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Eli Yishai is Taking His Case to Court

Eli Yishai is Taking His Case to Court
Yachad party head Eli Yishai explains that after consulting with “Daas Torah” he is going to take his case to the judicial system, convinced his party failed to meet the minimum threshold to enter the 20th Knesset due to foul play. Yishai used a video to reach out to activists, thanking them once again for their support and hard work. He promised them he would continue working and that Yachad would continue functioning as a NGO. He explains the party will be registered as a non-profit and assured them once again that everyone who is ...

AP Exclusive: Before Leak, NSA Mulled Ending Phone Program

AP Exclusive: Before Leak, NSA Mulled Ending Phone ProgramThe National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA ...    Full Story »

Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (14 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 ...    Full Story »

Lying About Zionism - An Analysis

Lying About Zionism - An Analysis[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Many in the Yeshiva world are now faced with a halachic quandary. On the one hand, Yeshiva trained individuals are adamantly opposed to the Conservative and Reform movement making inroads in Eretz Yisroel. It is almost universally recognized among all religious elements that the agenda of the Reform and Conservative movements in Eretz Yisroel is destructive to ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu on US Relations & Possible US Deal with Iran

PM Netanyahu on US Relations & Possible US Deal with IranAt the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, 9 Nissan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the following remarks to members of the media regarding US relations with Israel and a possible deal between the United States and Iran. "I have just come from a conversation with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic ...    Full Story »

Facebook Page Makes Drastic Changes Following Release of OJPAC Video (1 opinions)

Facebook Page Makes Drastic Changes Following Release of OJPAC Video The 'BLOCK the BLOCK VOTE' Facebook page unabashedly aimed its venom at the Orthodox Community of Rockland County and beyond. It openly blamed Orthodox Jews for Rockland's 'entire' financial catastrophe. The name of the page, its profile and background photos, its bio, description, and many posts created a breeding ground for anti-Orthodox bigotry. After OJPAC publicly called out the ...    Full Story »

Utility Found 'Hazardous Situation' Months Before NYC Blast

Utility Found 'Hazardous Situation' Months Before NYC BlastMore than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company. On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated ...    Full Story »

Air Canada Plane Leaves Halifax Runway on 'Abrupt' Landing (1 opinions)

Air Canada Plane Leaves Halifax Runway on 'Abrupt' LandingAn Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. The airline said Flight AC624, an Airbus 320 that left Toronto late Saturday, had 133 passengers and five crew members. Air Canada said Sunday morning that 18 ...    Full Story »

BD”E: Famed Satmar Badchan And Historian Rav Shlomo Yaakov Gelbman Z"L

BD”E: Famed Satmar Badchan And Historian Rav Shlomo Yaakov Gelbman ZRav Shlomo Yaakov Gelbman z”l , known as the Satmar historian was niftar on Shabbos 8 Nissan,  at the age of 63. Rav Gelbman authored the nine-volume sefer "מושיען של ישראל" on the history of the Yoel Moshe of Satmar and he was viewed as the Satmar historian. He was served as the Badchan (entertainer) in the chassidus during the time of the VaYoel Moshe and the Rebbe ...    Full Story »

Gafne Explains the Discrimination Against Sephardim Must End (1 opinions)

Gafne Explains the Discrimination Against Sephardim Must EndMK Moshe Gafne was interviewed for the Yediot Achronot Shabbos magazine speaking about the party’s experience as part of the Knesset opposition during the past two years as well as his opposition to seeing Avigdor Lieberman serve as defense minister. He was also asked about discrimination against Sephardim. When asked why litvish mosdos do not accept Sephardi girls in its schools ...    Full Story »

Photos: Sifrei Kodesh Went Up in Flames in Vishnitz Beis Medrash 'Imrei Chaim' (1 opinions)

Photos: Sifrei Kodesh Went Up in Flames in Vishnitz Beis Medrash 'Imrei Chaim'[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A fire erupted in the Imrei Chaim Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak near the home of the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita on motzei Shabbos 8 Nissan. There were no reports of injuries but sifrei kodesh went up in flames. It appears the cause of the flame was candles lit by chassidim in honor of the yahrzeit of the Imrei Chaim ZT”L. (YWN – ...    Full Story »

Hagon HaRav Wosner Remains in Serious/Stable Condition (2 opinions)

Hagon HaRav Wosner Remains in Serious/Stable ConditionHaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita remains in serious/stable condition in Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital officials report on motzei Shabbos Parshas Tzav. On erev Shabbos the rav’s condition took a turn for the worse, reported as critical. Tehillim were recited for the gadol hador in many chareidi areas throughout Eretz Yisrael during Shabbos. The tzibur is urged ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Accepts Recommendation to Transfer Tax Revenues to the Palestinian Authority (3 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Accepts Recommendation to Transfer Tax Revenues to the Palestinian AuthorityPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on erev Shabbos 7 Nissan, approved the recommendation of Defense Minister Moshe Ayalon, the IDF and the ISA, to transfer to the PA (Palestinian Authority) tax revenues that have accrued in recent months. Accordingly, the tax revenues that accrued up until February will be transferred, offset by payments for services rendered to the PA population, ...    Full Story »

