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Deri Announces Conditions for Entering into the Coalition (1 opinions)

Deri Announces Conditions for Entering into the Coalition
Never say never is the rule in Israeli politics as Shas party leader Aryeh Deri has announced his conditions for entering the coalition. One should remember that in recent weeks Deri stated unequivocally that Shas would not enter the current coalition under any circumstances. Using Twitter to get his message out, Deri explained that the two issues on which there can be no compromise are a 30 NIS minimum hourly wage and zero value added tax on basic items instead of zero VAT on apartments. Perhaps Deri has opted to determine the ...

Litzman Takes the Prime Minister’s Offer to the Rebbes (1 opinions)

Litzman Takes the Prime Minister’s Offer to the RebbesRumors are flying as is the norm in Israel once the smell of elections is in the air. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is reaching out to chareidi lawmakers. On Wednesday night the eve of 5 Kislev the prime minister met with MK Yaakov Litzman of Yahadut Hatorah. Following that meeting, for a second time in as many weeks, Litzman visited with the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in the rebbe’s ...    Full Story »

Egypt Braces for New Islamist Protest Intended To Topple The Government (2 opinions)

Egypt Braces for New Islamist Protest Intended To Topple The GovernmentEgyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force." The Islamists' call for nationwide rallies Friday is the first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown. It remains uncertain whether they ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Druze Community Leaders (1 opinions)

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Druze Community Leaders[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening 4 Kislev, met with Druse community leaders. In attendance were Druse spiritual leader Sheikh Muwafaq Tarif, Sheikh Hatem Halabi, Sheikh Mahmoud Seif, Sheikh Fandi Salah Assad and Druse Local Councils Forum head Jaber Hamoud. Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his condolences on the deaths of Israel ...    Full Story »

Admor Instructs 'Eid Kedushin' to Pay His Debts Before Chupah - Pays For Setting Dumpsters Ablaze In Meah Shearim Protest (5 opinions)

Admor Instructs 'Eid Kedushin' to Pay His Debts Before Chupah - Pays For Setting Dumpsters Ablaze In Meah Shearim ProtestA Yerushalayim resident, a member of the capital’s chassidish community, was invited to a friend’s chasenah as a witness. Prior to the chupah the man was instructed to speak with the chosson’s rebbe. The rebbe asked him to make certain all of his debts are paid in full prior to being a witness. This prompted the young man to recall that three years earlier he was involved in a ...    Full Story »

Halachically Speaking: Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey (2 opinions)

Halachically Speaking: Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey[Halachically Speaking appears on YWN weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays]  Written by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits of KOF-K Kosher Supervision Much has been discussed over the years regarding Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey may be served. The underlying point of the debate is whether Thanksgiving is considered a religious or ...    Full Story »

Rumors of Ongoing Preliminary Talks to a United Chareidi List (9 opinions)

Rumors of Ongoing Preliminary Talks to a United Chareidi ListWith election fever in the air, there is much backroom activity among Knesset factions, including the chareidi parties. In what is being called a very preliminary effort, all chareidi parties are entertaining a combined list, Degel Hatorah, Agudas Yisrael and Shas running under a united banner. While such a reality is a long way off at best, it could result in the chareidi parties ...    Full Story »

OPEC Keeps Oil Output On Hold Despite Low Prices

OPEC Keeps Oil Output On Hold Despite Low PricesOPEC oil ministers have decided to keep their present output target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices. The decision Thursday was expected. OPEC oil power Saudi Arabia had indicated before the meeting that it favors the status-quo. The Saudis are the top producers within the 12-nation organization and effectively decide the cartel's ...    Full Story »

Obama's Action Fuels Worry About Immigration Scams

Obama's Action Fuels Worry About Immigration ScamsAdvocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams. "We hear horror stories about people getting taken advantage of horribly," attorney Ginger Jacobs told several dozen people who watched the president's speech at Alliance San Diego offices. California Attorney General ...    Full Story »

Ferguson Fallout: Scores Arrested In California Unrest (2 opinions)

Ferguson Fallout: Scores Arrested In California UnrestDozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Police said at least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested, while 33 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism. In ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem, Major Terror Attack in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium Averted (5 opinions)

