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Rav Kanievsky Taken to Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital to be Examined

Rav Kanievsky Taken to Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital to be Examined
HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita was taken to Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital a short time ago after complaining of not feeling well. The rav doctor asked to have him checked in the hospital where a number of diagnostic exams can be performed. Persons close to the gadol hador explain the rav has not been feeling well for the past days. Kikar Shabbos adds the rav has a fever and he has been vomiting. Tefilos and Tehillim are being recited on the rav’s behalf. The tzibur is ...
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NY State Budget Deal: What's In And What's Not

NY State Budget Deal: What's In And What's Not
New York state lawmakers are expected to approve a $142 billion state budget proposal before the state's new fiscal year begins Wednesday. Here's what's included in the spending blueprint - and some items that were dropped during negotiations. ___ EDUCATION: -$23.5 billion in total school aid, representing an increase of $1.4 billion. -The State Education Department will review changes to teacher evaluations. -New rules intended to make it easier to dismiss ineffective ...
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Pentagon Chief Backs Joint Arab Military Force

Pentagon Chief Backs Joint Arab Military Force
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is endorsing the Arab League's plan to form a joint military force. Details on how such a force would operate are thin. But the agreement announced Sunday is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots. In remarks Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, Carter called the planned joint force "a good thing." State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. was ...
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OU Kosher's Top Consumer Questions for Passover 2015

OU Kosher's Top Consumer Questions for Passover 2015
OU Kosher presents Passover questions frequently asked by consumers on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241). Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. These questions are answered by Rabbi Tzvi Nussbaum, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s Webbe Rebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff, rabbinic coordinator and consumer relations administrator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator, supervises the OU Consumer Relations Department. Q: May I use ...
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Knesset Unveils Huge Solar Field Installed on its Roofs

Knesset Unveils Huge Solar Field Installed on its Roofs
The Knesset on Sunday 9 Nissan unveiled the largest solar field of any parliament in the world. During the festive dedication ceremony, which was held on a balcony located near one of the Knesset's roofs, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "What is happening before our very eyes is indeed exciting, a true revolution. It is not just the solar panels; it is the message, the idea, the new path. This is not merely a revolution in energy-saving; it is also a turning point with regards to the ...
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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, ...
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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 Construction
According 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 Arabs homes that are now illegal. He warns that councilman understand that the number impacts 300 illegal housing ...
(2 opinions  |   March 30 )

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 are eligible to vote can.” What did Town Supervisor William Herrmann mean by this – Is it not obvious ...
(1 opinions  |   March 30 )

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 South
Representatives 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 representatives presented the First Lady with a report on 46 'unrecognized' Bedouin villages in the south, which she assured ...
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UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in Williamsburg

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in Williamsburg
Heading 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 two weeks ago Saturday that claimed the lives of seven members of the Sassoon family, the UJO reached out to ...
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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 Israel
One 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 inside a home in the city of Lod. The meat found on the premises was confiscated and a number of persons were ...
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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 Security
Today, 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 Russian-speaking Jews around the world. Copenhagen’s Jewish community suffered two terrorist attacks in ...
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