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Minister Yair Shamir Blames Party Leader FM Lieberman for Election Failure

Minister Yair Shamir Blames Party Leader FM Lieberman for Election Failure
Former Agriculture Minister (Yisrael Beitenu) Yair Shamir blames party leader Avigdor Lieberman for the party’s failure in the elections. The party had 13 seats in the previous Knesset and has dropped down to 6 in the current 20th Knesset. Speaking to Galei Yisrael Radio’s Menachem Horowitz, Shamir explained a decision was made regarding a certain policy line ahead of elections and the outcome of the elections proves that decision was not correct. Shamir, who announced he is stepping down before elections, explained he was not a part of ...

NYC Mayor: No Threats Against Police Amid Baltimore Violence

NYC Mayor: No Threats Against Police Amid Baltimore ViolenceMayor Bill de Blasio is saying he is not aware of any threats against police in New York City in the wake of violence in Baltimore. Meanwhile, flyers on social media are calling for protests in NYC. At least fifteen police officers were injured in Baltimore on Monday after a confrontation with a large group hours after the funeral of a man who died in police custody. Many ...    Full Story »

Nepal Earthquake Updates from Israel (Tuesday)

Nepal Earthquake Updates from Israel (Tuesday)· The earthquake death toll this morning is reported to have reached 4,438. · Israel Foreign Ministry officials report that the number of Israelis who have yet to make contact following the earthquake is down to 11. · Zaka: 11 trekkers hold up in a monetary near Katmandu have been recused. · Prime Minister Sushil Koirala continues to appeal to the international community ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: OBAMA'S RESPONSE ON BALTIMORE RIOTS: 'Too Many Troubling Police Interactions With Blacks' (3 opinions)

VIDEO: OBAMA'S RESPONSE ON BALTIMORE RIOTS: 'Too Many Troubling Police Interactions With Blacks'[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As National Guard troops responded to rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens across America in what he called “a slow-rolling crisis.” But he said there was no excuse for rioters to engage in senseless violence. Obama said people in Baltimore who stole ...    Full Story »

Trade Deal Poses Dilemma for Clinton in Democratic Primary (1 opinions)

Trade Deal Poses Dilemma for Clinton in Democratic PrimaryOn a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade. Now, early in her Democratic presidential campaign, she's striking a different tone — determinedly non-committal, with a hint of skepticism about the sweeping trade agreement she promoted as ...    Full Story »

Yachad is Recounting Votes on 80 Polling Stations (2 opinions)

Yachad is Recounting Votes on 80 Polling StationsWhile Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu works to build his coalition government, the Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai continues fighting to overturn the results of the elections. The party fell short of reaching the minimum number of required votes to enter Knesset by about 11,000 votes. Yishai and other party officials have been yelling “foul play”, pointing a finger of blame at ...    Full Story »

National Guard Called in to Keep the Peace in Baltimore - 144 Vehicle Torched, 15 Buildings Burned, 200 Arrested (2 opinions)

National Guard Called in to Keep the Peace in Baltimore - 144 Vehicle Torched, 15 Buildings Burned, 200 ArrestedNational Guardsmen took up positions across the city and hundreds of volunteers began sweeping the streets of broken glass and other debris Tuesday, the morning after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. The streets were calm in the morning, but authorities remained on edge against the possibility of another outbreak of looting and arson. The ...    Full Story »

Baltimore Jewish Neighborhood Watch Group Issues Warning About Unrest

Baltimore Jewish Neighborhood Watch Group Issues Warning About UnrestThe Northwest Citizens Patrol is a Citizens Patrol organization that works to safeguard the property and persons living and visiting the upper Northwest District of Baltimore City and lower Baltimore County, Maryland. The organization works in concert with law enforcement partners. They have issued the following statement: Important Security Alert from NWCP: Please be aware that ...    Full Story »

NY Relatives Of Those Killed By Police Call For Prosecutor (1 opinions)

NY Relatives Of Those Killed By Police Call For ProsecutorThe relatives of eight people killed by police say they're coming to Albany to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo order a special prosecutor to investigate deaths at the hands of officers. Organizers say the group includes the mother of Eric Garner, whose Staten Island death in an apparent police chokehold was videotaped last year by a bystander. A grand jury declined to charge that ...    Full Story »

BALTIMORE: 'Rabbi Berger's Shul' (Kol Torah) To End Night Seder Early To Abide By City Curfew (1 opinions)

