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Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]

Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]
The annual pre-Passover food distribution by the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO) in partnership with the Met Council - that took place today (Sunday) in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – will help feed many thousands during the upcoming Passover holiday. The UJO’s annual distribution is conducted in a drive thru system, with two rows of open-trunked cars passing pallets of the distributed items, and crews unloading cases of food products into their cars. It was amazing to watch, during the span of many hours, ...

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of Opening

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of OpeningA roller coaster at New York City's Coney Island amusement park got stuck on the first day of the season, leaving passengers briefly stranded atop the wooden structure. Witnesses tell the Daily News about 24 passengers on the first run of the Cyclone at Luna Park on Sunday were readying for the initial drop when it suddenly stopped. They say park employees went to the top of the ...    Full Story »

Kahlon Shows Flexibility towards Yahadut Hatorah

Kahlon Shows Flexibility towards Yahadut HatorahAfter speaking with MK Mosher Gafne, who has been promised the post of heading the Knesset Finance Committee in the 20th Knesset, Kulanu party leader MK Moshe Kahlon has agreed to refrain from demanding the post for his party. Gafne apparently promised Kahlon that the cooperation they enjoyed in the 18th Knesset would continue in the 20th Knesset with Gafne heading the powerful Knesset ...    Full Story »

Gebrochts, Pesach Cakes and More

Gebrochts, Pesach Cakes and More[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] In the past 25 years, Pesach cakes have almost become completely gebrochts-free. They have also become quite expensive. Indeed, one recent shopper at Brach’s supermarket in Lawrence, new York recently commented, “I have become gebroke from gebrochts!” What is gebrochts all about and where did it come from? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 461:4) writes that ...    Full Story »

Investigators Focus on German Co-Pilot's Mental State (1 opinions)

Investigators Focus on German Co-Pilot's Mental StateEuropean investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. Returning from a meeting with his counterparts in Germany, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel told The Associated Press that authorities want to find out ...    Full Story »

1 Dead After Gunfight At Gate To NSA

1 Dead After Gunfight At Gate To NSAOne person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., military base near a gate to the National Security Agency, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials. The officials said a firefight ensued after the car tried to crash the gate, and at least one of the two people in the car died. Fort ...    Full Story »

Bnei Brak: Child Injured by Drinking Bleach

Bnei Brak: Child Injured by Drinking BleachA 6-year-old boy was treated by Ichud Hatzalah on Sunday 9 Nissan after he ingested bleach. The bleach was brought to the home in an empty bottle of soft drink. The call came in for a home on Ben-Zakai Street in Bnei Brak. EMTs arriving on the scene consulted with a poison center. B”H the child was listed in light condition. Ichud (United) Hatzalah calls on parents and ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach Dumpsters

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach DumpstersAssemblywoman Helene Weinstein is pleased to announce the return of the successful “Chametz dumpster” program for residents of the greater East 30’s, Midwood, and Marine Park neighborhoods. For over two decades, the Assemblywoman has been coordinating with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on complementary Pesach garbage collections. The dumpster program, started in 2008 ...    Full Story »

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech FutureThe following is an unedited AP article: The last ever Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side — a neighborhood that's been dubbed the "Jewish Plymouth Rock" but is rapidly gentrifying. The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. ...    Full Story »

ArtScroll Offers Free Resources to Prepare for Pesach

ArtScroll Offers Free Resources to Prepare for Pesach[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Pesach is just a week away, and there’s so much work to be done and preparation to get through. ArtScroll aims to help you out with your preparation by sharing halachic guides, menu planning resources, free Haggadah downloads, free Pesach recipes, and more on The Official ArtScroll Blog. Click here for a list of all free ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu's Statement on Possible Agreement Between the USA And Iran

PM Netanyahu's Statement on Possible Agreement Between the USA And IranPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday 10 Nissan, issued the following statement at a ceremony to honor outstanding Prime Minister's Office employees: "The agreement being formulated in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price for aggression and on the contrary – that Iran's aggression is to be rewarded. The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially ...    Full Story »

