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Halachic Analysis: Matanos L'Evyonim

Halachic Analysis: Matanos L'Evyonim
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] The mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim on Purim is to give at least one gift to two different poor people on Purim day. The plural form of the word “L’Evyonim” teaches us that it must be given to two people. Even a poor person who himself has reached a financial state that he must ask for charity, must still give. INTENTIONS The Yesod v’shoresh HaAvodah (12:6) recommends that one should recite the following preamble before fulfilling the Mitzvah: L’shaim ichud kudsha brich hu, hareini muchan ...

Important Tips for Those Who Drink on Purim

Important Tips for Those Who Drink on PurimIt is worth knowing that hangovers can be avoided. With a little knowledge and care, you can still get drunk to the point of “ad delo yada” without suffering from it afterwards. The following directions can prevent or reduce the unpleasant side effects of drinking. They are based on reliable medical sources, and have been proven in practice. If you don't feel well, do not ...    Full Story »

For Purim: To All Parents of Boys in Yeshiva in Israel

For Purim: To All Parents of Boys in Yeshiva in IsraelREPRINTED FROM THE YWN 2009 ARCHIVES: Dear readers of YWN: I am writing to ask you to please find out what your sons plans are for Purim and to please dissuade them from travelling around on Purim day. Here is why: I and my family live outside of Yerushalayim. We celebrated Purim last year on Erev Shabbos. Since the kids were all off on Sunday for Shushan Purim we travelled ...    Full Story »
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You Can Now Help BJX Save Neshamos

You Can Now Help BJX Save Neshamos[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] There’s no question about it, Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) Chizuk and Kiruv centers are changing the face of Klal Yisroel.  Purim is about  Jewish uniting together and reaching out to one another. Each and every day, BJX reaches out to Yidden of all types and spreads Torah and Judaism throughout Brooklyn. CAPTION: Community ladies receiving Chizuk from ...    Full Story »

Maariv Roving Poll: Ramat HaSharon & Ra'anana Goes with Herzog

Maariv Roving Poll: Ramat HaSharon & Ra'anana Goes with HerzogThe center/left camp emerged the successor in the Maariv roving poll in Ramat HaSharon and Ra’anana. The ballots in the roving poll were counted on Tuesday evening 12 Adar. Labor/The Movement: 29% Likud: 19% Yesh Atid: 15% Blank slip: 10% Bayit Yehudi: 8% Kulanu: 6% Alei Yarok: 3% Meretz: 2% Yachad: 2% Yahadut Hatorah: 2% Yisrael Beitenu: 2% Shas: ...    Full Story »

Is that L'Chaim Worthwhile?

Is that L'Chaim Worthwhile?Isn't it a wonderful custom that we have?  We take a small shot of whisky, say “L’Chaim” and swig it down.  According to Rabbi Shraga Simmons of Aish HaTorah, the custom of saying "L’Chaim" when drinking wine is first mentioned in "Machzor Vitri" 80, s.v. "Shnayim." At one time, they used to give wine to the condemned so that their execution would be less painful for them - ...    Full Story »

Defense Admits Tsarnaev Carried Out Boston Marathon Bombing

Defense Admits Tsarnaev Carried Out Boston Marathon BombingDzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial for his life Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he committed the crime. But she argued that he had fallen under the influence of his older brother. "It WAS him," Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty defense attorneys, said of Tsarnaev in a startling opening statement in the biggest ...    Full Story »

2015 Parnassah Expo Attendee Registration Now Open – Welcoming People from Around the World

2015 Parnassah Expo Attendee Registration Now Open – Welcoming People from Around the World Just two weeks to go to the 2015 Parnassah Expo- Nationwide Business Networking Event, and businesspeople from around the world are flocking to the Expo website to register to attend. Online attendee registration has now opened and the Expo office is seeing registrants hail from across the New York metro region, “out of town” US, Canada, Europe, Israel and other locales. ...    Full Story »

Light Rail Security Arrests Arab Teen Armed with Pepper Spray

Light Rail Security Arrests Arab Teen Armed with Pepper SprayThe actions of an 18-year-old resident of Shuafat attacked the attention of Jerusalem light rail security personnel on Wednesday, 13 Adar at the Givat HaMivtar station. They noticed his and in a pocket playing with something that attracted their concerns. They approached him and instructed him to remove the item from his pocket but he refused. When they did so for him they found a ...    Full Story »

