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Poll: 85 Percent of Dati Leumi Voters: Don't Give Up Portfolios to Expand the Coalition

Poll: 85 Percent of Dati Leumi Voters: Don't Give Up Portfolios to Expand the Coalition
Dati leumi voters believe that Bayit Yehudi erred when it permitted Shas to take control of the Ministry of Religious Services. However, most of the community is satisfied with the ministerial portfolios achieved by the party, a new poll shows. 470 men and women over the age of 16 of a group of 1,350 were polled on the internet. 27% responded they classify themselves as dati leumi torani, 35% classic dati leumi, 23% liberal dati leumi and 15% religious but not one of the categories mentioned. Margin of error is 4.5%. The poll was conducted ...

Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Exciting Summer Tour to Amsterdam, Alsace, Michelstadt & more

Rabbi Yissocher Frand – Exciting Summer Tour to Amsterdam, Alsace, Michelstadt & more[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Reserve now - we are filling up our 2nd and last bus on this spectacular European 5-star Summer Tour August 3-10, 2015.  Join world-renowned speakers Rabbi Yissocher Frand and Rabbi Menachem Nissel on a week-long luxury touring experience; inspiring Torah lectures, fascinating sites, 5 star hotels, and beautiful and freshly prepared Kosher L’Mehadrin ...    Full Story »

Felder: Don't Let Trees Stump Us

Felder: Don't Let Trees Stump Us“While trees can often help beautify our neighborhood, stumps that are left behind after a tree has been removed present an unsightly and often dangerous obstruction to homeowners and pedestrians,” said Senator Felder. “As part of the Senator On Site program, I make every effort to visit homes and help the owners resolve any issues they may have.” Senator Felder was joined by ...    Full Story »

Jewish Community Rescues Local Rabbi from Flooded Home

Jewish Community Rescues Local Rabbi from Flooded HomeThe Following is VIA OnlySimchas.com An unprecedented downpour of torrential rain triggered “extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening” conditions that centered on Texas and Oklahoma since Saturday. The mayor of Houston confirmed two deaths Tuesday morning, raising the death toll to 10. At least 12 people ...    Full Story »

Will Uber App Provide Transportation in Jerusalem on Shabbos?

Will Uber App Provide Transportation in Jerusalem on Shabbos?The battle by secular activists for public transportation in Yerushalayim on Shabbos may be taking a new direction. While to date the battle has been to operate buses, including limited privately-funded Friday night bus service, one solution that is looked upon as a possibility is Uber. CEO Uber Israel Yoni Greifman explains that the smartphone app permits one to hail a Huber cab in ...    Full Story »

Rick Santorum Faces Steep Climb In Second White House Run

Rick Santorum Faces Steep Climb In Second White House RunHe exceeded the political world's expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he readies a second White House run, Rick Santorum may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in 2016. An aggressive advocate for conservative family values, the 57-year-old Republican is announcing his presidential ...    Full Story »

Porush: We Got the Funding for Chareidi Summer Camps

Porush: We Got the Funding for Chareidi Summer CampsFormer Education Minister (Yesh Atid) Shai Piron was attacked by the chareidi tzibur for funding summer camp programs for public school students while excluding the chareidi tzibur. Piron defended himself by explaining it was not a decision against chareidim, but simply a program for public schoolers so chareidim were not eligible. When Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) took over for ...    Full Story »

Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call On NYC Council to Pass School Safety Bill For All NYC Schoolchildren

Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call On NYC Council to Pass School Safety Bill For All NYC SchoolchildrenHundreds of parents and children from Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and other non-public schools joined together today on the steps of City Hall with dozens of City Council members to demonstrate that all schoolchildren—public and non-public alike—deserve to be safe at school. The group rallied for the passage of Intro 65, a bill now before City Council, which will provide the same ...    Full Story »

Spring Valley: Pair Charged With Hate Crime Over Alleged Arson

Spring Valley: Pair Charged With Hate Crime Over Alleged ArsonA homeless man and a teenager have been charged with a hate crime for allegedly torching a Spring valley home. The Journal News says 29-year-old Anner Grijalva-Esquival and a 16-year-old boy face arson charges after allegedly torching an abandoned home in Spring Valley on May 13, as was     Full Story »

Sadigura Rebbe: Rocket Fire a Reminder from Shomayim

Sadigura Rebbe: Rocket Fire a Reminder from ShomayimFollowing the renewed rocket fire into southern Israel on Wednesday evening, some southern residents are calling on the government to act before the situation worsens. They insist that the same pattern repeats itself year after year and ...    Full Story »