Prosecutor Fears Former Chief Rabbi Will Flee the Country to Avoid Prosecution

Prosecutor Fears Former Chief Rabbi Will Flee the Country to Avoid ProsecutionThe prosecution has declined a request from attorneys of former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, who wishes to fly to Europe to take part in a family simcha. The prosecutor fears Rabbi Metzger will seek to flee prosecution if permitted to travel abroad. The rabbi’s willingness to forfeit a sum of money as collateral did nothing to persuade the prosecution to change its mind. Rabbi ...    Full Story »

Unique Event Sponsored By Yeshivat Orchot Torah For Its Students And Alumni

Unique Event Sponsored By Yeshivat Orchot Torah For Its Students And AlumniThousands of students and alumni of Yeshivat Orchot Torah, under the leadership of Maran, the Gaon, Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita, the Rosh Yeshivah, gathered in an atmosphere of exalted holiness in the Royal Garden Halls in Petach Tikvah, under the banner of 'BeYeshurun Melech', that was organized for the benefit of Yeshivat Orchot Hatorah and the Orchot Hatorah Institutions. This ...    Full Story »

ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash Site

ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash SiteA delegation of eight ZAKA International Rescue Unit volunteers left Israel on Monday morning 10 Nissan to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. ZAKA volunteers will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams. In particular, the ZAKA ...    Full Story »

Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch Time

Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch TimeNegotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching, the top diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps and hammer out the ...    Full Story »

Chametz-Free Books for Pesach 5775

Chametz-Free Books for Pesach 5775[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  With Pesach time here, and all members of the family on the lookout for something to eat and for something to read, Israel Bookshop is proud to present our newest collection of fresh-off-the-press kosher l’Pesach books. We've got something for everyone--every age, every interest--and once you've chosen your picks, you can be sure that your Pesach is going ...    Full Story »

Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern University

Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern UniversityThe president of Northeastern University is reacting angrily to the discovery of swastikas on campus. The Nazi symbol was found drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. President Joseph Aoun said in an email to the campus community that "these actions are completely antithetical to the values of our university and ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With Paintballs

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With PaintballsThe NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime in Williamsburg. According to police, two Chasidic teenagers were hit with paintballs near Morton Street and Juliana Place on Saturday night. The 13- and 16-year-olds were walking with their grandfather at the time. He was not struck. The incident follows a previously reported paintball shooting involving a 41-year-old Chasidic ...    Full Story »

Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies Claim

Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies ClaimIran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike has killed two of its advisers in Iraq, though the U.S. said Monday it has only struck militants in its campaign against the Islamic State group. The claim came as negotiators on Monday attempted to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic have opposed as giving away too much to the ...    Full Story »

Turkish Flight Diverts to Casablanca Due to Bomb Threat

Turkish Flight Diverts to Casablanca Due to Bomb ThreatTurkish Airlines says it has diverted an Istanbul-to-Sao Paulo flight and is landing in Casablanca, Morocco, after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet. The airline says it is standard procedure to make an emergency landing under such circumstances. The airline said the Boeing 777 with the flight number TK15 is carrying 256 people. (AP)

JetBlue Computer Outage Causes Delays for Passengers

JetBlue Computer Outage Causes Delays for PassengersA computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said. JetBlue Airways said it had fixed a systemwide computer problem by 6:15 a.m. Eastern that has caused delays because the airline had to manually check in passengers. NBC News reported that the airline had to issue handwritten boarding passes to ...    Full Story »

Ariel Interested in Becoming Minister of Education (3 opinions)

Ariel Interested in Becoming Minister of EducationHousing Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel told Galei Yisrael Radio on Sunday, 9 Nissan that it would be wonderful if his party was given the Education Ministry, adding he is interested in becoming the next minister of education. Ariel feels the ministry is among the most important cabinet posts available and he hopes his party will gain control of it as it is trying to do. When asked ...    Full Story »

Former PM Olmert Convicted in Talansky Cash Envelopes Case (1 opinions)

Former PM Olmert Convicted in Talansky Cash Envelopes CaseThe Jerusalem District Court on Monday morning 10 Nissan handed down a conviction against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Talansky cash envelopes case. The former PM was acquitted over two years ago, but the case was reopened after it was decided to permit the prosecution to submit new evidence in the case. Over seven months since the case was reopened, a conviction was ...    Full Story »