For Purim: A Stone-Cold Purim

For Purim: A Stone-Cold Purim[From the YWN 2008 archives] Dear Friend, Last Purim started off like all others from years past, but it was almost the last Purim of my life. Beginning two weeks before Purim, Hatzoloh started putting up signs saying, “This year don’t get carried away,” with a picture of some poor kid being carried away on a stretcher. To me, these signs blended right into the background ...    Full Story »

Deri Announces Shas will Recommend Netanyahu to Form Coalition

Deri Announces Shas will Recommend Netanyahu to Form CoalitionFollowing weeks of speculation Shas party leader Aryeh Deri announced at a Tuesday night 12 Adar election kenos that he will recommend that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu receive the presidential mandate to form the next government. The announcement is a blow to Labor leader Yitzchak Hertzog. Until recently it appeared that Deri was not going to announce who he would recommend ...    Full Story »

The Big CHAZAQ Event III - An Event you don't Want to Miss!

The Big CHAZAQ Event III - An Event you don't Want to Miss!Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming Big Event CHAZAQ III, and this is one event you will not want to miss! CHAZAQ never fails to organize an incredible experience, but this year The Big Event will be the likes of which you’ve never seen before. On Sunday March 15th the Colden auditorium (in Queens college) will most probably host the most inspirational and entertaining show it has ...    Full Story »

US Clears Officer In Ferguson Case, Criticizes Police Force (2 opinions)

US Clears Officer In Ferguson Case, Criticizes Police ForceThe Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove former officer Darren Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was ...    Full Story »

The Megillah Reading - An Overview

The Megillah Reading - An Overview[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] 1 - The obligation is to read the Megillah at night and in the day in commemoration of the miracle, where they cried out day and night. The daytime reading begins at sunrise and continues until the end of the day.  If it was read from Amud HaShachar – dawn, the Mitzvah has still been fulfilled.   It is interesting to note that the Mishna does not mention ...    Full Story »

Abbas: I Will Not Recognize Israel as the Jewish State (1 opinions)

Abbas: I Will Not Recognize Israel as the Jewish StateThe PA (Palestinian Authority) Central Committee met in the Mukata in Ramallah on Wednesday, 13 Adar. During the annual meeting, PA Chairman Abu Mazen announced that he will never recognize Israel as the nation of the Jewish People. The recognition remains a central component of any peace agreement in the eyes of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his administration. Abu Mazen ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Plans Summer Trip To Israel

NYC Mayor Plans Summer Trip To IsraelNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a trip to Israel. Aides said Wednesday that de Blasio will make his first trip as mayor this summer. De Blasio has championed Jewish causes. He denounced anti-Semitic violence in Europe at a major New York synagogue and in a recent trip to Paris. He also loosened restrictions last week on an ultra-Orthodox circumcision ...    Full Story »

Attorney General Orders an Investigation Against Knesset Candidate Marzel

Attorney General Orders an Investigation Against Knesset Candidate MarzelAttorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered an investigation into statements made by Yachad party candidate Baruch Marzel regarding Arab MK Hanin Zoabi. Marzel’s statements followed an assault against Zoabi during a ...    Full Story »

Purim the Way It's Meant to Be - Leibedik & Safe: A Joint Message From LCSW And Hatzolah Of Lakewood

Purim the Way It's Meant to Be - Leibedik & Safe: A Joint Message From LCSW And Hatzolah Of LakewoodWith the Purim season starting in earnest, children and adults alike are gearing up to deliver mishloach monos, attend mesibos and seudos, visit family, Rabbeim and teachers and all the excitement that goes with it. Purim, besides for holding the status as the most freilich day in the Jewish calendar, can also be the most dangerous day of the year.  Increased traffic, uninhibited ...    Full Story »

OU Welcomes $13 Million Funding for NSGP in Homeland Security Bill

OU Welcomes $13 Million Funding for NSGP in Homeland Security BillThe Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomed congressional passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes $13 million for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP). The House sent the legislation to President Obama; he is expected to sign it into ...    Full Story »

A Stout Beer Clarification

A Stout Beer Clarification[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Last week, I wrote an article concerning certain beers called stout beers which may have an issue with milchig ingredients. The article, regretfully, contained a number of errors about specific beers. I would like to issue some clarifications and retractions. I should have also pointed out that lactose is a kosher-sensitive ingredient and certainly requires ...    Full Story »

