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The Prohibition of Leaving Israel

The Prohibition of Leaving Israel
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman   We are all familiar with some of these families.  They had moved to Eretz Yisroel, settled there and had even kept one day of Yom Tov.  Yet, now they wish to return.  The halachic question is:When is it permitted to leave Eretz Yisrael?   While we are at it, we may also deal with the question of what the reason is for the mitzvah of remaining in Eretz Yisroel? Are we dealing with a Biblical or rabbinic prohibition? And even if it is primarily rabbinic in nature, is there ever a Biblical mandate ...

Israel Reportedly Struck in Syria Again [UPDATED 08:02 IL]

Israel Reportedly Struck in Syria Again [UPDATED 08:02 IL]According to an Al-Jazeera report, the Israel Air Force once again targeted Hizbullah objectives in Syria, this time north of Damascus. The reported aerial attack was carried out during the predawn hours Monday, 8 Iyar 5775. The attack reportedly took place hours after four terrorists detected placing an explosive device along the Syrian border were shot dead by IDF ...    Full Story »

Motzei Shabbos Vehicular Terrorist in Custody

Motzei Shabbos Vehicular Terrorist in CustodyThe Arab driver terrorist responsible for the motzei Shabbos vehicular attack in the Beit Orot complex in Yerushalayim is in custody. The terrorist is a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp in the eastern capital. Four policewomen ...    Full Story »

Significant Hamas Victory Over Fatah in Birzeit University

Significant Hamas Victory Over Fatah in Birzeit UniversityHamas’ growing influence on areas under PA (Palestinian Authority) control is evident in many areas, including the recent student union elections in Ramallah’s Birzeit University. Hamas scored a definitive victory over Fatah, with the latter identified with PA Chairman Abu Mazen. Hamas now holds 26 seats while Fatah remains in the minority with 19 seats. Hamas officials in Gaza ...    Full Story »

Parenting For all Ages with Rabbi Manis Friedman and Rabbi Shais Taub of the Ami Magazine

Parenting For all Ages with Rabbi Manis Friedman and Rabbi Shais Taub of the Ami Magazine[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Wouldn't we all love to have the "Nachas dream child" that seems so evasive? Rabbi Manis Friedman and Rabbi Shais Taub are leading an exciting parenting course that introduces fresh optimism for your greatest lifelong responsibility: Parenting! Unique to this course is the complete ...    Full Story »

Israel's President Marked the Mass Killings of the Armenian People for the First Time

Israel's President Marked the Mass Killings of the Armenian People for the First Time[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday morning 7 Iyar, met at the President's Residence with the spiritual and community leaders of the Armenian community in Israel, to mark 100 years since the Armenian tragedy. At the opening of the meeting, the President said, "We are morally obligated to point out the facts, as horrible as they might be, we must not ignore ...    Full Story »

PM Suggests a Conference to Iron Out Differences in Coalition Talks

PM Suggests a Conference to Iron Out Differences in Coalition TalksCoalition negotiators representing Likud on Sunday, 7 Iyar, met with representatives of the Kulanu party. That was followed by a meeting with Yahadut Hatorah officials as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wishes to sign an agreement with the Ashkenazi chareidi party as the sandglass on negotiations is running down. Despite reported progress with Yahadut Hatorah and Kulanu, it appears ...    Full Story »

Yassam Commando Police to be Deployed at the Tziyun of Rashbi on Lag B'Omer

Yassam Commando Police to be Deployed at the Tziyun of Rashbi on Lag B'OmerFollowing the loss of life during the levaya at HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner ZT”L as people were trampled to death, it appears Yassam commando police are being brought in as part of the security detail at the tziyun of Rashbi on Lag B’Omer. This is one of the lessons learned from the police probe into the levaya of the gadol hador. The commando force will be placed in and ...    Full Story »

