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PM Meeting with Lapid to Bring Yesh Atid on Board

PM Meeting with Lapid to Bring Yesh Atid on Board
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, isru chag Shavuos in Eretz Yisrael will be meeting with Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid in an effort to bring his party and its 11 seats into the coalition. It appears the meeting will be more leisurely than official, with Yesh Atid officials signaling that if the Prime Minister actually makes an offer, Lapid will decline since the party is not interested in joining the coalition based on its current guidelines. Clearly the Mr. Netanyahu is holding on to the Foreign Ministry portfolio to have ...

Obama To Address Anti-Semitism At D.C.'s Largest Conservative Jewish Congregation

Obama To Address Anti-Semitism At D.C.'s Largest Conservative Jewish CongregationPresident Barack Obama is addressing one of the largest Jewish congregations in Washington to highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism, a problem he says has created an intimidating environment worldwide for Jewish families. Obama was to speak to Congregation Adas Israel on Friday in observance of Jewish American Heritage Month. The appearance coincides with Solidarity Shabbat, ...    Full Story »

Molid on Yom Tov

Molid on Yom TovBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This article is written for the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev ben Bracha. The head of a match is made of sulfur, glass powder, phosphorus and an oxidizing agent. When the match is struck on Yom Tov two things happen: • The first thing that happens is the friction caused by the glass powder rubbing together produces enough ...    Full Story »

Bratton Says He's 'Optimistic' He'll Get More Officers

Bratton Says He's 'Optimistic' He'll Get More OfficersNew York Police Commissioner William Bratton says he's optimistic he will be able to hire more officers, even though there was no allotment in the city's budget for it. Bratton spoke Thursday after a City Council budget meeting where he detailed how the NYPD's $4.9 billion budget would be used. City council members had asked for as many as 1,000 more officers, a measure supported ...    Full Story »

IDF Officer on Educational Leave Compelled to Reimburse the IDF

IDF Officer on Educational Leave Compelled to Reimburse the IDFAn IDF officer of the rank of major has been found guilty of unacceptable behavior and imprisoned for one month for not informing her superior officers that she was thrown out of school. As is the case for IDF officers as they move up the ranks, the major was sent on a leave of absence to permit her to get a bachelor degree, which is paid for by the IDF. In this case she was sent to ...    Full Story »

Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos: By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos: By Rabbi Y. Dov KrakowskiThe following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Shavuos. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual circumstances are often important in determining the ...    Full Story »

Lieberman Calls Head of Joint Arab List a Fifth Column (1 opinions)

Lieberman Calls Head of Joint Arab List a Fifth ColumnYisrael Beitenu party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to meet with MK Ayman Udeh, who heads the Joint Arab List which has 13 seats, calling Udeh “a fifth column”. Lieberman accuses Udeh of being a “supporter of terror”, insisting the Arab parliamentarian is working to destroy Israel from the inside. He compared Udeh to former MK ...    Full Story »

Pentagon Okays the Sale of Bunker-Busting Bombs to Israel (4 opinions)

Pentagon Okays the Sale of Bunker-Busting Bombs to IsraelAmerica has given the approval for the sale of 5,000 pound laser-guided bunker-busting bombs to Israel. The $1.87 billion deal has received Pentagon and State Department approval. The deal also approves the transfer of 3,000 hellfire missiles, which were held back last summer during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza. Congress must ...    Full Story »

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter at US Capitol Pleads Not Guilty

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter at US Capitol Pleads Not GuiltyA Florida man who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol said Thursday that he will never pull a similar stunt again — and doesn't recommend anyone else try it either. Douglas Hughes made the comments after appearing in federal court in Washington where his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea to the six charges Hughes now faces. Speaking outside of court, Hughes said he wouldn't ...    Full Story »

Six F-16 'Thunderbirds' To Fly Over NYC On Friday At Low Altitudes For Photo-Up (1 opinions)

