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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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National

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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Rome chief rabbi, Pope meet at Vatican

Marcy Oster The Pope and the rabbi expressed hope that the two religions would cooperate more intensely to reach common solutions for current European crises. ... [Link]

Mortar shells fired from Syria land near Golan kibbutz

Marcy Oster The IDF said the shells likely were errant fire from the fighting between Syria’s army and the rebels as part of the country’s four-year-old civil war. ... [Link]

Facebook bans pejorative for anti-Russia Ukrainian Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz The phrase “Zhidbanderovets” combines the Ukrainian word for ‘Yid’ with the name of a nationalist whose troops killed Jews. ... [Link]

500 Russian Jews to shop at Hyper Cacher near Paris

Cnaan Liphshiz Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, who will lead the delegation, says he feels safer in Moscow. ... [Link]

U.S. Jewish hikers in Nepal contact families

Marcy Oster They reportedly are at the Mount Everest base camp awaiting evacuation. Meanwhile, the earthquake’s death toll topped 4,000. ... [Link]

U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

Marcy Oster Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also fired at Israel from U.N. buildings, the inquiry found. ... [Link]

Alan Pollack, activist for Israel, dies at 77

Marcy Oster Pollack, a leading Zionist activist from the 1960s to the 1980s, joined the JTA board in 1979. ... [Link]

Haredi Orthodox neighborhood has NYC’s highest birth rate

Julie Wiener Borough Park, an area in Brooklyn known for its sizable Orthodox Jewish population, has 27.9 births per 1,000 residents, making it “easily the city’s baby capital.” ... [Link]

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