Less than a month after the Chabad of Southampton won a hotly contested zoning hearing for the right to operate as a house of worship in a residential area, an attorney for some of the neighbors said he’ll appeal the ruling this week.
“We feel they made several key errors,” said David Peirez, a Garden City, L.I., lawyer who said he represents at least two neighbors. He plans to file papers in State Supreme Court asking that the decision of the Village of Southampton Board of Appeals be annulled or revised.
Man, oh man, is this Haggadah different.
Forget frogs and boils and darkness over the land. The 10 Plagues in this Haggadah include prostate cancer, weight gain, hair loss and impotence.
This Haggadah still has the Four Questions, but each has a gender-bender twist. For instance, “Why is it that no matter how old I get, I don’t understand women?”
Fighting between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip intensified this week, claiming the lives of three Israeli soldiers and about 20 Palestinians, while Egyptian troops scoured the Sinai for more terrorists seeking to attack Israelis on Passover vacation.
Drawn into what now appears to be a two-front war, Israel sent its forces into Lebanon on Wednesday in a major military offensive. The move came after Hezbollah terrorists launched a coordinated attack on communities and military positions in northern Israel and captured two soldiers, vowing to release them only in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the attack “an act of war” as he launched a large-scale military campaign into Lebanon.
As the Israeli government approved an expanded military operation in the northern Gaza Strip to thwart the launching of improved Kassam rockets — like the one that landed harmlessly Tuesday in a school parking lot in Ashkelon, Israel’s fifth largest city — the Hamas leadership was reportedly on the run to avoid being killed or arrested by Israeli forces.
The torrential rain that caused flooding throughout the Poconos played havoc with sleep away camps last week, forcing the closing of roads that cut off deliveries, trapping people in camps and forcing one camp to relocate half the campers to Kutsher’s Country Club after the entire camp spent a night in a local school gym. Most of the camps around Lake Como, Pa., said they were forced to delay the opening of camp for several days because roads to the camps were impassable.
The Rabbinical Council of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox group, has unanimously ruled that Jewish law bans smoking.
“We should have done it years ago,” acknowledged Rabbi Basil Herring, RCA’s executive vice president. “But it is never too late to say it is important to put an end to certain things that should be formally recognized for the evil they are.”
In 2003, Debka.com said it was the first to expose a recruitment campaign by al Qaeda for its army of jihadists to fight U.S. forces in Iraq.
Since 2005, it has been consistently warning that al Qaeda is building networks in the Sinai and the Gaza Strip.
As a new Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal reportedly from Israeli President Shimon Peres was floated in the media this week, there were reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to accept a Palestinian state with provisional borders, something he had flatly ruled out. The change stems from Hamas’ forceful take-over of the Gaza Strip in June, according to Yaakov Bar Siman Tov, a professor in the International Relations Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was to unveil his new cabinet this week in a move to solidify his strength in the Kadima Party and herald a new era after a year of crises, while the opposition Likud Party advanced the date of its own primary and the Labor Party selected Ehud Barak as its candidate for prime minister in the next election.