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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Uses Opening of 20th Knesset to Send Warning Regarding Iran

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Uses Opening of 20th Knesset to Send Warning Regarding Iran
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] In his address at the 20th Knesset swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, 11 Nissan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the forum to send yet another message regarding Iran as a US-brokered deal appears imminent. Excerpt from PM Netanyahu's Speech at the Opening of the 20th Knesset "The greatest threat to our security and to our future was and remains Iran's effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons. The agreement being formulated in Lausanne paves the way to this outcome. It seems that it will leave in ...

NJ Orthodox Jewish Assemblyman Gary Schaer Introduces Bill to Accommodate Religious Beliefs When Autopsies are Required

NJ Orthodox Jewish Assemblyman Gary Schaer Introduces Bill to Accommodate Religious Beliefs When Autopsies are RequiredAssemblyman Gary S. Schaer has introduced legislation to ensure that any autopsy that must be performed in New Jersey is done so while recognizing the religious beliefs of the deceased and their families. “Certain religions view an internal examination as invasive and would object to its use during an autopsy. This bill would also take into account the timeframe for burial required ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Korban Pesach Training by the Temple Institute

VIDEO: Korban Pesach Training by the Temple Institute[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Temple Institute has released a video of a Korban Pesach practice event in preparation for the Pesach. The Temple Institute’s “Kohanim Training Academy” a division of the organization that teaches and prepares Kohanim for the Beis Hamikdash avoda organized the event, which was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have ...    Full Story »

NYC Officials Cheer $3 Billion Federal Grant For Sandy Aid

NYC Officials Cheer $3 Billion Federal Grant For Sandy AidNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Chuck Schumer praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency for authorizing $3 billion in federal funding to repair and protect city housing developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy. It is the largest single block grant in the agency’s history. The money will used at 33 developments damaged by the 2012 storm. Many of those suffered ...    Full Story »

Family Asks People To Donate To 'Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund'

Family Asks People To Donate To 'Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund'The Sassoon family tells YWN that an official fund has been established for all those who wish to donate in the memory of the seven children who were tragically killed in the fire last week. The fund is called the "Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund". The family of the fire victims have established a charitable fund that will assist parents struggling under extreme financial ...    Full Story »

New Animated Film Making Waves in the Jewish Community

New Animated Film Making Waves in the Jewish Community[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Reliable sources tell YWN that the animation “Fiveish in Flight,” feature film on the Shmorg7, has been making tangible waves in the Jewish community. The following is a statement made by one of the ...    Full Story »

A Most Ominous Scenario Regarding Next Round of Warfare with Hizbullah (2 opinions)

A Most Ominous Scenario Regarding Next Round of Warfare with HizbullahA senior officer in the IDF Homefront Command who spoke with military correspondents on Tuesday, 11 Nissan warned in the next round of warfare between Israel and Hizbullah, Israel must expect between 1,000-1,500 missiles fired into Israel daily along with hundreds of civilian deaths. These alarming figures are based on the IDF’s latest assessment of the situation regarding ...    Full Story »

Lufthansa CEO At Crash Site: 'Long, Long Time' To Understand

Lufthansa CEO At Crash Site: 'Long, Long Time' To UnderstandLufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr and the head of its low-cost airline Germanwings, Thomas Winkelmann, visited ...    Full Story »

Israeli Leader Says World Needs 'Better Deal' With Iran

Israeli Leader Says World Needs 'Better Deal' With IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior. His remarks came as U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrived as part of a regional visit. U.S. Republicans share ...    Full Story »

Halachic Analysis: Reciting Halalel In SHul On Pesach Night (2 opinions)

Halachic Analysis: Reciting Halalel In SHul On Pesach Night[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Long, long ago, in a continent far far away, there emerged a debate about the recitation of Hallel on the night of Pesach in the synagogue. Should it be said in synagogue as well? Or do we just recite the Hallel at night at the Seder? The debate began during the times of the Rishonim, and the debate continues on until our own times. There are modern ...    Full Story »

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Passionately Calls for De-Stigmatization of Mental Illness at OHEL'S Annual Legislative Breakfast

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Passionately Calls for De-Stigmatization of Mental Illness at OHEL'S Annual Legislative BreakfastNYC Firstly Lady Chirlane McCray headlined OHEL Children's Home and Family Servicesannual Legislative Breakfast hosted by Jeffrey Wiesenfeld of AllianceBernstein L.P., and thanked OHEL for "building a healthier New York" through its many mental health programs and services. Drawing on moving personal testimony of the challenges once faced by her own daughter, the First Lady spoke ...    Full Story »