Shas Leader Deri's Latest Coalition Demands

Shas Leader Deri's Latest Coalition DemandsShas leader Aryeh Deri appears to be exhibiting a growing confidence as coalition negotiations with Likud representatives continue. It is now reported that Shas leader Deri has decided he will not accept the Ministry of the Economy, but has gone back to his original demand, total control over the Ministry of the Interior. Shas originally wanted the Interior Ministry but backed down ...    Full Story »

Special Magen David Adom Aid Team Departs for Nepal

Special Magen David Adom Aid Team Departs for NepalA special Magen Adom mission departed from Israel on Sunday, 7 Iyar, from Tel Aviv direct to Kathmandu to establish a Forward Response & treatment Post to assist Israelis in the stricken area and the local emergency forces Following the earthquake, the snow avalanche and the secondary earthquakes in Nepal and the surrounding area, over 1,800 victims are reported to have lost ...    Full Story »

Vishnitzer Rebbe: 'Today's Shtreimals are Catastrophic'

Vishnitzer Rebbe: 'Today's Shtreimals are Catastrophic'The Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita addressed his younger chassidim, focusing on one’s midos, eating habits and one’s attire. The rebbe also spoke about shidduchim and Lag B’Omer. Hundreds of Vishnitz talmidei yeshivos were in Kfar Citrin in northern Israel for a special event marking the rebbe’s 70th birthday. During the tisch the rebbe told the talmidim they must be mechazeik in ...    Full Story »

Boston Marathon Bomber's Lawyers Prepare Case for Life

Boston Marathon Bomber's Lawyers Prepare Case for LifeLawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 federal charges in the twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 on ...    Full Story »

Israel Permits the Deployment of PA Security Forces in Eastern Jerusalem

Israel Permits the Deployment of PA Security Forces in Eastern JerusalemOnce again, Israel is permitting armed PA (Palestinian Authority) security forces to patrol in areas of the eastern capital. The policemen will be clad in dark blue uniforms and are present in a number of very problematic areas. They are reportedly going to fight crime such as car thefts and drugs in cooperation with Israel Police. It is explained that the lack of a police presence ...    Full Story »

French Leader Visits Gas Chamber to Honor Nazi Camp Victims

French Leader Visits Gas Chamber to Honor Nazi Camp VictimsFrench President Francois Hollande urged vigilance against resurgent anti-Semitism and racism, as he visited a former gas chamber Sunday to honor Jews, Gypsies and French resistance fighters who died in the only Nazi concentration camp on French soil. "The worst can still happen. Anti-Semitism and racism are still here," Hollande said at the Natzweiler-Struthof camp in Alsace, at a ...    Full Story »

150 Israelis Remain ‘Out of Touch’ in Nepal

150 Israelis Remain ‘Out of Touch’ in NepalOn Sunday afternoon 7 Iyar, Channel 2 News Online reports 150 Israelis are still listed as “out of touch” in Nepal. Dozens of Israeli trekkers in Nepal have yet to contact loved ones or Foreign Ministry of embassy officials. The situation in the quake-struck area is rapidly deteriorating as running water and food supplies are all but exhausted. Many Israelis have taken refuge in ...    Full Story »

Kiryat Gat: Eight Sifrei Torah Saved from the Flames

Kiryat Gat: Eight Sifrei Torah Saved from the Flames[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two people were injured lightly by smoke inhalation in a blaze in Kiryat Gat in a shul on Margalit Street. Baruch Hashem firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control. Ichud Hatzalah area commander Yisrael Eichenthal reports “When I arrived on the scene together with other responders we saw the shul in flames. Miraculously, there were no ...    Full Story »

NYPD's Bratton: Less Tension Between City Officials, Union

NYPD's Bratton: Less Tension Between City Officials, UnionNew York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says there's "much less tension" between the police union and city officials now than there was in the aftermath of the chokehold death of a Staten Island man last year. Bratton spoke Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation." New Yorkers protested the death last July of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: IDF Kills Four Terrorists Trying To Infiltrate Israel From North

