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White House Unveils Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

White House Unveils Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs
The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs, so that they are no longer effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses each year in the United States. The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have ...

Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For Tefillos (1 opinions)

Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For TefillosFollowing three weeks of hospitalization, officials at Bnei Brak's Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital report that the condition of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita is critical. It appears physicians have not been successful in battling the pneumonia he was diagnosed with upon his arrival. Leading Gedolim have issued a Kol Koreh calling on Klal Yisroel to be Mispallel. It was signed ...    Full Story »

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband InfrastructureWhen vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places. Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, ...    Full Story »

Kol Chamira and Bitul Chometz

Kol Chamira and Bitul Chometz[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] We say this Aramaic text just before Pesach every year. We recite it once in the evening and again in the morning. What is behind the wording of Bitul Chometz? According to Torah law we can dispose of our Chometz before Pesach either by Biur- destruction or by Bitul – negation. By Rabbinic law, however, we must do both – the destruction and the ...    Full Story »

New Jersey: Pulaski Skyway To Close On Weekends During Spring

New Jersey: Pulaski Skyway To Close On Weekends During SpringMore work begins this weekend on the Pulaski Skyway that will force drivers to use alternate routes. Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, contractors will remove and install floor beams on the 83-year-old span. New deck panels also will be added to the north side. The bridge will be closed in both directions over the course of eight weekends through the end of ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You (6 opinions)

Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You According to most analysts, the recent anti-Netanyahu blitz by President Obama has been nearly unprecedented in the US-Israel relationship. It seems that the Obama administration viewed the Israeli election results as a tragedy that they simply couldn’t cope with. First came silence, then denial, and now vicious anger and rage. In case you missed it, Obama chose the Huffington Post, ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street Building

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street BuildingThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspect wanted for "assault" in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Police tell YWN that on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 11:55PM, the suspect followed the victim, a 36-year-old female, into her building on South 3 Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Once on the third floor, the suspect assaulted the victim. The ...    Full Story »

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC Blast

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC BlastAuthorities say two people are unaccounted for following an apparent gas explosion that leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village. The mayor's office said Friday morning that the two individuals were not yet official missing person reports. Nineteen people were injured, four critically after an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying on ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel of America Appoints Rabbi Yosef C. Golding as Chief Operating Officer

Agudath Israel of America Appoints Rabbi Yosef C. Golding as Chief Operating OfficerWith the continued growth of Agudath Israel of America, and the expansion of its activities on the local and national scenes, the organization's board of trustees has announced the appointment of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding to fill a newly created position, that of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rabbi Golding currently serves as Executive Director of RCCS, the Rofeh Cholim Cancer ...    Full Story »

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC Blast

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC BlastAn hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The powerful blast on Thursday in the East Village caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement

VIDEO: Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term. The longtime Nevada Democrat announced the decision in a YouTube video message. Appearing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exercising accident, Reid said the injury has caused him and his family to have a "little down-time," giving ...    Full Story »

Syria's Assad Says 'Open' to Dialogue With United States (1 opinions)

Syria's Assad Says 'Open' to Dialogue With United StatesSyrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect." Assad made the remarks in an interview with Charlie Rose for CBS News' 60 Minutes. A short excerpt of the interview was posted online late Thursday. In the clip, Assad said that, in principle, "every dialogue is a positive thing, and we are ...    Full Story »

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid Illness (2 opinions)

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid IllnessGermanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz's homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, ...    Full Story »

AP Exclusive: Special Ops Troops Using Flawed Intel Software

AP Exclusive: Special Ops Troops Using Flawed Intel SoftwareSpecial operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be ...    Full Story »

Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP ReportsThe United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed ...    Full Story »

Israeli Dayanim Fill Void Created by Israel's Supreme Court Decision to Remove Jurisdiction of Rabbinical Courts Over Monetary Matters (1 opinions)

Israeli Dayanim Fill Void Created by Israel's Supreme Court Decision to Remove Jurisdiction of Rabbinical Courts Over Monetary MattersA prominent group of rabbanim and lay leaders met on March 18th for the first meeting of a newly formed Board of Directors in support of the Center for Arbitration and Mediation in Israel. The meeting was hosted by prominent Jewish leader Phil Rosen at Weil Gotshal. It has been over eight years since Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the rabbinical courts of the Chief Rabbinate had ...    Full Story »

IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone PamOn Friday, March 13, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam lashed down on Vanuatu with category 5 conditions. On March 15, Vanuatu declared a state of emergency. President Baldwin Lonsdale called for international support while at a conference in Japan with UN agencies and IsraAID, stating, "I appeal on behalf of the government and people of Vanuatu to the global community to give a lending hand ...    Full Story »

