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Denver fireman talks about fire safety

Denver fireman talks about fire safety

THE RAGING fire that killed seven children ages five to 16 in a heavily Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn last Shabbat has rendered even the greatest rabbis too silent for words.

According to news reports, the fire broke out shortly after midnight on Saturday, March 21, in a single-family home in Midwood.

Investigators believe the blaze may have been caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for the Jewish Sabbath.

During Shabbat, Orthodox Jews refrain from turning electrical devices on or off for 25 hours.

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Tragic fire in Brooklyn takes the lives of seven siblings

Tragic fire in Brooklyn takes the lives of seven siblingsNEW YORK — Even in a city accustomed to deadly fires, this one stood out for the sheer scale of the tragedy: seven children, ranging in age from five to 16, killed in the middle of the night after awakening from their Sabbath slumber to smoke and flames. It was New York’s deadliest blaze since 2007, and there were only two survivors: mother Gayle Sassoon, 45, and daughter Tziporah, 15, who jumped from second-story windows to escape the flames sparked by a malfunctioning Shabbat hot plate in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:41 )

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Jewish liberals criticize Bibi

Jewish liberals criticize BibiWASHINGTON — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing escalating criticism and pressure from the White House, he could use some help from Israel’s erstwhile allies in the American Jewish community — especially those with sway in liberal and Democratic circles. But several leading Jewish liberal critics of Netanyahu are working to rally American Jewish opinion against him by stepping up their condemnations of the prime minister and calling on the US to ratchet up the pressure on Israe...
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No pot on West Colfax

Opponents of a business that sought to open a recreational marijuana business on West Colfax Ave. scored a victory last week, when the application for the prospective business was rejected by the city. On March 12, Stacie Loucks, director of excise and licenses for the City and County of Denver, rejected the application submitted earlier this year by Cannabis for Health, a corporation that hoped to open a retail marijuana storefront at 4801 West Colfax, the former site of the well-known Pig ‘...
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Five takeaways from Israel’s election

Five takeaways from Israel’s electionNEW YORK — In the US, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership. With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party at 30 seats, far ahead of Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union (24 seats), the question now is who will join Netanyahu in the coalition? There are a few things to consider as the next Isra...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:47 )

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Senators call for full funding for joint U.S.-Israel defense systems

Marcy Oster The programs include the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system as well as the David’s Sling and Arrow weapons systems. ... [Link]

Virginia State Bar cancels Jerusalem seminar, cites ‘discriminatory’ border policies

Marcy Oster The president of the state agency said the trip was canceled due to concerns that “many of its members” would not be let in to Israel. ... [Link]

ZAKA rescue team heading to Germanwings crash site

Marcy Oster The eight volunteers from the rescue organization will assist in the search and recovery mission, including working to find the remains of Eyal Baum, an Israeli citizen. ... [Link]

These 5 new Haggadahs are keepers

Gabrielle Birkner Every year, a sea of a new Haggadahs vies for our attention, money and a seat at our seder table. JTA sorts through this year’s crop. ... [Link]

Haggadah collection includes pop-up books, world’s tiniest seder guide

Gabrielle Birkner The University of Michigan was recently given a massive and eclectic collection of Passover Haggadahs. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: At Passover time, remember those struggling with infertility

Gabrielle Birkner Every Passover we read the section of Exodus that reminds us to keep in mind the convert, the orphan and the widow. To this group, add those longing for a child, blogger Amy Klein writes. ... [Link]

Report: Many Jewish leaders sought leniency for Met Council’s Rapfogel

Marcy Oster The Rapfogel backers included 19 rabbis, several politicians, and some of the most prominent Jewish leaders in New York City and the country, according to the investigative report on the City & State ... [Link]

Netanyahu to visiting senators: Proposed deal ‘paves way’ for Iranian bomb

Marcy Oster Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said the U.S. delegation in Israel shared the Israeli prime minister’s concerns about the potential agreement. ... [Link]

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