Some British Airways Frequent Flier Accounts Miles Breached (1 opinions)

Some British Airways Frequent Flier Accounts Miles BreachedSome British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe. The London-based airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but said they have been locked down and can no longer be accessed. British Airways is not aware of any access to any personal information within Executive Club accounts, including travel ...    Full Story »

Painstaking Search Continues After NYC Blast, but Hope Dims

Painstaking Search Continues After NYC Blast, but Hope DimsSearching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim. Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused the blast that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East ...    Full Story »

What is Shas Seeking to Enter the New Coalition? (1 opinions)

What is Shas Seeking to Enter the New Coalition?At present, it appears that Shas party leader Aryeh Deri will be serving a Minister of the Interior in the next government. Shas however is also working hard to gain control of the Ministry of Religious Services, which is controlled by the Bayit Yehudi party in the outgoing administration. Shas controlled that ministry in the 18th Knesset and is tenacious in its efforts to regain ...    Full Story »

La Light Rail Train Hits Car, Partially Derails; 21 Hurt

La Light Rail Train Hits Car, Partially Derails; 21 Hurt A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries. The Metro Expo Line train was heading east toward downtown shortly before 11 a.m. when authorities said it appeared the car's driver didn't see it and tried ...    Full Story »

Cleaning Yerushalayim for Pesach

Cleaning Yerushalayim for PesachIn keeping with the annual custom, sanitation officials in Jerusalem are busy cleaning the city for Pesach. Councilman Yitzchak Pindrus recently held a number of meetings with the relevant persons and agencies along with the head of sanitation, Mr. Tzion Sheetrit. They visited some of the frum neighborhoods in the capital to get a first-hand look at what has to be done before ...    Full Story »

Torah Treasure Releases “Wonders of Hashem - Under the Sea”

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Children all over the world have anxiously been waiting for the next adventure in the ‘Wonders of Hashem” series and it's finally here! In this next adventure Ari and his Abba take a trip out to sea to learn all about fish and ...    Full Story »

Boko Haram Kills 41, Prevents Hundreds Voting In Nigeria (1 opinions)

Boko Haram Kills 41, Prevents Hundreds Voting In Nigeria  Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s Pesach Digest 2015 Now Available in App Stores

Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s Pesach Digest 2015 Now Available in App Stores[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  This Pesach your Apple or Android device can hold the solution to all your “pesach preparations.” Impossible? Not anymore. Select chapters of Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s renowned Pesach Digest are available in the App stores to make your Pesach preparations easier than it’s ever been. The easy to understand, simplified App includes kashering, ...    Full Story »

Gowdy: Clinton Wiped Email Server Clean, Deleted All Emails (6 opinions)

Gowdy: Clinton Wiped Email Server Clean, Deleted All EmailsThe chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean" and permanently deleted all emails from it. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party ...    Full Story »

NY Mayor: Someone May Have 'Inappropriately' Tapped Gas Line

NY Mayor: Someone May Have 'Inappropriately' Tapped Gas LineSomeone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people. "There is a possibility here that the gas line was inappropriately accessed internally" by people in one ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Man Robbed Of His Wallet On 60th Street - NYPD Make Arrest Minutes Later (6 opinions)

Boro Park: Man Robbed Of His Wallet On 60th Street - NYPD Make Arrest Minutes LaterThanks to the fast response of officers from the the NYPD's 66th Precinct, a man who robbed someone of their wallet was quickly apprehended. The call to police came in around 12:45PM, Friday afternoon. The caller stated that a Hispanic male has just robbed someone of his wallet on 60th Street and 15th Avenue. A details description of the perp was given. Within 5 minutes, the ...    Full Story »

New York Senate Leader Says State Budget Deal Close

New York Senate Leader Says State Budget Deal CloseThe leader of the New York Senate says lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are nearing a state budget deal and that public education funding and changes to teacher evaluations remain the biggest sticking points. Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos says Friday that the Senate's Republican majority is close to agreeing to a deal on Cuomo's proposal to require greater disclosure of ...    Full Story »

Reid Backs Schumer to Succeed Him as Leader (7 opinions)

Reid Backs Schumer to Succeed Him as LeaderSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid is backing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Reid issued his endorsement Friday morning, shortly after announcing he would be retiring next year instead of running for re-election. Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson says that the choice is up to Senate Democrats, "but Sen. Reid thinks Sen. Schumer has earned ...    Full Story »
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Invite Gadi Pollack, Ruth Beifus and Eliezer Hameiri to Your Seder Table

