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Former MK Stern: Eliminating Giyur Reforms is a Tragedy

Former MK Stern: Eliminating Giyur Reforms is a TragedyFormer MK Elazar Stern is outraged over the cabinet decision to dissolve the giyur reforms passed by the previous administration, reforms that were a part of his ongoing effort to liberalize state religious services. In the previous Knesset Stern championed liberal religious services, including giyur and marriage registration. Stern spoke with the dati leumi Kippa website, expressing ...    Full Story »

Did An Alert Jerusalem Shopkeeper Prevent an Attack?

Did An Alert Jerusalem Shopkeeper Prevent an Attack?An alert shopkeeper in the Ramot shopping mall in Yerushalayim may have prevented at least one terror attack. Two Arab men purchased knives with 16 inch blades. He became suspicious and phoned police, who found the two men are PA (Palestinian Authority) residents inside Israel illegally. They were promptly placed under arrest without incident. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

A Call Not to Wed in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

A Call Not to Wed in the Chief Rabbinate of IsraelAttorney Batya Kahana-Dror, Executive Director of the ‘Movoi Satum’ (Deadlock) organization, is calling on Israelis not to get married via the Chief Rabbinate of Israel system. Her statement is prompted by the cabinet decision to remove authority for the Chief Rabbinate’s batei din around the country from the Justice Ministry, controlled by Bayit Yehudi, and placing it in the ...    Full Story »

3 Weeks Halachos

3 Weeks HalachosBy R. Yair Hoffman Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, Zechariah the Navi tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that eventually, the four fasts of Klal Yisroel will be a source of joy and gladness – if we but embark upon the goal of loving both truth and shalom. These two themes are central to Torah life. Rabbi Chaninah tells us ...    Full Story »

322 Protective Edge Vets Declared 'Disabled'

322 Protective Edge Vets Declared 'Disabled'The Defense Ministry has declared 322 IDF soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge, the counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014, as “disabled”. The soldiers include eight persons who were declared 100% disabled and 177 with a disability rating of 20% or higher. There are other requests for disability status from that military operation that ...    Full Story »

Back At Work: Congress Facing Busy Agenda, Funding Deadline

Back At Work: Congress Facing Busy Agenda, Funding DeadlineAfter July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. The funding fight is shaping up as a major partisan brawl against the backdrop of an intensifying campaign season. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle ...    Full Story »

Chief Rabbinate Responds to Cabinet Dissolving Giyur Reform

Chief Rabbinate Responds to Cabinet Dissolving Giyur ReformThe cabinet in its weekly meeting on Sunday, 18 Tammuz, voted to dissolve the giyur reforms voted in by the previous administration, the 19th Knesset. The reforms permitted conversions in cities around Israel and in essence, it removed exclusive control and authority over giyur from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The reform bill, which liberalized giyur in Israel, was opposed by Gedolei ...    Full Story »

On 9th Day, Kerry Says Iran Nuke Talks Could Go Either Way

On 9th Day, Kerry Says Iran Nuke Talks Could Go Either WayNine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the most likely alternative to war. "I want to absolutely clear to with everybody: We are not yet where we ...    Full Story »

After 10 Years, Husband Comes to Israel for a Levaya And a Get was Given

After 10 Years, Husband Comes to Israel for a Levaya And a Get was GivenA couple was married in Yerushalayim 18 years ago. The wife is an Israeli citizen and the husband American. They moved to the USA for a period of time and two children were born, a boy and a girl. During their marriage the husband refused to sign documents permitting his wife to obtain citizenship. She felt as she was being held hostage, far from her family and unable to conduct a ...    Full Story »

Ted Cruz's 2016 Campaign Says Its Raised More Than $14M

Ted Cruz's 2016 Campaign Says Its Raised More Than $14MTed Cruz's presidential campaign has raised more than $14 million since the Texas senator launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination just over three months ago, his campaign said Sunday. The money comes from more than 120,000 donors who made an average contribution of $81. Presidential candidates are required to report detailed fundraising figures though the end ...    Full Story »

