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Who Turned In The Bucharim Area Shul To Tax Authorities?

Who Turned In The Bucharim Area Shul To Tax Authorities?
Israel Tax Authority inspectors visited the Mosioff Shul in the Bucharim area of the capital following reports of person employed off the books. The shul is well known and serves thousands daily who daven and learn in the shul. It appears that a harsh machlokes between a shul employee and an askan led to a phone call to tax authorities, reporting illegal activities in the shul. There are conflicting reports the shul employee has been fired as a result while others report he simply has ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

WATCH: Meet Australian Ambassador To Israel Dave Sharma

We meet with Australian Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma for an interview prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's historical first visit to Australia (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Traffic Cams Installed In Bnei Brak

Traffic Cams Installed In Bnei Brak
Traffic cameras are being installed on Aharonvitz Street in Bnei Brak and will also be added to Kahaneman Street between Rav Yitzchak Nafcha and Coca Cola Junction. This is to prevent illegal parking in the hope of improving the flow of traffic. It is hoped the cameras will eliminate the need for the traffic directors enforcing the parking regulations. The cameras will issue summonses for vehicles in bus stops or other prohibited areas. There is a focus on buses, as they are too often ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Trump's Choice To Be Navy Secretary Withdraws

Trump's Choice To Be Navy Secretary Withdraws
President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Bilden's withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. Just last week, the Pentagon sought to tamp down reports that Bilden might pull out. Bilden was an intelligence ...
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PHOTOS: Working To Maintain The Kedusha Of The Kosel And The Surrounding Area

PHOTOS: Working To Maintain The Kedusha Of The Kosel And The Surrounding Area
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Members of the Ombudsman Committee visited the Kosel with the participation of Rav of the Kosel and Holy Sites Rabbi Yitzchak Rabinovich and the Israel Police David Sector commander. The viewed and discussed security inspections when one enters the Kosel area, checking the metal detector that is in use on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim with heterim from rabbonim. They also discussed other electronic devices operating to provide security and surveillance at the Kosel ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

GOP Congressman: Special Prosecutor Needed For Russia Probe

GOP Congressman: Special Prosecutor Needed For Russia Probe
A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump's team during the campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation. Issa made the comments Friday on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Issa said: "You're right that you cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Mrs. Sophie Garfinkel, A"H

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Mrs. Sophie Garfinkel, A
Mrs. Garfinkel, a’h, always regarded her survival during the war a miracle. A member of the shearis haplaita, Mrs. Garfinkel was determined to exact her revenge on Hitler, yemach shemo, by perpetuating and strengthening Torah and Yiddishkeit. She and her husband, Yehuda, z”l, were pillars of Frankel’s shul and raised their only son, Avrohom, to value and treasure another Yid. Reb Avrohom will dedicate a Shuvu classroom l’iluy nishmosa.
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Agreement Between Litzman And Degel Hatorah

Agreement Between Litzman And Degel Hatorah
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and Education Minister Naftali Bennet have been championing the battle to change school menus, to introduce healthier foods into the nation’s schools. However, frum schools have objected unless a special budget is being provided due to the additional costs involved. The dispute inside Yahadut Hatorah has become significant, led by MK Yaakov Asher, who explains there is not enough money for the frum schools to being increasing the food budget. Kikar News ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

The UN's Chutzpah - Condemning The Sentence In The Azariya Manslaughter Trial

The UN's Chutzpah - Condemning The Sentence In The Azariya Manslaughter Trial
The United Nations does not miss a beat when it comes to condemning Israel and in the case of the trial of Elor Azariya, there is no exception. Israel is angry over the UN Human Rights Council for its comment on the sentence in Israel, as Azariya was sent to 18-months imprisonment and demotion to private. The council however feels the sentence is “unacceptable” since it deals with an IDF soldier firing at a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for ...
(4 opinions  |   February 26 )

Special Team Being Formed To Address Attacks Against Chareidi Soldiers

Special Team Being Formed To Address Attacks Against Chareidi Soldiers
A special team is being formulated by the Attorney General’s Office to address attacks against chareidi IDF soldiers, known by the frum community opposing their service as ‘chardakim’. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit held a special meeting on Sunday, 1 Rosh Chodesh Adar in his office to consult with Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan on the matter. Also present were the IDF Chief Prosecutor, an Israel Police representative, a representative from the State Prosecutor’s Office, ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Harav Binyomin Wulliger, Z"l

