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Israel: Late Night 1 Shekel Cup of Coffee

Israel: Late Night 1 Shekel Cup of Coffee
According to Ministry of Transportation data, 18% of all road deaths occur during nighttime hours and 17% of all vehicular accidents occur at night. Deputy Minister of Transportation Tzipi Hotevely has decided to become more aggressive in fighting road accidents. She is addressing accidents that occur as a result of driver fatigue. Hotevely has contacted the nation’s major gas companies, Paz, Sonol, Dekel and Dor Alon and they have agreed that their convenience stores will sell a cup of coffee to drivers for 1 shekel between midnight ...

Israel: Election Fever has Parties Jockeying for Position

Israel: Election Fever has Parties Jockeying for PositionFor many, it is nothing short of a miracle that the current coalition has survived as long as it has but the latest piece of legislation to challenge its continued existence is the Jewish Nation Bill. Due to the efforts of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the bill will not be voted on in Knesset on Wednesday 4 Kislev, as the Yisrael Beitenu party leader managed to buy a week’s time ...    Full Story »

Mayor De Blasio: NYC Ready For Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm

Mayor De Blasio: NYC Ready For Pre-Thanksgiving SnowstormNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the nation's largest city "is ready" for any potential snow around Thanksgiving. Forecasters say New York could receive several inches of snow during a storm hitting Wednesday. Higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see up to a foot of snow. The nasty weather threatens to hinder travel on the day before Thanksgiving, ...    Full Story »

Gaza: Shajaia Residents Refuse to Move to Caravans Donated By Turkey

Gaza: Shajaia Residents Refuse to Move to Caravans Donated By TurkeyResidents of Gaza’s Shajaia neighborhood and nearby areas are refusing to enter into caravan homes donated to Gaza by the Turkish Government ahead of winter. According to Housing and Public Works Minister Mufeed Al-Hassayna, tens of thousands of homes must be restored and rebuilt following the warfare with Israel this summer, Operation Protective Edge. UN Mideast Envoy Robert Serry ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces MTA Preparations For Winter Storms

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces MTA Preparations For Winter StormsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that with four to eight inches of snow predicted to coat the New York region, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is closely monitoring weather forecasts and readying its forces to keep the region’s network of subways, buses, railroads, bridges, tunnels and paratransit operating in the event of significant snowfall. New York City ...    Full Story »

Chabad Shaliach Whose Rebitzen was Killed in a Rocket Attack to Remarry

Chabad Shaliach Whose Rebitzen was Killed in a Rocket Attack to RemarryChabad Shaliach to India Rabbi Shmulil Sharf is getting married again after his rebitzen, Miri Sharf HY”D, was killed when a Hamas rocket made a direct hit on a Kiryat Malachi home in 2012, during Operation Pillar of ...    Full Story »

Police Across US Prepare for More Ferguson Rallies

Police Across US Prepare for More Ferguson RalliesPolice in U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York prepared for another day of demonstrations Tuesday after thousands flooded the streets, some in peaceful protest and others in riotous anger over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Renewed plans for marches and rallies came as officials in cities such as ...    Full Story »

Regev: Place Demobilized Soldiers at the Schools for Protection

Regev: Place Demobilized Soldiers at the Schools for ProtectionDuring a session of the Knesset Interior Committee on Monday, 2 Kislev, Israel Police Brigadier-General Amitai Levy explained the department evaluates the security situation and makes daily decisions regarding what is required in the nation’s schools and other venues. Committee members are calling on police to reinstate school patrols in which cars are assigned to patrol schools in ...    Full Story »

Have you Registered for Rabbi Friedman’s New Course Yet?