Cabinet Delays Vote on the Kashrus Law

Cabinet Delays Vote on the Kashrus LawFor a second consecutive week, the cabinet during its weekly meeting on Sunday 18 Tammuz pushed off voting on the Shas/Yahadut Hatorah bill pertaining to the national kashrus law. Objections to portions of the amended text from ...    Full Story »

No Injuries in Shomron Shooting Attack

No Injuries in Shomron Shooting AttackB’chasdei Hashem no one was killed or injured in a Sunday morning 18 Tammuz shooting attack at Kedumim Junction in Shomron. A passing vehicle opened fire at tractor working in the area. B’chasdei Hashem no one was killed or wounded. The terrorists fled in the vehicle. The attack occurred late Sunday morning.     Full Story »

For Escapee, Prison Now Will Mean 23 Hours A Day In A Cell

For Escapee, Prison Now Will Mean 23 Hours A Day In A Cell The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday. David Sweat, who was shot and wounded during his June 28 capture, was taken early Sunday from Albany Medical Center to the infirmary at ...    Full Story »

Giyur Reform from Previous Knesset Dissolved

Giyur Reform from Previous Knesset DissolvedOne of the significant accomplishments of the previous administration was the passing of the giyur reform, liberalizing conversions in Israel. The passing of the bill elicited shouts of opposition from the Chief Rabbis, but the Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid coalition remained determined as they support mass conversion of many seeking to be “Jewish”. The cabinet on Sunday 18 Tammuz, ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Bnei Brak: Gedolei Hador Convened to Discuss Dangers of Unwanted Technology

PHOTOS: Bnei Brak: Gedolei Hador Convened to Discuss Dangers of Unwanted Technology[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Gedolei Hador in Bnei Brak on erev Shabbos 16 Tammuz convened for a kenos to discuss the fears and dangers associated with unwanted technology that is available today. The event was attended by Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein Shlita. The kenos was held ...    Full Story »

MK Lieberman: This Coalition Won't Last Until Year's End

MK Lieberman: This Coalition Won't Last Until Year's EndYisrael Beitenu party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman accuses the government of failing to act properly to rocket attacks. Lieberman, now a member of the opposition, feels the nation has lost its power of deterrence and ISIS and Hamas are unafraid of Israel today as a result. Likud officials responding to the attack insist this year the situation is quieter, insisting Lieberman’s ...    Full Story »

NY Assembly Requiring Proof For Albany Travel Expenses

NY Assembly Requiring Proof For Albany Travel ExpensesThe leader of New York's Assembly has further revised the travel reimbursement policy for his chamber's 150 members with new restrictions when the Legislature isn't in session. Speaker Carl Heastie last month issued guidance for members to record being in Albany during the session, through committee votes, presence in the Assembly chamber, using a swipe card machine or with toll ...    Full Story »

Lapid: PM Netanyahu And DM Ya'alon Must Publically Back Binyamin Commander (1 opinions)

Lapid: PM Netanyahu And DM Ya'alon Must Publically Back Binyamin CommanderOn erev Shabbos 16 Tammuz IDF Colonel Yisrael Shomer’s vehicle was attacked with boulders in Shomron. He fired a warning shot in the air and when attackers continued throwing rocks, he fired at them, killing one terrorist. ...    Full Story »

NY Lawmakers Vote For 10-Year Smoke Detectors

NY Lawmakers Vote For 10-Year Smoke DetectorsNew York lawmakers have passed a bill that would require new smoke detectors contain 10-year non-removable batteries. The bill, which would take effect in 2017, would make it illegal to sell smoke detectors with replaceable batteries or those incapable of powering the device for at least 10 years. Sponsors say it should further reduce fire-related injuries and deaths, noting the ...    Full Story »

Burglar Nabbed in the Jerusalem Home of Rav Amar

Burglar Nabbed in the Jerusalem Home of Rav AmarA 17-year-old Jewish male wearing gloves was nabbed by police as he was burglarizing the Jerusalem apartment of Jerusalem Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlita. Police were called on erev Shabbos to the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Yerushalayim where Rav Amar lives. Police saw the bars on a windows were removed and they decided to enter the home via that window. When they entered ...    Full Story »

