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VIDEO: MOD Fence Administration Completes The Heightening Of The Israel- Egypt Border Fence

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VIDEO: MOD Fence Administration Completes The Heightening Of The Israel- Egypt Border Fence
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Fence Administration headed by Brigadier-General Eran Ofir, and the Department of Engineering and Construction at the Ministry of Defense, recently completed a project to heighten the Israel-Egypt border fence. The construction of the barrier, known as the Hourglass Project, was completed in 2014. The 242-kilometer fence, equipped with warning systems and information collection centers, was built between Kerem Shalom and Eilat and subsequently brought to a stop the flow of illegal migration from Africa ...

Trump Asks Some 50 Senior Obama Appointees to Stay On

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Trump Asks Some 50 Senior Obama Appointees to Stay OnPresident-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday. The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department. Deputy Defense ...    Full Story »

VIDEO/PHOTOS: New Era In Arrow Weapon System: Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred To The IAF

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VIDEO/PHOTOS: New Era In Arrow Weapon System: Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred To The IAF [VIDEO AND PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Arrow Weapon System (AWS), the upper-most tier in the Israeli strategic capability, entered into a new era on Wednesday morning 20 Teves in its defense from ballistic missiles threats. Before this, the AWS consisted of Arrow-2 interceptors, and has now added for the first time the Arrow-3 operational interceptor (made by Israel Aerospace ...    Full Story »

Our Mother Had The Flu. A Month Later, She Was Dead.

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It was so sudden. Here we were, ten children made into orphans. The oldest 23, the youngest just a baby. Our grief is even more painful, even more humiliating, because we live in true poverty. We always lived modestly. But now that our mother is ...    Full Story »

"Grab Anti-Semitism By The Horns", Leading EU Rabbi Urges New European Parliament President

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The head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin – which represents thousands of Jews from communities across Europe –welcomed the election of Antonio Tajani as the new President of the European Parliament, urging him to devote time and resources to properly tackle anti-Semitism. In a statement from Brussels, Rabbi Margolin said, “We are ...    Full Story »

NASA Study in Hawaii Paving Way for Human Travel to Mars

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NASA Study in Hawaii Paving Way for Human Travel to MarsA group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island's Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay. The team will have no physical contact with people in the outside world ...    Full Story »

Municipality Leaders To Visit Mount Scopus On Inauguration Day

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Municipality Leaders To Visit Mount Scopus On Inauguration DayOn Friday 22 Teves, inauguration day for President-Elect Donald Trump in the USA, seventy heads of municipalities in Israel will hold a special gathering with Housing Minister (Kulanu) Yoav Galant during the afternoon in the Seven Arches Hotel. The meeting is within the framework of commemorating 120 years since the First Zionist Congress in Basel and fifty years since the ...    Full Story »

Teach Florida Applauds State Supreme Court's Dismissal Of Lawsuit To End Tax Credit Scholarships

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Teach Florida Applauds State Supreme Court's Dismissal Of Lawsuit To End Tax Credit ScholarshipsTeach Florida, a project of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, hails the Florida Supreme Court’s decision today to dismiss the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit against the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. The scholarship program helps 98,000 low-income students, including 2,400 Jewish day school students, learn in the schools of their choice. “Today’s decision affirms ...    Full Story »

Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Is Extradited To US

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Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Is Extradited To USJoaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the U.S. Thursday to face drug trafficking and other charges. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for transportation to the U.S. on Thursday, the ...    Full Story »

Earth Sets Hottest Year Record for Third-Straight Time

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Earth Sets Hottest Year Record for Third-Straight TimeEarth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Avi Weiss Desecrates Shul to Make a Point (20 opinions)

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Rabbi Avi Weiss Desecrates Shul to Make a PointBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times It is now a yearly event, and it is time that a line be drawn. It is wrong to take a synagogue, to remove the Mechitzos, and to host a party atmosphere with mixed singing and dancing. To have a non-Jewish clergyman from a very different faith lead that singing in a place where the Torah is normally read adds to the shock of ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Many Are Mispallel At The Tziyun Of The Rambam On The Yahrzeit

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PHOTOS: Many Are Mispallel At The Tziyun Of The Rambam On The Yahrzeit  [PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Many mispallalim arrived at the tziyun of the Rambam in Tiveria for the yahrzeit, which was 20 Teves despite renovations at the holy site. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: Tiveria News)

