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NY Confirms Flu Cases In 44 Counties, All NYC Boroughs

NY Confirms Flu Cases In 44 Counties, All NYC Boroughs
New York's health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, requiring health care workers who aren't vaccinated against it to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present. Dr. Howard Zucker says some workers in medical settings choose not to get shots, which he says provide a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and transmitting it. Zucker says requiring unvaccinated workers to wear masks around patients helps protect the sick, elderly and other vulnerable people. According to the ...

PM Netanyahu Decides to Appoint Nadav Argaman as the Next Director of the Shin Bet

PM Netanyahu Decides to Appoint Nadav Argaman as the Next Director of the Shin BetPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed Nadav Argaman as the next Director of the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet). Argaman, 55, is married and the father of three and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the ISA. He joined an elite IDF unit in 1978. In 1983 he joined the ISA and has since served in a variety of operational posts. Between 2003-2007, he ...    Full Story »

My Close Friend Passed Away and now Their Children are Making a Wedding in 5 Days

PM Netanyahu Decides to Appoint Nadav Argaman as the Next Director of the Shin Bet[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] I have been a close friend and Rabbi to this family for nearly thirty years, going back to even before their marriage. For the last several months I have been witness, daily, to the toll that this tragedy has taken on their family. There are seven children living at home, all of whom have had to look to the father for virtually all of their needs while ...    Full Story »

Bush Highlights Faith As Presidential Quality

Bush Highlights Faith As Presidential QualityJeb Bush says the president should be a role model in many ways, including in terms of faith. Bush told several hundred attendees at a faith forum at conservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. on Friday that he was brought to tears watching relatives of the Charleston church shooting forgive the accused gunman during his televised arraignment last summer. The former ...    Full Story »

Presidential Contenders Fight For Minority Voters In SC

Presidential Contenders Fight For Minority Voters In SCPresidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several ...    Full Story »

Hiddush Responds to the Supreme Court Decision Permitting Non-Orthodox Conversions

Hiddush Responds to the Supreme Court Decision Permitting Non-Orthodox ConversionsHiddush head, Reformed Rabbi Uri Regev, called for “using stern measures and prosecuting the man who burned a prayer book at the Kotel.” According to Regev, “It's disturbing to see that the police did not attempt to arrest the man while he was in the act of burning the prayer book, but rather waited patiently to escort him as he exited the plaza. It would be most appropriate for ...    Full Story »

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Stay Warm And Safe During Extreme Cold This Weekend

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Stay Warm And Safe During Extreme Cold This WeekendAs temperatures continue to drop to dangerously cold levels with life-threatening wind chills through the weekend, Mayor de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to limit time outdoors, report heat and hot water conditions to 311, and check in on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbors. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4:00 PM Saturday through noon ...    Full Story »

How Impoverished But Nuclear-Armed North Korea Earns Money

How Impoverished But Nuclear-Armed North Korea Earns MoneyThe closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished neighbor from using the money factories provided to fund its nuclear and missile programs. With that hit to ...    Full Story »

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders Appeal to SC, Nevada

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders Appeal to SC, NevadaIn the first Democratic presidential debate since Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in New Hampshire's primary, the Vermont senator sought to build upon success and introduce himself to voters who may be open to an alternative to Iowa winner Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state, meanwhile, tried Thursday night to assure Democrats worried about her ability to help the party ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Councilman Pindrus Trying to Cancel a Paid Planned Festival in Sacher Park on Pesach

Jerusalem Councilman Pindrus Trying to Cancel a Paid Planned Festival in Sacher Park on PesachJerusalem Councilman Yitzchak Pindrus has sent a letter to senior city officials pertaining to a planned festival in Gan Sacher Park during Pesach. In his harshly-worded letter, Pindrus explains that such an event during Pesach will result in significant hardship due to the lack of tznius associated with it as well as the fact most of the park will be closed off, permitting entry only ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Leads Brooklyn Delegation To Israel, Focused On Public Safety, And Economic Development Partnership

