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Hagel: Islamic State Presents New Challenge To US

Hagel: Islamic State Presents New Challenge To US
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Islamic State group “an incredibly powerful new threat.” Hagel says in an interview that security problems around the globe now “are far more diffuse and varied” than in the past. He says the United States has never seen an organization like the Islamic State. In an interview broadcast on “CBS This Morning,” he describes ISIL as “so well organized, so well trained, so well-funded, so strategic, so brutal, so completely ruthless.” Hagel’s appearance Thursday came a week ...

Widows of Har Nof Kedoshim: Refrain from Machlokes!

Widows of Har Nof Kedoshim: Refrain from Machlokes!The almanos of the Har Nof Kedoshim HY”D have released a letter addressed to the tzibur at large, a letter that calls for achdus and to accept getting along and loving one another, including between the different machanos of Klall Yisrael. The women also call to accept this Shabbos, erev Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5775 as a Shabbos of Ahavas Chinam and to refrain from loshon hora and ...    Full Story »

Thruway, Other Major Buffalo-Area Roads Are Closed

Thruway, Other Major Buffalo-Area Roads Are ClosedRoad closures and travel bans remain in place in western New York as the region deals with another round of lake-effect snow on top of the nearly 6 feet that's already on the ground in some places. During a news conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Cheektowaga Thursday morning, state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said a 132-mile stretch of the Thruway ...    Full Story »

IDF Concludes Last Week Vehicular Incident In The Gush Was Terror Attack (1 opinions)

IDF Concludes Last Week Vehicular Incident In The Gush Was Terror AttackThe IDF has concluded its investigation into the vehicular incident at Gush Etzion Junction that was first reported to be a terror attack, then a mistaken hit-and-run and now ruled a terror attack. The ...    Full Story »

Defeating Yishmael Through Chessed (2 opinions)

Defeating Yishmael Through Chessed[By Eli Hershkop] This past Motzei Shabbos I had the privilege of attending a speech by my Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Menachem Eichenstein, of Yeshivas Dvar Torah, Yerushalaim. He spoke about the concept of Gadlus (greatness), and how it can be used to defeat those who want to harm us, especially Yishmael. In the wake of the terrible massacre in Har Nof I felt a responsibility to share ...    Full Story »

Pick Up your Copy of Business Network Magazine Now

Pick Up your Copy of Business Network Magazine Now[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Visit your local grocery store or supermarket and you’ll find the new issue of Business Network magazine at the newsstand. Business Network – the Jewish community’s only business magazine – is being sold at over 250 locations across North America and beyond. This exciting issue was months in the works, and brings an amazing array of practical ...    Full Story »

Rav Mendel Fuchs Instructs His Mispallalim to Bring a Cell Phone on Shabbos (6 opinions)

Rav Mendel Fuchs Instructs His Mispallalim to Bring a Cell Phone on ShabbosFollowing the barbaric massacre of mispallalim in the Har Nof shul this week, HaRav Mendel Fuchs instructed his kehilla that they should be certain family members do not go outside alone. He also permitted carrying a cellular telephone on Shabbos in one’s pants pocket on Shabbos, not one’s shirt pocket. Rav Fuchs is mora d’asra of Beis Knesses Nachlas Azriel in The Ramot ...    Full Story »

Dr. Joyce Morel Recounts Horror at Har Nof Massacre (2 opinions)

Dr. Joyce Morel Recounts Horror at Har Nof MassacreThe Following is VIA Theglobeandmail.com It took Joyce Morel only a minute or two to race from her home to the Jerusalem synagogue where two assailants had burst in on early morning prayers with a meat cleaver and a gun. She ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Person Who Arrived From Mali Is Quarantined At Bellevue Hospital With #Ebola Symptoms (1 opinions)

BREAKING: Person Who Arrived From Mali Is Quarantined At Bellevue Hospital With #Ebola SymptomsAn individual who came to the United States from Mali, a country with limited Ebola transmission, was taken to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center today. Due to the individual’s travel history and symptoms, the patient has been isolated, and an Ebola test will be performed. Results are expected later today. (YWN Desk - NYC)

Vishnitzer Rebbe Advises Against Hiring Arabs (1 opinions)