Six F-16 'Thunderbirds' To Fly Over NYC On Friday At Low Altitudes For Photo-UpThe following ia via Breaking911.com: The US Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to conduct a flyover photo mission tomorrow, Friday, 5/22, from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, over various areas around NYC. The event will consist of six F-16 ...    Full Story »

MK Peretz Cancels Planned Participation in Parliamentarian Conference in Morocco

MK Peretz Cancels Planned Participation in Parliamentarian Conference in MoroccoMK (Labor) Amir Peretz was compelled to cancel his planned trip to Morocco next week where he was planning to take part in a regional conference of parliamentarians. Party leader MK Yitzchak Herzog did not give Peretz permission to participate in the conference, compelling him to cancel his ticket. Officials in Peretz’s office told the media he canceled his planned participation ...    Full Story »

Shavuos - A Primer Parts 1-3

Shavuos - A Primer Parts 1-3By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times For the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev Ben Bracha PREPARING FOR SHAVUOS Shavuos is called Z’man Matan Toraseinu. Originally, this event occurred in the Hebrew year 2448 (3324 years ago). As we know, Rav Dessler in his Michtav M’Eliyahu explains that time does not flow as a straight line, but rather as a circle. The day ...    Full Story »

Huckabee Is Latest Straw Poll No-Show. Is Event in Jeopardy? (1 opinions)

Huckabee Is Latest Straw Poll No-Show. Is Event in Jeopardy?The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition, announcing Thursday that he won't participate in this year's ...    Full Story »

Israel: Gershon Mesika Agrees to Become a State Witness In Yisrael Beitenu Corruption Case

Israel: Gershon Mesika Agrees to Become a State Witness In Yisrael Beitenu Corruption CaseShomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika is going to be a state witness in the corruption trial involving a number of officials from the Yisrael Beitenu party. Mesika was arrested in December 2014 as part of the Israel Police major investigation into widespread political corruption. The investigation led to     Full Story »

Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Sues NYC

Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Sues NYCThe family of an unarmed Brooklyn man shot by police in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, names the officer who shot Akai Gurley; his partner; and the city's Housing Authority. Police say Gurley was accidentally shot after opening a door in a dark stairway that Officer Peter Liang was patrolling. Liang was indicted ...    Full Story »

Israel's National Judo Team Detained by Authorities in Morocco (1 opinions)

Israel's National Judo Team Detained by Authorities in MoroccoPreferring to ignore warnings from the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet), Israel’s national judo team flew to Morocco to take part in a competition. ISA officials explained that things being what they are between Israel and Morocco, the delegation cannot be escorted with armed Israeli security, strongly advising the team not to take part in the event. The Israel Judo ...    Full Story »

OU Kosher Presents FAQ'S On Cheese In Honor Of Shavuos (1 opinions)

OU Kosher Presents FAQ'S On Cheese In Honor Of ShavuosThe following is via OU.org: How is cheese made kosher? As with any food, all of the ingredients in the cheese as well as the equipment used during the manufacturing process must be kosher. However, a special prohibition makes kosher certification of cheese a bit more challenging: the ban on gevinat Akum, which means that cheese not made under special rabbinical supervision is not ...    Full Story »

Waterbury Hatzalah One Step Closer To Being Licensed To Serve Growing Community (1 opinions)

Waterbury Hatzalah One Step Closer To Being Licensed To Serve Growing CommunityConnecticut - The House voted today to permit the licensing of Hatzolah of Waterbury to assist with emergency medical calls in the growing Orthodox Jewish community in Waterbury. The proposed change in state law will allow Hatzalah of Waterbury to independently obtain a “supplemental first responder” license from the Department of Public Health. Under current law, a ...    Full Story »

Amazon Adds One-Hour Store Delivery in New York City (1 opinions)

Amazon Adds One-Hour Store Delivery in New York CityAmazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases. The service, offered in the city's Manhattan borough, is part of Amazon's Prime Now delivery service and will initially include grocery chains D'Agostino and Gourmet Garage and bakery Billy's Bakery, with Italian food marketplace Eataly launching ...    Full Story »

