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The Six Types of Readers of Halacha Articles

The Six Types of Readers of Halacha Articles
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] “I was just at my daughter’s house in Lakewood, and it seems that no one there is eating ______ without first _____ _______ ________.” “Really? Because our Vaad HaKashrus is very stringent, and they absolutely do not do that here.” This conversation, or some variation of it, has probably taken place thousands of times in recent years and throughout America. Someone, somewhere, brings up a halachic issue that may be of some concern. Various Poskim are quoted and two camps may emerge or develop. Some of the ...

Rav Stern Shlita: The First Challenge is Healing Rifts

Rav Stern Shlita: The First Challenge is Healing RiftsIn his victory address, Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita told the tzibur that his first priority in his new post is the mending of rifts and bringing shalom to the community. Rav Stern spoke with Kol Berama Radio shortly after being elected, stating “בעזרת ה' שנעשה ונצליח, that I will merit living up to the expectations many have for me and that I ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: R' Nachman Caller Takes Housing Plan To The Streets Of Borough Park and Flatbush, Offering Specific Solutions To Solve Housing and Jobs Crisis

VIDEO: R' Nachman Caller Takes Housing Plan To The Streets Of Borough Park and Flatbush, Offering Specific Solutions To Solve Housing and Jobs Crisis[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Tuesday evening, State Assembly candidate R’ Nachman Caller presented his candidacy and plan to solve the housing crisis in the 48th District to a packed room of local activists in Borough Park. In a speech to some 50 activists at the Orthodox Jewish Political Club (OJPC) monthly meeting in Seville Manor, R’ Nachman Caller stressed that ...    Full Story »

Security Incident at Gush Etzion Region Checkpoint

Security Incident at Gush Etzion Region Checkpoint A vehicle approaching the Minharot Tunnel Road Checkpoint in Gush Etzion failed to heed to instructions to slow down for inspection. One of the guards was lightly injured as a result. The driver then turned around and tried fleeing the area. Security personnel acted in accordance with protocol and fired at the driver, who was lightly wounded. According to preliminary information ...    Full Story »
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Israel: Cross Border Shooting Incident with Injuries [UPDATED 15:08]

Israel: Cross Border Shooting Incident with Injuries [UPDATED 15:08]Two female IDF soldiers were light-to-moderately injured in a cross-border shooting incident along the Egyptian border. They were transported to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. The situation room was opened in the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council. Authorities are investigating the incident, which may have been a drug smuggling operation that went sour. Two soldiers were injured by ...    Full Story »

Who Really Owns Your Credit Card Miles & Points?

Who Really Owns Your Credit Card Miles & Points?As we mentioned in one of our previous columns, one of the great perks about using credit cards is the ability to earn miles and points whenever they are used for purchases. This earning potential is so significant that there are actually many forums, blogs, groups and even a ‘university’ dedicated to helping consumers understand the myriad of benefits and rewards programs available ...    Full Story »

Poll: Most Expect GOP Victory in November

Poll: Most Expect GOP Victory in NovemberTwo weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. But the survey suggests many will cringe when they cast those ballots. Most likely voters have a negative impression of the ...    Full Story »

Syria's Assad Exploits US War Against ISIS

Syria's Assad Exploits US War Against ISISSyrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of ...    Full Story »

FBI: Denver Girls May Have Tried to Join Jihadis

FBI: Denver Girls May Have Tried to Join JihadisThe FBI in Denver says it is investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area were trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists. An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back to Denver after FBI agents stopped them in Germany. Spokeswoman Suzie Payne says they are safe and reunited with their families. She didn't give the identity of ...    Full Story »

Pentagon: Counter-IS Campaign Costs $424 Million

Pentagon: Counter-IS Campaign Costs $424 MillionThe Pentagon says it has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. That estimate was provided Tuesday by the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, who said the Pentagon has spent an average of about $7.6 million a day on airstrikes and support missions like surveillance flights. Kirby also said that in Iraq, ...    Full Story »

Homeland Security Orders New Screening For Ebola

Homeland Security Orders New Screening For EbolaEveryone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday. Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Rav Eli Sadan: Too Soon for a Frum IDF Chief or PM

VIDEO: Rav Eli Sadan: Too Soon for a Frum IDF Chief or PM[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] "I don't want there to be, not even for one moment, a feeling in the country that the religious are forcing themselves on the public and leading the country to a place that most people don't want to go. That would be terrible, it would destroy the state" Rabbi Eli Sadan told Channel 10 News. Rabbi Sadan is the founder of the Bnei David IDF Preparatory ...    Full Story »

