Obama: Pledge To Stop Iran Bomb


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



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



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


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


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

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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.

Obama To Visit Israel This Spring


President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, reports on Monday said.

Obama visited Israel last as a senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. The New York Times quoted White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying that the president accepted an invitation to visit Israel during a Jan. 28 conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the trip will be a chance to “discuss the way forward” on problems in the region, including the civil war in Syria and Iran's production of nuclear materials.

Sen. Barack Obama visits Western Wall during 2008 trip to Israel.

Members Of 19th Knesset Sworn In At Inaugural Session



The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening. 

Author Tuvia Tenenbaum Raises A Fuhrer In Germany With Nazi Salute


Israeli-born Jewish author Tuvia Tenenbom is in trouble in Germany for raising his arm in the Hitler salute, which is banned in the country.

Tenenbom: Tried to provoke neo-Nazis.

In Eulogies, Koch Remembered As Outspoken 'Moses' Who Led City Out Of Darkness

'We are doing a lot better because you lived and served,' says President Clinton.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died on Friday, was remembered by his current successor, Michael Bloomberg, as a legendary figure akin to Moses, who “restored the arc of the city’s history."

Noting that this week's Torah portion depicts Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, Bloomberg said " Ed, in his own way, was our Moses ... He led us out of darkness and he gave us hope. And while he may not have parted the Red Sea, he did break a subway strike by standing on a bridge and shouting words of encouragement.”

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