Rav Yaakov Bender to Address Acheinu Flatbush Community Event
[By Yosef Sosnow]
Two events. Two continents. Totally different venues and personalities but…inextricably intertwined. This year’s Acheinu Flatbush Community Event featuring HaRav Yaakov Bender, shlita, comes on the heels of an awesome siyum where 65 boys from Acheinu’s Yeshiva for baalei teshuva were tested and made a siyum on the first masechta of Gemara that they ever learned in their lives! The unique chinuch and kiruv rechokim prowess that Acheinu invests in its charges is ...
A Simple Way to Minimize Your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust ('ILIT')
By: Isaac Yedid, Esq. and Raymond Zeitoune, Esq.
Many individuals are unaware of the benefits in forming an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”). Although the proceeds of your life insurance policy are not subject to income taxation, they are generally included in your taxable estate. However, with an irrevocable life insurance trust, the trust is the owner of the insurance policy, which keeps the proceeds of the life insurance out of your taxable estate. After your death, the ...
Israel To Establish Formal Presence In Abu Dhabi
Israel will soon open an office at a renewable energy agency in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates — even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
According to the spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, the office will be accredited to IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. He said it will open soon but would not elaborate further.
Since 2009, IRENA has set up a base in Masdar City, a government-backed clean ...
Tourist Ticketed For Flying Drone In Central Park
Police say a 41-year-old Russian tourist and his 14-year-old son were flying a drone in Central Park and the father was ticketed.
The device was captured on police cameras and officers traced it to the two in Central Park during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning.
Flying a drone in the city is illegal. The father said he didn’t know what the rules were because he was from out of town. Police ticketed him and released him. No criminality was suspected.
NYPD Searching For Suspect In Manhattan ATM Robberies
Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a string of robberies at ATMs in Manhattan.
Authorities say the victims in the different incidents were all women who were taking money out. The first incident was on Nov. 15, others took place on Nov. 20, Nov. 21, Nov. 22 and Nov. 26.
The suspect would approach the women, sometimes threatening them with a knife and other times putting them in a chokehold. One woman was punched in the face.
Police said he took anywhere from $60 to $500 ...
Trump Called out for Appearing to Mock Disability
Donald Trump is denying he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him.
A statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday said Trump doesn't know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, "should stop using his disability to grandstand," the statement quoted Trump as saying.
Kovaleski has a congenital ...
5 IDF Soldiers Injured In Vehicular Attack Between Beit Omer and Karmei Tzur [UPDATED 1:40PM IL]
A Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a group of IDF soldiers at the entrance to Beit Omar near Kiryat Arba, Friday afternoon, wounding four moderately and one lightly.
According to reports, the soldiers struck were stationed on the road in order to prevent clashes from a nearby funeral for a terrorist from spilling onto Highway 60.
While the troops were operating on the road, the terrorist drove his car at full speed towards them, barrelling into the soldiers. Soldiers opened fire ...
Vehicular Ramming Attack in the Kfar Adumim Area
[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
07:34: An Islamic terrorist has rammed a vehicle into people in the Kfar Adumim area. According to preliminary reports, two people have been lightly-to-moderately wounded. The terrorist has been shot and wounded.
More to follow.
07:38: It is now being reported that the terrorist was shot dead.
The wounded will in all likelihood be transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
07:45: The attack occurred at a bus stop near Kfar ...
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Pig Foot Left Hanging from Gerrer Shtieble in Arad
Mispallalim of a Gerrer Shtieble in Arad were horrified when they arrived on Wednesday, finding a large pig’s leg hanging over the front door. An official complaint was filed with police.
Gabbaim indicate they haven’t any idea who would perpetrate such a heinous act. Police are investigating.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
PHOTOS: Boro Park JCC Breakfast Focuses on Terrorist Threat and Hails First Responders
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
An overflow crowd of communal figures, joined by elected officials and organizational leaders gathered at the Lipschitz Halls on Sunday November 22nd for the annual Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) Legislative and Community Tribute Breakfast.
Coming on the heels of the recent spate of terrorism in Israel and a week after the horrific attacks in Paris, many of the speakers assailed the scourge of terrorism, and especially called out those who do not ...
Court Extends the Remand of Suspects in Yeshiva/Kollel Fraud Case
Earlier this week, police arrested a number of suspects who allegedly are involved in filing false reports with state agencies to embezzle government funds. Allegations against them include money laundering.
