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Why So Many Chose 'Chareidim' Kashrus This Year

Why So Many Chose 'Chareidim' Kashrus This Year
Worldwide stringent leaders in kashrus mark a year since the founding of the renowned chareidim hechsher as one of the most reliable of kashrus seals the world over. Pesach is the focal point of stringencies in kashrus for Jews. It's therefore the opportune time to mark the monumental point which has been reached just a year to date, with the founding of the new hechsher, chareidim . With its noteworthy commendation as one of the purest forms of kashrus and elite standard requirements, chareidim has made a name for itself as the best for ...

Jerusalem Councilman King Warns of Mayor Barkat's Plan to Legalize Illegal Arab Construction

Jerusalem Councilman King Warns of Mayor Barkat's Plan to Legalize Illegal Arab ConstructionAccording to Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, is about to give the okay for a plan that will legalize illegal Arab construction in the city. King is referring to Plan 30006, which will in effect whitewash illegal Arab construction retroactively, referring to homes in the Jabil Mukhaber neighborhood of the city. King reports the plan would legalize 700 ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism

Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism[By Ronn Torossian] Every so often I see a press release that causes a double take. Last week’s came from the Town of Mamakating, in upstate New York’s Sullivan County, when I noticed the curious statement, “We respect the Sullivan County Board of Elections for its commitment to ensure that all those who are eligible to vote in Bloomingburg today can vote – and only those who ...    Full Story »

Representatives of the 'Arab Joint List', Received at the President's Residence Following March from the South

Representatives of the 'Arab Joint List', Received at the President's Residence Following March from the SouthRepresentatives of the 'Arab Joint List', together with heads of Arab municipalities in the south of Israel were on Sunday afternoon 9 Nissan, received by First Lady, Mrs. Nechama Rivlin together with President's Office officials. The representatives arrived at the President's Residence having taken part in a march from 'unrecognized' Bedouin villages in the south. The ...    Full Story »

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in Williamsburg

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in WilliamsburgHeading into the week of the Passover Holiday, the New York City Fire Department today distributed Smoke Detectors to Williamsburg residents on the request of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO). The Fire Department was joined by Red Cross representatives offering to install the smoke detectors in the apartments. In wake of the devastating tragedy ...    Full Story »

Pesach Accompanied by Increased Efforts to Smuggle Illegal Meat And Eggs into Israel

Pesach Accompanied by Increased Efforts to Smuggle Illegal Meat And Eggs into IsraelOne of the trends concerning authorities before Yomtov is the smuggling of illegal meat and eggs into Israel. Agriculture Ministry inspectors are doing their utmost to prevent illegal products from entering the marketplace. Just last week able 488,233 eggs, a ton of meat and poultry, and 676kg of cheeses were confiscated. Over the weekend an illegal slaughterhouse was discovered ...    Full Story »

In Wake of Attacks, Philanthropists Donate 100,000 Euros to Danish Jewish Community Toward Enhanced Security

In Wake of Attacks, Philanthropists Donate 100,000 Euros to Danish Jewish Community Toward Enhanced SecurityToday, a group of international philanthropists announced that they donated 100,000 Euros to the Danish Jewish community to enhance security at Jewish houses of worship and other community venues, in the wake of February’s terrorist attacks. The money comes from the funders of Genesis Philanthropy Group, a private foundation best known for supporting identity-building projects among ...    Full Story »

Family Court Convenes to Discuss Maran HaRav Ovadia's Will

Family Court Convenes to Discuss Maran HaRav Ovadia's WillA family court convened on Monday 10 Nissan to address the controversy surrounding the will of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L. Kikar Shabbos News reports the court’s Vice President Justice Menachem Cohen is hearing the case in the hope of negotiating a settlement between family members. The children of Maran agreed to Justice Cohen handling the case. The dispute surrounds ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: It's Worse Than We Thought

Op-Ed: It's Worse Than We Thought[By Jonathan Attias] “And a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” (Exodus 1:8) Those words have a very troubling ring to anyone familiar with the rest of the story. Ironically, those words could also be used to describe the current state of the relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Let’s not fool ourselves; since ...    Full Story »