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Leads Brooklyn Delegation To Israel, Focused On Public Safety, And Economic Development PartnershipToday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced that he will be leaving tomorrow for Israel to lead a five-day mission focused on developing transatlantic partnership in public safety and economic development, traveling with a 11-person delegation of current and former NYPD officials as well as local business leaders. Highlights of the trip, sponsored by the Jewish Community ...    Full Story »

Rishon L'Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Responds to High Court Ruling Permitting Reform And Conservative Conversions

Rishon L'Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Responds to High Court Ruling Permitting Reform And Conservative ConversionsThe following statement was released by a spokesman for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in the name of Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita. The rav is responding to the Supreme Court ruling permitting non-Orthodox conversions in Israel. “The unfortunate decision to allow the Reform and Conservative to toivel in mikvaos designed for the general public is outrageous. The ...    Full Story »

Israel: Education Ministry Study Documents a Worrisome Increase in Violence, Alcohol And Drugs in Israeli Public Schools

Israel: Education Ministry Study Documents a Worrisome Increase in Violence, Alcohol And Drugs in Israeli Public SchoolsThe findings of a study conducted by the Israel Ministry of Education shows an alarming increase in violence in the nation’s public schools. An alarming 12% of fourth-to-sixth graders have reported being victims of strong violence and/or extortion. Among students of seventh-to-ninth grades, the figure drops to 8% and 6% among students in tenth and eleventh grades. The term “strong ...    Full Story »

Auschwitz Survivors Testify at Former SS Sergeant's Trial

Auschwitz Survivors Testify at Former SS Sergeant's TrialThree Holocaust survivors testified Friday about the horrors they experienced at the Auschwitz the death camp, on the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. Reinhold Hanning, 94, sat only a few meters (yards) from the witnesses, but showed no emotion as they told of crematoria chimneys belching flames, naked prisoners being taken to ...    Full Story »

Meeting in Ankara is Another Sign that Turkey is Interested in Restoring Ties with Israel

Meeting in Ankara is Another Sign that Turkey is Interested in Restoring Ties with IsraelTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan this week held a meeting in Ankara, hosting twenty American Jewish leaders. Many feel the meeting is yet another signal from Turkey’s desire to renew ties from Israel, which have been broken over recent years. Heading the delegation was Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, who is known to maintain ...    Full Story »

Diplomats Aim For Temporary Syria Truce In A Week

Diplomats Aim For Temporary Syria Truce In A WeekDiplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1. Although foreign ministers from ...    Full Story »

Israel's Supreme Court Approves Reform And Conservative Conversions R'L (2 opinions)

Israel's Supreme Court Approves Reform And Conservative Conversions R'LIsrael’s Supreme Court on Thursday, 2 Adar I, ruled in favor of approving non-Orthodox conversions. The court ruled that a Reform or Conservative Jew wishing to convert with a beis din of one of those streams, may not be denied entry into any state-run mikve to toivel. The petition to the court was filed by the Israel Religious Action Center, the advocacy arm of the Reform movement ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Congressman Vapes During Debate To Protest E-Cigarette Flight Ban

VIDEO: Congressman Vapes During Debate To Protest E-Cigarette Flight Ban[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A Republican Congressman's smoky stunt during a debate on banning the use of electronic cigarettes on planes ended up being vaporized on Thursday, HuffPost reports. California Rep. Duncan Hunter busted out his vaporizer in a ...    Full Story »

WHO: Zika Vaccines at Least 18 Months Away From Broad Trials

WHO: Zika Vaccines at Least 18 Months Away From Broad TrialsPossible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday, while advising pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborn children. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general for health systems and ...    Full Story »

Arab Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Supporting Hamas (1 opinions)

Arab Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Supporting HamasAn Israeli Arab doctor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison by the Nazareth District Court on Thursday, 2 Adar I. Dr. Malak Jamil Mubarak Hatib, a dentist, transferred large sums of money to the terrorist organization. In fact, when arrested, he was heading for Ramallah where he planned to leave NIS 170,000 for the terrorist organization. Justice Esther Hellman sentenced the ...    Full Story »

FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders On Health Care, Donors

FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders On Health Care, DonorsIn their latest debate, Hillary Clinton glossed over the big-money donors juicing her White House ambitions while Bernie Sanders offered disputed numbers behind his plan for a government-financed health system. A look at some of the claims in the Democratic presidential debate and how they compare with the facts: CLINTON: "I'm very proud of the fact that we have more than 750,000 ...    Full Story »

Obama Has Thought About Leaving White House in Disguise (1 opinions)

Obama Has Thought About Leaving White House in DisguisePresident Barack Obama says he's considered going out in disguise, but hasn't acted on the impulse. Obama says he realized doing that would probably be a bad idea. He says the Secret Service agents who protect him also agreed. Obama makes the revelation on Friday's broadcast of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He taped the appearance Thursday while fundraising in California. Obama ...    Full Story »

Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds Of Voters (1 opinions)

Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds Of VotersProtecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information ...    Full Story »

Reform Leaders Begin Fighting Back, Applying Pressure on Ministers And PM Netanyahu (2 opinions)

Reform Leaders Begin Fighting Back, Applying Pressure on Ministers And PM NetanyahuThe cabinet decision to allocate an egalitarian prayer area near the Kosel has led to many reactions, for and against. Among the cabinet minister whom have spoken out against the victory for the Reform Movement is Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, referring to US Reform Jewry as a “waning world”, speaking of the widespread assimilation in that camp. These remarks were met with anger by ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem: Oops, The City Destroyed the Wrong Balcony (Marpeset) (2 opinions)

Jerusalem: Oops, The City Destroyed the Wrong Balcony (Marpeset)Jerusalem city inspectors simply ordered the wrong marpeset destroyed, leaving an elderly invalid in a most difficult situation. Mrs. Vivian Menachem has had the marpeset in question for decades and suddenly, it was declared illegal and destroyed. Only through the direct intervention of Mayor Nir Barkat was the error corrected and the new marpeset is almost completed. This story ...    Full Story »

Hikind Urges Supermarkets Nationwide to Adopt Judea and Samaria, Israel Sections for Passover

Hikind Urges Supermarkets Nationwide to Adopt Judea and Samaria, Israel Sections for PassoverAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) began a campaign Tuesday calling for nationwide supermarkets to implement their own Judea and Samaria, Israel-based sections in stores for Passover, as part of a campaign to speak out against Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS). This grassroots campaign is reaching out to supermarket store managers from New York to Los Angeles to Miami, calling on ...    Full Story »

NYPD Has Used Cell Tracking Technology 1,000 Times Since '08 (1 opinions)

NYPD Has Used Cell Tracking Technology 1,000 Times Since '08The New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008, according to data released Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union. A cell-site simulator, also known as a Stingray, is a suitcase-sized device that can sweep up basic cellphone data from a neighborhood by tricking phones into believing it's a cell tower, allowing ...    Full Story »
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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern Continue the Battle for Kashrus Integrity in Yerushalayim (1 opinions)

 Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern Continue the Battle for Kashrus Integrity in YerushalayimSince taking office, Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita has been waging a war against corruption in the city’s kashrus system. The rav’s efforts along with Bureau Chief Avinoam Kutscher have yielded results and a     Full Story »

Bloomberg Cautiously Eyes 3rd Party Presidential Bid (1 opinions)

Bloomberg Cautiously Eyes 3rd Party Presidential BidFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sees an opportunity emerging in presidential politics after Hillary Clinton's blowout defeat in New Hampshire combined with Donald Trump's ascension in the tumultuous Republican race. But those surrounding the billionaire centrist caution that he's not rushing to join the fray. Bloomberg — widely considered a fiscal conservative but ...    Full Story »

Security Guard Attacked at Kever Rashbi (1 opinions)

Security Guard Attacked at Kever RashbiA security guard at Kever Rashbi in Meron was assaulted on Wednesday night the eve of 2 Adar I. Police were summoned and when they arrived at the scene, two suspects were detained for questioned and then informed they were under arrest and would be arraigned. The motive for the assault is not contained in the report. It does not appear the guard was injured in the assault. (YWN ...    Full Story »