Brussels scandal: Belgian Insurance Company Refuses to Insure Jewish Kindergarten (4 opinions)

Brussels scandal: Belgian Insurance Company Refuses to Insure Jewish KindergartenA Belgian insurance company refused to insure a European Jewish Association-run Jewish kindergarten in Brussels, amid the continuing rise of anti-Semitic attacks and threats on Jewish institutions across Europe, after claiming that the risk of a terror attack on the institution is too high. Following the refusal of the insurance company, EJA General Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin ...    Full Story »

Knesset Finance Committee May Not be in Chareidi Hands (1 opinions)

Knesset Finance Committee May Not be in Chareidi HandsThe Kulanu party was set to resume coalition negotiations on Wednesday, 12 Nissan after a rough start. Party leader Moshe Kahlon was angered after hearing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave Yahadut Hatorah control of the Knesset Finance Committee prior to meeting with his party. Kahlon canceled a negotiating session to signal his disapproval. It has since been reported that ...    Full Story »

NYPD Detective In Viral Uber Video Faces Suspension (1 opinions)

NYPD Detective In Viral Uber Video Faces SuspensionThe following is via CNN: A New York Police detective assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force with top secret security clearance is facing suspension, reassignment and loss of his clearance after an incident with an Uber driver Monday that was captured on video. The ...    Full Story »

Ads Featuring Hitler YMS, Arab Leader to Appear on Philly Buses

Ads Featuring Hitler YMS, Arab Leader to Appear on Philly BusesProvocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler YM"S with a former Arab leader are to begin appearing on Philadelphia transit buses. A federal judge last month ordered the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to accept the ads. The agency said last week it wouldn't appeal. The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads appearing Wednesday carry the ...    Full Story »

Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Regime

Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions RegimePresident Barack Obama is creating the first sanctions program that would allow the U.S. to penalize individuals overseas who engage in cyberattacks and cyber spying. Obama signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the sanctions regime, though no specific penalties were being announced. In a statement, Obama says cyberthreats post "one of the most serious economic and ...    Full Story »

FAA Investigates 2 Laser Incidents by Newark Liberty Airport

FAA Investigates 2 Laser Incidents by Newark Liberty AirportFederal officials are looking into more laser-pointing incidents at Newark Liberty International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says two flights reported lasers were pointed at them Sunday night. An ExpressJet flight and a Shuttle America flight landing at around 9 p.m. said they noticed the red lasers about 20 miles southwest of the airport. No injuries were ...    Full Story »

B’chasdei Hashem: Rav Kanievsky’s Condition Improving

B’chasdei Hashem: Rav Kanievsky’s Condition Improving Officials in Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital report that HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita is improving and it is hoped that he will be released later in the day. The gadol hador was taken in to the hospital for diagnostic tests after explaining he was not feeling well for a number of days. Kikar Shabbos News reported the rav was vomiting. B”H it now appears that he is ...    Full Story »

Oversight Panel Issues Subpoenas In Secret Service Incident

Oversight Panel Issues Subpoenas In Secret Service IncidentThe chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said the agents can shed light not only on the March 4 incident, "but also on why the Secret ...    Full Story »

Video Shows Final Moments Inside Cabin Before Germanwings Deadly Crash

Video Shows Final Moments Inside Cabin Before Germanwings Deadly CrashTwo European publications said Tuesday they have obtained video taken inside the plane in the seconds before Germanwings crashed into the French Alps. The German daily Bild and French magazine Paris Match said their reporters have been shown a video they say was taken by someone inside the cabin of the doomed plane shortly before it crashed. Both periodicals reported that the ...    Full Story »

How Much Does it Pay to be a Member of Knesset?

How Much Does it Pay to be a Member of Knesset?The 120 members of the 20th Knesset will receive a monthly salary of 39,562 NIS, a leased vehicle, two parliamentary aides, subscriptions to two newspapers, a cellular telephone, a TV in one’s office and hotel privileges in the capital. In addition, each MK receives a budget of 49,000 NIS annually to remain in touch with voters. The Knesset budget for 2015 is 666,762,000 ...    Full Story »

Lufthansa: Co-Pilot Told Flight School Of Depressive Episode (1 opinions)

Lufthansa: Co-Pilot Told Flight School Of Depressive EpisodeLufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there after an ...    Full Story »

Rabbonim Call on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Take Over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar (3 opinions)