Have you Registered for Rabbi Friedman’s New Course Yet?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Join Rabbi Manis Friedman for the new Intimacy for Men course that starts on Monday, 9 Kislev/December 1. This is a four part tele-seminar that discusses the theory, the practice, and the results of following Torah’s guidelines. Click here for the full course information. We live at ...    Full Story »

Critics Question Timing of Ferguson Announcement

Critics Question Timing of Ferguson AnnouncementAn aide to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is defending the timing of the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case, even as some question whether the nighttime announcement fed the unrest. McCulloch held a news conference at 8 p.m. Monday to disclose that the grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael ...    Full Story »

Holder: 'Disappointed' by Violence in Ferguson

Holder: 'Disappointed' by Violence in FergusonAttorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. "It is clear, I think, that acts of violence threaten to drown out those who have legitimate voices, legitimate demonstrators," Holder told reporters. "Those acts of violence cannot ...    Full Story »

Opposition Leader Calls out to Lapid Livni to Create a Coalition

Opposition Leader Calls out to Lapid Livni to Create a CoalitionAt a time many feel the current coalition government is all but done for, opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog is looking ahead, calling on the Yesh Atid and The Movement parties to agree to enter into a coalition with Labor. At the start of a faction meeting on Monday 2 Kislev, Herzog stated “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is jeopardizing the nation’s basic and fundamental ...    Full Story »

Two Teens Shot Dead, Two Different Obama Reactions

Two Teens Shot Dead, Two Different Obama ReactionsTwo unarmed black teenagers shot dead. Two very different reactions from President Barack Obama. In contrast to the deeply personal response that Obama delivered last year after a Florida jury found Trayvon Martin's killer not guilty, America's first black president was more restrained in speaking after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict Michael Brown's shooter. The cases ...    Full Story »

Obama: No Excuse for Destructive Acts in Ferguson

Obama: No Excuse for Destructive Acts in FergusonPresident Barack Obama says there's "no excuse" for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying property in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama says such "destructive" actions are criminal and those who are responsible should be prosecuted. The president is speaking in Chicago a day after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict a police officer in ...    Full Story »

Peretz Calls to Directly Elect the Prime Minister to Keep Bennett Out of the Driver's Seat

Peretz Calls to Directly Elect the Prime Minister to Keep Bennett Out of the Driver's SeatMK (The Movement) Amir Peretz, who recently resigned as a member of the cabinet due to his objections to government policies, is now pushing a bill that will permit the direct election of the prime minister. At present, the party with the most number of seats is generally given the presidential mandate to assemble a coalition. If the party succeeds, then the head of the large party ...    Full Story »

Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options

Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull OptionsConsumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law. But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets — even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future. For many people, government subsidies will cushion the hit. And there's a ...    Full Story »

Former Minister Perez Not Ruling Out the Number One Spot

Former Minister Perez Not Ruling Out the Number One SpotIn what most would view as an unrealistic occurrence, former Minister of Environmental Affairs Amir Peretz told the media he does not rule out being the person to replace Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Peretz, a member of The Movement party, recently resigned from the cabinet over the administration’s policies. He feels his party should break from the coalition as well. Peretz, ...    Full Story »

Additional Guardsmen Dispatched to Ferguson

Additional Guardsmen Dispatched to FergusonMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Nixon's office announced early Tuesday that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the center of protests late Monday and early ...    Full Story »

Housing Minister Ariel Cancels Visit to Har Habayis

Housing Minister Ariel Cancels Visit to Har HabayisIn light of the worrisome security situation, Housing Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel on Monday decided to cancel a planned visit to Har Habayis. When he informed the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) of his planned visit days before it was to take place, the security agency asked him to reconsider due to the security situation. After contemplating the matter, Ariel agreed ...    Full Story »

Iran Nuke Talks Face Obstacles Even With More Time

Iran Nuke Talks Face Obstacles Even With More TimeThe United States and Iran hope a new deadline in nuclear talks will allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran's capacity to make nuclear arms. Western diplomats familiar with the talks said Tuesday they have agreed on little more than to keep talking until June 30, ...    Full Story »

MK Maklev: Human Bones Thrown into Cartons in a Basement in Hebrew University

MK Maklev: Human Bones Thrown into Cartons in a Basement in Hebrew UniversityMK (Yahadut Hatorah) filed a query with Education Minister (Yesh Atid) Shai Prion who is responsible for Hebrew University regarding his discovery that boxes of human bones have simply been thrown into a basement on campus and left in an unacceptably dishonorable fashion. He cites the bones originated in archeological sites and they were brought to the university campus where they ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Drama In The Knesset After Arab MKs Removed From Podium For Calling Jewish MKs a Fascist (3 opinions)