NY Health Officials Warn Of Mosquito Risk

NY Health Officials Warn Of Mosquito RiskPublic health officials in New York state are reminding residents of the dangers posed by mosquitoes after West Nile Virus was found in two counties. The New York State Department of Health says members of the public can protect themselves by eliminating standing water in their yards. Used tires, pots, clogged gutters, pools and outdoor recycling containers can all serve as mosquito ...    Full Story »

UN Adopts Anti-Israel Protective Edge Report (3 opinions)

UN Adopts Anti-Israel Protective Edge ReportThe United Nations on Friday, 16 Tammuz voted to adopt the United Nations Human Rights Council probe into Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s counter-terrorism military offensive against Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Forty-one countries voted to accept the report and five abstained; India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Macedonia. There was only one abstention, the United ...    Full Story »

Clinton Reaches Out (and Out and Out!) for 2016 Policy Ideas (1 opinions)

Clinton Reaches Out (and Out and Out!) for 2016 Policy IdeasEarlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. By last fall, the number of experts she had interviewed hit two hundred and her ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Serious Crash On Riverside Drive In Woodbourne (Photos By JDN) (1 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Serious Crash On Riverside Drive In Woodbourne (Photos By JDN)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An early-morning crash in Woodbourne left a man with some serious injuries. At around 4:00AM Sunday morning, emergency personnel were dispatched to Riverside Drive (Prison Road) for reports of a vehicle into a pole. Arriving units found one vehicle involved in a crash with the victim heavily entrapped inside the vehicle. There was a downed utility pole ...    Full Story »

Hundreds of Thousands Brave Tight Security For NYC Fireworks Show

Hundreds of Thousands Brave Tight Security For NYC Fireworks Show[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds of thousands of people braved tight security along New York City's East River to watch the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display. Minneapolis resident Joe Cunningham said Saturday's fireworks show was "awesome" and lived up to his family's expectations. Cunningham said New York's show will be the benchmark for all other fireworks ...    Full Story »
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Chicago Needs your Help

Chicago Needs your Help[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  The Chicago Chesed Fund is unique in that it literally provides an entire gamut of services. Food, housing assistance, clothing, car repairs, medical related expenses, and even school supplies, there is not an aspect of Jewish life ...    Full Story »

A Most Tragic Ending to the 'Ephraim Bracha - Rabbi Pinto' Investigation (8 opinions)

A Most Tragic Ending to the 'Ephraim Bracha - Rabbi Pinto' InvestigationIn a tragic event, former senior Israel Police head of the elite 433 Unit, Israel’s FBI, has taken his own life R”L. Ephraim Bracha, whose name was implicated in the fraud case involving Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, took his own life on motzei Shabbos Parshas Balak. It is reported his wife realized that he got up in the middle of the night and drove away in his vehicle. He was later found ...    Full Story »

Russian Craft Delivers Long-Awaited Cargo To Space Station

Russian Craft Delivers Long-Awaited Cargo To Space StationAn unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in ...    Full Story »

Arson Suspected in Ein Yael Forestry Blaze – Train Service Halted [UPDATED 14:08]

Arson Suspected in Ein Yael Forestry Blaze – Train Service Halted [UPDATED 14:08]13:32 IL: Police earlier today, Sunday, 18 Tammuz, announced they suspect the fire still burning out of control in the Ein Yael forestry area is due to arson. Fire planes were brought in as the fire nears the Biblical Zoon. As a result of the blaze approaching the Malcha train station service has been halted to the capital. B”H there are no injuries reported at this time. 13:50: ...    Full Story »

Obama: Freedom Is Paid for by Men and Women of US Military (4 opinions)

Obama: Freedom Is Paid for by Men and Women of US MilitaryPresident Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "greatest blessings" in the greatest country on earth. He says "freedom is not free" but is paid for by all the men and women of the military, including those who blanketed the White House South Lawn for a concert in their honor by Bruno Mars. Obama spoke minutes before the annual Fourth of July ...    Full Story »

