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What is in a Name?

What is in a Name?
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This past Shabbos, many girls were named at the reading of the Torah. One of the most common names that is given to baby girls of late is "Shira." The name, however, is not without controversy. Once, Jewish names used to be relatively easy to identify. Moshe and Dovid, these were Jewish names. Chris, Winston, Thaddeus, and Peter – these were not Jewish names. True, there was one of the Baalei HaTosfos whose name was Rabbeinu Pehter, but by and large this was an ...

Trump, Clinton Spar For National Security Upper Hand

Trump, Clinton Spar For National Security Upper HandIn their struggle for the upper hand on national security, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are emphasizing strikingly different themes - he as the bold and cunningly unpredictable strongman who will eliminate terrorism; she as the calm, conventional commander in chief who will manage all manner of crises. Terrorism is Trump's national security touchstone, and the Islamic State group ...    Full Story »

This Family With Three Small Children Is Forced To Live In Their Sukkah - They Need Your Help

Trump, Clinton Spar For National Security Upper HandClick HERE To Support This Family These Three Small Children Are Stranded Out in the Heat, Forced to Live in a Sukkah. They Need Your Help! It is a painful sight to see. A family's only belongings scattered on the dirt next to a sukkah. A baby's crib out in the heat. Three small children ...    Full Story »

Bill Clinton And Tim Kaine: Trump Lacks Empathy For Khans

Bill Clinton And Tim Kaine: Trump Lacks Empathy For KhansHillary Clinton's top surrogates are taking aim at rival Donald Trump for criticizing the bereaved mother of a Muslim Army captain, a comment that sparked outrage across the political spectrum on Saturday. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine expressed shock that the GOP nominee would attack Ghazala Khan for not speaking during her husband's address to the Democratic ...    Full Story »

Officials: 16 People Killed In Texas Hot-Air Balloon Crash

Officials: 16 People Killed In Texas Hot-Air Balloon Crash A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not appear to be any survivors, authorities said. Authorities would not confirm the exact number of deaths, but Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said the balloon was carrying at least 16 people and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said in a ...    Full Story »

Pentagon Says No US Military Support For Turkey Coup

Pentagon Says No US Military Support For Turkey CoupThe Pentagon on Friday flatly rejected allegations by Turkey's president that the U.S. military was somehow involved in or in any way supported the recent failed coup in that country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the U.S. Friday and criticized a senior military commander who had expressed concerns that the violent July 15 coup could have longer-term impact on ...    Full Story »

Donald Trump Speech Beats Hillary Clinton In TV Viewership

Donald Trump Speech Beats Hillary Clinton In TV ViewershipDonald Trump pulled off the upset — at least in television popularity. Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by 29.8 million people on the commercial networks, the Nielsen company said Friday. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the Republicans a week before. Trump, who used to carefully watch ...    Full Story »

Trump's Russia Reset Ideas Alarming Allies, Many In US

Trump's Russia Reset Ideas Alarming Allies, Many In USDonald Trump's flurry of offhand remarks and abrupt zingers on Russia -” praising Vladimir Putin, dismissing NATO - have jolted the world, not to mention the U.S. presidential campaign. With Russia's behavior rattling nerves in the U.S. and abroad, the Republican presidential nominee is accused of cozying up to a "dictator." Of threatening the very underpinnings of America's ...    Full Story »

Florida Zika Cases Likely First In US Transmitted By Mosquitoes (1 opinions)

Florida Zika Cases Likely First In US Transmitted By MosquitoesFlorida likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, the state's governor said Friday. No mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika, but one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said during a news conference in Orlando. More than 1,650 Zika ...    Full Story »

Trump Goes After 'Little Michael Bloomberg' (5 opinions)

Trump Goes After 'Little Michael Bloomberg'Donald Trump is vigorously tweeting the morning after Democrats finished their presidential nominating convention. His targets? A few choice people who criticized him from the stage at the Democratic National Convention. The Republican presidential nominee referred to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, also a billionaire, as "Little Michael Bloomberg," who "never had the guts ...    Full Story »

