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Officials: Plane Collided With Bird Before Boston Landing

Officials: Plane Collided With Bird Before Boston Landing
Officials say a small commercial plane collided with a large bird just before the aircraft landed safely at Logan International Airport in Boston. Cape Air spokeswoman Michelle Haynes says the plane carrying nine passengers had been flying from Martha's Vineyard to Boston on Wednesday. Haynes says that as the pilot approached the runway to land at around noon, a large bird hit the left wing and left a small dent on the plane. She says an emergency was issued so the Cessna 402 could get ...
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Summer Aliyah Wave Continues With 235 Olim Arriving From The Ukraine

Summer Aliyah Wave Continues With 235 Olim Arriving From The Ukraine
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two flights carrying 235 new immigrants from the Ukraine landed in Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, 20 Tammuz, with the assistance of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The majority of the olim, consisting of 96 families, escaped the war zones in the east of the country and are about to begin their new lives in Israel. These olim are joined by 280 other olim from the Ukraine, who were brought to Israel by the IFCJ about a month ...
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Powerball's Estimated Jackpot Hits $478 Million

Powerball's Estimated Jackpot Hits $478 Million
No one has matched the jackpot-winning numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, and the prize has increased to an estimated $478 million. The next drawing will be Saturday. Nearly three months have passed without a winner of the big prize. The chance of winning the Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million. (AP)
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PHOTOS: Mispallalim Visits The Kevarim Of Kalev Ben Yefune And Yehoshua Bin Nun

PHOTOS: Mispallalim Visits The Kevarim Of Kalev Ben Yefune And Yehoshua Bin Nun
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Mispallalim were permitted to visit the tziyunim of Kalev Ben Yefune and Yehoshua Bin Nun in the Shomron on Wednesday night the eve of 22 Tammuz. The event was coordinated with the IDF and mispallalim escorted by security personnel. The kevarim are located in the Arab village of Kifl Harris near Ariel. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: חדשות השואגים לימין via Media Resource Group)
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Two People Transported To Hospitals In Israel In Pokemon Go Related Accidents

Two People Transported To Hospitals In Israel In Pokemon Go Related Accidents
A 35-year-old man was reported to be in moderate-stable condition in Assaf HaRofeh Hospital on Thursday morning 22 Tammuz. Hospital spokesperson Liad Aviel reported he is being prepped for surgery. The man was injured after he crashed into a glass in Rishon L’Tzion while engaged in Pokemon Go. He was lying on the ground bleeding from his leg when EMS arrived on the scene. He explained he was chasing one of the characters when he smashed into the glass as he was not looking where he was ...
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German FM: Trump Victory Could Affect Trans-Atlantic Ties

German FM: Trump Victory Could Affect Trans-Atlantic Ties
A victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election could affect trans-Atlantic ties, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean "a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship." Trump's description of the United States as a country besieged by its enemies was "grotesque," Steinmeier told the Passauer Neue Presse daily. He also questioned Trump's pledges to ...
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Greenfield Urges Nonpublic Schools to Apply for Security Guards

Greenfield Urges Nonpublic Schools to Apply for Security Guards
Following the enactment of Councilman David Greenfield’s historic school security legislation earlier this year, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services has released official rules and procedures for schools seeking to take advantage of the new law. Councilman Greenfield is encouraging all qualifying schools to apply now for reimbursement under the program. “This program is a great opportunity for nonpublic schools in New York to ensure the safety of their students. It is ...
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PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits The Machpelah

PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits The Machpelah
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited Hebron on Wednesday 21 Tammuz. He was toured by long-time Hebron representative Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, who serves as head of the Cemeteries Council in Jerusalem and works closely with Mayor Barkat. Joining the tour was Uri Karzen, Director General of the Jewish Community of Hebron and other local representatives. Mayor Barkat visited the Ma’aras HaMachpelah during his stay. Inside the monumental Machpelah complex, Mayor ...
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VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Jewish Accounting Firm In Williamsburg Robbed At Gun Point; Owner Pistol-Whipped; Secretary Tied Up

