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Hikind Praises Gov. Cuomo For Leadership On Education Investment Tax Credits

Hikind Praises Gov. Cuomo For Leadership On Education Investment Tax CreditsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) praised NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning for his leadership on the issue of Education Investment Tax Credits. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo, New York State got closer than ever before to providing relief to parents of children in religious and parochial schools,” said Hikind. “Just a few more inches and we’ll be there.” In a letter ...    Full Story »

Israel: An Increasing Number of Hoteliers And Restauranteurs are Fed Up with the Current Hashgachos

Israel: An Increasing Number of Hoteliers And Restauranteurs are Fed Up with the Current HashgachosThe battle against the state kashrus system continues after the Kulanu party this week prevented a modified kashrus bill authored by the Shas party from advancing. Shas is trying to repair the current reality, which because of an ...    Full Story »

Arabs Marking 1st Anniversary of the Murder of Abu Khadir in Shuafat And Elsewhere

Arabs Marking 1st Anniversary of the Murder of Abu Khadir in Shuafat And Elsewhere[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds of Arabs are taking part in an event marking the first anniversary of the murder of 16-year-old Muhmad Abu-Khadir, of the Beit Haninah neighborhood of the capital. Indictments were handed down ...    Full Story »

MDA Volunteers Teach Members of Knesset CPR

MDA Volunteers Teach Members of Knesset CPRMagen David Adom youth volunteers (under 18) instructed Members of Knesset in CPR. The event took place on Tuesday afternoon, 13 Tammuz, in Knesset. The purpose of the event was to bring the activities of the MDA youth to the lawmakers, pointing out the organization does not enjoy national funding because it is not recognized as youth organization. The Knesset on Tuesday was honoring ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.08 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.08 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.24 percent from 3.21 percent. Mortgage rates have increased in recent weeks, in the midst ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Serious MVA On Route 42 In South Fallsburg - Two Choppers Requested To Airlift Victims [2:30PM]

PHOTOS: Serious MVA On Route 42 In South Fallsburg - Two Choppers Requested To Airlift Victims [2:30PM][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Emergency personnel are currently on the scene of a multi-car crash on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. Catskills Hatzolah received multiple calls just before 2:00PM reporting the crash. There are reportedly 5 vehicles involved. Upon arrival, Hatzolah Paramedics requested two choppers to airlift two victims with serious injuries. An additional 4 victims ...    Full Story »

Serious Criminal Indictment being Prepared Against Former Chief Rabbi Metzger

Serious Criminal Indictment being Prepared Against Former Chief Rabbi MetzgerIt has been about two years since the announced investigation against former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and according to a Channel 2 News report on Wednesday night 14 Tammuz, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has announced he plans to file a serious criminal indictment against Metzger     Full Story »

Action Packed: BJX Will Answer All Your Questions This Summer

Action Packed: BJX Will Answer All Your Questions This SummerDue to popular demand the Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) Torah Center on Avenue K is hosting a unique four week summer series that will benefit the Brooklyn community and positively transform all who participate. Beginning July 8th, four renowned speakers will offer unique presentations on fascinating topics that intrigue every thinking person. The presenters include Rav Mordechai ...    Full Story »

The Great Israeli Natural Gas Robbery (2 opinions)

The Great Israeli Natural Gas RobberyThe following is an op-ed submitted by Yossie Hollander, Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning At times there are critical moments when indecision or inaction can cause repercussions that can last for decades if not more. The Natural Gas Robbery is perhaps one of the greatest scandals in the history of the modern state of Israel. At best, it is an extreme example ...    Full Story »

Winton's Rescue Of 650 Jewish Children Revealed After 50 Years

Winton's Rescue Of 650 Jewish Children Revealed After 50 Years"Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life". Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes. It was 1988, some 50 years since young ...    Full Story »

Exciting European Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Tour Amsterdam, Alsace, Strassbourg, Worms, Michelstadt & More (1 opinions)

Exciting European Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Tour Amsterdam, Alsace, Strassbourg, Worms, Michelstadt & More[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Hurry only 6 rooms left on this spectacular European 5-star Summer Tour August 3-10, 2015.  Join world-renowned speakers Rabbi Yissocher Frand and Rabbi Menachem Nissel on a week-long luxury touring experience; inspiring Torah lectures, fascinating sites, 5 star hotels, and beautiful and freshly prepared Kosher L’Mehadrin gourmet dining! Tour  some of ...    Full Story »

Wounded IDF Policewoman Continues to Show Signs of Improvement

Wounded IDF Policewoman Continues to Show Signs of ImprovementThe IDF policewoman wounded in the stabbing attack at an IDF checkpoint in southern Yerushalayim on 12 Tammuz continues showing signs of improvement B”H. A female terrorist, a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident, ...    Full Story »

