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Former Minister Perez Not Ruling Out the Number One Spot

Former Minister Perez Not Ruling Out the Number One Spot
In what most would view as an unrealistic occurrence, former Minister of Environmental Affairs Amir Peretz told the media he does not rule out being the person to replace Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Peretz, a member of The Movement party, recently resigned from the cabinet over the administration’s policies. He feels his party should break from the coalition as well. Peretz, who defected to The Movement after being unseated as Labor party leader, now feels he might be the man Israelis will vote for to replace the prime minister. He ...

Additional Guardsmen Dispatched to Ferguson

Additional Guardsmen Dispatched to FergusonMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Nixon's office announced early Tuesday that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the center of protests late Monday and early ...    Full Story »

Housing Minister Ariel Cancels Visit to Har Habayis

Housing Minister Ariel Cancels Visit to Har HabayisIn light of the worrisome security situation, Housing Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel on Monday decided to cancel a planned visit to Har Habayis. When he informed the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) of his planned visit days before it was to take place, the security agency asked him to reconsider due to the security situation. After contemplating the matter, Ariel agreed ...    Full Story »

Iran Nuke Talks Face Obstacles Even With More Time

Iran Nuke Talks Face Obstacles Even With More TimeThe United States and Iran hope a new deadline in nuclear talks will allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran's capacity to make nuclear arms. Western diplomats familiar with the talks said Tuesday they have agreed on little more than to keep talking until June 30, ...    Full Story »

MK Maklev: Human Bones Thrown into Cartons in a Basement in Hebrew University

MK Maklev: Human Bones Thrown into Cartons in a Basement in Hebrew UniversityMK (Yahadut Hatorah) filed a query with Education Minister (Yesh Atid) Shai Prion who is responsible for Hebrew University regarding his discovery that boxes of human bones have simply been thrown into a basement on campus and left in an unacceptably dishonorable fashion. He cites the bones originated in archeological sites and they were brought to the university campus where they ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Drama In The Knesset After Arab MKs Removed From Podium For Calling Jewish MKs a Fascist

WATCH: Drama In The Knesset After Arab MKs Removed From Podium For Calling Jewish MKs a Fascist[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Rising tensions between Jews and Arabs has reached Knesset as Arab MKs Muhmad Baraka (Hadash) and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) left the Knesset plenum on Monday 2 Kislev after calling their Jewish colleagues “fascists” and yelling “go choke”. It began with a heated argument between Baraka and MK (Yisrael Beitenu) David Rotem during which the former ...    Full Story »

Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Berlin Chabad House

Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Berlin Chabad HouseA 22-year-old Israeli man was the victim of another anti-Semitic attack in Europe, this time outside a Berlin Chabad house. The Islamic attackers saw him leave the Chabad house and they then attacked him. He was transported and treated in a local hospital. The attack occurred early Sunday evening in Berlin's Wilmersdorf neighborhood. According to the witness, he was attacked by four ...    Full Story »

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge Pricing

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge PricingToday, Councilman Greenfield will introduce legislation in the City Council to rein in Uber's exorbitant "surge pricing" and protect consumers from price gouging fares. Uber, a car service company which allows customers to hail a private car or taxi from a mobile app, has faced increasing scrutiny over its surge pricing model. Surge pricing allows for normal rates for car service to ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Comments On Iran In Knesset

PM Netanyahu Comments On Iran In KnessetAs Iran gets closer than ever to becoming the world’s next nuclear power, Israel continues to insist it will not permit Tehran to reach the stage it can manufacture a nuclear bomb. Following is a statement released in Knesset by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, 2 Kislev. "We are anxiously monitoring the nuclear talks with Iran. We are also using our contacts and ...    Full Story »

A Glance At #Ferguson - Then, Now And The Future

A Glance At #Ferguson - Then, Now And The FutureThe weeks of anxious waiting and hours of deliberating ended Monday, but the grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown will likely reverberate throughout the community and nation for days to come. THE LATEST: Attorneys for Michael Brown's family and the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized St. Louis ...    Full Story »

