Bibi Formally Requests Pollard Release


(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

Roger Daltrey To Headline West Side Shabbaton

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger Daltrey, the legendary frontman of The Who, will appear at a Shabbaton on January 15th at the Orthodox West Side Institutional Synagogue. 

Presidents Conference Leader Meets Syria’s Assad


Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Hoenlein said the meeting Monday was at the invitation of Syria and not, as had been reported originally by the Israeli media, at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Borough Park Snow Recovery Slow


Residents of Borough Park were still facing snow removal issues this week from the Dec. 26 blizzard, and an unnamed labor source told the New York Post those problems may be deliberate.

“Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] … its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine,” the paper quoted the source as saying. The lackluster snow removal may have been meant to embarrass Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has heavy political support in Borough Park, because of his budget cuts, the Post said.

State Safety Inspectors To Take Over Kosher Enforcement


As advocates of the state’s kosher law enforcement unit pressed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for its inspectors, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which oversees the unit announced a plan Monday to train 85 food safety inspectors to do the job.

Oldest Ancient Teeth Found In Israeli Cave


 (JTA) — Eight teeth found in a cave in central Israel are reportedly the earliest remains of Homo sapiens ever discovered.
The teeth, discovered in a cave near Rosh Haayin, east of Tel Aviv, have been estimated to be about 400,000 years old. If the initial findings are confirmed, it would overturn accepted scientific theory that Homo sapiens, the direct descendent of modern man, evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago and migrated north.

Netanyahu: No Apology To Turkey


(JTA) — Israel’s prime minister said Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of a Gaza-bound ship or the loss of life on board.

However, Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on Israeli national television Monday night, Israel would express its regret.

Orthodox Blog Banned


The popular ultra-orthodox blog, Vos Iz Neias, was the target of a recent ban issued by 36 prominent rabbis from Brooklyn, Lakewood, Philadelphia and Europe, including such names as Rabbi Aaron Moshe Schechter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn and Rabbi Yerucham Olshin, of the Lakewood Yeshiva.

The statement issued strong words against the site, saying its anonymous publisher

Wikileaks: U.S. Did Not Help Hamas Hit Investigation


(JTA) — The United States has reportedly declined a request by the United Arab Emirates to help investigate the assassination of a Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room.

Iranian Hung For Spying For Israel


(TJA) — Ali-Akbar Siadat was hanged at a prison in Tehran on Tuesday morning after being convicted of spying for Israel, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.

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