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Jewish Owned Wholesalers and Their Chometz

Jewish Owned Wholesalers and Their Chometz
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Most people know to avoid Chometz sh'avar alav haPesach - Chometz that was owned by a Jew over Pesach (henceforth - C-Shaap).  How do they do this?  They find out which stores are considered to be Jewish-owned and determine whether the owner sold the Chometz that belonged to them.  The issue is not just about the store owner, however.  If the store purchased it Chometz from a Jewish wholesaler, then that too can present a problem. WHEN THERE IS A DOUBT If we are not sure whether or not something truly is ...

New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political Ads

New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political AdsNew York City transit agency lawyers are telling a judge who ordered the authority to display a controversial bus ad that it will vote on a plan to ban all political advertisements. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's letter was sent to Judge John Koeltl on Friday. The judge had ordered the MTA to accept a pro-Israel advocacy group's political advertisement containing the ...    Full Story »

Pentagon Cites De-escalation of Tensions Over Iranian Ships

Pentagon Cites De-escalation of Tensions Over Iranian ShipsA Pentagon official says tension has abated over the prospect of Iranian cargo ships delivering advanced weaponry to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Iranian convoy is now headed back in the direction of Iran. Col. Steve Warren is a Pentagon spokesman. He says he cannot be sure where the Iranian convoy is going. But Warren says it reversed its original course and is proceeding well to the ...    Full Story »

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man Dead

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man DeadFire officials say a boom-crane accident in midtown Manhattan has left a man dead. The Fire Department of New York says the accident occurred shortly before noon Friday near 44th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. The small crane was attached to a flatbed truck. About an hour later, the man's body remained on the sidewalk, outside the construction site and next to the ...    Full Story »

Presidential Contender Marco Rubio Seeks Support in Iowa

Presidential Contender Marco Rubio Seeks Support in IowaHe's offering himself as a new generation of leader, but Sen. Marco Rubio is still respecting an old presidential campaign tradition: courting caucus goers in the kickoff state of Iowa. The Florida Republican will be in Iowa this weekend on his first trip to the state since he announced his 2016 presidential candidacy. Rubio's appearance at a candidate forum in suburban Des Moines on ...    Full Story »

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims Settlements

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims SettlementsCouncilmember Chaim Deutsch and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced today multiple successful reimbursements for motorists who had sustained tire damage due to milling and paving work being done along Ocean Avenue for three weeks in November 2014 by the New York City Department of Transportation. Eleven cars had their tires punctured or their rims damaged after a ...    Full Story »

White House Seeks to Smooth Information for Hostage Families

White House Seeks to Smooth Information for Hostage FamiliesThe Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the White House is looking at creation of a "fusion cell." It would include members of the intelligence community, ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security Concern

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security ConcernThe Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both been evacuated Friday afternoon as a precaution amid security concerns, the National Parks Service said. The evacuation of the monument began shortly before 1 p.m., parks officials say. A security sweep of Liberty Island is being done. Tourists visiting the site tweeted photos of throngs of people waiting to leave a pier on ...    Full Story »

Peres Passes On Lucrative Deal With Bank Hapoalim

Peres Passes On Lucrative Deal With Bank HapoalimLast week it was reported that former President Shimon Peres was hired by Bank Hapoalim as a consultant to promote the bank with major investors. Mr. Peres reportedly signed on to receive $30,000 monthly for his services. The news raised some eyebrows among critics while supporters of Mr. Peres praised the move, which they are confident would benefit the bank and the State of ...    Full Story »

Attorney General to Bid Farewell After 6-Year Tenure (2 opinions)

Attorney General to Bid Farewell After 6-Year TenureAttorney General Eric Holder bids farewell to the Justice Department after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder is set to address employees at an afternoon ceremony. A tribute video with appearances by his wife, President Barack Obama and members of Congress will be shown. In it, Holder describes an "emotional attachment" to the Justice Department and ...    Full Story »

