Court documents dated late 2003 which followed a custody request, challenge the authenticity of the recently best-selling memoir, “Unorthodox,” which was authored by Ms. Deborah Feldman.
In the book, the author fails to mention that her mother, who according to the book left the Hasidic Community latest 1990, actually gave birth to another girl in November 1994. When challenged as to why she omitted the existence of a younger sister that was born to the same set of parents five years after the mother ‘abandoned’ the family, the author responded (in a March 2nd blog post) that her sister is still a minor and therefore she did not mention her.
This feeble answer left many people wondering why the author didn’t allude to this fact by simply stating in the book, “I have a younger sister that (until several months ago) lived with my mother.”
Well, the reasons for this omission are explosive: Read more »
Momentum is building very rapidly in support of the legislation introduced by Representatives Nan Hayworth and Gregory Meeks for the Congressional Gold Medal for legendary Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg. The bill that they recently introduced in the United States House of Representatives has already garnered close to two hundred co-sponsors in recognition of the upcoming centennial of Wallenberg’s birth–a campaign that is being spearheaded by the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission. According to Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group and spokesman for the Commission the goal is to have the “requisite two thirds of the Congress sponsor the legislation which will lead to the legislation voted on unanimously and presented in 2012, which is being referred to as the Year of Wallenberg in everlasting tribute to a great humanitarian whose unparalleled heroism resulted in his rescue of over 100,000 Jews in the waning days of World War 2″. Read more »
Political Ticker: Rick Santorum furiously shot back at Barack Obama after the president said Republicans are distorting his record of support for Israel.
Accusing the White House of embracing a policy of “appeasement” toward Iran, an agenda that he said threatens the very existence of America’s chief ally in the Middle East, Santorum said the president has “turned his back on the state of Israel.” Read more »
JTA Reports: Speaking at the AIPAC Policy Conference, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, discussed the importance of stopping the campaign against Israel at the world body.
“Nobody is above fair criticism. But what Israel faces is something very different. It’s relentless, it’s obsessive, it’s ugly. It’s bad for the United Nations, it’s bad for peace and it has got to stop,” Rice said at a session for Jewish religious leaders. Read more »
About 700 Jews from about a dozen synagogues met Sunday in Minnetonka to voice their opposition to the proposed marriage amendment and strategize on how to turn out voters to defeat the measure, which will to be on Minnesota election ballots in November. The three-hour event was sponsored by the Jewish Community Action of St. Paul and Adath Jeshurun synagogue, where the meeting was held. In large plenary sessions and smaller break out groups, those present discussed how to educate and mobilize others to oppose the proposal, which would amend the state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, effectively banning same-sex marriages. Star Tribune
Forbes Reports: The conservative radio star made $64 million last year, putting him at No. 23 on the FORBES Celebrity 100. The vast majority of that, more than $56 million, comes from his deal with Premiere Radio Networks, with the remainder coming from his online operations and book sales.
The complete details of Limbaugh’s eight-year, $400 million contract aren’t known, but much of it takes the form of guaranteed money, with Limbaugh having claimed publicly that he received at least $100 million as a signing bonus. Like some other top-tier radio stars, including Ryan Seacrest, Limbaugh does hold back some of the commercial time during his program and keep the revenues from it. Higher ad rates yielded Limbaugh an extra $6 million last year. Read more »
“Advertisers who have split the scene have done very well due to their access to you, my audience, from this program. To offer their products and services to you through this venue is the best opportunity that they have ever had to advertise their wares. Now they’ve been chosen to deny themselves that access, and that’s a business decision, and it’s theirs alone to make. They’ve decided they don’t want you or your business anymore. So be it.” – Rush Limbaugh
NBCNY Reports: Members of an Islamic coalition stood in front of police headquarters with signs Monday to support the NYPD’s aggressive counterterrorism efforts, saying the agency is doing what is necessary to protect the city — and Muslims. Among about three dozen members and supporters of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition attending the rally was the narrator of a controversial documentary about the dangers of radical Islam that the NYPD showed at a training area and has since disavowed. Read more »
I read a story this morning that an Orthodox Jewish group is arguing to the Court that Orthodox Jewish communities in downstate should not be spread through so many Congressional Districts, since it deprives the Community from good representation in the U.S. Congress.