Lapid Continues Apologizing to the Chareidi Tzibur (3 opinions)

Lapid Continues Apologizing to the Chareidi TziburYesh Atid opposition party leader Yesh Atid was interviewed by Kol Berama Radio. Lapid used the opportunity to once again apologize to the chareidi tzibur for not conducting a dialogue but blacklisting the parties instead. Following are excerpts from the 30-minute interview. “Ask anything for I know there was too much disinformation concerning me and relations with the chareidi ...    Full Story »

NYPD, Lawmakers Forming Group On Low-Level Arrests

NYPD, Lawmakers Forming Group On Low-Level ArrestsPolice Commissioner William Bratton says his department and lawmakers are forming a working group to discuss how to handle low-level arrests. Bratton spoke Thursday at a City Council meeting on the budget. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has proposed decriminalizing some offenses like turnstile jumping and possessing an open container of alcohol. Bratton has steadfastly ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: 6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Death

BREAKING: 6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray DeathThe state's attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the announcement Thursday. The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Mosby announced about three weeks ago. Mosby has said Gray's neck was broken because he was injured while ...    Full Story »

Israel: Court Remand Minors Involved in Acts of Terror

Israel: Court Remand Minors Involved in Acts of TerrorThe Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 2 Sivan, ordered six minors held without bail. They were indicted for their involvement in firebomb attacks. The six, Arab residents of the A-Tur area of the capital, range in age from 14-to-16-years-old. They are charged for targeting area Jewish homes with firebombs. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Slips to 3.84 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Slips to 3.84 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after rising for three straight weeks. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.84 percent this week from 3.85 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.05 percent from 3.07 percent. Last week both rates reached ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 110 Years to Life for Shooting at Five NYPD Emergency Service Officers, Striking Three

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 110 Years to Life for Shooting at Five NYPD Emergency Service Officers, Striking ThreeDistrict Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 36-year-old Sheepshead Bay man was sentenced to 110 years to life in prison following his conviction on two counts of aggravated assault upon a police officer and other charges last month. The officers were injured when they responded to a 911 call at the defendant’s apartment because he had pointed a gun at someone earlier that ...    Full Story »

Eida Gavaad: Early Medical Detection is a Good Eitza (1 opinions)

Eida Gavaad: Early Medical Detection is a Good EitzaEida Chareidis Gavaad HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss Shlita met with Rabbi Aaron Aberman of the Lev Malka organization. Rav Aberman requested a bracha from the gavaad for continued success for the organization’s activities. Rabbi Aberman detailed some of the organization’s chessed work, including camp programs for children afflicted with cancer. There are outings and trips for ...    Full Story »
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All Night Shavuos Learning - What to Learn? (1 opinions)

All Night Shavuos Learning - What to Learn?By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times It is a custom whose roots reach back to the earliest era of our nationhood. In order to make up for the fact that our ancestors actually had slept the night of the Sinaitic revelation, religious Jews stay up all night and study Torah (Midrash Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1:56). The custom does not fault our ancestors for being ...    Full Story »

Feds Seek to Manage Takata Air Bag Recall, Speed up Repairs

Feds Seek to Manage Takata Air Bag Recall, Speed up RepairsExploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous that U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster. On Tuesday Takata doubled the size of its recall to 33.8 million air bags, making it the largest recall in U.S. history. The air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far the problem ...    Full Story »

Ya'alon Apologizes to Deputy DM Ben-Dahan

Ya'alon Apologizes to Deputy DM Ben-DahanDefense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued an apology to Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan. Ya’alon reversed his decision regarding a three-month pilot program to operate segregated buses in Yehuda and Shomron without informing Ben-Dahan, leading to an     Full Story »

Christie Says He Deserves Media Apology Over Bridge Scandal (1 opinions)

Christie Says He Deserves Media Apology Over Bridge ScandalNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he deserves an apology from the media over coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal. The potential Republican presidential contender told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday that he's been held to a higher standard than Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said the politically motivated lane closures near the bridge received far more ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Stolen Scooter Recovered By Shmira, Perp Arrested