BALTIMORE: 'Rabbi Berger's Shul' (Kol Torah) To End Night Seder Early To Abide By City Curfew Kol Torah, colloquially known as 'Rabbi Berger's Shul' just sent out an email with the following message: There is a 10pm Baltimore City Curfew in force tonight for all residents and after consultation with community and law enforcement representatives we will have the following schedule for the evening: Mincha is 6:15 and 7:40pm Maariv is 9:20 and 9:40pm After the final Maariv ...    Full Story »

Iran Fires Warning Shots Across Bow of Cargo Ship

Iran Fires Warning Shots Across Bow of Cargo ShipIranian patrol vessels have fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel that was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the cargo ship's master had initially refused an Iranian order to move further into Iranian waters, but after the warning ...    Full Story »

Multiple Jewish Schools Closing Early in Baltimore Due to Planned 'Uprising' (2 opinions)

Multiple Jewish Schools Closing Early in Baltimore Due to Planned 'Uprising'UPDATE: Torah Academy (TA) and Bais Yaakov have also been cancelled due to Police recommendation. Here is the message from TA: We have received credible intelligence  from law enforcement officials that there may be a threat in areas that could affect carpool routes. The following text message was sent out from the administration at Cheder Chabad which is located right ...    Full Story »

Over 1,000 Boys Celebrate 52nd Annual National Pirchei Agudas Yisroel Siyum Mishnayos

Over 1,000 Boys Celebrate 52nd Annual National Pirchei Agudas Yisroel Siyum MishnayosAnother year; another rousing celebration. On Sunday afternoon, the cavernous Palace ballroom in Brooklyn was filled with over 1,000 boys celebrating the 52nd annual National Siyum Mishnayos of Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of America al Shem Rabbi Yehoshua Silbermintz zt"l. Youthful enthusiasm permeated the air from the moment a long line of coach buses from out-of-town communities, filled ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Holds Consultation on Israel's Rescue Efforts in Nepal

PM Netanyahu Holds Consultation on Israel's Rescue Efforts in NepalPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon 9 Iyar, at his Jerusalem office, held a consultation on Israel's rescue efforts in Nepal. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, Foreign Ministry Director General Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, IDF Homefront Commander Major-General Yoel Strick and MDA Director-General Eli Bein, as well as representatives from the ...    Full Story »

November Trial Date Set For Indicted Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver [UPDATED] (4 opinions)

November Trial Date Set For Indicted Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver [UPDATED]A November trial date was set Tuesday for the corruption case against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who after pleading not guilty insisted that he will vindicated. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni considered scheduling the trial for the summer after prosecutors said they would be ready by July, but she set the Nov. 2 date after defense lawyers said they ...    Full Story »

Bayit Yehudi Halts Coalition Talks with Likud on Tuesday Afternoon (1 opinions)

Bayit Yehudi Halts Coalition Talks with Likud on Tuesday AfternoonThe Bayit Yehudi party on Tuesday afternoon, 9 Iyar halted coalition negotiations with Likud until such time Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responds to the party’s demand to control the Ministry of Education. Party officials are signaling that if Bayit Yehudi does not receive the Education Ministry, it will not continue negotiations to enter the coalition and will join the ...    Full Story »

Riots In Baltimore Raise Questions About Police Response (1 opinions)

Riots In Baltimore Raise Questions About Police ResponseNational Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. The violence that started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon — within a mile of where Freddie Gray, ...    Full Story »

Auschwitz Survivor: Trial of Ex-Nazi Guard Is 'Satisfaction'

Auschwitz Survivor: Trial of Ex-Nazi Guard Is 'Satisfaction'An Auschwitz survivor who lost 49 family members in the Holocaust says the fact that a 93-year-old former guard at the death camp is on trial is more important than any punishment. Eva Pusztai-Fahidi, who lost relatives including her parents and sister, told the Lueneburg state court Tuesday that seeing former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening in court is "a kind of satisfaction," the dpa news ...    Full Story »

Senate Takes Up Bill On Congressional Approval Of Iran Deal

Senate Takes Up Bill On Congressional Approval Of Iran DealThe Senate begins debate Tuesday over legislation empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear pact the Obama administration develops with Iran. The bill approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has gained the tacit approval of Obama, and proponents are trying to discourage any changes. They recognize that politically driven amendments could undermine ...    Full Story »