BREAKING: IDF Kills Four Terrorists Trying To Infiltrate Israel From North Four terrorists trying to place a bomb along Israel's border with Lebanon were killed Sunday evening. The incident came after reports in Arab media said Israel launched an attack in Syria, hitting a convoy of long-range missile intended for Hezbollah. An IDF patrol identified four terrorists approaching the border near Mt. Dov in the Golan Heights at around 9:30PM. The incident ...    Full Story »

Deri Wants the Economy Ministry Plus Control Over Religious Services

Deri Wants the Economy Ministry Plus Control Over Religious ServicesAfter Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of his change of heart, his willingness to accept the Ministry of Education, Shas party leader Aryeh Deri announced he hopes to take control of the Economy Ministry, presently in the hands of Bayit Yehudi. This is in addition to Deri’s demands for total control of the Ministry of Religious ...    Full Story »

NY Special Election To Fill Congressional, Assembly Seats

NY Special Election To Fill Congressional, Assembly SeatsNew York is holding a special election on May 5, to fill a congressional vacancy as well as one in the state Assembly: ELEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT The 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and a small part of southern Brooklyn, is vacant due to the resignation of Republican Rep. Michael Grimm. He had pleaded guilty in December to federal tax evasion. The ...    Full Story »

Aftershocks Terrify Survivors of Quake That Killed 2,500

Aftershocks Terrify Survivors of Quake That Killed 2,500Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people. Acrid, white smoke rose above the nation's most revered Hindu temple, where dozens of bodies were ...    Full Story »

Holland: Police Detain Rabbi Berland's Vehicle (1 opinions)

Holland: Police Detain Rabbi Berland's VehicleThe leader of the Shuvu Banim leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland Shlita was detained by authorities in Holland on Sunday morning, 7 Iyar. According to the report, the rav and his driver were detained for 90 minutes. Kikar Shabbos News reports that it appears the driver was stopped for excessive speeding, and not due to anything to do with the legal proceedings against Rabbi Berland. It ...    Full Story »

Same-Gender Marriage a Difficult Issue for GOP White House Hopefuls (4 opinions)

Same-Gender Marriage a Difficult Issue for GOP White House HopefulsFor Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape. Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where a major role will be played by conservative Christian voters firmly opposed to same-gender ...    Full Story »

Spring Valley: Community Outraged That Police Dept. Refused To Arrest Known Criminal Caught Breaking Into Vehicles (2 opinions)

Spring Valley: Community Outraged That Police Dept. Refused To Arrest Known Criminal Caught Breaking Into VehiclesResidents in Spring Valley were outraged Sunday morning, after details of an alleged incident spread around social media. YWN received dozens of emails from local residents all voicing their concerns about the Spring Valley Police Department. According to multiple sources, on Sunday morning (Motzei Shabbos) at around 12:45AM, Chaverim of Rockland received a phone call that someone ...    Full Story »

Report: Israel Attacks Missiles Shipment in Syria

Report: Israel Attacks Missiles Shipment in SyriaIt is reported that the Israeli Air Force targeted Syrian army bases, storage houses for long-range Hizbullah missiles. The aerial strike targeted bases near the Syrian-Lebanon border, near Qarah, foreign media reports state. Al-Arabia reports the attack occurred on Friday night, and there was another attack earlier in the week. The IDF and Israeli officials’ declined to comment. ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Speaker Partners With Sharpton And Calls To Decriminalize Public Urination And Other Crimes (3 opinions)

NYC Council Speaker Partners With Sharpton And Calls To Decriminalize Public Urination And Other CrimesThe New York City Council speaker said Saturday that fewer arrests for low-level offenses would help police improve their relations with some communities. At Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters, Melissa Mark-Viverito pushed for proposals to decriminalize such offenses as farebeating and public urination. "We're examining the way we can expand the use of ...    Full Story »
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Bennett Willing to Accept Education Portfolio (1 opinions)