Rabbonim Call on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Take Over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in YitzharRabbi Dov Lior Shlita, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Shlita and others are calling on soldiers and border police to refuse orders when instructed to take part in taking over the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yishuv Yitzhar in Shomron. A year after security forces took over the beis medrash, rabbonim are now calling on forces to refuse orders and not be a part of the force that maintains and ...    Full Story »
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State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About Drones

State Department: Clinton Sent Only 4 Emails About DronesThe State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject. She asks for a phone call in one, a phone number in another. She seeks advice on how best to condemn information leaks, and accidentally replies ...    Full Story »

Kitniyos - A False Attribution: A Response to Rabbi David Bar-Hayim (9 opinions)

Kitniyos - A False Attribution: A Response to Rabbi David Bar-Hayim[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] Generally speaking, it is never a good idea to attack others. It is even a worse idea to attack an Av Beit Din and Rabbi who publishes Torah thoughts. At times, however, when a kosher minhag in Klal Yisroel comes under attack, it is necessary to enter the fray. I feel particularly bad about this, because I have had enjoyable discussions with Rabbi David ...    Full Story »

How the IDF Prepares for Pesach

How the IDF Prepares for PesachThe IDF, for the 14th time, will be conducting a seder, for 420 lone soldiers. The soldiers serving while their families are abroad in 40 different countries. Shortly before the seder gets underway in the Olga vacation resort, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkott will meet with the soldiers to wish them a Chag Samayach. The seder this year and in past years is funded by CZCA, the ...    Full Story »

No Nuke Agreement Yet: Iran Talks Push Past Deadline (1 opinions)

No Nuke Agreement Yet: Iran Talks Push Past DeadlineWith stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, although there still were "several difficult issues" ...    Full Story »

IRS Chief: Processing Backlog of Tax-Exempt Groups Is Gone

IRS Chief: Processing Backlog of Tax-Exempt Groups Is GoneThe head of the IRS says his agency has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status. Claims by tea party organizations that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy over the agency. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in prepared remarks at the National Press Club on ...    Full Story »

TGI Survey: Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the Lead

TGI Survey: Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the LeadThe latest TGI survey of the chareidi media places Yated Neeman and Kol Berama in the lead. The survey results were released on Tuesday, 11 Nissan. The survey shows a slight increase in the Kol Berama Radio audience as well as a slight increase in the print media, which remains a far cry from last year as the general trend does not favor newspapers. It is pointed out the latest ...    Full Story »

Tech And Financial Services Firms Sign Leases At New York's One World Trade Center

Tech And Financial Services Firms Sign Leases At New York's One World Trade CenterA financial services company and a technology firm have signed five-year leases at New York City's One World Trade Center. The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Tuesday that Tinypass and Casablanca Capital LLC will move into the skyscraper. Tinypass creates e-commerce software that helps online publishers sell their content through ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Two People Stabbing On Division Ave In Williamsburg (3 opinions)

PHOTOS: Two People Stabbing On Division Ave In Williamsburg[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two males stabbed in the heart of Williamsburg's Chasidic community, Tuesday afternoon. Sources tell YWN that the NYPD was on scene and awaiting the arrival of FDNY EMS, when they spotted a passing Hatzolah vehicle. He was flagged down, and called for backup. Hatzolah had both victims loaded on their ambulances before EMS arrived on the scene. The ...    Full Story »

Ayelet Shaked Not Likely to Become a Cabinet Minister (4 opinions)

Ayelet Shaked Not Likely to Become a Cabinet MinisterClearly the Likud is not being overly generous in its negotiations with the Bayit Yehudi party. Some feel this may be the result of party leader Naftali Bennett’s insolence last summer during Operation Protective Edge, when he publically condemned the actions and inactions of the cabinet during the war. Others believe it may be related to the rivalry between the prime minister and ...    Full Story »

Lakewood Police Department Issues Home Security Tips For Pesach

Lakewood Police Department Issues Home Security Tips For PesachIf you are leaving for the Yom Tov please be sure to: 1. Leave lights on in your home – preferably on a timer. Most burglars look for a darkened residence to enter since this tells them that everyone is asleep or that the home is not occupied. 2. Lock all of your windows. Most burglars make entry through unlocked windows. 3. Lock all the doors to your house as well as your ...    Full Story »

Are IAF Fighter Planes Taking Part in Military Assault in Yemen? (3 opinions)

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 ...    Full Story »

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 (2 opinions)

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) (3 opinions)

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 »


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