If Ferguson Dissolves Police Department, Who Would Step In? (2 opinions)

If Ferguson Dissolves Police Department, Who Would Step In?As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the city's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency. The question is: Would anyone else want it? The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, just a day after an agreement to radically reshape the city's police ...    Full Story »

Minister of Welfare Chaim Katz Visits Emanuel And Meets with Local Leaders

Minister of Welfare Chaim Katz Visits Emanuel And Meets with Local Leaders  Minister of Welfare (Likud) Chaim Katz visited the Shomron on Thursday, 2 Adar I, including a stop in the chareidi community of Emanuel, arriving with members of his staff. The minister met with Mayor Rav Ezra Gershi as well as Deputy Mayors R’ Eliyahu Tuval, R’ Moshe Chagiel and Councilman R’ Yechiel Cohen. The minister was briefed on the history of the community as well as ...    Full Story »

Clinton Aims To Boost Campaign With Focus On Black Voters

Clinton Aims To Boost Campaign With Focus On Black VotersAfter an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid. The 22-point loss to rival Bernie Sanders in this week's primary heightened concerns among Democrats that Clinton's message is failing to win over ...    Full Story »

The IDF Wants to Protect Yishuv Beit Choron And Part of Highway 443

The IDF Wants to Protect Yishuv Beit Choron And Part of Highway 443Following the fatal terror attack in Beit Choron, which claimed the life of 24-year-old Shlumit Kreigman and left another resident wounded, the IDF feels it should assume responsibility for securing the community. Galei ...    Full Story »

Judge Plans To Unseal Documents In Sheldon Silver Case

Judge Plans To Unseal Documents In Sheldon Silver CaseA judge says she plans to unseal redacted versions of documents she kept secret just before the trial of ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for fear they would taint prospective jurors. Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni said Thursday she'll issue a written ruling next week and delay releasing documents for another week afterward so parties can appeal. The 71-year-old ...    Full Story »

Punch, Counterpunch: GOP Hopefuls Bare Knuckles In Carolina

Punch, Counterpunch: GOP Hopefuls Bare Knuckles In CarolinaJeb Bush says he was better at real estate than Donald Trump, and the former Florida governor is even embracing the "establishment" label. Marco Rubio is unloading on nearly all of his presidential rivals, Trump and Bush included, declaring them unprepared for the national security responsibilities of the job. Ted Cruz says Trump isn't conservative enough for South Carolina. John ...    Full Story »

Diplomats Aim For Temporary Syria Truce In A Week (1 opinions)

Diplomats Aim For Temporary Syria Truce In A WeekDiplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week. Foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group also sealed an agreement early Friday to "accelerate and expand" deliveries of humanitarian assistance ...    Full Story »

Senate Bill Aims to Derail NKorea's Nuclear Weapons Program

Senate Bill Aims to Derail NKorea's Nuclear Weapons ProgramSeeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, senators set aside their partisan differences on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate is scheduled to vote later Wednesday on a bill to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea. But there appears to be no opposition after a series of ...    Full Story »

NY Governor Cuomo Urges Caution Ahead Of Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecasted For This Weekend

NY Governor Cuomo Urges Caution Ahead Of Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecasted For This WeekendGovernor Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to exercise caution ahead of dangerously cold temperatures forecasted for many areas of the state this weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach highs in the single digits and wind chill temperatures will drop to the negative teens and twenties on Saturday. The North Country in particular is predicted to see ...    Full Story »

14-Year-Old Terrorists Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges for Ramle Stabbing Attack

14-Year-Old Terrorists Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges for Ramle Stabbing AttackTwo 14-year-old female Arab terrorists have been indicted on charges of attempted murder pertaining to the stabbing attack at the Ramle Central Bus Station last week. A security guard was only lightly injured B’chasdei Hashem in ...    Full Story »

Congress Gives Final OK To Banning Local Internet Taxes

Congress Gives Final OK To Banning Local Internet TaxesCongress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. The White House said President ...    Full Story »


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