MK Eichler to PM Netanyahu on Kimcha D'pischa

MK Eichler to PM Netanyahu on Kimcha D'pischaAm Yisrael is busy preparing for Pesach, which includes addressing organizations collecting for kimcha d’pischa. According to MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Yisrael Eichler, who has been in contact with chessed organizations, the Ministry of Welfare today gives a mere 8 shekels towards every 150 shekel Pesach package they deliver. They add that last Pesach, the ministry gave 40 shekels per ...    Full Story »

Disappointed At EITC'S Exclusion From Budget, Hikind Vows To Fight On (1 opinions)

Disappointed At EITC'S Exclusion From Budget, Hikind Vows To Fight OnAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) expressed his dismay at the exclusion of the Education Investment Tax Credits Act (EITC) from Albany’s budget. “My colleagues and I—along with many others—struggled for a long time to make the case for these tax credits,” he said. “I am utterly disappointed that something as basic as helping all children didn’t receive the full ...    Full Story »

RCCS Expresses Deep Appreciation to Outgoing Executive Director

RCCS Expresses Deep Appreciation to Outgoing Executive Director Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) this week announced they will bid farewell to their Executive Director, Rabbi Yosef C. Golding, after nearly a decade of dedicated service and wished him well as he continues his life of chesed serving in the newly created position of COO for Agudath Israel of America beginning May 1. In a statement to volunteers within the organization, R’ ...    Full Story »

Stressed? Worried? Get Connected at the Center for Anxiety

Stressed? Worried? Get Connected at the Center for Anxiety[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] The Connections Program for Spiritual and Psychological Development Previously offered as a 16-session spiritually-based treatment program for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress, the Connections Program has been revised and is now being offered as a 12-week workshop for ANYONE who is seeking spiritual and psychological ...    Full Story »

Prosecution Rests Its Case Against Boston Marathon Bomber

Prosecution Rests Its Case Against Boston Marathon BomberProsecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. At least three jurors cried and wiped their eyes with tissues as they looked at photos of ...    Full Story »

Speed Camera Tickets Bring Nearly $17M In Revenue For NYC

Speed Camera Tickets Bring Nearly $17M In Revenue For NYCSpeed cameras have produced a surge in tickets and generated nearly $17 million in revenue for New York City. The Daily News reports that last year more than 445,000 speed-camera tickets were issues. That’s compared to nearly 118,000 issued manually by police officers over the same period. According to data obtained via a Freedom of Information Law, the News says more than $5 ...    Full Story »

NSA: 1 Dead After Car Rams Police Vehicle At Fort Meade (1 opinions)

NSA: 1 Dead After Car Rams Police Vehicle At Fort MeadeOfficers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said. One of the men died, and the other man and the officer were hurt. A police officer and the other man in the vehicle also were hurt, the NSA said in a news release. Investigators have not ...    Full Story »

Months After Being Murdered by a Terrorist, Victim’s Kever Vandalized

Months After Being Murdered by a Terrorist, Victim’s Kever VandalizedRav Avrohom Wallis HY”D, 29, a father of six, was murdered in a Jerusalem terror attack on Monday, 8 Menachem Av 5774 by an Arab terrorist     Full Story »

1 Of 2 Victims Of NYC Explosion Is Officially Identified (1 opinions)

1 Of 2 Victims Of NYC Explosion Is Officially IdentifiedAfter two bodies were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to the cause of the massive explosion and fire and investigated the possibility that someone might have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings. "There's reason to believe so far that there may have been inappropriate tampering with the gas lines within ...    Full Story »

NY Starts Out-Of-Network Health Coverage Protections

NY Starts Out-Of-Network Health Coverage ProtectionsNew protections against big surprise medical bills are starting in New York. They require insurance payments for out-of-network medical treatment in emergencies, when similar services or specialists are unavailable within the insurer’s network or when care is provided without the patient’s knowledge. They don’t cover cases where consumers simply choose an outside physician ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Boro Park JCC Distributes Grape Juice For Pesach Joy (3 opinions)