New Clues May Lead To Answers In Murder Of Chabad Chosid Rabbi Yosef Raskin

New Clues May Lead To Answers In Murder Of Chabad Chosid Rabbi Yosef RaskinThe following is via WSVN: New clues have arisen that may help officials close a case in the death of rabbi, but they still need the public's help. "They did look very sincere in telling me, ...    Full Story »

Petition to High Court to Block Shas Control of Nation's Batei Din (2 opinions)

Petition to High Court to Block Shas Control of Nation's Batei DinProfessor Aviad HaKohen, who heads the Shaare Mishpat Academic Center and Prof. Michal Tamir, a lecturer at the center, on Thursday 15 Tammuz filed a petition with the High Court of Justice in the hope of blocking the Shas party from taking control of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate of Israel batei din. The control over the batei din is being moved to the Ministry of Religious Services, ...    Full Story »

Many But Not All In GOP Object As US, Cuba Plan Embassies

Many But Not All In GOP Object As US, Cuba Plan EmbassiesLoud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also asked Congress to lift the economic and travel embargoes that the U.S. has used for decades to ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem Children Escape Burning Bus (3 opinions)

B'chasdei Hashem Children Escape Burning BusThe parents of 50 children are more than a little thankful on Thursday morning 15 Tammuz after the bus transporting their children to summer camp caught fire and all the passengers escaped unharmed B”H. The bus began burning as it was driving near Givat Washington, which is near Gadera. The bus driver acted quickly, keeping a cool head. He pulled over immediately and got the ...    Full Story »

IS YESHIVA TUITION MAASERABLE? - A New Formula (3 opinions)

IS YESHIVA TUITION MAASERABLE? - A New FormulaBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This article is dedicated to the Refuah Shleimah of Boruch Zev ben Bracha It is a question that is on the minds of many people. Can the money that we pay for tuition be considered Maaser, the notion of giving one tenth of our income to charity? If so, are there differences between boys’ Yeshivos and girls’ schools? And ...    Full Story »

Kerry Consults US Partners Before Further Talks With Iran

Kerry Consults US Partners Before Further Talks With IranHigh-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week. As the U.N. nuclear agency chief met senior Iranian officials in Tehran, foreign ministers continued discussions in Vienna with few public signs of progress in their attempt to forge a comprehensive deal curbing ...    Full Story »

Egypt Media Says Sophisticated Weapons Used By ISIS In Sinai Attack

Egypt Media Says Sophisticated Weapons Used By ISIS In Sinai AttackA newspaper close to the Egyptian government says the Islamic State-linked militants who attacked troops in the Sinai Peninsula used sophisticated weaponry, including Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles. In a graphic on its front page Thursday, el-Watan daily says the attackers also used mortars, anti-aircraft guns and other guided missiles. The attack, which included a wave of ...    Full Story »

Update on IDF Soldiers Badly Burned in a Fire on Their Base (3 opinions)

Update on IDF Soldiers Badly Burned in a Fire on Their BaseEarlier this week it was reported that two IDF soldiers are fighting for their lives as a result of a fire that broke out on the Ramon Air Force base in southern Israel. The soldiers were transported to ...    Full Story »

Official: Unconfiremed Reports Of Shots Fired At Washington D.C Navy Yard

Official: Unconfiremed Reports Of Shots Fired At Washington D.C Navy YardA lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the Washington Navy Yard campus after reports of shots fired, but a senior law enforcement official said those reports had not been confirmed. The building where the shots were reported was already largely emptied Thursday as civilian and military law enforcement officers swept it, said the official, who was receiving detailed briefings ...    Full Story »
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Stepped-Up IDF Presence Along Egyptian Border [timely]

Stepped-Up IDF Presence Along Egyptian Border  [timely]  Following major ISIS attacks against Egyptian forces in Sinai, Israel has stepped-up its military presence along the Egyptian border. Israel on Wednesday, 14 Tammuz, closed Gaza ...    Full Story »

Painless and Inexpensive Real Estate for the Jewish Community

Painless and Inexpensive Real Estate for the Jewish Community[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Looking to buy or rent property in a Jewish neighborhood? You’re probably already dreading the drudgery of searching through tons of properties, checking the distance between each house and the nearest shul and trying to figure out how your kids will get to school. Interested in selling or letting a house close to synagogues, kosher restaurants and Jewish ...    Full Story »

NYC Officials Say Major Crime Is Down This Year (3 opinions)

NYC Officials Say Major Crime Is Down This YearNew York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades, officials said Wednesday. For the first six months of 2015 there were 46,775 reports of rapes, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto theft, said Dermott Shea, deputy commissioner for operations of the New York Police Department. ...    Full Story »

Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Erred by Prohibiting Women from Singing (4 opinions)

Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Erred by Prohibiting Women from SingingA request from dati leumi rabbonim affiliated with mechinot yeshivot led to the cancelation of women vocalists at a ceremony. In response to a Knesset query, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that complying with the request was a case of mistaken judgment by organizers of the event. The daily Haaretz last week wrote that in a ceremony held in honor of talmidim from a mechina ...    Full Story »

Christie Says His Campaign For President Feels Familiar

Christie Says His Campaign For President Feels FamiliarSix years ago, New Jersey's Chris Christie was a longshot candidate for governor, taking on a wealthy incumbent in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. It's an experience, the now two-term Republican governor told potential voters in New Hampshire on Wednesday, that feels a lot like the journey he's now embarked on, running for the Republican nomination for president against rivals ...    Full Story »

June Marks First Month Since 1916 With No Fire Deaths In NYC (1 opinions)

June Marks First Month Since 1916 With No Fire Deaths In NYCNew York City fire officials say June was the first month in 150 years that there wasn't a fire-related death in the city. New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro Wednesday credits stepped up prevention efforts. He says it is a testament to the work firefighters and paramedics perform every day. So far, there have been 29 reported fire-related fatalities in ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Veterinary Inspectors Nab Illegal Eggs (1 opinions)

Jerusalem Veterinary Inspectors Nab Illegal EggsJerusalem veterinary service inspectors apprehended 15,000 illegal eggs before they hit the local market. The inspectors were working with officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. The report states the source of the eggs is not known. They were confiscated and destroyed. The person taken into custody has been apprehended for the same offense twice in the past and is clearly ...    Full Story »

Obama: 'Feeling Pretty Good' About Health Care (2 opinions)

Obama: 'Feeling Pretty Good' About Health CareFresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. Obama said he wants to refocus the debate on improving health care quality, expanding access and eliminating waste now that the high court has upheld a key element of ...    Full Story »

The Summer of French Aliyah Begins: 130 French Jews Arrive in Israel (2 opinions)

The Summer of French Aliyah Begins: 130 French Jews Arrive in IsraelSome 130 French Jews, including 46 children and two babies, landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday, 12 Tammuz, marking the start of a wave of French aliyah expected over the course of the summer. Additionally, some 80 French Jews who had been in Israel on tourist visas became Israeli citizens and received their Israeli identity cards during a ceremony hosted by The Jewish ...    Full Story »

IDF Carefully Monitoring Events in Sinai Amid Concerns ISIS May Advance

IDF Carefully Monitoring Events in Sinai Amid Concerns ISIS May Advance The situation in Israel regarding Sinai changed radically on Wednesday 14 Tammuz following the major ISIS assault against Egyptian forces. In addition, ISIS has released a clear message that it plans to oust Hamas from Gaza and take over to impose Muslim rule. Such a reality is cause for concern for Israeli political and military officials, who continue monitoring events carefully. ...    Full Story »

New Warden, Security Measures After New York Prison Escape

New Warden, Security Measures After New York Prison EscapeA range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels. The department ...    Full Story »

Deputy Defense Minister Ben-Dahan: Throw Out Families of Terrorists (5 opinions)

Deputy Defense Minister Ben-Dahan: Throw Out Families of TerroristsDeputy Defense Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Eli Ben-Dahan feels the families of terrorists should be thrown out of the country. Speaking with Yaakov Ilan of Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Wednesday, 14 Tammuz, the deputy minister stated “I have a proposal that is simple. Take the family and put it on a plane with a one-way ticket. The day the family of a terrorist is expelled in response to ...    Full Story »

US Probing Possible Airline Collusion That Kept Fares High (1 opinions)

US Probing Possible Airline Collusion That Kept Fares HighThe U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats. A ...    Full Story »

Hamas Shuts Gaza's Only Cellular Telephone Provider (2 opinions)

Hamas Shuts Gaza's Only Cellular Telephone ProviderThe human rights organizations remain silent after the Hamas regime in Gaza shut Gaza’s only cellular telephone provider, Jawwal, for not paying taxes. Jawwal was providing cell service for 1.3 million clients in Gaza but the Hamas attorney general ordered its closure nonetheless. On Tuesday night it was reported that cell phones were still working but it is not known how long the ...    Full Story »

Met Council Board of Directors Appoints Abraham Biderman as its President (2 opinions)

Met Council Board of Directors Appoints Abraham Biderman as its PresidentThe Board of Directors of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) unanimously appointed Abraham Biderman as President. Steven Price, Met Council’s current Board President, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as a Co-Chair, and current board member Joseph Allerhand will assume the role of Vice President. The changes are effective July 1. Biderman brings ...    Full Story »


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