Pataki To Open Republican Jewish Coalition Event And Urge All Candidates To Pledge To Renege Deal With Iran

Pataki To Open Republican Jewish Coalition Event And Urge All Candidates To Pledge To Renege Deal With IranSources inform us that former New York Governor George Pataki will issue “The Pataki RJC Principles” at the Republican Jewish Coalition event tomorrow evening in Las Vegas where he is the first speaker kicking off the event. Pataki intends to urge every GOP candidates to adopt the following five principles, which he deems as vital for America. In private meetings, it is believed ...    Full Story »

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers (1 opinions)

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers“These conditions are inexcusable!” announced Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) while standing ankle-deep in one of the many potholes that are still found on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn nearly a month after the borough’s last snowfall. “These craters are endangering the lives and vehicles of everyone who comes through here, and this is one of the busiest areas of our ...    Full Story »

Zomet Institute Leader Speaks Out Strongly Against 'KosherSwitch' (3 opinions)

Zomet Institute Leader Speaks Out Strongly Against 'KosherSwitch'The promoters of the new “KosherSwitch” are working hard to get the word out, promoting a light switch which they explain is endorsed by rabbonim, claiming it can be used on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim without chilul Shabbos. Rabbi Yisrael Rozen of the Zomet Institute comes out against the switch in no uncertain terms, joining ...    Full Story »

Mobile App Could Speed O'Hare Passport Lines

Mobile App Could Speed O'Hare Passport LinesInternational travelers arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport should find shorter lines at passport control thanks to a smartphone app. The free Mobile Passport Control app was developed for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It allows travelers to plug in their passport information and submit customs declaration forms before arrival. They can then get in a designated line at ...    Full Story »

Lighting A Yartzeit Candle

Lighting A Yartzeit Candle[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] This article was written l’ilui nishmas the author’s father, Nosson Yoseph Ben Moshe whose yartzeit is 5 Iyar. It is the custom within Klal Yisroel to light a Yartzeit candle on the day that a relative had passed away. The lighting has no accompanying blessing, and people would like to express themselves in a Tefillah when lighting the candle. This is ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Showing Generosity to Bring Shas on Board (1 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Showing Generosity to Bring Shas on BoardAs coalition negotiations continue, it appears Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is being increasingly generous in his offer to bring the Shas party on board. As reported earlier, while it appears Deri will receive the Interior Ministry as he requests, the ministry’s District Planning Committee will be handed over to the Kulanu party to permit Moshe Kahlon to advance his nationwide ...    Full Story »

USDA Says Avian Flu Could Spread To Northeast

USDA Says Avian Flu Could Spread To NortheastBird flu is ravaging the Midwest, and federal experts say it could spread to the Northeast if birds in the Atlantic flyway become infected with a highly contagious strain. Chief veterinary officer John Clifford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a strain of the influenza has been found along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi River flyways. He says the disease could be ...    Full Story »

Hamas Distances itself from Rocket Attack

Hamas Distances itself from Rocket AttackThe Hamas regime in Gaza released messages denying any involvement in a rocket attack into southern Israel on Thursday evening, the eve of 5 Iyar. The rocket landed in an open area in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries. Israeli military experts feel that Hamas is not looking to escalate the situation along its border with ...    Full Story »

Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame On Customer Concerns (2 opinions)

Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame On Customer ConcernsPepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of ...    Full Story »

FEMA Funding For Sandy Damage In New Jersey Tops $6.9B

FEMA Funding For Sandy Damage In New Jersey Tops $6.9BThe Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has pumped nearly $7 billion into New Jersey more than two years after Superstorm Sandy struck. FEMA says the money has reimbursed municipalities for clearing debris, restored boardwalks and rebuilt critical facilities. FEMA says it approved nearly $423 million in payments to Sandy survivors and paid out more than $3.5 billion in ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: 15-Year-Old Wins International Bible Contest in Jerusalem (1 opinions)

