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ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash Site

ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash Site
A delegation of eight ZAKA International Rescue Unit volunteers left Israel on Monday morning 10 Nissan to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. ZAKA volunteers will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams. In particular, the ZAKA volunteers will work to recover, identify and bring the remains of Israeli Eyal Baum to a full Jewish burial in Israel. Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, ...

Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch Time

Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch TimeNegotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching, the top diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps and hammer out the ...    Full Story »

Chametz-Free Books for Pesach 5775

Chametz-Free Books for Pesach 5775[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  With Pesach time here, and all members of the family on the lookout for something to eat and for something to read, Israel Bookshop is proud to present our newest collection of fresh-off-the-press kosher l’Pesach books. We've got something for everyone--every age, every interest--and once you've chosen your picks, you can be sure that your Pesach is going ...    Full Story »

Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern University

Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern UniversityThe president of Northeastern University is reacting angrily to the discovery of swastikas on campus. The Nazi symbol was found drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. President Joseph Aoun said in an email to the campus community that "these actions are completely antithetical to the values of our university and ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With Paintballs

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With PaintballsThe NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime in Williamsburg. According to police, two Chasidic teenagers were hit with paintballs near Morton Street and Juliana Place on Saturday night. The 13- and 16-year-olds were walking with their grandfather at the time. He was not struck. The incident follows a previously reported paintball shooting involving a 41-year-old Chasidic ...    Full Story »

Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies Claim

Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies ClaimIran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike has killed two of its advisers in Iraq, though the U.S. said Monday it has only struck militants in its campaign against the Islamic State group. The claim came as negotiators on Monday attempted to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic have opposed as giving away too much to the ...    Full Story »

Turkish Flight Diverts to Casablanca Due to Bomb Threat

Turkish Flight Diverts to Casablanca Due to Bomb ThreatTurkish Airlines says it has diverted an Istanbul-to-Sao Paulo flight and is landing in Casablanca, Morocco, after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet. The airline says it is standard procedure to make an emergency landing under such circumstances. The airline said the Boeing 777 with the flight number TK15 is carrying 256 people. (AP)

JetBlue Computer Outage Causes Delays for Passengers

JetBlue Computer Outage Causes Delays for PassengersA computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said. JetBlue Airways said it had fixed a systemwide computer problem by 6:15 a.m. Eastern that has caused delays because the airline had to manually check in passengers. NBC News reported that the airline had to issue handwritten boarding passes to ...    Full Story »

Ariel Interested in Becoming Minister of Education

Ariel Interested in Becoming Minister of EducationHousing Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel told Galei Yisrael Radio on Sunday, 9 Nissan that it would be wonderful if his party was given the Education Ministry, adding he is interested in becoming the next minister of education. Ariel feels the ministry is among the most important cabinet posts available and he hopes his party will gain control of it as it is trying to do. When asked ...    Full Story »

Former PM Olmert Convicted in Talansky Cash Envelopes Case

Former PM Olmert Convicted in Talansky Cash Envelopes CaseThe Jerusalem District Court on Monday morning 10 Nissan handed down a conviction against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Talansky cash envelopes case. The former PM was acquitted over two years ago, but the case was reopened after it was decided to permit the prosecution to submit new evidence in the case. Over seven months since the case was reopened, a conviction was ...    Full Story »

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established Collectors

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established CollectorsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was visibly distraught this evening at the discovery today of abandoned shaimos (books or other sacred objects which can no longer be used but may not be destroyed) on McDonald Avenue and Avenue M. “This is terribly upsetting,” said the Assemblyman as he lifted a Chumash and a siddur from among the pile of garbage. “Who would do such a ...    Full Story »

MK Porush on the Ongoing Coalition Process

MK Porush on the Ongoing Coalition ProcessYahadut Hatorah MK Meir Porush is a member of the Yahadut Hatorah coalition negotiating team. He tells the media that he personally does not believe Labor party leader Yitzchak Herzog is about to enter into a coalition government headed by PM Netanyahu. Porush stated that during his election campaign, Herzog cited what he perceives as being wrong with the Netanyahu administration in the ...    Full Story »

A Birthday Gift for the Boyaner Rebbe's Birthday (3 opinions)

A Birthday Gift for the Boyaner Rebbe's BirthdayOn erev Shabbos 7 Nissan many chassidim were seen in the Boyaner Beis Medrash in Yerushalayim, learning before candle lighting as a birthday gift to the Rebbe Shlita. In recent years the rebbe’s birthday marked by chassidim by working to raise funds for the various mosdos of the chassidus. This year the decision was made to give the rebbe a different gift for his birthday, and on ...    Full Story »

Kulanu Willing to Meet with Likud Coalition Negotiators (2 opinions)

Kulanu Willing to Meet with Likud Coalition NegotiatorsKulanu party head Moshe Kahlon to date refused to enter into coalition talks with Likud negotiators after hearing the control of the Knesset Finance Committee has been given to Yahadut Hatorah. During the election campaign Kahlon stated he would not enter any coalition unless appointed finance minister. While receiving the post, he objects to the prime minister’s decision to hand over ...    Full Story »

