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Rabbis in Agunah ring sentenced

NEW YORK — A New York rabbi who participated in a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces has been sentenced to 38 months in prison.

Martin Wolmark, 57, of Monsey, was sentenced Monday, Dec. 14, in a US District Court in Trenton, NJ, AP reported.

Wolmark was one of nine people, two of them Orthodox rabbis, convicted for their roles in the ring, which kidnapped and tortured recalcitrant husbands.

According to Halachah, or Jewish law, a woman cannot remarry without receiving a Jewish divorce, or get, from her husband. The women who are trapped in such marriages are called agunot, or “chained women.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:07 )

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San Bernardino victim was 'messianic Gentile' supporting Israel

San Bernardino victim was 'messianic Gentile' supporting IsraelNEW YORK — Pictured on his Facebook page wearing a scarf-style tallit prayer shawl, Nicholas Thalasinos, who was killed along with 13 others in last week’s shooting at a San Bernardino center for people with disabilities, has been variously identified in media reports as a Jew, a Zionist and, in some cases, a messianic Jew. Just two weeks ago, Thalasinos reportedly got into a heated argument about the nature of Islam with co-worker Syed Farook, who perpetrated the horrific San Bernardino at...
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International

Berenson returns to US after 20-year ordeal in Peru

LIMA, Peru — Lori Berenson, the Jewish New Yorker whose imprisonment in Peru for aiding leftist rebels became a cause célèbre, is returning to the US after 20 years. Police escorted Berenson, 46, through the Lima airport on her way back to the US on Dec. 2. She was carrying her six-year-old son, Salvador, from her marriage to her attorney, Anibal Apari. The couple has divorced. In 1995, Berenson was convicted of treason by a panel of military judges for aiding leftist rebels in a plot to o...
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Jordon Perlmutter dies

Jordon Perlmutter diesShock waves permeated the Jewish community as news was announced last Sunday, Dec. 6, that Jordon Perlmutter had passed away. On rare occasion, an epic passing strikes our community, which, from one end to the other, seems to walk through the coming days in a daze.
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DeGette discusses ISIS, Palestinians, Obamacare

DeGette discusses ISIS, Palestinians, Obamacare CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION A PAGE 6 A makeshift memorial that has seen rain and snow occupies a small space in front of 600 Grant Street, where US Congresswoman Diana DeGette has her offices. While no one seems to know whether the assemblage of wilted flowers and four white candles pay honor to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, it’s a good guess.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2015 08:57 )

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Coexistence group raises more than $18,000 for beaten Bedouin Israeli

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — An organization advocating Jewish-Arab coexistence has raised more than $18,500 in a crowdfunding drive for a Bedouin Israeli who was beaten by off-duty police officers. The Neg... [Link]

Likud signs coalition agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — The ruling Likud and nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu parties inked a coalition agreement, paving the way for the latter’s entrance into Israel’s government. The two pa... [Link]

Israel opens pavillion at World Humanitarian Summit

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli delegation led by a top diplomat arrived in Turkey to represent Israel at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry... [Link]

GOP-Trump joint finance team includes 5 Republican Jewish donors

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced a fund-raising team that includes five current or former Republican Jewish Coalition board members. Of 20 members ... [Link]

Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Liberman, Bibi’s enigmatic pick for defense minister

Ron Kampeas Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge.... [Link]

‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinva... [Link]

At Museum of the Jewish People, an iconic exhibit of miniature synagogues breaks new ground

Lisa Keys TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 1978, when Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People opened, it did something big. But it did it in the smallest way possible. Among the museum’s first exhibits was a gallery ... [Link]

UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is J... [Link]

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