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Government Receives An Extension In High Court Petition Seeking To Permit Same Gender Couples To Adopt R'L

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Government Receives An Extension In High Court Petition Seeking To Permit Same Gender Couples To Adopt R'L
A petition was filed with the High Court of Justice last year by Israel’s Gay Fathers Association and the Israel Religious Action Center against the Social Affairs Ministry. The petition seeks to give equal rights to adopt a child to same-gender couples R”L as other heterosexual couples enjoy. The Social Affairs Minister Chaim Katz and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked were instructed to submit their position on the matter by February 2017. A hearing was held on Friday during which the state asked for additional time as it has yet to ...

VIDEOS: 72 Of India's Bnei Menashe Lost Tribe Arrive In Israel Last Week

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VIDEOS: 72 Of India's Bnei Menashe Lost Tribe Arrive In Israel Last Week [VIDEOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Seventy-two members of the Indian Bnei Menashe Jewish community arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport last week. A total of 102 members of the Bnei Menashe were brought on Aliyah last week by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and descendants of Jews around the world. The new ...    Full Story »

Unable To Move, Doomed To Poverty: My Life with Muscular Dystrophy

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My name is Sharon Yemima. It is with great difficulty and shame that I must tell you my story -- the story of a very ill mother of 7 children, who is now also a beggar. Since being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, I've been kept prisoner in my own ...    Full Story »

Rocket Attack from Sinai into Southern Israel

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Rocket Attack from Sinai into Southern Israel 10:26AM IL: Two rockets fired from Sinai landed in open areas in southern Israel a short time ago, in the Eshkol Regional Council area. B’chasdei Hashem it appears there were no injuries or fatalities. Sirens did not sound, presumably because the rockets were headed to open areas. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)  

Betar Illit Residents Protest Ongoing Rock-Throwing Attacks

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Betar Illit Residents Protest Ongoing Rock-Throwing AttacksBetar Illit Mayor Meir Rubinstein spoke with Kol Chai Radio explaining the protest held by residents on erev Shabbos due to the daily rock-throwing attacks on the Hussan Bypass Road. Rubinstein explained that the IDF deals with attacks that do not involved gunfire with too light a hand, reminding authorities that rock-throwing attacks kill, as has been seen in the past. He added ...    Full Story »

Mattis To Decide Soon On Troop Levels In Afghanistan

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Mattis To Decide Soon On Troop Levels In AfghanistanU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits. Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he spoke for several hours by video conference on Sunday with U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the ...    Full Story »

Deri Explains Why He Did Not Enter The Interior Ministry Immediately Following Elections

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Deri Explains Why He Did Not Enter The Interior Ministry Immediately Following ElectionsShas party leader explains why following Knesset elections he did not seek to enter the Interior Ministry immediately as most predicted he would do. He explained that former Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein advised him to enter another minister instead of returning to the Interior Ministry and then make the change at some point. Speaking to party leaders during a Shabbos event, Deri ...    Full Story »

Trump Steps Up Security Aide Search, Focuses On Health Care

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Trump Steps Up Security Aide Search, Focuses On Health CarePresident Donald Trump on Sunday was stepping up his search for a national security adviser, with several interviews on tap, and focusing on health care in talks with his health and budget chiefs, while his team pushed back against depictions of a young administration in disarray. His chief of staff used appearances on the Sunday news shows to echo his boss' complaints about media ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Chief OF Staff Reince Priebus Defends Trump's Press is the "'Enemy of the American People'

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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus joins Chris Wallace for a somewhat heated exchange over the media coverage being biased against President Donald Trump.

Report: Former US Secretary Of State Kerry Offered PM Netanyahu A Regional Peace Plan

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Report: Former US Secretary Of State Kerry Offered PM Netanyahu A Regional Peace PlanPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last year attended a secret summit in Aqaba that was also attended by former US Secretary of State John Kerry during which the senior US official presented his comprehensive regional peace plan, Haaretz reports. The Haaretz report states that the plan addressed relations between Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority) as well as with other Arab ...    Full Story »

Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge To Open To Drivers Monday

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Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge To Open To Drivers MondayThe Bayonne Bridge is set to open to drivers next week, authorities said. The bridge connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, to Staten Island, New York, will open Monday after years of work to raise the deck, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Construction on the $1.3 billion project to allow bigger cargo ships to reach New York City-area ports began in 2013. The roadway ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Fire In Underground Parking Lot On Shaulzon Street In Jerusalem

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PHOTOS: Fire In Underground Parking Lot On Shaulzon Street In Jerusalem[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A fire broke out in an underground parking lot on Shaulzon Street in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem on motzei Shabbos. B’chasdei Hashem firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control without injuries and permit most of the evacuated tenants to return to their homes shortly thereafter. It appears the fire began in an illegal garage ...    Full Story »

Governor's Proposed Gun Permit Fees Come Under Fire

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Governor's Proposed Gun Permit Fees Come Under FireGun rights supporters and state Republican lawmakers are fighting huge gun permit fee increases proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying they would price many people out of being able to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Democratic governor wants to quadruple the five-year renewal fee for pistol permits from $70 to $300 as part of his plan to offset a budget ...    Full Story »

