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rabbi annihilates gop ‘sitting on their fat taxpayer-funded insurance’ while des


during a cnn town hall tuesday night, featuring a hoiuse minority leader nancy pelosi (d-ca), a rabbi from new jersey brought down the house with a blistering attack on republicans who are threatening to gut the affordable care act.identified as eric yoffie of westfield, the rabbi explained that he has always been a proponent of providing healthcare for those who can’t afford it.“i’m a religious leader and spent most of my life working with religious groups to help provide health care to all americans,” yoffie began. “before obamacare i saw horrors everyday so tragic that they could rip the heart right out of a stone. now i see the president and republican politicians sitting on their fat health insurance provided by the taxpayers, declaring their willingness to return tens of million of a






protesters gather at o'hare airport after travelers held


protest at o'harenuccio dinuzzo / chicago tribunemeryem yildirim, 7, left, sits on her father, fatim, of schaumburg, and adin bendat-appell, 9, right, sits on his father, rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, during a protest at o'hare international airport in chicago on jan. 30, 2017. meryem yildirim, 7, left, sits on her father, fatim, of schaumburg, and adin bendat-appell, 9, right, sits on his father, rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, during a protest at o'hare international airport in chicago on jan. 30, 2017. (nuccio dinuzzo / chicago tribune)see more galleries






does israel recognize ivanka trump’s jewishness? it does now.


is ivanka trump jewish? she converted to judaism before marrying jared kushner, an orthodox jew, in 2009. but in israel, it’s not that simple: you’re only jewish if the rabbinic authorities say you’re jewish. last year, they questioned the credentials of the rabbi who oversaw ms. trump’s conversion. then, a few weeks after her father donald…






scott baio steals anti-holocaust slogan to attack nordstrom for dropping ivanka


conservative actor scott baio appropriated a slogan used by jews in nazi concentration camps to lash out at the nordstrom department store chain for dropping ivanka trump’s line of products. in a tweet over the weekend, baio shared a copy of his wife’s nordstrom rewards summary, which indicated that the couple had spent $30,062.16 at the retailer in 2016.“never again!” baio wrote, referencing the twitter handles of ivanka trump, donald trump, donald trump jr., eric trump and renee baio.dear @nordstrom never again! @[email protected]@[email protected]@mrsscottbaiopic.twitter.com/ypcwr6y4qs— scott baio (@scottbaio) february 11, 2017the “never again” slogan was used by jewish resistance fighters in the nazi warsaw ghetto and was later adopted as the official motto of the jewi






israel allows venezuelan jewish converts to immigrate


jerusalem — israeli authorities said on tuesday that nine venezuelan jewish converts will be allowed to move to israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in venezuela, reversing an earlier decision to keep them out.israel's interior ministry had initially rejected the nine for immigration, saying they did not meet criteria to ensure they are committed jews and do not only seek a better life in israel.according to an official in israel familiar with the case, there was evidence suggesting some of the applicants had converted to judaism in order to take a ntage of israeli social benefits, including health insurance. the official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the converts' personal status.but advocates argued the converts, from the venezuelan city o






does israel recognize ivanka trump as jewish? it does now


in this friday, jan. 20, 2017 file p o, ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner dance at the freedom ball, in washington.(p o: evan vucci, ap) 7 connectlinkedinemailmoreivanka trump converted to judaism before marrying jared kushner, an orthodox jew, in 2009.but in israel, it’s not that simple: you’re only jewish if the rabbinic authorities say you’re jewish. last year, they questioned the credentials of the rabbi who oversaw ivanka trump’s conversion.then, a few weeks after her father donald trump won the u.s. election, israel’s chief rabbis made a proclamation: they were looking to change the guidelines on which jewish conversions they recognize.according to the proposed guidelines, they said in a statement, ivanka trump would be certified jewish.the chief rabbis said they weren’t cha






