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Halachic Analysis: Dressing Up On Purim

Halachic Analysis: Dressing Up On Purim
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] It is surely not one of our run-of-the-mill Minhagim. Generally, our Minhagim deal with simanim – signs that indicate good mazel rather than bad fortune. They deal with eating or not eating specific foods- Example: Shvuos we eat milchigs, Chanukah – latkes, Rosh HaShana – honey. We don’t eat nuts or chrein during Yomim Noraim. Our other Minhagim deal with special Tefilos at special places: Kaparos with chicken or money, Tashlich by the water. But dressing up? Where and when did this come from? The ...

YWN LIVE STREAM STARTS AT 10:45 AM EST - NETANYAHU WARNS CONGRESS ABOUT NUCLEAR IRAN (3 opinions)

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YISMACH, Linking Shadchanim and Singles

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O'Malley Now Has 2016 Option: A Run For President, Or Senate

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Ferguson News Guide: No Charges Expected For Policeman

Ferguson News Guide: No Charges Expected For PolicemanThe federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown led to two separate federal ...    Full Story »

OP-Ed: Hakeem Jeffries: Courage By Any Other Name (1 opinions)

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Body-Camera Maker Has Financial Ties To Police Chiefs

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NY Lawmakers To Try Again To Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

NY Lawmakers To Try Again To Pass 'Toxic Toy' BillTwo New York state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright said Monday they will push the legislation again after it failed to pass the state Senate last year. The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals considered ...    Full Story »

NY Senate Backs Term Limits For Legislative Leadership Posts

NY Senate Backs Term Limits For Legislative Leadership PostsNew York's state Senate has endorsed term limits on legislative leadership, though the idea is unlikely to win approval in the Assembly. The Senate voted Monday to impose eight-year limits on the Senate leader, Assembly speaker and minority leaders and committee chairpersons in both chambers. Those individuals could keep their legislative seats but couldn't continue in their ...    Full Story »

Netanyahu Assails Iran Deal, Touts US-Israel Ties (1 opinions)

Netanyahu Assails Iran Deal, Touts US-Israel TiesSeeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not — and could not — fully understand his nation's vital security concerns. "American leaders worry about the security of their country," Netanyahu said as he opened a controversial trip to ...    Full Story »

Google Selling Wireless Plans To Get More People Online

Google Selling Wireless Plans To Get More People OnlineSearch giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it's shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday at the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, that it will soon sell data plans for smartphones and tablets in the U.S. The ...    Full Story »

Poll: PM Netanyahu Loses Significant Support (1 opinions)

Poll: PM Netanyahu Loses Significant SupportA TRI poll carried out for Nana 10 News shows a significant decline in support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Respondents were requested to select between Mr. Netanyahu or Labor party leader Yitzchak Herzog for prime minister. While Netanyahu is still in the lead, he only scored 39% support as opposed to Herzog with 33%. The same poll a week earlier showed Mr. ...    Full Story »

GOP: Our Plans Would Help People Losing Health Subsidies

GOP: Our Plans Would Help People Losing Health SubsidiesCongressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country's health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. The plans — one set from three GOP House chairmen, another from three top Republican senators — were far from ...    Full Story »

Rav Mazuz Defends Eli Yishai Against Rav David Yosef (2 opinions)

Rav Mazuz Defends Eli Yishai Against Rav David YosefHaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita released a statement that Yachad leader Eli Yishai is quite capable of reading Hebrew without vowels despite recent statements released by Rabbi David ...    Full Story »

Survey: Parents Increasingly Ask Doctors To Delay Vaccines (1 opinions)

Survey: Parents Increasingly Ask Doctors To Delay VaccinesParents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least ...    Full Story »

Shas Torah Election Event in Yad Eliyahu Stadium

Shas Torah Election Event in Yad Eliyahu StadiumThe Shas party is hosting a “Torah Kenos” in Yad Eliyahu Stadium on Tuesday, 12 Adar. The event is dubbed “A chizuk for Shas in the path of Maran”. Organizers stress the party is the only one that follows the path of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L, clearly sending a message that the break off Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai is not following this same ...    Full Story »

Rav Shalom Cohen: Ramot to Observe Purim on 15 Adar (3 opinions)

Rav Shalom Cohen: Ramot to Observe Purim on 15 AdarFor Sephardim living in the Ramot neighborhood of Yerushalayim, one can only imagine there is an element of confusion. For those who followed Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L they acted in accordance with Maran’s psak and observed Purim in Ramot on the 14th of Adar. However, Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita     Full Story »

