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London Mayoral Elections: Chief Rabbi Among Voters Turned Away From Barnet Polling Stations

London Mayoral Elections: Chief Rabbi Among Voters Turned Away From Barnet Polling Stations
Angry London voters including Britain’s Chief Rabbi were turned away from polling stations today after a huge blunder hit thousands in the mayoral election. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among those sent away from polling stations in the Barnet area of north London. He lost his chance to vote altogether as he was flying to Amsterdam to visit the Jewish community there. “The Chief Rabbi was disappointed at not being able to vote,” said a source. There were furious scenes at some polling stations as ...

Statement From Councilman Chaim Deutsch After Voting No On Plastic Bag Tax

Statement From Councilman Chaim Deutsch After Voting No On Plastic Bag Tax“Today, I voted against Intro 209, a bill to create a $0.05 fee on plastic bags. I voted against this legislation because I believe that it’s a regressive tax and will create unnecessary financial burdens for the hardworking residents of my district and of New York City. Many of our neighbors are already struggling to put food on the table, and an additional charge to everyday ...    Full Story »

GOP Chairman Backs Trump, Breaking With Speaker

GOP Chairman Backs Trump, Breaking With SpeakerThe Republican party chairman says he supports Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee. Reince Priebus is breaking with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Thursday he's not ready to back Trump. Priebus says he backs Trump even if he disagrees with ideas like banning Muslims from entering the U.S. The chairman says a meeting next week will help the party start to unify ...    Full Story »

Trump Says He Was Surprised by Paul Ryan's Rebuff

Trump Says He Was Surprised by Paul Ryan's RebuffDonald Trump said Friday he was surprised by House Speaker Paul Ryan's rebuff of him as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. "He talks about unity but what is this about unity?" he said in a nationally broadcast interview. "With millions of people coming into the party, obviously I'm saying the right thing." Ryan's declaration that he wasn't yet ready to embrace Trump ...    Full Story »

Tragedy In Elad: 40-Year-Old Hatzalah Volunteer R'L Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack On Street

Tragedy In Elad: 40-Year-Old Hatzalah Volunteer R'L Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack On StreetThe United Hatzalah family joins the family of Yosef Koeningsberg in mourning his untimely passing. Yosef, aged 40, died yesterday when he suddenly collapsed in the street after suffering a heart attack. His colleagues, medics from United Hatzalah, arrived at the scene and began resuscitation attempts. After the ambulance arrived, ambulance paramedics were forced to declare his death ...    Full Story »

Carson Says He's 'Very Disappointed' With Ryan's Stance

Carson Says He's 'Very Disappointed' With Ryan's StanceFormer Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he was "personally very disappointed" to hear House Speaker Paul Ryan withhold his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Carson tells MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show that "if we divide the party, we ensure the victory of the opposite party. And we've got to be more mature than that." Carson, who is ...    Full Story »

NY Senate Chief: Not Ready To Trust de Blasio On NYC Schools

NY Senate Chief: Not Ready To Trust de Blasio On NYC SchoolsIn a rebuke to New York City's mayor, state Senate Leader John Flanagan said Thursday that he continues to harbor doubts about extending a policy giving Bill de Blasio control of over city schools. Saying he was unconvinced by de Blasio's comments to a Senate panel this week, Flanagan said de Blasio "showed a disturbing lack of personal knowledge about the city schools" and "failed ...    Full Story »

Halachically Speaking - Customs During Sefirah Part 1

Halachically Speaking - Customs During Sefirah Part 1 [Written By Rabbi Moishe  D. Lebovits] (To help publish volume 6) The time from Pesach to Shavuos is a time of minimizing joy. However, many question arise as to what is included in this, such as what are the reasons for this custom? Are there different customs? What is included in the custom? ...    Full Story »

In Bin Laden Raid's Shadow, Bad Blood And The Suspected Poisoning Of A CIA Officer

In Bin Laden Raid's Shadow, Bad Blood And The Suspected Poisoning Of A CIA OfficerTwo months after Osama bin Laden was killed, the CIA's top operative in Pakistan was pulled out of the country in an abrupt move vaguely attributed to health concerns and his strained relationship with Islamabad. In reality, the CIA station chief was so violently ill that he was often doubled over in pain, current and former U.S. officials said. Trips out of the country for treatment ...    Full Story »

Trump Will Soon Be Getting Briefings From U.S. Spy Agencies. It Might Not Go Well. (2 opinions)

Trump Will Soon Be Getting Briefings From U.S. Spy Agencies. It Might Not Go Well.Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told my colleague Robert Costa that he is eager to start meeting with U.S. intelligence officials for classified briefings on the nation's secrets. The feeling may not be mutual. The outlandish GOP candidate is not known for discretion or nuanced understanding of global security issues, let alone awareness of the widespread ...    Full Story »

Clinton Email Evidence Doesn't Suggest Intent

Clinton Email Evidence Doesn't Suggest IntentProsecutors and FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server have so far found scant evidence that the leading Democratic presidential candidate intended to break classification rules, though they are still probing the case aggressively with an eye on interviewing Clinton herself, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. FBI agents on the ...    Full Story »

