Brussels – Who Burned The Cakes? Belgian Waffle Fire Chokes Brussels

Brussels — The sweet smell of waffles is familiar in Belgium but on Thursday people were left choking as a fire at a waffle factory sent a dense black cloud across Brussels, disrupting some rail traffic in the capital. Police said the blaze at the Milcamps factory, which produces the national sweet treat in various […]


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Rav Shteinman Sees Improvement

Thursday afternoon, the news out of the Intensive Care Unit at Maayanei Hayeshuah Medical Center in Bnei Brak is that some improvement has been seen in the condition of Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman.

Rav Shteinman is on the fourth floor of the hospital, where he is being closely monitored a team of physicians, led by Dr. Eliyahu Sorkin.

The doctors stress that Rav Shteinman is still in serious condition and in need of Klal Yisroel’s tefillos, but that they are relieved that he is stable. They are hoping that they will see some continued improvement over the next day and into Shabbos.

As previously reported, Rav Shteinman’s condition had deteriorated significantly yesterday, prompting emergency tefillos in yeshivos and shuls across the globe.

While that crisis has passed and treatment has been somewhat effective, Rav Shteinman is still experiencing various challenges, including compromised kidney function, an issue the physicians are still grappling with.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Gershon Edelstein and others have instructed yeshivos and other mekomos haTorah to pause during their sedorim today to say Tehillim for Rav Shteinman.

All are asked to continue davening for Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib ben Gittel Faiga.

The following is a video update from Kobi Rosenstein at the hospital:

 {Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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4 Penn State Students Charged With Stealing And Vandalizing Rabbi’s Menorah

Four Penn State University students are facing charges for stealing a large 9-foot menorah from outside the home of the campus Chabad rabbi, and leaving it lying damaged outside a Jewish fraternity, reported CBS Pittsburgh.

The menorah was stolen overnight on Friday, Oct. 27, from outside the home of Rabbi Hershy Gourarie, co-director of Chabad of the Undergrads at Penn State University, and later found lying damaged in front of the Sigma Alpha Mu house, which Gourarie says is a Jewish fraternity.

Four men were seen on surveillance footage placing the menorah on the frat house porch. Gourarie says the students being charged are members of other fraternities.

Rabbi Gourarie told The Daily Collegian that the menorah was too damaged to be repaired and would cost about $1,800 to fix.

“I hope that this is a time of introspection for the four suspects. At the right time, I would like to meet with them to educate and heal,” he said in a statement.

The students were identified as Vincent Morisco, of Woodland Park, New Jersey, Henry Scott Dardaris, of Newtown, Brandon Michael Steidley, of State College, and Kyle A. McCarthy, of Avondale.

State College Police said Monday that they had filed charges against the students, including misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20.

Gourarie says they have set up a GoFundMe to raise money for their Light With Love campaign, which will host campus-wide events to “promote peace and diversity” and place Menorahs around campus.

University officials released a statement in reaction to the menorah theft as well as other recent hate acts on campus.

“In the last few weeks alone, actions such as stealing and damaging a Jewish Menorah, reports of racial slurs, and activity by white supremacy groups have occurred on or near our campuses,” according to the statement.

“We condemn these actions and will hold students and others involved accountable where we can, including restitution for damage. We do not support nor do we condone racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, homophobic or other discriminatory messages or actions. Nor will we allow our University community to become a place where offensive words and behaviors take root. We will continue to condemn hate-filled speech and action by any individual or group that aims to incite fear or create divisiveness.” the statement also said.

(YWN World Headquarters — NYC)

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Buenos Aires – Sound Heard In Argentine Sub Search Could Be Explosion

Buenos Aires — Argentina’s navy announced Thursday that a sound detected during the search for a missing submarine is consistent with that of an explosion — an ominous development in the hunt for the vessel and its 44 crew members. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said that the relatives of the crew have been informed and […]


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Jerusalem – Israel: Hamas Operative Gave Significant Information On Gaza Tunnels

Jerusalem — A Hamas operative revealed significant information about the organization’s tunnel infrastructure after being arrested around a month before the IDF demolished a cross-border tunnel on October 30, killing 12 Islamic Jihad operatives. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said Thursday that Ahmed Majdi Mohammed Abid, a 23-year-old resident of the Sajaia refugee camp […]


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Tokyo – Ships, Aircraft Search For 3 US Sailors Missing In Crash

Tokyo — U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft searched in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2A “Greyhound” transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the Navy said. They were taken aboard the USS […]


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Be Patient: Jews Come Last

A sixteen-year-old Jewish schoolgirl couldn’t believe it when a Stamford Hill storekeeper told her, after stopping to serve her to help someone else, “Be patient, Jews come last.”

