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Oversight Panel Issues Subpoenas In Secret Service Incident

Oversight Panel Issues Subpoenas In Secret Service Incident
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said the agents can shed light not only on the March 4 incident, "but also on why the Secret Service appears to be systemically broken and in desperate need of both leadership and reform." Chaffetz had asked Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy to ...

Video Shows Final Moments Inside Cabin Before Germanwings Deadly Crash

Video Shows Final Moments Inside Cabin Before Germanwings Deadly CrashTwo European publications said Tuesday they have obtained video taken inside the plane in the seconds before Germanwings crashed into the French Alps. The German daily Bild and French magazine Paris Match said their reporters have been shown a video they say was taken by someone inside the cabin of the doomed plane shortly before it crashed. Both periodicals reported that the ...    Full Story »

How Much Does it Pay to be a Member of Knesset?

How Much Does it Pay to be a Member of Knesset?The 120 members of the 20th Knesset will receive a monthly salary of 39,562 NIS, a leased vehicle, two parliamentary aides, subscriptions to two newspapers, a cellular telephone, a TV in one’s office and hotel privileges in the capital. In addition, each MK receives a budget of 49,000 NIS annually to remain in touch with voters. The Knesset budget for 2015 is 666,762,000 ...    Full Story »

Lufthansa: Co-Pilot Told Flight School Of Depressive Episode

Lufthansa: Co-Pilot Told Flight School Of Depressive EpisodeLufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there after an ...    Full Story »

Rabbonim Call on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Take Over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar

Rabbonim Call on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Take Over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in YitzharRabbi Dov Lior Shlita, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Shlita and others are calling on soldiers and border police to refuse orders when instructed to take part in taking over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yishuv Yitzhar in Shomron. A year after security forces took over the beis medrash, rabbonim are now calling on forces to refuse orders and not be a part of the force that maintains and ...    Full Story »

State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About Drones

State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About DronesThe State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject. She asks for a phone call in one, a phone number in another. She seeks advice on how best to condemn information leaks, and accidentally replies ...    Full Story »

Kitniyos - A False Attribution: A Response to Rabbi David Bar-Hayim (1 opinions)

Kitniyos - A False Attribution: A Response to Rabbi David Bar-Hayim[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Generally speaking, it is never a good idea to attack others. It is even a worse idea to attack an Av Beit Din and Rabbi who publishes Torah thoughts. At times, however, when a kosher minhag in Klal Yisroel comes under attack, it is necessary to enter the fray. I feel particularly bad about this, because I have had enjoyable discussions with Rabbi David ...    Full Story »

How the IDF Prepares for Pesach

How the IDF Prepares for PesachThe IDF, for the 14th time, will be conducting a seder, for 420 lone soldiers. The soldiers serving while their families are abroad in 40 different countries. Shortly before the seder gets underway in the Olga vacation resort, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkott will meet with the soldiers to wish them a Chag Samayach. The seder this year and in past years is funded by CZCA, the ...    Full Story »

No Nuke Agreement Yet: Iran Talks Push Past Deadline

No Nuke Agreement Yet: Iran Talks Push Past DeadlineWith stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, although there still were "several difficult issues" ...    Full Story »

IRS Chief: Processing Backlog of Tax-Exempt Groups Is Gone

IRS Chief: Processing Backlog of Tax-Exempt Groups Is GoneThe head of the IRS says his agency has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status. Claims by tea party organizations that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy over the agency. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in prepared remarks at the National Press Club on ...    Full Story »

TGI Survey: Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the Lead

TGI Survey: Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the LeadThe latest TGI survey of the chareidi media places Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the lead. The survey results were released on Tuesday, 11 Nissan. The survey shows a slight increase in the Kol Berama Radio audience as well as a slight increase in the print media, which remains a far cry from last year as the general trend does not favor newspapers. It is pointed out the latest ...    Full Story »

Tech And Financial Services Firms Sign Leases At New York's One World Trade Center