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.09 Percent

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Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.09 PercentLong-term US mortgage rates marked their third week of declines this week, after snapping a nine-week run of increases. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans fell to an average 4.09 percent from 4.12 percent last week. That was still sharply higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 percent for all of 2016, the lowest level recorded from ...    Full Story »

NY Lawsuits Blame Social Media in Terror Attacks

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NY Lawsuits Blame Social Media in Terror AttacksTwitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism. Lawyers for the families of terror victims, including a brother and sister killed in last year's bomb attacks in Brussels and an American college student slaughtered in Paris, say that isn't enough. In a string of lawsuits filed in New York, they say they want ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Sends A Clear Message Of Support To President-Elect Trump

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has come out strongly with a clear message to US President-Elect Donald Trump, calling upon him to make good on his word and move the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Barkat announces that Jerusalem must remain ...    Full Story »

Galei Tzahal Host Who Sided With Terrorist Ousted By Station Director

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Galei Tzahal Host Who Sided With Terrorist Ousted By Station DirectorIt did not take long for Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) host Chen Elmaliach to be docked by station Director Yaron Dekel. Following the fatal terrorist attack in the Bedouin community of Um Chiran, which claimed the life ...    Full Story »

Inauguration Eve: Trump Juggles Work, Play, Preps to Party (2 opinions)

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Inauguration Eve: Trump Juggles Work, Play, Preps to PartyJuggling work and play on Inauguration Eve, Donald Trump filled his final Cabinet slot Thursday and headed to Washington for three days of festivities. The president-elect was trading in his beloved private jet for a military jet to ferry him from New York to a city bracing for an onslaught of inaugural crowds and demonstrators numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Vice ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Chopper Used To Evacuate Badly-Injured Motorist From MVA On Rt. 75

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WATCH: Chopper Used To Evacuate Badly-Injured Motorist From MVA On Rt. 75[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Northern district police reported a vehicular accident occurred on Rt. 75 between Migdal HaEmek and Yafia on Wednesday morning 20 Teves. A bus and private vehicle collided head-on about a half kilometer before Yafia. The driver of the private vehicle was seriously injured. The bus driver was injured, albeit not seriously and did not require ...    Full Story »

Cuomo's Budget Reopens Debate Over Uber In Upstate New York

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Cuomo's Budget Reopens Debate Over Uber In Upstate New YorkUber and Lyft are cheering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to allow the ride-hailing businesses to expand into upstate New York. The Democratic governor included a provision in his budget that will authorize the two companies to move into cities such as Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse. State law now prohibits the companies from operating outside the New York City area. The ...    Full Story »

Women Of The Wall Arrived At The Kosel And Refused A Body Inspection (3 opinions)

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Women Of The Wall Arrived At The Kosel And Refused A Body InspectionA small number of Women of the Wall (WoW) arrived at the Kosel on Thursday morning 21 Teves as promised to attend a ‘tefilla hisorarus’ as they labeled it. They several dozen women passed through the metal ...    Full Story »

LAST ACT: Obama Commutes Sentences Of Another 330 Drug Sentences; Grand Total Of 1,715; Freed 568 Life Sentences (7 opinions)

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LAST ACT: Obama Commutes Sentences Of Another 330 Drug Sentences; Grand Total Of 1,715; Freed 568 Life SentencesBarack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ...    Full Story »

Over 652K Vehicles Involved in Latest Takata Air Bag Recall

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Over 652K Vehicles Involved in Latest Takata Air Bag RecallThirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls. Automakers with recalls posted Thursday are Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Karma. All the recalls are to replace front passenger inflators. Takata inflators ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: MDA Chief Eli Bin And Ze'ev Kashash Are Menachem Aveil At The Eichler Home (1 opinions)

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PHOTOS: MDA Chief Eli Bin And Ze'ev Kashash Are Menachem Aveil At The Eichler Home[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Magen David Adom Chief of Operations Eli Bin was among the many being menachem aveil at the Eichler home as MK Yisrael Eichler is sitting shiva for his father, Rav Menashe Eichler z”l. Interestingly he bumped ...    Full Story »

Israeli Satirist Shames Holocaust Tourists Who Pose 'On Dead Jews' (2 opinions)

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Israeli Satirist Shames Holocaust Tourists Who Pose 'On Dead Jews'A series of photomontages showing people striking poses, taking selfies and even juggling at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin before the background changes to show them posing amid piles of murdered victims of the Holocaust has gone viral online. The initiator, Shahak Shapira, told The Associated Press Thursday he created the "Yolocaust" website after seeing selfies and pictures of ...    Full Story »
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Man Fixing Something In Shul Falls And Laid Waiting For Assistance Until Morning (1 opinions)

