Jewish Calendar Things—> It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul, the month before Rosh Hashana, preparations for teshuvah (returning to G-d) and the New Year begin.
Avoid the SHTUSS yet be an informed smart Jew while standing on one leg! Here’s the news being talked about by Jews today…
Today’s Skim of the News for Jews – Be a Smart Aleck!
- SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blows up in a pre-launch test, taking a $300 million Israeli satellite with it. Spacecom Satellite is an Israeli satellite communications company that was about to launch their 6th major communications satellite. This satellite was going to provide Facebook internet service to all of Africa. While the satellite was insured, and fortunately no one was injured in the massive rocket explosion, the loss of income the satellite would have earned is putting the company at risk.
- The Iran deal keeps getting worse, with US law requiring the Administration to take action if the S-300 defense system is deployed, and the government ignores. There are at least three U.S. laws mandating sanctions in response to the S-300 system. But on Monday the White House suggested that the administration would not impose those sanctions. After all, why should the king…ah…president follow the law?
- Iran granted secret exemptions to nuclear deal by the U.S. and other global powers, allowing Iran to skirt restrictions imposed on it by the deal. Without these secret exemptions some of Iran’s nuclear facilities would not have been in compliance by Implementation Day. The exemptions are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran.” There are three areas in which the Iranians had received these secret exemptions, including having more low-enriched uranium (LEU) and bigger “hot cells”—shielded storage containers for nuclear materials—than the deal specified. Experts explained to Reuters that “if the total amount of LEU Iran possesses is unknown, it is impossible to know how much weapons-grade uranium it could yield.”
- NY Editor quits Twitter over Anti-Semitic tweets thrown at him daily. Inundated with anti-Semitic tweets and frustrated by Twitter's response, New York Times editor Jon Weisman is packing up and leaving the social media platform. In one tweet, Weisman was referred to as a "kike." Another threatened to have him put "in the oven." Weisman said that Twitter responded by saying the tweets didn't violate the company's rules and none of the users would be suspended. Other Jewish journalists have gotten a similar treatment.
- This week is Shabbos Parshat Re’eh and Rosh Chodes Elul. Moses places before the Jewish people a blessing (if they follow the ways of G-d) and a curse (if they turn away from G-d). Go to synagogue and hear the Torah!
…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today. (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)