does israel recognize ivanka trump as jewish? it does now


in this friday, jan. 20, 2017 file p o, ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner dance at the freedom ball, in washington.(p o: evan vucci, ap) 4 connectlinkedinemailmoreivanka trump converted to judaism before marrying jared kushner, an orthodox jew, in 2009.but in israel, it’s not that simple: you’re only jewish if the rabbinic authorities say you’re jewish. last year, they questioned the credentials of the rabbi who oversaw ivanka trump’s conversion.then, a few weeks after her father donald trump won the u.s. election, israel’s chief rabbis made a proclamation: they were looking to change the guidelines on which jewish conversions they recognize.according to the proposed guidelines, they said in a statement, ivanka trump would be certified jewish.the chief rabbis said they weren’t cha






comedian says simon cowell 'furious' about bgt prank


the comedian who pretended to be a " ping rabbi" on britain's got talent has told 5 live he thought simon cowell would be amused by his stunt.simon brodkin told 5 live's afternoon edition: "i thought simon cowell would have a sense of humour about it and would find the whole thing funny", but he has been told he is "pretty furious" about the prank. brodkin, known for his comedy character lee nelson, has carried out similar stunts on president trump, sir phillip green and sepp blatter.brodkin reveals how he does his stunts in a channel 4 documentary called britain's greatest hoaxer.






rabbi rosenthal ends successful 29-year stint at san carlos synagogue


when life is at its worst, rabbi leonard rosenthal is at his best.the death of a loved one is “precisely when you want to feel more anchored in your culture, with your synagogue family,” said dr. seth krosner, recalling his mother’s passing in 2008.“he is really good at doing that.”rosenthal of tifereth israel synagogue is masterful at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other happy occasions. but when death strikes a jewish family? he’s the mensch.“no two are the same,” said jerry hermes, the san carlos synagogue’s board president, of the dozens of funerals he’s seen rosenthal conduct.“he’s not a boilerplate rabbi. everything is tailor made.”soon, though, his congregation will have to endure a loss without him. after 29 years as this synagogue’s rabbi, rosenthal is retiring.in a professio






the story behind the viral p o of muslim and jewish children protesting at o'har


a muslim and a jewish father had never met before bringing their children to o'hare international airport monday to join in a protest of president donald trump's immigration ban. but after a p og h showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families together next week for dinner to celebrate peace.as of midday tuesday, the p og h taken by chicago tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo and shared on twitter by @chitribp o had been retweeted by other twitter users more than 16,000 times. the two fathers said they have fielded calls from friends, acquaintances and national news outlets wanting to hear their story."it all happened pretty quickly," said rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, who lifted his 9-year-old son, adin, onto his shoulders monday night






muslim, jewish families share dinner after protest encounter captured in viral p


the yildirim family brought a gift when they arrived at rabbi jordan bendat-appell's home in deerfield for shabbat dinner on friday.it was a drawing by 7-year-old meryem yildirim depicting the moment at o'hare international airport that brought the two families together: two fathers — one muslim and the other jewish — with children perched on their shoulders as they protested president donald trump's executive order on immigration.a p o of that moment by tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo went viral and be e a symbol of hope and peace. meryem's drawing went up on the refrigerator at the bendat-appell family's home."even two normal families standing next to each other is becoming inspirational, that's how crazy the world is," said fatih yildirim, the muslim father in the p o, as he in the livi






muslim, jewish families share dinner after protest encounter captured in viral p


the yildirim family brought a gift when they arrived at rabbi jordan bendat-appell's home in deerfield for shabbat dinner on friday.it was a drawing by 7-year-old meryem yildirim depicting the moment at o'hare international airport that brought the two families together: two fathers — one muslim and the other jewish — with children perched on their shoulders as they protested president donald trump's executive order on immigration.a p o of that moment by tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo went viral and be e a symbol of hope and peace. meryem's drawing went up on the refrigerator at the bendat-appell family's home."even two normal families standing next to each other is becoming inspirational, that's how crazy the world is," said fatih yildirim, the muslim father in the p o, as he in the livi






p o of muslim and jewish children at protest wins hearts


a muslim and a jewish father had never met before bringing their children to o'hare international airport monday to join in a protest of president donald trump's immigration ban. but after a p og h showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families together next week for dinner to celebrate peace.as of midday tuesday, the p og h taken by chicago tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo and shared on twitter by @chitribp o had been retweeted more than 16,000 times. the two fathers said they have fielded calls from friends, acquaintances and national news outlets wanting to hear their story."it all happened pretty quickly," said rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, who lifted his 9-year-old son, adin, onto his shoulders monday night when the boy asked for