Baltimore Shomrim Patrols Streets All Night - Issues Statement To Community

Baltimore Shomrim Patrols Streets All Night - Issues Statement To CommunityThe following was released to YWN by Baltimore Shomrim: Last night was blessedly quiet in our area, despite a great deal of action on our perimeter. The sole event we know of concerns a beauty store on Reisterstown Road. The windows were smashed at midnight, and at about 2 AM, looters came through. Shomrim units watched them go in, and then scared them away. In their haste to get ...    Full Story »

Negotiating Crisis between Likud and Yahadut Hatorah [UPDATED 13:36 IL] (11 opinions)

Negotiating Crisis between Likud and Yahadut Hatorah [UPDATED 13:36 IL]13:36 IL: It is now being reported that Yaakov Litzman, Moshe Gafne and Meir Porush have returned to negotiations with Likud. Coalition talks between Likud and Yahadut Hatorah exploded on Tuesday morning 9 Iyar, leading to Yahadut Hatorah representatives walking out of the session. While it appeared a deal was imminent, it now appears the issue that led to the explosions is the ...    Full Story »

Translation of Rav Shlomo Miller's Responsa on the Kosher Switch (11 opinions)

Translation of Rav Shlomo Miller's Responsa on the Kosher SwitchTranslated by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for Five Towns Jewish Times Translator's note:  In the past week or so, many people have erroneously suggested that the Gedolim and Rabbonim who forbade the Kosher Switch did so out of "political reasons" - but not halachic reasons.  This is not the case, however.  Below is a translation of a responsa written on the subject by HaGaon haRav Shlomo ...    Full Story »

Sirens Sounding in the Golan Heights [UPDATED 12:44 IL] (1 opinions)

Sirens Sounding in the Golan Heights [UPDATED 12:44 IL]12:44: There are conflicting reports but it appears the IDF is regarding the mortar shell fire into the Golan Heights as stray fire in the ongoing battle between rebels and Syrian government forces. 12:29: The IDF is no firing back at the source of the rocket fire. It is reported there may have been a third rocket. One of the rockets landed in an apple orchard. B”H, once again no ...    Full Story »
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Three IDF Soldiers Indicted for Stealing During Operation Protective Edge (1 opinions)

Three IDF Soldiers Indicted for Stealing During Operation Protective EdgeThree IDF soldiers have been indicted for allegedly stealing from a Gaza home in Shajaia during Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014. The soldiers are members of the Golani Brigade and they face charges of stealing money from a Gaza home. According to the prosecution, two soldiers made off with 2,420 NIS while the third assisted them in taking the money out of Gaza. ...    Full Story »

NY Senate Shelves Plan To Allow Local Minimum Wage Increases (1 opinions)

NY Senate Shelves Plan To Allow Local Minimum Wage IncreasesA proposal to let cities in New York state set their own minimum wages has been shelved - and likely for the foreseeable future. The state Senate's Labor Committee voted to send the measure to the Finance Committee, a move that supporters dismissed as a delaying tactic intended to prevent a vote. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would allow ...    Full Story »

Terror Cell that Targeted Elisha Mechina in Custody

Terror Cell that Targeted Elisha Mechina in CustodyOn Monday afternoon 8 Iyar a gag order was lifted permitting the publication of the arrests of a terror cell by the ISA (Israel Security Agency - Shin Bet), the Israel Police and the IDF. They apprehended terrorists that targeted the Elisha Mechina Yeshiva in N’vei Tzuf in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron with pipe bombs and firebombs in the past months. According to the report, ...    Full Story »

Latest on Baltimore Riots: Massive Fire Related to Violence (2 opinions)

Latest on Baltimore Riots: Massive Fire Related to Violence10:25 p.m. A massive fire has broken out in a building that was under construction and the Baltimore mayor's spokesman says it's related to the riots. Firefighters are spraying water on neighboring commercial and residential buildings around what's left of the Mary Harvin Transformation Center that was engulfed by flames earlier in the evening. Their aim: to prevent any flames ...    Full Story »

NY Congressman Drafts Bill Making Police Chokeholds a Crime

NY Congressman Drafts Bill Making Police Chokeholds a CrimeA New York congressman wants to make the use of chokeholds by police officers a federal crime. Brooklyn Democrat Hakeem Jeffries said on Monday he's sponsoring a bill that would amend civil rights laws that deal with excessive force. The measure would define chokeholds as a deprivation of rights under the color of law. Jeffries made the announcement outside New York Police ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: 5 People Shot In Church On Flatbush Ave In Brooklyn; Possibly During Funeral (2 opinions)

