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Explosion Terror Related
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An explosion
in an Egyptian natural gas line in the
Sinai Peninsula, which cut off supplies
to Israel, was the result of terrorism,
according to an Egyptian investigation.
Egyptian Judge Abdel Nasser el-
Tayeb, the chief investigator of the Feb.
5 explosion, said last week that four
masked gunmen set off explosives in
the gas terminal by remote control after
restraining the guards, according to
testimony by the guards, the Associated
The head of Egypt's natural gas com-
pany had said the explosion was caused
by a gas leak.
Gas supply also was cut off to Jordan,
according to reports. Gas should re-flow
to Israel this week.
About half of Israel's electricity comes
from natural gas from Egyptian and
Israeli sources. Egypt began pumping gas
to Israel in 2008 as part of a 15-year con-
tract. Prior to six years ago, all of Israel's
electricity was generated by imported
coal and oil, according to the Jerusalem
WASHINGTON (JTA) --
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
spoke for the first time
since she was shot Jan.
8. A spokesman for
Giffords, D-Ariz., told
CNN on Feb. 9 that she
had asked for toast.
Giffords is in a recov-
ery facility in Houston.
Ex-Wife Denied A 'Get' Can Sue
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Tel Aviv court
upheld the right of women denied a reli-
gious divorce by their husbands to sue for
damages. The District Court ruled that
an Israeli woman who has been refused a
religious divorce, or get, by her husband
for the past 16 years has the right to
receive nearly $200,000 in damages that
had been awarded by a family court.
"The respondent had the right to a get
from the moment she wanted one, and all
the more so when she married the appel-
lant at the age of 24, was with him for all
of three months, and knew no comfort
from him:' the judge wrote in a decision.
"Today, almost 40 years old, she continues
"I am overjoyed to see that the United
Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is at
last taking a good, hard look at itself and
attempting to become a more thoughtful,
meaningful and relevant part of the
Conservative movement. We need a strong, vibrant USCJ
that can help us face the challenges of the modern era."
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield, in response to the USCJ-
Hayom: The Coalition for the Transformation of Conservative Judaism consensus plan for the
future of the USCJ and perhaps all of Conservative Judaism.
to suffer from his cruelty towards her. He
prevents, and prevented her, from experi-
encing life's joys, establishing a family, and
especially from having children. We are
talking about immeasurable damage that
increases by the day."
In Jewish law, a woman may not remar-
ry until she receives a religious divorce
from her husband. A woman refused this
get is called an agunah, or chained woman.
The National Council of Jewish Women
welcomed the court's decision, calling it
an important precedent for women in the
Jewish diaspora as well.
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