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Senators Quiz Military Chiefs, Criticize US Fight Against ISIS

Senators Quiz Military Chiefs, Criticize US Fight Against ISIS
Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants. "That is a small class," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This is the number that got through a very vigorous vetting and selection process that we have. ... We expect that number to improve." Sen. John McCain, chairman of the committee and a persistent critic of ...

Threatened Chareidi Father And Son Detained in Their Own Home (1 opinions)

Threatened Chareidi Father And Son Detained in Their Own HomeIn Jerusalem, on the afternoon of Shabbos 17 Tammuz, an altercation between Arabs and two Jews, a father and his son, broke out after an Arab claimed that he saw Jews throwing rocks at his car. According to the police the Arab threatened, acted wildly and a disturbance broke out at the scene. The Arab broke into the Jewish home in the Beis Yisrael neighborhood after he thought that he ...    Full Story »

After Taking Hit, Cuomo Calmly Returns Fire On De Blasio

After Taking Hit, Cuomo Calmly Returns Fire On De BlasioNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is responding to criticisms levied at him by Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio aired his grievances last week over how New York City fared in the just-ended Albany legislative session. He said Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, had disappointed him "at every turn" and carries out a "vendetta" against those who oppose him. Cuomo had largely ignored the comments ...    Full Story »

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Attacks Tzohar Rabbonim (1 opinions)

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Attacks Tzohar RabbonimThe Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikvah Rabbi Micha Levy told Kol Chai Radio on Tuesday morning 20 Tammuz that the fight waged against the Chief Rabbinate of Israel by dati leumi rabbonim may lead to more assimilation. Rabbi Levy attacked Tzohar Rabbonim, accusing the rabbinical organization of weakening the authority and stature of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel with its policies. Rabbi ...    Full Story »

Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: Seretz Vishnitz Rebbe ZATZAL [UPDATED] (3 opinions)

Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: Seretz Vishnitz Rebbe ZATZAL [UPDATED]The Seretz Vishnitz Rebbe, HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Hager ZT”L was niftar a short time ago. Zaka released a statement of aveilus to the media shortly after the rebbe’s petira. There were reports earlier that CPR was being performed on the rebbe. There are no additional details at this time. The rebbe     Full Story »

Hikind on Kaporos Chickens Lawsuit: 'Shame on You!' (7 opinions)

Hikind on Kaporos Chickens Lawsuit: 'Shame on You!'Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) had a very strong response to a Brooklyn group that has filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court against members and congregations in the Brooklyn Jewish community demanding a stop to the custom of Kaporos. Kaporos is the Jewish custom performed between the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) where people take a live ...    Full Story »

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Mekubal HaRav David Kaduri ZATZAL [UPDATED] (1 opinions)

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Mekubal HaRav David Kaduri ZATZAL [UPDATED]Baruch Dayan Emmes: Mekubal HaRav David Kaduri ZT”L was niftar a short time ago in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim. Rav Kaduri was the son of the leading mekubal in Eretz Yisrael Rav Yitzchak Kaduri ZT”L. After the petira of his father Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L and HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita appointed him to fill his father’s ...    Full Story »

Knesset Committee Discusses Discrimination against Shomer Shabbos Athletes

Knesset Committee Discusses Discrimination against Shomer Shabbos AthletesThe Knesset Sport & Culture Committee on Tuesday, 20 Tammuz discussed the ongoing discrimination against frum Israelis wishing to participate in athletics in Israel. MK (Likud) Miki Zohar is pushing a bill that seeks to prevent religious discrimination for persons wishing to participate in sporting competitions in Israel. He calls the current reality in Israel “secular ...    Full Story »

The Rubio Economy: 'The Old Ways No Longer Work' (1 opinions)

The Rubio Economy: 'The Old Ways No Longer Work'With an eye on the future, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is laying out his plans for an "innovative economy" and "revolutionized higher education system" in his first major domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate. The Republican White House hopeful will outline his policies at a Tuesday morning speech in Chicago before an extended campaign swing through Iowa. "We need a new ...    Full Story »

Opposition Leader: Cancellation of Giyur is a Declaration of War on the Future of Jewry (2 opinions)

Opposition Leader: Cancellation of Giyur is a Declaration of War on the Future of JewryThe cabinet decision on Sunday 18 Tammuz decided to dissolve the giyur reforms set into place in the previous administration. Opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog is among the critics of that decision, warning “The decision is a declaration of war on the future of Jewry in Israel”. On Sunday the cabinet eliminated the giyur reforms that were voted into law by the 19th Knesset ...    Full Story »

