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IDF Chief Rabbi Rules No Heter Mechira In Order To Accommodate Growing Number Of Chareidi Soldiers

IDF Chief Rabbi Rules No Heter Mechira In Order To Accommodate Growing Number Of Chareidi Soldiers
Officials in the Ministry of Agriculture are angry over instructions to the Defense Ministry from IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz, who announced the military will by buying produce from abroad rather than using heter mechira during shmitah year. In the last shmitah year the IDF used heter mechira. That has been the minhag of the IDF during the years and the change being made is not well received. Rav Peretz announced that he made the decision towards realizing the need to accommodate the growing number of chareidi soldiers. ...

Israel Needs to Prepare for the Waves of Arab Immigrants into its Territory

Israel Needs to Prepare for the Waves of Arab Immigrants into its TerritoryAccording to a new article by Prof. Arnon Soffer and Dr. Anton Berkovsky from the University of Haifa, which analyzes the possible consequences of waves of immigrants resulting from demographic chaos in the Middle East, Jordan is the next country that could be significantly affected, with the threat of ISIS possibly further undermining the stability of the Hashemite Kingdom. “In a ...    Full Story »

Knesset Channel Poll: Bayit Yehudi Receives 20 Seats (1 opinions)

Knesset Channel Poll: Bayit Yehudi Receives 20 SeatsAccording to the latest Panels Institute poll carried out for the Knesset Channel, if elections were held today the Bayit Yehudi party would receive 20 seats. Likud would still be in the lead with 25 seats, down from 30+ seats in recent polls. Bennett’s party moves up from its current 12 seats to 20, Labor gains a seat to 16, and Yesh Atid is down from its current 19 to 12 seats. ...    Full Story »

NY Man Denies Plotting To Aid Islamic State Group

NY Man Denies Plotting To Aid Islamic State GroupA man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others pleaded not guilty Thursday to new federal charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, entered the plea in Rochester to three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the ...    Full Story »

Egged Completes Preparations for Tishrei Yomim Tovim

Egged Completes Preparations for Tishrei Yomim TovimEgged officials announce they have completed preparations for the upcoming Tishrei yomim tovim. Officials explain they use the data from the previous year as a guideline, adding a certain amount based on experience which shows the number of travelers grow with each passing year. Motor Transport Division Chief Amir Keinan explains “despite Egged downsizing its fleet, we are going to do ...    Full Story »

Chris Christie Says Growing Tired Of Bridge Inquiry

Chris Christie Says Growing Tired Of Bridge InquiryGov. Chris Christie says he’s growing tired of the legislative committee investigating politically motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last year. Speaking at a news conference Thursday in Trenton, Christie blasted the Democrat-controlled committee — including its co-chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewski — for leaking documents to the media. “If they ...    Full Story »

Gilad Erdan Likely to Replace Gideon Saar in the Cabinet

Gilad Erdan Likely to Replace Gideon Saar in the CabinetFollowing Interior Minister’s Gideon Saar dramatic announcement that he plans to take a break from politics after the yomim tovim, Likud officials are busy trying to determine who will replace him. It appears the most likely candidate is Communications Minister Gilad Erdan. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was going to approve Erdan to become Israel’s next UN ambassador, but ...    Full Story »

Home Depot Breach Affected 56M Debit, Credit Cards

Home Depot Breach Affected 56M Debit, Credit CardsHome Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record. The nation's largest home improvement retailer, based in Atlanta, also confirmed Thursday that the malware used in the data breach has been ...    Full Story »

France to Carry out Airstrikes in Iraq

France to Carry out Airstrikes in IraqFrance has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Hollande stressed that France wouldn't go beyond airstrikes in support of the Iraqi military or Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and wouldn't attack targets in Syria, where the Islamic ...    Full Story »

Minister Lapid: We Don't Want New Elections Now (1 opinions)

