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Are IAF Fighter Planes Taking Part in Military Assault in Yemen?

Are IAF Fighter Planes Taking Part in Military Assault in Yemen?
Yemenite media sources aligned with rebel forces are reporting Israel Air Force fighter planes have taken part in the bombing against the rebel forces. There are no other sources confirming these reports. The Iranian funded rebels have succeeded in taking over large areas of Yemen in recent weeks and a ground forces advancement is planned in the capital Sanaa to smuggle the president out of the country. Arab armies including Saudi Arabia and Egypt responded with aerial assaults against the rebels. They are planning to use ground forces ...

FBI Examiner: Fingerprints Of Boston Bomber's Brother Found

FBI Examiner: Fingerprints Of Boston Bomber's Brother FoundA latent fingerprint examiner for the FBI has testified at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that his older brother's fingerprints were found on two pieces of cardboard that came from one of the bombs at the marathon. Elaina Graff was called Tuesday as a witness for the defense. She says Dzhokhar's fingerprints weren't found on any of the marathon bomb ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Zaka Operating at Germanwings Crash Site

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Zaka Operating at Germanwings Crash Site[VIDEO AND PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] At the request of the family of Israeli victim Eyal Baum, Lufthansa paid for a team of Zaka volunteers from Israel to help in the search and recovery efforts at the site. The 8 man team from Zaka Israel, together with volunteers from Zaka France, were helicoptered into the crash site, where they immediately set up a Zaka command center and began ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: You Can Make A Difference in the WZO (World Zionist Organization)

Mailbag: You Can Make A Difference in the WZO (World Zionist Organization)It is common knowledge that in Israel today, there is an ongoing battle for the definition and future of Judaism in the Jewish state. Will Torah standards be preserved, and funding for Torah study be maintained or increased, or, ch”v, will the very meaning of the word "Judaism" – and critical matters such as conversion, marriage, divorce, Shabbos and Kashrus – be watered down to ...    Full Story »

PM Invites Chief Rabbis to be Present for Chametz Sale

PM Invites Chief Rabbis to be Present for Chametz SalePrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited the chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, to join him while the nation’s chametz is being sold. The problem began earlier this week amid the realization the finance minister was fired. The prime minister had to request from his cabinet to extend his tenure as acting finance minister. Mr. Netanyahu ...    Full Story »

ALERT - Hatzolah Reminds Parents of the Dangers of St. Moritz Spray

ALERT - Hatzolah Reminds Parents of the Dangers of St. Moritz SprayFROM THE YWN ARCHIVES: With Pesach cleaning in high gear and after several incidents in the past years, Lakewood Hatzolah is asking parents to be aware of the dangers of the powerful St. Moritz chemical spray. The chemical, which appears to be just another cleaning agent available in groceries, can cause serious and permanent injuries. Several groceries have stopped carrying ...    Full Story »

Chareidi Soldiers Receive a Yomtov Gift - Some Parents Angered at the Source of Funding

Chareidi Soldiers Receive a Yomtov Gift - Some Parents Angered at the Source of FundingSoldiers serving in the chareidi Shachar (שילוב חרדים בצה"ל) unit received a generous Pesach gift, 500 NIS, which originated from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Some of the parents were quite angered to learn of the origin of the funding as gedolei yisrael have prohibited taking money from the organization. The soldiers received a prepaid credit ...    Full Story »

Chicago Rabbinical Council Top 10 Questions for Pesach 5775

Chicago Rabbinical Council Top 10 Questions for Pesach 5775Q: What is the cRc policy regarding toothpaste? A: The cRc only recommends toothpastes that are known to be chametz free or bear a Pesach certification. Q: Do coffee pods, such as K-Cups, require Pesach certification? A: Yes, coffee pods require Pesach certification. Starch can be added during the agglomeration process. Q: Does raw sugar (turbinado sugar) need Pesach ...    Full Story »

New Torah V'Daas Hagaddah Released

New Torah V'Daas Hagaddah Released[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Every once in a while a Sefer comes along that not only stands out among others in its genre – it becomes an instant classic. The Torah V’Daas Hagaddah Volume II, compiled by Tsemach Glenn is just such a Sefer. This hagaddah begins with biographies of Torah v’Daas’s Roshei Yeshiva. It also discusses, each in a separate section, the minhagim at the ...    Full Story »

Mounting Anti-Chareidi Sentiment in Ashdod (1 opinions)

Mounting Anti-Chareidi Sentiment in AshdodChareidim in Ashdod protested last Shabbos as the ‘Big’ shopping area opened for business, breaking the religious status quo in the city. Ephraim Weber, who heads the city’s Finance Committee told the media “in addition to the chilul Shabbos, the stores are in violation of the law and it is an affront to the city’s shomer Shabbos residents”. Rabbonim led a protest at the ...    Full Story »

Liberal Dems, GOP Cling To Hope Warren Runs For President (2 opinions)