Computers Hacked At Democrats' House Campaign Committee

Computers Hacked At Democrats' House Campaign CommitteeThe computers of the House Democratic campaign committee have been hacked in an intrusion that investigators say resembles the recent cyber breach of the Democratic National Committee, a spokeswoman for the committee said Friday. Details were initially unclear about exactly who tapped into the computers and what information was accessed at the Democratic Congressional Campaign ...    Full Story »

Baltimore's Far From Done Despite Collapse of Criminal Case

Baltimore's Far From Done Despite Collapse of Criminal CaseMany of this city's deepest challenges remain unresolved after the collapse of the criminal case against six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man whose broken neck in police custody caused so much upheaval. Here's a look at the to-do lists of those involved. STATE'S ATTORNEY MARILYN MOSBY The young Baltimore prosecutor who commanded national ...    Full Story »

Erdogan Slams US Reaction to Failed Coup (1 opinions)

Erdogan Slams US Reaction to Failed CoupTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the United States for its reaction to a failed military coup in Turkey, accusing it of harboring the man behind the plot. Ankara has demanded the United States extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. The government has accused Gulen of having masterminded the failed July 15 coup, which left ...    Full Story »

Strike Disrupts Air France Flights Amid Summer Vacation

Strike Disrupts Air France Flights Amid Summer VacationAir France has cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights Friday, during a period of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by cabin crew. The company also cancelled 25 percent of European flights to and from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport and 15 percent of domestic flights. Two unions have called for Air France cabin crew members to go on strike from ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Nahariya Hospital: Child Stable After Scissors Pulled From His Head

PHOTOS: Nahariya Hospital: Child Stable After Scissors Pulled From His Head [PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Officials in Nahariya Hospital report that a seven-year-old boy is in stable condition after scissors that penetrated a centimeter into the back of his head was removed. The child on Thursday afternoon was admitted to the pediatric surgical unit. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Nahariya Hospital)

Trump Camp: Clinton Speech 'Fantasy Universe' (1 opinions)

Trump Camp: Clinton Speech 'Fantasy Universe'Donald Trump's campaign is calling Democrat Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention "an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric." The statement issued Friday on Trump's campaign Facebook page says Clinton's stance on immigration "will take jobs, resources and benefits from the most vulnerable citizens of the United States and give them ...    Full Story »

Pope Visits Auschwitz, Begs God To Forgive 'So Much Cruelty' (5 opinions)

Pope Visits Auschwitz, Begs God To Forgive 'So Much Cruelty'Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God "forgiveness for so much cruelty." The Argentine-born pontiff made an early morning pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews, during World War ...    Full Story »

This Young Widow And Her Three Children Are Being Thrown Out Of Their Home (3 opinions)

This Young Widow And Her Three Children Are Being Thrown Out Of Their HomeClaudine B. of Karmiel was recently widowed and is literally about to be thrown out of her home. This mother of three and dedicated daughter has been dealt challenge after challenge, persevering through each one with incredible dedication, spirit, kindness and positivity. For five years Claudine nursed her young husband through his devastating battle with cancer. He wasn’t eligible ...    Full Story »

Clinton To Nation: It's A 'Moment Of Reckoning' (1 opinions)

Clinton To Nation: It's A 'Moment Of Reckoning'Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald Trump, can bring a deeply divided nation together. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Protestors In Lod: With Blood And Fire Palestine Will Be Redeemed (2 opinions)

VIDEO: Protestors In Lod: With Blood And Fire Palestine Will Be Redeemed[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Members of the Darawshe family of Duma protested in Lod on Thursday 22 Tammuz. Among their chants heard by participants were “with blood and fire Palestine will be redeemed” and “Ala Akbar”. The protest was taking place outside a city courthouse as a hearing was taking place for Amiram Ben Uliel, who is charged with setting the     Full Story »

Police: 1 San Diego Cop Killed, Another Wounded In Shooting

Police: 1 San Diego Cop Killed, Another Wounded In ShootingOne police officer died and another was wounded after being shot in a San Diego neighborhood, authorities said early Friday. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in a Twitter post that she had left the hospital where the injured officer had come out of surgery and that he's expected to survive. The names of the officers have not been released. There was no immediate word on what ...    Full Story »

Efforts Underway To Prevent Setting Garbage Bins Ablaze During Geula Area Protests (7 opinions)

