Obama: American Forces Will Not Have a 'Combat Mission' Against ISIS
President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.
“The American forces do not and will not have a combat mission,” Obama told troops at MacDill Air Force Base.
It was a firm response to suggestions raised Tuesday by his top military commander that under certain circumstances, ...
Eyeing 2016, Rubio Pushes American Strength Abroad
Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
The Florida senator and potential Republican presidential candidate supports President Barack Obama’s strategy to arm moderate Syrian rebels battling the militants — and says American combat troops may be necessary to ...
Chasuna Alert: We are Serving Treif at Our Weddings
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
What would you say if you were informed that “treif” has been served at thousands of Orthodox Jewish weddings for the past decade and more?
It is likely that you would be pretty upset.
Yet, if you have gone to a religious Jewish wedding recently, it is highly probable that you consumed this Tarfus. What is perhaps more scandalous is that numerous people are aware of it. And until now, most of those people have done nothing about it. Sadly, if the either the ...
Rabbi Pinto Signs a Deal to Become a State Witness Against Senior Police Commander Of 443 Unit
It is now official as Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto on Wednesday, 22 Elul signed an agreement with the prosecution to become a state witness in his ongoing trial. Rav Pinto will be the state’s star witness against former senior Israel Police officer Menashe Arbiv. The deal presently includes the rav serving a year in prison but his defense team is working to have his punishment changed that it will not include a period of imprisonment. In all likelihood the final decision will be rendered by the ...
“Tehuva Starts in the Mind” with Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
The Brooklyn community was delighted to host a pre-Rosh Hashana event, featuring renowned speaker Rabbi Jonathon Rietti. The program, titled “Teshuva Starts in The Mind: Check up from the Neck Up” took place Tuesday, September 16th at Sasson V’Simcha. Over 200 participants were inspired, moved, and entertained as they learned to see how far reaching are the Mitzvos in the Torah relevant to taking responsibility for our attitude. Rabbi Rietti explained that the “lev” ...
Benghazi Select Committee Holding 1st Open Hearing
The House Select Committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans launched their special investigation.
The panel is using its first open hearing to focus on what the Obama administration has done since the Sept. 11, 2012, attack to improve security at U.S. embassies and other diplomatic missions around the world. The State Department's chief of ...
First Case of Enterovirus EV-D68 Confirmed in New Jersey
Authorities have confirmed a case of enterovirus EV-D68 in New Jersey, the first case documented in the Garden State and the latest in an outbreak of the potentially severe respiratory illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital, the agency said. The child's condition has since improved and the child has been discharged.
Enterovirus EV-D68 has already affected more ...
Israel: Airport Solidarity Strike On Thursday
It is all about timing and in Israel, employees will always seek to maximize the impact of their job action, even during the busiest days of the year.
With the Israel Postal Authority strike continuing without an end in sight, workers at Ben-Gurion International Airport will be striking in a showing of solidarity. The three hour strike will take place on Thursday, 23 Elul. From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Workers announced the strike on Wednesday afternoon, stating during the three hour period ...
NYC Council Members Condemn Rising Anti-Semitic Crime in NYC Before Jewish High Holidays
Tomorrow, one week in advance of the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Council Members, other elected officials and community leaders will join together on the steps of City Hall to denounce the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks across New York City and demand increased enforcement of this disturbing trend of hate.
New York City Council Members scheduled to attend will be David Greenfield, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger, Steve Levin, Corey Johnson, Jumaane Williams and ...
Cuts To Food Stamps Will Only Hit 4 States
Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.
A farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February attempted to save money by scaling back what lawmakers called a loophole in the food stamp program that entitles ...
NYPD: Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People
New York City police say suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people are up following unrest overseas.
Deputy Chief Michael Osgood says there’s especially been an increase since July 1, when reports about unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.
Osgood says the attacks are random and spontaneous.
There have been 89 suspected anti-Semitic attacks so far this year, up from 64. There have been 17 reported attacks against Muslims, up from 7 last ...
Qatar Emir: No Support for Extremists
The emir of Qatar says his oil-rich Gulf nation has provided no support for the Islamic State extremist group.
Following meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told reporters that "Qatar has never, and will never support terrorist organizations."
The comments came after Tamim was asked about a German politician's comments last month suggesting that Qatar has played a role in funding the Islamic State group, which is fighting in Iraq and ...
French Government Urges Air France Pilots To End Strike
The French government wants Air France pilots to end a strike that has grounded half of the airline's flights this week amid anger over plans to shift much of its operations to a low-cost carrier.
Air France argues that it needs to cut costs to stay competitive in the face of tough rivalry from budget airlines and Gulf state carriers. Pilots are protesting plans to shift some activities to low-cost carrier Transavia and shift some jobs to countries with lower taxes and labor ...
A New Form of Terrorism With Jewish Girls as the Victims
Israel is facing a new front with the Arabs. A terrorism that is fought with roses. They target young, vulnerable Jewish girls and they often pretend they are Jewish. "He wore a kippa and said Amen to brachas," explained Sara, a girl who was rescued from a village. I had no idea he wasn't Jewish until he took me to his home."
Jewish girls all over the country and from every class and nationality are falling into these traps. "It has definitely hit the frum world, explained Patty ...
Free Jewish Software – What’s Available?
There are many Free Apps - some are good and some are not worth the time to download.
Here are some hot links for iPhone / iPad Apps for Chumash and Daf Yomi.
Some cost as little as .99 and that’s almost free - and are in fact worth a lot more.
I know of just such an App for Android - check it out - you will not be disappointed.
Not to misrepresent myself, I work for Torah Educational Software the largest Jewish Software Developer in Israel. You can see ...
NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days Briefing
Police Commissioner William Bratton Kelly presided over the NYPD’s annual High Holiday security briefing at One Police Plaza, Wednesday morning. Community leaders from all sects of the Jewish community were in attendance.
As in previous years, the NYPD is increasing protection in Jewish neighborhoods as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach.
Increased foot patrols and counterterror teams will be patrolling those areas.
Police said although there is not any specific threat, synagogues ...