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Levaya for Former French Chief Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sitruk ZT’L

Levaya for Former French Chief Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sitruk ZT’L
The levaya for former Chief Rabbi of France Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sitruk ZT”L began on Sunday night in France. The meis was flown to Israel and the levaya in Eretz Yisrael will begin at 10:00AM on Monday, 23 Elul, from the Beit Levy Shul at 48 Yosef Chachmi Street. Following hespedim, the levaya will continue to Har HaZeisim for kvura. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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PM Netanyahu Issues An Apology To Bereaved Families

PM Netanyahu Issues An Apology To Bereaved Families
In recent comments to the media, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave chizuk to the father of Sgt. Elor Azaria, who is in the midst of a manslaughter trial for firing at a wounded neutralized terrorist who just stabbed a fellow soldier. His remarks led some to believe that he was making a comparison between Azaria and bereaved families; those who lost their loved ones in terror attacks or fallen in line in the IDF or another security agency. He explained on his Facebook page that he knows ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Azariya On Trial For Manslaughter But When A Colonel Does It...

Azariya On Trial For Manslaughter But When A Colonel Does It...
The defense attorney in the manslaughter trial of Sgt. Elor Azariya wishes to bring IDF Colonel Yisrael Shomer as a witness. The court on Sunday was scheduled to issue its ruling in the case. Back in July 2015, Colonel Shomer, who was serving as the Binyamin Brigade commander, came under attack with large stones. The windshield of his command vehicle was pierced and B’chasdei Hashem, no one was killed or injured. Shomer got out of the vehicle and fired in the air to distance the Arab ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

More Hillary Clinton Emails To Be Released By State Department

More Hillary Clinton Emails To Be Released By State Department
The State Department told a federal judge Friday it found 5,600 work-related emails from a disk of deleted messages recovered from the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, raising the possibility of further disclosures on a subject that has dogged the Democrat’s presidential bid. The judge ordered the department to produce as many as 1,050 pages of documents in three batches to the plaintiff, Judicial Watch, before the Nov. 8 presidential election, with the ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

PHOTOS: PM Netanyahu Meets With Hillary Clinton

PHOTOS: PM Netanyahu Meets With Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening, hours after he huddled with GOP nominee Donald Trump. Clinton “reaffirmed her unwavering commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship” during the meeting, senior campaign aide said. The two leaders had an “in-depth” conversation about the nations’s shared “overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.” The aide said that Clinton ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Should Children Be Collecting Tzedakah?

Should Children Be Collecting Tzedakah?
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times A horrific incident in Boro Park brings to mind an important question we need to ask ourselves. The incident occurred when a nine year old Chassidic child, collecting money for his yeshiva was lured into a van. The man had promised the young boy five dollars if he would enter the van. The man then exposed the child to an unspeakable act, rachmana litzlan. Boruch Hashem, the man was arrested last Friday. The question we need to ...
(6 opinions  |   September 25 )

Russia Set To Moderate Talks Between Israel And The PA

Russia Set To Moderate Talks Between Israel And The PA
Russia has announced a willingness to act as moderator in resumed diplomatic talks between Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority). Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Friday, 20 Elul, that his country is willing to step in and play this major role towards jumpstarting negotiations between Israel and the PA. According to the Sputnik News Agency report, Moscow expresses support for any action that will bring the sides closer together and advance peace efforts. The senior ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Q And Answer: A Mortgage Exec Reflects on Housing Market's Challenges

Q And Answer: A Mortgage Exec Reflects on Housing Market's Challenges
From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. So are prices. Mortgage rates are near historic lows. But the picture gets more complicated the deeper you dig into the data. U.S. home ownership rates have sunk to a half-century low. And qualifying for a mortgage requires an all-but-pristine credit score. Which can make life hard for both would-be sellers and buyers. The Associated Press spoke with Rohit Gupta, chief executive of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, about ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

PM Netanyahu Holds Special Meeting With Over 15 Heads Of State And Representatives From African Countries