WATCH: Drama In The Knesset After Arab MKs Removed From Podium For Calling Jewish MKs a Fascist[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Rising tensions between Jews and Arabs has reached Knesset as Arab MKs Muhmad Baraka (Hadash) and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) left the Knesset plenum on Monday 2 Kislev after calling their Jewish colleagues “fascists” and yelling “go choke”. It began with a heated argument between Baraka and MK (Yisrael Beitenu) David Rotem during which the former ...    Full Story »

Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Berlin Chabad House

Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Berlin Chabad HouseA 22-year-old Israeli man was the victim of another anti-Semitic attack in Europe, this time outside a Berlin Chabad house. The Islamic attackers saw him leave the Chabad house and they then attacked him. He was transported and treated in a local hospital. The attack occurred early Sunday evening in Berlin's Wilmersdorf neighborhood. According to the witness, he was attacked by four ...    Full Story »

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge Pricing (1 opinions)

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge PricingToday, Councilman Greenfield will introduce legislation in the City Council to rein in Uber's exorbitant "surge pricing" and protect consumers from price gouging fares. Uber, a car service company which allows customers to hail a private car or taxi from a mobile app, has faced increasing scrutiny over its surge pricing model. Surge pricing allows for normal rates for car service to ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Comments On Iran In Knesset

PM Netanyahu Comments On Iran In KnessetAs Iran gets closer than ever to becoming the world’s next nuclear power, Israel continues to insist it will not permit Tehran to reach the stage it can manufacture a nuclear bomb. Following is a statement released in Knesset by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, 2 Kislev. "We are anxiously monitoring the nuclear talks with Iran. We are also using our contacts and ...    Full Story »

A Glance At #Ferguson - Then, Now And The Future (3 opinions)

A Glance At #Ferguson - Then, Now And The FutureThe weeks of anxious waiting and hours of deliberating ended Monday, but the grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown will likely reverberate throughout the community and nation for days to come. THE LATEST: Attorneys for Michael Brown's family and the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized St. Louis ...    Full Story »
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Highlights Of Testimony In Michael Brown Shooting (1 opinions)

Highlights Of Testimony In Michael Brown ShootingA St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses — many of whom gave conflicting statements — before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Here are some of the highlights from the ...    Full Story »

Kashrus Alert: Streit’s Chocolate Coins (2 opinions)

Kashrus Alert:  Streit’s Chocolate CoinsIt was recently discovered that the candy company which made chocolate coins for the Streit's company did not have proper OU supervision during production. The Streit's company is, therefore removing all of the imported chocolate coins from the marketplace. Consumers that have purchased any of these items can return them to the retailer for a refund. (Studio B - YWN)

Will a Fence be Constructed Around Har HaZeisim? (2 opinions)

Will a Fence be Constructed Around Har HaZeisim?Rabbi Menachem Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee for Defense of Har HaZeisim visited in Israel and held meetings with lawmakers and others towards improving the untenable situation that exists in the Har HaZeisim area. Lubinsky met with the Chairwoman of the Knesset Interior Committee, MK Miri Regev, as well as a number of chareidi MKs including David Azoulai and ...    Full Story »

Thanksgiving Trumps 'Black Friday' For Deals

Thanksgiving Trumps 'Black Friday' For DealsThanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and ...    Full Story »

Growing Concerns the IDF May be Getting too Frum (9 opinions)

Growing Concerns the IDF May be Getting too FrumIt was a stormy session of a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee on Monday, 2 Kislev, as the forum was discussing fears there is a wave of religiosity taking over the military. One example cited was the     Full Story »

Most Police Shootings Don't End With Prosecutions

Most Police Shootings Don't End With ProsecutionsA Missouri grand jury's decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges is the latest in a long line of police shooting investigations that show the latitude afforded law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case was never whether Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, but rather whether the Aug. 9 killing ...    Full Story »