Small Group Of Neo-Nazis Rally In London, Outnumbered By Counter-Demonstrators (7 opinions)

Small Group Of Neo-Nazis Rally In London, Outnumbered By Counter-DemonstratorsA small group of neo-Nazis have staged an anti-Semitic rally in London, but were hugely outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. About 20 far-right activists protested in central London against Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group. They had planned to rally in north London's Golders Green area, home to a large Jewish community, but police decided to move them because of the ...    Full Story »

Bush Says He Takes Trump's Immigration Remarks Personally (11 opinions)

Bush Says He Takes Trump's Immigration Remarks PersonallyRepublican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought. After a Fourth of July parade in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Bush called Trump's remarks "extraordinarily ugly." Bush's wife was born in Mexico, and when he was asked if he ...    Full Story »

Government Faces Burden In Proving Airlines Worked Together (1 opinions)

Government Faces Burden In Proving Airlines Worked TogetherAs the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. ...    Full Story »

Egypt Foiled ISIS 'State' In Sinai, President Says (1 opinions)

Egypt Foiled ISIS 'State' In Sinai, President SaysPresident Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula. In combat fatigues he had said he hung up for good when he ran for ...    Full Story »

Draft Accords Of Sanctions Relief At Iran Nuke Talks In Hand

Draft Accords Of Sanctions Relief At Iran Nuke Talks In HandWorld powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. Written by technical experts, the document still must be approved by senior officials of the ...    Full Story »

McCain: US Must Reassess Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

McCain: US Must Reassess Afghanistan Troop WithdrawalThe ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan national forces are fighting bravely, but suffering heavy losses in the field. American and international troops have already ...    Full Story »

Utility Drones Could Inspect Equipment, Scan For Outages

Utility Drones Could Inspect Equipment, Scan For OutagesWhen tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. That's just for starters. Researchers and industry executives predict the drones ...    Full Story »

Israel: EMS Responder Involved in a Serious MVA (2 opinions)

Israel: EMS Responder Involved in a Serious MVAAn EMS responder in Israel heading to a call on Thursday night the eve of 16 Tammuz was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The responder, who was using lights and sirens, ran a red light and was struck by a vehicle traveling 100 KPH (60 MPH) on a green light. The small vehicle of the EMS responder was thrown to the other side of the road as the driver’s air bag ...    Full Story »

Rockets Fired Earlier on Erev Shabbos Were Likely Launched from Sinai

Rockets Fired Earlier on Erev Shabbos Were Likely Launched from SinaiSecurity officials believe the rocket launch earlier on erev Shabbos 16 Tammuz that set off sirens in the Eshkol Regional Council of southern Israel was from Sinai, not Gaza. Based on the reports of citizens seeing a rocket “flying over from Egypt” and other information gathered, it does appear the rocket originated in Sinai, not Gaza. The system monitoring incoming rockets ...    Full Story »

Hamas Distances Itself from ISIS Operations in Sinai (3 opinions)

Hamas Distances Itself from ISIS Operations in SinaiHamas spokesman Sami Abu-Dahari in an interview with a French news agency on Friday 16 Tammuz denies reports tying it to ISIS or any other Islamic organization operating in Sinai in any way. He adds that ISIS is acting foolishly and while Hamas is taking steps to improve the border situation and it plans to stand to protect the security of Egypt, clearly distancing the terrorist ...    Full Story »

Magen David Adom Israel Trains 24 French Physicians to Join its International Emergency Response Team

Magen David Adom Israel Trains 24 French Physicians to Join its International Emergency Response TeamMagen David Adom’s International Emergency Unit is currently made up of 80 physicians from around the world. These doctors have committed to come to Israel in the event of a major disaster chas v’sholom, such as a large earthquake. Upon arriving in Israel they would team up with MDA teams working around the country. This past week 24 doctors arrived in Israel from France to be ...    Full Story »


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