VIDEO: 15-Year-Old Wins International Bible Contest in Jerusalem[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The annual International Bible Contest was held on Thursday, 4 Iyar, observed as Independence Day in Israel. Taking part in the event were 67 contestants from 33 different countries, all competing for the prestigious title. The theme this year was ‘kibbutz galiyos’, the ingathering of the exiles. As the competition moved forward, the 16 finalists ...    Full Story »

Poland Protests Mattel Game That Refers to 'Nazi Poland' (3 opinions)

Poland Protests Mattel Game That Refers to 'Nazi Poland'The Polish government has demanded that toy producer Mattel recalls a party game and corrects a card that refers to "Nazi Poland," officials said Friday. Poles find such language offensive because Poland was never allied with Germany and was in fact subjected to a brutal occupation by Nazi Germany throughout World War II. Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said that the Polish ...    Full Story »

IDF Responds to a Rocket Attack in S. Israel

IDF Responds to a Rocket Attack in S. IsraelSirens sounded in areas of southern Israel on Thursday evening, 4 Iyar, signaling a rocket attack from Gaza. Sirens were heard in Sderot as well as in other areas in proximity to the Gaza border, in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. The IDF confirms that the sirens were not a malfunction but a rocket attack. The rocket impact site was detected, in an open area in the Shar HaNegev ...    Full Story »

Illness On Flight Diverted To New York 'A Big Mystery'

Illness On Flight Diverted To New York 'A Big Mystery'An airline passenger said he had trouble breathing, and others felt ill, but the airline said Thursday that an inspection found no mechanical faults after the jet made an emergency landing in New York. And while federal safety officials had no explanation for what happened on the aircraft on Wednesday, aviation experts said the flight crew did the right thing by quickly descending to ...    Full Story »

Coyote Urban: String of Sightings in Manhattan This Year (2 opinions)

Coyote Urban: String of Sightings in Manhattan This YearA string of recent sightings in Manhattan has drawn new attention to the wily critters that have been spotted periodically in New York since the 1990s. Experts say New Yorkers should expect to see more of them as they become more comfortable adapting to city streets and parks. Call it coyote urban. "I would say that this is going to be a new normal: that coyotes are going to ...    Full Story »

House Benghazi Committee Calls On Hillary Rodham Clinton To Testify

House Benghazi Committee Calls On Hillary Rodham Clinton To TestifyThe chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has called former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over Clinton’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says he wants Clinton to testify ...    Full Story »

Mistaken Killings By US Drone Show Limits Of Spycraft (1 opinions)

Mistaken Killings By US Drone Show Limits Of SpycraftThe accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade. With no U.S. military troops on the ground in Pakistan, and the Pakistani government unable or unwilling to force al-Qaida out of the ...    Full Story »
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Carter: Pentagon Must Do More to Find Insider Cyber Threats

Carter: Pentagon Must Do More to Find Insider Cyber ThreatsDefense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon is still not where it needs to be in its ability to detect insider threats to its computer networks, nearly two years after former National Security Agency systems administrator Edward Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance to reporters. Carter was speaking to students at Stanford University, where he was ...    Full Story »

Teenage UK Boy Charged for Alleged Australia Terror Plot

Teenage UK Boy Charged for Alleged Australia Terror PlotBritish authorities say they are charging a 14-year-old boy with terrorism offenses in connection with an alleged plot to attack a war memorial ceremony in Australia. The Crown Prosecution Service says the boy, who has not been named, allegedly incited another person to carry out an attack at a Veterans' Day parade in Australia with the aim of killing or causing serious injury to ...    Full Story »

Meshi-Zahav: Ben-Gurion is in Gan Eden (24 opinions)

