I am your brother Benedict…

Tomorrow marks a historic day.

It will be the first time a pope visits a Synagogue in the United States.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Park East Synagogue for 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon. 

Click the read link for the details as there is so much to list!

[ via NYTimes.com]

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Iranian General: Iran Will Destroy Israel if they Attack us

In a response to a threat issued last week by the National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Iranian deputy Chief Of Staff Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said “Iran will eliminate Israel from the ‘scene of the universe’ if Israel Attacks” at a press conference in Tehran for “Military day”.

This in light of Ben-Eliezers statement last week saying “Iran will be wiped off the face of the earth if it dares to fire any missile at us.” Later in the week he would not retract his statement, stating he was tired of receiving threats to Israel on a daily basis.

What a pimp.

[ via Jerusalem Post]

“State must bring all Ethiopian Jews to Israel”

Ethiopian Jew

 Former Israeli Supreme Court President Justice Meir Shamgar, who heads the public committee for the remnant of Jews in Ethiopa announced Wednesday during an emergency meeting in Jerusalem that it is “the state’s duty to bring the remaining Jews from Ethiopia to Israel.”

Ethiopa’s government has said they are planning to stop programs supporting Falash Mura immigration to Israel.

The committee plans to protest the stopage of the programs through protests, petitions to the high court on behalf of the Falash Mura, enlisting the aid of Jewish communities around the world to pressure the Ethiopian government as well as acting through political channels.

The emergency meeting was also attended by former Canadian Minister of Justice Irwin Kotler, American attorney Alan Dershowitz, and the chief rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi Shear-Yashuv HaCohen.

Organizations estimate there are approximately 8,000 more Ethiopians that fit the ministry’s criteria for Aliyah.