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PHOTOS: Thousands Of Chabad Shluchim Pose For Annual 'Class Picture' This Morning Outside 770 (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Chabad Shluchim Pose For Annual 'Class Picture' This Morning Outside 770
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Thousands of Shluchim pose for a group photo in front of Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. They are among 4,200 rabbis from around the world who are in New York for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. This year’s conference carries an added significance as millions around the world mark twenty years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi ...

Obama: Americans Want 'New Car Smell' in 2016

Obama: Americans Want 'New Car Smell' in 2016President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to help that nominee succeed. At the same time, Obama says the public wants that "new car smell" when it comes to the next presidential campaign. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Obama says: "They want to drive something off the lot that ...    Full Story »

Cabinet Passes Controversial 'Jewish Nation’ Bill Defining Israel as a Jewish State (2 opinions)

Cabinet Passes Controversial 'Jewish Nation’ Bill Defining Israel as a Jewish State Just In: The cabinet has approved the bill in a 15 to 7 vote a short time ago. The ‘Jewish Nation’ Bill proposed by MK (Likud) Ze’ev Elkin has been embraced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The bill calls to define the State of Israel and the Hebrew language as the nation of the Jewish People and the official language, while Arabic is still listed as a “special” albeit ...    Full Story »

Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe Hospitalized in NYC on Shabbos

Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe Hospitalized in NYC on Shabbos The Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe Shlita collapsed during a tisch on Friday night and was hospitalized. The rebbe was in Boro Park for his annual fundraising trip. The rebbe continued the tisch at Maimonides Hospital until 03:00 with some of his chassidim. Reports from the hospital on Sunday indicate the rebbe will have a pacemaker inserted. The procedure is scheduled for Sunday ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: An appreciation of R' Aryeh Kupinsky HY"D (8 opinions)

Mailbag: An appreciation of R' Aryeh Kupinsky HYThe following was sent by a YWN reader.  I returned home, emotionally exhausted, from burying my friend Aryeh Kupinsky. I entered my apartment building at the same time as my brother-in-law Rafi, who lives in a different city but who comes in to Har Nof regularly in his capac ity as a counselor. Gently, he asked me if I had personally known any of the victims of the massacre. ...    Full Story »

Charity Fund Established to Buy Groceries for the Widows & Orphans Suffering From Har Nof Terror Attack (2 opinions)

Charity Fund Established to Buy Groceries for the Widows & Orphans Suffering From Har Nof Terror Attack The following fund has been approved by Rav Rubin of K'hal Bnei Torah, the Shul where the attack took place. The events of this past week seems so unthinkable, and yet it happened. Four precious, innocent, kedoshim, taken from us in the most horrific way. The almanos, the yesomim, their worlds are shattered. They are numb from the pain and shock, yet the one feeling they feel ...    Full Story »

Kerry Says Gaps Remain in Talks About Iran's Nukes

Kerry Says Gaps Remain in Talks About Iran's NukesU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past Monday's deadline is seeming more likely. Discussions on going past that deadline have not begun between Iran and the U.S. ? the lead players in negotiations that formally group six world powers on one side of ...    Full Story »

Obama Immigration Plan Good, Not Great For Economy (4 opinions)

Obama Immigration Plan Good, Not Great For EconomyPresident Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy — just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By gaining work permits, they will likely command higher wages, ...    Full Story »

No Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Yet (1 opinions)

No Ferguson Grand Jury Decision YetCrews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that the grand jury's decision would be ...    Full Story »

Videos: The Next Great Initiative from Agudath Israel

Videos: The Next Great Initiative from Agudath IsraelAt the recent Agudath Israel National Convention, “The Next Great Initiative" debuted. The Next Great Initiative (TNGI) asked for submissions from people who saw a communal need and had a plan to fill it. Nearly 100 submissions for potential new communal projects were submitted in advance of the convention. At the convention five of these proposals, vetted by Lefkowitz ...    Full Story »

Boehner: 'We Will Not Stand Idle' On Immigration (3 opinions)

Boehner: 'We Will Not Stand Idle' On ImmigrationHouse Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be. "I will say to you, the House will, in fact, act," Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference the morning after Obama announced plans to offer ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Shmira Patrol Recovers Stolen Sefer Torah, Tefillin, And 100 Mezuzos (3 opinions)