Degel Launches Hisachdus Rabbonim In Yerushalayim

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Degel Launches Hisachdus Rabbonim In YerushalayimIn an effort to unite all kehillos aligned with Degel Hatorah, the Hisachdus Kehillos Yerushalayim (התאגדות הקהילות בירושלים") was created. According to a report in the Sunday 23 Shevat Yated Neeman, among those attending the historical founding were HaGaon Rav David Cohen Shlita, HaGaon Rav Baruch Solovechik Shlita, and HaGaon HaRav Yosef Efrati Shlita. The ...    Full Story »

Trump Says Remark About Sweden Referred To Something On TV

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Trump Says Remark About Sweden Referred To Something On TVSwedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. The American president now says he was referring to something he saw on television. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in ...    Full Story »

Tribes Hope Trump's 'America First' Helps First Americans

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Tribes Hope Trump's 'America First' Helps First AmericansNative Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first." Tribes have been reaching out to the Republican administration since it took office last month, saying they're ready to help it meet its campaign promises of improving the economy and creating more jobs for Americans. Five large tribes in Oklahoma — the ...    Full Story »

WATCH: One Person Seriously Injured In Motzei Shabbos Fire In Ramot Yerushalayim

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A man sustained serious injuries in the fire that broke out on Tzundak Street in the Ramot area of Yerushalayim. Firemen accessed the burning apartment and extricated the victim, who was conscious but unable to get out on his own due to the blaze. The victim was ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Smugglers Apprehended At Allenby Crossing To Jordan

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PHOTOS: Smugglers Apprehended At Allenby Crossing To Jordan[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Customs inspectors at the Allenby Crossing between Israel and Jordan apprehended smugglers who were hiding 53 ancient coins dating back to the 1st century BCE to the 13th century. Smuggled cargo was discovered in possession of a passenger in transit when a resident of Tulkarem (PA area) came from Jordan and instructed to move to a customs area for ...    Full Story »

Gafne Explains Lomdei Torah And State Support Over The Years

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Gafne Explains Lomdei Torah And State Support Over The YearsDegel Hatorah leader MK Moshe Gafne, who chairs the Knesset Finance Committee, attended the motzei Shabbos kenos marking 200 years since the establishment of Yeshivas Mir. The event was held in Caesarea. He began by addressing the state’s economic situation, explaining “We have become a natural gas superpower and this is important in terms of the geo political. We should be like ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Fire Department Probing The Ramot Apartment Fire Which Left One Person Seriously Injured On Motzei Shabbos

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PHOTOS: Fire Department Probing The Ramot Apartment Fire Which Left One Person Seriously Injured On Motzei Shabbos[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Fire Service investigators have probed the blaze in an apartment on Tzundak Street in the Ramot area of the capital on motzei Shabbos. One male was seriously injured in the fire because he was trapped. He was rescued by firemen as he was unable to get out of his home due to the flames. The call came into the fire department at 1:20am on motzei Shabbos ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu: Israel's Alliance With The US Has Become Stronger

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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu: Israel's Alliance With The US Has Become Stronger[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Using the weekly cabinet to get his message out, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the start of the cabinet meeting on Sunday 23 Shevat made the following comments during the presence of the media regarding his recent visit to the White House, his first since Mr. Trump was elected president of the United States. "On Friday I returned from a historic ...    Full Story »

Hagaon HaRav Sholom Cohen Refuses To Sign A Letter Of Support For Deri

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Hagaon HaRav Sholom Cohen Refuses To Sign A Letter Of Support For DeriThe release of a recent video that embarrassed Shas prompted senior Shas officials to initiate a letter of support for party leader Aryeh Deri. Members of the party’s Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael Shlita were called upon to sign. However, ‘Chareidim10” reports the head of the council, Chacham Cohen would not sign. The video was released by Channel 2 about two weeks ago, showing Deri ...    Full Story »

Powerball Jackpot Soars To $403 Million After No One Matches Winning Numbers

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Powerball Jackpot Soars To $403 Million After No One Matches Winning NumbersThe Powerball jackpot is climbing again, after no one matched the winning numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The jackpot now stands at $403 million, with a $243.9 million cash option. That is up from $361 million on Saturday night. The winning numbers for Saturday were: 03-07-09-31-33, Powerball: 20 Although big, this is not even close the biggest Powerball jackpot ever. ...    Full Story »

As Trump Makes Foreign Moves, Tillerson Avoids The Spotlight

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As Trump Makes Foreign Moves, Tillerson Avoids The SpotlightWhen North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. "stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent." Trump happened to be hosting Abe that day in Florida. Yet his lack of any mention of U.S. ...    Full Story »
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Lighting a Yartzeit Candle (1 opinions)

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Lighting a Yartzeit CandleBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This article is published l’ilui nishmas the author’s father-in-law whose yartzeit is today. It is the custom within Klal Yisroel to light a Yartzeit candle on the day that a relative had passed away. The lighting has no accompanying blessing, and people would like to express themselves in a Tefillah when lighting the ...    Full Story »

