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AP Exclusive: Special Ops Troops Using Flawed Intel Software

AP Exclusive: Special Ops Troops Using Flawed Intel Software
Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq and other hostile environments have requested intelligence software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company that has synthesized ...

Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP ReportsThe United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed ...    Full Story »

Israeli Dayanim Fill Void Created by Israel's Supreme Court Decision to Remove Jurisdiction of Rabbinical Courts Over Monetary Matters

Israeli Dayanim Fill Void Created by Israel's Supreme Court Decision to Remove Jurisdiction of Rabbinical Courts Over Monetary MattersA prominent group of rabbanim and lay leaders met on March 18th for the first meeting of a newly formed Board of Directors in support of the Center for Arbitration and Mediation in Israel. The meeting was hosted by prominent Jewish leader Phil Rosen at Weil Gotshal. It has been over eight years since Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the rabbinical courts of the Chief Rabbinate had ...    Full Story »

IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone PamOn Friday, March 13, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam lashed down on Vanuatu with category 5 conditions. On March 15, Vanuatu declared a state of emergency. President Baldwin Lonsdale called for international support while at a conference in Japan with UN agencies and IsraAID, stating, "I appeal on behalf of the government and people of Vanuatu to the global community to give a lending hand ...    Full Story »

Mentally Stable at 38,000 Feet: Can You Trust Your Pilot?

Mentally Stable at 38,000 Feet: Can You Trust Your Pilot?Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust. They greet us at the door of the plane in their crisp, military-style uniforms, then welcome us aboard with that familiar soothing drawl over the PA system as we buckle ourselves in. When there's turbulence, they offer reassurance. And when the plane safely touches down, they invite us to fly with them again. Now, that feeling ...    Full Story »

Frum Man R"L Killed After Falling Off Ladder In Brooklyn [UPDATED 8:44PM] (3 opinions)

Frum Man RSources confirm to YWN that the victim who fell off a ladder earlier in Brooklyn, has R"L been Niftar at the hospital. Doctors at the Lutheran Trauma Center tried desperately to save the mans life, but he was Niftar due to massive internal injuries. Additional information will be published pending proper notifications. Earlier article follows below: A man was reportedly in ...    Full Story »

In Search of the Historical Pharoah

In Search of the Historical Pharoah[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] The Gemorah in Psachim (116b) informs us that, in each generation, we are obligated to view ourselves as if we actually left Mitzrayim. Indeed, in Michtav MeEliyahu, Rav Dessler writes that since time does not progress linearly, but rather travels in a carousel like circle, the 15th of Nissan of the year 2448 is actually the very same 15th of Nissan of our own ...    Full Story »

NYC: WiFi Service Now Available at 100 Subway Stops (1 opinions)

NYC: WiFi Service Now Available at 100 Subway StopsTransit Wireless announced today that it has commenced the construction of Phase 4 of the cell phone and Wi-Fi service expansion to additional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) underground subway stations located in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. The company also announced that it now has over 100 stations wired and online and is on track to wire all 279 underground stations ...    Full Story »

Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education Portfolio (1 opinions)

Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education PortfolioMembers of the Vaad Rabbonim who advise Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett are pushing him to try to take control of the Ministry of Education, which was in the hands of Yesh Atid in the outgoing Knesset. Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Rabbi Eitan Eiseman, Rabbi Isser Klonsky, and Rabbi Chaim Steiner explain to Bennett and faction members that the Education Ministry is a valuable ...    Full Story »

Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist Attack

Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist AttackAn Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged that he could kill at least 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing their arrests. Hasan R. Edmonds, the 22-year-old guardsman, was ...    Full Story »

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds took part in the hachnasas Sefer Torah in memory of the victims of the Har Nof terror attack that occurred in Kehillas Bnei Torah in the Har Nof neighborhood of Yerushalayim four ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen Hospitalized

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen HospitalizedNew York City's mayor says preliminary evidence suggests a gas-related explosion is to blame for a fire and building collapse in Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work inside one building, which then partially collapsed in a fire and blast that ultimately affected four buildings near New York University and ...    Full Story »

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building Collapse

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building CollapseMayor Bill de Blasio: We want to give you an update about the tragedy that's occurred here at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. Everything we're going to tell you is preliminary, based on the information we have at this moment. Obviously, investigation underway – a lot of information being gathered, so we'll be giving you regular updates. I'd like to first acknowledge and thank for ...    Full Story »

Yachad Activists Remanded to House Arrest

Yachad Activists Remanded to House ArrestThree Yachad party activists suspected of throwing a firebomb at the Har Nof, Jerusalem home of Eli Yishai were brought to a remand hearing on Wednesday 5 Nissan. The court remanded all three to house arrest for five days. Two of the suspects are minors. They are also banned from Jerusalem until May 10, 2015. It appears they are supporters of Yachad and came to the rally in support ...    Full Story »

Safety Experts: Air Crash in Alps Raises Need for 3rd Pilot

Safety Experts: Air Crash in Alps Raises Need for 3rd PilotFrench prosecutors' assertion that this week's air crash of a German airliner into a rugged mountainside was a deliberate act of the co-pilot points to the possible need for a third pilot in airline cockpits, several aviation safety experts said Thursday. "The flight deck is capable of accommodating three pilots and there shouldn't ever be a situation where there is only one person ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Moments after Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building