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of Passover

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of PassoverMetropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty today announced that recent analysis shows that there are more than 300,000 people living in approximately 80,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households that keep kosher (Jewish dietary laws), according to data collected in the most recent The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by UJA-Federation of NY in consultation ...    Full Story »

Bayit Yehudi MK-Elect Still Down on PM Netanyahu (1 opinions)

Bayit Yehudi MK-Elect Still Down on PM NetanyahuMK-elect Yinon Magal of Bayit Yehudi is among the audible voices expressing criticism against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Magal feels that Likud is not true to its word in its dealing with Bayit Yehudi as a senior coalition partner. Yinon spoke with Channel 10 on motzei Shabbos 8 Nissan, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of not offering cabinet posts to members of ...    Full Story »

The Rebbe of Lubavitch or The Lubavitcher Rebbe? (1 opinions)

The Rebbe of Lubavitch or The Lubavitcher Rebbe?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Rabbi Manis Friedman will lead a free tele-conference Farbrengen in honor of Yud Alef Nisson, celebrating 113 years since the birth of the Rebbe.   In this unique and inspirational farbrengen, Rabbi Friedman will address the following questions:   Just how universal is the Rebbe's message?  Are Tzaddikim ever truly appreciated by ...    Full Story »

FIRST SHAIMOS SCANDAL OF 2015: Shaimos Found All Over McDonald Avenue And Avenue M (8 opinions)

FIRST SHAIMOS SCANDAL OF 2015: Shaimos Found All Over McDonald Avenue And Avenue MOnce again, there are Shaimos trucks around the Frum communities, offering their services to bury your shaimos according to halacha. Unfortunately, as YWN has reported numerous times throughout the years, there are people who take advantage of this money-making operation, and are not doing anything close to following Halachic guidelines in how to properly deal with Shaimos. In previous ...    Full Story »

A Look at the Public Transportation Schedule in Yerushalayim for Pesach

A Look at the Public Transportation Schedule in Yerushalayim for PesachTransportation officials in Yerushalayim are finalizing plans for Pesach as hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected throughout the yomtov week. Buses and the light run will run on a special holiday schedule in many areas and there will be buses exclusively to serve areas that are popular during yomtov, including holy sites and shopping areas. The prime focus of course is on ...    Full Story »

Kikiriki Black and White Shells $13.99!! – Ends Tomorrow - Don’t Miss It

Kikiriki Black and White Shells $13.99!! – Ends Tomorrow - Don’t Miss ItSave 20% or more on Linda Leal and modest clothing at Shell Sheli Pre-Pesach Sale! You do not want to miss our biggest sale of the year!! For one week only and just in time for Pesach, all black and white Kikiriki shells are discounted to a rock bottom $13.99! Just about all styles and cuts of shells can be purchased for this incredible price for only one more day! Plus, take 20% ...    Full Story »

Petach Tikvah: A Battle Underway to Prevent the Opening of a Pork Store (3 opinions)

Petach Tikvah: A Battle Underway to Prevent the Opening of a Pork StoreChareidi parties are leading the battle to prevent the opening of a store selling pork products in Petach Tikvah. The new store is set to open in the coming weeks in proximity to the Segulah Cemetery. The chareidi parties and askanim are battling the opening of the store in the courts as well as via public opinion including protests. Shas leader in the city Oriel Bosso told Kikar ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei Zion

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei ZionIn the wake of last week’s horrific tragedy, Councilman David G. Greenfield and Councilman Mark Treyger are teaming up this Monday night with the Fire Department of New York for a night on fire safety, prevention and education. It will be held at Congregation Shaare Zion at 2030 Ocean Parkway at 7:30pm. This crucial seminar will offer advice and key tips on what to when a dangerous ...    Full Story »

Druse Citizen in Custody for Passing Information to the Syrians

Druse Citizen in Custody for Passing Information to the SyriansAn indictment was filed against a Druse citizen in the Nazareth District Court alleging he spied against Israeli by passing information to Syrians. The defendant, Sudki el-Makat, 48, a resident of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, is accused of passing classified information including photographs and information pertaining to IDF activities in the area of the Golan to foreign agents ...    Full Story »

A Painfully Unforgettable Friday Night Seuda for 250 IDF Paratroopers (1 opinions)

A Painfully Unforgettable Friday Night Seuda for 250 IDF ParatroopersApproximately 250 paratroopers in the 202nd Battalion who spent Shabbos on the Golan Heights explain the food they received on Friday night for dinner had a bad smell. The soldiers are taking part in a major training exercise in the area. The soldiers told officials in the camp the food did not smell good, speaking about the sautéed chicken they were served. The food was not ...    Full Story »

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion Site

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion SiteEmergency workers found a body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police said. No identification was immediately released. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men, both believed to have been inside a ground floor sushi restaurant at the time of the explosion: 26-year-old Moises Lucon, ...    Full Story »
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Former Labor Party Leader Yacimovich on Election Results (1 opinions)