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Harav Binyomin Wulliger, Z
Horav Binyomin Wulliger, z”l, was a respected and beloved member of Frankel’s shul for decades. Rav Wulliger survived the holocaust and spent his long and productive life building a family that numbers many well- known and outstanding talmidei chachomim, Torah leaders and askonim. Rav Wulliger was extremely close to Rav Pam, zt”l, and made it his chiyuv to attend every Shuvu dinner for the last 20 years. His son, Reb Hersch Chaim, the gabbai of Frankel’s shul for decades is a Shuvu ...
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New York, North Carolina: When Should Teen Be Tried As Adult

New York, North Carolina: When Should Teen Be Tried As Adult
New York and North Carolina are the last states that still prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court, but changes may be coming. Both states are considering proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Backers say the measures could save millions of dollars by providing rehabilitative services that young people need to keep from offending again. The proposal also would allow young offenders to avoid adult records that can affect their opportunities for ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Security Alert At The Kosel Erev Shabbos

Security Alert At The Kosel Erev Shabbos
Police were summoned to the Kosel on erev Shabbos after security personnel were suspicious of a 60-year-old tourist who was found to be carrying an unusual walking stick – containing a sword. They learned the women had trouble walking in the alleys of the Old City and acquired the walking stick in one of the local shops, using it to get around until reaching the Kosel inspection station. Apparently, the woman was unaware the walking stick contained the sword. Security personnel returned ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

Two Jews Reportedly Killed When Small Plane Crashes In Westhampton Beach, New York

Two Jews Reportedly Killed When Small Plane Crashes In Westhampton Beach, New York
A small airplane with three people on-board crashed in Westhampton Beach Sunday. Two people were killed and one was seriously wounded, according to several local media outlets. The FAA says the plane crashed into several trees as the pilot was practicing take-offs and landings at the Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County. The victim who survived was airlifted to a hospital. The three people aboard the plane have not been identified, but sources tell YWN that two Jews were on board the ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Rabbi Elias Schwartz, Z"l

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Rabbi Elias Schwartz, Z
Rabbi Elias Schwartz, Shuvu Board Member for decades, was a leading light in the world of chinuch for 50 years. Renowned as an educator’s educator, Rabbi Schwartz taught thousands of boys how to live life as an American Ben Torah. Today, Rabbi Schwartz’s “boys” are among the most eminent and revered Roshei Yeshiva, Menahalim, marbitzey Torah and lay leaders. Rabbi Schwartz’s family is dedicating a classroom l’iluy nishmoso at the Annual Dinner. His involvement with Russian ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

WATCH: Neturei Karta Defile Kever Yosef In Shechem With Palestinian Flags

On Thursday, February 16, a group of Anti-Zionist Jews visited the Kever of Yosef HaTzadik in the city of Shchem. They were escorted by Palestinian police. Following the visit at the Kever, the group paid a visit to the Palestinian Mayor of the city.
(9 opinions  |   February 26 )

Haifa: Protest Demands Closure Of Ammonia Tank

Haifa: Protest Demands Closure Of Ammonia Tank
On Sunday 16 Shevat, a court ordered emptying and relocating the large ammonia tank in Haifa in ten days but this is yet to occur. The Haifa Court for Local Affairs put an end to the concerns over the tank, which has been referred to as a ‘ticking time bomb’ which if exploded, could claim the lives of 500,000 people. An estimated 3,000 people protested outside the Haifa District Court on Sunday demanding the closure of the tank once and for all as the court was expected to rule on a ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Dozens Of Headstones Damaged At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery

Dozens Of Headstones Damaged At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery
Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned. The Philadelphia police say this was an act of vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the corner of Frankford and Cheltenham avenues. Aaron Mallin of North Jersey made the disturbing discovery Sunday when he came to visit his father's grave. "It's just very disheartening that such a thing would take place," Mallin said. He says he knows this doesn't look good, but ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

French Attack Victim: Attacker Used A Hand Saw

French Attack Victim: Attacker Used A Hand Saw
Two Jewish brothers wearing a kippah were beaten and one’s finger was sawed off, in a violent anti-Semitic attack in Bondy, a Paris surburb last week.  The aggressors were reportedly "of North African origin." The two men, 29 and 17 years old, were hospitalized in a state of shock. A police complaint was filed by the two victims whose father is a local Jewish community leader. Police launched an investigation. The two were driving near Bondy Tuesday night, when their car was forced off ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