B'chasdei Hashem, Major Terror Attack in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium AvertedA gag order was lifted on Thursday 5 Kislev regarding the arrest of over 30 terrorists who were trained abroad to carry out major attacks in Israel. According to the report, they trained in a Hamas terror base in Turkey headed by Salah Aruri and they were then smuggled into PA (Palestinian Authority) areas. They were to carry out a number of ‘quality’ attacks including abducting ...    Full Story »

NYC Closes Streets For Thanksgiving Parade

NYC Closes Streets For Thanksgiving ParadeAllow plenty of time if you're trying to get around Manhattan during the Thanksgiving parade. The city's Department of Transportation has issued a list of street closures between 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday. They include: — 6th Avenue between 59th and 34th streets — 7th Avenue between 33rd and 40th streets — Central Park West between 86th Street and the east side of ...    Full Story »

Betar Illit Decides to Step-Up Security (3 opinions)

Betar Illit Decides to Step-Up SecurityWhile the escalation in acts of Islamic violence and terror have not reached the community of Betar Illit B’chasdei Hashem, city officials are not complacent and they are addressing the worrisome situation. Mayor Rav Meir Rubinstein this week convened a meeting with city officials, Gush Etzion police commanders and other regional officials to discuss security in the chareidi city. The ...    Full Story »

Iran's Leader Doesn't Oppose More Nuclear Talks

Iran's Leader Doesn't Oppose More Nuclear TalksIran's top leader on Thursday said he would not stand in the way of continued nuclear negotiations with world powers and would accept a "fair" agreement, but vowed not to bow to bullying by the United States. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on Iranian state television, saying "I am not opposed to the extension of the talks, for the same reason that I wasn't opposed to the ...    Full Story »

AG Weinstein Plans to Ban Har Habayis Visits for Elected Officials (4 opinions)

AG Weinstein Plans to Ban Har Habayis Visits for Elected OfficialsMany feel that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein seems to have lost sight of his position, acting too often as prime minister instead of attorney general. Weinstein makes no effort to hide his left-wing political hashkafa, using the authority of his office to advance his agenda when possible. In his latest move the attorney general announces he plans to prohibit elected officials ...    Full Story »

Frum Soldier Stuck on Base for 21 Days for Refusing to Shave his Beard (8 opinions)

Frum Soldier Stuck on Base for 21 Days for Refusing to Shave his BeardWith efforts to get more chareidim into the military out of the headlines it appears the IDF is increasingly willing to permit commanders to revert back to their practices of religious discrimination. Politicians and senior commanders insist the IDF is suitable for chareidim but recent events show a different reality as commanders are coming down hard on chareidi soldiers with ...    Full Story »

Knesset Elder Ben-Eliezer is Stepping Down from Public Life (1 opinions)

Knesset Elder Ben-Eliezer is Stepping Down from Public LifeThe elder statement of Knesset, Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, will soon announce he is stepping down from public life. Ben-Eliezer was a candidate in the presidential race but was compelled to drop out of the race after police began ...    Full Story »

Immigrants Social Security Eligible In Obama Plan

Immigrants Social Security Eligible In Obama PlanMany immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they ...    Full Story »

Rav Schlesinger to Serve as Kashrus Consultant to the Jerusalem Rabbanut (6 opinions)

Rav Schlesinger to Serve as Kashrus Consultant to the Jerusalem RabbanutAfter submitting his resignation as rav/posek of the Jerusalem Religious Council, Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger Shlita announced he will serve as a kashrus consultant to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita, who is responsible for the city’s kashrus. The announcement was made on Tuesday 3 Kislev after the two met in Rabbi Stern’s office. Rabbi Schlesinger agreed to respond to ...    Full Story »

US Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect Health

US Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect HealthIn a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency's ...    Full Story »

Were the Arabs Injured in a ‘Work Accident’? (3 opinions)

Were the Arabs Injured in a ‘Work Accident’?Three Arabs were injured and their vehicle went up in flames on Tuesday, 3 Kislev is what appears to have been a ‘work accident’. It appears they were preparing firebombs when the fire occurred during the early evening hours in the Binyamin Regional Council of Shomron near the PA (Palestinian Authority) village of Dir Abu Meshal. Authorities report is appears the fire was caused ...    Full Story »

Arabs Taking Over Western Binyamin in Shomron (1 opinions)

