13 Mar 2020

Where Is The Aron Today? Three Experts Weigh In
Do we know where the aron is today? Rabbi Richman: There many opinions, but the Rambam writes that when Shlomo HaMelech oversaw the construction of the first Temple, he perceived through ruach hakodesh that it would be destroyed, so he had a maze of underground tunnels and chambers built to hide its vessels and thus prevent them from being captured.

Tensions rise after US launches retaliatory airstrikes on Iran-backed fighters in Iraq
U.S. air strikes that killed several members of a pro-Iranian militia group in Iraq have heightened tensions in the region, with Baghdad denouncing the attack as a violation of the country’s sovereignty and Tehran warning President Donald Trump against taking “dangerous actions.”

Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay in Greece Called Off
Greece’s Hellenic Olympic Committee said Friday that the torch relay in the country for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer has been canceled amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus. The relay in Greece started on Thursday after the lighting ceremony for the Olympic flame held the same day at the ruins of the Temple of Hera in the Olympia archaeological site.

As Coronavirus Closes Skies: Jews Worldwide may Miss Last Chance to Return to Israel as Prophesied in Deuteronomy
“Thousands of Jews that would have come to Israel during the Pesach holiday are being restricted from doing so. “This could be a sign for those Jews for times to come that there will be a time when the doors will not be open to Israel and this is their chance to make aliyah while they can.

US Strikes Five Iranian-Backed Weapons Storage Facilities After Attack on US Soldiers in Iraq
“The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies,” said U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. “As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.”The Pentagon was given the authority earlier on Thursday by President Donald Trump to take action against Kata’ib Hezbollah.

Holocaust-Denying Grand Ayatollah Okays Buying Israeli Cure for Coronavirus
Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi took a break from hating Israel long enough to announce a religious ruling that it would be permitted to use a “Zionist” vaccine against the coronavirus. “It is not permissible to buy and sell from Zionists and Israel,” Shirazi said Wednesday to the Iranian daily Hamdeli . “Unless the treatment is unique and there is no substitute.”

Rabbinic Closure of Western Wall Diverts Record Number of Jews to Temple Mount for Special Prayer For Coronavirus Cure
Rabbi David Lau, Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, both issued religious edicts on Thursday instructing Jews to obey all instructions issued by Israels health officials’ instructions concerning the coronavirus. This included instructions to avoid visiting the Western Wall.

Earthquake of Magnitude 5.2 Hits Reykjanes
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 hit the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, at 10:26 am today, The earthquake was preceded by a tremblor of magnitude 3 at 10:15, and numerous tremors have registered in the area since 9:30 this morning. “I live on the fourth floor of a [five-story] apartment building, and the building swung, like you’d see in an American movie. It lasted a few seconds, but it felt like it would never end.”

What game is Turkey playing in Syria? – opinion
Of course, a counter-offensive has begun. Government forces reinforced with Iran-backed militias, Russian regulars and mercenaries are already attempting to fight their way back into Saraqeb.

Massive Monkey Gangs Are Fighting For Food On Thailand Streets As Tourist Food Disappears
Coronavirus isn’t just causing humans to fight in the aisles of Target over toilet paper. Today in “signs of the apocalypse”, hungry monkey gangs are also swarming and fighting – for food – on the streets of Thailand.

Researchers Rush to Test Coronavirus Vaccine in People without Knowing How Well It Works in Animals
That isn’t how vaccine testing normally happens. Regulators require that a manufacturer show a product is safe before it goes into people, and while it isn’t enshrined in law, researchers almost always check that a new concoction is effective in lab animals before putting human volunteers at potential risk. “

Iran is a Mess… Which Creates Strategic Opportunities for Israel
The Islamic Republic of Iran has solidified its position as the greatest threat to the world with a confluence of belligerent policies and awesomely bad judgment. It is a financial mess, a social mess, a diplomatic mess, a governance mess and, now, a health mess.

Israel’s National Airline, El Al, to Lay Off 80% of Staff
Israel’s flagship airline company, El Al, has announced that they will be letting go of 4,000 of its 6,300 employees to unpaid leave as revenue has dramatically decreased amid the coronavirus outbreak according to Israel Media.

Trump Just Destroyed the Muslim Propaganda War Against Israel in One Move
The US State Department, under President Trump, has changed its standard description of East Jerusalem Arabs. The Arabs of East Jerusalem, who until now were referred to as “Palestinian residents” have now been referred to as “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens” in an annual global human rights report released on Wednesday ;

Netanyahu, Gantz start bickering over emergency government
An emergency unity government is needed to deal with the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. The first conversation between Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz started off on the wrong foot late Thursday night, hours after Netanyahu said an emergency unity government was needed to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Iran’s coronavirus burial pits are so vast they’re visible from space
Two days after Iran declared its first cases of the novel coronavirus…evidence of unusual activity appeared at a cemetery near where the infections emerged. At the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, satellite images show, and then rapidly expanded as the virus spread.

