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PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave

PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A person was in critical condition with severe burns after a fire erupted inside a Borough Park building Tuesday afternoon, DNAInfo is reporting. WABC is reporting that there was a small explosion. The person, whose identity was not immediately released, was hurt when the blaze broke out on the first floor of 910 McDonald Ave., near 18th Avenue, about 1:40 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said. He was taken to Maimonides Medical Center in critical condition with severe burns. Dozens of firefighters brought the ...

Bereaved Father is Angered & Pained After Hearing Israel Treated Hamas PM's Daughter (2 opinions)

Bereaved Father is Angered & Pained After Hearing Israel Treated Hamas PM's DaughterIDF Sgt. Ohz Mendlowitz, 21, of Avtalyon, was killed on 22 Tammuz in Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza. His father Ofir is pained and angered after reading reports that during ...    Full Story »

ISIS Intercept Seize Air-Dropped Weapons Cache Meant For Kurds (1 opinions)

ISIS Intercept Seize Air-Dropped Weapons Cache Meant For KurdsIslamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Rav Aryeh Stern And Rav Shlomo Amar Elected As Chief Rabbis Of Jerusalem (10 opinions)

BREAKING: Rav Aryeh Stern And Rav Shlomo Amar Elected As Chief Rabbis Of JerusalemThe polls in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race closed at 19:00. A total of 48 men and women were eligible to vote. Rabbi Aryeh Stern has been elected as the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim and will serve alongside Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the new Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim. The following are the official results released moments ago by the Jerusalem Election ...    Full Story »
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NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic Crimes

NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic CrimesWednesday, just hours before Shemini Atzeres, Councilman David G. Greenfield met with New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton and his top staff to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic crimes around New York City. Council Members Mark Treyger and Stephen Levin joined the meeting to review recent hate crimes and strategize on ways to put an end to the rise in violent ...    Full Story »

Greece Getaway with Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky – Thanksgiving week - Nov 26-Dec 1, 2014

Greece Getaway with Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky – Thanksgiving week - Nov 26-Dec 1, 2014 [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Greece Getaway Update: There are very few rooms left in the beautiful 5-star seaside resort hotel near Salonika booked for the upcoming Greece Getaway. Nesivos/Jewish Legacy Tours has created an exciting and inspiring 5 day/5 night Getaway led by Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky, world-renowned educator & speaker and Rabbi Doniel Baron, international educator. Rabbi ...    Full Story »

Coalition Angered Following PM's Decision to Topple Giyur Bill (2 opinions)

Coalition Angered Following PM's Decision to Topple Giyur BillThe smell of elections is increasingly present in the Israeli political arena as coalition members are angered over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to topple the Giyur Bill sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and party member MK Elazar Stern. The bill according to Gedolei Yisrael Shlita represents a threat to future generations. Understandably, the most audible ...    Full Story »

NYC Police Looking Into Arrest of Subway Performer (1 opinions)

NYC Police Looking Into Arrest of Subway PerformerFellow musicians are rallying around a subway performer whose arrest in a busy station was captured on video as straphangers jeered the officer. The New York Police Department says it's looking into the arrest. Andrew Kalleen, 30, was performing Friday at the G-train stop in Brooklyn's hipster Williamsburg neighborhood when an officer told him he must leave the station because he ...    Full Story »

Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month

Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last MonthUnemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for voters in this year's Congressional and ...    Full Story »

Rulings Of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZATZAL

Rulings Of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZATZAL[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] One of our most revered and venerable Torah sages of this last century was Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal, of Jerusalem, Israel. Members of the Torah community in Eretz Yisroel did not make a move without consulting his prodigious Torah knowledge and sagacious advice. He was recognized as a leading sage in both the Chareidi and Chardal Torah communities. ...    Full Story »

On Visit Home, Obama Looks Backward And Forward

On Visit Home, Obama Looks Backward And ForwardA lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue. While his trip to Chicago offered a sweet taste of nostalgia, it also offered reminders that his efforts in the first six years of his presidency have set the stage for immense challenges in his final two years. Everywhere he went, Obama got glimpses of a simpler time when ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Rav Amar Is Mispallel at the Tziyun of the Rashbi Ahead of Election

PHOTOS: Rav Amar Is Mispallel at the Tziyun of the Rashbi Ahead of Election[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita, a candidate to become the next Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim, visited the tziyun of the Rashbi on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei. The rav was mispallel and took part in an upsherin as seen in the photos. The polls in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race open on Tuesday at 16:00 until 19:00. Rabbi Amar is backed by the Bayit ...    Full Story »

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear GuidelinesFederal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed hard for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and ...    Full Story »