Tech And Financial Services Firms Sign Leases At New York's One World Trade CenterA financial services company and a technology firm have signed five-year leases at New York City's One World Trade Center. The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Tuesday that Tinypass and Casablanca Capital LLC will move into the skyscraper. Tinypass creates e-commerce software that helps online publishers sell their content through ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Two People Stabbing On Division Ave In Williamsburg (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: Two People Stabbing On Division Ave In Williamsburg[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two males stabbed in the heart of Williamsburg's Chasidic community, Tuesday afternoon. Sources tell YWN that the NYPD was on scene and awaiting the arrival of FDNY EMS, when they spotted a passing Hatzolah vehicle. He was flagged down, and called for backup. Hatzolah had both victims loaded on their ambulances before EMS arrived on the scene. The ...    Full Story »

Ayelet Shaked Not Likely to Become a Cabinet Minister (2 opinions)

Ayelet Shaked Not Likely to Become a Cabinet MinisterClearly the Likud is not being overly generous in its negotiations with the Bayit Yehudi party. Some feel this may be the result of party leader Naftali Bennett’s insolence last summer during Operation Protective Edge, when he publically condemned the actions and inactions of the cabinet during the war. Others believe it may be related to the rivalry between the prime minister and ...    Full Story »

Lakewood Police Department Issues Home Security Tips For Pesach

Lakewood Police Department Issues Home Security Tips For PesachIf you are leaving for the Yom Tov please be sure to: 1. Leave lights on in your home – preferably on a timer. Most burglars look for a darkened residence to enter since this tells them that everyone is asleep or that the home is not occupied. 2. Lock all of your windows. Most burglars make entry through unlocked windows. 3. Lock all the doors to your house as well as your ...    Full Story »

Are IAF Fighter Planes Taking Part in Military Assault in Yemen? (1 opinions)

Are IAF Fighter Planes Taking Part in Military Assault in Yemen?Yemenite media sources aligned with rebel forces are reporting Israel Air Force fighter planes have taken part in the bombing against the rebel forces. There are no other sources confirming these reports. The Iranian funded rebels have succeeded in taking over large areas of Yemen in recent weeks and a ground forces advancement is planned in the capital Sanaa to smuggle the president ...    Full Story »

FBI Examiner: Fingerprints Of Boston Bomber's Brother Found

FBI Examiner: Fingerprints Of Boston Bomber's Brother FoundA latent fingerprint examiner for the FBI has testified at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that his older brother's fingerprints were found on two pieces of cardboard that came from one of the bombs at the marathon. Elaina Graff was called Tuesday as a witness for the defense. She says Dzhokhar's fingerprints weren't found on any of the marathon bomb ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Zaka Operating at Germanwings Crash Site (1 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Zaka Operating at Germanwings Crash Site[VIDEO AND PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] At the request of the family of Israeli victim Eyal Baum, Lufthansa paid for a team of Zaka volunteers from Israel to help in the search and recovery efforts at the site. The 8 man team from Zaka Israel, together with volunteers from Zaka France, were helicoptered into the crash site, where they immediately set up a Zaka command center and began ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: You Can Make A Difference in the WZO (World Zionist Organization) (2 opinions)

Mailbag: You Can Make A Difference in the WZO (World Zionist Organization)It is common knowledge that in Israel today, there is an ongoing battle for the definition and future of Judaism in the Jewish state. Will Torah standards be preserved, and funding for Torah study be maintained or increased, or, ch”v, will the very meaning of the word "Judaism" – and critical matters such as conversion, marriage, divorce, Shabbos and Kashrus – be watered down to ...    Full Story »

PM Invites Chief Rabbis to be Present for Chametz Sale

PM Invites Chief Rabbis to be Present for Chametz SalePrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited the chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, to join him while the nation’s chametz is being sold. The problem began earlier this week amid the realization the finance minister was fired. The prime minister had to request from his cabinet to extend his tenure as acting finance minister. Mr. Netanyahu ...    Full Story »