Federal Taxes and Spending Set Records Through February
The federal government set records for both the amount of taxes it collected and the amount of money it spent in the first five months of fiscal 2020 (October through February), according to data released today in the Monthly Treasury Statement. During the October-February period, the government spent a record $1,991,272,000,000 while it collected a record $1,366,750,000,000 in taxes.

Iraq base attack: US launches retaliatory strikes on Iran-backed fighters
The US has launched retaliatory air strikes against a pro-Iranian militia group in Iraq, after a rocket attack killed two of its soldiers. The strikes targeted five weapons storage facilities across the country, the US defence department said. Two Americans and a British soldier were killed in Wednesday’s rocket attack on the Camp Taji military base.

EU to give states spending leeway to tackle virus fallout on economy
The European Commission is set to formally announce on Friday measures that would let EU governments spend more freely to prop up economic sectors battered by the coronavirus crisis, officials said. The move would give a green light to deficit spending already announced by Italy, the European Union country worst hit so far by the outbreak.

Israeli teen badly wounded in West Bank attack
A 14-year-old Israeli boy was seriously wounded overnight Wednesday after Palestinian attackers hurled a rock at his head near the West Bank village of Huwara. The boy was initially taken to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and later moved to Schneider Children’s Medical Center, where he was placed under an induced coma with respiratory support in a severe but stable condition.

Turkey says Idlib ceasefire details largely agreed on with Russia
Turkish and Russian officials have largely agreed on details of a ceasefire deal in Syria’s war-battered Idlib province, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, the third day of discussions between the two countries. Last week, NATO-member Turkey and Russia – the two countries back opposing sides in Syria’s war – agreed on the ceasefire to halt an escalation of violence in Idlib…

Ethiopia won’t be forced by US on dam, foreign minister says
Ethiopia refuses to be pressured by the United States into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over its controversial dam on the Nile River, says Ethiopia’s foreign minister. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gedu Andargachew said the three countries need to resolve their differences without outside pressure.

Worst Day On Wall St Since ’87
Shares plunged in Asia on Friday, with benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sinking as much as 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987.

Pornhub Offers Quarantined Italians Free Premium Porn During Coronavirus
Pornhub is offering Italians free premium porn to pass the time during Italy’s coronavirus quarantine.

Super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers amid coronavirus outbreak
Like hundreds of thousands of people across the world, the super-rich are preparing to self-isolate in the face of an escalation in the coronavirus crisis. But their plans extend far beyond stocking up on hand sanitiser and TV boxsets.

In Unprecedented Move, All Catholic Churches In Rome Will Be Closed Until April Due To COVID-19 Coronavirus Hysteria Now Sweeping The Planet
Round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows. Just high high will COVID-19 coronavirus mania go until logic and reason are restored? If present trends continue, sky-high to the first, and not likely anytime soon to the second. In Rome, all Catholic churches have been ordered to be closed until further notice, at least until the beginning of April. That should give you a little clue to just how widespread this pandemic of fear has become.

Blizzard disrupts power and travel to thousands in Sakhalin Island, Russia
A powerful snowstorm with winds up to 119 km/h (74 mph) hit the Sakhalin Island, Russia, on March 11, 2020. The severe weather caused widespread disruptions to power, travel, and classes, affecting thousands of people.

Very rare cyclone over the Middle East, state of emergency declared in Egypt
A powerful storm developing over Egypt on Thursday, March 12, 2020, is expected to move northeast posing threats to other Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This is a very rare severe weather system, capable of producing very heavy rain and strong winds. Due to a severe risk of flooding, the Egyptian authorities have declared a state of emergency.

Will coronavirus kill the New World Order?
Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed meeting of Senate staffers thisweek that 70 million to 150 million Americans – a third of the nation – could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will likely run near 1%.

Trump Takes Down Notorious Mexican Cartel with 600 Arrests: ‘Just the Beginning’
President Donald Trump’s administration has just dealt an unprecedented blow to the most notorious drug cartel in Mexico, with a huge strike that saw over 600 members arrested by federal agents.

Seattle Running Dangerously Low On Protective Gear Amid Largest Outbreak In Country
“There’s some critical things that we will need very quickly.”

A New York City Rat Invasion – 130,000 Reported Sightings Since 2010|
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared war on rats in 2017. His clarion call demanded “more rat corpses.” The city council mobilized and minted $32 million for his rat extermination campaign.

‘Death Threats For Me And My Family’: Missouri Lawmaker Trying To Ban Drag Queens From Reading To Kids Says He’s Faced ‘Vitriol’ And ‘Hate’
Missouri lawmaker said he has never experienced so much”vitriol” and “hate” as he has faced after introducing a bill against drag queens reading to children in public libraries.