A Global Purim Shiur with World-Renowned Chabad Chossid and Mashpia Rabbi Manis Friedman

A Global Purim Shiur with World-Renowned Chabad Chossid and Mashpia Rabbi Manis FriedmanIt's Good to Know invites you to join Rabbi Manis Friedman for a free Purim Inspiration Tele-Conference titled:   The Megillah: A story that was, or a story that will be?    Every story in the Torah has numerous layers.    In this tele-conference, Rabbi Friedman will help you find a lesson from the Purim story that will change your life, and perhaps the ...    Full Story »

Most NYC Representatives Attending Netanyahu's Speech (3 opinions)

Most NYC Representatives Attending Netanyahu's SpeechMost of New York City's congressional members plan to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the House of Representatives. Netanyahu's speech has drawn scrutiny. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu — who's facing re-election in Israel — without notifying President Barack Obama. Obama and Netanyahu are not scheduled to meet. Sens. Charles Schumer ...    Full Story »

Court Orders a Mediator in Dispute Over Maran HaRav Ovadia's Will (3 opinions)

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Senate Dems Block Negotiations On Homeland Bill

Senate Dems Block Negotiations On Homeland BillSenate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy. A test vote on the issue was 47-43, far short of the 60 needed to begin House-Senate talks on the subject. The day's events leave Republicans with dwindling ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Chai Lifeline Winter Family Retreat - Families Giving Each Other Strength and Optimism

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Former IDF Chief: The Order Was Never Given to Strike Iran

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NY Officials Call For Homeland Security Funding

NY Officials Call For Homeland Security FundingMayor Bill de Blasio and members of New York City's Congressional delegation are calling for long-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Some Republicans in the House of Representatives have threatened to deprive funding as a protest over President Obama's actions on immigration reform. A one-week extension of funding was passed on Friday. The agency has ...    Full Story »

Megillas Lester: An Upside Down, Inside Out Purim Adventure (1 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Throughout Jewish entertainment history, there were those who strove to push the limits of excellence and completely reinvent the status quo. These gifted visionaries tilted the frum showbiz world on its axis, making previous performance ...    Full Story »

White House: Funding Debacle Shows GOP's Failed Leadership

White House: Funding Debacle Shows GOP's Failed LeadershipThe White House says the one-week extension of Homeland Security funding passed by Congress reflects the "failed leadership" of Republicans in Congress. President Barack Obama signed the extension Friday just minutes before funding was to run out. It's still unclear how Congress will fund the agency beyond the end of this week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was ...    Full Story »
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Trailer Paying Tribute to Slain Rabbi to Travel Across US

Trailer Paying Tribute to Slain Rabbi to Travel Across USThe Following is VIA WSVN.COM A South Florida community came together Sunday to remember a New York rabbi who was gunned down near a South Florida synagogue as loved ones prepare to embark on a mission of peace and healing across America. Upbeat music played ...    Full Story »

Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg: One Mustn’t Vote for a Party with Non-Frum Persons on the List (6 opinions)

Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg: One Mustn’t Vote for a Party with Non-Frum Persons on the ListProminent posek HaGaon HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Shlita has instructed talmidim who approached him for guidance regarding the upcoming elections they may not vote for Bayit Yehudi or any other party with persons on the ticket who are mechalel Shabbos. Rav Goldberg is quoted telling his talmidim that the Torah prohibits voting for a party that contains non-frum people on the ...    Full Story »

Prosecutors in NYC Urge Jury to Convict Man in Al-Qaida Plot

Prosecutors in NYC Urge Jury to Convict Man in Al-Qaida PlotProsecutors are urging a U.S. jury to convict a Pakistani man on charges he was part of a terror conspiracy to attack targets in America and Europe. Jurors began hearing closing arguments Monday at the trial of Abid Naseer in federal court in New York City. Naseer testified last week that emails he wrote in 2009 contained innocent banter about women he met while studying in ...    Full Story »

'Mr. Netanyahu, 6 Million Holocaust Victims Thank You for Traveling to Washington' (4 opinions)

'Mr. Netanyahu, 6 Million Holocaust Victims Thank You for Traveling to Washington'The “Our Eretz Yisrael” organization released a message of support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he prepares to give his controversial address to the United States Congress. “All of Am Yisrael stands behind you as you embark on your trip to Washington for your shlichus to save Am Yisrael from another Holocaust. The lesson from the Holocaust is that we may not remain ...    Full Story »

Poll: Most Want to See Unity between Yachad And Shas (3 opinions)