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Man Fixing Something In Shul Falls And Laid Waiting For Assistance Until MorningA 63-year-old man who fell while fixing something in a shul was found only Thursday morning 21 Teves as mispallalim came to daven shachris. The man who fell was lying there from the night, when he fell. The incident occurred in the confines of the Binyamin Regional council in the Shomron, and the man was working on the building’s roof, falling about seven meters (7.5 ...    Full Story »

Choreographed Lights Coming to NYC Bridges, Governor Says

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Choreographed Lights Coming to NYC Bridges, Governor SaysNew York City's bridges will soon be outfitted with choreographed lights programmed to blink and change color according to music or other cues. Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the new lights with reporters Tuesday night during a briefing on the state budget. The Democrat says that while the choreographed lights have been installed on bridges in other cities and states, he envisions a ...    Full Story »

Trump, Cuomo Talk Tax Policy, Health Care At Trump Tower Meeting

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Trump, Cuomo Talk Tax Policy, Health Care At Trump Tower MeetingDemocratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican President-elect Donald Trump discussed issues including tax policy and GOP plans to repeal the federal health care law during a meeting at Trump Tower on Wednesday, Cuomo said. Cuomo said he wanted to make Trump aware of the impact some Republican policies would have on the state both men call home. "There's a proposal that's ...    Full Story »

Contemporary Halachic Problems Vol. VII - A Review

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Contemporary Halachic Problems Vol. VII - A ReviewBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times He was the master of the genre – indeed, the very inventor of it. The genre Rabbi J. David Bleich invented was writing about the confluence of new technology and how the Poskim understand and deal with its halachic implications. Ever since the first volume appeared, Rabbi Bleich’s Contemporary Halachic Problems have ...    Full Story »

Defense Minister Lieberman Extends IDF Chief Of Staff's Tenure

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Defense Minister Lieberman Extends IDF Chief Of Staff's TenureDefense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in consultation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to extend the tenure of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott. In line with the norm, the IDF serves a four-year term and that term is generally extended for a fifth year. The decision will be brought to the cabinet at the weekly meeting on Sunday, 24 Teves. (YWN – ...    Full Story »

The JWE Announces Fourth Annual Women's Business Conference

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The JWE Announces Fourth Annual Women's Business Conference The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur (JWE) is thrilled to announce its 4th Annual Business Conference. We expect this year’s event to be the most successful one yet, bringing Jewish businesswomen together from around the country. The conference will take place Sunday, February 12th at the Conference Center at 111 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830. The JWE conference is an ...    Full Story »

Listeria Alert For Frozen Packages Of Shufersal Carrots And Peas

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Listeria Alert For Frozen Packages Of Shufersal Carrots And PeasA recall has been issued amid a fear of listeria infection in bags of frozen carrots & peas under the Shufersal label. This refers to 800 gram bags with the barcode 7296073224907, manufactured by Ardo and bearing an expiration date of 07/2018. The Health Ministry notice adds that anyone who has purchased the product is entitled to a refund. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Mideast Expects Big Changes Under Trump

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Mideast Expects Big Changes Under TrumpDonald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances. Syria is the foremost test of Trump's promise of a return to a hard-headed realpolitik and could quickly show whether ...    Full Story »

REMINDER: Highway 1 Closure From Thursday Night To Friday Morning (1 opinions)

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REMINDER: Highway 1 Closure From Thursday Night To Friday MorningPortions of Highway 1, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway will shut down beginning Thursday night the eve of 22 Teves from 10:00PM until Friday morning at 10:00AM to permit opening the new Harel Tunnel. At 10:00PM Thursday night, the highway will close from Shar HaGai to Sakharov in the direction of Jerusalem and from Sakharov to Chemed Interchange in the direction of Tel Aviv. This ...    Full Story »

Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options If Trump Axes Nuke Deal

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Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options If Trump Axes Nuke DealIran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers. Despite "grievances" that Iran has over the pact made with the current U.S. government, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran still believes it should be honored. "Whatever he does to the nuclear deal, ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Sends A Clear Message Of Support To President-Elect Trump

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has come out strongly with a clear message to US President-Elect Donald Trump, calling upon him to make good on his word and move the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Barkat announces that Jerusalem must remain the “undivided capital of the Jews” and moving the embassy with send “a clear message to the international community”. Barak calls on supporters of the move to visit the Israel Welcomes Trump website and sign the petition backing the embassy move. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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