Highlights Of Testimony In Michael Brown Shooting

Highlights Of Testimony In Michael Brown ShootingA St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses — many of whom gave conflicting statements — before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Here are some of the highlights from the ...    Full Story »

Kashrus Alert: Streit’s Chocolate Coins

Kashrus Alert:  Streit’s Chocolate CoinsIt was recently discovered that the candy company which made chocolate coins for the Streit's company did not have proper OU supervision during production. The Streit's company is, therefore removing all of the imported chocolate coins from the marketplace. Consumers that have purchased any of these items can return them to the retailer for a refund. (Studio B - YWN)

Will a Fence be Constructed Around Har HaZeisim?

Will a Fence be Constructed Around Har HaZeisim?Rabbi Menachem Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee for Defense of Har HaZeisim visited in Israel and held meetings with lawmakers and others towards improving the untenable situation that exists in the Har HaZeisim area. Lubinsky met with the Chairwoman of the Knesset Interior Committee, MK Miri Regev, as well as a number of chareidi MKs including David Azoulai and ...    Full Story »

Thanksgiving Trumps 'Black Friday' For Deals

Thanksgiving Trumps 'Black Friday' For DealsThanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and ...    Full Story »

Growing Concerns the IDF May be Getting too Frum (1 opinions)

Growing Concerns the IDF May be Getting too FrumIt was a stormy session of a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee on Monday, 2 Kislev, as the forum was discussing fears there is a wave of religiosity taking over the military. One example cited was the     Full Story »

Most Police Shootings Don't End With Prosecutions

Most Police Shootings Don't End With ProsecutionsA Missouri grand jury's decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges is the latest in a long line of police shooting investigations that show the latitude afforded law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case was never whether Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, but rather whether the Aug. 9 killing ...    Full Story »

Shots Fired at a Budapest Jewish School

Shots Fired at a Budapest Jewish SchoolShots were first at the Lauder Javne Jewish Community School in Budapest, the daily HaMevaser reports. Panic and fear spread among students and staff after they detected two bullet holes in windows, apparently caused during the night. Police report the building was occupied until 18:00 at night and people returned at 07:30, providing a window during which the attack occurred. Police ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Shuns Entertainer Over Controversial New Song (1 opinions)

President Rivlin Shuns Entertainer Over Controversial New SongPresident Reuven Rivlin has informed Israeli singer Amir Benayoun that his invitation to perform at an official function has been canceled. The reason given is Benayoun’s new song, “Ahmed Loves Israel”, in which he describes the intentions of an Arab student who plans to carry out a terror attack. Benayoun was to perform as part of events scheduled to mark the exile and ...    Full Story »

Legal Scholars: Obama's Immigration Actions Lawful (1 opinions)

Legal Scholars: Obama's Immigration Actions LawfulMore than 100 immigration professors and scholars declared Tuesday that President Barack Obama's decision to make several million immigrants illegally in the United States eligible to be spared from deportation is constitutional and within his administrative powers. The 135 scholars focused on two major provisions of Obama's executive actions announced last week. One would shield ...    Full Story »

Hagel Resignation Comes At Messy Moment For US (1 opinions)

Hagel Resignation Comes At Messy Moment For USDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Pentagon chief in six years. During a White House ...    Full Story »

A Stormy Tuesday Night Expected Around Israel

A Stormy Tuesday Night Expected Around IsraelEmergency service agencies are busy preparing for what is promised to be the first major winter storm, beginning on Tuesday evening 3 Kislev. Forecasters expect major thundershowers and heavy winds beginning at 8:00PM Tuesday, lasting a number of hours. The storm is expected to continue during the night but the heaviest rains will only last a few hours, forecasters explain. The main ...    Full Story »

Nor'easter May Snarl Trip For Thanksgiving Travelers

Nor'easter May Snarl Trip For Thanksgiving TravelersA nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow farther inland. The exact track and severity of the storm had meteorologists on alert. "A small deviation in the track could change things dramatically," said Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for ...    Full Story »
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More Than 80 Protesters Arrested in St. Louis Area