Air France Jet in Near Miss With Giant Volcano in Cameroon

Air France Jet in Near Miss With Giant Volcano in CameroonAir France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon. Flight 953 took off from Malabo in Equatorial Guinea on May 2 and was cruising toward Douala, Cameroon's largest city, when the pilot rerouted the Boeing 777 to avoid a storm. A ground-proximity alarm in the ...    Full Story »

Petach Tikvah: Child Forgotten in a Vehicle on Heatwave Morning

Petach Tikvah: Child Forgotten in a Vehicle on Heatwave MorningA 2-year-old child was forgotten in a vehicle on Menachem Begin Street in Petach Tikvah on Wednesday morning 9 Sivan as the nation braces for a major sharav heatwave. When the family members returned to the vehicle they were shocked to see the toddler inside. Her mother removed her the vehicle and she ran her into her home and called EMS. Magen David Adom paramedics responded to the ...    Full Story »

Bein Ha’zmanim Fellowship On Politics, Torah Values: Deadline This Sunday

Bein Ha’zmanim Fellowship On Politics, Torah Values: Deadline This Sunday[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Applications for the Tikvah Institute for Yeshiva Men are due this Sundaynight. The program will take place during the last week of the upcoming kayitz bein ha’zmanim (August 9-16), and will explore ideas of how a Torah Jew should properly relate to the society in which he lives. Discussions will be led by renowned talmidei chachomim and professors of ...    Full Story »

Video Exposes Divisions Among Iran Officials on Nuke Talks

Video Exposes Divisions Among Iran Officials on Nuke TalksIranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media this week that shows a hard-line lawmaker trading barbs with the country's foreign minister over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. The video, which surfaced Monday, shows Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and hard-line lawmaker Mahdi Kouchakzadeh in a heated exchange, apparently at the end of a ...    Full Story »

Fires Reported Around Israel Amid Oppressive Heatwave

Fires Reported Around Israel Amid Oppressive HeatwaveSix people were treated for smoke inhalation on Wednesday morning 9 Sivan in a fire in the eastern capital attributed to the sharav heatwave. The victims were transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and to Shaare Zedek Medical Center. 13:00: Firefighters in Shomron are battling a blaze three kilometers from Yishuv Sla’it. Four planes are involved in the effort to protect the ...    Full Story »

Ford Recalls Nearly 423K Vehicles for Power Steering Problem

Ford Recalls Nearly 423K Vehicles for Power Steering ProblemFord is recalling nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail while they're being driven. The recall covers certain Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT from 2011 through 2013. Also covered are the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from 2011 through 2012 and some 2011 Mercury Milans. Ford says an intermittent ...    Full Story »

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Hikind Addresses Agudath Israel's Emergency Tax Credit Meeting

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Hikind Addresses Agudath Israel's  Emergency Tax Credit Meeting[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) addressed an Isru Chag Emergency Tax Credit Meeting on Tuesday afternoon to advise members of Agudah Israel of America and its affiliates regarding steps that need to be taken in hopes of achieving education tax credits this legislative session. Hikind was joined by his colleagues Assembly Members Phillip ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Homicide On Newkirk Avenue And East 17 Street

Flatbush: Homicide On Newkirk Avenue And East 17 StreetA person was shot dead on Newkirk Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Tuesday night. The NYPD tells YWN that at approximately 9:3-0PM, police responded to a 911 call of a male shot in the vicinity of East 17 Street and Newkirk Avenue - within the confines of the 70 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 27-year-old male lying unconscious in front of 1710 Newkirk ...    Full Story »

More on Nachal Sorek (Beit Shemesh) Blaze

More on Nachal Sorek (Beit Shemesh) BlazeIsrael fire department was on alert for forestry fires due to the heavy heatwave today, Wednesday, 9 Sivan. Fires are reported in a number of areas around Israel. In Tel Monde, three homes were totally destroyed until that blaze was declared under control. B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of loss of life or injuries. This blaze appears to have begun as a brush fire that spread ...    Full Story »

Embarrassing a Child: A Halachic Analysis (4 opinions)

