City Council Speaker Christine Quinn seems to stands alone among Democrat mayoral candidates in supporting the city’s effort to regulate the practice of motzeitzi b’peh.
At a mayoral forum sponsored by The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly in Brooklyn, five other Democrats either declined to take a stand on the issue or sided with haredi Jews trying to overturn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s requirement that parents sign a consent form before allowing oral suction by a mohel during a circumcision.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.
Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were released on Thursday morning, the French news agency AFP reported, with the full interview scheduled to be aired that night.
A JC Penney tea kettle resembling Adolf Hitler sold out online.
JC Penney, which had come under fire this week for advertising and selling the space-saving tea kettle, sold out the item on its website by Tuesday afternoon, according to reports. The retailer’s site said the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which was designed by American architect Michael Graves, is back ordered until June 26.
Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, announced his run for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary early Wednesday morning.
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner said in a two-minute YouTube video released early Wednesday morning. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado.
The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma also is collecting supplies for those left homeless by the tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday afternoon, leaving at least 91 people dead, including at least 20 children, and injuring hundreds.