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Half a Million Jews will Participate in Rosh Hashanah Tefilos but a Million & a Half Jews Hide their Jewishness

Half a Million Jews will Participate in Rosh Hashanah Tefilos but a Million & a Half Jews Hide their Jewishness
Data gathered from more than 800 rabbis and members of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCA), together with the European Jewish Association (EJA), indicates that about half a million Jews will this year attend Rosh Hashanah tefilos held in 1353 synagogues across Europe, to mark the Jewish New Year next week. Recent data of Jewish weddings in Europe, also indicates that there is 80% intermarriage among Europe’s Jewish communities, when compared with the total number of Jews. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, General Director of the European ...

Bennett: There are Chareidim Who Believe in Us

Bennett: There are Chareidim Who Believe in UsSpeaking with Moti Lavi of Kol Berama Radio, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett explained there are segments of the chareidi tzibur that believe in his party, its integrity, and he knows they will be supporting him. Following are excerpts from that interview. Bennett explains that support for the party is growing. Recent polls predict if elections were held today, Bayit Yehudi would ...    Full Story »

Fighting in Ukraine Will Result in Fewer Travelers to Uman (1 opinions)

Fighting in Ukraine Will Result in Fewer Travelers to UmanTravel agents are reporting a decline in the number of Yidden heading to Uman for Rosh Hashanah. They believe this is the result of ongoing fighting in the Ukraine. Some are predicting 10% fewer mispallalim will travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah due to the uncertainty associated with such a trip today. Others are more optimistic. They explain that those accustomed to traveling to Rav ...    Full Story »

Israel: Updated Travel Warnings Ahead of the Tishrei Yomim Tovim

Israel: Updated Travel Warnings Ahead of the Tishrei Yomim TovimIsrael’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau offers the following updated travel warnings ahead of the Tishrei 5775 Yomim Tovim. There is – at this time – an increasing potential threat as a result of the recent Operation Protective Edge during which there were many demonstrations at Israeli embassies and consulates around the world. There has also been an ...    Full Story »

Obama Lends Voice to DNC's First Ads of 2014 (1 opinions)

Obama Lends Voice to DNC's First Ads of 2014President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections. The first ads, aimed at African Americans, started running Monday and are part of a coast-to-coast buy worth more than $1 million. Future spots were set to target Hispanics, Asian ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Cuomo, Christie, de Blasio Meet With US Homeland Security Secretary Over Security And Mounting Terror Threat

VIDEO: Cuomo, Christie, de Blasio Meet With US Homeland Security Secretary Over Security And Mounting Terror Threat[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss ways to secure the region from what they described as a mounting terror threat fueled by Islamic State extremists. The governors emerged from the meeting in midtown Manhattan on Monday saying they would develop a ...    Full Story »

Socio-Economic Cabinet Increases the Number of PA Construction Permits

Socio-Economic Cabinet Increases the Number of PA Construction PermitsResponding to a request from Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the Socio-Economic Cabinet this week approved an increase in the number of permits to be given to PA (Palestinian Authority) residents seeking employment in the construction industry. The cabinet approved 5,000 construction jobs for PA residents. Ariel explains this is a necessary fact of life if the country expects to pick up ...    Full Story »

White House Backs Use of Body Cameras by Police

White House Backs Use of Body Cameras by PoliceThe White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri. More than 150,000 people signed an online White House petition urging President Barack Obama to "create a law" requiring all police to wear body cameras. That would require an act of ...    Full Story »

Foreign Ministry Employees to Resume Work Sanctions

Foreign Ministry Employees to Resume Work SanctionsBeginning next week, employees of the Foreign Ministry will begin disrupting operations as their labor dispute remains unresolved. Labor leaders explain that agreement was reached following sanctions back in April 2014 but the deal has yet to be signed. The agreement was to have been signed and go into effect on May 25th but this never occurred and it was not innocently overlooked. ...    Full Story »

Boston Bombing Suspect's Lawyers: Didn't Pose As FBI

Boston Bombing Suspect's Lawyers: Didn't Pose As FBIAttorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are denying as "false" and "preposterous" an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia. Prosecutors said the allegation came from the Russian government, which expelled the investigators. It was included in a court filing Friday opposing a defense request to delay ...    Full Story »

Deri: There is No Machlokes with Rav Amar (3 opinions)

