Captor Grew "Belligerent" Late in Standoff Hamodia

One of the four people held hostage at a Texas congregation said Sunday that their captor grew "increasingly belligerent and threatening" toward the end of the 10-hour standoff, which ended…

Israel

US, Lebanon Deny Report of Israeli Gas DealHamodia Staff

Both the United States and Lebanon have denied an Israeli media report saying that Washington had brokered a deal for Israel to supply Lebanon with natural gas. Israel’s Channel 12…

Covid Isolation to Come Down from 7 to 5 DaysHamodia Staff

Quarantine for Israelis who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 or have come in close contact with a known carrier will be shortened from seven days to five days, according…

Former Rivlin Employees Accuse Him of MistreatmentHamodia Staff

Israel’s popular former president Reuven Rivlin has been accused of being a bullying, tyrannical boss by several who worked for him, according to a Channel 12 news report. Rivlin offered…

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Community

Shomrim Divisions Across NYC Unite For Siyum in Crown HeightsHamodia

The unity of Shomrim goes beyond catching criminals. Shomrim volunteers from across New York City got together in Crown Heights Motzei Shabbos for a Siyum on mesechta Megillah and a…

Jewish Camps Sue Wawarsing Over RestrictionsHamodia Staff

The Town of Wawarsing in upstate Ulster County is facing a federal lawsuit by eight Orthodox Jewish camps and one yeshiva, over new restrictions that could severely limit their expansion,…

CORRECTION: This Week’s Zemanim Published in Hamodia Are One Hour OffHamodia Staff

Hamodia would like to alert the readership of its printed edition that an error occurred in the process of copying the Zemanim for this week, and all Zemanim in the…

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National

Snow, Ice Blasts Through South With Powerful Winter StormHamodia

A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice was sweeping through parts of the U.S. Southeast on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with…

COVID Deaths and Cases Are Rising Again at U.S. Nursing HomesHamodia

COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push…

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World

Migrant Caravan From Honduras Stopped in GuatemalaHamodia

Several hundred migrants who had departed from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula Saturday in hopes of reaching the United States entered Guatemalan territory where they were intercepted by…

Pacific Tsunami Threat Recedes, Volcano Ash Hinders ResponseHamodia

The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption receded Sunday, but the massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation of Tonga prevented surveillance flights from…

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Regional

East Coast Braces for Winter Storm Starting Sunday NightHamodia Staff

Dangerous weekend weather conditions in the Midwest are expected to hit the East Coast on Sunday night through Monday. Wind and snow are expected overnight, likely creating hazardous travel conditions.…

Sullivan County Firefighter Dies in Line of DutyHamodia Staff

A Sullivan County firefighter died Saturday after fighting a fire at a bungalow colony in the Town of Thompson, Midhudson News reported. Forestburgh Fire District officials announced that Assistant Chief…

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Politics

GOP Rep. Katko, Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won’t Run AgainHamodia

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) announced his retirement Friday, the third of the 10 House GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach President Donald Trump last January to say they won’t seek…

RNC Threatens to Boycott Commission’s Presidential DebatesHamodia

The Republican National Committee said Thursday it is planning a rules change that would force presidential candidates seeking the party’s nomination to sign a pledge saying they will not participate…

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Business

Fed Survey Finds Economy Growing Modestly Despite COVIDHamodia

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy was growing at a modest pace at the end of 2021 but was still being held back by ongoing supply-chain disruptions and…

After Wave of Cancellations, Delta Sees Recovery in 2022Hamodia

Delta Air Lines lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier predicted Thursday that…

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Health, Science & Technology

Tesla Inks Deal to Get Key Battery Component Outside ChinaHamodia

Tesla is turning to Mozambique for a key component in its electric car batteries in what analysts believe is a first-of-its-kind deal designed to reduce its dependence on China for…

Microsoft Discloses Malware Attack on Ukraine Gov’t NetworksHamodia

Microsoft said late Saturday that dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of Ukrainian government agencies have been infected with destructive malware disguised as ransomware, a disclosure suggesting an…

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