Minister Lapid: We Don't Want New Elections NowFinance Minister Yair Lapid announced he is not interested in early elections. He explained he does not wish to break away from the coalition but he will not hesitate if compelled to do so. As tensions surrounding Lapid’s Zero VAT Bill mount between the senior minister and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Lapid on Thursday 23 Elul spoke of the importance of passing his bill into ...    Full Story »

Apple Locks Itself out of Devices With Passwords (1 opinions)

Apple Locks Itself out of Devices With PasswordsApple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad in a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices. The additional safeguard is part of Apple's latest mobile software, iOS 8, which the Cupertino, California, company released Wednesday. Apple ...    Full Story »

Achdus Among Sephardi Rabbonim Ahead of 1st Yahrzeit for Maran R' Ovadia (1 opinions)

Achdus Among Sephardi Rabbonim Ahead of 1st Yahrzeit for Maran R' OvadiaShas is not sparing any effort to guarantee a full house in the Jerusalem Payis Arena for the first yahrzeit of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L. Leading rabbonim in all Sephardi camps appear to be onboard, signing a kol korei for talmidim and avreichim to participate in the event in line with the instruction of Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah. Following is the text of the ...    Full Story »

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate At 4.23 Percent

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate At 4.23 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.23 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, rose to 3.37 percent from 3.26 percent. At 4.23 percent, ...    Full Story »

Two Thirds of Israelis Have Fears Regarding Their Economic Future (1 opinions)

Two Thirds of Israelis Have Fears Regarding Their Economic FutureMost Israelis have a negative feeling when it comes to their economic future, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reports. The poll was conducted among 7,400 citizens from all areas of Israel age 20 and over. The poll reveals two out of every three Israelis are concerned regarding their economic future because they are unable to save money for the future. 59% of the respondents ...    Full Story »

Australian Police: Raids Thwarted Terrorist Beheading Plot (1 opinions)

Australian Police: Raids Thwarted Terrorist Beheading PlotPolice on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said. Nine other people were detained but were freed before the day was over. The raids involving 800 federal ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Removes Giyur Bill from Cabinet Agenda (4 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Removes Giyur Bill from Cabinet AgendaAfter receiving a letter from Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to remove the controversial Giyur Bill from the cabinet agenda, complying with the request from the nation’s chief rabbis. In his letter Rabbi Yosef expressed his disapproval of the bill and that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel opposes the current version of the ...    Full Story »

An Overview Of The Talmud Yerushalmi

An Overview Of The Talmud Yerushalmi[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] This overview was written in memory of the author’s mother, Sara bas Eliyahu Hoffman, whose yartzeit is 22 Av. She grew up in Yerushalayim, and descended from a line of great Rabbis and Mekubalim to the famed Ohr Shraga of Yazd, Persia. Sayings of the Midrashim and both Talmuds, the Bavli and the Yerushalmi, were always on her lips. Sh’te’he nishmasa ...    Full Story »

U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism

U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-SemitismToday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad. “Today’s unanimous passage of our resolution sends a clear and strong message that we condemn the rising tide of anti-Semitism throughout the ...    Full Story »

Saar's Departure Significantly Weakens Likud (3 opinions)

Saar's Departure Significantly Weakens LikudMany prominent Likud officials responded with shock and concern over the announced retirement of Gilad Saar. They fear that following the departure of Moshe Kahlon, Dr. Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, and now Saar, the party has been significantly weakened and it will be viewed as being sectoral, weak, radical and unfit to be the ruling party. As the party in recent years drifted astray from ...    Full Story »

CDC Tells Healthy Adults Not To Forget Flu Vaccine

CDC Tells Healthy Adults Not To Forget Flu VaccineThink the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated. Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates are highest for children under 5 — 70 percent — and for seniors — 65 percent, the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO And PHOTOS: 25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes

VIDEO And PHOTOS: 25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes[VIDEO & PHOTOS BY HILLEL ENGEL IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The NYC Comptroller, Council Members, and members of the state legislature joined Council Members David G. Greenfield, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger and Steve Levin who hosted a rally denouncing the 39% rise in anti-Semitic crimes this year on the steps of City Hall. They were joined by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members ...    Full Story »

Indictment Filed against Rabbi Pinto (1 opinions)

Indictment Filed against Rabbi PintoAfter admitting to giving bribes and trying to interfere with ongoing police investigations, a criminal indictment was handed down in the Tel Aviv District Court against Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto. The rav also signed a deal with the prosecution agreeing to become a state witness against former senior police commander Menashe Arbiv. In exchange for his admission of guilt and cooperation, the ...    Full Story »

Health Law Enrollment Now 7.3M

Health Law Enrollment Now 7.3MThe Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year. Medicare Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (TAV'-eh-nur) updated the numbers at a hearing Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As expected, the latest figures showed ...    Full Story »

TGI Poll: Continued Drop in Print Chareidi Media & Radio (5 opinions)

TGI Poll: Continued Drop in Print Chareidi Media & RadioA TGI poll shows that not only is the printed chareidi media in Israel continuing to drop, Radio appears to be on a downward trend too. In the chareidi print media, Yated continues to lead HaPeles and has overtaken HaMevaser. The results of the poll were released on Thursday 23 Elul, showing a continued decline in chareidi printed media readership as more chareidim are turning to the ...    Full Story »

High Court Rejects Petition to Compel Chareidi Schools to Include Secular Studies (1 opinions)

High Court Rejects Petition to Compel Chareidi Schools to Include Secular StudiesAn expanded nine-justice panel of the Supreme Court on Wednesday 22 Elul rejected a petition seeking to compel chareidi schools to include secular studies. The petition was filed by a number of people including MK Elazar Stern, former Education Minister Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, Prof. Uriel Reichmann, and former chareidim who left the path of adherence to Torah and mitzvos. The court ...    Full Story »

Researchers Locate Site Of Holocaust Gas Chambers In Poland

Researchers Locate Site Of Holocaust Gas Chambers In PolandPolish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland. Israel’s Yad Vashem and the Majdanek State Museum in Poland, which oversees Sobibor, announced the finding Wednesday, calling it an important discovery in the field of Holocaust ...    Full Story »
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FM Lieberman Meets with US Secretary Kerry in Washington (1 opinions)

FM Lieberman Meets with US Secretary Kerry in WashingtonForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met on Wednesday evening 21 Elul in Washington D.C. with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Minister Lieberman told Secretary Kerry that Israel deeply appreciates America's support during Operation Protective Edge and that the Israeli leadership and people know that the United States is Israel's greatest friend. FM Lieberman asked Secretary Kerry to ...    Full Story »

Schumer: Do More To Address Social Security Theft

Schumer: Do More To Address Social Security TheftSen. Charles Schumer is calling for a so-called "bill of rights" for victims of Social Security identity theft. The New York Democrat said Wednesday that he's pushing legislation that would enhance the penalties for thieves who use a person's Social Security number without their consent. The measure would also create a new office to help victims and set up an automated system to ...    Full Story »

Minister: We Will Not Forgive or Forget Nachal Ohz's Support of the Expulsion (3 opinions)

Minister: We Will Not Forgive or Forget Nachal Ohz's Support of the ExpulsionMinister of Agriculture (Yisrael Beitenu) Yair Shamir leveled harsh criticism against the residents of Kibbutz Nachal Ohz, one of the Gaza border communities hit hard during Operation Protective Edge. During a ceremony to toast the New Year, the minister stated “We will not forgive or forget Nachal Ohz’s support for the expulsion but we will nevertheless assist them”. Shamir ...    Full Story »

ISIS Releases New Video With British Hostage (1 opinions)

ISIS Releases New Video With British HostageThe Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, the man identified himself as John Cantlie, a photojournalist who worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph. He said he came to ...    Full Story »


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