ALERT - Hatzolah Reminds Parents of the Dangers of St. Moritz Spray

ALERT - Hatzolah Reminds Parents of the Dangers of St. Moritz SprayFROM THE YWN ARCHIVES: With Pesach cleaning in high gear and after several incidents in the past years, Lakewood Hatzolah is asking parents to be aware of the dangers of the powerful St. Moritz chemical spray. The chemical, which appears to be just another cleaning agent available in groceries, can cause serious and permanent injuries. Several groceries have stopped carrying ...    Full Story »

Chareidi Soldiers Receive a Yomtov Gift - Some Parents Angered at the Source of Funding (1 opinions)

Chareidi Soldiers Receive a Yomtov Gift - Some Parents Angered at the Source of FundingSoldiers serving in the chareidi Shachar (שילוב חרדים בצה"ל) unit received a generous Pesach gift, 500 NIS, which originated from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Some of the parents were quite angered to learn of the origin of the funding as gedolei yisrael have prohibited taking money from the organization. The soldiers received a prepaid credit ...    Full Story »

Chicago Rabbinical Council Top 10 Questions for Pesach 5775

Chicago Rabbinical Council Top 10 Questions for Pesach 5775Q: What is the cRc policy regarding toothpaste? A: The cRc only recommends toothpastes that are known to be chametz free or bear a Pesach certification. Q: Do coffee pods, such as K-Cups, require Pesach certification? A: Yes, coffee pods require Pesach certification. Starch can be added during the agglomeration process. Q: Does raw sugar (turbinado sugar) need Pesach ...    Full Story »
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New Torah V'Daas Hagaddah Released

New Torah V'Daas Hagaddah Released[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Every once in a while a Sefer comes along that not only stands out among others in its genre – it becomes an instant classic. The Torah V’Daas Hagaddah Volume II, compiled by Tsemach Glenn is just such a Sefer. This hagaddah begins with biographies of Torah v’Daas’s Roshei Yeshiva. It also discusses, each in a separate section, the minhagim at the ...    Full Story »

Mounting Anti-Chareidi Sentiment in Ashdod (2 opinions)

Mounting Anti-Chareidi Sentiment in AshdodChareidim in Ashdod protested last Shabbos as the ‘Big’ shopping area opened for business, breaking the religious status quo in the city. Ephraim Weber, who heads the city’s Finance Committee told the media “in addition to the chilul Shabbos, the stores are in violation of the law and it is an affront to the city’s shomer Shabbos residents”. Rabbonim led a protest at the ...    Full Story »

Liberal Dems, GOP Cling To Hope Warren Runs For President (3 opinions)

Liberal Dems, GOP Cling To Hope Warren Runs For PresidentRepublicans and liberal Democrats have found something to agree on: Both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. People on each side are driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy. The left flank of the Democratic Party wants Warren to challenge Hillary Rodham ...    Full Story »

A Look at the New 20th Knesset (3 opinions)

A Look at the New 20th KnessetTwo weeks following national elections, the 20th Knesset is sworn in, on Tuesday afternoon 11 Nissan. There are 39 new Members of Knesset, of which 11 are in the Likud party. There are 29 women in the 120-seat Knesset, a new record, along with a brother and sister, Jackie Levi from Likud and Orli Abekasis-Levi from Yisrael Beitenu. There are 13 chareidim as compared to 18 in the ...    Full Story »

Tov V'Chesed Home-Delivers Free Pesach Groceries To Thousands Of Families Across Eretz Yisrael

Tov V'Chesed Home-Delivers Free Pesach Groceries To Thousands Of Families Across Eretz YisraelAsk any 13-year-old what he plans to do with his Bar Mitzva money, and you're likely to get a quite a list, with a price tag ten times the amount the boy actually received. But matza probably doesn't rank high on said list, right? For the young boy who called us, it was the only thing on his. He had used his Bar Mitzva money to buy matza for his family the year before, but this ...    Full Story »