Embarrassing a Child: A Halachic AnalysisBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Refuah Shleima of Boruch Zev Ben Bracha Reprinted from the Five Towns Jewish Times THE CASE The young girl must certainly have been pretty devastated. "Stacey" had misbehaved in class. Nothing excessive, but enough to get the teacher a bit upset. The teacher thundered at the fifth grader, "Now I know why they call you 'Chaya' - because you ...    Full Story »

Israel: Unemployment Falls to an All-Time Low

Israel: Unemployment Falls to an All-Time LowGood news according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), reporting unemployment has fallen to an all-time low, 4.9% as the number of working Israelis has hit an all-time high. The record-breaking level was achieved in April 2015. Among men, unemployment dropped to 4.9% in April, down from 5.2% and for women, 4.7%, down from 5.4% in March. The CBS report adds that the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi David Stav Calls on Israeli Ethiopians to Marry Via Tzohar Rabbonim (3 opinions)

Rabbi David Stav Calls on Israeli Ethiopians to Marry Via Tzohar RabbonimIn response to Israeli Ethiopian couples often having difficulty marrying, Tzohar Rabbonim is calling on them to marry with the organization’s rabbonim instead of via the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Tzohar leader Rabbi David Stav calls on members of Israel’s Ethiopian community who underwent giyur via Tzohar to circumvent the Chief Rabbinate and get married with Tzohar as ...    Full Story »

Court Does Not Permit Kochav HaShachar Defendants to Attend Shul (2 opinions)

Court Does Not Permit Kochav HaShachar Defendants to Attend ShulOn 27 Nissan, a police detective disguised as an Arab shepherd and three Arab shepherds approached Kochav HaShachar in an incident staged to provoke a disturbance. In total, five residents of Kochav HaShachar were detained on suspicion of assaulting the group, despite a lack of evidence implicating them. At the end of April 2015, three of the defendants were released to complete ...    Full Story »

Young Eilat Driver Loses his License for Excessive Speed (7 opinions)

Young Eilat Driver Loses his License for Excessive SpeedA young Eilat driver, 25, was detained by traffic police and his license was suspended when he was nabbed one night this week traveling 142 KPH in a 50 KPH zone inside the city. The young man was on the Hotel Bypass Road near the city’s airport. The young man was driving a new vehicle. He told police “I am excited” over the new vehicle and did not realize just how fast he was ...    Full Story »

Book Review: Marc Shapiro's "Changing the Immutable" (18 opinions)

Book Review: Marc Shapiro's by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Marc B. Shapiro CHANGING THE IMMUTABLE How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History 347pp. 978 1 904133 60 7 US: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization Published: 17 May 2015 Reprinted from the Five Towns Jewish Times Marc Shapiro is a brilliant writer who became famous for his penetrating study of Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg in his 1999 work, ...    Full Story »

Israel: Firefighters on Alert as Temperatures Expected to Soar

Israel: Firefighters on Alert as Temperatures Expected to SoarNo less than 600 firefighters are on alert status today, Wednesday, 9 Sivan, as a sweltering heatwave is expected.  These firefighters are standing by just to address reports of forest fire. In addition, twelve firefighting planes are ...    Full Story »
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Border Police Occupation of Yeshiva Ohd Yosef Chai Ending

Border Police Occupation of Yeshiva Ohd Yosef Chai EndingDefense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has announced that he is not going to extend the order that would permit the continued occupation of the Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar. After he have the order for border police to base in the yeshiva building the talmidim were compelled to find a new venue for their limud Torah. The border police began setting up base in the yeshiva in April 2014 as ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Touts Vision Zero Plan To Make NYC's Streets Safer (1 opinions)

De Blasio Touts Vision Zero Plan To Make NYC's Streets SaferMayor Bill de Blasio is touting the success of his Vision Zero program to reduce the number of pedestrian and traffic fatalities in New York City. De Blasio said on Tuesday that from January 1 to May 25 in 2013, there were 65 pedestrian fatalities. He said that last year, after he took office and some Vision Zero safety measures were put in place, that number fell to 47 over the ...    Full Story »

Shas Comes to the Aid of Houses of Worship in Arrears (2 opinions)

Shas Comes to the Aid of Houses of Worship in ArrearsShas party officials’ are working to prevent state collection officials from confiscating property from shuls in arrears. This action is prompted by state officials visiting the beis medrash of the Bitshkov Rebbe Shlita, where the air conditioners were confiscated. After collection officials moved in to the Tel Aviv shul, Shas decided to introduce a bill in the hope of passing a ...    Full Story »

