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UPDATE: Skulener Rebbe Shlita: Add a Name to Route 59 Accident Victim

UPDATE: Skulener Rebbe Shlita: Add a Name to Route 59 Accident Victim
9:55AM IL: In line with instructions from the Skulener Rebbe Shlita, a name has been added to the 18-year-old Route 59 accident victim and one should now recite Tehillim for אלטע שיינדל בת בריינדל לאה bsoch kol cholei am yisrael. Alta Sheindel bas Breindel Leah’s condition remains critical and rabbonim shlita point out Am Yisrael is in need of much teshuva and chessed and anyone familiar with the victim and her family is also aware of the tremendous chessed they ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 25 )

Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis A"H - An Appreciation

Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis A
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times She was America’s rebbetzin, America’s mother, America’s bubby. Indeed, if there is royalty in America, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis was queen. Somehow, everyone knew her. Everyone respected her. Everyone loved her. Unaffiliated Jews. Reform Jews. Conservative Jews. IDF soldiers. American soldiers. Bais Yaakov girls. Presidents. Prime ministers. A love for Judaism burned deeply inside Rebbetzin Jungreis, and she channeled that ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 25 )

Israel: Southern District Security Alert Canceled on Thursday Morning

Israel: Southern District Security Alert Canceled on Thursday Morning
On Wednesday night the eve of 21 Menachem Av shortly before 23:00, a security alert was declared in the southern district of Israel following credible information of a terrorist planning to strike. Police responded accordingly, activating units and setting up checkpoints in addition to increasing vigilance. Police called on citizens in the southern area to report anything and everything suspicious without any hesitation. The alert and accompanying search for a terrorist continued through the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 25 )

PHOTOS: Civil Administration Removes Illegal Bedouin Structures From Southern Hebron Hills Area

PHOTOS: Civil Administration Removes Illegal Bedouin Structures From Southern Hebron Hills Area
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The IDF Civil Administration early Wednesday morning 20 Menachem Av destroyed a number of illegal Bedouin structures in Um el-Chir near the Jewish community of Carmel in the S. Hebron Hills. One of the buildings that was destroyed was razed by the Civil Administration in the past and rebuilt. Inspectors announced they plan to uproot trees as well, trees planted illegally by the Bedouins on state land. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: S. Hebron ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Clinton Keeps Stay-The-Course Strategy On Foundation, Emails

Clinton Keeps Stay-The-Course Strategy On Foundation, Emails
Hillary Clinton is sidestepping new questions about nearly 15,000 recently discovered emails or her family's charitable foundation — a stay-the-course strategy sure to be tested in the sprint to Election Day. Clinton has no immediate plans — in an interview or a news conference — to explain the FBI's discovery of another batch of emails or personally clarify how her administration would wall off the organization founded by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, if she's elected ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Beit Chabad In Assaf HaRofeh Hospital Working To Keep The Children Busy During Vacation Time

Beit Chabad In Assaf HaRofeh Hospital Working To Keep The Children Busy During Vacation Time
Beit Chabad in Assaf HaRofeh Hospital in Rishon L’Tzion is running a summer camp experience for children who are admitted to day admissions area of the hospital. The program includes drawing, singing, dancing, and workshops, including one on eating healthy, which is run by a health professional under Chabad supervision. Rabbi Mendy Beckerman explains “This is just a part of our year-long activities in the hospital as it is important to give special attention to the children who receive ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

TEHILLIM - Girl In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle On Route 59 In Monsey

TEHILLIM - Girl In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle On Route 59 In Monsey
A teenaged girl is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Monsey, Wednesday night. The accident happened at around 9:00PM on Route 59 near Augusta. Paramedics from Monsey Hatzolah transported the 18-year-old girl to Westchester Trauma Center, where she is in critical condition. Route 59 has been closed as Ramapo Police are on the scene conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident. Please say Tehillim for Shaindel bas Braindel Leah. (Chaim ...
(6 opinions  |   August 24 )

'Operation Safari' At The Erez Crossing Completed As Animals Get A Break From Gaza's Zoo

'Operation Safari' At The Erez Crossing Completed As Animals Get A Break From Gaza's Zoo
In a complex operation, a group of animals was transferred on Wednesday morning 20 Menachem Av from Gaza via Erez Crossing, in order to receive better living conditions and improved care. As on previous occasions, the move was made possible due to cooperation between the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry's Gaza Coordination and Liaison Office, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, the Defense Ministry Crossings Authority and ...
(3 opinions  |   August 24 )

