Airlines Begin Digging Out From Storm In Northeastern US
Lingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected.
Airlines have already cancelled more than 500 flights for Wednesday, according to FlightAware.com. But that's a reprieve after more than 7,500 U.S. flights got scrubbed and another 3,100 ran late on Monday and Tuesday, mostly in the blizzard's path.
New York was spared the worst of the blizzard, but Boston was hit with more than ...
Shas Angered at Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked's Comments
Ayelet Shaked tried to explain to the public how and why party leader Naftali Bennett selected former soccer star Eli Ochana for the 11th position on the lineup. She said “Naftali wanted a Sephardi who grew up in difficult conditions”. These words angered Shas party officials. Shaked made her remarks to Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), adding “I am told he is intelligent. I am the only non-religious person in the party at present. The others are all religious and most are Ashkenazim. Let’s ...
The IDF Ousts 43 Insubordinates from Elite Intelligence Unit
The IDF sent letters to the 43 signatories of the letter sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz. In their letter, the current and past reservists in the elite “8200” intelligence unit expressed their refusal to be part of a system the entrenches the IDF in “occupied areas”. They explained their inability to continue complying with orders that they feel violate the basic rights of PA (Palestinian Authority) ...
NYC Economy Lost $200M From Fizzled Storm, Transit Shutdown
New York City lost about $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snow storm and decision to shut down the transit system, but it wasn't a crippling loss, according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics.
Consumers who would have otherwise bought cars or made other major purchases will likely do so a day or two later, Moody's economist Adam Kamins said. And he noted that many employees forced to stay home Tuesday were able to telecommute.
"For example, a holiday where ...
Three Jews Living in Flatbush Entrapped by Missionaries, BJX Reacts
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"The Chiddushei Harim explained that the plague of darkness wasn't confined to Egypt. Rather it is a recurring plague of V'lo Rau Ish es Achiv - when Yidden fail to see, acknowledge or recognize their brothers who need their assistance. During the plague of darkness, the Jewish people had light in their dwellings. R' Yisroel of Ruzhin, Zt"l, says that every Jew is a light and it’s incumbent on each person to reach out to share the light and bring light into the ...
Yesh Atid Announces its List: Stern, Lipman & Others Most Likely Out of 20th Knesset
Yair Lapid on Monday evening 6 Shevat announced his lineup for the upcoming elections for the 20th Knesset. The first five people remain the same, albeit the order has changed. The first five all served as ministers in the outgoing administration.
There are some other changes as well and it appears, based on polls, that some of the current MKs will not be in the next Knesset. This includes his American chareidi MK Dov Lipman and MK Elazar Stern who shifted to Yesh Atid from The Movement ...
Boehner Acknowledges 'Stumbles' in Congress' Opening Weeks
House Speaker John Boehner acknowledges that there've been "a couple of stumbles" in the opening weeks of the new Republican-run Congress.
Boehner says House Republicans wanted to get off to a fast start this year and so they moved bills quickly. Last week GOP leaders were forced to water down an abortion bill after criticism from Republican women and others, and this week leaders delayed action on a border security bill amid conservative opposition.
Boehner told reporters at news ...
BREAKING: NY Assembly Speaker Silver To Step Down; Vote For New Speaker Scheduled For Feb 10
New York Assembly Democrats have announced that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his position as of this coming Monday.
After many hours of deliberation, Democrats in Albany settled on Joseph Morelle, the Democratic majority leader - who is a popular Rochester lawmaker, to temporarily lead the Assembly until February 10 when the 150-member body will vote on a new speaker, the NY Observer reported.
Otzma Yisrael Decides to Go It Alone
After talks with the Yachad party broke down, Otzma Yisrael party leader Dr. Michael Ben-Ari decided to run in the elections alone despite election polls showing he will not pass the minimum threshold.
The main stumbling blocks to signing an agreement with Eli Yishai’s party included the issue of Har Habayis and Ben-Ari’s insistence in receiving one of the first slots, when Yishai was willing to give him the sixth slot, which Yishai insisted was realistic for entering Knesset.
Obama Administration On Track To Surpass Health Care Goal
The Obama administration says 9.5 million people are already signed up for 2015 coverage under the president's health care law. That's on track to surpass the goal set last year.
The Health and Human Services department Tuesday reported enrollment numbers through the middle of January.
More than 7.1 million people signed up in the 37 states where the federal government is running the insurance markets, and 2.4 million signed up in states running their own exchanges.
The health ...
President Rivlin Holds a Working Meeting with UN Leader Ban Ki-moon
President Rivlin on Monday 6 Shevat held a working meeting in New York, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, upon whose invitation President Rivlin will address the UN special session for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The two leaders spoke about the cooperation between the State of Israel and the UN.
At the beginning of the meeting, President Rivlin thanked the secretary-general for all he has done to promote Holocaust remembrance at the UN. “I want to thank the Secretary ...
BREAKING: IDF Strikes Multiple Targets In Syria Following Rocket Fire Into Northern Israel
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit says that the Israeli Air Force was striking multiple artillery positions belonging to the Syrian army, and that direct hits were identified.
The air strikes came minutes after residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens around 12:30AM (Wednesday).
No casualties or damages have been reported in Northern Israel.
On Tuesday morning two rockets exploded in the northern Golan Heights.
Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on E-Cigarettes
The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the country's senior public health official, addressed the battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine during a stop Tuesday in Richmond.
The newly-appointed Murthy says the technology should be embraced if evidence shows e-cigarettes are able to help those who otherwise have trouble quitting smoking.
But he says he's ...
Swedish City Bans Jews from Home Schooling their Children
A Jewish Swedish couple is left fighting for their right to educate their children according to their religious belief, as the international community marks International Holocaust Memorial Day Tuesday.
Rav Alexander and Leah Namdar, Chabad shluchim in Sweden, are standing trial in Gothenburg because they choose to homeschool their children to ensure they receive a traditional Jewish education, as well as protecting their physical safety, which is coming under ever-increasing threat from ...
Democrats Say They Won't Support Iran Sanctions Bill for Now
A group of Senate Democrats told the White House on Tuesday that they won't support passage of an Iran sanctions bill until at least the end of March.
The decision could halt the march of legislation that would levy more sanctions on Iran if no diplomatic agreement can be reached to prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. Republicans could still push sanctions legislation — but without Democratic support, Congress would not likely have the votes needed to override a ...
MK Moses to Remain as the Vishnitz Representative
Vishnitz officials on Tuesday 7 Shevat gave their bracha to MK Menachem Eliezer Moses to continue in his capacity as the chassidus’ representative in Yahadut Hatorah in Knesset. Moses was praised for his efforts to date as a shaliach of his tzibur and the chareidi tzibur at large.
The announcement comes at a time when rumors have been circulating that there were plans to replace Moses with another person.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Russia: US Spy Ring Charges Part of 'Anti-Russian Campaign'
Russia has accused the United States of having no evidence against three Russian citizens charged with spying, and says the Americans are using the charges for political purposes.
U.S. prosecutors said the defendants were directed by Russia to gather sensitive economic intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources.
One of the defendants, arrested Monday in New York, is officially employed by the Manhattan branch of ...