More Than 80 Protesters Arrested in St. Louis AreaAuthorities say that more than 80 people were arrested as chaos enveloped sections of the St. Louis area overnight. St. Louis County police released records early Tuesday showing 61 people were arrested in Ferguson on charges including burglary and trespassing. And St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said 21 people were arrested in the city. Angry protesters set fire to buildings and ...    Full Story »

Tzohar Rabbonim Oppose MK Mitzne's Independence Day Bill (1 opinions)

Tzohar Rabbonim Oppose MK Mitzne's Independence Day BillThe Legislative Law Committee on Sunday Rosh Chodesh Kislev debated a bill initiated by MK (The Movement) Amram Mitzne. The Independence Day Bill calls for observing Israel’s holiday on the same day every year, the Thursday before 5 Iyar. Mitzne hopes to push the bill through to prevent moving observance of the day to another day for example, which is often done to prevent chilul ...    Full Story »

Iran's Supreme Leader Denounces West Over Extension of Nuclear Talks

Iran's Supreme Leader Denounces West Over Extension of Nuclear TalksIran’s Supreme Leader said Tuesday that western powers will not be able to bring the country to its knees in nuclear talks, his website reported. “On the nuclear issue, the United States and European colonialist countries gathered and applied their entire efforts to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but they could not and they will not,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, ...    Full Story »

Bill to Harshen Conditions for Recalcitrant Husband

Bill to Harshen Conditions for Recalcitrant HusbandDeputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan has introduced a bill seeking to harshen conditions for recalcitrant husbands, those who refuse to give their wife a get, preferring to leave them as agunos. The bill stipulates that if such a husband is imprisoned for his refusal, he will no longer be entitled to mehadrin food in prison. The deputy minister, who is a former CEO ...    Full Story »

Truth Revealed: Only 300 Chareidim Joined National Service Programs (3 opinions)

Truth Revealed: Only 300 Chareidim Joined National Service ProgramsAfter hearing a facts and figures from various sources, Saar Shalom Jerbi, who oversees state-run national service programs released the official figures pertaining to chareidi enlistment in the latter. Government officials supporting the share the burden efforts to draft chareidim into the military were confident thousands of chareidim would join national service programs as an option ...    Full Story »

Chareidi Boycott of Housing Minister Ariel has Ended (1 opinions)

Chareidi Boycott of Housing Minister Ariel has EndedIt appears that the chareidi boycott of Housing Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel may be over. A meeting took place with Ariel and HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch of the Degel Hatorah Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah and Rosh Yeshivas ...    Full Story »

FAA Chief: Disaster Response Depends on Funding

FAA Chief: Disaster Response Depends on FundingThe Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide ? but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said work has begun to reduce the system's disaster response ...    Full Story »

Arab Parliamentary Aide Banned from Knesset (1 opinions)

Arab Parliamentary Aide Banned from KnessetThe Knesset Officer has revoked the credentials of the parliamentary aide of MK (Ra’am-Ta’al) Masood Ganim after the former he was heard stating “let’s go slaughter 50 Jews”. The Knesset Officer updated Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein of his decision and actions. The aide was instructed to leave Knesset immediately pending the outcome of the investigation into the ...    Full Story »

Health Ministry Battling to Resuscitate Israel's Failing Healthcare System (1 opinions)

Health Ministry Battling to Resuscitate Israel's Failing Healthcare SystemSome posit the days of Israel’s socialized medicine are nearing an end as more and more citizens are purchasing supplemental and expanded policies, seeking additional coverage to the basic kupat cholim healthcare system. While Israelis pay a monthly health tax that is supposed to cover their medical insurance, a growing number of citizens have come to the realization that the basic ...    Full Story »

Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett Launches Israeli 'Water City' in China

Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett Launches Israeli 'Water City' in ChinaIsraeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett launched the flagship "Water City" project in China on Monday, 2 Kislev, announcing that the city of Shougang in the Shandong province would be the focus of Israel’s water-related activities in the country. The announcement was made in the presence of Chinese municipal officials during Minister Bennett's current visit to China. The minister ...    Full Story »

