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On Sunday, October 13, 100,000 people gathered together at the junction of Shmuel Hanavi and Bar-Ilan Streets to pay tribute to Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l at a memorial in Jerusalem at the conclusion of the period of shiva.
Sunday evening’s memorial near the grave site of the Shas party spiritual leader drew acolytes from around the globe for the one-time Sephardic chief rabbi, who died on Oct. 7 at the age of 93. HaRav Yosef, zt’l was considered to be a foremost halachic authority and a towering religious and political figure in this generation.
JTA reported that several roads in the city near the cemetery were closed off several hours before the memorial, where some 20 people were injured due to crowding.
Shas party leaders
William Rapfogel, who led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty until his firing in August, was arrested on Tuesday morning, September 24 and charged with grand larceny, money laundering and criminal tax fraud for an alleged scheme stretching back to the early 1990s.
On Monday June 10, renowned Lakewood, New Jersey resident, Dr. Richard Roberts played host to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) at his home. Amongst those dignitaries in attendance at the private luncheon event were the mayor of Lakewood along with a cadre of town officials and 30 personal friends of Dr. Roberts.
Where should we perform next? Israel!
Famous performers seem to be heading to the Holy Land as of late to display their talents. Barbra Streisand held a few concerts in Tel Aviv last week, and Alicia Keys is slated to perform there on July 4. And on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reported that Rihanna, 25, would be visiting Israel in October to perform before a crowd of 50,000 fans while on her “Diamonds” world tour.
Rihanna last performed in Tel Aviv in 2010 in Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium
The National Security Agency had a secret PRISM data-mining program that, coupled with extensive warrants, allowed it to monitor data passing through U.S. telecommunication companies like Verizon. This secret was a secret until Edward Snowden decided it should no longer be, according to a report in the Christian Science Monitor.
Snowden, 29, was an employee at Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm, at the time that he leaked this secret to The Guardian newspaper, according to the aforementioned