PM Netanyahu Holds Special Meeting With Over 15 Heads Of State And Representatives From African Countries
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, today on Thursday 19 Elul, at the United Nations in New York, held a special meeting with over 15 heads of state and representatives from African countries. Prime Minister Netanyahu told his interlocutors that he believes that Israel could be an amazing partner for their countries. He said that technology changes everything, including in communications, medicine, agriculture and education. He noted that Israel wants to share its technology with African ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

New York Bomber Was Twice Flagged By U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials

New York Bomber Was Twice Flagged By U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials
The man accused of carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey was flagged by Customs and Border Protection officials for questioning at least twice over the past few years after returning from Pakistan, but in both cases they found no reason to deny him entry to the United States, law enforcement officials said. Ahmad Khan Rahami, who remains heavily sedated in a New Jersey hospital after a police shootout that resulted in his arrest Monday, was one of thousands of such individuals ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Terrorist Murderer Drops Dead While Playing Ball In An Israeli Prison

Terrorist Murderer Drops Dead While Playing Ball In An Israeli Prison
Yasser Hamduni, a convicted Arab terrorist who murdered Avner Maimon HY”D in 2003, died while playing ball in a prison yard on Sunday morning 22 Elul. A medical team responded after he collapsed and resuscitation was implemented but efforts were unsuccessful. On June 12, 2003, Avner Maimon, 51, of Netanya, was found shot to death in his car near Yabed in northern Shomron. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. He shot the victim in his chest three times ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Road to Debate: Trump Built Image as He Built Business

Road to Debate: Trump Built Image as He Built Business
Donald Trump once claimed to be publicity shy. No joke. It's right there in The New York Times of Nov. 1, 1976. In the same article, the 30-year-old real estate developer talks up his millions, showcases his penthouse apartment and Cadillac, and allows a reporter to tag along as he visits job sites and lunches at the "21" club before hopping an evening flight to California for more deal-making. So much for that shy-guy claim. Young and ambitious, Trump worked just as hard at ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Female TV Presenter Who Was Attacked In Meah Shearim: I Understand Them

Female TV Presenter Who Was Attacked In Meah Shearim: I Understand Them
Last week, YWN-ISRAEL reported that TV presenter Hila Korach was attacked in Meah Shearim despite being modestly dressed. She explained she did her best to dress properly as not to offend the residents of the community. After the fact, she told Kol Berama Radio “I understand them and I am capable of understanding why they attacked. To state this was an attempted lynch would be somewhat of an exaggeration. It was most unpleasant. I was unaware Meah Shearim is a dangerous ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Gas Prices up 4 Cents to $2.25 a Gallon

Gas Prices up 4 Cents to $2.25 a Gallon
The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that retailers and refiners have upped their prices in response to a rise in the cost of crude oil. Still, the average price per gallon is a dime less than it was a year ago. The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade gasoline was $2.53 a gallon while premium was $2.74 a gallon. The average price for ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

LISTEN: Benny Friedman Releases Single In Time For Rosh Hashanah Called 'B'sefer Chaim'

LISTEN: Benny Friedman Releases Single In Time For Rosh Hashanah Called 'B'sefer Chaim'
[SONG IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] With the advent of the brand new year of 5777, Benny Friedman releases a melodious good year wish to the community, an upbeat song called "B'sefer Chaim." "Lchaim, Lchaim, Lchaim Tovim..." goes the refrain, and Benny hopes the gentle but cheerful notes will inspire people to prepare for the new year with a sense of optimism. Just in this one short Tefilla, we make eight requests of Hashem for the upcoming year," says Benny, "because this is our tradition: ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Report Of Salmonella In Telma Cereals For A Second Time

Report Of Salmonella In Telma Cereals For A Second Time
Once again, reports of salmonella infecting Telma branch breakfast cereals, this time Kariot Nougat. The report was released on erev Shabbos. Not long ago, in August, Telma announced a salmonella infection it is cornflakes. Unilever, which owns Telma, issued an apology to consumers for trying to cover-up the salmonella this first time, and now, is facing yet another incident. Following the cornflakes, another Unilever product was infected with salmonella; a tehina product. The Unilever ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Important Yom Iyun Tonight! V'Asisa Hayashar V'hatov - Emes And The Law