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn D.A. To Treat Attack on Kings Bay Y Director as Bias Crime

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn D.A. To Treat Attack on Kings Bay Y Director as Bias CrimeAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has asked Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to charge the suspect arrested in the attack on Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y, with a bias crime. The suspect, identified as Shawn Schraeder, was charged with assault in the third degree in the October 7th attack outside Barclays Center that left Petlakh with a broken ...    Full Story »

MASHAV Helps the fight against Ebola

MASHAV Helps the fight against EbolaOn Sunday 2 Marcheshvan, a meeting will be held at the Israel Foreign Ministry establishing the Israel Forum to Combat Ebola, in the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and under the auspices of MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation. The meeting will be held in cooperation with SID-Israel, the Israeli branch of the Society for International ...    Full Story »

Top Subprime Mortgage Firm Accused Of Abuses

Top Subprime Mortgage Firm Accused Of AbusesThe nation's largest servicer of subprime mortgages has engaged in abuses that could potentially harm hundreds of thousands of borrowers, according to the New York Superintendent of Financial Services. The state regulator issued a letter Tuesday to Ocwen Financial Corp., documenting many of the same kinds of abuses that worsened the housing crisis and the Great Recession. Ocwen ...    Full Story »

Bennett: Something New is Beginning in Yerushalayim Too

Bennett: Something New is Beginning in Yerushalayim TooBayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett is celebrating his victory as the candidates backed by his dati leumi party were victorious in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race. After hearing of ...    Full Story »

CVS Develops Tobacco-Free Prescription Network

CVS Develops Tobacco-Free Prescription NetworkFirst, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business. The network would slap an extra co-payment on ...    Full Story »

World Jewish Congress Calls For Stopping Social Security Payments To Nazi War Crimes Suspects

World Jewish Congress Calls For Stopping Social Security Payments To Nazi War Crimes SuspectsAn influential Jewish advocacy group no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits. World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement sent Tuesday to The Associated Press that U.S. law should be changed to stop the payments. Lauder's statement follows an AP investigation that found dozens of Nazi suspects collected ...    Full Story »

NY AG Warns Against Ebola Scams And Solicitations

NY AG Warns Against Ebola Scams And SolicitationsNew York’s attorney general is warning consumers about scammers preying on Ebola fears with fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims and dubious offers of so-called preparedness kits that claim to contain preventive medicines. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is no approved vaccine. He says scammers are “shamefully exploiting” heightened concerns since a ...    Full Story »

Arab Rock-Throwing Attacks Continue in Yerushalayim

Arab Rock-Throwing Attacks Continue in YerushalayimThe windshield of an Egged 177 bus traveling from Yerushalayim to Maale Adumim was smashed in yet another Arab rock-throwing attack. That same bus line was attacked on the same road on Monday night as well and the bus’ windshield was smashed in that attack too. Not too far away, on Uzi Narkiss Blvd in the northern capital, another bus was targeted by Arabs hurling rocks on Monday ...    Full Story »

Snowden: Bombing Shows Limits of Mass Surveillance (1 opinions)

Snowden: Bombing Shows Limits of Mass SurveillanceNational Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the Boston Marathon bombings are an example of how threats can be missed even under blanket surveillance. Snowden, who leaked millions of documents to journalists, talked to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig on Monday online from Russia, where he is in exile. The Boston Globe reports that Snowden referenced the suspected ...    Full Story »

DM Ya'alon Explains Israel's Red Line To 'The Moon'

DM Ya'alon Explains Israel's Red Line To 'The Moon'Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting in New York City that while Israel wishes to assist Gaza in rebuilding its economy, if Jerusalem learns materials are being used to rearm instead of rebuilding, it will halt deliveries at Gaza crossings. The senior minister reminded the UN leader that Hamas this week announced its plan to ...    Full Story »

1 American Released From North Korea (1 opinions)

1 American Released From North KoreaAmerican detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held. Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio, had been awaiting trial on charges of leaving a Bible ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave

PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A person was in critical condition with severe burns after a fire erupted inside a Borough Park building Tuesday afternoon, DNAInfo is reporting. WABC is reporting that there was a small explosion. The person, whose identity was not immediately released, was hurt when the blaze broke out on the first floor of 910 McDonald Ave., near 18th Avenue, about ...    Full Story »

Bereaved Father is Angered & Pained After Hearing Israel Treated Hamas PM's Daughter (2 opinions)