Rav Stern: Giyur Must be Accepted by Gedolei Yisrael (2 opinions)

Rav Stern: Giyur  Must be Accepted by Gedolei YisraelRabbi Aryeh Stern, who is a leading candidate to become the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim, told his inner circle that giyur must be in line with Gedolei Yisrael Shlita and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. One assumes the timing of his comments was due to the announcement Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced he is toppling the Giyur Bill sponsored by Justice ...    Full Story »

British Surveillance Drones to Fly Over Syria

British Surveillance Drones to Fly Over SyriaBritain's defense ministry says Royal Air Force drones will fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria, in a broadening of U.K. operations against the Islamic State group beyond Iraq. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday that British Reaper drones and Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft would be starting operations "very shortly." In a written statement to lawmakers, ...    Full Story »

Pressure Exerted on Voting Body in Jerusalem Rabbinate Election (6 opinions)

Pressure Exerted on Voting Body in Jerusalem Rabbinate ElectionAccording to a Kippa website report, “chareidi elements” have pressured at least three persons on the 48-member voting body that will elect the new chief rabbis of Yerushalayim. The report states three persons affiliated with the Bayit Yehudi party have been approached to vote for Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau instead of Rabbi Aryeh Stern, promised that in return for doing so they would ...    Full Story »

Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

Staples Investigating Possible Data BreachThe office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner. "We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation," spokesman Mark Cautela said in a ...    Full Story »

Rebitzen Eliyahu Blasts Jerusalem Mayor Barkat (4 opinions)

Rebitzen Eliyahu Blasts Jerusalem Mayor BarkatRebitzen Tzviya Eliyahu, the wife of Maran Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L attacked Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat harshly during a Kol Berama Radio interview on Monday night the eve of 27 Tishrei. She did not mention the mayor by name but it was clear that she was referring to him. Rebitzen Eliyahu was angered over reports that Barkat stands behind the deal that includes support for Jerusalem ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Decides to Topple Giyur Bill (4 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Decides to Topple Giyur BillIn what many perceive to be a peace overture to chareidi parties, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to topple the giyur bill sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and others, Channel 2 News reported. The report stated the prime minister informed Livni of his decision during a conversation with coalition faction leaders. The prime minister informed them the bill was being ...    Full Story »

Verizon Misses Street 3Q Forecasts

Verizon Misses Street 3Q ForecastsVerizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported lower net income but higher revenue in its third quarter, helped by strong wireless subscriber growth and demand for its FiOS Internet services. The New York-based company earned $3.69 billion, or 89 cents per share, up from $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier, when the company had fewer outstanding ...    Full Story »

US Airlines Raise Base Fares on Domestic Flights

US Airlines Raise Base Fares on Domestic FlightsU.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 per round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney and J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker. The ...    Full Story »

Rav Shapira Shlita Drops Out of Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate Race (1 opinions)

Rav Shapira Shlita Drops Out of Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate RaceRosh Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Rabbi Yaakov Shapira Shlita has dropped out of the race to become the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim. The announcement was made on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei, hours before the polls are set to open, at 16:00. Rav Shapira only registered as a candidate when the candidacy of Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita was challenged, not wishing to leave the race without ...    Full Story »

MK Eichler: The Danger to Har HaZeisim is Worse Now than During the British Mandate (4 opinions)

MK Eichler: The Danger to Har HaZeisim is Worse Now than During the British MandateAs part of a group brought to Har HaZeisim to get a firsthand look at the damage from Arab vandalism, MK Rav Yisrael Eichler lamented the dangers to the kevarim in the beis hachaim today are worse than during the British Mandate period. The participants saw broken and smashed matzeivos, burned matzeivos. Simply stated, widespread damage to kevarim. They were taken to the areas of ...    Full Story »

UPS Increases Some Shipping Rates By 4.9 Percent (1 opinions)

UPS Increases Some Shipping Rates By 4.9 PercentUPS says it is raising rates for a number of its shipping services by an average of 4.9 percent for 2015. The Atlanta-based company said Monday it is increasing rates for its ground, air, international, UPS Freight, and UPS air freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The increase goes into effect on Dec. 29. UPS had previously announced some size-related ...    Full Story »
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Halachically Speaking: Maris Ayin (1 opinions)

Halachically Speaking: Maris Ayin [Halachically Speaking appears on YWN weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays]  Written by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits of KOF-K Kosher Supervision   The halachos of maris ayin arise quite frequently. For example, one may go into a Kosher supermarket and see kosher shrimp with excellent hashgachas.    Full Story »

Arab MK Zoabi: Israel is Worse than ISIS (10 opinions)

