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Conservative Developer Joins Race for Governor

BUFFALO — Carl P. Paladino, a blunt multimillionaire developer with Tea Party political leanings, announced his campaign for governor on Monday, becoming the third Republican to enter a race that is quickly becoming a scramble for conservative support. Mr. Paladino, 63, delivered a Palinesque populist message to a boisterous group of about 1,000 flag-waving supporters […]

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‘We’ll strike Israel if attacked’

Iran will strike Israel if its and its Western allies attacked Iran, a top official with the Islamic republic’s elite Revolutionary Guard reiterated on Tuesday. “The enemies know if they fire a missile toward Iran, the dust from explosions by Iranian missiles will rise in Tel Aviv” even as “their missile is still in the […]

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New Square Taking A New Approach In Enabling Girls Camp To Reopen

The Hasidic group involved in a standoff with authorities last summer over occupying the former Homowack Lodge in Sullivan County is renovating portions of the resort and attempting to get permits to run a girl’s camp. Last summer, the camp occupied the sprawling grounds in Summitville without a permit and faced off in court with […]

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Chabad-Lubavitch emissary’s Budapest house stoned during Passover Seder

Chabad-Lubavitch emissary’s Budapest house stoned during Passover Seder

Chabad Lubavitch emissary in Budapest, Hungary, was targeted in an anti-Semitic incident Tuesday night during the second Pessach seder, the ritual feast that marks the Jewish holiday of Passover. Rabbi Shmuel Raskin, director of the Keren-Or Chabad-Lubavitch Israeli Center, said that about 50 people had gathered in his home when at around 11 pm, just […]

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Estonian Jews Honor Victims of Moscow Terror Attacks

Chief Rabbi of Estonia Shmuel Kot said that he and his mourned the tragedy that took place in Moscow. “All Jews coming to the Tallinn Synagogue will pray for the victims of these acts of terrorists. Jews living in today’s world do not remember what slavery in Egypt was like,” he commented. “But there are […]

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Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. But the president said in an interview that he was carving out an exception for “outliers like Iran and North Korea” that have violated or renounced the main […]

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Karzai Slams the West Again

KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop. Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars in Western aid […]

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California Community Celebrates a New Foundation

Members of the greater Conejo Valley Jewish community in Southern California gathered at a construction site on an Agoura Hills side street to celebrate the laying of the new home of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Conejo’s foundation, sealing the names of 104 supporters in a time-capsule within the structure’s cement core. While groundbreaking ceremonies are a […]

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Ex-NY Mayor Koch: Obama Anti-Israel ‘In Order to Please Muslims’

U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Israel and “is willing to throw Israel under the bus in order to please Muslim nations,” former New York City Mayor Ed Koch charged. Koch, a Jewish Democrat, has been gradually “falling out of love” with President Obama, a term he used in a commentary he published last August. The […]

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California dad makes heroic rescue of daughter, 2, after she falls 20 feet off ramp into East River

A California dad dived into the frigid East River and rescued his 2-year-old daughter Saturday after she plunged 20 feet from a historic boat docked at the South Street Seaport. Witnesses heard a splash, then a terrifying scream. A moment later, the father, David Anderson, was racing down the deck of the four-masted Peking ship, […]

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Chechens: More bombings to come

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in the Moscow metro that killed at least 39 people, according to a video posted on the unofficial Islamist rebel website on Wednesday. This, contrary to statements issued by his organization’s spokesman, who hours earlier denied any connection to the bombings. Umarov, who styles himself […]

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Peres: Israel should ‘pay any price’ for Gilad Shalit

President Shimon Peres said Sunday that Israel should pay any price for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, Army Radio reported. “We must continue to act and do everything we can, pay any price, for Gilad’s release,” Peres told Army Radio following his meeting with Shas’ Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Peres said […]

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Medvedev Seeks ‘Brutal’ Response to Terror Attacks

April 1 (Bloomberg) — President Dmitry Medvedev called for a “brutal” response to terrorism during a trip to Dagestan in Russia’s mostly Muslim North Caucasus region, where 14 people have died in bomb blasts in the last two days. “We’ve twisted off the heads of the most odious thugs, but clearly that’s not enough,” Medvedev […]

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Palestinian PM to Haaretz: We will have a state next year

RAMALLAH - Next year, “the birth of a Palestinian state will be celebrated as a day of joy by the entire community of nations,” says Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an exclusive interview to Haaretz. Relaying Passover greetings to the Jewish community, Fayyad hopes Israelis will also participate in the celebrations for the […]