Crown Heights: Shmira Patrol Recovers Stolen Sefer Torah, Tefillin, And 100 Mezuzos[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A family who just arrived from a day long trip from Montreal, were unloading their luggage on union street and Albany avenue. A male black passing by noticed the luggage sitting near the rear of the car. Realizing that one family member was sitting in the car, he approached her and asked her some questions in an attempt to distract her. Afterwards, he ...    Full Story »

Holder Urges Calm Ahead of Ferguson Decision

Holder Urges Calm Ahead of Ferguson DecisionWith a decision by a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury believed to be imminent, Attorney General Eric Holder is exhorting police across the nation to prepare appropriately for demonstrations and "minimize needless confrontation" with protesters. He also says in a video post by the Justice Department that protests are most effective when they're nonviolent. The Holder video released ...    Full Story »

Rare Chupah from the Obliterated Jewish Rechnitz (2 opinions)

Rare Chupah from the Obliterated Jewish RechnitzAn embroidered chupah from Rechnitz (in present-day Austria) from 1865 was recently discovered. As chupahs are consumable one-occasion targeted items, it is quite hard to find a whole 200-year-old chupah. This is especially the case when it originates from a Jewish community that was annihilated vehemently by the Nazis in 1945. This chupah will be up for sale on the up-coming Rare and ...    Full Story »

Biden Urges Russia to Uphold East Ukraine Truce

Biden Urges Russia to Uphold East Ukraine TruceU.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests. Touring the Ukrainian capital, Biden said Western sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until Moscow does more to enforce the cease-fire. Over 900 ...    Full Story »

House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care Law (4 opinions)

House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care LawHouse Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program. GOP lawmakers filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Washington the morning after Obama announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for millions of immigrants ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Two Students AT Yeshiva Beit Orot In East Jerusalem Attacked By Arabs On Friday Night (11 opinions)

BREAKING: Two Students AT Yeshiva Beit Orot In East Jerusalem Attacked By Arabs On Friday NightTwo students at Yeshiva Beit Orot were attacked and wounded in East Jerusalem in a suspected terror attack Friday evening. The two were reportedly hit with stones, metal rods and planks of wood with nails near the Beit Orot seminary in the area of Har HaZeisim. Both students were in the seminary when the paramedics arrived and were fully conscious. A 24-year-old sustained moderate ...    Full Story »

OU Convention to Focus on Global Jewish Unity

OU Convention to Focus on Global Jewish UnityDeeply understanding the issues facing the worldwide Jewish community and how we can work towards global Jewish unity is the focus of this year’s Orthodox Union Convention, taking place Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York. “After war broke out in Israel this summer and the resurfacing of virulent anti-Semitism throughout ...    Full Story »

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health Insurance

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health InsuranceThe Health Department today announced the launch of a new texting campaign to make it easier for New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New Yorkers can text “CoveredNYC” to 877877 to get connected with someone who can help them enroll for health insurance in person. To receive help in Spanish, New Yorkers can text ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Medical Equipment Stolen From Miami-Dade Hatzalah Vehicle

VIDEO: Medical Equipment Stolen From Miami-Dade Hatzalah Vehicle[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The following is via WSVN: A community is asking for the public's help after some lifesaving equipment was swiped from an emergency medical service volunteer's vehicle in Northeast Miami-Dade. Wednesday night, a thief ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing ComplexAn NYPD officer patrolling a public housing complex shot and killed a man he encountered in a stairwell. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting around 11:15 p.m. Thursday inside of 2724 Linden Boulevard (Pink Houses), within the confines of the 75 Precinct. The man's friend tells the Daily News the shooting was unprompted and he was unarmed. Police ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for Vouchers

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for VouchersBoth House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed, and President Obama has signed into law, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the 1990 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The federal program provides assistance to help low-income parents obtain subsidized child care, enabling them to work and support their families. Approximately, 1.5 million children are ...    Full Story »

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab Workers (3 opinions)

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab WorkersAshkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni has decided to stop construction of safe rooms (bomb shelters) in city schools because the work is being carried out by Israeli Arabs. According to the report, the mayor turned to the contractor who won the bid to build the safe rooms as well as the IDF Homefront Command, informing them of his decision, which is based on his concerns for the safety of ...    Full Story »