Arabs Taking Over Western Binyamin in ShomronArabs from the village of Nabei Salah near Yishuv N’vei Tzuf in the western sector of the Binyamin Regional Council of Shomron are illegally squatting on land in that area. They took over a piece of land near the yishuv about two months ago, officials from the Regavim organization report. They first just maintained a presence but they have since began farming. After Regavim filed ...    Full Story »

Interior Minister Canceling Residency Permit for Wife of Har Nof Attacker (6 opinions)

Interior Minister Canceling Residency Permit for Wife of Har Nof AttackerInterior Minister Gilad Erdan is continuing with his tough policy against terrorists and their families. The minister announced on Wednesday, 4 Kislev that he is revoking the residency permit of the wife of one of the Har Nof massacre terrorists, who were eastern Jerusalem residents. Erdan announced Nadia Abu Jamal will not be permitted to remain in the capital following the actions ...    Full Story »

Grand Jury Documents Rife With Inconsistencies (4 opinions)

Grand Jury Documents Rife With InconsistenciesSome witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was lying face-down when Officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy, or admitted that they didn't see the shooting at all. An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous ...    Full Story »

Ben-Dahan Calls on Performers to Boycott the President's Residence (2 opinions)

Ben-Dahan Calls on Performers to Boycott the President's ResidenceIn a move that has some very surprised, Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan has come out strongly against President Reuven Rivlin after the latter has canceled a performance by singer Amir Benayoun ...    Full Story »

Yerushalayim: Chosson Injured Breaking the Glass Under the Chupah (1 opinions)

Yerushalayim: Chosson Injured Breaking the Glass Under the ChupahA chosson getting married in Yerushalayim made an unexpected visit to a Terem emergency center immediately following the chupah after cutting his foot breaking the glass. The chosson, who was accompanied by his new bride, was brought to the clinic near Armon HaNatziv where he received prompt attention. He was sewn up and given a tetanus shot and sent back to celebrate his ...    Full Story »

Sharpton Gathers Families of 3 Men Killed by Cops (5 opinions)

Sharpton Gathers Families of 3 Men Killed by CopsThe parents of Michael Brown and relatives of two other unarmed black men killed by police officers joined hands with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown. The mourning families stood silently at the Harlem headquarters of Sharpton's civil rights organization, ...    Full Story »
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Baby Yuval Heading Home After 81 Days Hospitalization

Baby Yuval Heading Home After 81 Days HospitalizationAfter 81 one days in a preemie unit Baby Yuval was released from Wolfson Hospital in Holon. Yuval was born weighing just 969 grams (2.13 lbs.) when his mother was in the beginning of her seventh month. He parents and the medical team were at his side for the past months. Mrs. Kosovsky explains that her pregnancy was uneventful until week 26, when she was placed on pregnancy watch ...    Full Story »

Cleveland Officers Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Holding Fake Gun In Seconds (2 opinions)

Cleveland Officers Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Holding Fake Gun In Seconds[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by a police officer responding to a call about someone with a gun says police acted too quickly and his death could've been avoided. A statement released Wednesday evening by attorneys for Tamir Rice's family says the family has viewed a surveillance video of the shooting and thanks the city for ...    Full Story »

Latest Anti-Religious Storm: Non Frum Prayer Nixed in Knesset Shul (3 opinions)

Latest Anti-Religious Storm: Non Frum Prayer Nixed in Knesset ShulA group of over 50 “non-Orthodox rabbinical students” visited Knesset this week and taken aback when they were told they could not use the Knesset shul for their prayer service. According to the report, the participants in the program are members of the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements, members of a group founded by the Conservative Moment, Pluralism ...    Full Story »

Christie Partly Blames Obama for National Anxiety (2 opinions)

Christie Partly Blames Obama for National AnxietyAsked about the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that people across the country are deeply anxious because of a lack of leadership and that President Barack Obama is at least partly to blame. Christie made the remarks as he talked to reporters about the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the ...    Full Story »

MK Hotevely Receives a Bodyguard Due to Death Threats Over Her Visit To Har HaBayis (6 opinions)

MK Hotevely Receives a Bodyguard Due to Death Threats Over Her Visit To Har HaBayisJoining MK Moshe Feiglin and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Deputy Minister of Transportation (Likud) Tzipi Hotevely has been assigned a bodyguard. Like the others, she received death threats, Channel 2 News reported. Officials believe the threats against her are connected to her visit to Har Habayis. In addition to the bodyguard, Knesset security officials have instructed her aides to ...    Full Story »

