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'Prisoner X' Hung Himself With Bedsheet, Report Says; Suspected Spy May Have Leaked Info To Australian Media

02/19/2013

Dual Israeli-Australian citizen and suspected spy Ben Zygier hanged himself in his Israeli cell's bathroom using a bed sheet, an Israeli investigation into his death concluded.

Synagogue In Siberia Damaged By Meteorite

02/15/2013

A synagogue in Siberia was lightly damaged by a meteorite that fell nearby.

On Friday, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Levitin, director of the Or Avner Jewish day school in Chelyabinsk, a city located 1,000 miles east of Moscow, was quoted by an Israeli website as saying congregants heard a huge explosion during morning prayers followed by a bright flash that lit up the sky.

Republicans Block Vote On Hagel

02/15/2013

Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and clear the way for a final vote on Hagel's nomination. The vote was 58-40.

Foxman Slams NY Post Over 'Blatant Distortion' Of Galliano Garb

02/14/2013

attempting to show sympathy and a connection with the very people he has offended.Saying chasidim “do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie,” Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman ripped the New York Post on Wednesday for a story suggesting controversial fashion designer John Galliano mocked ultra-Orthodox Jews this week.

Obama: Pledge To Stop Iran Bomb

02/13/2013

President Obama in a State of the Union speech focused mostly on domestic issues pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to "stand steadfast" with Israel.

Senate Committee Advances Hagel Nomination

02/12/2013

 

Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation. 

The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus, and 11 opposed, all Republicans.

One Republican, David Vitter of Louisiana, was not present.

Terror Warning Puts Jerusalem On High Alert

02/12/2013

 

Security forces in Jerusalem went on high alert in response to intelligence reports of a possible terror attack in the city.

The alert level was raised on Tuesday, affecting police, firefighters and Magen David Adom emergency crews, among others. Police conducted security checks on cars entering Jerusalem at several points.

No details were released by Jerusalem police on the contents of the intelligence information. It reportedly was the first time the level was raised in more than a year. 

Yeshiva Principal Sentenced To 55 Years

02/08/2013

Emanuel Yegutkin, 33, the former principal of Elite High School in Bensonhurst, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday for abusing three boys over 10 years. The boys were not his students.

Some Synagogues In Northeast Canceling Services As Blizzard Approaches

02/08/2013

Some synagogues have cancelled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.

At least synagogues in Providence, R.I., have called off Shabbat services this week in light of the expected severe weather. More than two feet are expected in Providence, one of the highest predicted snowfalls.

"Due to the impending blizzard all worship services have been canceled Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said a recorded message at Providence's Temple Beth-El on Friday afternoon.

Great Neck Principal Calls Cops On Orthodox 'Proselytizers,' Then Backs Down

02/08/2013
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The principal of Great Neck North High School, who sent an alarming letter to parents and even called the cops about a shul offering lunch and learn programs for his students, has now backed down, admitting poor judgment.

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