Yad Vashem Urges Amazon To Remove Holocaust Denial Books

Yad Vashem Urges Amazon To Remove Holocaust Denial Books
Yad Vashem is urging Amazon to remove Holocaust denial books from its website as they are still offered for sale around the world, including in countries that ban selling such books. It is not the first appeal to Amazon, but the books are still available as seen in the attached photo from Sunday, 1 Rosh Chodesh Adar 5777. Upon receiving complaints about the matter, Dr. Robert Rozett, the Director of the Yad Vashem Libraries, sent an urgent email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, requesting that ...
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Duped Into Killing Kim? 2 Suspects Say It Looked Like Prank

Duped Into Killing Kim? 2 Suspects Say It Looked Like Prank
Two women — a Vietnamese and an Indonesian — have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. He died within hours. The women told officials from their embassies in Malaysia that they believed the entire operation was a harmless prank for a reality show. Malaysian police say the attackers knew what they were doing and had ...
(3 opinions  |   February 26 )

Litzman Backs Producing More Gluten Free Food Products

Litzman Backs Producing More Gluten Free Food Products
Israel’s Ministry of Health announced it is working to significantly lowering the price of gluten free food items in line with recommendation of a government committee that probed the matter. The committee included representatives of the ministry as well as the Ministry of the Economy and Bituach Leumi. The committee studied why gluten free products are so expensive and then approved steps towards lowering prices. The government plans to infuse up to NIS 9 million into factories producing ...
(2 opinions  |   February 26 )

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Beinish Mandel, Z"l

Shuvu's 26th Annual Dinner: Dedication L'Iluy Nishmas Beinish Mandel, Z
Beinish Mandel dedicated his life to helping Klal Yisroel. As one of the most active Hatzolah members in the organization, throughout his life, he considered it a privilege to help another Yid. Indeed, during Rav Pam, zt”l’s final illness, Beinish was like a son to the Godol. He was at the Rosh Yeshiva’s side almost constantly. Beinish exemplified ahavas Yisroel and mesiras nefesh for the klal. Shuvu is dedicating a Beis Medrash l’iluy nishmoso.
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Pre-Existing Conditions Complicate Health Care Replacement

Pre-Existing Conditions Complicate Health Care Replacement
As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has some congressional Republicans considering whether to ask the states to reboot high-risk pools, an option with a rocky history. In the past, the pools served as insurers of ...
(3 opinions  |   February 26 )

United Airlines Flight To Tel Aviv Makes An Unscheduled Landing In Houston

United Airlines Flight To Tel Aviv Makes An Unscheduled Landing In Houston
United Airlines flight UA 954 made an unscheduled landing in Houston Sunday, 1 Rosh Chodosh Adar, after there was smell of smoke inside the cockpit plane. The flight landed without incident in George Bush Intercontinental Airport. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

Liberal Activists, New DNC Chief Face A Trump-Era Reckoning

Liberal Activists, New DNC Chief Face A Trump-Era Reckoning
When Tom Perez stepped to the stage as the newly elected Democratic national chairman, his first official act was to invite his vanquished rival to join him as deputy chairman. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison accepted on the spot and two men stood together, smiling like a national ticket at a presidential nominating convention. Members of the Democratic National Committee cheered wildly at their gathering in Atlanta on Saturday, forgetting the competitive race that took two rounds of voting ...
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Former Chief Of Staff Does Not Accept State Comptroller's Report On Operation Protective Edge

Former Chief Of Staff Does Not Accept State Comptroller's Report On Operation Protective Edge
Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Ganz has spoken out against the State Comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge, the IDF’s counter terrorism operation in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Ganz explains that one cannot win a war without accurate intelligence, praising former Chief of Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi as the best head of intelligence in the IDF in the past forty years. He explained that despite the report’s view of the military operation, intelligence was ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

What Popular Tax Breaks Are At Risk If GOP Overhauls Taxes?

