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Visiting Day: AN Overview

Visiting Day: AN Overview
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for Five Towns Jewish Times Parent: Well, son, your mother has been working hard all week. On a scale of 1 to 10, how badly do you want to see us this Sunday? Child: A ten. I really miss you all. Parent: Okay son, I will arrange for a van to bring you back into the city then. Child: What?? Wait, wait.. On second thought, maybe like 2 or 3? This Sunday, visiting day in the Catskills and beyond, virtually all people can be classified into 5 types: 1. These are people who are completely unaffected ...

Major Blaze Burning Out of Control in the Area of Even Sapir [UPDATED 3:01 PM IL]

Major Blaze Burning Out of Control in the Area of Even Sapir [UPDATED 3:01 PM IL]13:15 IL: A major forest fire continues burning out of control from Ein Keren to Even Sapir in the Jerusalem corridor. Firefighters are working with fire planes to bring the blaze under control. As the fire spread to Even Sapir, some residents have been evacuated from their homes. 13:35: chicken coops and at least one home now engulfed in the flames which continue to ...    Full Story »

Labor Court Orders Light Rail Employees Back to Work

Labor Court Orders Light Rail Employees Back to Work The Jerusalem Labor Court has ordered the union representing Jerusalem light rail workers to halt the unannounced strike and return to work immediately. CityPass, the company that runs the light rail, turned to the court to intervene, to order striking employees back to work. The unannounced Sunday morning 17 Menachem Avi strike halted light rail service, leaving about 140,000 daily ...    Full Story »

Israel Police Intervenes in Jerusalem Light Rail Strike

Israel Police Intervenes in Jerusalem Light Rail StrikeIsrael Police has sent a letter to Jerusalem light rail union officials after the latter launched a strike Sunday morning without any prior warning. Some 140,000 riders rely on the light rail daily and with vacation time upon us the ...    Full Story »

Police Arrest Rebitzen Grossman for Opposing Gay Pride March

Police Arrest Rebitzen Grossman for Opposing Gay Pride March Rebitzen Grossman was arrested by police on Thursday night 14 Menachem Av and later released. The rebitzen was taken into custody against on motzei Shabbos Nachamu in the Beis Yisrael neighborhood of the capital. Police have demanded that she return on Sunday, 17 Menachem Av for questioning. Her arrest led to protests in Meah Shearim on motzei Shabbos. It appears she was arrested ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Light Rail Strike on Sunday Morning

Jerusalem Light Rail Strike on Sunday MorningThe union representing drivers of the Jerusalem light rail have announced on Sunday morning 17 Menachem Av they will be striking, without prior warning. The strike surrounds a dispute surrounding negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. Management responded angrily, accusing the union of using the strike to increase pressure towards obtaining a deal, adding that the ...    Full Story »

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down SharplyMotorists are seeing sharply lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.48, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.43. This marks the sixth straight week that pump prices have fallen in New Jersey. The national ...    Full Story »

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease Dies

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease DiesA New York City health official says there likely will be more cases of Legionnaires' disease over the coming days amid an outbreak that has sickened dozens. Dr. Jay Varma tells The Associated Press Saturday he believes people may have been infected before the city cleaned cooling towers where the disease-causing bacteria had been found. City officials say four people have died ...    Full Story »

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's Evolution

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's EvolutionAmerica's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense ...    Full Story »

Woman Arrested After Jumping Barricade Near White House

Woman Arrested After Jumping Barricade Near White HouseThe Secret Service says a woman was arrested after jumping over a low barricade in front of the White House. The barricades have been placed several feet in front of the White House fence. They are roughly waist-high and described as "bike racks" by the Secret Service. According to a statement from the agency, a woman jumped over the barricade around 7 p.m. on Friday. She was ...    Full Story »

FAA: 'Unmanned Aircraft' Seen Flying Near NY Airport

FAA: 'Unmanned Aircraft' Seen Flying Near NY AirportFederal officials are investigating after a pilot reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened around 5 p.m. Friday. The FAA says Delta Flight 407 was about 1,400 feet off the ground when the pilot spotted the "unmanned aircraft system." The flight landed safely without having ...    Full Story »

Verizon Strike Possible As Contract Deadline Looms

Verizon Strike Possible As Contract Deadline LoomsVerizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week, the Communications Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract ...    Full Story »

