of November, 570 “combat operations” took place against Israel in Yehuda and Shomron and East Jerusalem, in which 14 Israelis were wounded.
Of these, 401 (71%) were classified as clashes, and 41 (7.25%) as various combat operations involving stabbing, throwing or dumping explosives or bottles at IDF vehicles and positions.
According to the report, one stabbing and seven acts of secreting and throwing explosives at IDF and settler vehicles were carried out in November, as well as 33 firebombings or launching firebombs at Israeli targets.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with the leaders of the right-wing bloc on Saturday night and they decided that if elections are held, they would take place on March 3, 2020.
However, the final date will be set in agreement with the other parties, in the four days remaining until the 22nd Knesset dissolves.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Rabbi S. Jerome Wallin, Z”L, father of Mrs. Judi Feldman, Mrs. Debra Kapnick, Neil Wallin and Gary WallinJudi will be returning to Baltimore, Thursday evening, Dec. 5 and will continue sitting shiva at her home, 6715 Westbrook Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215, through Sunday night.
Judi may be reached via call or text at 443-629-6923.
Shiva visiting hours (No Minyanim)Thu night 7:00pm-11:00pmFriday. 10:00am-1:00pmMotzei shabbos 7:00pm-11:00pmSunday:10:00am-1:00pm2:30pm-5:30pm7:00pm-11:00pm
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
MONSEY (VINnews) — The victim of the brutal stabbing attack in Monsey has spoken to Ramapo police from his hospital bed, to assist them in their ongoing investigation. Detective Lt. Michael Colbath stated stated that they spoke to the man, but declined to comment on whether or not they obtained any new or useful information from him.
Ramapo is also being assisted by the FBI in their investigation.
The victim, after undergoing several surgeries, is no longer considered critical.
The police are conntinuing to review security footage that captured the brutal November 20 attack. Police Chief Brad Weidel has described the video as grainy and low quality, however police have revealed that they are working to enhance the footage to get a clearer picture.
The motive for the attack...
The gunman who opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, fatally shooting three people, has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, and investigators are looking into whether the attack is terrorism-related, a U.S. official told Fox News.
The shooter -- who was wielding a handgun, despite firearms not being allowed on base -- was confronted and taken out by a pair of responding officers, officials said. Two people were killed at the scene while a third victim died after being rushed to a local hospital. Seven others suffered injuries and are undergoing treatment, including the two officers, one of whom was shot in the arm and the other in the knee. Both...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.
The military said Saturday air defenses intercepted two of the missiles.
There have been no reports of injuries and no Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
Cross-border violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has ebbed and flowed in recent years. Last month, the two sides fought their worst round of violence in months.
Leaders from Hamas, the militant group ruling Gaza, and the smaller but more radical Islamic Jihad are in Cairo, talking with Egyptian officials about cementing a cease-fire.
LONDON (JNS) — A total of 70 current and former British Labour Party officials condemned anti-Semitism in the party in sworn statements submitted to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
The sworn testimonies form part of the Jewish Labour Movement’s 53-page submission to the EHRC, which is currently investigating the Labour Party over allegations of anti-Semitism.
The leaked document can be read here.
Witness statements reveal that Jewish party members often do not feel comfortable attending Labour meetings “due to the intensity of animosity towards them.” One respondent said they had 22 examples of anti-Semitic abuse targeting them at constituency Labour gatherings.
Another claimed that an official at a constituency La...
LONDON (VINnews) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hit the campaign trail in Golders Green Friday morning, where he learned how to ice doughnuts at Grodzinski, the popular local Jewish bakery. Johnson joined incumbent Tory member Mike Greer, who is defending a slender 1652-vote lead in a seat being contested by Liberal Democrat candidate Luciana Berger and Labour’s Ross Houston. The Jewish vote is considered crucial in an election which has been punctuated with charges of anti-Semitism in the opposition Labor party.
During his visit to Golders Green, Johnson stopped over at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus, where he met tenants including Holocaust survivor Rachel Levy before visiting Grodzinski. After donning an apron marked “Get Brexit d...
Shoppers Food parent company United Natural Foods Inc. will close four stores across Virginia and Maryland, and 13 others have been sold to other grocery store chains, including almost half to German discount grocer Lidl.
“We plan to acquire six properties in Maryland and Virginia from UNFI. In Maryland, this includes sites in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, Oxon Hill, Takoma Park and Wheaton. In Virginia, it includes a Shoppers store in Burke,” Lidl spokesman William Harwood confirmed to WTOP.
“We will be making significant investments in the redevelopment of the sites, and will have more to share in terms of the grand opening timeline at the end of next year,” Harwood said.