Obama Administration Proposed Rules Aimed at Tax Evasion

Obama Administration Proposed Rules Aimed at Tax EvasionThe Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclosure more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers. Administration officials announced the new rules as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress to pass legislation that would further enhance ...    Full Story »

Hillary Clinton Will Soon Realize Donald Trump Is Very Hard To Run Against (1 opinions)

Hillary Clinton Will Soon Realize Donald Trump Is Very Hard To Run AgainstThe prevailing wisdom in political circles following Donald Trump's emergence as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is that he has very little chance of beating Hillary Clinton in the fall election. That she and her team of experienced operatives will carve Trump up like a Thanksgiving turkey, using his many controversial remarks to build a case that he is fundamentally ...    Full Story »

Bushes' Snub Of Trump Has Roots In Republican Base Anger

Bushes' Snub Of Trump Has Roots In Republican Base AngerThe decision of the two living Republican presidents to snub the party's 2016 White House nominee is extraordinary, yet completely predictable. It's the culmination of an anger inside the Republican Party that gave way to an alternate history of the decades since 1980 - and especially the years after 2008. And while it demonstrates Trump's inability to unify the GOP, it is the best ...    Full Story »

Trump Won't Announce VP Until Convention

Trump Won't Announce VP Until ConventionDonald Trump is suggesting that he will name his vice presidential pick at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. Speaking in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Trump said that it was still early in the process to select a running mate. "It is early - we just won yesterday," Trump said. "I will announce it at the convention. A lot of people are ...    Full Story »

For The First Time, The Skverer Rebbe Will Light A Bonfire On Lag B'Omer In New Skvere (3 opinions)

For The First Time, The Skverer Rebbe Will Light A Bonfire On Lag B'Omer In New SkvereMany Skverer Chassidim are making plans as the news spreads of the Rebbe Shlita planning to light a Lag B’Omer medura (bonfire) at a central event in New Square. It is reported that this is big news as in the past, this was not the minhag. Many a chassidus in out of Israel might light a smaller modest bonfire, primarily for the tenokos shel beis raban of talmidei torah and this is ...    Full Story »

Trump Campaign Announces National Finance Chairman With Ties To Wall Street And Democrats (1 opinions)

Trump Campaign Announces National Finance Chairman With Ties To Wall Street And DemocratsDonald Trump's presidential campaign announced Thursday that it had hired a national finance chairman with deep ties to Wall Street, a move intended to bolster the team's general election fundraising capabilities as it seeks to build out its bare-bones operation. Steven Mnuchin was hired to lead the team's fundraising efforts, the campaign said Thursday in a statement, amid a ...    Full Story »

New York State Seeks to Stop New York City Bag Tax (1 opinions)

New York State Seeks to Stop New York City Bag TaxSenator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Michael Cusick’s bill (S.7336) to protect New Yorkers from taxes or fees on the use of plastic bags was unanimously passed by the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Cities to the Senate Floor yesterday. The bill would stop the move by the New York City Council to impose a tax on every plastic bag used to carry out groceries or other ...    Full Story »

Chief Rabbi Lau Responds On The Burning Of The Tefilin In N. Israel

Chief Rabbi Lau Responds On The Burning Of The Tefilin In N. IsraelFollowing the release of the story of the attack in which tefilin were stolen and set afire in northern Israel, Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita commented that he believed until today that such events were occurrences of the past, not the present. Kikar Shabbos News released the story in which bnei torah camping near the Kinneret had their bags stolen. After a search of the area they ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Can Trump's Personality Top Clinton's Campaign Structure?

Presumptive GOP nominee turns focus to general election campaign.

Trump Fires Back After Ryan Withholds Support

Trump Fires Back After Ryan Withholds SupportDonald Trump says he's "not ready to support" House Speaker Paul Ryan's agenda after the country's top elected GOP official said he's not ready to back Trump as the party's presidential nominee. In a statement released by his campaign, Trump says, "Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people." Trump says Americans ...    Full Story »

Mazal Tov! Rav Vozner's Handicapped Granddaughter is a Kallah

Mazal Tov! Rav Vozner's Handicapped Granddaughter is a KallahYitta Miriam, 26, is one of the ten siblings. She is one of Rav Vozner's granddaughters and has much perseverance and Emunah.  Like any birth of a child, her arrival brought joy and light into the world. However these were not regular circumstances. Born in the 5th month of pregnancy, one of Yitta Miriam's arms and both of her legs were paralyzed. Over the years she and her family have ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem, Jerusalem Terror Attack Averted

B'chasdei Hashem, Jerusalem Terror Attack AvertedPolice and border police on Wednesday evening 26 Nissan saw an Arab female carrying a suspicious bag. They began approaching cautiously but she detected they were nearing her and fled. The suspect was arrested and a search of her bag revealed she was concealing a very large knife, which they presume was intended for a stabbing attack. The suspect is 17-years-old police report. She is ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Teen Convicted of Murder in Fire That Killed NY Cop

