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Secretary of Chabad Beis Din: Vote in Line with Rebbe's 3 Principles

Secretary of Chabad Beis Din: Vote in Line with Rebbe's 3 Principles
The Secretary of the Chabad Beis Din, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yehuda Yuroslovsky Shlita spoke to the “Kfar Chabad” Magazine about elections. He stressed that by and large, Chabad does not get involved in elections and everyone should vote for the most chareidi party. He stresses the this statement is not an effort to avoid responding to the question of which party to vote for, detaining in each election voters must decide which party best meets the criteria that was set by the Rebbe ...
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House GOP Weighs New Approach On Homeland Security

House GOP Weighs New Approach On Homeland Security
Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. "The speaker's pretty adamant that he's not going to shut down Homeland Security, especially in light of the Mall of America and in light of what's happened in New York," said Rep. Dennis Ross., R-Fla., emerging from a closed-door strategy session with the ...
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Bnei Brak: 'Chareidi' Thief Turns Out to Be a PA Resident

Bnei Brak: 'Chareidi' Thief Turns Out to Be a PA Resident
Bnei Brak police received a call telling of the apprehension of a shoplifter at the Yesh Chessed supermarket at 10 Kahaneman Street in the city. A search of the perpetrator revealed he was carrying a knife, pepper spray and stolen merchandise. While dealing with the chareidi thief police realized something was not correct with his accented Hebrew. A deeper probe revealed that the ‘chareidi’ is a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident inside Green Line Israel illegally. He was turned over to ...
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NYPD Sergeants Union (SBA) Signs New Labor Contract

NYPD Sergeants Union (SBA) Signs New Labor Contract
New York Police Department's sergeants union is signing a new labor contract with City Hall. The deal, announced Thursday, comes after months of friction between the union and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The union's head, Ed Mullins, called the mayor "a total nincompoop" in mid-December. He said de Blasio needed "to humble himself." The rift was caused by de Blasio's handling of anti-NYPD protests that swept the city after a police officer was not indicted in Eric Garner's chokehold ...
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MK Moses Tries to Remain Optimistic Amid Growing Concerns

MK Moses Tries to Remain Optimistic Amid Growing Concerns
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Menachem Eliezer Moses admits he is concerned due to the split in the litvish community and the split in the Sephardi Shas party. Moses states he is nevertheless trying to remain optimistic, but he warns the chareidi tzibur may lose significant numbers in Knesset. Moses spoke of the videos that have popped up without mentioning Shas by name, adding “go now what rabbit they will pull out of the hat on the eve of elections”. Moses added “I oppose the insults and ...
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Christie Tells CPAC Crowd He Shouldn't Be Counted Out

Christie Tells CPAC Crowd He Shouldn't Be Counted Out
New Jersey's Chris Christie is seeking to sell himself to conservative activists as a fighter who shouldn't be counted out as he mulls a run for president in 2016. The Republican governor spoke Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. He was interviewed by talk show host Laura Ingraham on stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C. Christie has been facing low poll numbers in early voting states as well as a formidable ...
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Arson Attack Against Greek Orthodox Seminary in Jerusalem

Arson Attack Against Greek Orthodox Seminary in Jerusalem
Fire department investigators believe the blaze at the Greek Orthodox Seminary near the Jaffa Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday, 7 Adar was most likely started intentionally. Graffiti was spray painted on the premises signaling a so-called price tag attack, with fire investigators reporting a restroom and shower room were damaged by the blaze. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat upon hearing of the attack stated, “There is no room for such deplorable activity in Jerusalem, we must ...
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DC Leaders Legalize Pot Despite Threats From Congress

DC Leaders Legalize Pot Despite Threats From Congress
Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m., despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took office in January, said it was her duty to implement the initiative city voters approved ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

