Mayor Bloomberg Releases The Rules Of The New Sugary Drink Crackdown

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent a good part of Thursday defending his decision to target New York City’s sweet tooth again. He’s proposing new rules to ban big sizes of sugary drinks. The mayor said they’re causing New Yorkers to pack on the pounds, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, however, said she […]

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NYPD Names New Director of Intelligence

The New York City Police Department has named a new director of intelligence. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the appointment of Rebecca Weiner on Thursday. The 35-year-old Harvard Law School graduate replaces Mitch Silber, who left to join a private consulting company. Silber was a chief architect of the NYPD’s aggressive intelligence-gathering program. The department […]

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Obama marks Jewish American Heritage Month


US president recounts story of Grant giving order to expel Jews from Tennessee as example of Jewish resilience.

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Jerusalem – Religious Leader To Petition AG Over Hotel’s Refusal To Allow Reform Services

Jerusalem — A leading member of Israel’s religious pluralism movement plans to file a formal protest with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today, after a Jerusalem hotel reportedly forced a Reform group off its premises to pray, for fear they would disturb other guests and cause the establishment to lose its kashrut certificate. “My intention is […]


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Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Naso

Vayehi hamakriv bayom harishon es korbano Nachshon ben Aminadav l’mateh Yehuda (7:12) The Gemora is replete with laws derived from seemingly superfluous words in the Torah, based on the principle that it doesn’t contain a single unnecessary letter. It is therefore difficult to understand why the Torah repeats at excruciating length the offerings brought by […]

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HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Naso

The Nazir — A Holy Sinner All the days of his abstinence, he is holy to Hashem (Bamidbar 6:8) The Kohen shall make one as a sin-offering and one as an elevation-offering, and he shall bring atonement on him for having sinned against the person; and he shall sanctify his head on that day. (Bamidbar […]

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Vertluch: Parshas Naso

In the beginning of this week’s parsha, the Torah discusses the mitzvah of shiluach temeim-sending out the contaminated people from the camp. Anyone who became tamei, for any reason, had to be quarantined and had to leave their dwelling space. The rishonim struggle as to why this mitzvah was specifically mentioned at this point in […]

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Limmud to reach milestone with first gathering in China


Confab to debate future of Jews in the country in light of its growing economic and political clout.

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Jerusalem – Religious Leader to Petition AG over Hotel’s Refusal to Allow Reform Services

Jerusalem — A leading member of Israel’s religious pluralism movement plans to file a formal protest with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today, after a Jerusalem hotel reportedly forced a Reform group off its premises to pray, for fear they would disturb other guests and cause the establishment to lose its kashrut certificate. “My intention is […]


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Boston, MA – The Secret to Living Over 100 is Optimism, Genetic Background

Boston, MA — The secret to a long life may be something as simple as a sunny disposition. In a study published in the journal Aging on May 21, researchers surveyed people who were over the age of 95 and found that most of them had positive personality traits, making them upbeat and relaxed about […]


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