Shots Fired at a Budapest Jewish School

Shots Fired at a Budapest Jewish SchoolShots were first at the Lauder Javne Jewish Community School in Budapest, the daily HaMevaser reports. Panic and fear spread among students and staff after they detected two bullet holes in windows, apparently caused during the night. Police report the building was occupied until 18:00 at night and people returned at 07:30, providing a window during which the attack occurred. Police ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Shuns Entertainer Over Controversial New Song (2 opinions)

President Rivlin Shuns Entertainer Over Controversial New SongPresident Reuven Rivlin has informed Israeli singer Amir Benayoun that his invitation to perform at an official function has been canceled. The reason given is Benayoun’s new song, “Ahmed Loves Israel”, in which he describes the intentions of an Arab student who plans to carry out a terror attack. Benayoun was to perform as part of events scheduled to mark the exile and ...    Full Story »

Legal Scholars: Obama's Immigration Actions Lawful (1 opinions)

Legal Scholars: Obama's Immigration Actions LawfulMore than 100 immigration professors and scholars declared Tuesday that President Barack Obama's decision to make several million immigrants illegally in the United States eligible to be spared from deportation is constitutional and within his administrative powers. The 135 scholars focused on two major provisions of Obama's executive actions announced last week. One would shield ...    Full Story »

Hagel Resignation Comes At Messy Moment For US (1 opinions)

Hagel Resignation Comes At Messy Moment For USDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Pentagon chief in six years. During a White House ...    Full Story »

A Stormy Tuesday Night Expected Around Israel

A Stormy Tuesday Night Expected Around IsraelEmergency service agencies are busy preparing for what is promised to be the first major winter storm, beginning on Tuesday evening 3 Kislev. Forecasters expect major thundershowers and heavy winds beginning at 8:00PM Tuesday, lasting a number of hours. The storm is expected to continue during the night but the heaviest rains will only last a few hours, forecasters explain. The main ...    Full Story »


YWN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rebbe of Bobov-45: We Will Assume The Distinction Of 'Bobov-45' (4 opinions)

bobov [VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As YWN reported last week, thousands of Chassidim participated in a monumental gathering organized by Bobov-45 last Tuesday. Only Chassidim who had gotten entry tickets beforehand were permitted to attend the gathering, and the three thousand seats filled up quickly. Buses transported Chassidim from all major neighborhoods, and the dais was filled with illustrious members of the Chassidus and with the revered offspring of the Bobover Rebbes zy”a. At the event, the Rebbe announced that the Chassidus will be taking on the name "Bobov-45". “There are two sides before us – one dictates that we obey and one dictates that we should not obey. I plumbed the depths of this matter, together with my brother-in-law, HaGaon HaRav shlita, and we made the decision that we will do what our father-in-law, the Rav zt”l, would have done if he would have been faced with such a situation. It is clear as day that my father-in-law and his grandfathers, the Bobover Rebbes zt”l, would certainly have chosen the path that is closest to peace, as we have seen in their conduct throughout the years. “Therefore, this is our decision – to go in the path that is closest to peace. This is not a degradation; this is the path of our forbears. This is the Bobover derech. But this only applies if there will be complete peace. I say this to those who are here and to those who are not here. We are taking this step only to attain peace, and only if there will be peace, will the verdict be obeyed… “We will go with this distinction – 45 – and as I previously said, we do not view this as a degradation and this is not an accompanying title. Rather, it is a random distinction, and we should note that, linguistically, this signifies the path of the Rav zt”l – ‘vanachni mah’ (i.e. a path of humility, signified by the numerical equivalence of the word ‘mah’ which is 45). In conclusion, the Rebbe spoke about the glory of the kehillah, with its multitude of branches internationally, and its many magnificent mosdos educating approximately 4,500 students. To read a synopsis of what the Bobov Rebbe-45 said at the event, click HERE. Below is an exclusive video of the Rebbes full drasha. (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)

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