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.
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.
(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.
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