Liberal Dems, GOP Cling To Hope Warren Runs For PresidentRepublicans and liberal Democrats have found something to agree on: Both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. People on each side are driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy. The left flank of the Democratic Party wants Warren to challenge Hillary Rodham ...    Full Story »

A Look at the New 20th Knesset (1 opinions)

A Look at the New 20th KnessetTwo weeks following national elections, the 20th Knesset is sworn in, on Tuesday afternoon 11 Nissan. There are 39 new Members of Knesset, of which 11 are in the Likud party. There are 29 women in the 120-seat Knesset, a new record, along with a brother and sister, Jackie Levi from Likud and Orli Abekasis-Levi from Yisrael Beitenu. There are 13 chareidim as compared to 18 in the ...    Full Story »

Tov V'Chesed Home-Delivers Free Pesach Groceries To Thousands Of Families Across Eretz Yisrael

Tov V'Chesed Home-Delivers Free Pesach Groceries To Thousands Of Families Across Eretz YisraelAsk any 13-year-old what he plans to do with his Bar Mitzva money, and you're likely to get a quite a list, with a price tag ten times the amount the boy actually received. But matza probably doesn't rank high on said list, right? For the young boy who called us, it was the only thing on his. He had used his Bar Mitzva money to buy matza for his family the year before, but this ...    Full Story »

French Eye Cockpit Entry, Psychological Screening Rules

French Eye Cockpit Entry, Psychological Screening RulesFrench aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash — issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry. Lufthansa, meanwhile, said its insurers had set aside $300 million to deal with possible costs from the March 24 crash. The ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Monsey Tomche Shabbos Anonymously Distributes Food To Almost 1000 Families For Pesach (2 opinions)

PHOTOS: Monsey Tomche Shabbos Anonymously Distributes Food To Almost 1000 Families For Pesach[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Sunday March 29th was dedicated by the Monsey community to a massive distribution of food for Pesach which was distributed anonymously to almost 1,000 families. Hundreds of volunteers participated in this massive distribution, the scope of which was unprecedented.Though Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County distributes large quantities of food before ...    Full Story »

Officials: Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New Phase

Officials: Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New PhaseWrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Officials had set a deadline of March 31 for a framework ...    Full Story »

Computer Expert: Tsarnaev's Brother Searched For Bomb Parts

Computer Expert: Tsarnaev's Brother Searched For Bomb PartsA computer expert testifying in the Boston Marathon bombing trial says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother did Internet searches on bombing components in the weeks before the 2013 terror attack. The expert says search terms on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's laptop included "detonator, "transmitter and receiver" and "fireworks firing system." He says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop showed his computer ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Possible Parah Adumah On Outskirts of Lakewood, New Jersey (5 opinions)

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey.

Medicaid Planning: Are We There Yet? Next Stop…The Nursing Home Solution

Medicaid Planning:  Are We There Yet?  Next Stop…The Nursing Home SolutionAs we get older, we begin to worry about the possibility that we may get sick and end up in a nursing home. Paying for a nursing home can drastically reduce a person’s savings. In New York, the average cost of nursing home care is a little more than $75,000 per year, with the cost of better nursing home care being upwards of $170,000 a year. Most Americans will drain out their ...    Full Story »

Are There Secrets In Your Yom Tov Food? (1 opinions)

Are There Secrets In Your Yom Tov Food?[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Round matzos on Pesach..."Esther kezel" at "Seudas Esther" (on the second day of Pesach)...beet kugel in honor of Shabbos Chol Hamoed... When it comes to Shabbos, Yom Tov, and special occasions, our menu is set in tradition. But do you know why some serve tongue on the second day of Pesach? Or the reasoning behind the minhag of eating "schlissel matzos" ...    Full Story »

Baltimore: Jewish Woman Walking with Children Assaulted & Mugged in Broad Daylight (3 opinions)

Baltimore: Jewish Woman Walking with Children Assaulted & Mugged in Broad DaylightReliable sources tell YWN that a dangerous situation unfolded in the heart of the Baltimore Jewish community. A woman was walking her children in a double stroller in broad daylight, down Clarinth Rd, between Williamson and Gist when she was approached by a black male asking if she had any money. Upon her negative response, he knocked her down and started feeling through her ...    Full Story »

Clinton Also Used iPad For Email; Mixed Personal, Work Chats

Clinton Also Used iPad For Email; Mixed Personal, Work ChatsHillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails between Clinton and her top advisers as ...    Full Story »

NY Lawmakers To Vote On State Budget

NY Lawmakers To Vote On State BudgetNew York state lawmakers are preparing to cast votes on key education and ethics provisions in the state budget ahead of a critical deadline. The Assembly and Senate plan to cast their final votes on the spending plan after what’s likely to be a long debate Tuesday. Wednesday is the start of a new fiscal year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers hope to make this budget the fifth ...    Full Story »
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NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem Of Stealing Gas

NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem Of Stealing GasIt was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring nearly two dozen and ...    Full Story »