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established Collectors

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established CollectorsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was visibly distraught this evening at the discovery today of abandoned shaimos (books or other sacred objects which can no longer be used but may not be destroyed) on McDonald Avenue and Avenue M. “This is terribly upsetting,” said the Assemblyman as he lifted a Chumash and a siddur from among the pile of garbage. “Who would do such a ...    Full Story »

MK Porush on the Ongoing Coalition Process (2 opinions)

MK Porush on the Ongoing Coalition ProcessYahadut Hatorah MK Meir Porush is a member of the Yahadut Hatorah coalition negotiating team. He tells the media that he personally does not believe Labor party leader Yitzchak Herzog is about to enter into a coalition government headed by PM Netanyahu. Porush stated that during his election campaign, Herzog cited what he perceives as being wrong with the Netanyahu administration in the ...    Full Story »

A Birthday Gift for the Boyaner Rebbe's Birthday (4 opinions)

A Birthday Gift for the Boyaner Rebbe's BirthdayOn erev Shabbos 7 Nissan many chassidim were seen in the Boyaner Beis Medrash in Yerushalayim, learning before candle lighting as a birthday gift to the Rebbe Shlita. In recent years the rebbe’s birthday marked by chassidim by working to raise funds for the various mosdos of the chassidus. This year the decision was made to give the rebbe a different gift for his birthday, and on ...    Full Story »
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Kulanu Willing to Meet with Likud Coalition Negotiators (4 opinions)

Kulanu Willing to Meet with Likud Coalition NegotiatorsKulanu party head Moshe Kahlon to date refused to enter into coalition talks with Likud negotiators after hearing the control of the Knesset Finance Committee has been given to Yahadut Hatorah. During the election campaign Kahlon stated he would not enter any coalition unless appointed finance minister. While receiving the post, he objects to the prime minister’s decision to hand over ...    Full Story »

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of Passover (2 opinions)

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of PassoverMetropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty today announced that recent analysis shows that there are more than 300,000 people living in approximately 80,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households that keep kosher (Jewish dietary laws), according to data collected in the most recent The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by UJA-Federation of NY in consultation ...    Full Story »

Bayit Yehudi MK-Elect Still Down on PM Netanyahu (1 opinions)

Bayit Yehudi MK-Elect Still Down on PM NetanyahuMK-elect Yinon Magal of Bayit Yehudi is among the audible voices expressing criticism against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Magal feels that Likud is not true to its word in its dealing with Bayit Yehudi as a senior coalition partner. Yinon spoke with Channel 10 on motzei Shabbos 8 Nissan, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of not offering cabinet posts to members of ...    Full Story »

The Rebbe of Lubavitch or The Lubavitcher Rebbe? (8 opinions)

The Rebbe of Lubavitch or The Lubavitcher Rebbe?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Rabbi Manis Friedman will lead a free tele-conference Farbrengen in honor of Yud Alef Nisson, celebrating 113 years since the birth of the Rebbe.   In this unique and inspirational farbrengen, Rabbi Friedman will address the following questions:   Just how universal is the Rebbe's message?  Are Tzaddikim ever truly appreciated by ...    Full Story »

FIRST SHAIMOS SCANDAL OF 2015: Shaimos Found All Over McDonald Avenue And Avenue M (13 opinions)

FIRST SHAIMOS SCANDAL OF 2015: Shaimos Found All Over McDonald Avenue And Avenue MOnce again, there are Shaimos trucks around the Frum communities, offering their services to bury your shaimos according to halacha. Unfortunately, as YWN has reported numerous times throughout the years, there are people who take advantage of this money-making operation, and are not doing anything close to following Halachic guidelines in how to properly deal with Shaimos. In previous ...    Full Story »

A Look at the Public Transportation Schedule in Yerushalayim for Pesach

A Look at the Public Transportation Schedule in Yerushalayim for PesachTransportation officials in Yerushalayim are finalizing plans for Pesach as hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected throughout the yomtov week. Buses and the light run will run on a special holiday schedule in many areas and there will be buses exclusively to serve areas that are popular during yomtov, including holy sites and shopping areas. The prime focus of course is on ...    Full Story »