6 HSBC Bank Employees Fired For Staging Mock ISIS Slaying Video

6 HSBC Bank Employees Fired For Staging Mock ISIS Slaying VideoHSBC has fired six employees who staged a mock Islamic State group-style killing during a team-building exercise. The Sun newspaper reported Tuesday the footage posted online showed five workers wearing overalls and balaclavas laughing as a South Asian colleague wearing an orange jumpsuit knelt at their feet. One held a coat hanger as a pretend knife while another held the ...    Full Story »

Maran HaRav Shteinman Prohibits Visiting Water Parks (7 opinions)

Maran HaRav Shteinman Prohibits Visiting Water ParksMaran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita is calling on the tzibur to avoid trips to water parks. The Gadol Hador was asked about an outing for girls to a water park, responding they should not go. I am afraid of water” the rav is quoted saying. The announced ruling of Rav Shteinman follows the directive from Rabbi Lazerson and Chinuch Atzmai, which has sent a letter to ...    Full Story »

F-16 Jet, Small Plane Collide Midair Over South Carolina

 F-16 Jet, Small Plane Collide Midair Over South Carolina An F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided in midair Tuesday over South Carolina, raining down plane parts and debris. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna C150 around 11 a.m. The collision happened about 11 miles (17 kilometers) north of Charleston. No other details were immediately available. It was not ...    Full Story »

Britons Mark 10th Anniversary Of London Transit Terror Attacks (2 opinions)

Britons Mark 10th Anniversary Of London Transit Terror AttacksBritons paused in silence and walked in solidarity Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of suicide bomb attacks on London's transit system. Four British men inspired by al-Qaida blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus during the morning rush hour on July 7, 2005, killing 52 commuters and injuring more than 700. The memory of that morning remains raw in this country ...    Full Story »

Religious Services Minister: I Don't View Reform Jews as Being Jewish (10 opinions)

Religious Services Minister: I Don't View Reform Jews as Being JewishMinister of Religious Services (Shas) David Azoulai told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Tuesday, 20 Tammuz that in his eyes, members of the Reform Movement are not Jews. Azoulai explained these people do not follow Yiddishkheit and therefore he does not view them as being Jewish. He admits that while he would like to see people return to Judaism, most Reform Jews living in the Diaspora ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Small Drop in Traffic Deaths This Year

NYPD: Small Drop in Traffic Deaths This YearMayor Bill de Blasio says he wants to eliminate traffic deaths, and police statistics show there have been slightly fewer this year. The NYPD says as of Sunday, 111 people died because of motor vehicle accidents in the city this year. That's compared to 117 at the same time last year, a drop of 5 percent. Last year, the city passed a series of laws as part of the mayor's Vision Zero ...    Full Story »

Lakewood: Brand New Duplex, Next To BMG Ready To Move In Now - Just One Left (3 opinions)

Lakewood: Brand New Duplex, Next To BMG Ready To Move In Now - Just One Left[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Imagine sitting in your magnificent, brand new house enjoying a delicious supper while looking out at your children playing in large, spacious, backyard. . . Imagine living in walking distance to everything -- downtown shopping, BMG, Satmar, the Lakewood Lake. Around the block from, Dr. Shanik's office and pharmacy, down the block from a bank, car rental ...    Full Story »

SpaceX Close To Figuring Out Rocket Failure During Launch

SpaceX Close To Figuring Out Rocket Failure During LaunchSpaceX says it is still trying to figuring out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but it's getting close. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket had just lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, carrying cargo for the International Space Station, when the accident occurred. Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Boston, SpaceX founder and chief ...    Full Story »

Lapid Launches his Campaign to Become PM: If Iranian Deal is Signed, Netanyahu Must Step Down (2 opinions)

Lapid Launches his Campaign to Become PM: If Iranian Deal is Signed, Netanyahu Must Step Down[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] MK (Yesh Atid) in his press event announced if an agreement is signed with Iran, the bad agreement that Israel has been protesting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must resign. He was in three elections with a promise that he and he along can prevent the deal with the Iranians and therefore, if he fails, then he must accept the consequences. In ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Raw Footage from Helmet Cam of Fallen IDF Soldier While Battling in Rafiach During Operation Protective Edge (2 opinions)

