Ex-Uber CEO Nets $1.4B As Company Closes Softbank Deal

Travis Kalanick, the former Uber CEO who resigned last year, is walking away with $1.4 billion after the company finalized a new deal, CNBC reported Thursday.

Japanese company SoftBank reached an arrangement with Uber, according to the report, making them Uber’s largest investor, and valuing the ride hailing company at $48 billion.

 

Bloomberg estimates that Kalanick, a co-founder of the transportation company, is worth $4.74 billion.

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 3 Shevat

Rav Yosef Katz, brother-in-law of the Rema and author of She’eris Yosef (1591). Note: the Admor of Desh, Rav Tzvi Meir Panet (1923-2003) also authored a sefer called Shearis Yosef.

Rav Yosef Rakover, Rav of  Eibeshetz, author of Mirkeves Hamishna (1703)

Rav Pinchas of Plotzk, talmid of the Vilna Gaon, and author of Maggid Tzedek (1823)

Rav Simcha Bunim of Peshischa (1767-1828). After learning at Mattersdorf and Nikolsburg, Rav Simcha Bunim was introduced to chasidus by his father-in-law, and became a chasid of of the Magid of Kozhnitz and then the Chozeh of Lublin. He followed Rav Yaakov Yitzchak (the Yid Hakadosh) as leader of Pshischa, emphasizing Torah study. Among the followers of his methods were the Kotzker Rebbe, the Vorker Rebbe, the Chadushei Harim of Ger and Rav Chanoch of Alexander.

Rav Moshe Yehuda Leib Zilberberg, Rav of Kutna and Yerushalayim, author of Zayis Raanan and Tiferes Yerushalayim (1865)

Rav Yechezkel Shraga Frankel-Teumim (1885). The son of Rav Yehoshua Heshel and grandson of Rav Baruch (the Baruch Taam), Rav Yechezkel Shraga was a close of chassid of his uncle, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He was appointed Rav of Klasna-Vielitshke, two towns which were located close to each other. His thoughts on Chumash and halacha are written in the sefer Divrei Yechezkel. He was succeeded by his son-in-law, Rav Shmuel Shmelke Azriel Frankel-Teumim.

Rav Yosef Kalish, Rebbe of Amshinov (1878-1935). The son of Rav Rav Menachem of Amshinov, grandson of Rav Yaakov Dovid of Amshinov, and great-grandson of Rav Yitzchak of Vorka. Rav Yosef was appointed Rav of Ostrova at the age of 27. He then succeeded his father in 1918. His son, Rav Yaakov Dovid (1906-1942), became Rebbe of Amshinov, upon Rav Yosef’s petrira.

Today in History — 3 Shevat

· Jewish mourners attacked in Fostat , Egypt , 1012
· King Philip Augustus of France arrests large numbers of Jews in shuls on the Shabbos, 1180.
· Jeronimo Jose Ramos, a merchant from Braganza , Portugal, was the last known Jew to be burned alive for secretly practicing Judaism, 1755.
· Date that Hitler (Y”Sh) became Chancellor, 1933.
· Beginning of the evacuation of Auschwitzconcentration camp, 1945
· Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw, 1945.
· FormerU.S. State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948, was found guilty of lying to a Grand Jury. He served 44 months in prison. Hiss maintained his innocence and fought his perjury conviction until his death at age 92 on November 15, 1996.

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Connecticut Governor: Trump ‘Fake News’ Awards Are ‘Fascist Propaganda’

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is slamming President Trump’s “Fake News” awards as “fascist propaganda.”

In a statement Wednesday, Malloy praised journalists and rebuked the GOP for “challenging” the free press.

“The modern-day Republican party seems to have taken a page out of the 20th century fascist regime propaganda playbook,” Malloy said. “The primary purpose of today’s theater regarding ‘fake news’ awards is to bully and intimidate members of an independent press who seek to report the facts.”

 

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DM Lieberman To Rabbonim: Stop Interfering With The Independent Operation Of The IDF

DM Lieberman To Rabbonim: Stop Interfering With The Independent Operation Of The IDF

Tzefas Chief Sephardi Rabbi HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu and Rosh Yeshivat Ateret Kohanim HaRav Shlomo HaKohen Aviner have both spoken out strongly against gender-mixed combat units in the IDF, prohibiting talmidim from serving in them or even commanding them.

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Los Angeles – Study Suggests Building Second Hollywood Sign To Ease Crowds

Los Angeles — Locals and tourists alike appreciate the Hollywood sign, so why not build another? That’s one of the suggestions from a study seeking ways to ease frustration about traffic near the world famous sign in Los Angeles. The second sign on the other side of the hill would face toward the suburban San […]


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India, where Israel’s image is positive


“If [Indian Prime Minister] Modi makes it clear that he likes Israel and Netanyahu, and believes they can help India, that flows down to the people on the street.”

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Photos: Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin Visiting the Karlesburged Rov, Rav Yechezkel Roth (JDN)

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Washington – Which Terrorists Are More Of A Threat, Foreign Or Domestic? The ADL And The Trump Administration Differ

Washington — Two reports on terrorism, 10 pages each and released within a day of each other, reach markedly different conclusions. Over a decade, the Anti-Defamation League reports, domestic right-wing extremists carried out 71 percent of extremist-related murders. Over 15 years, according to the Department of Homeland Security, foreign-born culprits committed 73 percent of terrorism-related […]


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2017 Was World’s Second-Hottest Year On Record, Federal Scientists Say

Federal government researchers said Thursday that 2017 was the second-hottest year on record in terms of global average surface temperatures.

The finding by NASA follows three years in a row in which global temperature hit a new record. Last year’s average temperature was eclipsed only by 2016’s.

 

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Memorandum Of Law Put Forth To Hold City Rabbis Accountable For Wrong Doing

Memorandum Of Law Put Forth To Hold City Rabbis Accountable For Wrong Doing

The Ministry for Religious Affairs submitted a memorandum of law on Wednesday that promotes the establishment of a disciplinary court that will reprimand and even remove city Rabbis who have committed disciplinary transgressions over the course of their tenure.

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