French Eye Cockpit Entry, Psychological Screening Rules

French Eye Cockpit Entry, Psychological Screening RulesFrench aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash — issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry. Lufthansa, meanwhile, said its insurers had set aside $300 million to deal with possible costs from the March 24 crash. The ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Monsey Tomche Shabbos Anonymously Distributes Food To Almost 1000 Families For Pesach (4 opinions)

PHOTOS: Monsey Tomche Shabbos Anonymously Distributes Food To Almost 1000 Families For Pesach[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Sunday March 29th was dedicated by the Monsey community to a massive distribution of food for Pesach which was distributed anonymously to almost 1,000 families. Hundreds of volunteers participated in this massive distribution, the scope of which was unprecedented.Though Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County distributes large quantities of food before ...    Full Story »

Officials: Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New Phase

Officials: Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New PhaseWrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Officials had set a deadline of March 31 for a framework ...    Full Story »

Computer Expert: Tsarnaev's Brother Searched For Bomb Parts

Computer Expert: Tsarnaev's Brother Searched For Bomb PartsA computer expert testifying in the Boston Marathon bombing trial says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother did Internet searches on bombing components in the weeks before the 2013 terror attack. The expert says search terms on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's laptop included "detonator, "transmitter and receiver" and "fireworks firing system." He says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop showed his computer ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Possible Parah Adumah On Outskirts of Lakewood, New Jersey (13 opinions)

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey.

Medicaid Planning: Are We There Yet? Next Stop…The Nursing Home Solution

Medicaid Planning:  Are We There Yet?  Next Stop…The Nursing Home SolutionAs we get older, we begin to worry about the possibility that we may get sick and end up in a nursing home. Paying for a nursing home can drastically reduce a person’s savings. In New York, the average cost of nursing home care is a little more than $75,000 per year, with the cost of better nursing home care being upwards of $170,000 a year. Most Americans will drain out their ...    Full Story »

Are There Secrets In Your Yom Tov Food? (1 opinions)

Are There Secrets In Your Yom Tov Food?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Round matzos on Pesach..."Esther kezel" at "Seudas Esther" (on the second day of Pesach)...beet kugel in honor of Shabbos Chol Hamoed... When it comes to Shabbos, Yom Tov, and special occasions, our menu is set in tradition. But do you know why some serve tongue on the second day of Pesach? Or the reasoning behind the minhag of eating "schlissel matzos" ...    Full Story »

Baltimore: Jewish Woman Walking with Children Assaulted & Mugged in Broad Daylight (5 opinions)

Baltimore: Jewish Woman Walking with Children Assaulted & Mugged in Broad DaylightReliable sources tell YWN that a dangerous situation unfolded in the heart of the Baltimore Jewish community. A woman was walking her children in a double stroller in broad daylight, down Clarinth Rd, between Williamson and Gist when she was approached by a black male asking if she had any money. Upon her negative response, he knocked her down and started feeling through her ...    Full Story »

Clinton Also Used iPad For Email; Mixed Personal, Work Chats

Clinton Also Used iPad For Email; Mixed Personal, Work ChatsHillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails between Clinton and her top advisers as ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Possible Parah Adumah On Outskirts of Lakewood, New Jersey (13 opinions)

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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Video of Interest: A Timely Powerful תפלה Encapsulated in a Powerful Melody

As חדש ניסן is upon us, the month of חרות, the month of גאולה, one cannot help but think about all of the צרות that we are facing across every part of the world. Without exception. We are all in it together. We can feel each others worry and pain. Who can say they are not ready nor anxious to see the גאולה שלימה immediately! This coming Pesach let's come together as one. Let us Sing as One Nation in harmony. A תפלה in אחדות. A cry that will pierce the above from all corners of earth. מי שעשה נסים לאבותינו וגאל אותם מעבדות לחרות. הוא יגאל אותנו בקרוב ויקבץ נדחינו מארבע כנפות הארץ חברים כל ישראל, ונאמר אמן.

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