Brooklyn: Teen Convicted of Murder in Fire That Killed NY CopA teenager who prosecutors say set a mattress fire that killed a New York City police officer and injured another officer has been found guilty of murder. Eighteen-year-old Marcell Dockery also was convicted of arson and assault charges Thursday after a trial at Brooklyn Supreme Court. New York Police Department officers Dennis Guerra and Rosa Rodriguez were trapped in the April ...    Full Story »
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North Korea Readies For Its Biggest Political Show In Years

North Korea Readies For Its Biggest Political Show In YearsIts capital has been duly spruced up, the masses prepped for their rallies and leader Kim Jong Un appears to be set to take center stage Friday when North Korea pulls back the curtain on what promises to be the country's biggest political show in years, if not decades: the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980. What exactly is in store is anyone's guess. North Korea has ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Heavy Turbulence Scares Passengers On Ethiad Flight (1 opinions)

Video from inside an Etihad Airways flight traveling from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta when turbulence shook the cabin.

Zaka Called In To Prevent Another Cremation R'L

Zaka Called In To Prevent Another Cremation R'LOnce again the experts in Zaka’s legal division have been called upon to prevent the cremation R”L of a Jewish niftar. This case addresses a woman who died childless during Chol Hamoed Pesach. As the family began thinking about burial arrangements it was learned that she had a will that was signed by an attorney and notarized, stating she wishes to be cremated. Another will found ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Is Mike Huckabee Looking To Join The Trump Ticket?

On 'America's Newsroom,' the former governor explains why he's thrown his support behind the presumptive GOP nominee.

Eyeing National Race, Trump Moves On Fundraising, Expansion (1 opinions)

Eyeing National Race, Trump Moves On Fundraising, ExpansionDonald Trump is taking his first steps toward broadening his primary insurgency into a full-fledged general election campaign, moving to unite a fractured Republican Party behind him and begin raising the massive amounts of money needed for a national race. Trump began to reach out to party heavyweights, including making efforts to repair his at-times strained relationships with the ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Passes Approves 5-Cent Charge for Plastic Bags; Fee Goes into Effect Oct. 1 (13 opinions)

NYC Council Passes Approves 5-Cent Charge for Plastic Bags; Fee Goes into Effect Oct. 1You'll soon be charged for every plastic bag you use at the grocery store. A New York City Council committee has voted to recommend a 5 cent fee, and city council voted Thursday to pass it -- in a 28-20 vote. It's a proposed law that has been talked about for more than two years, giving people a financial incentive to switch over to reusable bags at grocery stores. Under the law, ...    Full Story »

States Doesn't Object And The High Court Orders Return Of Terrorists' Body

States Doesn't Object And The High Court Orders Return Of Terrorists' BodyThe High Court of Justice on Thursday, 27 Nissan ordered the return of the bodies of slain terrorists held by Israel, referring to the bodies of former eastern Jerusalem residents. The decision followed the state announcing it is removing its objections to the move. The court recommended the return process be completed before the beginning of Ramadan in about a month. Public ...    Full Story »

Thousands Pay Homage To Holocaust Victims In Auschwitz March

Thousands Pay Homage To Holocaust Victims In Auschwitz MarchThousands of people from around the world, many draped in Israeli flags, have paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust with a somber march from the barracks of Auschwitz to nearby Birkenau. Organizers of the March of the Living, held annually on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, said about 10,000 participated in the event Thursday in southern Poland, occupied by Nazi Germany ...    Full Story »

House Speaker Paul Ryan Refuses To Back Donald Trump (3 opinions)

House Speaker Paul Ryan Refuses To Back Donald TrumpHouse Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP. The surprise declaration from Ryan on CNN's "The Lead" amounted to a stunning rebuke of Trump from the Republican Party's highest-ranking officeholder. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there ...    Full Story »

Opposition Leader MK Herzog Expresses Outrage Over Burning Of Tefilin

Opposition Leader MK Herzog Expresses Outrage Over Burning Of TefilinAmid the deafening silence of elected officials and state leaders regarding the destruction of tefilin near the Kinneret, opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog broke the silence, expressing pain and outrage. “It is shocking to see that today, in Israel in 2016, someone actually burned tefilin. The single most Jewish symbol over which Jews fought during WWII was tefilin and it is ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Carl Rove Says It's Time For Trump To Tone It Down, Use A Teleprompter (2 opinions)

Fox News contributor says presumptive GOP nominee needs to force himself to be scripted to fight high negative ratings

Average US Rate On 30-Year Mortgages Falls To 3.61 Percent

Average US Rate On 30-Year Mortgages Falls To 3.61 PercentLong-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate. The decline put long-term mortgage rates near their low levels for the year, offering an inducement to prospective home buyers during the spring buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to ...    Full Story »

'Jews & Dogs Banned From Har Habayis' Sign

'Jews & Dogs Banned From Har Habayis' SignA Jewish teen, a minor, hung a sign at the entrance to Har Habayis saying “Jews and dogs banned from Har Habayis” in protest over the closure of the holy site to Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The 17-year-old female teen is reportedly an activist in the Returning to Har Habayis organization. She was placed under arrest immediately after placing the sign near the Mughrabi Gate ...    Full Story »


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