Bereaved Father is Angered & Pained After Hearing Israel Treated Hamas PM's DaughterIDF Sgt. Ohz Mendlowitz, 21, of Avtalyon, was killed on 22 Tammuz in Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza. His father Ofir is pained and angered after reading reports that during ...    Full Story »
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ISIS Intercept Seize Air-Dropped Weapons Cache Meant For Kurds (2 opinions)

ISIS Intercept Seize Air-Dropped Weapons Cache Meant For KurdsIslamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Rav Aryeh Stern And Rav Shlomo Amar Elected As Chief Rabbis Of Jerusalem (10 opinions)

BREAKING: Rav Aryeh Stern And Rav Shlomo Amar Elected As Chief Rabbis Of JerusalemThe polls in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race closed at 19:00. A total of 48 men and women were eligible to vote. Rabbi Aryeh Stern has been elected as the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim and will serve alongside Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the new Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim. The following are the official results released moments ago by the Jerusalem Election ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic Crimes (1 opinions)

NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic CrimesWednesday, just hours before Shemini Atzeres, Councilman David G. Greenfield met with New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton and his top staff to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic crimes around New York City. Council Members Mark Treyger and Stephen Levin joined the meeting to review recent hate crimes and strategize on ways to put an end to the rise in violent ...    Full Story »

Greece Getaway with Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky – Thanksgiving week - Nov 26-Dec 1, 2014

Greece Getaway with Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky – Thanksgiving week - Nov 26-Dec 1, 2014 [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Greece Getaway Update: There are very few rooms left in the beautiful 5-star seaside resort hotel near Salonika booked for the upcoming Greece Getaway. Nesivos/Jewish Legacy Tours has created an exciting and inspiring 5 day/5 night Getaway led by Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky, world-renowned educator & speaker and Rabbi Doniel Baron, international educator. Rabbi ...    Full Story »

Coalition Angered Following PM's Decision to Topple Giyur Bill (3 opinions)

Coalition Angered Following PM's Decision to Topple Giyur BillThe smell of elections is increasingly present in the Israeli political arena as coalition members are angered over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to topple the Giyur Bill sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and party member MK Elazar Stern. The bill according to Gedolei Yisrael Shlita represents a threat to future generations. Understandably, the most audible ...    Full Story »

NYC Police Looking Into Arrest of Subway Performer (1 opinions)

NYC Police Looking Into Arrest of Subway PerformerFellow musicians are rallying around a subway performer whose arrest in a busy station was captured on video as straphangers jeered the officer. The New York Police Department says it's looking into the arrest. Andrew Kalleen, 30, was performing Friday at the G-train stop in Brooklyn's hipster Williamsburg neighborhood when an officer told him he must leave the station because he ...    Full Story »

Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month

Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last MonthUnemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for voters in this year's Congressional and ...    Full Story »

Rulings Of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZATZAL

Rulings Of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZATZAL[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] One of our most revered and venerable Torah sages of this last century was Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal, of Jerusalem, Israel. Members of the Torah community in Eretz Yisroel did not make a move without consulting his prodigious Torah knowledge and sagacious advice. He was recognized as a leading sage in both the Chareidi and Chardal Torah communities. ...    Full Story »

On Visit Home, Obama Looks Backward And Forward

On Visit Home, Obama Looks Backward And ForwardA lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue. While his trip to Chicago offered a sweet taste of nostalgia, it also offered reminders that his efforts in the first six years of his presidency have set the stage for immense challenges in his final two years. Everywhere he went, Obama got glimpses of a simpler time when ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Rav Amar Is Mispallel at the Tziyun of the Rashbi Ahead of Election

PHOTOS: Rav Amar Is Mispallel at the Tziyun of the Rashbi Ahead of Election[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita, a candidate to become the next Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim, visited the tziyun of the Rashbi on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei. The rav was mispallel and took part in an upsherin as seen in the photos. The polls in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race open on Tuesday at 16:00 until 19:00. Rabbi Amar is backed by the Bayit ...    Full Story »

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear GuidelinesFederal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed hard for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and ...    Full Story »

Rav Stern: Giyur Must be Accepted by Gedolei Yisrael (2 opinions)

Rav Stern: Giyur  Must be Accepted by Gedolei YisraelRabbi Aryeh Stern, who is a leading candidate to become the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim, told his inner circle that giyur must be in line with Gedolei Yisrael Shlita and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. One assumes the timing of his comments was due to the announcement Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced he is toppling the Giyur Bill sponsored by Justice ...    Full Story »


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