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SHOCKING PHOTO: Aron Wieder Receives Doctored Photo Of Himself Being Beheaded By ISIS

SHOCKING PHOTO: Aron Wieder Receives Doctored Photo Of Himself Being Beheaded By ISIS
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) responded immediately to a threat today against Aron Wieder. Wieder, the only Hasidic member of the Rockland County NY Legislature, received, via email, a doctored photo of himself being beheaded by an ISIS terrorist. “We don't know who did this but we’re going to find out,” said Hikind, who immediately phoned Wieder upon hearing the news. “The Jewish community worldwide is celebrating the miracle of Chanukah and some sick individual chose this time to send this message to Wieder and our ...

Obama Calls in to Massachusetts Governor's Show

Obama Calls in to Massachusetts Governor's ShowMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind. "Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville," the caller began Thursday. "I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time." The president was ...    Full Story »

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds (1 opinions)

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax RefundsIRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for assistance won't be able to get through to a person. Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking Ban (1 opinions)

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking BanNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's ...    Full Story »

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from Hamas

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from HamasRabbi Menachem Margolin, of the European Jewish Association, slammed the decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to remove Hamas from its list of designated terror organizations. The General Director of the Brussels-based organization issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the "foolish decision" that essentially legitimizes the group, which was outlawed by the EU in ...    Full Story »

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes FormResearchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the ...    Full Story »

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO (1 opinions)

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO[SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] In what has become a White House tradition since the administration of President George H.W. Bush back in the 90's, a ceremony is held to honor the Jewish community by inviting leading Jewish communal leaders, and individuals who interact with the administration on various levels helping and impacting the community. PHOTO CAPTION: President Obama and Ezra ...    Full Story »

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner Decision (1 opinions)

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner DecisionA new poll finds Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating is slipping in the wake of protests surrounding the Eric Garner grand jury decision. A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday said that 47 percent of New Yorkers approve of his job as mayor while 38 percent do not. His job approval was 49 percent last month. Fifty-six percent of those polled disapprove of the way ...    Full Story »

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self In

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self InOne of the men wanted for assaulting two police lieutenants over the weekend has turned himself in. Police say one of the seven people they were looking for in connection to the assault on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday night is now in police custody. They haven't charged the individual and details on his role in the assault are not yet known. Police say three women interfered ...    Full Story »

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury Protest

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury ProtestDozens of religious leaders and others have briefly blocked a New York intersection with a peaceful 'die-in.' The protests Thursday are the latest demonstrations against grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of a Missouri's Michael Brown and New York's Eric Garner. Many prominent members of the clergy from New York and Ferguson, Mo., were led in song by ...    Full Story »

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US & Israel'

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US  & Israel'Hundreds of residents and tourists came to Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv to take part in the traditional lighting of the central Chabad Menorah in in the city. The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s shaliach Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky first invited Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir to usher in the Chanukah festival in Tel Aviv by lighting the first Chanukah candle. He was followed by the spokesman for ...    Full Story »

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as Leader

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as LeaderAn external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched ...    Full Story »

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests Begin (3 opinions)

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests BeginSince holding his press conference and announcing the launch of his new political party,MK Eli Yishai and his wife report they are receiving threats. Mrs. Yishai told the media that B”H most of the calls they receive are from well-wishers, but nevertheless there are threats and police are involved. On Thursday morning 26 Kislev police arrested a 25-year-old chareidi male who is ...    Full Story »

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit Checks

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit ChecksPresident Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement ...    Full Story »

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech Secto

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech SectoThe Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 48 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite climbed 104 points, or 2.2 ...    Full Story »

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit Office (2 opinions)

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit OfficeThe ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and police are continuing their investigations into the activities of the Lehava organization after some of its members were arrested earlier in the week. While most of the suspects have been released on bail, ...    Full Story »

NY Proposes Rules For Medical Marijuana

NY Proposes Rules For Medical MarijuanaNew York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The rules, expected to be posted online Thursday by the health department and published Dec. 31 in the state Register, will be subject to 45 days of public comments and possible amendments. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in ...    Full Story »

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli Yishai (7 opinions)

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli YishaiThere is disagreement among rabbonim of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael regarding how to deal with Eli Yishai, who this week announced he is leaving Shas and has since launched his own political party. In a nationally televised media event Yishai earlier in the week announced his party. Some of the rabbonim are of the opinion that they should simply ignore Yishai while others ...    Full Story »

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba Policy (3 opinions)

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba PolicyPresident Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world. The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual diplomatic embarrassment, the United Nations ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Addresses the Foreign Press Corps