the story behind the viral p o of muslim and jewish children protesting at o'har


a muslim and a jewish father had never met before bringing their children to o'hare international airport monday to join in a protest of president donald trump's immigration ban. but after a p og h showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families together next week for dinner to celebrate peace.as of midday tuesday, the p og h taken by chicago tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo and shared on twitter by @chitribp o had been retweeted by other twitter users more than 16,000 times. the two fathers said they have fielded calls from friends, acquaintances and national news outlets wanting to hear their story."it all happened pretty quickly," said rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, who lifted his 9-year-old son, adin, onto his shoulders monday night






p o of muslim and jewish children at protest wins hearts


a muslim and a jewish father had never met before bringing their children to o'hare international airport monday to join in a protest of president donald trump's immigration ban. but after a p og h showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families together next week for dinner to celebrate peace.as of midday tuesday, the p og h taken by chicago tribune p og her nuccio dinuzzo and shared on twitter by @chitribp o had been retweeted more than 16,000 times. the two fathers said they have fielded calls from friends, acquaintances and national news outlets wanting to hear their story."it all happened pretty quickly," said rabbi jordan bendat-appell, of deerfield, who lifted his 9-year-old son, adin, onto his shoulders monday night when the boy asked fo






crown seeking two-year prison term for ex-montreal mayor michael applebaum convi


montreal — the crown is seeking prison time for ex-montreal mayor michael applebaum, who was found guilty last month on several corruption-related charges.prosecutor nathalie kleber says applebaum should get a two-year sentence to be followed by two years’ probation.applebaum’s lawyer, pierre teasdale, wants either a suspended sentence or a mixed sentence that could include probation, community work and non-consecutive jail time.quebec court judge louise provost will rule march 30.applebaum, 54, is facing a maximum of five years in jail after a judge convicted him on eight of 14 charges. it was not what we ever imagined for our family or the way we would be livingduring the sentencing arguments, applebaum’s 23-year-old son testified his father has endured tremendous hardship after living u






muslim groups raise thousands to repair vandalized jewish cemetery


closeskip in skipxembedxshare vandals damaged dozens of headstones at a jewish cemetery in st. louis. police will not yet say whether they are considering this a hate crime. ksdkheadstones were damaged at the historic chesed shel emeth cemetery in st. louis feb. 20, 2017.(photo: ksdk-tv, st. louis) 4284 connectlinkedinemailmorest. louis, mo. ---  local and national muslim american groups are partnering to raise money for a jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend. in the moments after learning of the vandalism, rabbi susan talve of central reform congregation said she got calls and texts from priests and african american church pastors. but she said another group that's also feeling isolated and targeted is standing alongside the st. louis jewish community.talve said local and






muslim groups raise thousands to repair vandalized jewish cemetery


closeskip in skipxembedxshare vandals damaged dozens of headstones at a jewish cemetery in st. louis. police will not yet say whether they are considering this a hate crime. ksdkheadstones were damaged at the historic chesed shel emeth cemetery in st. louis feb. 20, 2017.(photo: ksdk-tv, st. louis) 4713 connectlinkedinemailmorest. louis, mo. ---  local and national muslim american groups are partnering to raise money for a jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend. in the moments after learning of the vandalism, rabbi susan talve of central reform congregation said she got calls and texts from priests and african american church pastors. but she said another group that's also feeling isolated and targeted is standing alongside the st. louis jewish community.talve said local and






muslim groups raise thousands to repair vandalized jewish cemetery


closeskip in skipxembedxshare vandals damaged dozens of headstones at a jewish cemetery in st. louis. police will not yet say whether they are considering this a hate crime. ksdkheadstones were damaged at the historic chesed shel emeth cemetery in st. louis feb. 20, 2017.(photo: ksdk-tv, st. louis) 5416 connectlinkedinemailmorest. louis, mo. ---  local and national muslim american groups are partnering to raise money for a jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend. in the moments after learning of the vandalism, rabbi susan talve of central reform congregation said she got calls and texts from priests and african american church pastors. but she said another group that's also feeling isolated and targeted is standing alongside the st. louis jewish community.talve said local and






voice your opposition to anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies


a president who paints with broad brushes across an entire region or religion echoes loudly from the past. we must say, “not this time.”we are a refugee country. welcoming the stranger is woven into the fabric of our american story. and we are not going back to the 1930s.we have a moral obligation to make our voices heard for those who are being persecuted today and whose voices are systematically being diminished day by day — one strike of the presidential pen after another. we must not let our founding values come under assault without speaking out. our ancestors fought too hard for those values. there is a price we pay for our freedom and at minimum it is to be informed and active citizens.rabbi will berkovitz is chief executive officer of jewish family service of seattle.we need to rem






russell simmons announces "today, i am a muslim too" rally


hip-hop mogul russell simmons is using his platform to host a day of solidarity in the face of donald trump’s administration. shortly after a federal appeals court unanimously shut down the president’s executive order on immigration, the all def digital founder took to facebook to announce the “today, i am a muslim too” rally, slated to take place in times square on sunday (feb. 19). during the four-hour event, the the happy vegan author will be joined by community leaders, including imam shamsi ali, rabbi marc schneier, daisy khan and linda sarsour.“everyone except white privileged males are in immediate danger. african americans, women, latinos, asians and lgbtq are all at risk, but there is no freedom in that privileged status either because the spirit of the oppressor is oppressed as w






tu bishvat: it’s a “seattle kind of holiday” for eating fruit and planting trees


tu bishvat, the jewish new year for trees, begins friday evening at sundown.what a green holiday.tu bishvat, the jewish new year for trees which begins friday evening at sundown, is celebrated by eating fruit, planting trees and avoiding guilt, remorse, fasting and penitence.“it’s basically jewish earth day and a kick off to spring,” said rabbi jaclyn cohen of temple de hirsch sinai. “it’s when we reconnect with nature and celebrate the bounty of the earth”“it’s also a chance for people of all faiths to take a moment to give thanks to the earth and how it sustains us and commit to being protectors of the land for the year to come,” she said. “it’s definitely a seattle kind of holiday.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.here are a few ways people observe the day:eat a






twitter account memorializes holocaust victims turned away from america in 1939


the powerful twitter account st. louis manifest (@stl_manifest) spent holocaust remembrance day documenting the names and images of p engers on the german tran lantic liner st. louis. the ship sailed from germany in 1939 with 937 p engers, most of whom were jews fleeing the third reich. the st. louis headed to cuba where many of its p engers hoped to disembark before heading to the united states. instead cuba admitted only 28 of the p engers. although the u.s. media covered the event with sympathy towards the refugees, the remaining p engers were not allowed entry into the country, despite sailing so close to miami as to see the lights of the city. instead the st. louis returned to europe, where its p engers tried to find refuge in other european countries. while almost all of those who se






jewish temple in willow glen welcomes new torah


san jose’s jewish community will welcome a new torah scroll to congregation am echad in willow glen on sunday.to commemorate the rare occasion, the synagogue at 1504 meridian ave. is holding a traditional ceremony known as hachnoses sefer torah, starting at 11 a.m.this is the first time in more than two decades since the congregation last received a new torah, according to rabbi menachem levine. the new scroll will replace one of the temple’s four older ones.“in judaism, these torah scrolls, it’s holy, it’s reverent,” levine said of the ceremony. “it’s a celebration of bringing a new one into the synagogue.”the torah usually refers to the five books of moses–genesis, exodus, leviticus, numbers and deuteronomy–but can also mean the entire body of jewish law and teachings. unlike the christi






former ambassadors say trump pick for israel is unqualified


washington — five former u.s. ambassadors to israel said wednesday that the man president donald trump has selected for the post is unqualified and are urging senators to carefully consider his nomination.in a letter sent to members of the foreign relations committee, the former diplomats said david friedman has staked out "extreme, radical positions" and has derided the two-state solution as an "illusory" fix for a non-existent problem."we believe the committee should satisfy itself that mr. friedman has the balance and the temperament required to represent the united states as ambassador to israel," they wrote.the committee is scheduled to meet thursday for friedman's confirmation hearing.trump, during a white house news conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, was evas