On Thursday, 14 Kislev, the Jerusalem Magistrate Court extended the remand of some of the suspects. Two of them will remain behind bars for an additional week while two others were remanded for an additional five days. The only female suspect, who was under house arrest due to her ...
PHOTOS: Shachris at Gush Junction in Memory of Terror Victim Yaakov Don HY'D
[ADDITIONAL PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
Gush Etzion residents on Thursday 14 Kislev davened shachris at Gush Etzion Junction, explaining the special tefilla event was in memory of terror victim Yaakov Don HY”D, the Alon Shvut resident murdered in an Arab terror attack at the junction a number of days ago.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Tzachi HaKohen, Medabrim Tikshret)
Protesters To Target Chicago Shopping Area On 'Black Friday'
Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.
About two dozen protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office a day after authorities released the graphic video, footage that President Barack Obama said "deeply disturbed" him.
El Al Flight from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv Delayed
El Al flight LY 338 from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv on Thursday 14 Kislev was delayed due to a security alert. In total, the flight was delayed for two hours.
According to Ynet, the plane, which was supposed to land at 11:30 was delayed due to a suspicious vehicle with Belgium license plates that was seen observing the flight at takeoff. The plane was grounded as a result.
A number of other flights scheduled to take off from the same runway were diverted.
Dutch police checked the area with ...
Israel: Things are Likely to Get Worse Before They Get Better
Israeli security agencies have prepared a document in which they explain the current situation, the ongoing wave of Islamic terror attacks that began erev Rosh Hashanah 5776 is likely to worsen before the situation improves, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reports.
The report adds that providing additional assistance for PA (Palestinian Authority) security forces and relaxing restrictions on PA residents are likely to assist in calming the situation. It is recommended that the PA be given armored ...
The YL Chanukah Shidduchim Initiative Starts Now
Tell your friends & family to join this historic event right before Zos Chanuka!
With the success of previous events, we launched The CHANUKA YAD L’ACHIM SHIDDUCHIM INITIATIVE where we want to ensure we daven on behalf of ALL SINGLES in need of shidduchim in Klal Yisrael (+ all yeshuos) ON ZOS CHANUKA. Including the women rescued from the villages.
(note: No cost to join the tefillah – see Yad L’Achim’s website for details - CLICK HERE)
JOIN THE ...
250 Yesomim Recite Kaddish Together
On Shabbos Parshas Chaya Sorah, the retreat center in Yesodot, Israel was filled with emotion as 250 yesomim, ages 8-18 stood together, saying kaddish for their parents.
Who brought all these children together?
The credit goes to Boneinu, a project by Tov V’chesed. Project Boneinu is specifically dedicated to help young yesomim deal with their life’s situation and is run by R’ Yaakov Eliezer Shisha and R’ Meir Aker. Besides for Boneinu’s center where orphans come to eat, do ...
UN: No Assurance All Of Iran's Nuclear Program Is Peaceful
The U.N. atomic energy agency is preparing to wrap up a more than a decade-long probe of alleged nuclear weapons work by Iran, but its report will stop short of delivering a judgment on whether the suspicions are valid, the agency's chief said Thursday.
The report by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency is meant to put the issue to rest after years of on-and-off attempts to investigate the allegations. The U.S. and its allies say Tehran conducted past research and development of ...
Help a Lost Family in a Tragic Time!
The Monsey community is reeling with shock over the tragic passing of Mrs. Tzipora Unger A"H.
Mrs. Unger was a giyores who embraced klal yisroel and the Torah with all her heart and soul. She merited to build a beautiful family together with her chashuve husband. There was nothing more important to her than the success of her kinderlach. She was an extremely devoted wife and mother. She had a burning desire to live in Eretz Yisroel. She was zoche to fulfill her ...
Netanya Police Crack Down on Business Employing PA Illegals
Two PA (Palestinian Authority) residents inside Green Line Israel illegally for found working in an auto shop in the Poleg Industrial Zone in Netanya on Thursday, 14 Kislev.
The illegals were taken into custody. Police decided to shut down the business for 30 days in response to providing employment for the illegal PA residents.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
In 2016 Campaign, Both Parties Want Reform In Justice System
On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.
