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Israel and Japan have been becoming key allies in the span of just over a year, and that growing bond connecting the two countries located on either extreme of Asia was given a further historic seal in recent weeks in the appointment of Japan's first-ever chief rabbi . Arutz Sheva got the opportunity to speak with Rabbi Binyamin Edery, the head of Tokyo's Chabad House and Japan's new chief rabbi as appointed by the Japanese legislative body, the Diet. Comment?
Goldie Steinberg, the sixth-oldest person in the world and the word's oldest Jew, passed away yesterday at age 114 in Long Beach, N.Y. She was just two months shy of her 115th birthday and remained mentally sharp until her last moments. Born Oct. 30, 1900 in Kishinev in the Russian Empire , Steinberg was a survivor of the infamous 1903 Kishinev pogrom, during which 47 Jews were killed and hundreds more wounded; a second, smaller pogrom, took place in 1905. Comment?
One of my most favorite movies of all time is the film, "Law and Disorder," which was made some forty years ago, starring Carroll O'Conner and Ernest Borgnine. The movie told the funny and poignant story of a group of Brooklyners who form a volunteer police unit to deal with the growing crime in their middle-class neighborhood. Comment?
Arutz Sheva was on the scene Thursday as New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind was arrested in Manhattan during a protest against the Iran nuclear deal signed last Tuesday. Hikind was arrested together with eight other Jewish protesters who lay on the pavement in front of the office of Senator Chuck Schumer , in an attempt to press the senator through civil disobedience not to support the Iran deal; reportedly Schumer is considering to support the deal . Comment?
When the Bet HaMikdash stood there were four Torah mitzvot which were applicable at the Pesach seder: To relate the Pesach saga to one's offspring, to eat matza, to eat the Korban Pesach, and to eat marror . Today in the absence of the Bet HaMikdash only two Torah mitzvot prevail: To relate the Pesach saga to one's offspring and to eat matza. Comment?
A 29-year-old Russian Jew was shot twice in the chest on Tuesday morning and died of his wounds shortly thereafter, in an attack on Ocean Parkway in the Midwood area of Brooklyn, New York. Police told JPUpdates that the shooting occurred in front of 1663 Ocean Parkway, and that they received an emergency 911 call at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday from a passerby who found the man on the ground. Comment?
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon will be the Guest of Honor via pre-recorded video at a giant Chabad youth event this Sunday. That same day, modern Jerusalem's busiest synagogue, and one of its very oldest, will celebrate its 120th birthday. Comment?
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