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Jewish Accounting Firm In Williamsburg Robbed At Gun Point; Owner Pistol-Whipped; Secretary Tied Up
[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Two men dressed as FedEx workers and wearing masks robbed a Jewish accounting firm in Williamsburg's Hasidic Community, Thursday afternoon. Police were called to the Y&I Accounting Firm located at 318 Roebling Street near South 8 Street at around 5:45PM after receiving calls for an armed robbery. Sources tell YWN that the two suspects entered the firm, and brandished a firearm. A secretary was tied up, and the owner of the firm was ...
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Armed Man Shot Outside White House Faces New Charge

Armed Man Shot Outside White House Faces New Charge
A Pennsylvania man shot by Secret Service at a White House gate earlier this year after refusing to drop a gun is facing a new federal charge. News outlets report that 31-year-old Jesse Olivieri of Ashland, Pennsylvania, was charged Tuesday with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon. He's charged in an information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and usually signals a guilty plea. The charge supersedes a police complaint ...
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Israel: Cops Shoot And Kill A Man Who Pulled A Gun On Them

Israel: Cops Shoot And Kill A Man Who Pulled A Gun On Them
A person stopped by police in southern police on suspicion of involvement in illegal drugs was shot dead after he pulled a weapon on officers. The fatal incident occurred on Wednesday night the eve of 22 Tammuz near midnight, on the city’s Rishon L’Tzion Street. When the suspects were asked to identify themselves, one pulled a gun and was shot dead. There were no injuries to police. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Obama's Speech Made The Best Case For Clinton

Obama's Speech Made The Best Case For Clinton
Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton united the Democratic Party behind Barack Obama, helping propel him to the presidency. Four years ago, when Obama was in a close race with Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton defended the president's record in the most eloquent speech of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. At the time, Obama owed both Clintons a huge debt. Now, after what will probably turn out to be the best speech of this year's convention, Obama has paid Clinton back several times over. Why ...
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VIDEO: MK Yehuda Glick On Discrimination Against Jews On Har Habayis

VIDEO: MK Yehuda Glick On Discrimination Against Jews On Har Habayis
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] MK (Likud) Yehuda Glick used his ten-minute podium time in Knesset to address discrimination against Jews on Har Habayis. As is known, Glick is a longtime Har Habayis activist. Glick explained we have now entered the Three Weeks, which is culminated with Tisha B’Av and the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash. He explains when the tribes were exiled from Israel, 90% of the nation, over fifty times that of the families expelled from Gush Katif, fast days were not ...
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Clinton's Big Night: Now Is Time To Make Her Case

Clinton's Big Night: Now Is Time To Make Her Case
Three days of testimonials have led to this: Now, it's time for Hillary Clinton to make her own case. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state will step out of the shadows of presidents past and present on Thursday for her chance to persuade Americans that she is the best choice to helm a nation looking for a new era of leadership. President Barack Obama anointed her the inheritor of his legacy Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Delivering a ...
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On day 4, It Will Be Hillary Clinton's Turn To Convince Voters

On day 4, It Will Be Hillary Clinton's Turn To Convince Voters
Now, it's her time. After three days in which her advocates have spoken for her, Hillary Clinton will take the stage Thursday on the final day of the Democratic National Convention to convince voters that she should be their president. The sitting president and vice president, her former primary rivals and every prominent member of her party have lined up behind her. But it will ultimately fall to the Democratic nominee herself to explain her worldview and where she would like to take the ...
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Rav Suspended From Addressing IDF Soldiers After Complaints Over His Hashkafa

Rav Suspended From Addressing IDF Soldiers After Complaints Over His Hashkafa
A rav who addressed IDF soldiers, speaking about ‘Hadrat Noshim’ (הדרת נשים – exclusion of women) as it is referred to in Israel, has been temporarily removed from the list of rabbonim permitted to address IDF soldiers, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reported. It appears the soldiers complained, not about the rav personally, but about his topic, which they found offensive. The rav’s address was to be on the Three Weeks. The soldiers reported the rav said “separation between men ...
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Initial Brexit Shock Is Hurting UK, But Sparing Eurozone

Initial Brexit Shock Is Hurting UK, But Sparing Eurozone
For years, Britain bragged about its economic performance, contrasting it with the neighboring eurozone, which was struggling with a series of financial crises and stagnation. The economic shockwaves of the "Brexit" vote, which leading British bank Lloyds blamed Thursday for 3,000 job cuts, suggest the roles could be reversing. A month on from the British vote to leave the European Union, the evidence is getting clearer by the day: the eurozone economy is proving resilient to the ...
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Project Inspire Presents: The Formula - Tisha B'Av 5776