Kikiriki Black and White Shells $13.99!! – Ends Tomorrow - Don’t Miss It

Kikiriki Black and White Shells $13.99!! – Ends Tomorrow - Don’t Miss ItSave 20% or more on Linda Leal and modest clothing at Shell Sheli Pre-Pesach Sale! You do not want to miss our biggest sale of the year!! For one week only and just in time for Pesach, all black and white Kikiriki shells are discounted to a rock bottom $13.99! Just about all styles and cuts of shells can be purchased for this incredible price for only one more day! Plus, take 20% ...    Full Story »

Petach Tikvah: A Battle Underway to Prevent the Opening of a Pork Store (10 opinions)

Petach Tikvah: A Battle Underway to Prevent the Opening of a Pork StoreChareidi parties are leading the battle to prevent the opening of a store selling pork products in Petach Tikvah. The new store is set to open in the coming weeks in proximity to the Segulah Cemetery. The chareidi parties and askanim are battling the opening of the store in the courts as well as via public opinion including protests. Shas leader in the city Oriel Bosso told Kikar ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei Zion

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei ZionIn the wake of last week’s horrific tragedy, Councilman David G. Greenfield and Councilman Mark Treyger are teaming up this Monday night with the Fire Department of New York for a night on fire safety, prevention and education. It will be held at Congregation Shaare Zion at 2030 Ocean Parkway at 7:30pm. This crucial seminar will offer advice and key tips on what to when a dangerous ...    Full Story »

Druse Citizen in Custody for Passing Information to the Syrians

Druse Citizen in Custody for Passing Information to the SyriansAn indictment was filed against a Druse citizen in the Nazareth District Court alleging he spied against Israeli by passing information to Syrians. The defendant, Sudki el-Makat, 48, a resident of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, is accused of passing classified information including photographs and information pertaining to IDF activities in the area of the Golan to foreign agents ...    Full Story »

A Painfully Unforgettable Friday Night Seuda for 250 IDF Paratroopers (3 opinions)

A Painfully Unforgettable Friday Night Seuda for 250 IDF ParatroopersApproximately 250 paratroopers in the 202nd Battalion who spent Shabbos on the Golan Heights explain the food they received on Friday night for dinner had a bad smell. The soldiers are taking part in a major training exercise in the area. The soldiers told officials in the camp the food did not smell good, speaking about the sautéed chicken they were served. The food was not ...    Full Story »

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion Site

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion SiteEmergency workers found a body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police said. No identification was immediately released. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men, both believed to have been inside a ground floor sushi restaurant at the time of the explosion: 26-year-old Moises Lucon, ...    Full Story »

Former Labor Party Leader Yacimovich on Election Results (1 opinions)

Former Labor Party Leader Yacimovich on Election ResultsFormer Labor party leader MK Shelly Yacimovich speaks of the mistakes made during the campaign. Speaking with Walla News, Yacimovich did not place the blame for Labor’s loss on the shoulders of any one person. She explained that clearly, the voters wanted Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. She feels one of the mistakes made was not securing a deal with Shaul Mofaz on the party ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: A Timely Powerful תפלה Encapsulated in a Powerful Melody

As חדש ניסן is upon us, the month of חרות, the month of גאולה, one cannot help but think about all of the צרות that we are facing across every part of the world. Without exception. We are all in it together. We can feel each others worry and pain. Who can say they are not ready nor anxious to see the גאולה שלימה immediately! This coming Pesach let's come together as one. Let us Sing as One Nation in harmony. A תפלה in אחדות. A cry that will pierce the above from all corners of earth. מי שעשה נסים לאבותינו וגאל אותם מעבדות לחרות. הוא יגאל אותנו בקרוב ויקבץ נדחינו מארבע כנפות הארץ חברים כל ישראל, ונאמר אמן.

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Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (21 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Chananya Begun and New Sound Productions is proud to present a brand new concept: Featuring Mendy J, this is a new video titled Habeit - Reimagined. Based on the legendary Abie Rotenberg's composition, Mendy J delivers an incredible performance. His vocals truly capture the essence of what this song is - a heartfelt cry to Hashem. Take that, and add on Chananya's well known cutting edge approach to musical arrangement, but an arrangement that brings out that emotion even more. What happens is something that is truly astounding, combining various aspects of Jewish Music as you have never heard it before. This music video was shot in a way that brings out that raw emotion and creativity to the viewer. This is a song of hope, so let us be hopeful for Am Yisroel, even in the toughest of times. Uvechol Zos, shimcha lo shachachnu.

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