The most senior US senator, Daniel Inouye, a staunch Israel advocate and dear friend of the Jewish people, passed away Monday at the age of 88.
Inouye, a highly decorated World War II veteran, was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington. He was the second-longest-serving senator in history.
For years he stood by Israelâ€™s side. His latest achievement was to successfully push for funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, which earned its keep during Operation Pillar of Defense.
Seven Bolivian government officials were arrested last week after being accused of a plan to rob and extort Yanky Ostreicher, an American who has been jailed without charge in the South American country for 18 months.
Yanky, a businessman from Brooklyn who has maintained his innocence, has long said that Bolivian officials targeted him for his successful rice growing venture they seized when he was arrested last year after being accused of money laundering.
Jews across the tri-state area are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which brought to a halt the usual hustle and bustle of busy communities.
Yeshivos and schools in Brooklyn, the Five Towns, Monsey and Lakewood were closed Monday and Tuesday, with tens of thousands of people stuck in their homes without power.
In Brooklyn, Councilman David Greenfield opened his district office on Monday and Tuesday to help his constituents as Hurricane Sandy reached New York City.
It was with feelings of elation and relief that Jews around the world learned early Monday morning that the Chiba District Court in Japan found Yoel Goldstein, Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava, not guilty, handing down a full acquittal.
Immediately upon hearing the good news, Reb Aron Nezri of London and Reb Meilich Bindiner of Antwerp, the tireless askanim who have worked behind the scenes on behalf of the boys in Japan, exited the courtroom for a few moments to convey the besurah tovah to the multitudes of acheinu Bnei Yisroel who were waiting in suspense for the outcome.
â€œWe congratulate the Japanese Judiciary for diligently seeking the truth and carefully analyzing the diverse elements of the defense, many of which are new concepts to the Japanese, thereby succeeding in delivering the long-awaited innocent verdict,â€ Rabbi Nezri told the Yated.