Dems Still Weighing Iran Deal, But Happy With Obama Outreach

Dems Still Weighing Iran Deal, But Happy With Obama OutreachDetermined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama's personal lobbying at the White House this past week, part of the administration's all-out campaign since the pact was announced July 14. ...    Full Story »

Biden Aassociates Resume Discussion About Presidential Run

Biden Aassociates Resume Discussion About Presidential RunVice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice ...    Full Story »

Arrests Made In Hate Crime At Camp Agudah Midwest (1 opinions)

Arrests Made In Hate Crime At Camp Agudah MidwestAs YWN had reported on Sunday, The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says at least two people spray-painted a Nazi swastika on a sign at the entrance of Camp Agudah Midwest late Saturday or early Sunday. YWN had posted photos ...    Full Story »

Despite Bombing, ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago (2 opinions)

Despite Bombing, ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year AgoAfter billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq's collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria, particularly ...    Full Story »

Motzei Shabbos Rally Against the Israeli Right-Wing in Rabin Square (3 opinions)

Motzei Shabbos Rally Against the Israeli Right-Wing in Rabin Square“Enough Violence! Enough Incitement!” is the banner call behind the motzei Shabbos rally scheduled to take place at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv at 19:30. Sadly, the event will be a left-wing political anti-right-wing rally, which is set to begin well before the end of Shabbos, not an event calling for peace, tolerance and understanding. Mimicking the annual rally marking the ...    Full Story »

Tracing Back Debris To Find Flight 370 May Prove Impossible

Tracing Back Debris To Find Flight 370 May Prove ImpossibleIf it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck? Australian oceanographer David Griffin says that would be akin to using modeling of big-city crowd flows to try to ...    Full Story »

One Day After Demolition, Settlement Leaders Vow to Rebuild

One Day After Demolition, Settlement Leaders Vow to RebuildLess than twenty-four hours after Israeli security forces demolished two apartment buildings in Bet-El, a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, 14 Menachem Av in preparation for their rebuilding. The event was attended by Deputy-Foreign Minister (Likud) Tzipi Hotevely, MK (Bayit Yehudi) Bezalel Smotrich MK, MK (Likud) Oren Hazan, Chairman of the Yesha Council Avi Roeh, ...    Full Story »

NY Comptrollers Call On Polish PM To Restore Property To Holocaust Victims And Heirs (1 opinions)

NY Comptrollers Call On Polish PM To Restore Property To Holocaust Victims And HeirsOn Thursday, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, and California State Treasurer John Chiang released a joint letter to Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz calling on her government to adopt measures to restore real property and provide restitution to victims of the Holocaust. Seven decades after the end of World War II, Poland remains ...    Full Story »

Hamas Spokesman: All Israelis are Now Legitimate Targets (7 opinions)

Hamas Spokesman: All Israelis are Now Legitimate TargetsHamas spokesman Hussam Badran following the murder of an infant in the PA village of Duma in a suspected price tag attack told the media that now, all Israelis have become legitimate targets. He added “The ...    Full Story »

Shooting Attack Near Kochav HaShachar

Shooting Attack Near Kochav HaShacharAn Israeli vehicle traveling near Kochav HaShachar in the Binyamin Regional Council of the Shomron was targeted by gunfire in a drive-by shooting attack. While bullets did hit the vehicle, B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photos: חמל מבצעים)

Germany Shelves Nazi Crimes Probe Of US Man Accused Of Being SS Commander (2 opinions)

Germany Shelves Nazi Crimes Probe Of US Man Accused Of Being SS CommanderGerman prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. The decision came more than two years after the AP published a story establishing that Michael Karkoc commanded a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self ...    Full Story »

Statement from PM Netanyahu in Wake of the Murder of Ali Darawshe Killed In Arson Attack (3 opinions)

Statement from PM Netanyahu in Wake of the Murder of Ali Darawshe Killed In Arson AttackPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on erev Shabbos Nachamu issued the following statement in response to the suspected price tag attack in the PA (Palestinian Authority) village of Duma, leading to the death of Ali Darawshe and the injuring of his parents and 4-year-old brother. Some of them sustained serious burns over their entire bodies and remain in very serious condition in Sheba ...    Full Story »