The purchase agreements with UNFI accelerates the expansion plans for Lidl, which has said it ...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to the rescue of President Trump Friday and allowed his financial records to remain secret from House Democrats – for now.
The liberal Supreme Court Justice granted an emergency request from Trump’s lawyers to delay enforcement of subpoenas House Democrats issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump’s bank records.
A lower court Tuesday ordered the banks to cooperate with Congress in handing over a treasure trove of Trump’s financial dealings in the midst of the House’s impeachment inquiry. But Ginsburg stayed the ruling until 5 pm on Dec. 13.
That’s when the Supreme Court is expected to vote on whether to take up at least one of the two pending cases involving Trump’s financial records.
JNS.org – The student government at Dickinson College—a small liberal-arts school in Carlisle, Pa., outside Harrisburg—passed a resolution on Tuesday night to ban Sabra hummus, an Israeli product, as part of a campaign on campus to boycott the Jewish state.
The person leading the charge has been Henry Cohen, whose father, Jeremiah Cohen, owns Bullfrog Bagels in Washington, DC, and is also a supporter of the BDS movement.
An ensuing petition has been launched calling for a boycott of Bullfrog Bagels; it currently has 90 signatures.
It mentions anti-Israel activities by both Cohens, including Jeremiah’s daughter, Rosemary Cohen, who was a member of the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Haverford College outside Philadelphia.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is expected to announce her 2020 political plans next week, WJZ has learned.
Dixon, the city’s one-time mayor, resigned in January 2010 amid a scandal involving her misuse of gift cards intended for the needy.
Dixon also ran for mayor in 2016, narrowly losing in the primary to Catherine Pugh. Pugh ultimately became mayor and was herself forced to resign amid a scandal involving her self-published book series.
Pugh pleaded guilty last month to four federal charges in the “Healthy Holly” case.
Parshas Vayeitzei - Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP!
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 6, 2019
Today: 8 Kislev
Chatzos today: 11:58 AM
Hadlakas Nairos: 4:25 PM
Shkiah: 4:43:11 PM
Tzais HaKochavim: 5:34 PM
Kiddush Levanah: Friday night, Nov. 29, 11:57 PM – Wed., Dec. 11, 6:19 PM
Kiddush Levanah may only be said at night
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.
An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.
The last flu season to rev up this early was in 2003-2004 — a bad one. Some experts think the early start may mean a lot of suffering is in store, but others say it’s too early to tell.
“It really depends on what viruses are circulating. There’s not a predictable trend as far as if it’s early it’s going to be more severe, or later, less severe,” said Scott Epperson, who tracks flu-like illnesses for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are differen...
Yisrael Beiteinu Party leader Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel is headed to its third round of elections with the course of a year.
“Elections are coming,” Lieberman told the Yediot Achronot daily in an interview. Unity talks had reached a dead end, he said, and he had decided against empowering a narrow government because “the combination of dramatic defense and economic decisions and a narrow government is likely to create a large rift and polarization in [Israeli] society.”
On Tuesday, a meeting between Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly broke down after just 45 minutes.
Though the addition of Lieberman’s eight mandates to either the right-wing or a left-wing bloc, including the A...
Racist graffiti was discovered at a New York Holocaust museum for the second time in two weeks.
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove was defaced with swastikas and other vandalism.
“It’s shocking because we’re a museum and education center,” Deborah Lom, acting director of development at the museum, told Patch on Thursday.
“And now, we’re faced with this incident right here,” she said. “That makes it even more shocking to us.”
In a statement on Thursday, the center said, “We are shocked and saddened about the appearance of this representation of Nazi ideology. Ironically, we learned about this symbol of hate appearing here on the same day we hosted a major public event on anti-Semitism.&rdq...
U.S. officials are reportedly investigating whether Friday's deadly shooting at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was terrorism-related.
A U.S. official said the suspect in the shooting was an aviation student originally from Saudi Arabia and officials are investigating any ties to terrorism, The Associated Press reported.
Military personnel from around the world attend the Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The Navy has said that the alleged shooter and three victims were dead at the air station.
Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac had told The Hill in an email earlier Friday that multiple injured personnel have been taken to hospitals.
“There was an active shooter incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida this morning. The b...
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon is already having trouble getting packages to shoppers’ doorsteps on time.
The company said the delays are due to bad weather in parts of the country and the large amount of orders it received during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when it offered steep discounts.
“Delivery promises vary and may be longer than normal based on order volume and the fulfillment and delivery capacity available in a given area,” the Seattle-based company said in a statement. “We will work directly with customers who are experiencing an issue with their delivery.”
It’s an embarrassing setback for Amazon, whose reputation with shoppers depends on delivering ord...