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The Met Council has just carried out its biggest food distribution of the year, providing 2.65 million pounds of Pesach packages to more than 50,000 Jewish households in the New York area. “You don’t have to be poor to be needy,” says council head William Rapfogel, who’s spent the last two decades alleviating the pain and hopelessness of thousands of New York’s elderly, poor, and crisis-ridden.
Officials in Jerusalem and Washington hailed President Obama’s visit as a rousing success. But a central issue of tension between Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu — Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria — is likely to retake center stage after Secretary of State John Kerry’s follow-up visit, and the spotlight might again shine on the most controversial of these projects: the tract of land known as E-1, which could be a key to Jerusalem’s future.