The incident took place at a drop-off service for parcels. The girl had dropped off a parcel and, exasperated that the shopkeeper was attending to the next person in line, politely asked if she could get her receipt and leave.

Stamford Hill Shomrim reported the incident to the police and the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism Organization.

{Matzav.com}

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WATCH: Senator Claims Cohn Faked Bad Reception To Get Trump Off Phone Call, White House Denies

(VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE)

The White House is disputing a Democratic senator’s claim that top economic adviser Gary Cohn faked bad reception to get President Donald Trump off the phone.

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said Wednesday in an interview with CNN that he and other Democrats had been in a meeting earlier this month with several White House officials discussing the GOP tax reform plan when the president called from Asia. Cohn put him on speakerphone.

Carper said the group listened to the president speak, but after about 15 minutes, “the president’s still talking.” So he suggested Cohn take the phone and say: “Mr. President, you’re brilliant! But we’re losing contact and I think we’re going to lose you now, so goodbye.”

Carper said Cohn did just that. “I don’t want to throw him under the bus, but yes,” he told the hosts.

White House spokesman Raj Shah disputed Carper’s account as “completely false.” He said Cohn spoke with Trump privately for several minutes before ending the call.

Carper spokeswoman Meghan Pennington says the senator stands by his account.

(AP)

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WATCH: Senator Claims Cohn Faked Bad Reception To Get Trump Off Phone Call, White House Denies

(VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE)

The White House is disputing a Democratic senator’s claim that top economic adviser Gary Cohn faked bad reception to get President Donald Trump off the phone.

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said Wednesday in an interview with CNN that he and other Democrats had been in a meeting earlier this month with several White House officials discussing the GOP tax reform plan when the president called from Asia. Cohn put him on speakerphone.

Carper said the group listened to the president speak, but after about 15 minutes, “the president’s still talking.” So he suggested Cohn take the phone and say: “Mr. President, you’re brilliant! But we’re losing contact and I think we’re going to lose you now, so goodbye.”

Carper said Cohn did just that. “I don’t want to throw him under the bus, but yes,” he told the hosts.

White House spokesman Raj Shah disputed Carper’s account as “completely false.” He said Cohn spoke with Trump privately for several minutes before ending the call.

Carper spokeswoman Meghan Pennington says the senator stands by his account.

(AP)

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Belgian Rabbis To Appeal Anti-Shechita Laws

Next week Rabbis from all over Belgium are expected to present an appeal to the local parliament in an effort to remove the ban on Jewish Shechita in various regions throughout the country. The Rabbis are hoping that the judges will see the issue as impinging upon their religiu freedoms. Shoud the appeal be rejected, Halachic Shechita will be outlawed permanently throughout the country.

Chief Rabbi of Brussels, Rabbi Avraham Gigi, spoke to Israeli media outlet Kikar HaShabbat regarding the preparations that are being taken ahead of the appeal submission.

“Belgium is a country that is divided into distinct regions. There are three major regions and each region has its own autonomy and its own self-governing body for the most part. Each governing body can institute laws for their area. Two regions already issued a law stating that all slaughtering of animals must be done by using a tranquilizer, something which goes against halacha for proper shechita.”

Rabbi Gigi explained a bit about how the preparations for the appeal are being conducted. “We are submitting an appeal before the constitutional court in the hopes that they will revoke the current laws in the two regions who put them in place. We are claiming that this laws inhibits our freedom of religion. This is the first of our options. If this appeal doesn’t work we can then appeal the laws in the European Constitutional Court. Either way, we believe this appeal will take at least a year to complete.”

Should both the appeals fail, Rabbi Gigi said that the Jewish community would need to bring in kosher meat from other areas of Europe, increasing the price of the already expensive food staple.

(YWN Israel Desk — Jerusalem)

 

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