Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Charedim Got Talent

Who said Charedim aren't  cool?!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

10th Most Admired Man in the World

Isreali Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu (Jerusalem Post)
From the Jerusalem Post:

Among Americans Netanyahu was voted the tenth most admired man in the world, but he failed to rank in the top 20 in any of the other 30 countries polled.
Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu has been ranked as the tenth most admired man in the world by Americans polled in a worldwide survey conducted by YouGov.
Netanyahu polled in with 3.7% of responders listing the prime minister either as their "most admired man" or among the people who they "truly admire." 
In the US rankings, Netanyahu trailed the Dalai Lama in 9th place, Donald Trump in 8th, Bernie Sanders in 6th, Pope Francis at 2nd and Barack Obama in 1st place. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres made up the top three among the most popular women.
Despite requiring nominations in at least two countries of the 30 polled, Netanyahu failed to make it onto any other country’s top 20 list of admired men. Other countries surveyed included the UK, Germany, Canada, China and the UAE. Israel was not among those surveyed.
Globally, the most admired woman was found to be Angelina Jolie, followed by the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, and Hillary Clinton in third. Bill Gates, followed by Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping made up the top three ranked men in the world.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Chasidic Heroes

Binyomin Zev Unger, and Yitzchok Greenberg (YWN)
Always happy to report a Kiddush HaShem. From YWN:

Two Jewish construction workers who worked in New Square are being hailed as heroes, after helping rescue occupants from a home that exploded in Hillcrest, and making a tremendous Kiddush Hashem.

Sources tell YWN that the two men – Binyomin Zev Unger, and Yitzchok Greenberg, were working in New Square when they heard an explosion and saw a plume of smoke. The pair ran through the woods to a home that had turned into a fireball.

When they arrived at the home, there was one family member sitting on the front steps with bloody and and burned face. They helped move them away from the burning home, but then realized that another family member was still inside the home. They were unable to gain access due to the home being fully engulfed in flames, but began screaming to the occupant to run out as quickly as possible.

The explosion and fire sent a mother and her adult son to the hospital.

According to News12, fire officials say the fire broke out around 9 a.m. on 4 Stark Court in Hillcrest, not far from the Palisades Parkway. Firefighters think the explosion happened in the son’s second-floor bedroom, and the fire spread to the rest of the house.

Much of the multimillion-dollar home has been destroyed. It is unknown at this time what caused the explosion. A spokesman from Orange and Rockland Utilities say there is no indication that the explosion was gas related.

Both people were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The son suffered burns, and the woman has a medical condition that first responders wanted to have checked.

Ramapo Police gave YWN the following statement:

At approximately 8:43 am today, Ramapo Police were advised of a structure fire on Stark Ct., in the New City section of the Town of Ramapo. An adult male resident sustained minor injuries. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by Spring Hill Ambulance Corp. Rockland Paramedics assisted with the injured person. Hillcrest FD, Spring Valley FD, Suffern FD, Haverstraw FD, West Haverstraw FD, New City FD, and Orangetown FD assisted with fighting this fire. The fire has been deemed suspicious. It is being investigated by the Ramapo Police Detective Bureau. Rockland County Sheriff’s Office BCI was assisting RPD.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Reserve Cut, Zagat, and Chaim

The distinguished rabbi featured in this video is my nephew, Chaim Maryles. I watched him grow up right here in Chicago. He has traveled many trails, and had many trials and tribulations. But he has triumphed. God bless him. (Love that guy!)


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

First Responders: Orthodox Jews

View of damage at Zaventem Airport in Brussels following a terrorist attack 
Another Kiddush HaShem. Sad, though, that it came through a horrific terrorist attack where 32 people died. From JTA:

(JTA) – Four haredi Orthodox paramedics from Antwerp who rushed to the main airport in Brussels following a terrorist attack there reportedly were among the first medical professionals on the scene.

The paramedics, who use motorcycles, are part of the Hatzolah emergency service that primarily serves the 12,000 haredi Jews living in the Jewish Quarter of Antwerp, the Gazet van Antwerpen daily reported Wednesday.

Certified ambulance service providers under Belgian law, the paramedics were able to reach the scene of the March 22 terrorist bombings at Zaventem Airport soon after the attack. The bombings there and at subway station in central Brussels about an hour later killed 32 people and wounded 300.

Hatzolah Chairman Samuel Markowitz told the daily he was the only Hatzolah volunteer who arrived at the scene in a car, with his treatment kit in the trunk. The other paramedics sped there on motorcycles and began treating the wounded immediately.

“The images I saw there, I will never forget,” Markowitz said, adding that the response was part of Hatzolah’s commitment to serving all Belgians, not just Jews.

“We didn’t know whether there were Jewish victims, we only knew they could use our help there,” he said.

While identification of all the dead may take weeks and require DNA testing, it is already known that at least three Jewish people were wounded in the attack.
Walter Benjamin, who was en route to be with his daughter in Israel, lost a leg in the attack. In addition, two seminary students from Antwerp were wounded. One is in a coma, according to the daily.