Video of Interest: Camp Agudah Concert 2016 - Featuring Avraham Fried And Benny Friedman

This is a video of the Camp Agudah 2016 Concert which took place on August 18, 2016 featuring Avraham Fried, Benny Friedman, and the Meshorerim Choir. Music by Sympinny Band.
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Crews Battling 35 Large, Uncontained Wildfires In The West

Crews Battling 35 Large, Uncontained Wildfires In The West
Thirty-five large, uncontained wildfires are burning in the West, and firefighters are making initial attacks on another 112 new fires trying to prevent them from getting big. Firefighters in the region mostly faced continued windy, dry conditions Wednesday that have fanned flames that destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Idaho and elsewhere. Late last week the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, upped what it calls the National Preparedness ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Former PM Barak Called Upon To Detail Netanyahu's Security Failures To Classified Committee

Former PM Barak Called Upon To Detail Netanyahu's Security Failures To Classified Committee
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak has recently made harsh comments against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his administration. Barak maintains that Netanyahu has destroyed the security of the State of Israel. Those comments were met with responses from the Prime Minister’s Office and others. In comments to chareidi correspondents on Tuesday, 19 Menachem Av, PM Netanyahu stated knows one knows what Barak is taking about. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu added that Barak of all ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Video of Interest: Thermal Scan Shows F-35 Fighter Jet In Flight

Lockheed Martin's F-35B Lightning II made its the international airshow debut at the Farnborough airshow. It was all captured on a thermal camera.
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Trump, Aiming To Widen Support, Makes Pitch To Hispanics

Trump, Aiming To Widen Support, Makes Pitch To Hispanics
Visiting a battleground state he can't afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics "a much better life" on Wednesday in a Florida speech that continued his recent effort to soften his tone and broaden his support 11 weeks before the presidential election. The Republican presidential candidate also repeated his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out immigrants, underscoring the tricky balancing act he faces in retaining backing from conservatives while beckoning ...
(1 opinions  |   August 24 )

Want a School That Will Bring Out the Best in Your Child?

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] When your children wake up in the morning, do they jump out of bed excited about the school day ahead? When you walk through your children’s schools, do you notice joyful students, happy teachers and interactive lessons? If not, it’s time to seriously consider moving your family to Rochester, NY. Derech HaTorah is Rochester’s Torah elementary school. It’s the school that leaves visitors wishing they lived in Rochester. It’s the school that ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Does A New Building Plan Threaten Tzfat's Old City?

Does A New Building Plan Threaten Tzfat's Old City?
Reports of a construction project may threaten Tzfat’s Old City as it stands today. Anyone who has ever visited the Old City can attest to the special feeling, to walk the streets that were inhabited by Rav Saadia Gaon, Rav Shlomo Alkabetz, Rav Yosef Karo, the Ari HaKadosh and others. According to Xnet, which is a subsidiary of Ynet, all this may change as there are plans to construct a total of almost 100 apartments in three terraced buildings. The plan is intended for the entrance to the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

The World's Deadliest Earthquakes Since 2000

The World's Deadliest Earthquakes Since 2000
A magnitude 6 earthquake shook central Italy early on Wednesday, followed hours later by a magnitude 6.8 temblor in Myanmar. Here is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes since 2000: ——— April 16, 2016: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Ecuador's central coast near the town of Muisne kills more than 660 people. ——— April 25, 2015: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal kills more than 8,000 people. ——— Aug. 3, 2014: More than 700 people die in a ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

WATCH: Rep. Collins Tells CNN That Trump Immigration Stance Not A Flip-Flop

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) defends GOP nominee Donald Trump's immigration stance and insists the candidate is not flip-flopping on the issue.
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Nestle Takes Advantage Of The Cornflakes Door Opened By Telma

Nestle Takes Advantage Of The Cornflakes Door Opened By Telma
Telma cornflakes, which were a leader in the field in Israel are still unwanted in many Israeli homes following the recent salmonella scare. Nestle Osem on the other hand is not just sitting by idly, but taking advantage of the door that was opened in the breakfast cereal market and it is introducing its new ‘Gofree’ cornflakes. While the product is not new, it will be new to Israel, which until recently was controlled by Unilever’s Telma brand. The new Osem item will sell under the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Chinuch Atzmai Needs Assistance For Student Transportation