Project Inspire Presents: The Formula - Tisha B'Av 5776
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] This Tisha B'av, watch how success can come in unexpected and unconventional ways. Project Inspire presents an all new and original Tisha B'Av Film exploring what really constitutes a "successful" kiruv experience. Although we'd all like to believe that X+Y=SUCCESS, it's not so simple. Through real life stories and remarks by HaRav Hillel David Shlita and insights from HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler Shlita Rosh Yeshivas Beth Medrash Govoha Lakewood, NJ, The Formula shows ...
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Eichler: It's Not Important If Lapid Hates Chareidim Or Not

Eichler: It's Not Important If Lapid Hates Chareidim Or Not
Yair Lapid on Thursday morning interviewed with Kol Chai Radio, speaking with Mordechai Lavi. When asked repeatedly “Do you hate chareidim”, Lapid’s response was emphatic, “no”, adding “I do not hate any Jews”. He also stated during the interview that he believes in HKBH and respects Jewish tradition. Following Lapid on the Thursday morning 22 Tammuz program was Yisrael Eichler, who was asked to comment if he believes Lapid is sincere in his remarks. Eichler explained “It ...
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American Airlines Plane Lands Safely Despite Engine Flames

American Airlines Plane Lands Safely Despite Engine Flames
An American Airlines aircraft landed safely at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport despite a dramatic discharge of flames from one of the engines. American spokesman Ross Feinstein (FYN'-steen) says none of the 136 passengers and crew was injured when Flight 438 to Seattle returned to Dallas about 20 minutes after takeoff Wednesday night. A Federal Aviation Administration statement says the pilot reported an engine problem causing compressor stalls, which discharged flames from the ...
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Son Of Rav Miki Mark HY'D: The State Is Not Without Blame For The Murder Of My Father

Son Of Rav Miki Mark HY'D: The State Is Not Without Blame For The Murder Of My Father
Yehoshua Mark, a son of Rabbi Miki Mark HY”D, who was murdered in a drive-by terrorist shooting attack near Otniel, feels the state and the government are partially to blame for the murder. In an interview with Channel 20 on Wednesday, 21 Tammuz, he explained “The terrorist has already been imprisoned in Israel. We release them. We permitted him to murder my father. The state has a hand in this”. Yehoshua adds, “The fact that the terrorist murderer is able to do this twice is far ...
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With Auschwitz Visit, Pope Faces Complex Polish-Jewish Story

With Auschwitz Visit, Pope Faces Complex Polish-Jewish Story
Two Holocaust survivors took to a stage at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto this week to perform lively prewar tunes — the 91-year-old played drums and the 88-year-old was on accordion, keyboard and vocals. In the audience several elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust swayed and tapped their feet to songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Polish. Poland, a deeply Catholic nation, has a complex relationship with the Jews who flourished for centuries in the Eastern European ...
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Kupath Ezrah Of Rockland County 20th Annual Asifa

Kupath Ezrah Of Rockland County 20th Annual Asifa
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Kupath Ezrah is the first and foremost welfare Tzedaka institute serving the greater Monsey community for close to 60 years. It is endorsed by Rabbonim all across Monsey as the Kupah of the city. Close to 700 families from all segments of the community are currently receiving monthly financial aid to help alleviate their pain and suffering of poverty. This Tzedaka is a multi- faceted assistance organization. Besides for monthly stipends and pre-Yom Tov ...
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Rabbi Berland Ordered Released To House Arrest

Rabbi Berland Ordered Released To House Arrest
The Rishon L’Tzion Magistrate Court on Wednesday afternoon 21 Tammuz ordered the release of Rabbi Eliezer Berland with restrictions, including total house arrest until August 4, 2016. The implementation of his release is on hold for 24 hours to permit the state to appeal. During the hearing the prosecution told the court it plans to move ahead with a criminal indictment against the rabbi which will include all of the allegations against him. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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MK Lapid: PM Netanyahu Is Not Telling The Truth Regarding Gaza Tunnels

