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How Will Jerusalem Chareidi Councilmen Look the Mayor in the Eye?

How Will Jerusalem Chareidi Councilmen Look the Mayor in the Eye?
Chareidi elected officials in Yerushalayim are lobbying to persuade fellow lawmakers to oppose budgeting the new Jerusalem Sport Tech project. The Vaad L’Maan Shabbos, which represents both Ashkenazi and Sephardi gedolim, has instructed chareidi councilmen to oppose the budget in the upcoming vote. The vaad sent a letter to the chareidi councilman detailing the project, which is supposed to be in the Emek Arazim area. The city council is set to convene on Thursday, 10 Sivan to discuss the matter. The issue began last summer when Mayor Nir ...

Israel Railways to Begin Striking on Sunday

Israel Railways to Begin Striking on SundayAfter dock workers in the Ports of Ashdod and Haifa walked off the job on Wednesday, 9 Sivan, Israel Railways employees on Thursday announced they will do the same beginning on Sunday, 13 Sivan. According to labor union officials the strike is because of unilateral measures taken by management that violate labor contracts. Labor leaders add that a ‘work dispute’ was declared as ...    Full Story »

Bennett Comes Out in Support Of Riskin

Bennett Comes Out in Support Of RiskinBayit Yehudi leader Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that he stands firmly behind Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and that he will personally accompany Rabbi Riskin to the hearing with the Chief Rabbinate Council that will determine if his contract is renewed or not. Rabbi Riskin’s contract is not set for renewal since he is now 75, mandatory retirement age. While this was ...    Full Story »

Bush's Busy Role On Corporate Boards Could Become 2016 Issue

Bush's Busy Role On Corporate Boards Could Become 2016 IssueDuring his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches. Bush returned to corporate America after leaving the governor's mansion in early 2007, and his industry portfolio ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Willing to Speak with Hamas Under Certain Conditions

President Rivlin Willing to Speak with Hamas Under Certain Conditions President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday, 9 Sivan, toured Israel’s northern border. The President arrived at the Gibor Base, of the Hiram Division, near Kiryat Shmona, where he met with the division commanders led by Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Yair Golan, Northern District Commander Major-General Aviv Kochavi, and brigade commander Brigadier-General Moni Katz, and was briefed on ...    Full Story »

Overland Park, Kansas, Community Celebrates Beautifully Renovated Mikvah

Overland Park, Kansas, Community Celebrates Beautifully Renovated MikvahThe joy of a mitzvah and a sense of rejuvenation were felt in the heartland of America, as a large crowd gathered on Sunday, May 10th, to celebrate the completion of the renovated mikvah in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park is Kansas’ second most populous city, and there are approximately 18,000 Jews in the region. Over three decades ago, all segments of the community joined to ...    Full Story »

MK Maklev: Technology Judges Individuals Too Quickly

MK Maklev: Technology Judges Individuals Too QuicklyMK Uri Maklev was among the speakers in Knesset during a session that addressed social networking posts and the dangers they pose, possibly leading to the loss of life. The session was prompted by a high profile case that just occurred in Israel, leading to a senior official in a Ministry of Interior Office taking his own life following a Facebook post against him, alleging he is ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Arabs Scream 'Allah Akbar As Jews Visit Har HaBayis On Thursday Morning

Gedolei HaPoskim throughout the ages including Gedolei Hador Shlita today have ruled it is absolutely forbidden to visit Har Habayis, even if one does so in line with Halacha including tevila. This is also the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. This is an ...    Full Story »

Madoff Accountant Sentenced to Home Detention

Madoff Accountant Sentenced to Home DetentionAn accountant who worked for Bernard Madoff before cooperating in the investigation of Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to a year of home detention. David Friehling apologized on Thursday before hearing his sentence. Friehling began cooperating before prosecutors charged him with certifying Madoff’s fabricated financial records. He pleaded guilty and ...    Full Story »

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thanks Middle East Quartet Envoy Tony Blair

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thanks Middle East Quartet Envoy Tony BlairPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair, who has announced he will be stepping down from his post next month. The Quartet is composed of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia. "In recent years Tony Blair has made great efforts to advance stability and peace in the region. His deep understanding of the Middle East helped him to ...    Full Story »

Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie GrayA 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years. Meanwhile, arrests have plunged: Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year. Arrests were already declining before Freddie Gray died on April 19 of injuries he ...    Full Story »

