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  • Mother of 7 children who died in Brooklyn house fire leaves hospital

    4 days ago

    The mother of seven children who died in a March fire in their Brooklyn home was released from the hospital.

    Gayle Sassoon left the hospital on Friday and will continue to recover at the Brooklyn home of her mother-in-law, her husband, Gabriel, told the Kol Barama radio station...

  • I am NOT impressed!—a rant against ‘The Man’

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 week ago

    I'm generally thought of a "nice" person. At least I've been told so often enough. I'm naturally kind, sympathetic, conscientious about things I promise and like to make people laugh (or at least crack a smile). I treat most everyone I meet — be they the Queen of England (well I...

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 26, 2015 | 7:28 pm

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • Tragic Loss in Brooklyn Sounds Alarm Across the Jewish World

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 26, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    During a time when we are preparing our homes and communities to celebrate the joyous festivities of Passover, a painful tragedy has muted our joy.

    This past Friday night, a malfunctioning electric hot plate set off a fire that killed seven children in Brooklyn. The world lost...

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  • Grief-stricken Brooklyn father: My children ‘had faces of angels’

    March 23, 2015 | 8:51 am

    The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community.

    Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children — saying they were “angels” — during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the...

  • Brooklyn house fire kills 7 from Orthodox Jewish family

    March 21, 2015 | 8:30 pm

    Seven children from an Orthodox Jewish family died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City's deadliest fires in years, officials said.

    Their 45-year-old mother and a teenage sister survived after jumping from an upper floor. The...

  • Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as ‘criminal fire’

    December 8, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said.

    Commuter traffic into the nation's...

  • Firefighters battle raging San Diego wildfires

    May 16, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.

    The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid its...

  • Anna Angel, Jonathan Ferrell & a Walk

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2013 | 7:58 am

    When I saw Anna Angel’s name in the news headlines this week, I had to take a double look because for a second I thought it was my name.  I have been haunted by this woman’s story and unable to sleep since reading about her.  I cannot stop crying for this woman I do not know.  This...

  • Firefighters’ families share the language of loss

    July 17, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    Bat-Sheva and Hofit Hayat, mother and wife of deceased Israeli firefighter Danny Hayat, shared their story and grief with the families of the 19 Hotshot firefighters who died on June 30 in the Yarnell, Ariz., wildfire. The two women relayed their experience in Arizona when visiting...

  • Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans arrested in connection with arson attack

    February 13, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Some members of the Beitar Jerusalem's nationalist and extremist fan club were arrested in connection with the arson attack on the soccer team's office and trophy room.

    Jerusalem police arrested as many as seven fans belonging to the club called La Familia; more arrests...

  • Chanukah lessons in a post-Sandy world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 5, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Late last month, I was in Breezy Point, the isolated beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., that has become an iconic image for the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Breezy Point was hit full force twice — first by the storm’s surge and then immediately after by a fire that consumed...

  • Major fire under control in Jerusalem area

    August 8, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    A major fire in the Jerusalem area believed to be arson is under control.

    More than 40 firefighting squads and two firefighting planes came together to put out the fire on Wednesday near the Hadassah Ein-Kerem Medical Center. Some hospital visitors were evacuated, according to The...

  • Israeli protester who set himself on fire dies

    July 20, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire during a Tel Aviv rally last weekend, died Friday afternoon after succumbing to second- and third-degree burns.

    Silman, 57, had poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire during a July 14 demonstration marking the one-year anniversary...

  • Arson suspected in fire at Eritreans’ Jerusalem apartment

    July 12, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Two African migrants were injured after a fire was allegedly set at the entrance to their Jerusalem apartment.

    The fire broke out early Thursday morning; firefighters reportedly found rags soaked in an accelerant at the entrance to the apartment.

    Its residents, a man and his...

  • Palestinian teens arrested for Jerusalem arson, shots fired inside Gaza Strip restaurant

    July 9, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Two Palestinian teens were arrested for setting a fire near Jerusalem that destroyed 15 acres of forest.

    The teens were arrested Monday and reportedly admitting to intentionally setting the June 26 fire, as well as to setting other fires and being involved in rock-throwing...