WATCH: Moments after Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building The Following is VIA Breaking911.com The video below shows the minutes after a explosion rocked a 7 story building. The area has been declared a 7 alarm fire with over 250 firefighters at the scene. Unconfirmed reports state that a person was seen running ...    Full Story »

Rav Lazerson of Chinuch Atzmai Hospitalized With Heart Attack Following Sassoon Levaya (1 opinions)

Rav Lazerson of Chinuch Atzmai Hospitalized With Heart Attack Following Sassoon LevayaThe head of Chinuch Atzmai, Rabbi Avrohom Lazerson, was hospitalized during the week in Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Rabbi Lazerson was not feeling well and it has since been determined that he suffered a heart attack. Not too long after delivering his hesped at the levaya for the seven Sassoon children he was not feeling well and he got himself to the hospital. Rabbi Lazerson ...    Full Story »

Hatzalah of Miami Dade And Chai Lifeline Hosting Fire Safety Event Along Miami Dade Fire Rescue

Hatzalah of Miami Dade And Chai Lifeline Hosting Fire Safety Event Along Miami Dade Fire RescueAfter the horrific event that took place in Brooklyn NY,Chai Lifeline Southeast, Hatzalah of Miami-Dade, and Miami Dade Fire Rescue will be hosting an event to help ensure the fire safety & protection of the community during the Pesach season. Important fire safety information and FREE SMOKE DETECTORS will be distributed. The event will be held this Monday March 30, 2015, at ...    Full Story »

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured (3 opinions)

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured[VIDEOS A PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An apartment building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, two nearby buildings began burning and several people were injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park area. Flames were ...    Full Story »

MK Shaked: Likud Is Not Keeping its Campaign Commitments

MK Shaked: Likud Is Not Keeping its Campaign CommitmentsBayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked feels the Likud party is not keeping its word, referring to statements from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Naftali Bennett that the first coalition phone call from the prime minister will be made to Bennett. What Shaked fails to mention is that when Mr. Netanyahu made the statement, polls showed Bayit Yehudi receiving a double digit number of seats. ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.69 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Falls to 3.69 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.69 percent from 3.78 percent last week. The average rate for a 15-year mortgage, popular with homeowners ...    Full Story »

Here are the Winners of the $100K Raffle from Regional Bikur Cholim

Here are the Winners of the $100K Raffle from Regional Bikur Cholim[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Regional Bikur Cholim drew the winning tickets for its 2015 fundraising raffle on Wednesday evening, including a $100,000 grand prize ticket held by Chaim Tangy – England. Ten additional tickets were drawn, held by: 4 tickets to Israel or $5,000 Cash – Howard Tzvi Friedman – Baltimore Family Florida Vacation – Avrohom Kraus – Monroe Kiki ...    Full Story »

OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for Passover

OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for PassoverOU Kosher announces special OU Kosher Hotline hours to assist with Passover preparations. The following are the hotline's extended hours: · Sunday, March 29: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. · Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. · Friday, April 3: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Erev Yom Tov) The kosher hotline number is 212-613-8241. “OU Kosher’s extended ...    Full Story »

As You Clean for Pesach - Sell Your Old Stuff on YWN FREE Classifieds

As You Clean for Pesach - Sell Your Old Stuff on YWN FREE ClassifiedsWe know that as you clean for Pesach, inevitably you will find things that need to disappear. Use the YWN Classifieds to sell or give away any excess items in your Pesach cleaning war path. The classified section is also a great resource for jobs and other helpful listings. The link can be found at the top of ...    Full Story »
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Manchester: Misaskim And Manchester Fire Rescue To Hold Fire Safety Event On Sunday

Manchester: Misaskim And Manchester Fire Rescue To Hold Fire Safety Event On SundayIn light of the recent horrific fire in Flatbush, there will be an important fire safety event this Sunday in Manchester, UK, and the community is being urged to attend. It will be held at Stencourt Hall from 9:30AM - 1:00PM. The event is being organized by the Beis Yisroel Shul in Manchester under the leadership of Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Sofer who is also the founding member of ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu's Remarks upon being Appointed to Form a Government

PM Netanyahu's Remarks upon being Appointed to Form a GovernmentAfter receiving the presidential mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form the 34th Government, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded, "It is with a deep sense of responsibility that I accept from you the task of forming a government. I must tell you that I am as moved as if this was the first time and I am well aware of the magnitude of the responsibility placed upon ...    Full Story »

DHS Chief Says He Has Confidence in Secret Service Director

DHS Chief Says He Has Confidence in Secret Service DirectorHomeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday he has faith in Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, but said Clancy has work to do to "straighten out" the beleaguered agency. Johnson said he was "very upset" by a March 4 incident in which two off-duty Secret Service agents drove a government car through a secured area at the White House and nudged a temporary barrier, ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: U.S. National Guardsman And His Cousin Accused of Trying To Join ISIS (2 opinions)