Vishnitzer Rebbe Advises Against Hiring ArabsThe Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita has recommended to his chassidim to stop employing Arabs for the time being but emphasized his words are just advice, his conclusion based on contemplating today’s situation. He added his words are not to not compel chassidim as he is just advising. The rebbe made his announcement while in Modi’in Illit. Those present state the rebbe’s tone was ...    Full Story »

MAILBAG: Terror and Tears in Our Neighborhood - Har Nof (5 opinions)

MAILBAG: Terror and Tears in Our Neighborhood - Har Nof The following was sent by a YWN reader. We heard the ambulances. We heard there was a terrorist attack. Then we heard it was at our shul down the road. We got a phone call from Chaya Levine asking my husband to please look at the shul next door to see if Rav Kalman was there. My husband had dovened neitz with him just a short time ago. Rav Kalman gave him a hearty “yashar ...    Full Story »

Halachic Analysis: Packing (A Gun) In Shul (5 opinions)

Halachic Analysis: Packing (A Gun) In Shul[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] The horrific tragedy in Har Nof this past Tuesday should cause us, perhaps, to rethink the manner in which we observe a certain halacha. It is not that halacha should change. Rather, changing circumstances in Israel leads us to the application of different aspects of halacha. There is an Intifada happening now, and this creates new realities in Shuls, schools, ...    Full Story »

Hikind Hosts Yeshiva Bus Managers Meeting; Works To Eliminate Early A.M. Sanitation Runs (2 opinions)

Hikind Hosts Yeshiva Bus Managers Meeting; Works To Eliminate Early A.M. Sanitation RunsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) hosted a meeting today with representatives of Boro Park’s yeshiva bus managers to help resolve issues impacting their bus drivers, the yeshivas and ultimately the entire community. Following up on concerns recently raised in a meeting with the bus managers, Assemblyman Hikind made it clear that his top priority is finding a solution to the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Police Intercept Container Containing Massive Cache Of Knives, Fireworks, And Tasers Headed To East Jerusalem (6 opinions)

VIDEO: Police Intercept Container Containing Massive Cache Of Knives, Fireworks, And Tasers Headed To East Jerusalem[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A massive amount of fireworks, electric tasers, and knives were intercepted by Israeli Police shortly after arriving from China to the Ashdod Port. The packed container was supposed to be transporting "X-Mas decorations", but as can be seen in the attached video, the amount of knives, fireworks, and answers inside are simply shocking. Police said they ...    Full Story »

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers After 'Finger Amputations'

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers After 'Finger Amputations'Graco has recalled about 4.7 million strollers in the United States due to a fingertip amputation risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. Graco has received 11 reports of finger injuries, including fingertip and partial-fingertip amputations. The recalled also affects over 212,000 strollers in Canada and Mexico. Eleven models of Graco and ...    Full Story »

LIVE TONIGHT: OBAMA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE AMNESTY (3 opinions)

LIVE TONIGHT: OBAMA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE AMNESTYIn a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency. Obama declared that Washington has allowed ...    Full Story »

Storm Blamed For 8th Death In New York

Storm Blamed For 8th Death In New YorkA massive lake-effect snowstorm that’s been pounding the Buffalo area is being blamed for an eighth death. Erie County officials announced the death Thursday morning, saying a man in his 60s was stricken a day earlier while using a snow blower. The news comes as a new blast of snow was moving through western New York. Authorities say seven people in Erie County and one person in ...    Full Story »

WATCH - KIDDUSH HASHEM: ABC News Films Shul In Har Nof Massacre - Now Back To Full Time Limud Hatorah (4 opinions)

WATCH - KIDDUSH HASHEM: ABC News Films Shul In Har Nof Massacre - Now Back To Full Time Limud Hatorah[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] ABC News on Wednesday visited Kehillas Bnei Torah, located at 5 Agassi Street in Har Nof, where on Tuesday morning two terrorists killed 5 people in cold blood. 4 Kedoshim were murdered while they were Davening Shacharis, and one hero Israeli [Druze] police officer - one of the Chasidei Umos HaOlam - as he tried to kill the terrorists. The Shul, led by ...    Full Story »

NSA Director: China Can Damage US Power Grid

NSA Director: China Can Damage US Power GridChina and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyber attacks to shut down the electric grid in parts of the United States. That's according to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. The possibility of such cyberattacks by U.S. adversaries has been widely known, but never confirmed publicly by the ...    Full Story »