Mentally Stable at 38,000 Feet: Can You Trust Your Pilot? (1 opinions)

Mentally Stable at 38,000 Feet: Can You Trust Your Pilot?Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust. They greet us at the door of the plane in their crisp, military-style uniforms, then welcome us aboard with that familiar soothing drawl over the PA system as we buckle ourselves in. When there's turbulence, they offer reassurance. And when the plane safely touches down, they invite us to fly with them again. Now, that feeling ...    Full Story »

Frum Man R"L Killed After Falling Off Ladder In Brooklyn [UPDATED 8:44PM] (11 opinions)

Frum Man RSources confirm to YWN that the victim who fell off a ladder earlier in Brooklyn, has R"L been Niftar at the hospital. Doctors at the Lutheran Trauma Center tried desperately to save the mans life, but he was Niftar due to massive internal injuries. Additional information will be published pending proper notifications. Earlier article follows below: A man was reportedly in ...    Full Story »

In Search of the Historical Pharoah (2 opinions)

In Search of the Historical Pharoah[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] The Gemorah in Psachim (116b) informs us that, in each generation, we are obligated to view ourselves as if we actually left Mitzrayim. Indeed, in Michtav MeEliyahu, Rav Dessler writes that since time does not progress linearly, but rather travels in a carousel like circle, the 15th of Nissan of the year 2448 is actually the very same 15th of Nissan of our own ...    Full Story »

NYC: WiFi Service Now Available at 100 Subway Stops (1 opinions)

NYC: WiFi Service Now Available at 100 Subway StopsTransit Wireless announced today that it has commenced the construction of Phase 4 of the cell phone and Wi-Fi service expansion to additional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) underground subway stations located in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. The company also announced that it now has over 100 stations wired and online and is on track to wire all 279 underground stations ...    Full Story »

Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education Portfolio (2 opinions)

Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education PortfolioMembers of the Vaad Rabbonim who advise Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett are pushing him to try to take control of the Ministry of Education, which was in the hands of Yesh Atid in the outgoing Knesset. Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Rabbi Eitan Eiseman, Rabbi Isser Klonsky, and Rabbi Chaim Steiner explain to Bennett and faction members that the Education Ministry is a valuable ...    Full Story »

Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist Attack (1 opinions)

Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist AttackAn Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged that he could kill at least 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing their arrests. Hasan R. Edmonds, the 22-year-old guardsman, was ...    Full Story »

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds took part in the hachnasas Sefer Torah in memory of the victims of the Har Nof terror attack that occurred in Kehillas Bnei Torah in the Har Nof neighborhood of Yerushalayim four ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen Hospitalized

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen HospitalizedNew York City's mayor says preliminary evidence suggests a gas-related explosion is to blame for a fire and building collapse in Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work inside one building, which then partially collapsed in a fire and blast that ultimately affected four buildings near New York University and ...    Full Story »

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building Collapse

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building CollapseMayor Bill de Blasio: We want to give you an update about the tragedy that's occurred here at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. Everything we're going to tell you is preliminary, based on the information we have at this moment. Obviously, investigation underway – a lot of information being gathered, so we'll be giving you regular updates. I'd like to first acknowledge and thank for ...    Full Story »
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Yachad Activists Remanded to House Arrest (1 opinions)

Yachad Activists Remanded to House ArrestThree Yachad party activists suspected of throwing a firebomb at the Har Nof, Jerusalem home of Eli Yishai were brought to a remand hearing on Wednesday 5 Nissan. The court remanded all three to house arrest for five days. Two of the suspects are minors. They are also banned from Jerusalem until May 10, 2015. It appears they are supporters of Yachad and came to the rally in support ...    Full Story »

Safety Experts: Air Crash in Alps Raises Need for 3rd Pilot

Safety Experts: Air Crash in Alps Raises Need for 3rd PilotFrench prosecutors' assertion that this week's air crash of a German airliner into a rugged mountainside was a deliberate act of the co-pilot points to the possible need for a third pilot in airline cockpits, several aviation safety experts said Thursday. "The flight deck is capable of accommodating three pilots and there shouldn't ever be a situation where there is only one person ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Moments after Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building

WATCH: Moments after Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building The Following is VIA Breaking911.com The video below shows the minutes after a explosion rocked a 7 story building. The area has been declared a 7 alarm fire with over 250 firefighters at the scene. Unconfirmed reports state that a person was seen running ...    Full Story »

Rav Lazerson of Chinuch Atzmai Hospitalized With Heart Attack Following Sassoon Levaya (1 opinions)