Nazi War Criminal Wanted by Russia Dies in Quebec

Nazi War Criminal Wanted by Russia Dies in QuebecThe lawyer for the man in the No. 2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals says his client has died at 93. Vladimir Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, his lawyer Orest Rudzik said Thursday. Russia charged Katriuk earlier this month with genocide in connection with the 1943 killing of civilians in Khatyn, now part of Belarus. ...    Full Story »

Israel: Parole Board Orders the Release of Shlomi Dvir

Israel: Parole Board Orders the Release of Shlomi DvirThe Israeli Prison Service parole board decided on Tuesday, 8 Sivan, to release Shlomi Dvir who has served approximately 13 years of his 15 year prison sentence. In 2002 Dvir and several other members of the Bat Ayin Underground were arrested on suspicion of planning an explosion at the exit of a Arab girls’ school in eastern Jerusalem in response to a wave of terror attacks, ...    Full Story »

Why A Shrinking US Economy Last Quarter Isn't Cause For Fear

Why A Shrinking US Economy Last Quarter Isn't Cause For FearAnother first quarter of the year. Another reversal for the U.S. economy. Another expectation of a rebound to come. On Friday, the government will likely estimate that the economy shrank in the January-March quarter for a second straight year, depressed by brutal weather, a reeling energy sector and an export slump caused by a higher-valued dollar. Yet few will see any cause for ...    Full Story »

Warning Letter Sent to Operators of Big Center Mall Before Launching Boycott

Warning Letter Sent to Operators of Big Center Mall Before Launching BoycottThere have been shouts of opposition, protests, a large atzeres tefilla, and meetings to persuade operators of the Big Center shopping mall in Ashdod to close its doors on Shabbos. The center recently began ...    Full Story »

House Panel Issues Subpoena in Spat With White House

House Panel Issues Subpoena in Spat With White HouseThe GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee has issued a subpoena to the White House budget office about a new State Department security training facility. At issue is the administration's plan to build a brand new facility at a military base in Virginia, rather than a potentially less costly project at an existing law enforcement training center in Georgia. Republicans ...    Full Story »

NYC Subway Service Back On A, C After Massive Copper Theft

NYC Subway Service Back On A, C After Massive Copper TheftFull subway service has been restored on the A and C lines following a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks. Transit crew worked through the night to repair the damage. The crime caused delays and overcrowding for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday along the entire length of the two heavily used lines. The A and C carry 775,000 riders a day and traverse ...    Full Story »

NYC: DOT Responds To Greenfield And Treyger Request To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPH

NYC: DOT Responds To Greenfield And Treyger Request To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPHLast week, YWN reported that NYC Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger urged Mayor de Blasio to reconsider changing the speed limit on Ocean Parkway from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per ...    Full Story »

Funding to be Cut for Talmidei Yeshivos Who Don't Report for First Draft Notice

Funding to be Cut for Talmidei Yeshivos Who Don't Report for First Draft NoticeIn a move that has chareidim surprised and angered, the Ministry of Education has distributed a memorandum informing yeshivos that funding will be cut for talmidim who do not report to IDF induction centers for upon receipt of their first draft notice. What occurred is that yeshivos administrators sent the lists of talmidim to the ministry, lists that are essential to obtain funding. ...    Full Story »

Bill Clinton Hopes to Keep Working - Whatever Hillary Does

Bill Clinton Hopes to Keep Working - Whatever Hillary DoesFormer U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa and told The Associated Press afterward that he hopes to keep working for the foundation he launched regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary. Clinton, whose wife is the leading Democratic presidential contender, called the Ebola ...    Full Story »

Temporary Climate Control Fix at Kever Rochel

Temporary Climate Control Fix at Kever RochelAnyone who has been to Kever Rochel of late can testify to the stifling conditions as the site’s air conditioning has been down since a recent electric fire. While temporary emergency lighting was arranged, the temporary system was ...    Full Story »

Uber, Lyft Push Back Against Proposed NYC Regulations

Uber, Lyft Push Back Against Proposed NYC RegulationsUber and Lyft are pushing back against a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services. The proposal before the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission would require car services that riders can book with their smartphones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs with which they compete. The proposed rule changes would address fares, the ...    Full Story »

Child Forgotten in a Vehicle in Ramat Gan

Child Forgotten in a Vehicle in Ramat GanA child was left in a vehicle on an extremely hot morning in Petach Tikvah on Wednesday, 9 Sivan. Just a few hours later Ichud Hatzalah reported a second case, this time in Ramat Gan. B’chasdei Hashem, as in the first ...    Full Story »