How Maran HaRav Shteinman Reacted To The Har Nof Massacre (4 opinions)

How Maran HaRav Shteinman Reacted To The Har Nof MassacreHaGaon HaRav Moshe Yehuda Schneider, who is the chavrusa of Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita, announced on Wednesday evening 26 Marcheshvan that “The Rosh Yeshiva said ‘We knew in chutz l’aretz there were the goyim, the Polish and Russians that hated the Jews and now, we see that in Eretz Yisrael it is even worse – there are the Arabs that hate the Jews so ...    Full Story »

Round 2: Buffalo Faces Another Wintry Wallop (2 opinions)

Round 2: Buffalo Faces Another Wintry WallopA new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day on Thursday, piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. But the meteorological "kick me" sign on the city hasn't fallen off just yet. Forecasters say a rapid weekend warmup, with temperatures as high as ...    Full Story »

Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC's JFK Airport

Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC's JFK AirportFederal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City's Kennedy Airport this week. The FAA says the latest incident occurred Wednesday as a JetBlue flight from Savannah, Georgia, reported spotting a drone when it was about two miles from the runway. Authorities say on Sunday a Virgin Atlantic ...    Full Story »

Kerry To Join Iran Nuclear Talks In Vienna

Kerry To Join Iran Nuclear Talks In ViennaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna later Thursday to join high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran as a deadline for an agreement fast approaches. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would be going to the Austrian capital from Paris to “check in” on the talks. It was not yet determined how long he would stay in Vienna, leaving open the ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Speaks with the Father of Policeman Killed in Har Nof Shul Massacre (3 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Speaks with the Father of Policeman Killed in Har Nof Shul MassacrePrime Minister Binyamin on Thursday evening 26 Marcheshvan, spoke with Sheikh Nuhad Seif, the father of Israel Police Master Sergeant Zidan Seif who was murdered in the massacre in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof, and told him, "Your son's brave action prevented many casualties. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I would like to express condolences over his falling in the line ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Democrats Must Keep Progressive Vision (7 opinions)

NYC Mayor: Democrats Must Keep Progressive VisionNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged his fellow Democrats to articulate a clear progressive message and reject the "safe" campaign themes that he said doomed them in this month's midterm elections. "The results speak for themselves," de Blasio told Politico's chief White House correspondent Mike Allen. "Folks who didn't try this message lost, sadly, overwhelmingly. ...    Full Story »
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Knesset Orders Bodyguard for Shas MK Eli Yishai (1 opinions)

Knesset Orders Bodyguard for Shas MK Eli YishaiKnesset security officials have ordered around-the-clock security for Shas MK Eli Yishai after learning of the threats made against him. The new security arrangement began on Wednesday morning 26 Marcheshvan. Yishai received threats from “radical Islamic elements” via Facebook. Yishai joins the growing list of elected officials with additional security due to threats including MK ...    Full Story »

At Least One Woman to be Appointed to Each Religious Council

At Least One Woman to be Appointed to Each Religious CouncilDeputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan promises a radical change in the makeup of religious councils around the country. Ben-Dahan says that at least one woman will be appointed to each religious council. Rabbi Ben-Dahan took part in a session of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women on Wednesday morning 26 Marcheshvan. The deputy minister explained ...    Full Story »

Democrats: Go Big On The Economy In 2016 (2 opinions)

Democrats: Go Big On The Economy In 2016Democrats say the main lesson of the November election is simple: Go big on the economy. Party officials attending a daylong conference Wednesday hosted by the Center for American Progress said Democrats failed to make a forceful pitch to middle-class voters on issues like economic opportunity, stagnant wages and rising college costs — and suffered the consequences. "Too many ...    Full Story »

Only 59 Percent of Israelis Will Own an Apt in 2020 (1 opinions)

Only 59 Percent of Israelis Will Own an Apt in 2020The firm of Ze’ev & Erez Cohen Certified Adjusters reports the legislative foot-dragging during the last eight months surrounding the Zero Value Added Tax Bill will have harsh repercussions for younger generation in Israel. Erez Cohen explains that the probe conducted by the company reveals that back in the 1980s and 1990s, when there was still construction in the public ...    Full Story »

GOP Governors Attack Obama's Immigration Order (3 opinions)