MK Lapid: PM Netanyahu Is Not Telling The Truth Regarding Gaza Tunnels
The Prime Minister’s Office this week released a statement discrediting reports that the country was not prepared to meet the Hamas tunnel threat during Operation Protective Edge. One of the audible voices claiming the cabinet was unaware and unprepared was Minister Naftali Bennett, who to this day insists he is correct. Bennett was harshly reprimanded publicly by Mr. Netanyahu during the military operation for openly criticizing the cabinet. Coming to Bennett’s side is Yesh Atid leader ...
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VIDEO: Lapid Insists: I Do Not Hate Chareidim

VIDEO: Lapid Insists: I Do Not Hate Chareidim
Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid spoke with Kol Chai Radio host Mordechai Lavi on Thursday morning 22 Tammuz. Lapid stated emphatically that he does not hate chareidim, adding “I do not hate any Jews!” Lavi was hostile during the interview, badgering Lapid over his performance as a senior cabinet minister in the last administration and his insistence that chareidi schools learn secular subjects. Lapid added that Lavi was not conducting a fair interview, choosing to promote the ...
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New York Settles With Zipcar Over Damage Fees It Charged

New York Settles With Zipcar Over Damage Fees It Charged
New York's attorney general has reached a settlement with Zipcar Inc. over vehicle damage fees charged to 5,000 members from 2011 through 2015. New York law requires giving consumers an opportunity to dispute damage fees before they're assessed. Investigators say Zipcar didn't notify consumers before charging fees that ranged up to $1,000. Zipcar lets members rent cars by the hour or day. Contracts say members are liable for damages on cars in their possession. Zipcar agreed to ...
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Charges Filed Against MK Gafne For Running A Red Light

Charges Filed Against MK Gafne For Running A Red Light
An indictment was filed against Moshe Gafne in traffic court for running a red light. The MK’s vehicle was photographed running a red light about a year ago, at a Ramat Gan intersection. According to Paragraph 62 of penal code, the maximum penalty is two years imprisonment or a fine. It is reported that if the court determines that Gafne himself was driving, it will suffice with suspending his license for a prolonged period of time. Gafne commented on the report stating he was not ...
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This Young Widow And Her Three Children Are Being Thrown Out Of Their Home

This Young Widow And Her Three Children Are Being Thrown Out Of Their Home
Claudine B. of Karmiel was recently widowed and is literally about to be thrown out of her home. This mother of three and dedicated daughter has been dealt challenge after challenge, persevering through each one with incredible dedication, spirit, kindness and positivity. For five years Claudine nursed her young husband through his devastating battle with cancer. He wasn’t eligible for assisted transportation to his appointments so Claudine took him back and forth to doctors for ...
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Pokemon GO and Halacha

Pokemon GO and Halacha
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Pokemon GO is a game that is generally played on mobile phones that uses something called augmented reality. Virtual creatures appear on the screen that otherwise appears to be your outside surroundings. The goal of the game is to battle, capture and train these virtual creatures. The game has achieved record status in terms of downloading. Over 10 million people downloaded the game in the first week, and it was only released in July. ...
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High Court: Why Not Release Bodies Of Terrorists For Burial?

High Court: Why Not Release Bodies Of Terrorists For Burial?
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday 21 Tammuz instructed the state to respond, to explain why the bodies of terrorists held by Israel should not be released for burial. The bodies of many terrorists killed during terror attacks are being held by Israel. In the past, the High Court ruled bodies should be released to permit burial after the family of the terrorist guarantees the burial will be quiet and orderly and not used to rally against Israel. The court made the stipulation after the ...
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N. Korea: US Has Crossed Red Line, Relations On War Footing

N. Korea: US Has Crossed Red Line, Relations On War Footing
North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on ...
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Democratic Donors, Allies Offer Reward For Trump Tax Returns

Democratic Donors, Allies Offer Reward For Trump Tax Returns
The wealthy Democratic donors, many of them executives who run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that's why they can't stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump's refusal to release his. In their suites at the Ritz Carlton hotel, where many are staying during this week's Democratic convention, and at its auxiliary swanky parties, the supporters of Hillary Clinton are sounding the alarm about Trump's break with decades of presidential ...
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