PHOTOS: Boro Park JCC Distributes Grape Juice For Pesach JoyAs part of its effort to serve the community, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) distributed over 2000 cases of grape juice for Pesach distribution. The grape juice, obtained through the efforts of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, was in addition to the close to $100,000 in food vouchers that had been previously distributed. Joining JCC in assisting were a host of ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Delegation of US Senators Led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (1 opinions)

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Delegation of US Senators Led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning 9 Nissan, met with a delegation of US Senators led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Intelligence Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz also attended the meeting. At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said "We are very much concerned for our common interests by the developments in the ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Extra Garbage Pickups Before Pesach Arranged By Community Board 14

Flatbush: Extra Garbage Pickups Before Pesach Arranged By Community Board 14Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Manager Shawn Campbell tells YWN that extra sanitation pickups have been arranged for the Flatbush community ahead of Pesach. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has approved the Board's plan for additional Sanitation collection services in portions of the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas to assist residents in preparation ...    Full Story »

Focus Shifts to Cause of NYC Explosion After 2 Bodies Found

Focus Shifts to Cause of NYC Explosion After 2 Bodies FoundAfter two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings. "There's reason to believe so far that there may have been inappropriate tampering with the gas lines within the ...    Full Story »
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Midwood’s 16 Handles Ice Cream Store Open for Pesach (1 opinions)

Midwood’s 16 Handles Ice Cream Store Open for Pesach Have a craving for some soft-serve ice cream on Pesach? Chol hamoed is a week long, and you want to take your family out for a cool treat after a long day out on the town? No problem! For the first time ever, 16 Handles at 1351 Coney Island Ave. (on the corner of Avenue J) in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood, will be certified KOSHER FOR PESACH by the Kof-K. Beginning on erev ...    Full Story »

Lieberman Likely to Remain Foreign Minister (2 opinions)

Lieberman Likely to Remain Foreign MinisterIt is difficult to understand what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has planned for the Bayit Yehudi party vis-à-vis the new coalition government as it appears that he is not favoring the party as he promised would be the case. Bayit Yehudi officials accuse Likud and the prime minister of falling short of promises to regard Bayit Yehudi as a senior coalition partner following ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]

Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]The annual pre-Passover food distribution by the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO) in partnership with the Met Council - that took place today (Sunday) in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – will help feed many thousands during the upcoming Passover holiday. The UJO’s annual distribution is conducted in a drive thru system, with two rows of open-trunked ...    Full Story »

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of Opening

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of OpeningA roller coaster at New York City's Coney Island amusement park got stuck on the first day of the season, leaving passengers briefly stranded atop the wooden structure. Witnesses tell the Daily News about 24 passengers on the first run of the Cyclone at Luna Park on Sunday were readying for the initial drop when it suddenly stopped. They say park employees went to the top of the ...    Full Story »

Kahlon Shows Flexibility towards Yahadut Hatorah

Kahlon Shows Flexibility towards Yahadut HatorahAfter speaking with MK Mosher Gafne, who has been promised the post of heading the Knesset Finance Committee in the 20th Knesset, Kulanu party leader MK Moshe Kahlon has agreed to refrain from demanding the post for his party. Gafne apparently promised Kahlon that the cooperation they enjoyed in the 18th Knesset would continue in the 20th Knesset with Gafne heading the powerful Knesset ...    Full Story »

Gebrochts, Pesach Cakes and More (3 opinions)

Gebrochts, Pesach Cakes and More[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] In the past 25 years, Pesach cakes have almost become completely gebrochts-free. They have also become quite expensive. Indeed, one recent shopper at Brach’s supermarket in Lawrence, new York recently commented, “I have become gebroke from gebrochts!” What is gebrochts all about and where did it come from? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 461:4) writes that ...    Full Story »

Investigators Focus on German Co-Pilot's Mental State (2 opinions)

Investigators Focus on German Co-Pilot's Mental StateEuropean investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. Returning from a meeting with his counterparts in Germany, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel told The Associated Press that authorities want to find out ...    Full Story »

1 Dead After Gunfight At Gate To NSA (1 opinions)

1 Dead After Gunfight At Gate To NSAOne person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., military base near a gate to the National Security Agency, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials. The officials said a firefight ensued after the car tried to crash the gate, and at least one of the two people in the car died. Fort ...    Full Story »