GOP Governors Attack Obama's Immigration OrderThe nation's Republican governors on Wednesday lashed out at President Barack Obama's plans to unilaterally protect millions of immigrants from deportation, but clashed over whether their congressional colleagues should threaten a government shutdown in response. The issue dominated the first full day of the Republican Governors Association annual meeting, where a half-dozen ...    Full Story »

Yom Kippur Koton in Light of Har Nof Massacre (2 opinions)

Yom Kippur Koton in Light of Har Nof MassacreRavaad Eida Chareidis HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita announced his shul in Har Nof will be having Yom Kippur Koton davening on Thursday, 27 Marcheshvan, at 15:30, in light of the massacre in Kehillas Bnei Torah earlier this week R”L. Yom Kippur Koton will also be held at 13:00 in Kehillas Bnei Torah, the site of the massacre as per the announcement of the mora d’asra shlita, ...    Full Story »

MK Feiglin Launches his Election Campaign (6 opinions)

MK Feiglin Launches his Election CampaignWith Likud party primaries nearing, Moshe Feiglin is preparing to compete against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the party leadership position. Towards achieving this goal, Feiglin has launched a new website. Feiglin has ...    Full Story »

Aide: Obama Open to Limits in War Authorization

Aide: Obama Open to Limits in War AuthorizationThe Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday. Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the ...    Full Story »

Tel Avivians Shout 'Allah Akbar' - Police Respond (2 opinions)

Tel Avivians Shout 'Allah Akbar' - Police RespondA number of hours following the barbaric terror attack in a Har Nof shul, residents of the Ben-Yehuda Street area of Tel Aviv heard shouts of Allah Akbar. This was enough for them to call police without hesitating. It appears the shouts came from an apartment and loudspeakers were used to get the message out far and wide. Police tracked down the apartment but the occupants refused to ...    Full Story »

Israel: Security Guards will Takes Weapons Home (1 opinions)

Israel: Security Guards will Takes Weapons HomeOne of the policy changes being implemented following the massacre of mispallalim at a Har Nof shul is that security guards at the end of their shifts will be able to take their handgun with them. This includes security guards at schools and other locations. To date, they have been compelled to sign the weapon back at work before leaving. The announcement was made following the attack ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Religious Leaders Gather at the Site of the Har Nof Massacre [Letter From Bostoner Rebbe In Article] (5 opinions)

PHOTOS: Religious Leaders Gather at the Site of the Har Nof Massacre [Letter From Bostoner Rebbe In Article][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As certain elements would be pleased to see the ongoing increase in violence and attacks in Yerushalayim turn into a religious war, others are acting to prevent this very occurrence. Religious leaders from different faiths gathered on Wednesday morning 26 Marcheshvan outside Kehillas Bnei Torah at 5 Agassi Street in the Har Nof community of Yerushalayim. ...    Full Story »

Rishon L'Tzion: PM Promised to Bury the One Chief Rabbinate Bill

Rishon L'Tzion: PM Promised to Bury the One Chief Rabbinate BillThe One Chief Rabbi law was passed a number of months ago in its first reading. The law states that when the current Chief Rabbis of Israel end their term, only one chief rabbi will be elected in the future. Since that vote the bill has been on hold. Kikar Shabbos reports that in a recent shiur given by Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, the rav stated he received a ...    Full Story »

Rav Dovid Yosef: Netanyahu Goes Against The Torah And Does Not Have Siyata Dishmaya (14 opinions)

Rav Dovid Yosef: Netanyahu Goes Against The Torah And Does Not Have Siyata DishmayaHaRav Dovid Yosef Shlita, a member of Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, spoke about the slaughter of mispallalim in the Har Nof shul on Tuesday, 25 Marcheshvan. The rav’s words were carried on Kol Berama Radio. The rav explained “we are all broken over the tragedy, the entire kehilla of Har Nof is broken over the tragedy”. The rav stressed it is not our jobs to question why HKBH ...    Full Story »

Records Reveal Divide on Ferguson Police Tactics

Records Reveal Divide on Ferguson Police TacticsNewly released emails, sent to and from Missouri's top public-safety officials, show that the state police captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death was both vilified and praised for attempting to replace authorities' militarized approach with one more sympathetic to protesters. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through an open-records ...    Full Story »


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