Rav Kanievsky Taken to Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital to be Examined (4 opinions)

Rav Kanievsky Taken to Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital to be Examined HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita was taken to Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital a short time ago after complaining of not feeling well. The rav doctor asked to have him checked in the hospital where a number of diagnostic exams can be performed. Persons close to the gadol hador explain the rav has not been feeling well for the past days. Kikar Shabbos adds the rav has a ...    Full Story »

NY State Budget Deal: What's In And What's Not

NY State Budget Deal: What's In And What's NotNew York state lawmakers are expected to approve a $142 billion state budget proposal before the state's new fiscal year begins Wednesday. Here's what's included in the spending blueprint - and some items that were dropped during negotiations. ___ EDUCATION: -$23.5 billion in total school aid, representing an increase of $1.4 billion. -The State Education Department will ...    Full Story »

Pentagon Chief Backs Joint Arab Military Force

Pentagon Chief Backs Joint Arab Military ForceDefense Secretary Ash Carter is endorsing the Arab League's plan to form a joint military force. Details on how such a force would operate are thin. But the agreement announced Sunday is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots. In remarks Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, Carter ...    Full Story »

OU Kosher's Top Consumer Questions for Passover 2015

OU Kosher's Top Consumer Questions for Passover 2015OU Kosher presents Passover questions frequently asked by consumers on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241). Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. These questions are answered by Rabbi Tzvi Nussbaum, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s Webbe Rebbe; ...    Full Story »

Knesset Unveils Huge Solar Field Installed on its Roofs (1 opinions)

Knesset Unveils Huge Solar Field Installed on its RoofsThe Knesset on Sunday 9 Nissan unveiled the largest solar field of any parliament in the world. During the festive dedication ceremony, which was held on a balcony located near one of the Knesset's roofs, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "What is happening before our very eyes is indeed exciting, a true revolution. It is not just the solar panels; it is the message, the idea, the ...    Full Story »

Why So Many Chose 'Chareidim' Kashrus This Year (9 opinions)

Why So Many Chose 'Chareidim' Kashrus This YearWorldwide stringent leaders in kashrus mark a year since the founding of the renowned chareidim hechsher as one of the most reliable of kashrus seals the world over. Pesach is the focal point of stringencies in kashrus for Jews. It's therefore the opportune time to mark the monumental point which has been reached just a year to date, with the founding of the new hechsher, chareidim ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Councilman King Warns of Mayor Barkat's Plan to Legalize Illegal Arab Construction (5 opinions)

Jerusalem Councilman King Warns of Mayor Barkat's Plan to Legalize Illegal Arab ConstructionAccording to Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, is about to give the okay for a plan that will legalize illegal Arab construction in the city. King is referring to Plan 30006, which will in effect whitewash illegal Arab construction retroactively, referring to homes in the Jabil Mukhaber neighborhood of the city. King reports the plan would legalize 700 ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism (8 opinions)

Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism[By Ronn Torossian] Every so often I see a press release that causes a double take. Last week’s came from the Town of Mamakating, in upstate New York’s Sullivan County, when I noticed the curious statement, “We respect the Sullivan County Board of Elections for its commitment to ensure that all those who are eligible to vote in Bloomingburg today can vote – and only those who ...    Full Story »

Representatives of the 'Arab Joint List', Received at the President's Residence Following March from the South

Representatives of the 'Arab Joint List', Received at the President's Residence Following March from the SouthRepresentatives of the 'Arab Joint List', together with heads of Arab municipalities in the south of Israel were on Sunday afternoon 9 Nissan, received by First Lady, Mrs. Nechama Rivlin together with President's Office officials. The representatives arrived at the President's Residence having taken part in a march from 'unrecognized' Bedouin villages in the south. The ...    Full Story »

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in Williamsburg

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in WilliamsburgHeading into the week of the Passover Holiday, the New York City Fire Department today distributed Smoke Detectors to Williamsburg residents on the request of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO). The Fire Department was joined by Red Cross representatives offering to install the smoke detectors in the apartments. In wake of the devastating tragedy ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Possible Parah Adumah On Outskirts of Lakewood, New Jersey (5 opinions)

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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Video of Interest: A Timely Powerful תפלה Encapsulated in a Powerful Melody

As חדש ניסן is upon us, the month of חרות, the month of גאולה, one cannot help but think about all of the צרות that we are facing across every part of the world. Without exception. We are all in it together. We can feel each others worry and pain. Who can say they are not ready nor anxious to see the גאולה שלימה immediately! This coming Pesach let's come together as one. Let us Sing as One Nation in harmony. A תפלה in אחדות. A cry that will pierce the above from all corners of earth. מי שעשה נסים לאבותינו וגאל אותם מעבדות לחרות. הוא יגאל אותנו בקרוב ויקבץ נדחינו מארבע כנפות הארץ חברים כל ישראל, ונאמר אמן.

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Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (21 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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