Saturday, August 15, 2020


No Syria Strikes Before Yom Tov - Congress Will Decide After Sept. 9 Menendez Hearings Started Tuesday

Washington—Last Shabbos President Barack Obama announced he wants to take limited military action in Syria as a consequence for what has proven to be a Sarin gas attack by the Assad government. In a forceful voice, the President spoke from the Rose Garden, “We are the United States of America. We cannot, and will not, turn a blind eye to what happened in


Cedar Market Makes its Debut

Teaneck—If you’re anything like me, when you heard that there was going to be yet another kosher supermarket opening in Teaneck, your first thought may have been “Really? Another one? Do we really need another kosher supermarket?”

With this (only slightly) cynical thought in mind, I headed over to Cedar Market at 646 Cedar Lane to see what


Syrian Air Force Keeping Chemical Weapons Survivors Pinned at Syria-Jordan Border

Victims of what is widely believed to be a chemical weapons attack against opposition-held suburbs of Damascus are facing a new crisis. Having fled southward nearly 75 miles from East Ghouta, the site of the attack, they are now being pinned in their places – and prevented from entering Jordan – by Syrian bombing runs:

Refugees say they have been


YU Releases Lawyers Report on Abuse

List of Victims Grows Along with Liability

(from combined services)

Yeshiva University released last week its long awaited report about abuse in several of the University’s divisions, which found systematic abuses that were not treated properly by the school administration. Meetings were held with members of the faculty, who were advised to adhere to


French Jews Have Their Own Concerns About Kosher as Category Grows

Paris—While Poland’s Jews are still waging a battle to preserve kosher slaughter, French Jews have some concerns of their own as a key legislator attempts a “backdoor” way to render kosher slaughter as barbaric. French Senator Sylvie Goy-Chavent has in the past called for a ban on kosher meat, but instead is now promulgating new labeling that would clearly say


UN Official: Ban Ki-Moon Did Not Intend To Retract Statement On Anti-Israel Bias

(JNS.org)—The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, attempted to clarify UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s seemingly conflicting statements regarding anti-Israel bias at the world body, stating that Ban did not retract his original statement confirming the existence of that bias.

On Aug. 16, Ban told


KOSHER briefs

Rosh Hashanah Recipes from Around the World Featured on JDC App

(JNS.org)—The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) released a Facebook application that allows users to access Rosh Hashanah recipes from around the world. Dishes featured on JDC’s “Global Kitchen Facebook App”—along with do-it-yourself cooking videos—include lekach (a


News briefs

If U.S. Hits Syria, Israel Will Be Hit

(TIP)—Iranian officials reemphasized that Israel would be targeted in the aftermath of Western strikes against Syria, echoing threats made by both Iran and Syria throughout last week. Mansur Haqiqatpur, a senior Iranian parliamentarian, announced that a U.S. strike against Damascus would engender “flames of


Prisoner Release: “Justice, Justice, Thou Shall Pursue”

On May 8, 2001, American-born Koby Mandell and his friend Yosef  Ishran skipped school. When the children didn’t return, their parents began to worry. The boys’ bodies were subsequently found brutally mangled in a cave outside their community of Tekoa, Israel.

At that point, I had been working on a piece of legislation to take the entire issue of Americans


Al-Jazeera America’s First Interview Features Anti-Israel Author Stephen Walt

(JNS.org)—The newly launched television news network Al-Jazeera America, which has stated that it aims to present more objective coverage than its Middle Eastern counterpart, featured noted anti-Israel author Stephen Walt as its first guest.

Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University, gained notoriety for co-authoring the


Syria: A Look at the Options for Intervention

An excerpt from a comprehensive Stratfor Report on different possible U.S. strategies in Syria that can be found at www.stratfor.com. We have chosen the analyis of the limited punitive strike because this is the strategy President Barack Obama said he wants to pursue. Reprinted with permission www.stratfor.com, edited for brevity.

Limited Punitive


Is Hamas the Loser in Game of Middle East Upheaval?

In the shifting sands of the tumultuous Middle East, Hamas, the Palestinian terror group in control of the Gaza Strip, has found itself in an increasingly precarious position.

Feared for its massive arsenal of rockets and trained jihadis, the terror group is today also facing isolation and internal discord. With its Muslim Brotherhood allies on the run in