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Huge Weapons Cache Found in Sinai

Egyptian troops found a huge weapons cache in central Sinai early on Thursday morning, according to the Egyptian daily Al-Yaum As-Sabach. The cache contained an estimated 100 anti-aircraft missiles, 45 missile launchers, 40 bombs, and more. It is not yet clear where the weapons were from, or what their owners intended to do with them. […]

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Kerry: Syria committed to ME peace

Israeli officials on Thursday dismissed speculation that US Sen. John Kerry will have any luck in Damascus, testing the waters for a Syrian-Israeli diplomatic channel, saying President Bashar Assad’s bellicose statement at the recent Arab League summit in Libya belied any peaceful strategy. Assad on Sunday called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to ditch […]

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Israel warns of new Gaza assault as US urges restraint

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel on Friday threatened widescale military action against the Gaza Strip after launching a string of air strikes in response to rocket fire from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave. However, the United States urged restraint on both sides, saying there was no military solution to the conflict. Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom […]

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Passover story goes digital

In the long-standing practice of adding to the Exodus tale, the Internet is changing the way some families will be relating the story of Jews’ escape from slavery at Seder celebrations Monday. Thousands of years after Moses led his people out of Egypt, the Passover story is going digital. At Monday’s Seder meal, dozens of […]

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New York - OK Rabbi: Cocoa Powder Is Kosher For Pesach

New York - Concern that cocoa powder from China is unfit for use on Pesach have proven to be nothing more than unsubstantiated rumors. In an interview with VIN News, Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, head of OK Kosher Certification, said that even after countless hours on the phone, he still does not even know exactly […]

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Hurva Synagogue Reopens In Old City

An “invitation only” ceremony in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday celebrated the restoration of the Hurva synagogue, which was destroyed by the Jordanians in the War of Independence in 1948. Palestinian leaders had called on Israeli Arabs to flock to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to protect it, distributing pamphlets claiming that the rededication […]

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UK tabloid: Israel ‘forged thousands of IDs’

MI6 suspects that airline staff working for Mossad may have copied passports of Britons flying to Israel, News of the World reports, adding authorities also concerned about security searches carried out on British officials attending terrorism conference in country last September. The British secret intelligence service (MI6) suspects that airline staff working for the Israeli […]

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Jewish faith keeps them ‘solid’ while incarcerated

LAKE CITY — The hardened men drifted through a misty rain into a small room, where they exchanged a common pleasantry. “Boker tov.” The Hebrew phrase for ‘good morning’ — pronounced boh-kehr tohv  — is not something the killers, drug dealers and thieves commonly use around the tough cell blocks of Columbia Correctional Institution. Read […]

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More health-conscious consumers turn to kosher foods

Grocers know observant and even not-so-active Jews want kosher foods for the two Seder meals that highlight the eight days of Passover, which starts Monday night. They stock up on foods that comply with the Kashrut, the ancient body of law that dictates how foods are to be stored, prepared and eaten. But interest in […]

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Obama demands Netanyahu’s peace answers by Saturday

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene his senior ministers on Friday to discuss the demands made by US President Barack Obama and his overall trip to Washington – a trip that, because of negative atmospherics and amid a paucity of hard information, has been widely characterized as among the most difficult in recent memory. Officials […]

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Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond

Nearly 300 members of Congress have signed on to a declaration reaffirming their commitment to “the unbreakable bond that exists between [U.S.] and the State of Israel”, in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The letter was sent in the wake of the severe recent tensions between Israel and the U.S. over the […]

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Female Suicide Bombers Kill 37 in Moscow Subway

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 37 people on packed Moscow metro trains on Monday and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared that “terrorists will be destroyed.” Witnesses described morning rush-hour panic at two central Moscow stations, with commuters falling over each other in dense smoke and dust as they tried to escape the worst […]

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US pressure won’t alter Israeli policy on Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Friday issued a statement insisting that pressure applied by the Obama Administration during the Israeli leader’s recent visit to Washington will not alter Israeli police regarding Jerusalem. US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier in the week tried to strong-arm Netanyahu into severely restricting Jewish […]

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Jews Barred from Cairo’s Maimonides Synagogue

The Egyptian government has announced that it will not allow Jews to pray in Cairo’s newly-restored Maimonides Synagogue, in retaliation for Israel’s security response to Arab rioting on the Temple Mount. “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the heritage of the Palestinian Arabs and Israel is not entitled to block them from it,” said Dr. […]

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