BREAKING: 5 People Shot In Church On Flatbush Ave In Brooklyn;  Possibly During FuneralAt least 5 people have been shot at a Brooklyn church Monday evening - reportedly during a funeral. NYPD sources confirmed to YWN that the shooting occured at 1356 Flatbush Avenue at Foster Avenue at the Emanuel Church. Two of the victims were likely to die. Meanwhile, a shooting victim walked into Kings County Hospital a short while later. It appears he may have been at at the ...    Full Story »

Many Arrested in Northern Israel Real Estate Scam

Many Arrested in Northern Israel Real Estate ScamIsrael Police on Monday morning 8 Iyar announced the arrest of suspected in what is being described as a major real estate scam in northern Israel. The arrests are the result of an investigation spearheaded by the 433 Unit, Israel’s FBI. Police report that in recent years, the real estate ring was operating in the north. They have been using forged documents in an effort to ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Great Grandson Named After Hagon HaRav Wosner ZATZAL (Photo Credit: Moshe Goldstein - JDN) (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: Great Grandson Named After Hagon HaRav Wosner ZATZAL (Photo Credit: Moshe Goldstein - JDN)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Sunday morning 7 Iyar, a bris took place for a great grandson of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner ZT”L and the infant was named Shmuel. The sandek was the late posek’s son Rav Chaim Meir Shlita,. The first great grandchild named after Rav Wosner ZT”L is a grandson to his son-in-law, HaGaon Rav Avraham Yaakov Itzkowitz Shlita, son to his son ...    Full Story »

Riot, Looting Prompt State Of Emergency, Curfew In Baltimore

Riot, Looting Prompt State Of Emergency, Curfew In BaltimoreRioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Israeli Aid Teams Departs For Nepal (2 opinions)

Terminal One at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday night 7 Iyar looked more like an IDF base as soldiers and officers prepared to take off for the relief mission in Nepal. The team numbers 280, including 40 physicians, most IDF reservists. ...    Full Story »

Want to Change Someone's Life Forever? Project Inspire's Retreat for the Body & Soul is 4 Weeks Away

3rd Annual Shabbat Retreat for the body and soul only a few weeks away! Shabbos…the highlight of our week. Our only chance to reconnect to our Source. Sadly, for too many Jews, Shabbat is just another day for errands. There are so many of our brothers ...    Full Story »

GOP Defense Budget Challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo

GOP Defense Budget Challenges Obama on Ukraine, GuantanamoThe GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, released his so-called chairman's ...    Full Story »

Statement From Baltimore Shomrim Regarding Nearby Riots (1 opinions)

Statement From Baltimore Shomrim Regarding Nearby RiotsThe situation with the riots is not good, and we are already seeing cars with ski-masked youths passing through. We advise everyone to be extremely cautious and vigilant. Be aware that police are busy elsewhere, which means that we must all be alert and help each other. Criminals and rioters may attack any weak-looking targets that present themselves. Call 911 and Shomrim without ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Speaks with Senior Home Front Command Officer as Israel Sends 260 Strong Aid Team to Nepal

President Rivlin Speaks with Senior Home Front Command Officer as Israel Sends 260 Strong Aid Team to NepalPresident Reuven Rivlin on Sunday evening 7 Iyar spoke with senior IDF Homefront Command officer Brig.-Gen. Yoel Strick, as he prepared to send a team of 260 search and rescue, and medical professionals from Israel to the disaster area in Katmandu, Nepal. The President said, "My blessings go to all the team undertaking this brave and humanitarian mission. I am proud of you and your ...    Full Story »

Jew Attacked After Leaving a Paris Shul (1 opinions)

Jew Attacked After Leaving a Paris ShulOnce again a violent anti-Semitic attack in Paris. This time, a 53-year-man was attacked and beaten by three men after leaving a shul on Shabbos, 6 Iyar 5775. The newspaper Le Parisien reports the location in Saint-Ouen, a northern suburb of the French capital. The victim, Solomon, is the owner of a local grocery store. One attacker, reported in his 20s, followed Solomon from shul ...    Full Story »


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