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United Nations: ‘Miscommunication’ behind ban of Israel’s Zionism display

April 5, 2016, by

A “miscommunication” led the United Nations to ban a display about Zionism from an Israeli exhibition at its headquarters in New York, a spokesman told JTA. Hours after the exhibition opened Monday morning, an initially banned display panel about Zionism was added. But the U.N. stood firm in banning two other panels that Israel had proposed — one

Watch: Kosher Certification: Behind the Scene with Reserve Cut’s Rabbi

April 4, 2016, by

How does one of the best steak houses in New York keep kosher? Billy Lyons of Zagat spent a day with OU Mashgiach Rabbi Hyam Maryles who supervises the kashruth of Reserve Cut in Downtown Manhattan. Each day, Rabbi Maryles arrives hours before the restaurant opens to ensure that Reserve Cut’s acclaimed dishes maintain the

The Nazi Who Became a Mossad Hitman

March 31, 2016, by

On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came home. The only other salient detail known to police in Munich was that Krug commuted to Cairo frequently. He was one of dozens of Nazi rocket experts who had been hired

World’s first ‘kosher tartan’ for Scottish Jews created after 300-year wait

March 29, 2016, by

From the IB Times: After a 300-year-wait, Scottish Jews have their own officially registered plaid in distinctive tones of navy and burgundy. The kosher non wool-linen abides by shatnez – the Jewish law prohibiting the mixture of wool and linen in clothing. Religious experts and tartan authorities came up with the design that included Jewish

ISIS reportedly planning ‘imminent’ attack on Jewish school in Turkey

March 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Islamic State terrorists are planning an “imminent” attack on Jewish kindergartens, schools and youth centers in Turkey, according to Sky News. The most likely target is a synagogue in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, which is attached to a community center and school, the British news service reported Monday. The report is likely referring to the Neve

Purim extravaganza nixed, haredi rockers give Belgian Jews private show

March 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: When they boarded a plane for Belgium on Monday, the Haredi pop stars Gil and Aryeh Gat were on a mission to bring extra cheer to one of the world’s happiest Jewish events: Purim in Antwerp. The brothers from Eilat, who became unlikely celebrities in Jewish circles worldwide following their 2013 appearance in

Senior Brussels Rabbi: Belgian Authorities Know Nothing About Security

March 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: Amid revelations of perceived failures in Belgium’s handling of terror threats, a prominent rabbi from Brussels said Belgian authorities “have no understanding of security issues.” Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels’  Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community made the remarks in an interview Thursday with Israel’s Army Radio about concerns that Belgium lacks the counterterrorism capabilities

Purim Celebrations Cancelled in Brussels

March 23, 2016, by

From YNet: Following the attacks at the airport and subway station in Brussels Tuesday morning, the Jewish community has cancelled its Purim celebrations at the behest of the police. Over a thousand members of the Jewish community were supposed to attend the megillah reading (reading of the Book of Esther – ed.) at the Great

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