Important Yom Iyun Tonight! V'Asisa Hayashar V'hatov - Emes And The Law
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Agudath Israel of America’s Torah Projects and Daf Yomi Commission will be hosting a Yom Iyun tonight - The event will begin at 8:00 pm ET and feature four speakers: HaRav Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe, Rosh Agudas Yisroel; HaRav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Rav, Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin; HaRav Ari Marburger, Director, Business Halacha Institute; Avi Schick, Esq., Noted Attorney, and President of Agudath Israel Zichron Chaim Zvi of Madison. There are four ways to ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

New Selichos 'Nusach Ungarn' Published In Melbourne [PHOTOS]

New Selichos 'Nusach Ungarn' Published In Melbourne [PHOTOS]
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Due to a worldwide unavailability of Selichos "Nusach Ungarn" the Adass Yisroel Kehilla in Melbourne Australia has just published a newly-typeset edition of the Selichos for the benefit of their mispallelim. This is probably the first time ever that a Selichos has been printed in this part of the world. The "Nusach Ungarn" Selichos has many more pieces than those found in the the Nusach Poilen and Lita editions. Rabbi Yoel Oppenheim, (Magid Shiur in the ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Soldiers Will Be Permitted To Walk Out Of Kol Isha Performance In The IDF But Not Officers

Soldiers Will Be Permitted To Walk Out Of Kol Isha Performance In The IDF But Not Officers
The lack of a basic understanding of halacha and possibly a lack of concern as well, leads to increasingly complicated situations for chareidim who are serving in the military, but do not wish to compromise their halachic observance. This is true for hesder soldiers as well, who all too often find themselves between a rock and a hard place vis-à-vis halachic observance. This week, the IDF is amending some regulations, many pertaining to women serving in the IDF R”L as well as religious ...
(2 opinions  |   September 25 )

Sheikh Who Calls To Slaughter Jews From Har Habayis Sentenced To 8 Months Imprisonment

Sheikh Who Calls To Slaughter Jews From Har Habayis Sentenced To 8 Months Imprisonment
The Jerusalem Magistrate Court Justice Shmuel Herbst on Sunday morning 22 Elul sentenced Sheikh Omer Abu Sahrah to eight months in prison. The sheikh has been found guilty of incitement, calling on Muslims from Har Habayis to slaughter Jews. A complaint was filed against Sahrah two years ago by attorney Chur Nitzri on behalf of Honenu in the name of now MK, Yehuda Glick. Following the complaint, the sheikh was detained and questioned. In his address on Har Habayis the sheikh shouted “I ...
(1 opinions  |   September 25 )

RIP: Beloved Caretaker At 'Pardes Bungalows' In Monticello Found Murdered

RIP: Beloved Caretaker At 'Pardes Bungalows' In Monticello Found Murdered
A caretaker at the Pardes Bungalow Colony 236 Old Liberty Road in the Town of Thompson was murdered Thursday and it is reported that police are questioning several people as the investigation continues. The victim, is said to be a resident of New Jersey, was reported to have been struck, possibly with a shovel. He had been reported missing a day before. A source confirmed to YWN that the victim is John Ferrari. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation also ...
(2 opinions  |   September 25 )

Reports Of Kidnapping Into PA-Occupied Shechem Led To Hours Of Searching On Shabbos

Reports Of Kidnapping Into PA-Occupied Shechem Led To Hours Of Searching On Shabbos
The incident began on when soldiers manning a checkpoint near Shechem heard screaming from a vehicle that drove off. The incident was reported to higher-ups and the decision was made to establish roadblocks and shut down the area. This led to soldiers entering PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied Shechem and a search continued for hours fearing an Israeli had been abducted into the PA autonomous area. Eventually, military commanders were satisfied that there was no abduction, calling off ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

WATCH: Israel Channel 1 Spontaneous Interview With Jonathan Pollard In Manhattan

WATCH: Israel Channel 1 Spontaneous Interview With Jonathan Pollard In Manhattan
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Channel 1 correspondent Amir Bar-Shalom met with Jonathan Pollard in New York and spoke with him. Pollard was released from a US Federal Prison ten months ago and is still compelled to wear an electronic bracelet and reports to officials to check in twice daily. In fact, he did not arrange to meet with the media but he was spotted by Bar-Shalom walking on a street with his wife. Bar-Shalom asked him a number of questions, but Pollard’s response remained “no ...
(5 opinions  |   September 25 )