Former Labor Party Leader Yacimovich on Election ResultsFormer Labor party leader MK Shelly Yacimovich speaks of the mistakes made during the campaign. Speaking with Walla News, Yacimovich did not place the blame for Labor’s loss on the shoulders of any one person. She explained that clearly, the voters wanted Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. She feels one of the mistakes made was not securing a deal with Shaul Mofaz on the party ...    Full Story »

NY Comptroller Reports $1B In February Tax Refunds

NY Comptroller Reports $1B In February Tax RefundsNew York’s comptroller reports approving 1.2 million personal tax refunds in February for $1 billion. In its monthly report, the comptroller’s office, responsible for reviewing state contracts and payments, says it also approved $116.8 million for 19,000 corporate and other tax refunds and $44 million for 325,000 property tax freeze credits. At the same time, the office ...    Full Story »

Stern Turns to Knesset Speaker to Assist those About to be Unemployed Before Yomtov (3 opinions)

Stern Turns to Knesset Speaker to Assist those About to be Unemployed Before YomtovOutgoing MK Elazar Stern, who was not elected to the 20th Knesset, intervened on behalf of Knesset parliamentary aides and advisors who are about to be unemployed since they will not enter the 20th Knesset. Hence they must find others jobs in the coming weeks. Stern, number 12 on the Yesh Atid list which only earned 11 seats, interceded on their behalf by turning to Knesset Speaker ...    Full Story »

One Body Located In Rubble At Manhattan Building Collapse

One Body Located In Rubble At Manhattan Building CollapseThe FDNY says that one body has just been located under the rubble of the last weeks building collapse on 2nd Avenue and East 7th Street. There is still one person missing. Meanwhile, some of the debris from explosion and fire in Manhattan's East Village is being taken to a secure site where it will be examined again for any human remains. An official with knowledge of the ...    Full Story »

Slomiansky: PM Netanyahu Should Address Us as if We Have 12 Mandates (7 opinions)

Slomiansky: PM Netanyahu Should Address Us as if We Have 12 MandatesAs coalition talks are underway tensions are increasing between the Likud and Bayit Yehudi parties. On erev Shabbos 7 Nissan, outgoing Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee (Bayit Yehudi) Nissim Slomiansky spoke with the media about the breakdown in communications between the parties. Slomiansky explained that while his party only earned 8 seats in the new Knesset, Prime Minister ...    Full Story »

Struggle to Explain What Motivated Co-Pilot in Doomed Flight (2 opinions)

Struggle to Explain What Motivated Co-Pilot in Doomed FlightA disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside. There may never be a convincing explanation for such devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders such as extreme narcissism can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the ...    Full Story »

Thief Apprehended Trying to Sell a Stolen Sefer Torah (2 opinions)

Thief Apprehended Trying to Sell a Stolen Sefer TorahA Torah thief was apprehended while trying to sell a stolen Sifrei Torah. A store owner in Rishon L’Tzion was offered a stolen Torah for 1,000 NIS. The store owner came to police and explained how someone off the street tried selling a Sefer Torah to him for 1,000 NIS. The store owner negotiated a deal with the thief that he would give him 200 shekels and hundreds of shekels would ...    Full Story »

Eli Yishai is Taking His Case to Court (9 opinions)

Eli Yishai is Taking His Case to CourtYachad party head Eli Yishai explains that after consulting with “Daas Torah” he is going to take his case to the judicial system, convinced his party failed to meet the minimum threshold to enter the 20th Knesset due to foul play. Yishai used a video to reach out to activists, thanking them once again for their support and hard work. He promised them he would continue working ...    Full Story »

AP Exclusive: Before Leak, NSA Mulled Ending Phone Program

AP Exclusive: Before Leak, NSA Mulled Ending Phone ProgramThe National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA ...    Full Story »

Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (21 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 ...    Full Story »

Lying About Zionism - An Analysis (9 opinions)

Lying About Zionism - An Analysis[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Many in the Yeshiva world are now faced with a halachic quandary. On the one hand, Yeshiva trained individuals are adamantly opposed to the Conservative and Reform movement making inroads in Eretz Yisroel. It is almost universally recognized among all religious elements that the agenda of the Reform and Conservative movements in Eretz Yisroel is destructive to ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu on US Relations & Possible US Deal with Iran

PM Netanyahu on US Relations & Possible US Deal with IranAt the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, 9 Nissan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the following remarks to members of the media regarding US relations with Israel and a possible deal between the United States and Iran. "I have just come from a conversation with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic ...    Full Story »

Facebook Page Makes Drastic Changes Following Release of OJPAC Video (7 opinions)

Facebook Page Makes Drastic Changes Following Release of OJPAC Video The 'BLOCK the BLOCK VOTE' Facebook page unabashedly aimed its venom at the Orthodox Community of Rockland County and beyond. It openly blamed Orthodox Jews for Rockland's 'entire' financial catastrophe. The name of the page, its profile and background photos, its bio, description, and many posts created a breeding ground for anti-Orthodox bigotry. After OJPAC publicly called out the ...    Full Story »

Utility Found 'Hazardous Situation' Months Before NYC Blast (1 opinions)

Utility Found 'Hazardous Situation' Months Before NYC BlastMore than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company. On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (21 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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