Invite Gadi Pollack, Ruth Beifus and Eliezer Hameiri to Your Seder Table[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] This Pesach, present your children with books they will always treasure! Here's a book that children of all ages--as well as adults!--will pore over, page by fascinating page. It's no secret that when it comes to gifted and ingenious artists, Gadi Pollak is very high up on the list. From Darkness to Light is one of his greatest Pesach masterpieces: a book that ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Chasidic Man Makes Kiddush Hashem At Scene of Manhattan Building Collapse By Handing Out Pastries (14 opinions)

PHOTO: Chasidic Man Makes Kiddush Hashem At Scene of Manhattan Building Collapse By Handing Out Pastries Mr. Chaim Mordche Perlmuter, who owns “Moshes Bakery” in Manhattan at 2nd Ave and 7th Street, made a national Kiddush Hashem after the building collapse at that location. The photo speaks for itself.

White House Unveils Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs (6 opinions)

White House Unveils Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant GermsThe White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs, so that they are no longer effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause ...    Full Story »

Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For Tefillos (2 opinions)

Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For TefillosFollowing three weeks of hospitalization, officials at Bnei Brak's Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital report that the condition of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita is critical. It appears physicians have not been successful in battling the pneumonia he was diagnosed with upon his arrival. Leading Gedolim have issued a Kol Koreh calling on Klal Yisroel to be Mispallel. It was signed ...    Full Story »

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure (1 opinions)

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband InfrastructureWhen vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places. Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, ...    Full Story »

Kol Chamira and Bitul Chometz

Kol Chamira and Bitul Chometz[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] We say this Aramaic text just before Pesach every year. We recite it once in the evening and again in the morning. What is behind the wording of Bitul Chometz? According to Torah law we can dispose of our Chometz before Pesach either by Biur- destruction or by Bitul – negation. By Rabbinic law, however, we must do both – the destruction and the ...    Full Story »

New Jersey: Pulaski Skyway To Close On Weekends During Spring

New Jersey: Pulaski Skyway To Close On Weekends During SpringMore work begins this weekend on the Pulaski Skyway that will force drivers to use alternate routes. Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, contractors will remove and install floor beams on the 83-year-old span. New deck panels also will be added to the north side. The bridge will be closed in both directions over the course of eight weekends through the end of ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You (17 opinions)

Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You According to most analysts, the recent anti-Netanyahu blitz by President Obama has been nearly unprecedented in the US-Israel relationship. It seems that the Obama administration viewed the Israeli election results as a tragedy that they simply couldn’t cope with. First came silence, then denial, and now vicious anger and rage. In case you missed it, Obama chose the Huffington Post, ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street Building (1 opinions)

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street BuildingThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspect wanted for "assault" in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Police tell YWN that on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 11:55PM, the suspect followed the victim, a 36-year-old female, into her building on South 3 Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Once on the third floor, the suspect assaulted the victim. The ...    Full Story »

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC Blast

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC BlastAuthorities say two people are unaccounted for following an apparent gas explosion that leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village. The mayor's office said Friday morning that the two individuals were not yet official missing person reports. Nineteen people were injured, four critically after an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying on ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel of America Appoints Rabbi Yosef C. Golding as Chief Operating Officer

Agudath Israel of America Appoints Rabbi Yosef C. Golding as Chief Operating OfficerWith the continued growth of Agudath Israel of America, and the expansion of its activities on the local and national scenes, the organization's board of trustees has announced the appointment of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding to fill a newly created position, that of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rabbi Golding currently serves as Executive Director of RCCS, the Rofeh Cholim Cancer ...    Full Story »

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC Blast

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC BlastAn hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The powerful blast on Thursday in the East Village caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement (4 opinions)

VIDEO: Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term. The longtime Nevada Democrat announced the decision in a YouTube video message. Appearing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exercising accident, Reid said the injury has caused him and his family to have a "little down-time," giving ...    Full Story »

Syria's Assad Says 'Open' to Dialogue With United States (1 opinions)

Syria's Assad Says 'Open' to Dialogue With United StatesSyrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect." Assad made the remarks in an interview with Charlie Rose for CBS News' 60 Minutes. A short excerpt of the interview was posted online late Thursday. In the clip, Assad said that, in principle, "every dialogue is a positive thing, and we are ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (14 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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R' Gavriel Sassoon Gives YWN Edited Version of 'Cry No More' Recording Without Kol Isha (4 opinions)

article-blaze1-0322The attached audio / video has been given to YWN by R' Gavriel Sassoon, and has been edited of all Kol Isha. Last Year on Chanukah the entire Sassoon family gathered in a music studio,  and recorded themselves singing Yaakov Shwekey's "Cry No More".

Mr. Sassoon was distraught after learning that the audio with his wife and daughters singing had gone viral, and made sure that a new version was edited in a music studio today. The audio was subsequently given to YWN to share.

Listen to the song as it takes on a whole new meaning in light of recent events....

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