The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that's long taken a law-and-order stance finds itself desperate to improve its standing among minority voters, and Democratic candidates are also being drawn into national conversations on policing, drug crimes ...
Some Shar Shechem Areas Merchants Seeking to Relocate to Western Yerushalayim
Some of the shopkeepers located at Shar Shechem in Yerushalayim are trying to unite and find alternative locations for their businesses in areas of the western capital. The ongoing wave of Islamic terror attacks that began on erev Rosh Hashanah have left many of the Arab merchants without a livelihood.
MyNet reports that after speaking to some of the store owners in the western capital, they are concerned over the possible move, which may result in a difficult competition for them.
Obama Struggles With Stance on the Death Penalty
President Barack Obama is making a hard case for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system, but where he stands on the death penalty is unclear.
Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for.
A Justice Department review has dragged on for 18 months with little mention or momentum. The president recently repeated he is "deeply concerned" about the death penalty's implementation, though he also acknowledges the ...
Russia Strikes Back At Turkey By Cutting Business Ties
Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.
Since the plane was shot down Tuesday in disputed circumstances on the Syria-Turkey border, Russia has already restricted tourism, left Turkish trucks stranded at the border and announced the confiscation of large quantities of Turkish food imports.
On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to also ...
PHOTOS: Ceremonial Event Held For Saad U'Marpeh Organization In Israel
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
In a combination of bureaucracy and benevolence, Israeli leaders and volunteers joined at a ceremonial event this week to volunteers of the renowned chesed organization, Saad U’Marpeh
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin presented an award to the organization . The President was accompanied by the presence of Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor R’ Tzvika Cohen, along with Chairman of the Israeli Lottery Department’s Board of Directors, Uzi Dayan and many other ...
Terror Survivor Reveals: The Tzitzis Saved my Life
In a thank-you letter to Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), Yair Ben-Ezra who was critically injured in last month's terror attack in Ra'anana, reveals his miraculous story about how his new tzitzis - which he was pondering whether to wear that very morning - had saved his life.
Ben Ezra's opens his touching letter and writes "My name is Yair Ben-Ezra. On October 13th 2015, while waiting at the bus station, I was stabbed 5 times ...
Turkey Releases Recording Of Warnings To Russian Plane
Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria — audio that grows increasingly more agitated.
The recordings, made available to The Associated Press on Thursday, indicate the plane was warned several times Tuesday that it was approaching Turkey's airspace and asked to change course.
Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday, insisting it had ...
Prime Minister: Brussels Threat No Longer 'Imminent'
Belgium's prime minister has announced that the alert level in Brussels has been lowered because a threat of an attack is no longer considered "imminent."
Charles Michel said the subways system will be fully reopening on Friday. But he said that despite the lowering of the threat to its second-highest level, an attack remained "possible and likely."
He didn't immediately give details why the level in the capital could be reduced.
Justice Minister Shaked: We are Trying to Build Chareidi Hesder Yeshivos
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was a guest of honor at the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva dinner. She applauded chareidi lawmakers for supporting the amended draft law and added she is working to build chareidi hesder yeshivos.
The senior minister detailed her work as head of the Shaked Committee which laid the groundwork for the draft law in the previous Knesset. “In recent years we have been trying to harness the chareidim into this track and to build chareidi hesder yeshivos” she told her ...
NY Gov. Cuomo Warns Holiday Shoppers About Identity Theft
With the return of the holiday shopping season New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning consumers to be on the look-out for charity scams, identity theft and offers that are just too good to be true.
More than 3,000 cases of identity theft were reported during last year’s holidays in New York state.
Cuomo says shoppers need to be alert to criminals who seek to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season.
He says shoppers should only buy from merchants and online sites they trust. ...
PHOTOS: IDF Soldier Was Killed in the Bus Accident in the Shomron
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
The civilian armored bus that flipped over in the Shomron near Rimonim on Thursday morning 14 Kislev was transporting IDF soldiers. The bus was hired by the military as a private charter.
Killed in the accident that left almost 40 persons injured was Corporal Stav Partush A"H, 19, from Maale Adumim.
The fatal accident is under investigation but at present it appears the cause was driver error.
The driver told investigators from his hospital bed "A ...