Spirit Airlines Raises Bag Fees, Just For The Holidays (3 opinions)

Spirit Airlines Raises Bag Fees, Just For The HolidaysIf you are visiting family in December and you're flying on Spirit Airlines, be ready to fork over a couple more dollars to check a bag. Airlines have long charged higher ticket prices during peak travel periods, but this is the first attempt by low-cost Spirit to use the same approach during the holidays, spokesman Paul Berry said Monday. On the "options and extras" page of its ...    Full Story »

MK Moses: The Government Should End its Tenure Now (1 opinions)

MK Moses: The Government Should End its Tenure NowDuring an address from the Knesset plenum, MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Eliezer Menachem Moses calls on the current administration to end its tenure for the good of the nation. He accused the administration of busying itself with bizarre legislation instead of addressing worrisome and serious matters that impact most citizens of the country. “A published survey shows that 95% of the ...    Full Story »

Syrian FM: Russia to Boost Relations With Assad (1 opinions)

Syrian FM: Russia to Boost Relations With AssadRussian President Vladimir Putin wants closer ties with Syria's beleaguered president and tighter cooperation between Moscow and Damascus, Syria's foreign minister said Wednesday after meeting the Russian leader. Walid al-Moallem said that during the talks in the city of Sochi, Putin "confirmed the determination of Russia to develop relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad" and ...    Full Story »

Education Ministry Threatens to Shut Frum Girl's High School Due Discriminatory Policy (10 opinions)

Education Ministry Threatens to Shut Frum Girl's High School Due Discriminatory PolicyThe Education Ministry has informed the Ashkenazi Girl’s Zelznik ("זלזניק") High School that unless its student body changes to 50% Sephardi, it will be shutting it down. The school in question is located in Elad. Kikar Shabbos reports that with the ministry continuing to receive reports and complaints of discrimination against Sephardi girls, the decision was made to give the ...    Full Story »

NYC: What's Closed On Thanksgiving

NYC: What's Closed On ThanksgivingThursday, November 27 is Thanksgiving Day. Government offices, post offices, public libraries, courts, and the Department of Motor Vehicles are closed. There is no mail delivery. Public schools are closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. On Thursday, November 27, alternate side parking and meters are suspended. No stopping, no standing, and no parking regulations are ...    Full Story »

Death of Window Washer Netanel Arami was an Act of Terror (1 opinions)

Death of Window Washer Netanel Arami was an Act of TerrorDue to the tenacity of the family, police have agreed to announce that the death of high-rise window washer Netanel Arami HY”D, 27, was a terror attack as they claimed all along. After the young man’s ...    Full Story »

3 Reasons Holiday Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously

3 Reasons Holiday Shoppers Will Spend CautiouslyFalling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling. Gas prices may be hovering at a four-year low, but ...    Full Story »

Police Chief: Feiglin Shouldn't Have Been Permitted on Har Habayis (11 opinions)

Police Chief: Feiglin Shouldn't Have Been Permitted on Har HabayisIsrael Police Chief Yochanan Danino in his address to the Kenos Sderot spoke out against the decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein permitting MK Moshe Feiglin to visit Har Habayis. “The attorney general erred I his decision to permit him to visit. Everyone wishing to change the status quo should not be permitted there. I prohibited Feiglin to visit Har Habayis until such time ...    Full Story »

Video And Photos: Celebration and Inspiration Resonate at Annual Chabad Gala

Video And Photos: Celebration and Inspiration Resonate at Annual Chabad Gala[VIDEO & PHOTOS BY HILLEL ENGEL IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Berel Pewzner, 26, has been to the annual Kinus Hashluchim—the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries—before, but this year was different. This was his first time attending the event as an official shaliach—a Chabad emissary—as co-director of Chabad of the Cayman Islands, which he leads with his ...    Full Story »

58 Arrested in 2nd Night of Ferguson-Area Protests (3 opinions)

58 Arrested in 2nd Night of Ferguson-Area ProtestsAuthorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case to 58. St. Louis County police said early Wednesday that 45 people were arrested overnight in Ferguson, which was much calmer than during the first night of protests in which several businesses and vehicles were burned to the ground. Police arrested seven ...    Full Story »


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