WATCH: Raw Footage from Helmet Cam of Fallen IDF Soldier While Battling in Rafiach During Operation Protective Edge Marking one year since the counter-terrorism operation against Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014, the IDF Spokesman’s Office has released camera and audio footage to the tzibur. The video was a “Go Pro” camera mounted to the helmet of     Full Story »

NYPD Seeks Man Who Threw Firework Into NYPD Cruiser

NYPD Seeks Man Who Threw Firework Into NYPD CruiserPolice are searching for a man who they say threw a firework inside an unattended NYPD police cruiser in Brooklyn. It happened just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say the suspect threw a consumer-grade aerial shell firework inside the cruiser. The interior of the car caught fire, causing damage to the seats and center console. The suspect is described as a black male with a thin ...    Full Story »

Prosecutors Seek 3 And 1/2 years In Prison For Ex-Auschwitz Guard

Prosecutors Seek 3 And 1/2 years In Prison For Ex-Auschwitz Guard German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 3½-year prison sentence for a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, saying his role there made him an accessory to murder. Oskar Groening has admitted guarding prisoners' baggage after they were unloaded from cattle cars onto the camp's ramps, and collecting and counting money stolen from ...    Full Story »

Has an End Come to Excel?

Has an End Come to Excel?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Cluttered desks, misplaced documents, and shelves bursting with file folders may have been the stereotypical office of the past, but that picture is changing now. Paperless offices have broken the stereotype. If you’re still organizing your file folders in alphabetical order, and the extent of technological advances in your office is Excel, it’s time for ...    Full Story »

Deri's Response to Mounting Criticism (2 opinions)

Deri's Response to Mounting CriticismShas party leader Economy Minister Aryeh Deri is under fire from opposition and coalition members. Former Education Minister (Yesh Atid) Shai Piron released an open letter to Deri asking him to stop Shas’ efforts to take over all of ...    Full Story »

New Business Study: Biometric Time Clocks Increase Productivity & Save Money

New Business Study: Biometric Time Clocks Increase Productivity & Save Money[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Is your business losing money to a lack of productivity? If you’re not using biometric time clock software, it might be. “On average, businesses that use automated time clock software,” says FingerCheck, the leading provider of online time clocks, “are seeing up to five percent more from ...    Full Story »

IDF Navy Takes Six Gazans into Custody in Restricted Waters

IDF Navy Takes Six Gazans into Custody in Restricted Waters 16:50 IL: A navy patrol on Tuesday afternoon 20 Tammuz arrested six Gazans at sea after they were in restricted waters off the Gaza coast. The navy patrol carried out the standard protocol for stopping and identifying suspicious persons. One of the Gazans was wounded moderately by naval gunfire. They were all taken into custody and taken to the Port of Ashdod. (YWN – Israel ...    Full Story »
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Nuke Deal Remains Elusive After Deadline, But Talks Continue (1 opinions)

Nuke Deal Remains Elusive After Deadline, But Talks ContinueIran nuclear talks busted through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The talks, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday. "We knew it would have been difficult, challenging, and sometimes hard," said Federica Mogherini, the European Union's ...    Full Story »

Clinton Says She Opposes Boycott Effort Against Israel (5 opinions)

Clinton Says She Opposes Boycott Effort Against IsraelHillary Rodham Clinton says in a letter to American Jewish organizations that she opposes a grassroots protest movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over policies involving the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Clinton says in the letter released Monday that she agrees on the need to make countering the so-called BDS movement a priority. The ...    Full Story »

The Mitzvah and Science of Making Shidduchim (1 opinions)

The Mitzvah and Science of Making ShidduchimBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for The FIVE TOWNS JEWISH TIMES for the refuah shleimah of Boruch Zev Ben Bracha It is the fulfillment of the Biblical Mitzvah of V’Ahavta L’rayacha Kamocha to attempt to make a Shidduch. Indeed, in this one act, one fulfills two of these Mitzvos simultaneously, since one is benefitting two people. One is also fulfilling the Mitzvah of emulating the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief Rabbinate (4 opinions)

Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief RabbinateThe Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin made his first public statements following a month-long ordeal where Israel’s Chief Rabbinate held up the extension of his rabbinic tenure. Speaking at a reception of Efrat residents hosted by Mayor Oded Ravivi to mark the continued tenure, Rabbi Riskin stated that he was forced to “rely on reports in the media” regarding his ...    Full Story »