Egypt Willing to Send Troops to a Future Palestinian State (2 opinions)

Egypt Willing to Send Troops to a Future Palestinian StateEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced his willingness to send troops into the future Palestinian State towards guaranteeing Israel’s security. The Egyptian leader made his comment during an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera published Sunday. Members of the president’s staff explain Sisi feels this is a move that Egypt feels will assist in ...    Full Story »

Thousands Rally Across US After Ferguson Decision (6 opinions)

Thousands Rally Across US After Ferguson DecisionThousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of "hands up, don't shoot," the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Protester Throws Fake Blood At NYPD's Commissioner Bratton (1 opinions)

PHOTO: Protester Throws Fake Blood At NYPD's Commissioner BrattonAmid a mostly peaceful march and protest in New York City after the announcement of the grand jury's decision in the killing of Michael Brown, at least one protester hurled a red liquid at Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in Times Square, according to several accounts. Photos circulating on Twitter show Bratton with some streaks of red on his face, but another man -- likely a ...    Full Story »

St. Louis: Protesters Shut Down Interstate 44 In Both Directions

St. Louis: Protesters Shut Down Interstate 44 In Both DirectionsProtesters blocked a portion of Interstate 44 near Grand on Monday following the grand jury announcement. Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the interstate were shut down around 10:00 by protesters. The group of protesters gathered at Shaw and Grand earlier in the evening and then moved to the interstate. Traffic was stopped on the interstate. Protesters swarmed vehicles, ...    Full Story »

Protesters Halt Freeway Traffic On Interstate 580 In California

Protesters Halt Freeway Traffic On Interstate 580 In CaliforniaDozens of people in Oakland, California, protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision have gotten around police and are blocking traffic on a major highway in the Bay Area. Television images show people milling around cars, raising their hands in the air, and holding signs on Interstate 580. Officers in cars and on motorcycles are trying to corral the protesters, and others are ...    Full Story »


YWN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rebbe of Bobov-45: We Will Assume The Distinction Of 'Bobov-45' (4 opinions)

bobov [VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As YWN reported last week, thousands of Chassidim participated in a monumental gathering organized by Bobov-45 last Tuesday. Only Chassidim who had gotten entry tickets beforehand were permitted to attend the gathering, and the three thousand seats filled up quickly. Buses transported Chassidim from all major neighborhoods, and the dais was filled with illustrious members of the Chassidus and with the revered offspring of the Bobover Rebbes zy”a. At the event, the Rebbe announced that the Chassidus will be taking on the name "Bobov-45". “There are two sides before us – one dictates that we obey and one dictates that we should not obey. I plumbed the depths of this matter, together with my brother-in-law, HaGaon HaRav shlita, and we made the decision that we will do what our father-in-law, the Rav zt”l, would have done if he would have been faced with such a situation. It is clear as day that my father-in-law and his grandfathers, the Bobover Rebbes zt”l, would certainly have chosen the path that is closest to peace, as we have seen in their conduct throughout the years. “Therefore, this is our decision – to go in the path that is closest to peace. This is not a degradation; this is the path of our forbears. This is the Bobover derech. But this only applies if there will be complete peace. I say this to those who are here and to those who are not here. We are taking this step only to attain peace, and only if there will be peace, will the verdict be obeyed… “We will go with this distinction – 45 – and as I previously said, we do not view this as a degradation and this is not an accompanying title. Rather, it is a random distinction, and we should note that, linguistically, this signifies the path of the Rav zt”l – ‘vanachni mah’ (i.e. a path of humility, signified by the numerical equivalence of the word ‘mah’ which is 45). In conclusion, the Rebbe spoke about the glory of the kehillah, with its multitude of branches internationally, and its many magnificent mosdos educating approximately 4,500 students. To read a synopsis of what the Bobov Rebbe-45 said at the event, click HERE. Below is an exclusive video of the Rebbes full drasha. (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)

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