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Addresses the Foreign Press Corps[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 25 Kislev addressed members of the foreign press corps in Israel. Following is Mr. Netanyahu’s address. Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we witnessed a series of examples of European naivety, and may I add, hypocrisy: the decision of the European court in Luxembourg on Hamas, the resolution of the EU ...    Full Story »

Federica Mogherini : 'Anti-Semitism Across Europe is Rising & Needs to be Fought Against'

Federica Mogherini : 'Anti-Semitism Across Europe is Rising & Needs to be Fought Against'High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, hosted the annual Chanukah event arranged by the European Jewish Community Center (EJCC), led by Avi and Nechama Tawil, a member organization of the European Jewish Association in the European Commission Wednesday, 25 Kislev 5775. The event, which took ...    Full Story »

Israel Foreign Ministry Comments on Geneva Conference

Israel Foreign Ministry Comments on Geneva ConferenceIsrael Foreign Ministry officials responded to the conference convened in Geneva on Wednesday 25 Kislev. Following is the ministry’s statement. The conference convened today (17 December) in Geneva is another example of a multilateral mechanism falling victim to an anti-Israel agenda, moving the parties away from negotiations and undermining the universality and integrity of the ...    Full Story »

Boro Park JCC Breakfast Highlights Continued Service to Community (1 opinions)

Boro Park JCC Breakfast Highlights Continued Service to CommunityPHOTO CAPTION: L-R- Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer, Board Member BPJCC, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Executive Director, BPJCC, Commissioner Steve Banks, Councilman Brad Lander, MC Menachem Lubinsky, BPJCC President Isaac Stern. An overflow crowd of communal figures, joined by elected officials and organizational leaders gathered at the Lipschitz Halls this past Friday December 12th for the ...    Full Story »

N Korea-Linked Sony Hack May Be Costliest Ever (4 opinions)

N Korea-Linked Sony Hack May Be Costliest EverThe unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview." The studio's ...    Full Story »

Levi Rosenblatt Released From Hospital 8 Days After Being Stabbed Inside Chabad World Headquarters (5 opinions)

Levi Rosenblatt Released From Hospital 8 Days After Being Stabbed Inside Chabad World HeadquartersA Lubavitcher Yeshiva Bochur was released from the Bellevue Hospital Wednesday, about eight days after being stabbed by a man who was later shot and killed by police inside 770 Eastern parkway - Chabad World Headquarters. Levi Rosenblatt was released from Bellevue Hospital Center after being treated successfully for a stab wound to the head, according to a news release. “Mr. ...    Full Story »

Judge Recuses Himself In NYPD Chokehold Panel Case

Judge Recuses Himself In NYPD Chokehold Panel CaseA New York judge overseeing a request for grand jury records in the Eric Garner chokehold case has recused himself. The New York Times reports Thursday that State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rooney hoped to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest. Rooney's wife serves on the board of the Staten Island hospital whose workers responded to Garner after his deadly ...    Full Story »

Bills Would Ban Or Restrict Drones In NYC

Bills Would Ban Or Restrict Drones In NYCA City Council proposal seeks to ban drones in New York City. Police could use drones — but they'd have to get a warrant. Another bill would restrict drones to limited public spaces like parks, while banning them from heavily populated areas, such as sports arenas or airports. The Wall Street Journal says Councilman Daniel Garodnick is sponsoring the proposal for a broader ...    Full Story »
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Haaretz Poll: Netanyahu Remains the Leading Candidate for PM, Albeit Unwanted (1 opinions)

Haaretz Poll: Netanyahu Remains the Leading Candidate for PM, Albeit UnwantedThe latest Haaretz poll, released on Thursday, 26 Kislev, shows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to lead in the race among candidates for prime minister. However the poll shows this is not because he is liked, but because people feel despite it all he remains the most qualified among the candidates. Mr. Netanyahu continues to lead with a sizable margin against competitors ...    Full Story »

Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev Appears In Court For 1st Time Since 2013

Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev Appears In Court For 1st Time Since 2013Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for the final pretrial conference before his trial begins next month. Tsarnaev, 21, was led into the courtroom by U.S. marshals. He was wearing a black sweater and gray trousers and had a scruffy ...    Full Story »

Marcy Clothing & Boys Club Annual Chanukah Sale Begins Today

Marcy Clothing & Boys Club Annual Chanukah Sale Begins Today[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Just in time for the freezing weather. Customers both in Boro Park and Lakewood can enjoy drastic savings on an array of the warmest men’s and boys’ lined coats… It’s not just coats; you can get a great deal on men’s and boys’ suits as well. Marcy Clothing and The Boys Club began their Annual Chanukah Sale today. For 8 days only! Men’s Baggio ...    Full Story »

Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall NationwideFord Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Ford's action puts pressure on ...    Full Story »

Yishai's Party Launches its Election Campaign with a Direct Assault Against Deri (6 opinions)

Yishai's Party Launches its Election Campaign with a Direct Assault Against DeriAs Shas is licking its wounds and attempting to recover from the blow of the announced resignation of Eli Yishai and his launch of his party, Yishai’s party goes on the offensive. To date Shas has remained silent as its Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael is divided. Some rabbonim shlita feel that should speak out against Yishai while others prefer to remain silent. There are growing concerns ...    Full Story »

Catskills Hang Hopes Of Revival On New Casino (7 opinions)

Catskills Hang Hopes Of Revival On New CasinoResidents of this faded corner of the New York's Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally. The recommendation to license a casino in the heart of the once-bustling "Borscht Belt" resort region will test the premise that blackjack and craps can breathe new life in an old summer haven known in its heyday for families, mostly ...    Full Story »

Shidduch Pictures and Halacha (19 opinions)

Shidduch Pictures and Halacha[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] “I hope you don’t mind, but the boy’s mother would like to see a picture of your daughter.” “Look, kn’ayin horah, my son is a big masmid and he values his time. I know what he is looking for and I need to see a picture. Of course my husband and son will not look at the picture – it is just for me.” “Sorry, no matter how pretty you say ...    Full Story »

Obama Reignites Political Debate Over Cuba

Obama Reignites Political Debate Over CubaThe surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House. Yet even in Florida, the nation's most essential swing state, those distinctions may not matter ...    Full Story »

NYC To Try Settling Suit With Eric Garner's Family (2 opinions)

NYC To Try Settling Suit With Eric Garner's FamilyNew York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner's family. If an agreement is reached, it would avoid what could be a long trial in federal court. And if a settlement is pursued now, it would also keep Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration out of the process. Officials with the ...    Full Story »

Special Hachnasas Sefer Torah in Palmachim Air Force Base (1 opinions)

Special Hachnasas Sefer Torah in Palmachim Air Force BaseA special hachnasas Sefer Torah was held on Tuesday 24 Kislev 5775 in the IDF Palmachim Air Force Base. A Sefer Torah was dedicated in memory of Yaakov Naftali Frenkel HY”D, Eyal Yifrach HY”D, and Gilad Shaar HY”D, the three kedoshim murdered in Gush Etzion prior to Operation Protective Edge. The Sefer Torah was also in memory of Daniel Turgeman HY”D, 4, killed when a ...    Full Story »

Lawyer: Christie Won't Be Sued In Bridge Scandal

Lawyer: Christie Won't Be Sued In Bridge ScandalTwo lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by apparently politically motivated lane closings of the George Washington Bridge will move forward without New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant, a lawyer in the case said Wednesday. A federal judge this week consolidated the two cases, one of which named Christie as a defendant along with other government officials ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Hammer Wielding Thug on Kingston Ave Arrested By NYPD (1 opinions)

Crown Heights: Hammer Wielding Thug on Kingston Ave Arrested By NYPDCrown Heights Shmira members responded to a scene Wednesday afternoon, on Kingston Avenue near President Street where a male black, who bystanders overheard yelling anti-Semitic slurs, took a hammer out of his car and smashed the window of a parked car. The perpetrator claimed that the owner of the vehicle had thrown an onion at his car and therefore felt justified in his ...    Full Story »

Report: 80 Percent of Israeli Families Live in Overdraft (1 opinions)

Report: 80 Percent of Israeli Families Live in OverdraftAccording to the annual report released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, the four lower income quintiles (households of their gross income, including other income sources such as non-work study funds revenue, for example income from renting an apartment, etc., is up 19.5 thousand NIS per month), are in constant overdraft in the bank, a sort of built-in overdraft ...    Full Story »

Former President Bush Is Keynote Speaker At Yeshiva University Dinner; Then Makes Surprise Visit to Sept. 11 Museum (4 opinions)

Former President Bush Is Keynote Speaker At Yeshiva University Dinner; Then Makes Surprise Visit to Sept. 11 MuseumFormer President George W. Bush was the special guest and keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Sunday, December 14. More than 750 people came to show their support for the University and to witness YU President Richard M. Joel confer an honorary doctorate upon the 43rd U.S. president. “What ...    Full Story »

Like Iran, Secret Diplomacy Leads To US-Cuba Thaw (1 opinions)

Like Iran, Secret Diplomacy Leads To US-Cuba ThawFresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana ...    Full Story »


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