My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...
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December 4, 2014 | 1:03 pm
Recently I was catching up on reading some back issues of the Jewish Journal, when I came across a column by Dennis Prager called, “Poverty Causes Crime?” He spends almost all of the article explaining why he thinks poverty does not, in fact, cause crime.
Then, at the end, he...
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I was robbed at gunpoint this week in Karachi. I don’t really want to write about this because the repetitive telling of the story or externalization of the experience feels as if it will give it another life—numb its essence or fetishize it.
I’ve worked as a journalist in...
May 28, 2013 | 10:20 am
This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.
There are a lot of guns in Israel. You see them carried by soldiers as you walk down the street; on the hip of the security guard checking your bag as you enter the bank; and even by licensed civilians who live in or travel...
February 5, 2013 | 10:59 am
A cache of weapons was discovered hidden in an elementary school in an Arab-Israeli village in northern Israel.
The weapons, including RPG anti-tank missiles, rockets, grenades and bullets, also were found in a kindergarten and a drainage ditch in Abu Sinan, according to reports. Israel Police sappers destroyed the explosives.
It is believed that the weapons were the property of local crime families. Some of the arms may have been stolen from a local army depot.
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A woman living in Toronto was charged in the United States with taking part in a scheme to steal from a Holocaust survivors’ fund.
Documents obtained by the CBC, the state-owned broadcaster, show that the FBI alleges Luba Kramrish was part of a conspiracy that falsified documents to...
November 7, 2011 | 10:02 am
An Israeli waiter was found guilty on Monday of murdering the boss who fired him and five members of the restaurant owner’s family, including a baby, stabbing them to death in their home.
Damian Kerlik carried out the killings in 2009, angry over his dismissal for stealing alcohol...
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A former supervisor of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa was arrested in Israel.
Hosam Amara, 46, was indicted in 2009 on federal charges of fraud and immigration abuses. He is accused of some of the worst worker abuses at the now defunct plant in Postville,...
January 31, 2011 | 10:28 am
The trustee for the Bernard Madoff estate has sued the owners of the New York Mets, claiming they should have known the money made with Madoff was done so nefariously.
Irving Picard, the trustee charged with recovering billions of dollars in assets stolen in Madoff’s Ponzi...
January 19, 2011 | 9:41 am
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Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.
A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...
December 19, 2010 | 8:42 pm
The body of an American tourist was found near Jerusalem a day after she was attacked and kidnapped, allegedly by Arab assailants.
Christine Logan’s body was identified Sunday morning by Jerusalem police. Her hometown in the United States has not yet been reported.
Logan and a...
January 25, 2010 | 7:08 pm
I just got out of my criminal law class where we were talking about a case similar to what follows, though it involved a son failing to obtain medical aid for his invalid mother and no mentions of leaving that for God to provide. From RNS:
A woman who made no effort to feed her four...
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Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coach refusing to leave Madison Square Garden after getting tossed from the team’s game against the Knicks might not have been the lowlight of their U.S. trip. After playing the Knicks, Maccabi flew west to face off against the Clippers (also an NBA team).
October 25, 2009 | 4:29 am
The Rev. Ed Hinds was found dead Friday in rectory kitchen of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, N.J. Saturday authorities arrested and charged the church janitor, Jose Feliciano, 64, with stabbing the priest 32 times. From the AP:
The announcement of Feliciano’s arrest...
October 13, 2009 | 3:57 pm
Seriously, I’m surprised Bernard Madoff hasn’t gotten shanked yet. He did, however, get into a prison yard scuffle with another inmate who disagreed with the great swindler’s investment advice. From NYPost:
The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed Madoff, who shoved...
October 1, 2009 | 8:55 pm
NPR aired a gut-wrenching report a few minutes ago on Elizabeth Smart’s first-public testimony of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her abductor, Brian David Mitchell. The most painful part of this story for me is the way that Mitchell, like so many other wicked, wicked men who...
September 30, 2009 | 12:14 pm
I thought it was odd Sunday after news broke that Roman Polanski had been arrested in Switzerland on a 31-year-old warrant for fleeing the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. But I didn’t expect people, other than maybe the French government to pitch a...
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