Rav Lazerson of Chinuch Atzmai Hospitalized With Heart Attack Following Sassoon LevayaThe head of Chinuch Atzmai, Rabbi Avrohom Lazerson, was hospitalized during the week in Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Rabbi Lazerson was not feeling well and it has since been determined that he suffered a heart attack. Not too long after delivering his hesped at the levaya for the seven Sassoon children he was not feeling well and he got himself to the hospital. Rabbi Lazerson ...    Full Story »

Hatzalah of Miami Dade And Chai Lifeline Hosting Fire Safety Event Along Miami Dade Fire Rescue

Hatzalah of Miami Dade And Chai Lifeline Hosting Fire Safety Event Along Miami Dade Fire RescueAfter the horrific event that took place in Brooklyn NY,Chai Lifeline Southeast, Hatzalah of Miami-Dade, and Miami Dade Fire Rescue will be hosting an event to help ensure the fire safety & protection of the community during the Pesach season. Important fire safety information and FREE SMOKE DETECTORS will be distributed. The event will be held this Monday March 30, 2015, at ...    Full Story »

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured (4 opinions)

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured[VIDEOS A PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An apartment building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, two nearby buildings began burning and several people were injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park area. Flames were ...    Full Story »

MK Shaked: Likud Is Not Keeping its Campaign Commitments (1 opinions)

MK Shaked: Likud Is Not Keeping its Campaign CommitmentsBayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked feels the Likud party is not keeping its word, referring to statements from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Naftali Bennett that the first coalition phone call from the prime minister will be made to Bennett. What Shaked fails to mention is that when Mr. Netanyahu made the statement, polls showed Bayit Yehudi receiving a double digit number of seats. ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.69 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.69 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.69 percent from 3.78 percent last week. The average rate for a 15-year mortgage, popular with homeowners ...    Full Story »

Here are the Winners of the $100K Raffle from Regional Bikur Cholim

Here are the Winners of the $100K Raffle from Regional Bikur Cholim[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Regional Bikur Cholim drew the winning tickets for its 2015 fundraising raffle on Wednesday evening, including a $100,000 grand prize ticket held by Chaim Tangy – England. Ten additional tickets were drawn, held by: 4 tickets to Israel or $5,000 Cash – Howard Tzvi Friedman – Baltimore Family Florida Vacation – Avrohom Kraus – Monroe Kiki ...    Full Story »

OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for Passover

OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for PassoverOU Kosher announces special OU Kosher Hotline hours to assist with Passover preparations. The following are the hotline's extended hours: · Sunday, March 29: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. · Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. · Friday, April 3: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Erev Yom Tov) The kosher hotline number is 212-613-8241. “OU Kosher’s extended ...    Full Story »

As You Clean for Pesach - Sell Your Old Stuff on YWN FREE Classifieds

As You Clean for Pesach - Sell Your Old Stuff on YWN FREE ClassifiedsWe know that as you clean for Pesach, inevitably you will find things that need to disappear. Use the YWN Classifieds to sell or give away any excess items in your Pesach cleaning war path. The classified section is also a great resource for jobs and other helpful listings. The link can be found at the top of ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (12 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Chananya Begun and New Sound Productions is proud to present a brand new concept: Featuring Mendy J, this is a new video titled Habeit - Reimagined. Based on the legendary Abie Rotenberg's composition, Mendy J delivers an incredible performance. His vocals truly capture the essence of what this song is - a heartfelt cry to Hashem. Take that, and add on Chananya's well known cutting edge approach to musical arrangement, but an arrangement that brings out that emotion even more. What happens is something that is truly astounding, combining various aspects of Jewish Music as you have never heard it before. This music video was shot in a way that brings out that raw emotion and creativity to the viewer. This is a song of hope, so let us be hopeful for Am Yisroel, even in the toughest of times. Uvechol Zos, shimcha lo shachachnu.

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R' Gavriel Sassoon Gives YWN Edited Version of 'Cry No More' Recording Without Kol Isha (4 opinions)

article-blaze1-0322The attached audio / video has been given to YWN by R' Gavriel Sassoon, and has been edited of all Kol Isha. Last Year on Chanukah the entire Sassoon family gathered in a music studio,  and recorded themselves singing Yaakov Shwekey's "Cry No More".

Mr. Sassoon was distraught after learning that the audio with his wife and daughters singing had gone viral, and made sure that a new version was edited in a music studio today. The audio was subsequently given to YWN to share.

Listen to the song as it takes on a whole new meaning in light of recent events....

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