Efforts Underway To Prevent Setting Garbage Bins Ablaze During Geula Area ProtestsPoliticians and city officials on Thursday morning 22 Tammuz visited a number of areas in the Geula neighborhood of the capital including Pri Chadash, Yeshayahu, Malchei Yisrael and Ezer L’Yaldot Streets. Taking part in the area tour were local minhelet head Moshe Cohen, Deputy Mayor Yitzchak Pindrus, the head of the city’s sanitation unit Tzion Sheetrit as well as ...    Full Story »

E-cigarette Vapor Releases Two Cancerous Chemicals, New Study Says

E-cigarette Vapor Releases Two Cancerous Chemicals, New Study SaysVapor from electronic cigarettes contains two previously undiscovered cancer-causing chemicals, according to a new study. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found propylene glycol, an eye and respiratory irritant, and glycerin, a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, among 29 other chemicals released in e-cigarette vapor. Both are considered "probable ...    Full Story »

Opinion: The U.S. Should Target Hezbollah In Syria

Opinion: The U.S. Should Target Hezbollah In SyriaThe military situation in Syria has turned against the U.S.-supported opposition over the past year, due mainly to Russian intervention. Now, the failed coup in Turkey and subsequent crackdown there stand to reduce the capabilities of a key U.S. ally. Without some rebalancing now in favor of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, the prospects for a satisfactory negotiated ...    Full Story »

Merkel Says Attacks By Refugees 'Mock' German Hospitality (4 opinions)

Merkel Says Attacks By Refugees 'Mock' German HospitalityChancellor Angela Merkel defended her refugee policy after violent attacks in Germany led to renewed criticism of her handling of the crisis and took a tough stand on security, saying asylum seekers who committed terror "mocked the country" sheltering them. "It makes a mockery of the aid workers who have offered help and it makes a mockery of other refugees who truly are seeking ...    Full Story »

Tehila Mark: We Told Mom About Our Father But We Don't Know How Much She Understands (1 opinions)

Tehila Mark: We Told Mom About Our Father But We Don't Know How Much She UnderstandsAfter IDF soldiers apprehended the terrorists responsible for murdering Rabbi Miki Mark HY”D and critically wounding his wife Mrs. Mark and two of their children, IDF officials notified the children of the successful ...    Full Story »

Psych Exam Ordered For Man In Times Square Fake-Bomb Scare (1 opinions)

Psych Exam Ordered For Man In Times Square Fake-Bomb ScareA man accused of flinging a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square is headed for a psychiatric examination to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. A judge ordered the exam Wednesday as Hector Meneses was arraigned by video from a hospital where he's been held since his arrest last Thursday. Meneses is due back in court next month for the results of the psychiatric ...    Full Story »
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Bereaved Mom Mrs. Goldin Slams MK Elazar Stern (4 opinions)

Bereaved Mom Mrs. Goldin Slams MK Elazar SternMrs. Leah Goldin, the mother of IDF MIA Lt. Hadar Goldin HY”D, spoke out in the harshest terms against MK (Yesh Atid) Elazar Stern and his bill pertaining to prisoner releases in the future. Goldin’s body was snatched by Hamas fighters after he was killed in Gaza in the summer of 2014 together with Sgt. Oren Shaul HY”D. During a discussion pertaining to future prisoner releases ...    Full Story »

Officials: Plane Collided With Bird Before Boston Landing

Officials: Plane Collided With Bird Before Boston LandingOfficials say a small commercial plane collided with a large bird just before the aircraft landed safely at Logan International Airport in Boston. Cape Air spokeswoman Michelle Haynes says the plane carrying nine passengers had been flying from Martha's Vineyard to Boston on Wednesday. Haynes says that as the pilot approached the runway to land at around noon, a large bird hit the ...    Full Story »

Summer Aliyah Wave Continues With 235 Olim Arriving From The Ukraine (1 opinions)

Summer Aliyah Wave Continues With 235 Olim Arriving From The Ukraine [VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two flights carrying 235 new immigrants from the Ukraine landed in Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, 20 Tammuz, with the assistance of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The majority of the olim, consisting of 96 families, escaped the war zones in the east of the country and are about to begin their new lives in Israel. These olim ...    Full Story »

