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January 11, 2013  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Orthodox Jewish parents of Florida teen file motion to keep her on life support

The Orthodox Jewish parents of a Florida Jewish teen on life support have filed a motion in court to prevent the hospital from removing life-sustaining machines. Danielle Zfat, 19, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor 14 months ago, is hospitalized at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. She entered the hospital in late November and was placed on life support, according to the local television station WSVN.

According to the motion filed with a local court, the hospital indicated that as of Jan. 3 it would remove life support. As Orthodox Jews, the Zfat family does not believe in removing life support. A family attorney, Manachem Mayberg, told WSVN that hospital doctors asked Danielle if she wanted to remain on life support and she blinked her eyes once to signify yes.

The hospital released a statement Jan. 9, “Our hearts and compassion are with the family at this difficult time. Due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to discuss the medical aspects of this case, except to say that it was not the hospital’s intention to remove life support. As an institution that values deeper caring, we do our utmost to respect religious and cultural beliefs.”

Israel to build Syrian border security fence

Israel will erect a security fence along its border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We know that on other side of our border with Syria today, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, Global Jihad forces have moved in,” Netanyahu said. The fence, which will be nearly identical to the one erected on the border with Egypt, will defend the border with Syria “against both infiltration and terrorism,” he said.

Israel has stayed out of the deadly civil war going on in Syria, but several Syrian mortar shells have crossed into Israeli territory in recent months. Israel responded with warning shots fired into Syria.

Dutch city begins restoring ancient mikvah

The Dutch city of Venlo began restoring a recently discovered mikvah – the oldest proof of Jewish life in the country. The Venlo ritual bath was excavated whole in 2005, a year after it was discovered by chance during construction work in the southern city’s center. It is being reassembled in the Limurgs Museum and will remain there on display, the city said.

Dated to 1340, the mikvah is believed to have remained in use for 30 years. Prior to the discovery, historians only had proof of permanent Jewish presence in the Netherlands close to the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition, which began in 1492.

In 2005, the mikvah was extracted from the ground in a complicated engineering operation that allowed it to be pulled out in one block measuring 25 feet by 30 feet and weighing 180 tons, according to the TV network L1.


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