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Legislation Assisting Nonprofits with High Energy Costs (1 opinions)

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Legislation Assisting Nonprofits with High Energy CostsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a comprehensive energy bill yesterday titled “The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015,” which included the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act (S.600)—bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and developed in close partnership with the Union of Orthodox Jewish ...    Full Story »

Ukrainian President to Kiev's Rabbi: 'We Won't Tolerate any Kind of Racism' (2 opinions)

Ukrainian President to Kiev's Rabbi: 'We Won't Tolerate any Kind of Racism'A unique encounter between various Ukrainian religious leaders occurred on Tuesday, 12 Menachem Av in Kiev. The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and Rabbi Yonatan Markowitz, Kiev's Rabbi, were among the participants. During the encounter a personal conversation took place between the two regarding the anti-Semitism in the Ukraine. Rabbi Markowitz who has been serving as a ...    Full Story »

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers To 'Look Before You Lock'

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers To 'Look Before You Lock'Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded parents and caregivers to “look before you lock” and remain aware of the dangers of leaving children in hot vehicles this summer. As part of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the Governor and several New York State agencies are raising awareness about the deadly consequences of leaving babies, toddlers, and young kids in cars, and ...    Full Story »
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Widespread Condemnations Following the Stabbing Attack at the Toeiva Parade in Yerushalayim (14 opinions)

Widespread Condemnations Following the Stabbing Attack at the Toeiva Parade in YerushalayimThe stabbing attack perpetrated during the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in the capital on Thursday, 14 Menachem Av, resulted in widespread condemnations from all walks of Israeli society. Channel 2 TV News reported on Thursday ...    Full Story »

Police Operations Move to Threat Level 3 Following Arson Attack

Police Operations Move to Threat Level 3 Following Arson AttackFollowing the deadly arson attack in the PA (Palestinian Authority) village of Duma during the night, police on Friday, erev Shabbos Nachamu moved to threat level 3, a heightened level of operations. Police also imposed restrictions for Muslims going to Friday prayers on Har Habayis, prohibiting all men under the age of 50 in the hope of preventing Islamic violence. Early Friday ...    Full Story »

Democrats Far Behind GOP In Raising Money For '16 Super PACs

Democrats Far Behind GOP In Raising Money For '16 Super PACsSix months into the 2016 race for president, Democrats are barely in the conversation when it comes to the groups known as super PACs. The groups will formally report their fundraising totals Friday to federal regulators. Unlike formal campaigns, they can accept contributions of any size. Most of those aligned with specific presidential candidates have already said how much they ...    Full Story »

Schlisel Arraigned and Remanded for 12 Days by Jerusalem Court (3 opinions)

Schlisel Arraigned and Remanded for 12 Days by Jerusalem CourtYishai Schlisel, the attacker who injured six persons at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on Thursday, 14 Menachem Av, was arraigned in the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on erev Shabbos. He was ordered held over for an additional 12 days as the investigation into the attack continues. Schlisel, who was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a 10-year prison term for attempted ...    Full Story »

Calls for Jerusalem Police Chief Edri to Step Down Following Stabbing Attack at Gay Parade (5 opinions)

Calls for Jerusalem Police Chief Edri to Step Down Following Stabbing Attack at Gay ParadeFollowing the Thursday afternoon 14 Menachem Av attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, many are demanding the immediate resignation of Jerusalem Police Chief Moshe Edri, blaming him for the colossal failure that permitted the ...    Full Story »

More Than 100 Headstones Toppled at Historic Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia

More Than 100 Headstones Toppled at Historic Jewish Cemetery in PhiladelphiaMore than 100 headstones were toppled at a historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. The groundskeeper of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery arrived around 6 a.m. Thursday to the burial ground along Bridge Street in the city’s Frankford section to find dozens of grave markers knocked down. The vandals knocked down 124 headstones, but didn't leave any marking or graffiti, said ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Two Victims Airlifted From Serious Crash On Route 17 And Exit 114 [UPDATED] (2 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Two Victims Airlifted From Serious Crash On Route 17 And Exit 114 [UPDATED][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] At least 6 victims were airlifted from a serious crash on Route 17, just after midnight on Friday morning. Sources tell YWN that Catskill Hatzolah received numerous calls at around 12:15Am reporting a two vehicle crash on Route 17 Westbound between Exits 114 and 114. Upon arrival, Hatzolah volunteers found two vehicles involved in the crash - one ...    Full Story »