Ex-NY Senate Leader And Son Indicted On Corruption Charges

Ex-NY Senate Leader And Son Indicted On Corruption ChargesThe former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. The indictment was returned Thursday against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old son, Adam. The Long Island men were released on bail earlier this month. Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested on conspiracy and ...    Full Story »

Tragedy: Yeshiva Bochur Drowns In Beit Zayit

Tragedy: Yeshiva Bochur Drowns In Beit ZayitAfter a number of hours of searching, the body of a talmid yeshiva who was swimming in Beit Zayit was recovered. A large police force accompanied by the IAF’s elite 669 Airborne search & rescue, fire department, Magen David Adom, Zaka and Ichud Hatzalah were involved the search for the talmid. A friend told authorities that he went swimming and he feared that he drowned in the ...    Full Story »

London Based Belz Chassidim Criticized by UK Jewish Feminists (18 opinions)

London Based Belz Chassidim Criticized by UK Jewish FeministsThe following is via OnlySimchas.com: In a letter signed by leaders of Belz Hasidic Schools in north London, Jewish mothers have been banned from driving and rabbis have also agreed that children dropped off at school by their mothers should be turned away ...    Full Story »

Maklev to Yesh Atid: You Don't Need to Concern Yourself with Us

Maklev to Yesh Atid: You Don't Need to Concern Yourself with UsMK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev tells Yesh Atid during a stormy Knesset plenum session, “We are not your subjects and you needn't concern yourself with us”. The heated debate surrounds efforts to change eligibility criteria for parents seeking government subsidies for daycare. The criteria was changed in the last government and the current administration is working to return the ...    Full Story »
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Shomrim And Hatzolah Searching For Missing Woman In Far Rockaway / Nassau Area (4 opinions)

Shomrim And Hatzolah Searching For Missing Woman In Far Rockaway / Nassau AreaVolunteers from Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol (Shomrim) and Rockaway Hatzolah are searching for a missing woman in the Far Rockaway / Nassau area, and are asking for the public's assistance. Missing is Tovah Rosenbaum 33-years-old. She is described as 4 foot 11 inches, weighs 110 lbs, and has brown hair. She was wearing black/blue skirt, black boots, and a pink wind breaker. She ...    Full Story »

Sefer Chazarah Berurah Vol III

Sefer Chazarah Berurah Vol III [COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  The third and final volume of this exciting and innovative sefer has just been released to the seforim stores.   The challenges of reviewing Halacha in general and Mishna Berurah in particular are manifold. Sefer Chazarah Berurah overcomes these difficulties using a ground breaking approach. All the myriad halachos and sevaros of the Shulchan ...    Full Story »

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty Worst For Tarmac Delays

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty Worst For Tarmac DelaysThe New York City area's three major airports rank the worst in the country for the percentage of flights delayed on the tarmac at takeoff and landing, according to the Global Gateway Alliance. The organization advocates for improvements to airports and related infrastructure. The study found LaGuardia, JFK and Newark were the top three airports in the country during 2014 with the ...    Full Story »

To Fold or Not to Fold: The Shabbos Tallis (12 opinions)

To Fold or Not to Fold:  The Shabbos TallisBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times It is Shabbos morning after Shacharis in shul and a man is putting away his tallis. Mr. Schwartz approaches him with an admonishment: “You know, you are not supposed to do that.” “Do what?” “Fold your tallis.” “What do you mean?” “It’s a Mishnah Brurah—you aren’t supposed to fold your ...    Full Story »

Things To Know About George Pataki

Things To Know About George PatakiFormer New York Gov. George Pataki plans to say Thursday whether he's running for the Republican presidential nomination. Here's a snapshot of things to know about him. ___ THE BRIEF Lanky and low-key, Pataki is a Republican who was elected governor three times in a reliably Democratic state. He first won the office in 1994 by defeating liberal icon Mario Cuomo and held on to ...    Full Story »

Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash Of Homicides (2 opinions)

Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash Of HomicidesAntoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. "I'm afraid to go outside," said Perrine, 47. "It's so bad, people are afraid to let their kids ...    Full Story »

Debbiescloset.com Offers 15% OFF New Summer Arrivals Just in Time for Camp Shopping