Bnei Brak: Child Injured by Drinking Bleach (1 opinions)

Bnei Brak: Child Injured by Drinking BleachA 6-year-old boy was treated by Ichud Hatzalah on Sunday 9 Nissan after he ingested bleach. The bleach was brought to the home in an empty bottle of soft drink. The call came in for a home on Ben-Zakai Street in Bnei Brak. EMTs arriving on the scene consulted with a poison center. B”H the child was listed in light condition. Ichud (United) Hatzalah calls on parents and ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach Dumpsters

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach DumpstersAssemblywoman Helene Weinstein is pleased to announce the return of the successful “Chametz dumpster” program for residents of the greater East 30’s, Midwood, and Marine Park neighborhoods. For over two decades, the Assemblywoman has been coordinating with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on complementary Pesach garbage collections. The dumpster program, started in 2008 ...    Full Story »

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech FutureThe following is an unedited AP article: The last ever Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side — a neighborhood that's been dubbed the "Jewish Plymouth Rock" but is rapidly gentrifying. The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. ...    Full Story »

ArtScroll Offers Free Resources to Prepare for Pesach

ArtScroll Offers Free Resources to Prepare for Pesach[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Pesach is just a week away, and there’s so much work to be done and preparation to get through. ArtScroll aims to help you out with your preparation by sharing halachic guides, menu planning resources, free Haggadah downloads, free Pesach recipes, and more on The Official ArtScroll Blog. Click here for a list of all free ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu's Statement on Possible Agreement Between the USA And Iran (1 opinions)

PM Netanyahu's Statement on Possible Agreement Between the USA And IranPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday 10 Nissan, issued the following statement at a ceremony to honor outstanding Prime Minister's Office employees: "The agreement being formulated in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price for aggression and on the contrary – that Iran's aggression is to be rewarded. The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially ...    Full Story »

Prosecutor Fears Former Chief Rabbi Will Flee the Country to Avoid Prosecution (2 opinions)

Prosecutor Fears Former Chief Rabbi Will Flee the Country to Avoid ProsecutionThe prosecution has declined a request from attorneys of former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, who wishes to fly to Europe to take part in a family simcha. The prosecutor fears Rabbi Metzger will seek to flee prosecution if permitted to travel abroad. The rabbi’s willingness to forfeit a sum of money as collateral did nothing to persuade the prosecution to change its mind. Rabbi ...    Full Story »


Video of Interest: A Timely Powerful תפלה Encapsulated in a Powerful Melody

As חדש ניסן is upon us, the month of חרות, the month of גאולה, one cannot help but think about all of the צרות that we are facing across every part of the world. Without exception. We are all in it together. We can feel each others worry and pain. Who can say they are not ready nor anxious to see the גאולה שלימה immediately! This coming Pesach let's come together as one. Let us Sing as One Nation in harmony. A תפלה in אחדות. A cry that will pierce the above from all corners of earth. מי שעשה נסים לאבותינו וגאל אותם מעבדות לחרות. הוא יגאל אותנו בקרוב ויקבץ נדחינו מארבע כנפות הארץ חברים כל ישראל, ונאמר אמן.

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Video of Interest: Mendy J - Habeit Reimagined (Ft. Chananya Begun) (21 opinions)

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Chananya Begun and New Sound Productions is proud to present a brand new concept: Featuring Mendy J, this is a new video titled Habeit - Reimagined. Based on the legendary Abie Rotenberg's composition, Mendy J delivers an incredible performance. His vocals truly capture the essence of what this song is - a heartfelt cry to Hashem. Take that, and add on Chananya's well known cutting edge approach to musical arrangement, but an arrangement that brings out that emotion even more. What happens is something that is truly astounding, combining various aspects of Jewish Music as you have never heard it before. This music video was shot in a way that brings out that raw emotion and creativity to the viewer. This is a song of hope, so let us be hopeful for Am Yisroel, even in the toughest of times. Uvechol Zos, shimcha lo shachachnu.

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