Soldiers Under Attack at Kalandia Checkpoint: Rioter Shot in Hebron District [UPDATED 15:27 IL]

Soldiers Under Attack at Kalandia Checkpoint: Rioter Shot in Hebron District [UPDATED 15:27 IL]14:47 IL: Soldiers and border police manning the Kalandia checkpoint on a northern border of the capital are under attack by PA (Palestinian Authority) residents at this time. There are no immediate reports of injuries. In the Hebron district, IDF soldiers have shot and wounded a PA resident during rioting in the Abu Sanina area. B’chasdei Hashem there are no injuries reported ...    Full Story »

Eichler Comes to the Assistance of Parents of Disabled Children

Eichler Comes to the Assistance of Parents of Disabled ChildrenMK Yisrael Eichler, who heads the Knesset Ombudsman Committee, responded to calls from assistance from parents with severely disabled children. The parents were attending a session of the Knesset committee on Wednesday, 13 Menachem Av. Parents of disabled children were invited to take part in the session, which addressed their needs and their rights. The session addressed severely ...    Full Story »

Rioting Begins at the Entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City (3 opinions)

Rioting Begins at the Entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City 13:58 IL: As temperatures soar in Yerushalayim due to the heatwave police near one of the gates to the Old City are battling Arab rioters who are attacking them with stones, bottles and other objects. Border police continue to face off with attackers. One police man was injured by shards of glass. His injuries are reports as light. Israel Police has moved to level III alert ...    Full Story »

Israel: Gasoline Prices Expected to Drop by 25 Agorot a Liter

Israel: Gasoline Prices Expected to Drop by 25 Agorot a LiterWith the significant decline in the cost of a barrel of oil, has prices are expected to drop in Israel in the month of August from NIS 6.65 a liter to NIS 6.40 a liter. The new price, NIS 6.40/liter is the equivalent of $6.91/ per US gallon based on the exchange rate of 1$/3.7 NIS. The price listed is for ‘regular’ 95 octane gasoline at the self-service pump. If there are no ...    Full Story »

The 21 Sections of Parshas VaEschanam (1 opinions)

The 21 Sections of Parshas VaEschanamby Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Dedicated in honor of the yartzeit of the author's mother, Sarah bas HaRav Eliyahu, this week There are 21 Parshios in this Sidrah. 1. Moshe pleads to enter Eretz Yisroel What was the reason that Moshe Rabbeinu was not allowed to enter into Eretz Yisroel even after this plea? Rashi explains that it was on account of ...    Full Story »

Trump's Call For Mass Deportations Runs Into Messy Realities (9 opinions)

Trump's Call For Mass Deportations Runs Into Messy RealitiesIn one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. The ...    Full Story »

Tel Aviv Ranked World’s NUmber 1 Startup Ecosystem In Europe, Number 5 Worldwide (1 opinions)

Tel Aviv Ranked World’s NUmber 1 Startup Ecosystem In Europe, Number 5 WorldwideThe Compass Global Startup Ecosystem ranking was announced on Wednesday, 13 Menachem Av, placing the city of Tel Aviv as the #1 startup center in all of Europe and #5 globally. The report focused on the Tel Aviv ecosystem’s uniquely high-quality talent and consistent ability to develop high performing startups and attract global capital. “To be named the best startup ecosystem in ...    Full Story »


WATCH: MBD And Friends Sing For Yossi Piamenta Who Needs Rachamei Shomayim

A group of Jewish singers and superstars visited famed Jewish guitarist and singer Yossi Piamenta last week, and made a "Kumzits" for him. Yossi Piamenta has been battling a dreaded illness since being diagnosed more than a year ago, as thousands of his fans continue to pray for his recovery. Yossi has been Misameach thousands upon thousands of Chasanim and Kallah's at weddings in the past 35 years. His music has touched many of us, and many of his songs are played at weddings every night. Never the one to say no, Yossi would always drop all he was doing and run to hospital or private home to cheer up those suffering from illness and disease. May his amazing acts of chesed he did quietly for so many years serve as Zechus for his Refuah Shelaima. Please continue to be Mispallel for Yosef ben Genia. (Chaim Shaprio - YWN)

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