Debbiescloset.com Offers 15% OFF New Summer Arrivals Just in Time for Camp Shopping[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Newly Launched Website, DebbiesCloset.com, has new Summer Arrivals up just in time for Camp Shopping. Debbie's Closet has all the summer fashion must haves for Tznius Women and Girls. From a huge selection of comfortable and colorful skirts, to a large variety of 3/4 tees.     Full Story »

Chief Rabbinate: We Are Not a Rubber Stamp for Anyone (3 opinions)

Chief Rabbinate: We Are Not a Rubber Stamp for AnyoneOfficials in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel reject the harsh criticism from dati leumi rabbonim accusing them of ‘targeting’ Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, whose contract may not be renewed because he has reached ...    Full Story »

Australia: Jewish Doctor, Father Of Four Struck And Killed By Truck While Biking (1 opinions)

Australia: Jewish Doctor, Father Of Four Struck And Killed By Truck While BikingA father-of-four was R"L killed while cycling in Sydney’s eastern suburbs early Thursday morning, AJN reports. Henri Sueke Z"L, a doctor who had recently arrived to Australia from the UK with his young family, died after a collision involving a truck at Rose Bay. He was 36. AJN reports that at around 7:45AM local time, emergency services were called to New South Head Road where ...    Full Story »

First Hearing In House Lawsuit Over Obama Health Law

First Hearing In House Lawsuit Over Obama Health LawObama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law. Attorneys for the House counter that their unusual suit deals with critically important issues related to the separation of powers and should be allowed to continue. The two sides meet in court for the first time Thursday in a ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Former NY GOP Governor Pataki Will Run for President in 2016

VIDEO: Former NY GOP Governor Pataki Will Run for President in 2016[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Former New York Gov. George Pataki is the latest Republican to get into the race for president. In a video posted Thursday morning on YouTube, Pataki says America needs to recapture the spirit of unity that spread through the country in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was in his second of three terms as governor when the attacks struck New ...    Full Story »

Pentagon: Military Mistakenly Shipped Live Anthrax Samples

Pentagon: Military Mistakenly Shipped Live Anthrax SamplesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. "At this time we do not suspect any risk to the general public," CDC spokeswoman Kathy Harben ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Is Hezbollah Videoing IDF Activities Along Israel's N. Border?

VIDEO: Is Hezbollah Videoing IDF Activities Along Israel's N. Border?[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Some IDF soldiers that have served along Israel’s northern border have warned in the past that Hizbullah terrorists are armed with cameras and videos as they continue monitoring military activities on the Israeli side of the border. These reports have been heard from compulsory and reserve duty soldiers and officers over recent years. The accompanying ...    Full Story »

Analysis: Against IS, Airstrikes May Not Suffice

Analysis: Against IS, Airstrikes May Not SufficeIt's the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its limits — and these are on display in Syria and Iraq, where a U.S.-led coalition ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: What Can Happen When a Child is Left in a Vehicle Chas Vesholom

VIDEO: What Can Happen When a Child is Left in a Vehicle Chas VesholomOne of hosts of Israel’s popular Master Chef program has made a unique video showing how one can make a pizza and cook it in one’s vehicle. The message is for parents to make sure they do not forget their children in a vehicle. While some find the video surprising or entertaining, the message is a most serious one. Israeli government and NGO agencies have been hitting the radio ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Arabs Scream 'Allah Akbar As Jews Visit Har HaBayis On Thursday Morning

Gedolei HaPoskim throughout the ages including Gedolei Hador Shlita today have ruled it is absolutely forbidden to visit Har Habayis, even if one does so in line with Halacha including tevila. This is also the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. This is an Issur Kares.

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Video Of Interest: Lieberman Anyone Who Believes Retreating To Pre '67 Boundaries Will Achieve Peace Is Smoking Drugs

During a Knesset plenum address, MK Avigdor Lieberman spoke about those who believe Israel must retreat to the pre-1967 boundaries in Yerushalayim to achieve true peace with the PA (Palestinian Authority). Lieberman stated “Anyone who believes that retreating to the pre ’67 boundaries will achieve the desired peace must have taken too many green leaves (drugs)”.

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WATCH: Israeli Police Prevent Jews From Trying To Ascend The Har HaBayis (15 opinions)

Gedolei HaPoskim throughout the ages including Gedolei Hador Shlita today have ruled it is absolutely forbidden to visit Har Habayis, even if one does so in line with Halacha including tevila. This is also the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. This is an Issur Kares.

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