Ceremony for New Ambulance Donated by Christian Friends of Israel

Ceremony for New Ambulance Donated by Christian Friends of IsraelMagen David Adom officials held a ceremony for a new ambulance donated to Tzfas by Christian Friends of MDA. The special event was held at the Open Skies in Jerusalem to officially dedicate the new emergency vehicle. Members of the Christian community visiting to take part in the event donated 90 units of blood to the MDA blood bank. The Open Skies Assembly was attended by 560 ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi Hospitalized

Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi Hospitalized Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi Shlita, a member of the Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah has been hospitalized after complaining of not feeling well on Monday night the eve of 20 Tammuz. The rav is in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Reports from Hadassah state the rabbi has been diagnosed with an infection. The tzibur is asked to be mispallel for Baruch Mordechai ben Hinda ...    Full Story »

MK Eichler: Why is Gafne on the Budget Committee & I'm Not? (4 opinions)

MK Eichler: Why is Gafne on the Budget Committee & I'm Not?The Knesset Committee on Monday morning 19 Tammuz approved the formation of the joint committee dealing with the state budget. The committee is made of 10 members, including the chairman, David Biton (Likud), Miki Zohar (Likud), Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi), Roi Folkman (Kulanu), Mikey Levy (Kulanu), Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List), Merav Michaeli (Labor), Moshe Gafne (Yahadut Hatorah), ...    Full Story »

Shai Police, the IDF And Inspectors Nab Illegal Eggs (4 opinions)

Shai Police, the IDF And Inspectors Nab Illegal EggsAn ongoing undercover investigation involving the Shai (Shomron-Yehuda) police district for a number of months was concluded during the night (Sunday-Monday) of the eve of 19 Tammuz as police and agriculture inspectors and the IDF closed in on suspects operating in the PA (Palestinian Authority). They explain the ring was bringing unapproved eggs into “Israel proper”, selling them ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Dovid Katz on The Current Situation In The Mid-East, In Light Of Its History [VIDEO LECTURE]

A recent lecture in Baltimore by Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz Rabbi Dovid Katz is the Rov of Kehilas Bais Avrohom in Baltimore. He is also a History Professor (Visiting) at The Johns Hopkins University. Every winter on Motzaei Shabbos, Rabbi Katz delivers a ...    Full Story »

Save on KikiRiki Shells, Linda Leal Shells Modest Clothing

Save on KikiRiki Shells, Linda Leal Shells Modest Clothing[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] What does independence day have to do with getting new shells? Your guess is as good as mine, but that's not going to stop us from putting out a great sale! Save 20% on all of our merchandise. Stock up on everyone's favorite Kikiriki shells in over  20 colors to ...    Full Story »

$333K in Settlements for 6 Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters (1 opinions)

$333K in Settlements for 6 Pepper-Sprayed Occupy ProtestersNew York City has agreed to pay a total of $332,500 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who said police unjustly blasted them with pepper spray. The episode helped propel the movement into the spotlight. Lawyers for both sides said Monday the settlements range from $52,500 to $60,000 per person. They were reached in recent weeks. The Law Department says settling was in the city's ...    Full Story »

President Reuven Rivlin's Message to the Arab Media

President Reuven Rivlin's Message to the Arab MediaPresident Reuven Rivlin on Sunday 18 Tammuz spoke at his residence with the Arabic media in Israel, before welcoming community leaders for an Iftar meal to break the fast. It is important to note that there was also Jewish fast on Sunday (commemorating the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz), so both the Jewish and Muslim communities were fasting. The president opened his words ...    Full Story »

Condemned Boston Marathon Bomber Files Motion For New Trial (2 opinions)

Condemned Boston Marathon Bomber Files Motion For New TrialLawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion for a new trial Monday, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack. The motion did not contain any details on Tsarnaev's legal arguments, saying only that a new trial is "required in the interests of justice." Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted of 30 federal charges in the bombing, ...    Full Story »

Gerrer, Sanz And Slonim Yeshiva Students Report to the IDF Induction Center (1 opinions)

Gerrer, Sanz And Slonim Yeshiva Students Report to the IDF Induction CenterChassidim from Gur, Sanz and Slonim on Monday 19 Tammuz reported to an IDF induction center in line with the latest agreement made with the chareidim. The talmidim all received their first draft notice. Gerrer and Vishnitz talmidim reported at 11:00 and at 13:00, they were followed by Slonim and talmidim from Yeshivas Beis Avraham. A second group of Gerrer talmidim will report on ...    Full Story »


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