Poll: Most Want to See Unity between Yachad And ShasA new Magar Mochot election poll carried out for Kol Berama Radio shows that if elections were held today, Shas would receive 7 seats, Yahadut Hatorah 7 and Yachad 5. The poll, which was supervised by Professor Yitzchak Katz, was released on Monday, 11 Adar during the “Eight to Ten” program hosted by Mordechai Lavi. Labor/The Movement: 24 Likud: 23 Bayit Yehudi: ...    Full Story »

Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand: Amsterdam, Alsace, Strasbourg, Michelstadt & more! (2 opinions)

Summer Tour with Rabbi Yissocher Frand: Amsterdam, Alsace, Strasbourg, Michelstadt & more! [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Announcing registration now opened for the Nesivos / Jewish Legacy Tours  - Summer Tour 2015 – Jewels of Jewish Europe – August 3-10, 2015! This summer treat yourself to the ultimate summer tour and vacation; Amsterdam, Alsace, Strasbourg, Michelstadt, Antwerp, Frankfurt am Main, Worms, Mainz & more! Explore the the enchanting villages, historical ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND TEXT: PM Netanyahu's Address at the AIPAC Policy Conference (2 opinions)

VIDEO AND TEXT: PM Netanyahu's Address at the AIPAC Policy Conference[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Following is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s address given at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Monday, 11 Adar. “Thank you. Wow, 16,000 people. Anyone here from California? Florida? New York? Well, these are the easy ones. How about Colorado? Indiana? I think I got it. Montana? Texas? You're here in record numbers. You're here from coast to ...    Full Story »

Kansas: Suspect Declared 'Heil Hitler!' After Jewish Site Shootings

Kansas: Suspect Declared 'Heil Hitler!' After Jewish Site ShootingsA man accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas declared "Heil Hitler!" and asked how many Jews he had killed after the attacks, a police officer who was at the scene testified Monday. Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, is charged with capital murder in the April 13, 2014, shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and at ...    Full Story »

Obama: 'Now Is the Moment' for Police to Make Changes

Obama: 'Now Is the Moment' for Police to Make ChangesPresident Barack Obama says now is the moment for police to make changes that build trust in minority communities. The president on Monday announced findings of a policing task force he appointed in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama says the shooting in Ferguson and another in New York City exposed ...    Full Story »

Bostoner Rebbe Yerushalayim on the Upcoming Elections (3 opinions)

Bostoner Rebbe Yerushalayim on the Upcoming ElectionsMany mispallalim and chassidim are turning to the Bostoner Rebbe of Yerushalayim Shlita seeking guidance regarding the upcoming elections for 20th Knesset. The rebbe was escorted by Yachad party leader Eli Yishai to meet with HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita in the rav’s home. The rebbe’s position is clear, that first and foremost, all eligible voters must get out and vote on ...    Full Story »

US Official: US-Israel Ties Should Never Be 'Politicized'

US Official: US-Israel Ties Should Never Be 'Politicized'A top Obama administration official declared Monday that the relationship between the United States and Israel “should never be politicized,” while defending President Barack Obama’s high-stakes bid for a nuclear deal with Iran. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s address came amid heightened tensions between the long-time allies, sparked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...    Full Story »

Hikind Appeals To Democratic Congressional Reps To Reconsider Boycott Of Netanyahu Address

Hikind Appeals To Democratic Congressional Reps To Reconsider Boycott Of Netanyahu AddressNY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is appealing to fellow Democrats not to turn their backs on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is scheduled to address Congress tomorrow. In an impassioned appeal to each individual Democrat who has publicly stated his or her intentions not to attend Netanyahu’s address, Hikind is urging the lawmakers to remember that it is Iran, ...    Full Story »

Rav Amar Remains with R' Ovadia’s Psak Halacha Regarding Purim in Ramot (6 opinions)

Rav Amar Remains with R' Ovadia’s Psak Halacha Regarding Purim in RamotDays after Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita announced his ruling regarding the observance of Purim for residents of Ramot, Jerusalem Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita released his ...    Full Story »

Hakaras HaTov After 75 Years: Emotional Gathering At The Mirrer Yeshiva With Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, Japanese Hero (3 opinions)

Hakaras HaTov After 75 Years: Emotional Gathering At The Mirrer Yeshiva With Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, Japanese HeroA special gathering was held in the Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn to express hakaras hatov to Mr. Nobuki Sugihara, the son of Mr. Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Ambassador at the onset of WW II who was instrumental in saving the Mirrer Yeshiva during the Holocaust. In order to appreciate this meeting, we must go back in time and review some historical information. As is well known, the ...    Full Story »


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