former ambassadors say trump pick for israel is unqualified


washington (ap) — five former u.s. ambassadors to israel said wednesday that the man president donald trump has selected for the post is unqualified and are urging senators to carefully consider his nomination.in a letter sent to members of the foreign relations committee, the former diplomats said david friedman has staked out “extreme, radical positions” and has derided the two-state solution as an “illusory” fix for a non-existent problem.“we believe the committee should satisfy itself that mr. friedman has the balance and the temperament required to represent the united states as ambassador to israel,” they wrote.the committee is scheduled to meet thursday for friedman’s confirmation hearing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.trump, during a white house news conf






most religious groups come out against trump refugee order


rabbi joel mosbacher had just finished the morning's shabbat service when he got an urgent message: rabbis were needed at new york's kennedy airport. people were being detained under president donald trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. would he come pray?by sundown, mosbacher was part a group of rabbis at the airport, playing guitar and conducting a havdalah service marking the end of the sabbath. about 2,000 people gathered to rally against the new policy."we know what it's like to be the stranger," said mosbacher, a reform rabbi at temple shaaray tefila, noting that jewish refugees were at times turned away from the u.s. "as a person of faith, it was so important to be there."from pulpits to sidewalk vigils, clergy have been part of a religious outpouring against trump's plan






most religious groups come out against trump refugee order


rabbi joel mosbacher had just finished the morning's shabbat service when he got an urgent message: rabbis were needed at new york's kennedy airport. people were being detained under president donald trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. would he come pray?by sundown, mosbacher was part a group of rabbis at the airport, playing guitar and conducting a havdalah service marking the end of the sabbath. about 2,000 people gathered to rally against the new policy."we know what it's like to be the stranger," said mosbacher, a reform rabbi at temple shaaray tefila, noting that jewish refugees were at times turned away from the u.s. "as a person of faith, it was so important to be there."from pulpits to sidewalk vigils, clergy have been part of a religious outpouring against trump's plan






religious groups join outpouring against trump refugee order


rabbi joel mosbacher had just finished the morning's shabbat service when he got an urgent message: rabbis were needed at new york's kennedy airport. people had being detained under president donald trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. would he come pray?by sundown, mosbacher was part a group of rabbis at the airport, playing guitar and conducting a havdalah service marking the end of the sabbath. about 2,000 people gathered to rally against the new policy."we know what it's like to be the stranger," said mosbacher, a reform rabbi at temple shaary tefila, noting that jewish refugees were at times turned away from the u.s. "as a person of faith, it was so important to be there."from pulpits to sidewalk vigils, clergy have been part of a religious outpouring against trump's plan to






some involved in omar abdel-rahman’s case had own notoriety


sheik omar abdel-rahman, a blind egyptian cleric who died in prison saturday, was convicted in 1995 along with nine followers of a conspiracy to blow up the united nations, fbi offices, highway tunnels and other new york-area landmarks in a single day of terror.he also was convicted at the same trial of plotting to kill former egyptian president hosni mubarak. he defiantly professed his innocence in the plot, declaring: “this case is nothing but an extension of the american war against islam.”some of those involved in that trial had their own notoriety:lynne stewartmost read storiessave 75% on digital access today.stewart, the defense attorney who argued that abdel-rahman was a spiritual leader prosecuted for his speech, was later convicted of helping the sheik communicate with his followe






nazi graffiti in university of minnesota dorm draws outrage


a university of minnesota student's facebook post showing anti-semitic graffiti he said he found in his dorm room is drawing outraged responses thursday.according to u student avi shaver, someone drew a swastika and a concentration p on the white board located inside his room. the board also had "nazis rule" scrawled across it.in a public facebook post, shaver said he is "very vocal about [his] judaism." he also questioned how the alleged perpetrator knew where he lived and how he or she got into his room."do you feel empowered doing this?" he wrote. "what benefit do you gain by making a person feel afraid?"shaver's post has garnered more than 700 "likes" and dozens of comments, with many friends and fellow students decrying the graffiti. shaver was not immediately available for an intervi






nazi graffiti in university of minnesota dorm draws outrage


a university of minnesota student’s facebook post showing anti-semitic graffiti he said he found in his dorm room is drawing outraged responses thursday.according to u student avi shaver, someone drew a swastika and a concentration p on the white board located inside his room. the board also had “nazis rule” scrawled across it.in a public facebook post, shaver said he is “very vocal about [his] judaism.” he also questioned how the alleged perpetrator knew where he lived and how he or she got into his room.“do you feel empowered doing this?” he wrote. “what benefit do you gain by making a person feel afraid?”shaver’s post has garnered more than 700 “likes” and dozens of comments, with many friends and fellow students decrying the graffiti. shaver was not immediately available for an intervi