Meshi-Zahav: Ben-Gurion is in Gan EdenZaka found and CEO Yehuda Meshi-Zahav spoke to the press at Mount Herzl, where he was attending the Wednesday evening official Independence Day Ceremony. He explained that since he was among the torch-lighters in 2003 he has attends annually, adding it is very emotional for him. Meshi-Zahav spoke of the “kibbutz galiyos’, the ingathering of the exiles of Jews from around the ...    Full Story »

Jeb Bush, Speaking After NYC GOP Meeting, Says Income Inequality Isn't Holding Americans Back (1 opinions)

Jeb Bush, Speaking After NYC GOP Meeting, Says Income Inequality Isn't Holding Americans BackFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking after a Republican breakfast Thursday, said economic inequality is not what is holding Americans back. "The challenge isn't that some people are successful and some people aren't. Taking from the successful people to provide for those that aren't isn't the solution," Bush said after a closed meeting at the Metropolitan Republican Club on ...    Full Story »

Jewish-American Killed in Pakistan Was Working to Develop Economy

Jewish-American Killed in Pakistan Was Working to Develop EconomyA 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Warren Weinstein was accidentally killed in January, when the U.S. targeted an al-Qaida compound where Weinstein was held hostage. Weinstein's family ...    Full Story »

Poland Accepts FBI Boss' Regrets With Reserve (3 opinions)

Poland Accepts FBI Boss' Regrets With ReservePoland's leaders on Thursday guardedly accepted words of regret from FBI boss James Comey over remarks that seemed to equate Poland's role in the Holocaust with that of Germany. The remarks last week sparked protests and demands for an apology from Poland's leaders, who stressed that Poland was a victim, not perpetrator of World War II. Comey said in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust ...    Full Story »

American Who Was Spokesman for Osama Bin Laden Killed (2 opinions)

American Who Was Spokesman for Osama Bin Laden KilledAdam Gadahn, a former Little Leaguer who grew up to become a spokesman for Osama bin Laden, was born in 1978 in Oregon as Adam Pearlman. Gadahn, who had treason charges pending against him, was killed in a drone strike in January, the White House acknowledged on Thursday. Another January drone strike killed Ahmed Farouq, the operations leader for Al-Qaida in Pakistan, as well as an ...    Full Story »

2016 Presidential Candidates Are Serial Name-Droppers (1 opinions)

2016 Presidential Candidates Are Serial Name-DroppersCall it gilt by association: The 2016 presidential hopefuls have become serial name-droppers, hoping to boost their own appeal by borrowing the luster of others. They're sprinkling their speeches, interviews and tweets with mentions of everyone from the old standby, Ronald Reagan, to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and astronomer Galileo. There's a flip side, too: ...    Full Story »

Michael Brown's Parents Sue Over Son's Death (4 opinions)

Michael Brown's Parents Sue Over Son's DeathThe parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson over the fatal shooting of their son by a white police officer, a confrontation that sparked a national protest movement. Attorneys for Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., filed the complaint at the St. Louis County Courthouse and called a news conference to announce ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern Hops a Ride on the Light Rail (2 opinions)

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern Hops a Ride on the Light RailMany riders on Jerusalem’s light rail were surprised when they saw Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern and his assistant Avinoam Kutsher board the train on Wednesday, 3 Iyar, Memorial Day. It appears the two were heading to Mount Herzl to attend the official state service. Some passengers told the press it was truly a sight, that a person of the rav’s status would travel ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: New York's Loretta Lynch Confirmed by Senate as U.S. Attorney General (3 opinions)

BREAKING: New York's Loretta Lynch Confirmed by Senate as U.S. Attorney GeneralLoretta Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay. The vote was 56-43 in the Senate Thursday. Lynch will replace Eric Holder and become the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement post. She currently serves as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Her confirmation was delayed for months for a variety ...    Full Story »

New Pentagon Strategy Warns Of Cyberwar Capabilities

New Pentagon Strategy Warns Of Cyberwar CapabilitiesA new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities." The ...    Full Story »


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