Yahadut Hatorah Will Not Declare Support for Netanyahu in Advance (4 opinions)

Yahadut Hatorah Will Not Declare Support for Netanyahu in AdvanceWhile the Shlomei Emunim faction of Yahadut Hatorah is working to get the party to commit to backing Binyamin Netanyahu, this is not likely to occur before Election Day on 26 Adar. Shlomei Emunim officials are aware that Yahadut Hatorah has likely lost most of the Chabad vote to Yachad, and Breslov and others may soon follow suit. One of the problems stems from statements made by Degel ...    Full Story »

Fatal MVA Claims the Life of a Daughter of R' Moti Zonnenfeld

Fatal MVA Claims the Life of a Daughter of R' Moti ZonnenfeldThe 20-year-old daughter of baal chessed R’ Moti Zonnenfeld was killed in a vehicular accident on Tuesday, 12 Adar R”L as she was traveling in the Shomron in her own vehicle. Magen David Adom received a report of the fatal crash at 20:43, a report of a head-on collision between a private vehicle and a jeep on Route 5 heading towards Alfei Menashe. MDA EMTs and paramedics ...    Full Story »

HaRav Amar Reiterates: Purim in Ramot to be Observed on 14 Adar (1 opinions)

HaRav Amar Reiterates: Purim in Ramot to be Observed on 14 AdarClearly there is more going on here than a psak halacha. During the week a number of prominent Sephardi rabbonim released their piskei halacha regarding Purim observance for residents of Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood. This was culminated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel     Full Story »

Mailbag: Reflecting On Purim Madness (5 opinions)

Mailbag: Reflecting On Purim Madness[THIS WAS PUBLISHED BY YWN THE DAY AFTER PURIM 2009] Dear YWN, So now that we sobered up its time to reflect on what happened this Purim. As I decide on which method is best to dispose of all the food on my table, I can’t help notice all the “Purim themes” that I need to toss into the garbage. The boxes, cases, ribbons, poems, vases, cookbooks all to be trashed, not even ...    Full Story »
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Yeshiva Elementary in Miami Under Lock-down after Security Guard Finds Pressure Cooker Outside

Yeshiva Elementary in Miami Under Lock-down after Security Guard Finds Pressure Cooker Outside UPDATE: The pressure cooker was found to be empty after being detonated by Miami Dade Police.  B'H The school lockdown has been lifted and road travel restrictions have been eased. -- EARLIER REPORT BELOW: The Miami PD has closed 78th-80th St. along Byron, Carlyle and Dickens Ave  to all traffic after a suspicious object was found near the premises of a Yeshiva Elementary ...    Full Story »

New Video Release by Oorah - "Mitzvah Tantz" (2 opinions)

New Video Release by Oorah - [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Can you do the Mitzva Tantz? Watch this newly-released music video, which will have you humming the song on repeat from Purim till Pesach … if not longer!  The Mitzvah Tantz sums up the life ...    Full Story »

Maran Rav Shach's Letter on Nachal Chareidi (3 opinions)

Maran Rav Shach's Letter on Nachal ChareidiA letter from Maran HaRav Shach ZATZAL was revealed in recent days, a letter in which Maran addressed the issue of Nachal Chareidi. The rav states “I am not becoming involved in this”. The letter was sent to Rav Binyomin Mendelson ZT”L, the rav of Komamiyus. Rav Shach explains he decided not to become involved in the Nachal Chareidi matter, a matter which was at the heart of ...    Full Story »

A Revolution: Protect your family against the dangers of the Internet (3 opinions)

A Revolution:  Protect your family against the dangers of the Internet [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] The grim reality is that the Internet, along with its’ messages which undermine our traditional value system, has penetrated into the realm of the “kodesh”, the home.  We may not like this fact, but we are naïve to think that it is not a fact. Given this reality, every thinking person must ask himself:  What can I do to protect myself, and my ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu's Remarks Upon his Return from the US (2 opinions)

PM Netanyahu's Remarks Upon his Return from the USOn Tuesday 12 Adar, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the US Congress, explaining his fears vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear threat. Following are the prime minister’s remarks upon his return from the US on Wednesday morning, 13 Adar. "After my short visit to the United States, I return to Israel knowing that many around the world heard what Israel has to say about the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Light Rail Attacked by Stone-Throwers Again