Powerball's Estimated Jackpot Hits $478 Million

Powerball's Estimated Jackpot Hits $478 MillionNo one has matched the jackpot-winning numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, and the prize has increased to an estimated $478 million. The next drawing will be Saturday. Nearly three months have passed without a winner of the big prize. The chance of winning the Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Mispallalim Visits The Kevarim Of Kalev Ben Yefune And Yehoshua Bin Nun

PHOTOS: Mispallalim Visits The Kevarim Of Kalev Ben Yefune And Yehoshua Bin Nun[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Mispallalim were permitted to visit the tziyunim of Kalev Ben Yefune and Yehoshua Bin Nun in the Shomron on Wednesday night the eve of 22 Tammuz. The event was coordinated with the IDF and mispallalim escorted by security personnel. The kevarim are located in the Arab village of Kifl Harris near Ariel. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: ...    Full Story »

Two People Transported To Hospitals In Israel In Pokemon Go Related Accidents

Two People Transported To Hospitals In Israel In Pokemon Go Related AccidentsA 35-year-old man was reported to be in moderate-stable condition in Assaf HaRofeh Hospital on Thursday morning 22 Tammuz. Hospital spokesperson Liad Aviel reported he is being prepped for surgery. The man was injured after he crashed into a glass in Rishon L’Tzion while engaged in Pokemon Go. He was lying on the ground bleeding from his leg when EMS arrived on the scene. He ...    Full Story »

German FM: Trump Victory Could Affect Trans-Atlantic Ties

German FM: Trump Victory Could Affect Trans-Atlantic TiesA victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election could affect trans-Atlantic ties, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean "a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship." Trump's description of the United States as a country besieged by its ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Urges Nonpublic Schools to Apply for Security Guards

Greenfield Urges Nonpublic Schools to Apply for Security GuardsFollowing the enactment of Councilman David Greenfield’s historic school security legislation earlier this year, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services has released official rules and procedures for schools seeking to take advantage of the new law. Councilman Greenfield is encouraging all qualifying schools to apply now for reimbursement under the program. “This ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits The Machpelah

PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits The Machpelah[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited Hebron on Wednesday 21 Tammuz. He was toured by long-time Hebron representative Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, who serves as head of the Cemeteries Council in Jerusalem and works closely with Mayor Barkat. Joining the tour was Uri Karzen, Director General of the Jewish Community of Hebron and other local ...    Full Story »

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Jewish Accounting Firm In Williamsburg Robbed At Gun Point; Owner Pistol-Whipped; Secretary Tied Up (2 opinions)

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Jewish Accounting Firm In Williamsburg Robbed At Gun Point; Owner Pistol-Whipped; Secretary Tied Up[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two men dressed as FedEx workers and wearing masks robbed a Jewish accounting firm in Williamsburg's Hasidic Community, Thursday afternoon. Police were called to the Y&I Accounting Firm located at 318 Roebling Street near South 8 Street at around 5:45PM after receiving calls for an armed robbery. Sources tell YWN that the two ...    Full Story »

Armed Man Shot Outside White House Faces New Charge

Armed Man Shot Outside White House Faces New ChargeA Pennsylvania man shot by Secret Service at a White House gate earlier this year after refusing to drop a gun is facing a new federal charge. News outlets report that 31-year-old Jesse Olivieri of Ashland, Pennsylvania, was charged Tuesday with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon. He's charged in an information, a document that can only be ...    Full Story »

Israel: Cops Shoot And Kill A Man Who Pulled A Gun On Them (1 opinions)

Israel: Cops Shoot And Kill A Man Who Pulled A Gun On ThemA person stopped by police in southern police on suspicion of involvement in illegal drugs was shot dead after he pulled a weapon on officers. The fatal incident occurred on Wednesday night the eve of 22 Tammuz near midnight, on the city’s Rishon L’Tzion Street. When the suspects were asked to identify themselves, one pulled a gun and was shot dead. There were no injuries to ...    Full Story »

Obama's Speech Made The Best Case For Clinton (8 opinions)

Obama's Speech Made The Best Case For ClintonEight years ago, Hillary Clinton united the Democratic Party behind Barack Obama, helping propel him to the presidency. Four years ago, when Obama was in a close race with Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton defended the president's record in the most eloquent speech of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. At the time, Obama owed both Clintons a huge debt. Now, after what will probably ...    Full Story »


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