Deri: There is No Machlokes with Rav AmarFollowing Shas’ failed event to mark 11 months since the petira of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L, party leader Aryeh Deri on Monday, 20 Elul held a press briefing for members of the chareidi media. Deri stated the talk of the party breaking apart and a new chareidi party forming are untrue and simply baseless. Deri was asked to comment on reports that there is a split ...    Full Story »

US Would Hit Back Against Assad Attack

US Would Hit Back Against Assad AttackThe United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air defenses, along with their command and control centers, are located. If Assad were to use those ...    Full Story »

IDF Commander: Hizbullah Will Attempt to Seize Land in the Next War

IDF Commander: Hizbullah Will Attempt to Seize Land in the Next WarA senior IDF Northern Command” officer is being quoted anonymously in the media warning of a Hizbullah ground forces operation targeting the Galil in another Lebanon war. The report states “Dozens or hundreds” of fighters will be sent to take hold of territory in Israel motivated by a need for a propaganda victory. The senior officer is unwilling to rule out the possibility of ...    Full Story »

The Country Of Qatar - Who Is One Of Hamas' Biggest Supporters - Plays Outsize Role in Latest US War Strategy Against IS

The Country Of Qatar - Who Is One Of Hamas' Biggest Supporters - Plays Outsize Role in Latest US War Strategy Against ISJust miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and ...    Full Story »

MK Litzman Visits with the Erlau Rebbe Shlita

MK Litzman Visits with the Erlau Rebbe ShlitaWith Rosh Hashanah 5775 rapidly approaching, MK Rav Yaakov Litzman paid a visit to the elder of the Agudas Yisrael Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah, the Erlau Rebbe Shlita. The rebbe spoke with Litzman about several matters of concern and they ended exchanging wishes for a good year. The working relationship between Gur (Litzman) and Chassidus Erlau has increased of late as they worked ...    Full Story »

Once-Troubled Reverse Mortgages Poised For Rebound

Once-Troubled Reverse Mortgages Poised For ReboundAdvertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions. Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Man Tries Breaking Into ATM Machine At Berkshire Bank Using Saw (1 opinions)

Boro Park: Man Tries Breaking Into ATM Machine At Berkshire Bank Using SawOn September 15, at approximately 9:00AM police responded to a 911 call of a bank burglary inside of 5010 13 Avenue (Berkshire Bank). Upon arrival police determined that a male entered the Berkshire Bank at 12:08AM and attempted to break into an ATM machine by using a saw. He did not remove any money from the location. The suspect is described as a male white 35-40 5'8 to 5'10 and ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel Hails EEOC for Suing Dunkin' Donuts (2 opinions)

Agudath Israel Hails EEOC for Suing Dunkin' DonutsAgudath Israel of America today hailed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for bringing a lawsuit against a franchise of Dunkin' Donuts. The lawsuit, brought against Citi Brands, LLC, charges that the franchise violated federal law by refusing to hire an employee because his religion forbade him from working on his Sabbath. The employee, Darrell Litrell, is a Seventh-day ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Amsellem Registers as a Candidate in Jerusalem Rabbinate Election (2 opinions)

Rabbi Amsellem Registers as a Candidate in Jerusalem Rabbinate ElectionRabbi Chaim Amsellem, who heads the Am Shalem party has officially registered to run in the upcoming race to elect an Ashkenazi and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He told the media he hopes to become the city’s next Sephardi Chief Rabbi. The election is scheduled for 27 Tishrei 5775. The rabbi explains that Jerusalem is the holy city and today, tensions are rising between the ...    Full Story »

EJC Calls Gains By Far-Right In Sweden A Wake-Up Call For Europe

EJC Calls Gains By Far-Right In Sweden A Wake-Up Call For EuropeThe success of the far-Right party Sweden Democrats in yesterday’s Swedish national elections is just the latest demonstration of the unchecked rise of the extremist Right in Europe, say the European Jewish Congress (EJC). “Unfortunately, the far-Right is sweeping across Europe and little has been done to retard their growing power,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, ...    Full Story »

Smoking Rates On The Rise In New York City

Smoking Rates On The Rise In New York CityMore New Yorkers are smoking. New York City's Department of Health released data Monday showing that for the first time since 2007 there are more than 1 million smokers in the city. The city says 16 percent of adult New Yorkers are smokers. That's an increase from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate. To combat the rise, the city is launching a new ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Don't Miss this Unique Opportunity to Prepare for Rosh Hashana