What Popular Tax Breaks Are At Risk If GOP Overhauls Taxes?
When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people. That's why making big changes to tax laws is so hard — and why it hasn't been done for 30 years. Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large ...
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Chareidi Protest Planned At Kosel For Monday As Women Of Wall Plan 'Hanochas Tefillin'

Chareidi Protest Planned At Kosel For Monday As Women Of Wall Plan 'Hanochas Tefillin'
Police are preparing for confrontations at the Kosel on Monday morning 2 Rosh Chodesh Adar as Women of the Wall (WoW) have announced it will be hosting a ‘Hanochas Tefilin’ in the ezras noshim of the Kosel on Monday, 2 Rosh Chodesh Adar. Chareidim are planning to be there in large numbers to confront them under the banner “The Kosel is the Heart of the Nation”, hoping to prevent the women from holding an event with Sifrei Torah, tallis and tefilin. The call is being made for persons ...
(14 opinions  |   February 26 )

Sessions' Tough On Crime Talk Could Lead To Fuller Prisons

Sessions' Tough On Crime Talk Could Lead To Fuller Prisons
The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, signaled at his confirmation hearing - and during private meetings in his first days on the job - that he sees a central role for the federal government in ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

Hikind: Stop Scapegoating Trump For Anti-Semitism

Hikind: Stop Scapegoating Trump For Anti-Semitism
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) says that blaming President Donald Trump for the rise in anti-Semitic incidents is devious and politically misleading. Hikind asserted that crimes against Jews are a direct result of the negative attitude towards Israel—an attitude that has been embraced by too many members of the Democratic party and their leadership. “Where are the liberal leaders when Jewish cemeteries are desecrated and campuses are painted with swastikas and racial slurs?” asked ...
(7 opinions  |   February 26 )

Shvut Rachel Gimmel To Replace Amona

Shvut Rachel Gimmel To Replace Amona
Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan spoke with Kol Berama Radio’s Chezi Zeigman on Sunday morning 1 Rosh Chodesh Adar, explaining that “Everything is in place for a new yishuv for the expellees of Amona near Shvut Rachel, ‘’Shvut Rachell 3. Ben-Dahan explained “All that is required is cabinet approval and ten things would move into place quickly”. However, he did not say the matter was going to be discussed at the first cabinet meeting following Prime Minister Binyamin ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Congress Returns, With Health Care, Supreme Court On Agenda

Congress Returns, With Health Care, Supreme Court On Agenda
Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. Majority Republicans in the House and Senate will be closely watching the prime-time address for guidance, marching orders or any specifics Trump might embrace on health care or taxes, areas where some of his ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 26 )

Of Poppy Seeds and Purim

Of Poppy Seeds and Purim
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Now that the month of Adar has arrived, people will have started to make their Hamantaschen. Traditionally, hamantaschen have been made out of poppy seeds, although, of late, there are all sorts of other fillers that have popped up. Why poppy seeds? The minhag was based upon a Ramah in Shulchan Aruch, where hecites the Kol Bo and writes (OC 695:2), “Some say that it is a custom to eat zironim – seeds on Purim, as a commemoration of ...
(1 opinions  |   February 26 )

HaRav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Visits Mekbubal HaRav Dov Kook

HaRav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Visits Mekbubal HaRav Dov Kook
HaGaon HaTzaddik Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Shlita on motzei Shabbos visited with Mekubal HaGaon HaRav Dov Kook Shlita, who has been unwell and having severe leg pain. Rav Grossman came to give chizuk to Rav Kook as they recited Tehillim together and Rav Grossman gave Rav Kook a bracha. They also sang niggunim for Rosh Chodesh Adar together. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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At Town Halls, GOP Caught Between Trump, Angry Voters

At Town Halls, GOP Caught Between Trump, Angry Voters
When hundreds of angry constituents chanted "no wall" at his Iowa town hall, Republican Rep. David Young agreed it wasn't necessary. When they demanded that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, the second-term congressman called it a "no-brainer." And, when they yelled at the mention of White House adviser Steve Bannon's name, Young quickly replied: "I don't know much about him." "On the subject of the president, I want you to know that although he's the president, he's not my ...
(4 opinions  |   February 25 )

White House Defends Contacts With FBI Over Russia Reports

White House Defends Contacts With FBI Over Russia Reports
The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's ...
(2 opinions  |   February 25 )

Agency Plans To Award Mexico Border Wall Contracts By April

Agency Plans To Award Mexico Border Wall Contracts By April
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10, according to FedBizOpps.gov, a website for federal contractors. The ...
(1 opinions  |   February 25 )