some involved in omar abdel-rahman's case had own notoriety


sheik omar abdel-rahman, a blind egyptian cleric who died in prison saturday, was convicted in 1995 along with nine followers of a conspiracy to blow up the united nations, fbi offices, highway tunnels and other new york-area landmarks in a single day of terror.he also was convicted at the same trial of plotting to kill former egyptian president hosni mubarak. he defiantly professed his innocence in the plot, declaring: "this case is nothing but an extension of the american war against islam."some of those involved in that trial had their own notoriety:lynne stewartstewart, the defense attorney who argued that abdel-rahman was a spiritual leader prosecuted for his speech, was later convicted of helping the sheik communicate with his followers. sentenced to a decade in prison, she was freed






‘hate has no home here’ paign, started in north park, goes viral


a message coined by one chicago child and held aloft by another is inspiring a viral paign against hate.the "hate has no home here" poster, bright blue and featuring its message in six languages below a heart-shaped american flag, has been plastered throughout chicago and requested by people living as far away as sweden and ecuador.last weekend, the phrase was on a handmade cardboard sign in a p o that went viral. in the p o, taken during a protest at o'hare international airport against the trump administration's recent immigration ban barring citizens of seven predominantly muslim countries, a 9-year-old child, wearing a kippah, sits on his father's shoulders and holds a sign reading, "hate has no home here." he grins at a 7-year-old muslim , also sitting on her own father's shoulders an






most religious groups come out against trump refugee order


rabbi joel mosbacher had just finished the morning’s shabbat service when he got an urgent message: rabbis were needed at new york’s kennedy airport. people were being detained under president donald trump’s sharp travel restrictions on refugees. would he come pray?by sundown, mosbacher was part a group of rabbis at the airport, playing guitar and conducting a havdalah service marking the end of the sabbath. about 2,000 people gathered to rally against the new policy.“we know what it’s like to be the stranger,” said mosbacher, a reform rabbi at temple shaaray tefila, noting that jewish refugees were at times turned away from the u.s. “as a person of faith, it was so important to be there.”from pulpits to sidewalk vigils, clergy have been part of a religious outpouring against trump’s plan






how trump's policies and rhetoric are forging alliances between u.s. jews and mu


donald trump may not be able to forge peace in the middle east, but he is doing wonders for relations between jews and muslims in the united states.jewish and muslim activists in the united states are forging alliances like never before in reaction to the president’s rhetoric and action toward muslim immigrants.many jewish organizations have interpreted trump’s executive order banning entry by citizens of seven predominantly muslim countries as a call to arms. jewish delegations turned out en m e for a 10,000-strong demonstration sunday night in new york. (“granddaughter of holocaust survivors standing with refugees, muslims immigrants,” read one sign.)almost every day in new york this last week there was an interfaith conference or prayer service — involving christian groups as well as mu






some involved in omar abdel-rahman’s case had own notoriety


sheik omar abdel-rahman, a blind egyptian cleric who died in prison saturday, was convicted in 1995 along with nine followers of a conspiracy to blow up the united nations, fbi offices, highway tunnels and other new york-area landmarks in a single day of terror.he also was convicted at the same trial of plotting to kill former egyptian president hosni mubarak. he defiantly professed his innocence in the plot, declaring: “this case is nothing but an extension of the american war against islam.”some of those involved in that trial had their own notoriety:lynne stewartmost read storiessave 75% on digital access today.stewart, the defense attorney who argued that abdel-rahman was a spiritual leader prosecuted for his speech, was later convicted of helping the sheik communicate with his followe






new voice on raising living standard


a professor at boston university takes over from columnist scott burns and will find you seemingly magical ways to safely raise your living standard.my grandmother, bessie cohen, loved johnny carson. she lived for ed mcmahon’s nightly scream, “heeeeere’s johnny.” when carson retired, i knew mom, who was 92, would take it hard. sure enough, she p ed within a week.another beloved celebrity just retired — scott burns. it will devastate his hordes of devoted readers.his columns were unique. part financial advice, travelogue, human interest, americana, economics, national policy, homily — they were always full friend, brother, father, teacher, psychologist, pastor/rabbi/mullah.each took us to a new place or a new perspective.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.some example