BREAKING: U.S. National Guardsman And His Cousin Accused of Trying To Join ISISThe FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, ...    Full Story »

Great Efforts Being Made To Solve The Shortage of Spelt & Gluten Free Oat Matzos In Eretz Yisroel (1 opinions)

Great Efforts Being Made To Solve The Shortage of Spelt & Gluten Free Oat Matzos In Eretz YisroelWith just over a week left until Pesach, hundreds of individuals that are wheat or gluten intolerant are still without matzos. The shortage of matzos this year has been a concern for many families. Specifically those with celiac disease, rely on gluten free oat matzos for the seder night. For many, this is the only time during the year that they make the brocho of HaMotzei. In a ...    Full Story »

Order Deadline Approaching at Yarmulkesandbows.com

Order Deadline Approaching at Yarmulkesandbows.com[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  It’s not too late to order custom Yarmulkes for Pesach! All personalized orders placed through Sunday, March 29 will be shipped before Pesach! Yarmulkesandbows has a vast selection of personalized Yarmulkes, girls headbands, bows, necklaces, and much more! Since its launch in August 2013, Yarmulkesandbows.com has become renowned for their selection, quick ...    Full Story »

Antwerp: Important Fire Safety Event Arranged By Hatzolah For This Sunday

Antwerp: Important Fire Safety Event Arranged By Hatzolah For This SundayIn light of the horrific tragedy in Flatbush, there will be an important fire safety event in Antwerp, Belgium this coming Sunday, and the community is urged to attend. The event, which is being sponsored by hatzolah, Chaverim, and Shmira, will be held at the Bais Rochel parking lot, Lamorinerestraat 26-28. A smoke simulator truck will be on premises demonstrating how to react in the ...    Full Story »

Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (8 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Chananya Begun and New Sound Productions is proud to present a brand new concept: Featuring Mendy J, this is a new video titled Habeit - Reimagined. Based on the legendary Abie Rotenberg's composition, Mendy J delivers an incredible ...    Full Story »

Pesach Expenses - A Halachic Overview

Pesach Expenses - A Halachic Overview[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] A colleague recently mentioned that his total family food bill for Pesach amounts to some $6,000. While it is correct that one should have more delicacies on yom tov than on Shabbos on account of the obligation of simcha (see Magen Avraham 529:4), this statement brought up three reactions: 1. “You are in serious need of budgeting. Perhaps you might ...    Full Story »

MK Maklev's Efforts Halts Planting of Expanded Highway 1

MK Maklev's Efforts Halts Planting of Expanded Highway 1Yahadut Hatorah MK Uri Maklev sent a letter to the Ministry of Transportation regarding ongoing construction to improve Highway 1. Maklev visited the construction area with the professionals on the site, including Ministry Director-General Uzi Yitzchaki and project manager Angie David Landsman. A decision was made to halt all panting immediately until a meeting of the experts takes ...    Full Story »

House Ready To Pass Medicare Doc Bill; Senate's View Unclear

House Ready To Pass Medicare Doc Bill; Senate's View UnclearIn rare bipartisan harmony, congressional leaders pushed a $214 billion bill permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts toward House passage Thursday, moving lawmakers closer to resolving a problem that has plagued them for years with a package bearing victories for both parties. House approval would shift the spotlight to the Senate, where the measure's prospects remain murky but ...    Full Story »

Co-pilot Who 'Intentionally' Crashed Plane Was 'Very Happy' With Germanwings Job (7 opinions)

Co-pilot Who 'Intentionally' Crashed Plane Was 'Very Happy' With Germanwings Job Andreas Lubitz never showed any sign he was anything but thrilled to have landed a job with Germanwings, according to those who taught him the trade as a teenager in this town in the woody hills of Western Germany. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain. Members of the ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (8 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Chananya Begun and New Sound Productions is proud to present a brand new concept: Featuring Mendy J, this is a new video titled Habeit - Reimagined. Based on the legendary Abie Rotenberg's composition, Mendy J delivers an incredible performance. His vocals truly capture the essence of what this song is - a heartfelt cry to Hashem. Take that, and add on Chananya's well known cutting edge approach to musical arrangement, but an arrangement that brings out that emotion even more. What happens is something that is truly astounding, combining various aspects of Jewish Music as you have never heard it before. This music video was shot in a way that brings out that raw emotion and creativity to the viewer. This is a song of hope, so let us be hopeful for Am Yisroel, even in the toughest of times. Uvechol Zos, shimcha lo shachachnu.

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R' Gavriel Sassoon Gives YWN Edited Version of 'Cry No More' Recording Without Kol Isha (4 opinions)

article-blaze1-0322The attached audio / video has been given to YWN by R' Gavriel Sassoon, and has been edited of all Kol Isha. Last Year on Chanukah the entire Sassoon family gathered in a music studio,  and recorded themselves singing Yaakov Shwekey's "Cry No More".

Mr. Sassoon was distraught after learning that the audio with his wife and daughters singing had gone viral, and made sure that a new version was edited in a music studio today. The audio was subsequently given to YWN to share.

Listen to the song as it takes on a whole new meaning in light of recent events....

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