Bennett Willing to Accept Education PortfolioBayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett seems to have had a change of heart and he has informed Prime Minister Netanyahu that  he is willing to accept the Education Ministry portfolio. Bennett had first set his sights on becoming defense or foreign ministry, showing a disinterest in becoming minister of education. However, dati leumi rabbonim with whom Bennett consult have ...    Full Story »

Supporters of Senate Iran Bill Swatting Away Amendments

Supporters of Senate Iran Bill Swatting Away AmendmentsSenate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. "Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead of this week's debate. Also trying to ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Interview with FM Lieberman Following Nepal Earthquake

VIDEO: Interview with FM Lieberman Following Nepal Earthquake[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke with Israel News 10 hours after the powerful earthquake that killed at least 1,800 people in Nepal, leaving thousands injured. Lieberman stated efforts to locate Israelis among the fatalities continue and at present there are none, but there are a number counted among the injured. He stated there are 1,300 to ...    Full Story »

New Square: 2-Year-Old Child Struck By Emergency Vehicle on Friday Evening

New Square: 2-Year-Old Child Struck By Emergency Vehicle on Friday EveningOn Friday evening, Ramapo PD received a call that a child pedestrian was struck by an automobile on Reagan Road in New Square. Responding officers learned the driver, a volunteer emergency first responder was responding (westbound on Reagan) to a medical emergency when a child ran into the road striking his vehicle. The vehicle is reported to have had emergency lights activated and ...    Full Story »

Tzedakah - Who To Give To? (4 opinions)

Tzedakah - Who To Give To?[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] There is a local Bais Yaakov of over 950 students in the Five Towns/Far Rockaway area that is currently in dire trouble.  Bnos Bais Yaakov of Far Rockaway's building is in foreclosure and a receiver has been appointed.  A Kol Koreh signed by leading Gedolim is in preparation to alert the tzibbur about the situation. Yet there are many organizations in ...    Full Story »

Robbery Suspect Shot By NYPD Detective In Struggle Dies

Robbery Suspect Shot By NYPD Detective In Struggle DiesA 22-year-old robbery suspect died Saturday after he was shot once by a detective during a violent struggle on Manhattan's East Village, police said. The shooting occurred after two detectives searched a building at 1:48 p.m. Saturday, looking for a man who had punched and stolen the purse two days earlier of a 21-year-old woman who stopped a presentation she was giving at City ...    Full Story »

More Than 2,200 Confirmed Dead in Nepal Earthquake (1 opinions)

More Than 2,200 Confirmed Dead in Nepal EarthquakeSleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the worst of the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Driver Of NY Daily News Truck Killed In Early Morning Crash In Williamsburg (2 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Driver Of NY Daily News Truck Killed In Early Morning Crash In Williamsburg[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Sunday morning at at 5:49AM, the NYPD responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Flushing Avenue, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn - within the confines of the 79 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 24-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, with serious traumatic ...    Full Story »

Chareidi Officials Decry Assault Against a Givati Brigade Officer In Meah Shearim (14 opinions)

Chareidi Officials Decry Assault Against a Givati Brigade Officer In Meah ShearimShas party leader MK Aryeh Deri released a statement condemning the attack against an IDF officer in Meah Shearim on erev Shabbos 5 Iyar. Deri told the press “there is a limit. Attacking an IDF officer by Jewish extremists is terror! A heinous act was committed today and I will speak with police officials to do their utmost to bring the responsible parties to ...    Full Story »

Daughter of Protective Edge Victim Among the Missing in Nepal [UPDATED 07:21 IL]

Daughter of Protective Edge Victim Among the Missing in Nepal [UPDATED 07:21 IL]07:21 IL: A Foreign Ministry spokesman told Galei Tzahal (Army) Radio that 150 Israelis are in the Katmandu Consulate. 250 Israelis remain ‘out of touch but according to the information available, all Israelis seem to be safe and sound. Mayan Etzion, the daughter of Kibbutz Nirim security officer Zevik Etzion HY”D,     Full Story »


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