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Rare Chupah from the Obliterated Jewish Rechnitz

Rare Chupah from the Obliterated Jewish Rechnitz
An embroidered chupah from Rechnitz (in present-day Austria) from 1865 was recently discovered. As chupahs are consumable one-occasion targeted items, it is quite hard to find a whole 200-year-old chupah. This is especially the case when it originates from a Jewish community that was annihilated vehemently by the Nazis in 1945. This chupah will be up for sale on the up-coming Rare and Important Items Auction at the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem, having an estimated price of 8,000 US ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Biden Urges Russia to Uphold East Ukraine Truce

Biden Urges Russia to Uphold East Ukraine Truce
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests. Touring the Ukrainian capital, Biden said Western sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until Moscow does more to enforce the cease-fire. Over 900 people have been killed and fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine since a truce began in September, and ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care Law

House GOP Sues Administration Over Health Care Law
House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program. GOP lawmakers filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Washington the morning after Obama announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for millions of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally. While Republicans complained that Obama had unconstitutionally exceeded his ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

BREAKING: Two Students AT Yeshiva Beit Orot In East Jerusalem Attacked By Arabs On Friday Night

BREAKING: Two Students AT Yeshiva Beit Orot In East Jerusalem Attacked By Arabs On Friday Night
Two students at Yeshiva Beit Orot were attacked and wounded in East Jerusalem in a suspected terror attack Friday evening. The two were reportedly hit with stones, metal rods and planks of wood with nails near the Beit Orot seminary in the area of Har HaZeisim. Both students were in the seminary when the paramedics arrived and were fully conscious. A 24-year-old sustained moderate wounds after being hit in the back with a nail studded plank and the other, a 21-year-old, sustained a light ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

OU Convention to Focus on Global Jewish Unity

OU Convention to Focus on Global Jewish Unity
Deeply understanding the issues facing the worldwide Jewish community and how we can work towards global Jewish unity is the focus of this year’s Orthodox Union Convention, taking place Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York. “After war broke out in Israel this summer and the resurfacing of virulent anti-Semitism throughout the world, it’s been so troubling and painful. We have an obligation to discuss what’s going on with ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health Insurance

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health Insurance
The Health Department today announced the launch of a new texting campaign to make it easier for New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New Yorkers can text “CoveredNYC” to 877877 to get connected with someone who can help them enroll for health insurance in person. To receive help in Spanish, New Yorkers can text “SeguroNYC” to 877877. The Health Department launched a texting campaign to reach uninsured New York City ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

VIDEO: Medical Equipment Stolen From Miami-Dade Hatzalah Vehicle

VIDEO: Medical Equipment Stolen From Miami-Dade Hatzalah Vehicle
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The following is via WSVN: A community is asking for the public's help after some lifesaving equipment was swiped from an emergency medical service volunteer's vehicle in Northeast Miami-Dade. Wednesday night, a thief broke into the vehicle off of Northeast 171st Street and 12th Avenue and stole a backpack containing thousands of dollars worth of lifesaving trauma gear. The vehicle was part of a non-profit organization called Hatzalah, comprised of ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex
An NYPD officer patrolling a public housing complex shot and killed a man he encountered in a stairwell. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting around 11:15 p.m. Thursday inside of 2724 Linden Boulevard (Pink Houses), within the confines of the 75 Precinct. The man's friend tells the Daily News the shooting was unprompted and he was unarmed. Police say two officers were conducting "a vertical patrol" in the Pink Houses complex in the East New York ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for Vouchers

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for Vouchers
Both House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed, and President Obama has signed into law, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the 1990 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The federal program provides assistance to help low-income parents obtain subsidized child care, enabling them to work and support their families. Approximately, 1.5 million children are enrolled in CCDBG, including many thousands in the Orthodox Jewish community. The new law is especially ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab Workers

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab Workers
Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni has decided to stop construction of safe rooms (bomb shelters) in city schools because the work is being carried out by Israeli Arabs. According to the report, the mayor turned to the contractor who won the bid to build the safe rooms as well as the IDF Homefront Command, informing them of his decision, which is based on his concerns for the safety of students. The mayor explains that due to the worrisome security situation in Israel today, he feels the move is ...
(2 opinions  |   November 21 )

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
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 trust's assets (i.e. the life insurance proceeds) are ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

VIDEO: Dozens Of Williamsburg Condo Owners Evicted On Freezing Cold Day

On one of the coldest days of the season, police oversaw the eviction of dozens of families from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment building. The families did nothing wrong, and they own the apartments they're being forced to vacate. Ida Siegal explains how a developer's troubles has affected the homeowners. (YWN Desk - NYC)
(4 opinions  |   November 21 )

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita visited the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in the rebbe’s home. The rebbe thanked Rabbi Stern on behalf of the chareidi tzibur for the Jerusalem Rabbinate continuing with ‘Yivul Nochi’ (imports from non-Jews abroad) during shmitah for those seeking mehadrin kashrus. The rebbe spoke of his memories of Rabbi Stern’s grandfather, Rabbi Refael Stern ZT”L, who maintained a close relationship with the rebbe’s ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is 50 years old but not everyone is celebrating. Staten Island's politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week. The double-decked suspension bridge links the borough with Brooklyn. The Staten Island Advance reports that the borough's 11 elected officials say they won't attend. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed raising the one-way cash toll for ...
(1 opinions  |   November 21 )

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next Step

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next Step
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran's foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline. Iranian officials and media initially said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was also departing Friday, to Tehran to consult after meeting with Kerry earlier in the day. But the official IRNA news agency later quoted an ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration Plan

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration Plan
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about five million people. But after the initial burst of emotion Thursday evening at hastily organized watch parties and in living rooms, many said Obama’s plan was just the first step in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrant families pointed out the plan would only cover about 5 ...
(1 opinions  |   November 21 )