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance TrustMany individuals are unaware of the benefits in forming an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”). Although the proceeds of your life insurance policy are not subject to income taxation, they are generally included in your taxable estate. However, with an irrevocable life insurance trust, the trust is the owner of the insurance policy, which keeps the proceeds of the life ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Dozens Of Williamsburg Condo Owners Evicted On Freezing Cold Day (5 opinions)

On one of the coldest days of the season, police oversaw the eviction of dozens of families from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment building. The families did nothing wrong, and they own the apartments they're being forced to vacate. Ida Siegal explains how a ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita visited the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in the rebbe’s home. The rebbe thanked Rabbi Stern on behalf of the chareidi tzibur for the Jerusalem Rabbinate continuing with ‘Yivul Nochi’ (imports from non-Jews abroad) during shmitah for those seeking mehadrin kashrus. The rebbe spoke of his memories of Rabbi ...    Full Story »
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NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike (2 opinions)

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll HikeThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is 50 years old but not everyone is celebrating. Staten Island's politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week. The double-decked suspension bridge links the borough with Brooklyn. The Staten Island Advance reports that the borough's 11 elected officials say ...    Full Story »

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next Step

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next StepU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran's foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline. Iranian officials and media initially said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was also departing Friday, to ...    Full Story »

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration Plan (1 opinions)

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration PlanThousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about five million people. But after the initial burst of emotion Thursday evening at hastily organized watch parties and in living rooms, many said Obama’s plan was just the first step in the ...    Full Story »

White House: Immigration Steps Would Boost Wages

White House: Immigration Steps Would Boost WagesPresident Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period. The president's critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the ...    Full Story »

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 Million

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 MillionA tax amnesty program in New York state has exceeded the half-billion dollar mark. The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance said Wednesday that the program has collected $530 million so far from nearly 9,000 taxpayers. Individuals participating in the program can avoid penalties, fines and the threat of prosecution if they agree to pay their back taxes and promise to pay ...    Full Story »

Democrats Prepare Strategy For Hillary Clinton Run For President

Democrats Prepare Strategy For Hillary Clinton Run For PresidentA nexus of Democratic groups is preparing for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s widely anticipated presidential campaign. Ready for Hillary, a Democratic super PAC unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, is convening a daylong meeting of Clinton insiders on Friday for strategy sessions aimed at helping elect Clinton if she runs. The closed-door planning session about two weeks ...    Full Story »

Maran HaRav Shteinman to Chief Rabbi Lau: Strengthen Shmiras Shabbos (2 opinions)

Maran HaRav Shteinman to Chief Rabbi Lau: Strengthen Shmiras ShabbosChief Ashkenazi Rabbi Dovid Lau met in Bnei Brak with Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita to consult with the gadol hador on a number of halachic matters being addressed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rav Lau was accompanied by Rabbi Refael Manat who is the CEO of Badatz Sheiris Yisrael. They also consulted with Maran about importing meat from abroad under the ...    Full Story »

Egged Fires 27 Arab Bus Drivers Who Incited Fellow Drivers (7 opinions)

Egged Fires 27 Arab Bus Drivers Who Incited Fellow DriversEgged has fired 27 Arab drivers, residents of the eastern capital who incited other drivers to launch as strike following the death of the Arab bus driver found dead in a company parking lot. The autopsy showed conclusively the driver ...    Full Story »

HaRav Dovid Yosef: Mispallalim Must Carry their Weapons on Shabbos (7 opinions)

HaRav Dovid Yosef: Mispallalim Must Carry their Weapons on ShabbosSpeaking to Mordechai Lavi of Kol Berama Radio on Thursday 27 Marcheshvan, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Yosef Shlita spoke about the current worrisome security situation in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem. We begin with the rav’s conclusion, that anyone with a licensed weapon must carry it on Shabbos during this worrisome period of increased attacks and Arab violence. A person should not ...    Full Story »

Polls: Employers Still Prioritize Health Coverage

Polls: Employers Still Prioritize Health CoverageEmployers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a key tool to attract workers and keep them on ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: MK Mitzne Calls on His Party to Break from the Coalition