Verdict In The Elor Azariya Manslaughter Trial This Week

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Verdict In The Elor Azariya Manslaughter Trial This WeekThe IDF military court that found Sgt. Elor Azariya guilty of manslaughter is expected to announce its sentence on Tuesday, 25 Shevat. Azariya fired at a wounded terrorist in Hebron last Purim, at close range, killing him. The trial has divided the nation as many feel that not only should he not be charged with a crime, but he should have received a citation for his actions – ...    Full Story »

Iraqi Forces Advance On Islamic State-Held Western Mosul

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Iraqi Forces Advance On Islamic State-Held Western MosulU.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city. The battle for western Mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the city west of the Tigris River has older, narrower streets and is still ...    Full Story »

Shomron Mayor Yossi Dagan Breaks European Ban (1 opinions)

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Shomron Mayor Yossi Dagan Breaks European Ban With more and more European governments calling for the boycotting of Israeli products manufactured in Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria and as the BDS Movement continues to intensify their efforts against Israel in Europe as well as on US campuses, Yossi Dagan has again succeeded in proving that with a bit of work and creativity stategic alliances can be forged between Europeans and ...    Full Story »

Bnei Brak: Motzei Shabbos Attempted Burglary Of Rav Neuwirth's Gemach

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Bnei Brak: Motzei Shabbos Attempted Burglary Of Rav Neuwirth's GemachThe thief arrived at the Raved Street home of Rabbi Neuwirth in Bnei Brak on motzei Shabbos, a man who operates a gemach – loaning money to the chareidi tzibur. The burglar managed to take four bags of cash but B’chasdei Hashem, the rav son-in-law, who lives in the building, arrived and he managed to grab bags from the thief and spray him with pepper spray, causing him to ...    Full Story »

Swedes Scratch Heads At Trump's Suggestion Of Major Incident (6 opinions)

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Swedes Scratch Heads At Trump's Suggestion Of Major IncidentSwedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe. It wasn't clear what he was referring to and there were no high-profile ...    Full Story »

Israel: Did Parents Severely Beat And Abuse Chronically Ill Child? (3 opinions)

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Israel: Did Parents Severely Beat And Abuse Chronically Ill Child?While abuse cases in Israel are not generally covered in the chareidi media, this case is an exception due to the severity of the incident, which should sound an alarm in all communities. Police over Shabbos arrested parents from Central Israel, in their 30s, suspected of conspiring to committed a crime as well as on suspicion of abusing and beating their helpless child R”L. The ...    Full Story »

Will You Help Janis And Joe Marry Off Esther?

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Will You Help Janis And Joe Marry Off Esther?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Many people reading this have either gotten married themselves or married off their children. No one argues the point that the costs for a wedding are enormous. Take those costs, cut down a little because this wedding is in Israel, then think how could you try to pull off the expenses when there is no money to be found. Joe and Janis are in this situation. ...    Full Story »

Armed Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot By NYPD In Brooklyn (1 opinions)

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Armed Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot By NYPD In BrooklynPolice shot and killed a man in Brooklyn early Sunday after he held up a bodega, then pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers. According to the NYPD, at about 12:40 a.m., a three person anti-crime unit consisting of one sergeant and two police officers responded to a 911 call of a gunpoint robbery in progress at the Garden Deli in Bushwick. The officers observed the suspect ...    Full Story »

IKEA Apologizes For Catalog Aimed At Ultra-Orthodox Jews (9 opinions)

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IKEA Apologizes For Catalog Aimed At Ultra-Orthodox JewsSwedish furniture retailer Ikea has apologized for a catalog aimed at Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that contains no images of women. Ikea says the booklet was produced by its Israeli branch, not by the Swedish group itself. IKEA spokeswoman Josefin Thorell says the catalog "is not something that has gone through us," adding "we have been very clear that this is not ...    Full Story »

US Vice President Visits Former Nazi Concentration Camp

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US Vice President Visits Former Nazi Concentration CampU.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II. Pence was joined by his wife, Karen Pence, and the couple's 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they toured the exhibits at the former concentration camp that was established by the ...    Full Story »

Bill Seeks To Make Marriage Happier And Prevent Divorce In Israel (3 opinions)

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Bill Seeks To Make Marriage Happier And Prevent Divorce In IsraelA bill initiated by MK (Likud) Yehuda Glick offers an incentive to couples who are willing to attend a pre-marriage course in the hope of reducing the number of divorces. The course is intended to provide newlyweds with tools to deal with married life and a family without resorting to violence. Courses would be approved by the Ministry of Welfare & Social Services. If a couple ...    Full Story »

London Mayor: 'Cruel' Trump Should Be Denied State Visit (3 opinions)

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London Mayor: 'Cruel' Trump Should Be Denied State VisitLondon's mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn't receive a state visit in Britain because of his "cruel" policies on immigration. Sadiq Khan said Sunday the U.S. president should not get VIP treatment when he comes to Britain later this year because of his "ban on people from seven Muslim-majorities countries" and his decision to block refugees from entering the United ...    Full Story »


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