To an extent I agree that Flatbush being “divided into no less than five congressional districts,” is insane. However, the less Congressional Districts Jews live-in, the less influence they have. Take for example NY 19 which covers Kiryas Yoel (aka KJ, in Monroe), and take NY-17 which covers Jewish areas in the Bronx; Westchester and in Rockland counties: At the current time, if all Jewish Voters in NY-17 decide to dump Congressman Eliot Engel, he would still win with a sizable margin. However, if KJ Jewish voters want to dump Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, they may come close in doing so or perhaps achieving it as they did in 2006 to another Representative. However, if Engel’s district gets drawn out all the way to Monroe, as some plans suggest, how will the KJ voters have a say in the Congressional District?
Similar examples are clearly visible in NYC where if more Jews are pushed into less Congressional Districts, they may indeed have more voters in those specific seats, yet it may not be enough to sway a Primary of General election one way or another. Instead, if thousands of Jews in NYC actually register to vote, then quite a few Congressmen may need to accommodate Jewish Voters in a more robust manner since there will be enough votes to force out these lawmakers in Primaries and to an extant also in General elections.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said President Obama should focus his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on sending clear signals to Iran that the country would face “devastating consequences” if it continues to seek a nuclear weapon, rather than urging restraint on the part of the Israelis. “We shouldn’t be talking about what Israel might do to protect themselves, we should be talking about what Iran faces if they continue to enrich uranium,” Graham said Monday on Fox News. The Hill
Molly Ball of the Atlantic Writers: A former Marine who was elected to the city council of Lyndhurst, a Cleveland suburb, at the age of 25, Mandel served two terms in the state legislature, representing a strongly Democratic district, before winning the treasurer’s post in 2010. Now he is taking on Brown, the progressive stalwart Mandel describes as too far left for this perennial swing state. Elected in 2006 after a decade and a half in the House, Brown is viewed by the GOP as an accidental senator, swept in by a national Democratic wave. The race is likely to be one of the most intense Senate contests of the year.
Though he turned 34 a few months ago, with his big ears, boyish face and skinny neck, Mandel seems far younger. It’s not just his looks. His tone of voice tends to rise at the ends of sentences; he often tilts his chin up and squints while he speaks. He talks slowly and deliberately, his sentences punctuated with “um” and “you know.” At one point, he bounces up and down in his seat on the red and black striped Steak n’ Shake banquette. Read more »
The poll found that 52% respondents would be very (28 percent) or somewhat (24 percent) supportive of an Israeli strike, while 41 percent were very (19 percent) or somewhat (22 percent) opposed. Fewer respondents favored a U.S. strike: 21% were very supportive and 20 percent were somewhat supportive, while 32 percent were very opposed and 20 percent were somewhat opposed. The Hill
“Israeli President Shimon Peres will come to Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco to give a talk titled ‘Israel and the Jewish People: A Vision of Tomorrow,’” Occupy Oakland announced in a post on its website Sunday. “In light of this theme, we want to show Peres what our vision of tomorrow would look like by warmly greeting him with a mass protest against apartheid outside of the temple.” – The Blaze
Today Monday was indeed the 27th consecutive day that the national average of gas prices at the pump moved up. However, the increase was only 0.3 of a cent following Sunday’s light gain 0.7 of a cent, according to AAA. The reduced increase in prices may suggest that sometime this week, maybe as early as Tuesday, the price of gas may stop to rise – or recede a little – before renewing a potential continues rise in the weeks and months to come.
Brian Ross Reports: According to former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, Americans should brace for a painful impact. Within a week of the first Israeli attack, says Clarke, a worst case scenario would bring soaring gas prices, terror attacks in U.S. cities, worldwide cyberwar, dead and wounded U.S. sailors, and the real possibility of broad American military involvement. Read more »