VIDEO: MK Mitzne Calls on His Party to Break from the Coalition[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] MK (The Movement) Amram Mitzne, a retired IDF major-general concurs regarding the worrisome security situation in Israel today. Mitzne was the IDF Central District Commander to what is referred to as the First Intifada. He feels the PA (Palestinian Authority) is working to curb terrorism while Hamas continues in its role of promoting terrorism. Mitzne ...    Full Story »

Reinforcements Arrive in Yerushalayim as Islamic Violence Continues to Escalate (3 opinions)

Reinforcements Arrive in Yerushalayim as Islamic Violence Continues to EscalateAfter months of a continued escalation of Arab violence and terrorist attacks, police have once again brought in additional manpower and have set up roadblocks and checkpoints at entrances to Arab areas of the capital. Police are conducting a ‘stop & frisk’ policy on any Arab who appears suspicious for whatever reason. In addition, spot inspections of residents leaving the Arab ...    Full Story »

Belz Steps Up Security at its Main Beis Medrash in Yerushalayim (1 opinions)

Belz Steps Up Security at its Main Beis Medrash in YerushalayimSecurity has been significantly increased at the main Belz Beis Medrash in Eretz Yisrael, in Kiryat Belz in Yerushalayim following the barbaric massacre that took place in a Har Nof shul. Police barriers are in place to restrict running through the large courtyard outside and entrances. Security inspections are taking place too and all persons entering the beis medrash and shteiblach ...    Full Story »

Prime Minister's Office Director-General Locker Informs Prime Minister Netanyahu of his Desire to Step Down

Prime Minister's Office Director-General Locker Informs Prime Minister Netanyahu of his Desire to Step DownPrime Minister's Office Director-General Harel Locker on Wednesday, 26 Marcheshvan, informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his desire to step down after three years in office. Locker, who came to the public service from the business sector, became PMO Director General in 2011. He coordinated government staff work on various socio-economic issues and represented Prime Minister ...    Full Story »

Roofs Collapse As Buffalo Clobbered By More Snow

Roofs Collapse As Buffalo Clobbered By More SnowRoofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet ...    Full Story »


VIDEO: Dozens Of Williamsburg Condo Owners Evicted On Freezing Cold Day (5 opinions)

On one of the coldest days of the season, police oversaw the eviction of dozens of families from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment building. The families did nothing wrong, and they own the apartments they're being forced to vacate. Ida Siegal explains how a developer's troubles has affected the homeowners. (YWN Desk - NYC)

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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Visits the New Command Center of the Jerusalem Municipality Observation Unit

bibi[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 26 Marcheshvan, visited the new command center of the Jerusalem Municipality observation unit, which operates observation balloons throughout the city and gives the municipality and the Israel Police real-time intelligence coverage of disturbances and violations of the law. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat briefed the prime minister on the unit, which serves as the aerial operations branch of the municipality, the Israel Police and the enforcement authorities, and on the way in which it assists the security agencies that operate in eastern Jerusalem in locating disturbances, large-scale gatherings, demonstrations, and the throwing of stones and firebombs. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I am impressed by the genuine effort to market our capabilities, both to protect and to intervene in real-time against disturbers of the peace and terrorists. No effort is spared here; this has great effect. This morning we demolished the home of a terrorist. This is a significant and important step and there will be more home demolitions; there will be many more steps. We have nothing against the residents of eastern Jerusalem but we will not tolerate attacks on our citizens and we will act against those who do these things and against those engaged in incitement. With a determined and vigorous hand, we will restore security to Jerusalem." Mayor Barkat added, "Mr. Prime Minister, first of all, thank you for coming to the command center. Your interest is very important here because we know that with your support we will be able to boost personal security for the residents of Jerusalem. I think that what has been formulated in recent days, with your help and that of the Israel Police, is a concept that will undoubtedly and dramatically increase our ability to respond to what we, unfortunately, experience in the city of Jerusalem. We had a very, very difficult day yesterday but we are looking forward and know that we will overcome and cope. You have seen what we are planning, what happens in the municipal command center, and I am pleased that you are here. It is good that you are backing us." (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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