WATCH LIVE NOW! Litman - Beigal Wedding
On Thursday night 14 Kislev, Sara Litman and Ariel Beigal will B’ezras Hashem walk down the chupah after a delay caused by a murderous Islamic terror attack. Rabbi Yaakov Litman HY”D, 44, and his son Netanel HY”D, 18, were murdered in a shooting attack in the Hebron Hills on an erev Shabbos. They were headed to the Shabbos Aufruf before the chasenah. As a result of the tragedy the chasenah was postponed until following shiva.
The family has released a call to all of Am Yisrael to join ...
Polish Experts Analyzing Data Concerning Alleged Nazi Train
A Polish mining academy says its experts are analyzing data gathered from a site allegedly hiding a Nazi train, which local lore says is laden with gold.
Spokesman Bartosz Dembinski of the Krakow University of Science and Technology could not confirm to The Associated Press whether the data obtained last week suggested the existence of a train in an underground tunnel in Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland.
The experts used magnetic, gravitation and earth-penetrating equipment to check a ...
Gathering for Lone Soldiers in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV, Nov. 25 – Some 200 Lone Soldiers and new Olim from North America will gather Thursday at the Beit Hachayal in Tel Aviv for a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by chef Idan Ianovici, a former Lone Soldier from New York and owner Vici Deli in Raanana.
The Thanksgiving dinner, which will be hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and the Jewish ...
10 Questions About Jonathan Pollard With Rabbi Pesach Lerner, By FJJ Publisher Mordy Mehlman
Rabbi Pesach Lerner is the Executive Vice President, Emeritus, of the National Council of Young Israel. For the past 25 years, he has been a close friend and advocate for Jonathan Pollard. The FJJ Publisher interviewed him this week, after Jonathan was freed. The following is the interview which appears in this weeks Flatbush Jewish Journal:
1. HOW AND WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE JONATHAN POLLARD CAUSE?
I joined the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) before Succos, 1991. I ...
Man Arrested In Shooting Of Kiryas Joel Man At Quick-Shop On River Road
State Police in Monroe have announced the arrest of Matthew Bauman, age 25 of Harriman, NY following an investigation into the shooting of a Hasidic man on November 24th near the Quick Shop Deli on River Road in the Village of Harriman.
The investigation revealed that Bauman had stolen a firearm from a family member and planned on using it to commit a robbery at the deli in order to acquire money to fund his drug addiction.
The victim, Aron Weiss age 18 of Kiryas Joel, was in the area of ...
Kiryas Joel Resident Robbed Of Thousands Of Dollars In Jewels In North Miami
A rabbi walking with thousands of dollars worth of diamonds in North Miami was roughed up and robbed. He spoke exclusively to 7News about the attack.
The rabbi, who is also a jeweler, traveled to South Florida on business, but that's when he was beaten with a pistol and robbed by several people behind a pawn shop by 140th Street and West Dixie Highway Tuesday afternoon.
Victim Rabbi Chaim Parnas said the men who ambushed him tried to rip off his vest for the jewels. "They were ripping, ...
Russia Looks To Cut Economic Ties With Turkey After Jet Downed
Russia said Thursday it would be looking to cut economic ties with Turkey and scrap investment projects in a matter of days in the aftermath of the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane.
The televised statement by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came a day after Russian media reported hundreds of trucks bringing Turkish goods stranded at the border.
Relations between the two countries soured after Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane on a bombing mission near the Syria border. ...
Halachically Speaking - Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey
Written By Rabbi Moishe Lebovits
KOF-K Kosher Supervision
Much has been discussed over the years regarding Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey may be served. The underlying point of the debate is whether Thanksgiving is considered a religious or secular holiday. In order to determine this, we need to know the history of the Thanksgiving holiday (see footnote). In addition, we will discuss the kashrus of birds in general and turkey ...
TRAGEDY: From Woman R'L Killed AFter Her Car Collides With Monsey Trails Bus On Viola Road [UPDATED]
A Frum woman tragically lost her life Wednesday night, after her car collided with a Monsey Trails Bus in the Town of Ramapo.
The Ramapo Police Department tells YWN in a statement that Mrs. Tziporah (Holly) Unger A"H (57) was driving on Viola Road near Ramapo High School at around 7:15PM Tuesday evening, when she collided with the bus.
According to the police investigation, for reasons unknown her vehicle suddenly left her lane and struck the bus which was stopped at the time with no ...