State Dept. Files Proposal to Release Clinton Emails

State Dept. Files Proposal to Release Clinton Emailshe State Department has filed a proposal to resume the release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private account next month. The agency proposed in a court filing Tuesday that it would begin posting the emails on the department's website on June 30 and continue posting them every 60 days, with the goal of making all of them publicly available by ...    Full Story »

Efrat Elected Officials Stand Firmly Behind Rabbi Shlomo Riskin (9 opinions)

Efrat Elected Officials Stand Firmly Behind Rabbi Shlomo RiskinElected officials in Efrat have come out in a strong position of support for the city’s mora d’asra, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in light of efforts to compel him to step down by not renewing his control. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has signaled they will not renew Rabbi Riskin’s contract. The rav is 75-years-old. The news of the rabbi’s imminent forced retirement has elicited ...    Full Story »

Rav Lior: Israel Must Exercise Sovereignty Over Har Habayis (7 opinions)

Rav Lior: Israel Must Exercise Sovereignty Over Har HabayisSpeaking to Kol Chai Radio on Tuesday morning 8 Sivan, HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior Shlita spoke of the absolute requirement of the Government of Israel to exercise sovereignty over Har Habayis. The rav explained that Israel is the only place in the world in which a government prohibits Jewish tefilos in an area. He explained this reality is astoundingly painful and unacceptable, and the ...    Full Story »

Last Chance From Language Builders

Last Chance From Language Builders [COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Are you frustrated dealing with a student/child that has attention deficits? Do you have a student/child struggling with time management and organization? Do you have a student/child who tantrums quickly and is easily frustrated? Are you looking for practical strategies to learn how to help your student/child succeed in life? Now is YOUR chance to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Hosts Free Legal Services Wednesday

Greenfield Hosts Free Legal Services WednesdayCouncilman David G. Greenfield is teaming up yet again with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to get his constituents free legal help. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27th, the NYLAG mobile van will be parked outside the Councilman’s district office (4424 16 Avenue, Boro Park) to offer assistance to residents who seek legal guidance but cannot afford an attorney. Anyone ...    Full Story »

Minister Ariel: I Expect PM Netanyahu to Adhere to Coalition Agreements (1 opinions)

Minister Ariel: I Expect PM Netanyahu to Adhere to Coalition AgreementsAmid reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to renew negotiations with the PA (Palestinian Authority) regarding settlement blocs in Yehuda and Shomron, Minister of Agriculture (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Ariel stated “If these rumors are true, this proposal is a dangerous precedent that clearly contradicts the first clause of the coalition guidelines regarding to the Jewish ...    Full Story »

Mayor Barkat: New Ministerial Appointment is a Waste of Taxpayer Funds (2 opinions)

Mayor Barkat: New Ministerial Appointment is a Waste of Taxpayer FundsWith the return of Gilad Erdan to the cabinet, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu felt that Minister of Absorption Ze’ev Elkin must be ‘compensated’ after he have his Minister of Strategic Affairs portfolio to Erdan. As a result, Elkin was given ...    Full Story »

Obama Urges Senate to Renew Phone-Records Program

Obama Urges Senate to Renew Phone-Records ProgramPresident Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. "This needs to get done," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "It's necessary to keep the American people safe and secure." But with the May 31 deadline approaching, there was scant ...    Full Story »

Jewish Contributions Celebrated on Capitol Hill (2 opinions)

Jewish Contributions Celebrated on Capitol Hill The Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building was packed with more than 200 legislators, Jewish leaders and their supporters who participated in a bi-partisan celebration of American Jewish Heritage Month to recognize the many contributions of the Jewish people to the United States. As President Ronald Reagan declared in 1981, when he first established Jewish Heritage ...    Full Story »

Egypt Opens Rafiach Crossing in One Direction for Two Days (1 opinions)

Egypt Opens Rafiach Crossing in One Direction for Two DaysFor the first time in since March of this year, Egypt has opened the Rafiach Crossing to Gaza, albeit in one direction and for only two days. The vital crossing remains closed due to the frequency of terrorist attacks against Egyptian forces in Sinai. The opening of the crossing on Tuesday, 8 Sivan 5775, will provide Gazans with an opportunity to return home. Gazans will however ...    Full Story »

IRS HACKED: Info From More Than 100,000 Compromised

IRS HACKED: Info From More Than 100,000 CompromisedThieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required ...    Full Story »


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