Trump's Unconventional Debate Prep Skips Mock Debates

Trump's Unconventional Debate Prep Skips Mock Debates
Since he entered the presidential race, it's been Donald Trump's style to break with convention. It's no different when it comes to debate prep. The New York billionaire has skipped practicing a full debate as he gets ready for his first on-stage meeting with Hillary Clinton. While he has studied policy ideas and practiced answering questions he may face Monday night, experts who have been through the process call his decision to skip time-intensive mock debates a mistake. "I think he's ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

PHOTOS: Donald Trump Meets With PM Netanyahu At Trump Tower In Manhattan

PHOTOS: Donald Trump Meets With PM Netanyahu At Trump Tower In Manhattan
[PHOTOS BY @BarakRavid IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Donald J. Trump met privately today with Prime Minister Netanyahu for over an hour at Mr. Trump's residence in Trump Tower. The two have known each other for many years and had the opportunity to discuss many topics important to both countries. Mr. Trump and the Prime Minister discussed the special relationship between America and Israel and the unbreakable bond between the two countries. The topics of military assistance, security and regional ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Prosecution Appealing Parole Board Decision To Release Rabbi Pinto From Prison

Prosecution Appealing Parole Board Decision To Release Rabbi Pinto From Prison
The state is appealing last week’s parole board decision to release Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto from prison early due to his illness as he continues receiving chemotherapy for his cancer. The rabbi was serving a one-year sentence as a result of a plea bargain agreement and asked to be released after seven-months due to his declining health. He was expected to be released on Sunday, 22 Elul. The state however was given until Sunday to appeal and it decided to exercise this right in the hope of ...
(10 opinions  |   September 25 )

How to Defeat the Yetzer Harah

How to Defeat the Yetzer Harah
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Based upon a Drasha of Rav Osher Chaim Lieberman Shlita In preparing for the last days of the year, we need to develop tactics in which we can effectively defeat the Yetzer Harah. This past Shabbos, Rav Osher Chaim Lieberman, one of the Poskim of BMG and the Morah D’Asrah of the Zichron Shneur Shul in Lakewood, described precisely how to do that, based upon a maamaer of Rav Aharon (See Mishna Rabbi Aharon, Maamarim v’sichos ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

NY Senator: Wireless Emergency Alerts Must Include Photos

NY Senator: Wireless Emergency Alerts Must Include Photos
As police and federal agents hunted for the man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey, millions of people received an alert on their cellphones asking for help finding the bombing suspect. But a phrase in the short message, "See media for pic," has put a spotlight on the limitations of the nation's emergency alert system. The alerts, including the one sent last Monday about bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, are sent to cellphones to alert people in a geographic area of ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Seret Vishnitzer Rebbe Undergoes Catheterization

Seret Vishnitzer Rebbe Undergoes Catheterization
The Seret Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita on Friday arrived in Carmel Hospital in Haifa after complaining of chest pains. The Rebbe was taken for a number of immediate diagnostic procedures and it was decided to perform a catheterization. The procedure was done without complications B”H. Unfortunately, the Rebbe remained in the hospital for Shabbos and SUnday, and was unable to lead his Chassidim in the first night of Selichos. A small Minyan of family members made a Minyan in the hospital ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Ramat Givat Zeev Project Lures Hundreds Of Families From USA

Ramat Givat Zeev Project Lures Hundreds Of Families From USA
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] A rapidly growing number of Orthodox families from the Los Angeles and New York communities are purchasing homes in the luxurious Ramat Givat Zeev project, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Ramat Givat Zeev, which is being erected by Chish Nofei Israel at a fast clip, is anticipating providing the keys to its first residents within the next 18 months. This unique private community, has already been dubbed the “5 Towns of Jerusalem” by the hundreds of ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )

Suspect in Washington State Mall Shooting Is Immigrant From Turkey; Twenty-Year-Old Arcan Cetin

Suspect in Washington State Mall Shooting Is Immigrant From Turkey; Twenty-Year-Old Arcan Cetin
The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said. Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington. Hawley said at a news conference they had ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 25 )