Arab MK Zoabi: Israel is Worse than ISISArab MK Hanin Zoabi, who participated in the Marvi Marmara flotilla and equated Israeli soldiers with Nazis is in the news again. This time, the Israeli parliamentarian announced Israel is worse than ISIS. Needless to say her remarks were met with a harsh response from the Israeli political community. The Balad party MK explained that while ISIS murders a single person with a knife, ...    Full Story »

White House: Nazis Shouldn't Get Social Security

White House: Nazis Shouldn't Get Social SecurityFormer Nazis should not be collecting Social Security benefits as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards forced out of the U.S. "Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," White House spokesman ...    Full Story »

Cuomo: Washington Should Consider Ebola Travel Ban (1 opinions)

Cuomo: Washington Should Consider Ebola Travel BanNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying the federal government "should seriously consider" a ban on flights traveling to New York from three West African nations plagued by Ebola. Cuomo, a Democrat up for re-election next month, said Monday it was "not in his job description" to make decisions about closing airports. He also noted that the Port Authority of New York and New ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Effort Working Better

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Effort Working BetterNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says a program to help city homeowners with Superstorm Sandy home-repair efforts has made progress following his administration's overhaul. De Blasio said Monday that there have been 727 construction starts and 878 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program so far this year. That's compared to none at the start of the year, when he took ...    Full Story »

NY Ballot Question Divides Government Watchdogs (1 opinions)

NY Ballot Question Divides Government WatchdogsNew York voters will face a ballot question next month that, if approved, would create a commission to oversee redrawing the state's political map — a process that has long been criticized for being controlled by politics. The proposed commission sounds like the kind of reform that would please good-government groups like Common Cause and Citizens Union. But instead, the two ...    Full Story »

Additional Rabbonim Drop Out of Jerusalem Rabbinate Race (7 opinions)

Additional Rabbonim Drop Out of Jerusalem Rabbinate Race The list of candidates in the Tuesday afternoon election for new chief rabbis of Yerushalayim continues to shrink as additional rabbonim drop out of the race. The first rav to drop out was Rabbi Yehuda Rosenthal. He dropped out days after registering, leaving many wondering why he entered the race to begin with. Rabbi Avraham Chanoch Kutnier and Rabbi Moshe Maimon have also pulled ...    Full Story »

Nothing Like A Day At Home For Unpopular President (3 opinions)

Nothing Like A Day At Home For Unpopular PresidentThey say you can never truly go home again, but for Barack Obama, perhaps the old adage doesn't apply. Across the country, far more Americans say they disapprove of the president than approve. Democratic candidates in tough races are practically begging Obama to stay away this year. But this is Chicago, where support for the town's favorite son still runs high. Throngs of ...    Full Story »

Is the IDF Lying About False Alarms in S. Israel? (2 opinions)

Is the IDF Lying About False Alarms in S. Israel?Sirens sounded in an Eshkol Regional Council community of southern Israel on Monday 26 Tishrei. Sirens sounded in a number of communities in the south on Sunday. The IDF reported in all cases the sirens were a false alarm triggered by malfunction or over sensitive sensors. Major (reserves) Ran Levy however insists this is not so and that rockets were indeed fired in some case. Levy ...    Full Story »

Even If Their Party Wins US Senate, Some Republican Governors Say Obamacare Repeal Is Unlikely

Even If Their Party Wins US Senate, Some Republican Governors Say Obamacare Repeal Is UnlikelyWhile Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own misgivings and adamant ...    Full Story »

Deri Joins Livni in their Opposition to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu (4 opinions)

Deri Joins Livni in their Opposition to Rabbi Shmuel EliyahuShas leader Aryeh Deri and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni are actively opposing the candidacy of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race. Livni insists the rabbi is racist and his candidacy should be disqualified, referring to the rav’s policy opposing the rental or sale of Jewish properties in Tzfas to Arabs. Livni stated that electing Rabbi Eliyahu to a chief rabbi ...    Full Story »

US Lawmaker Demands Probe Of Nazi Benefit Payments (1 opinions)

US Lawmaker Demands Probe Of Nazi Benefit PaymentsA senior House Democrat is demanding an immediate investigation following an Associated Press report that suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards received millions of dollars in American Social Security benefits. Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York requested the inquiry in letters sent Monday to the inspectors general at the Justice Department and Social Security ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Address the 'From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other' Conference (2 opinions)

President Rivlin Address the 'From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other' ConferencePresident Reuven Rivlin addressed the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities at a special conference on "From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other". "The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates ...    Full Story »

US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Fixed

US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags FixedA potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been ...    Full Story »


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