  • Relief funds assisting Colorado fire victims

    July 2, 2012 | 11:36 am

    As residents of Colorado Springs return to their homes following widespread wild fires, U.S. Jewish communities are raising money for relief funds.

    The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, in conjunction with local synagogues, community organizations and national partners, has...

  • Massive Jerusalem fire under control

    June 26, 2012 | 8:55 am

    A fire near Jerusalem that threatened homes and closed the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway reportedly is under control.

    It will still take time to extinguish all of the blazes near the city, according to fire officials.

    Some 35 firefighting teams from across the country and six...

  • Fire at apartment of Eritrean migrants called arson

    June 4, 2012 | 10:35 am

    A Jerusalem apartment home to migrant workers from Eritrea was set on fire.

    Ten Eritreans were rescued from the burning apartment early Monday morning; four were injured in the blaze.

    An initial investigation by the Jerusalem Fire Department found that the fire was the result of...

  • Kassams strike southern Israel

    February 1, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    At least four Kassam rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

    Three rockets hit Wednesday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces, though some Israeli news reports put the number at five. An additional rocket hit about three hours earlier. No damage or injuries were reported.

    In the last month, 29 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, according to the IDF.

  • State Department condemns vandalism of West Bank mosque

    January 12, 2012 | 7:47 am

    The United States condemned the vandalizing of a mosque in the northern West Bank.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s most recent vandalizing of a mosque, as well as the burning of three cars, in the West Bank village of Dir Istiya. Hateful,...

  • Arab cars set alight in eastern Jerusalem

    January 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Two cars owned by Arabs were set on fire near the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

    The words “price tag” and “revenge” were spray painted near the site of the suspected arson attack, which occurred early Wednesday morning.

    No suspects have been identified, but the graffiti...

  • West Bank mosque set alight following outpost razing

    December 15, 2011 | 8:09 am

    A mosque in the West Bank was set alight hours after Israeli soldiers demolished two structures in an illegal outpost.

    The interior of a mosque in a village near Ramallah was torched after being soaked with gasoline on Thursday morning. The words “war” and “Mitzpe Yitzhar,” the...

  • Boy allegedly set Jewish girl’s hair on fire after making slurs

    December 6, 2011 | 10:46 am

    A Canadian teenager was arrested for allegedly setting a Jewish classmate’s hair on fire after making anti-Semitic remarks.

    Winnipeg police have charged the 15-year-old boy with assault with a weapon following an investigation of the Nov. 18 incident in the hallway of a local high...

  • Third suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 24, 2011 | 10:57 am

    A third suspect has been arrested in the arson attack on a mosque in an Israeli-Arab town.

    The suspect, reported to be a 17-year-old resident of Gush Etzion, was arrested Sunday in connection with the Oct. 2 attack on a mosque in the Upper Galilee Bedouin town of Tuba Zanghariya.

    ...
  • Dozens of fires break out in northern Israel

    October 24, 2011 | 9:03 am

    More than 40 fires broke out across northern Israel over the weekend, many of which are suspected arson attacks.

    While some of the forest fires are being considered the result of negligence, many are being investigated as arson attacks due to their multiple sources of ignition,...

  • After the fire: A Torah’s trip to a secular kibbutz

    October 10, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah.  At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv—unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.

    Moments before our wheels touch down, a brush fire breaks...

  • Suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 6, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Police have arrested an 18-year-old Jewish male in connection with the arson of a mosque in a Bedouin Arab town in northern Israel.

    Police confirmed that they made the arrest several hours after the attack and that the suspect since then has been held in prison, according to...

  • Fire seriously damages Sydney synagogue

    October 4, 2011 | 11:07 am

    A fire severely damaged a synagogue in Sydney on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    Seven fire trucks were required to extinguish the late-night blaze at Kehillat Masada in northern Sydney on Sept. 28.

    Officers from Fire and Rescue New South Wales rescued the Torah scrolls from the...

  • Fire ravages prominent N.Y. synagogue

    July 12, 2011 | 8:34 am

    A fire has badly damaged one of New York City’s most prominent synagogues.

    The four-alarm fire broke out in Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at around 8:30 on Monday night, according to the Associated Press. The fire, caused the roof to collapse. The...

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