Crown Heights: Stolen Scooter Recovered By Shmira, Perp ArrestedA Crown Heights resident noticed a group of four teens walking up to a porch on Carroll Street between Albany and Troy Avenues and taking three scooters, on Wednesday afternoon. As the group was leaving the property they noticed they were being watched and dropped two of scooters and made off toward Troy Avenue. The witness called the Shmira hotline while keeping an eye on the group. ...    Full Story »

Segulah & Tefillah on Erev Shavuos - R' Chaim Palagi and The Baal Shem Tov

Segulah & Tefillah on Erev Shavuos - R' Chaim Palagi and The Baal Shem Tov[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  HURRY! DEADLINE IS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 11:59PM!  JOIN THIS ONCE A YEAR SEGULAH & TEFILLAH RIGHT NOW! This Erev Shavuos, is the Special Segulah of Reb Chaim Palagi zt"l (see details below) this Friday, Erev Shavuos, The Grand Rebbe of Makova Shlit"a Together With A Minyan Talmidei Chachamim From Yad L'Achim, Will Daven For You & Your Loved ...    Full Story »

1 Year Imprisonment for Jewish Defendant Who Perpetrated a Hate Crime

1 Year Imprisonment for Jewish Defendant Who Perpetrated a Hate CrimeEliezer Oferi, 21, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution after being found guilty of attacking an Arab man in Jerusalem in October 2014. The attack was unprovoked, as the prosecutor told the court the man was targeted simply because he was an Arab. Justice Amnon Cohen decided the man must be imprisoned in addition to paying the victim ...    Full Story »

Lakewood: LCSW Asks For Vigilance Following Attempted Child-Luring Incident

Lakewood: LCSW Asks For Vigilance Following Attempted Child-Luring IncidentAs the summer approaches, the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch is warning parents to be more vigilant following another attempted luring incident today. At approximately 8:30 PM, LCSW received a call about an incident that occurred hours earlier. The parent stated that at around 4:30 PM, an approximately 10-year-old boy was walking in the area of Somerset Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard ...    Full Story »

Survey: US Schools Beef Up Safety Measures

Survey: US Schools Beef Up Safety MeasuresU.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday. The uptick came during a four-year span that saw an overall decrease in violent crime reported by schools, but one that included high-profile ...    Full Story »

Maklev Calls for Improved Crosswalks Throughout Israel

Maklev Calls for Improved Crosswalks Throughout IsraelMK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev is calling on relevant officials to improve the nation’s crosswalks, pointing out there has been a 33% increase struck pedestrians in the past year as compared to the previous year. Maklev is calling on Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz to address the unacceptable statistic, adding too many of the pedestrians are actually struck in authorized ...    Full Story »

Clinton's Benghazi Emails Show Correspondence With Adviser (1 opinions)

Clinton's Benghazi Emails Show Correspondence With AdviserA batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack. The set of messages, which were published Thursday by The New York Times, focus on the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, ...    Full Story »

Bnei Brak: Fatal Drowning in a Mikvah (1 opinions)

Bnei Brak: Fatal Drowning in a MikvahIchud Hatzalah reported on Thursday morning 3 Sivan that a young man in his 20s drowned in a Bnei Brak mikvah on Breuer Street. When EMTs arrived on the scene they began CPR. Ichud EMT Yair Amar explained “When I arrived on the scene, the young man was in cardiac arrest after he was found lifeless and pulled from the mikvah. We began CPR along with Magen David Adom paramedics and ...    Full Story »

Here Is Your Chance To Empower Your Child or Student

Here Is Your Chance To Empower Your Child or Student[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Are you frustrated dealing with a student/child that has attention deficits? Do you have a student/child struggling with time management and organization? Do you have a student/child who tantrums quickly and is easily frustrated? Are you looking for practical strategies to learn how to help your student/child succeed in life? Now is YOUR chance to ...    Full Story »


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