In what has once again become a daily occurrence, Arab residents of Jerusalem targeted the light rail in a rock-throwing attack in the Shuafat area on Tuesday, 12 Adar. B’chasdei Hashem there were no injuries reported. There are reports of damage. News ...    Full Story »

HaRav Mazuz Sends PM Netanyahu a Letter of Praise Following Congressional Speech

HaRav Mazuz Sends PM Netanyahu a Letter of Praise Following Congressional SpeechHaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita sent a letter of praise to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu following his congressional address on Tuesday, 12 Adar. The rav praised the prime minister ...    Full Story »

Kosher Pantries and Soup Kitchens Praise HRA Commissioner's Intervention (1 opinions)

Kosher Pantries and Soup Kitchens Praise HRA Commissioner's InterventionSatisfaction and appreciation was the theme of the high level meeting held last week in the office of New York City's Human Resources Administration at the recently completed World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. The meeting was convened after HRA Commissioner Steven Banks responded swiftly and positively to a letter sent to the Commissioner by Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Vice ...    Full Story »

Public Forum Held On Kiryas Joel Annexation Concerns (1 opinions)

Public Forum Held On Kiryas Joel Annexation ConcernsThe following is via News12: A public forum was held Tuesday evening at Bais Rachel Paradise Hall about the controversial plan to annex 500 acres of Monroe land to Kiryas Joel. Village leaders said early on that ...    Full Story »

Health Officials Perplexed By Vaccination Skeptics (2 opinions)

Health Officials Perplexed By Vaccination SkepticsCertain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re probably the least equipped to know how to do ...    Full Story »

Failure To Remove Snow From Sidewalks Results In Fines (3 opinions)

Failure To Remove Snow From Sidewalks Results In FinesNew York City has issued more than 10,000 tickets this winter to property owners for failing to clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Under city law, businesses, homeowners and other property owners have four hours from the time the snow stops to clear pavements. A first offense fine is $100 to $150 and up to $350 for multiple violations. The New York Times says its analysis of city ...    Full Story »

Purim Tzedaka Funds Collected in Memory of Naftali Frenkel HY"D

Purim Tzedaka Funds Collected in Memory of Naftali Frenkel HYTens of thousands of shekels in tzedaka funds were collected ahead of Purim for tzedaka in memory of terror victim Naftali Frenkel HY”D. The monies were collected in branches of the Ariel religious youth organization around Israel. The money is earmarked towards building a beis medrash in the community of Nof Ayalon in memory of Frenkel, the school Naftali attended for eight ...    Full Story »

Taanis Esther - An Overview

Taanis Esther - An Overview[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] HISTORICAL OVERVIEW During the time of Mordechai and Esther , the Jews united on the 13th of Adar to fight and wage war, standing up for their lives. They fasted during the day of battle to beseech Hashem for mercy. This is the explanation for Taanis Esther given by Rabbeinu Tam (cited in Rosh Megillah 1:1). Hashem sees and hears every person during his or ...    Full Story »

Rishon L'Tzion May Spend Shabbos in Netivot Despite Election Controversy

Rishon L'Tzion May Spend Shabbos in Netivot Despite Election ControversyThe Movement for Quality Government petitioned the Central Election Committee in the hope of preventing Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita from spending a Shabbos before elections in Netivot. The petitioner feels the ...    Full Story »


VIDEO: Light Rail Attacked by Stone-Throwers Again

In what has once again become a daily occurrence, Arab residents of Jerusalem targeted the light rail in a rock-throwing attack in the Shuafat area on Tuesday, 12 Adar. B’chasdei Hashem there were no injuries reported. There are reports of damage. News 4 reports damage in the latest attack amounts to 13,000 NIS.

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VIDEO: Protesters Disrupt Rav Amnon Yitzchak's Shiur (7 opinions)

Protestors were on hand in Yerushalayim on Monday evening 11 Adar trying to disrupt a shiur given by Rav Amnon Yitzchak. The rav was addressing an audience of hundreds in an address in Shaar Ha’ir. Some of the dozens of protesters outside explained they were there because Rav Amnon spoke out against Aryeh Deri. Police were summoned and a number of protestors were detained. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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