News Sparks: New Plans for Lag Ba’omer in Meron will include 20,000 Maximum; 12-Year-Old Boy in Israel dies in Apartment fire and more

News Sparks: New Plans for Lag Ba’omer in Meron will include 20,000 Maximum; 12-Year-Old Boy in Israel dies in Apartment fire and more

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New Plans for Lag Ba’omer in Meron will include 20,000 Maximum

After last year's Meron disaster, Israeli officials plan to announce an organized system for this year's commemoration. 

According to the new plan, only 20,000 people will be allowed at the site at once, giving access to about 100,000 throughout the day and only one central fire will be allowed at the tzion. 

“I embarked on a holy project to organize the event and ensure that it takes place in the best and safest way possible,” Meron Project Manager Zvika Tesler said.

 12-Year-Old Boy in Israel dies in Apartment fire

A 12-year-old boy was killed and a 49-year-old man injured in an apartment blaze that broke out Tuesday late afternoon. It was in a 4th-floor apartment on Daniel Street where the brutal fire erupted.

“When we reached the road we saw flames and smoke coming out of the top story,” said Magen David Adom medic Oren Bril.

The source of the fire has not yet been identified.

The National Debt Reaches over $30 Trillion, First Time Ever

For the first time in history, the U.S. national debt has surpassed the $30 trillion mark, the Treasury Department said this week.

The U.S. government exceeded the $30 trillion mark much faster than expected due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the Trump and Biden administrations dispersed stimulus payments and took other measures to support the economy.

The astronomical number is equivalent to $231,000 per US household, according to the peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Antisemite in Chicago Arrested for Multiple Hate Crimes

Shahid Hussein has been arrested and is facing several hate crime charges for vandalizing various Jewish institutions and businesses in Chicago over the weekend.

Hussein spray painted a yellow swastika on the wall of the F.R.E.E. Shul and caused damage to several Jewish properties among other antisemitic crimes. After a long history of arrests, the 39-year-old is now facing charges with multiple allegations.


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