President Rivlin Seeks to Improve Ties with the Bedouin Community

President Rivlin Seeks to Improve Ties with the Bedouin Community
President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday morning 6 Adar met with a delegation of community and academic leaders from the Israeli Bedouin community, to discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between the Bedouin and Jewish communities, and best address the needs of the population with regard to social and education issues. Participating in the meeting was among others, Community Activity Coordinator Mansur Abu-Tahah; Prof. Araf Abu-Raviya from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at ...
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NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets Revived

NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets Revived
A New York City police officer who said his superiors punished him for complaining about what he said were arrest quotas has gotten his lawsuit reinstated. In a ruling Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's decision dismissing Officer Craig Matthews' suit. The New York Civil Liberties Union represented Matthews. It calls the ruling a victory for public employees' free speech rights. The city Law Department says it's reviewing the decision. The New ...
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VIDEO: Yachad Party's Baruch Marzel Portrayed as a Provocateur

VIDEO: Yachad Party's Baruch Marzel Portrayed as a Provocateur
A week after the Supreme Court overturned a Central Election Committee decision and clearing the way for Baruch Marzel to run on the Yachad party ticket, Marzel has launched his campaign. He is already being criticized by the media for his ‘radical’ views as he tells the media during his election campaign he does plan to “create a commotion among the Arabs”. For Marzel and the Yachad party, the polls are optimistic and Baruch Marzel, who was a Knesset aide in the past, will likely ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.80 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.80 Percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have edged up for a third straight week while remaining near their historically low levels reached in May 2013. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.80 percent from 3.76 percent last week. The rate for the 15-year loan, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, ticked up to 3.07 percent from 3.05 percent last week. A year ago, the average 30-year mortgage stood at 4.37 percent and ...
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Lawmakers Demand Swastikas Be Removed From California House

Lawmakers Demand Swastikas Be Removed From California House
Lawmakers are demanding that a California man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar. State Sen. Marty Block, chairman of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, said at a news conference Thursday that the symbol desecrates the memory of 6 million Jews who died in concentration camps. At the house, the symbols used by German Nazis in World War II have replaced stars in one American and two Israeli flags. Other lawmakers, veterans and ...
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Ohd Yosef Chai Talmid Released Over Police Objections

Ohd Yosef Chai Talmid Released Over Police Objections
On the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 Adar, the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court ordered the release of the youth detained the previous night during a police raid on Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai in Yitzhar. The youth was interrogated on suspicion of involvement with an incident in which the tire of an army truck was punctured during a delivery of equipment to border policemen who had taken over the beis midrash of the yeshiva; the seizure warrant has been in effect since April 2014. During interrogation ...
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Boro Park: Attempted Bank Robbery On 13th Avenue And 54th Street [UPDATED With Photos By JDN]

Boro Park: Attempted Bank Robbery On 13th Avenue And 54th Street [UPDATED With Photos By JDN]
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 5:20PM EST: The NYPD is looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a bank on 13th Avenue, Thursday afternoon. Sources tell YWN that a suspect entered the CitiBank located at 5420 13th Avenue near 54th Street, and passed a note to the bank teller demanding that money be handed over. The teller refused, and the suspect fled the bank on foot. The NYPD requested a Level 1 Mobilization response, and officers are searching the area. The suspect is reportedly a ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Republicans Seek The Perfect Date (Read: Candidate) For 2016

Republicans Seek The Perfect Date (Read: Candidate) For 2016
Let's say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they've got to have — and what they can do without. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office. And even ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

Thursday Panels Poll: Herzog Leads in the Race

Thursday Panels Poll: Herzog Leads in the Race
It has not been an easy election season for the Likud party and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. They were hit first with the bottle deposit scandal which alleges Mrs. Netanyahu pocketed money earned from returning bottles in the Prime Minister’s Residence for her private use. The next scandal was the state comptroller’s report citing excessive spending in the Prime Minister’s Residence, which may lead to a criminal investigation against a number of people, including PM ...
(5 opinions  |   February 26 )