largest branch of american judaism opposes trump envoy pick


washington (ap) — the leaders of the largest branch of american judaism declared their opposition friday to the combative attorney president donald trump selected to be his envoy to israel, citing his “extreme views” and dearth of professional foreign policy experience.the liberal union for reform judaism said in a statement that david friedman is the wrong person for the job at a critical time. the group, which is the largest association of synagogues in america, said it has never before opposed the nomination of an ambassador to israel.“there can be no doubt that david friedman loves israel or that he has an extraordinarily close relationship with president trump, but those are not the essential qualifications of a u.s. ambassador to israel,” the group said . his background and temperame






nyc 'i am a muslim too' rally protests travel ban


people carry posters during a rally in support of muslim americans and protest of president donald trump's immigration policies in times square, new york, sunday, feb. 19, 2017. (ap photo/andres kudacki)(photo: andres kudacki, ap)connectlinkedinemailmoremore than 1,000 people filled new york's times square on sunday, waving american flags and holding signs saying "no muslim ban."the "i am a muslim too" rally, designed to support muslim americans and protest president donald trump's immigration policies, was organized by several groups, including the non-profit organization foundation for ethnic understanding (ffeu).new york mayor bill de blasio told the crowd that america is "a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs."hip-hop mogul russell simmons said the muslim community wa






wapo whitewashes hater of gays, jews because he’s a muslim convert


what did it take for the washington post to accuse a jewish man of racism for exposing a white man as an anti-semite? that white man’s conversion to islam.that’s how reporter bill donahue treated charles jacobs, the president of my organization, americans for peace and tolerance, in a january 17 puff piece on the influential muslim convert and cleric, imam suhaib webb: “an unlikely messenger becomes a guiding spirit to young muslims.”jacobs marched with martin luther king jr. and received the “boston freedom award” from mlk’s widow, coretta scott king, for his work freeing black slaves in sudan. but he is now apparently a racist because our organization’s research into the radical islamic ideology of an oklahoma-born white male conflicts with the post’s portrayal of webb as a cool former h






education boss gets first ignment _ mend fences with foes


washington — on her first day on the job, education secretary betsy devos plunged into her initial ignment: mending fences with her opponents following a bruising confirmation battle. parents across the country looked for clues as to whether she will fulfill their hopes or reinforce their fears.addressing several hundred education department staff members, devos, a wealthy republican donor and school choice champion, vowed to work with everyone, including her critics, in ensuring the best education in the nation's schools."i am committed to working with everyone and anyone — from every corner of the country, from every walk of life, from every background and with those who supported my nomination and those who did not — to protect, strengthen and create new world-cl education opportunities






evidence of rising anti-semitism, but data mostly elusive


st. louis — has anti-semitism accompanied donald trump's rise to power? some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. but data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection — a jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren — and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice.here's a look at recent incidents targeting jewish sites and anti-semitism in the u.s.:are hate crimes targeting jews increasing?human rights activists and organizations are convinced that trump's popularity and electoral victory created an acceptance into the mainstream of the "alt-right," an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism, and along with it, anti-semitism.there have been reports nationwid






arctic's freezer i32 plus cpu cooler has a zero-rpm mode


most cpu coolers have set fan ranges that they run between when engaged, but arctic has a different idea about this. the company knows that modern cpus produce so little heat when under low loads that active cooling really isn’t necessary, which is why its new freezer i32 plus cpu cooler has a p ive mode.the freezer i32 plus has a simple tower-style heatsink made with 84 0.3mm thick aluminum fins, and it spans 150mm. it's 52mm thick (102mm with the two fans installed), and 123mm wide. heat is fed to the fin stack through five 6mm copper heatpipes. contrary to the standard freezer i32, the plus model has two 120mm fans instead of one. they feature a fluid dynamic bearing and can spin at speeds of up to 1,350rpm. the p ive mode, of course, is zero rpm. the fans are pwm controlled, but they h