Brooklyn: Don't Miss this Unique Opportunity to Prepare for Rosh Hashana[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  The Brooklyn community is pleased to present a Rosh Hashana event, featuring renowned speaker Rabbi Jonathon Rietti.   The program, titled “Teshuva Starts in The Mind: Check up from the Neck Up” will take place Tuesday, September 16th at 8:45PM, at Sasson V’Simcha.  This presentation looks at how far reaching are the Mitzvos in the Torah relevant to ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Stav: The Chief Rabbinate's Opposition to Giyur Bill is based on Politics & Not Halacha (8 opinions)

Rabbi Stav: The Chief Rabbinate's Opposition to Giyur Bill is based on Politics & Not HalachaAccording to the head of Tzohar Rabbonim Rabbi David Stav, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s refusal to back the Stern Bill seeking to introduce less stringent giyur stems from political and not halachic concerns. Rabbi Stav ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Wants Astorino To Release Tax Returns (1 opinions)

Cuomo Wants Astorino To Release Tax ReturnsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Republican opponent Rob Astorino to release five years of tax returns. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has reported income from a national radio company on county financial disclosures. A Cuomo campaign spokesman says Astorino should answer questions about the work and notes that Cuomo and other state leaders consistently release ...    Full Story »

Feiglin Backs the Concept of Conscientious Objectors (4 opinions)

Feiglin Backs the Concept of Conscientious ObjectorsLast week reservists who serve in the IDF Intelligence Corp’s elite 8200 unit released a letter stating they can no longer comply with orders that deal with ...    Full Story »

Air France Strike Amid Europe's Low-Cost Shakeup

Air France Strike Amid Europe's Low-Cost ShakeupAir France canceled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors. Air France-KLM, which is the national carrier for France and the Netherlands, said it can ensure just 48 percent of flights Monday, 40 percent on Tuesday and perhaps less later in ...    Full Story »
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Jerusalem Councilmen Petition the Supreme Court to Open Cinema City on Shabbos (1 opinions)

Jerusalem Councilmen Petition the Supreme Court to Open Cinema City on ShabbosA number of Jerusalem councilmen have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice seeking to compel Jerusalem City Hall to permit opening Cinema City on Shabbos R”L. The councilpersons including Deputy Mayor Ofir Berkowitz of the Hisorarus party have signed the petition to the court in the hope of permitting the opening of the city’s new recreation center, which includes a ...    Full Story »

'Quran Books' Found Along Mexican Border, Reports Warn Of ISIS Terrorist Cells Coming Across The Border (6 opinions)

'Quran Books' Found Along Mexican Border, Reports Warn Of ISIS Terrorist Cells Coming Across The BorderThe Following is via CBSLOCAL.COM  Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said that law enforcement agencies along the “wide open” border have received alerts to be on the lookout for terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ...    Full Story »

US Creating Pilot Programs To Deal With Violent Extremists

US Creating Pilot Programs To Deal With Violent ExtremistsThe Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The programs are designed in part to detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations, including the Islamic State militant group, ...    Full Story »

Israel Police Adding Cameras & Technology

Israel Police Adding Cameras & TechnologyIsrael Police has announced in the near future an additional 150 speed cameras will be operating nationwide. In addition, a new system will be implemented that will send an SMS text message to a motorist informing him when and why he was photographed. The real-time text message will detail the offense. Police feel this will reduce the number of drivers who will try to challenge the ...    Full Story »


Video Of Interest: US Embassy Tel Aviv - Remembering 9/11

At the 9/11 Living Memorial in Emek HaArazim near Jerusalem, the U.S. Embassy and KKL-JNF held a moving commemoration in the presence of an audience of over 250 guests. Families of victims of terror, a youth delegation from Young Judea, students from the Walworth Barbour American International School, diplomats, and first responders attended the eloquent ceremony. A representative of the Israeli victims’ families and a survivor who personally experienced the attacks on the Twin Towers that day spoke movingly to the assemblage. Ambassador Shapiro noted, "Today’s anniversary is a somber reminder that we still face threats of extremism and terrorism around the world. But it is also an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to work together with all civilized nations to confront these threats.” (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)

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