Chinuch Atzmai Needs Assistance For Student Transportation
Rabbonim Shlita have released a kol korei addressing the lack of transportation to many talmidim attending Chinuch Atzmai schools. In the call from the rabbonim dated 26 Tammuz, the rabbonim explain there is a lack of resources to provide transportation for all children. It is explained that if a solution is not found, 30,000 children may find themselves without an educational framework chas v’sholom. Rabbonim shlita call on everyone to adopt a child, at a cost of 12 monthly payments of ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Greenfield Meets with Commissioner to Discuss Dangerous Boro Park Intersection

Greenfield Meets with Commissioner to Discuss Dangerous Boro Park Intersection
Councilman David G. Greenfield is urging the Department of Transportation to install a stoplight or a stop sign in the vicinity of 18th Avenue and 56th Street in Brooklyn, a pedestrian-heavy area that too often sees cars passing through at dangerously high rates of speed. "The area around 18th Avenue and 56th Street is the most significant safety hazard in my district," Greenfield said. "My office gets calls from worried parents about this issue nearly every week. Now that my $7.25 million ...
(1 opinions  |   August 24 )

Israel: Policeman And Israel Police Ordered To Compensate For Unjustifiable Use Of Force

Israel: Policeman And Israel Police Ordered To Compensate For Unjustifiable Use Of Force
The Jerusalem Magistrate Court has ordered a policeman to pay NIS 13,000 in compensation to a Shomron resident in addition to Israel Police paying him NIS 6,000. The case occurred six years ago when the policeman who was not in uniform and who refused to identify himself, began attacking a sentry at the community of Neria, a small community in the Binyamin Regional Council district of Shomron. The guard sued for damages and emerged with a victory in hand as Justice Dorit Feinstein agreed, ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

France to Teach Children How to React to Terror Attacks

France to Teach Children How to React to Terror Attacks
France's government has unveiled a plan to teach children how to react in case of an attack at school. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Wednesday announced a series of measures regarding how schools and children must handle the terrorist threat. Every school will have to organize three security drills per year, including one based on the scenario of an attack with at least one assailant inside the building. Children will be taught how to ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Terror Attacked Prevented Near The Machpelah

Terror Attacked Prevented Near The Machpelah
Border police at the Beit Merkachat Checkpoint near the Ma’aras HaMachpelah checked an Arab female on Wednesday morning 20 Menachem Av and found she was concealing a kitchen knife in her purse. B’chasdei Hashem there were no injuries. The woman was taken into custody. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo: Media Resource Group)
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Qatari State Fund Buys Stake in NY's Empire State Building

Qatari State Fund Buys Stake in NY's Empire State Building
Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in America — a stake in the company that owns New York's Empire State Building. The $622-million purchase by the Qatar Investment Authority comes as the Doha fund increases its investments in the U.S. as the small country on the Arabian Peninsula tries to cope with low global oil and gas prices. The Empire State Realty Trust Inc., which manages the 102-story, 1,454-foot (443-meter) -tall building, announced the Qatari purchase ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Brussels Airlines Gives In To Palestinian Pressure And Stops Serving Israeli Halva

Brussels Airlines Gives In To Palestinian Pressure And Stops Serving Israeli Halva
Brussels Airlines has given in to pro-Palestinian pressure which was seeking to persuade the airline to stop serving Achva brand halva bars, which are manufactured in a plant in Barkan, an industrial center in the Shomron near Ariel. A Palestinian solidarity organization began pressuring the airline, explaining the halva company operates in “occupied Palestinian territory” and as such, it should not support it be offering its passengers the Achva halva bars as it does. An airline ...
(7 opinions  |   August 24 )

Explorer: No Train or Tunnel at Search Site for Nazi Train

Explorer: No Train or Tunnel at Search Site for Nazi Train
Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi "gold train" in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site. The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in drawn explorers and treasure hunters from across Europe to Poland's southwestern town of Walbrzych, and prompting local authorities to dream about a great inflow of tourists and money. The local legend says in 1945, the Nazi Germans hid a train ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Bayit Yehudi Official Filed A Police Complaint Against HaPeles

Bayit Yehudi Official Filed A Police Complaint Against HaPeles
Shlomi Tamam, who chairs the Bayit Yehudi part in Holon has filed a police complaint against the HaPeles newspaper after the Yerushalmi-faction affiliated newspaper published a defamatory caricature against Bayit Leumi Deputy Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan and the dati leumi party. Bayit Yehudi Council official Amiad Taub filed the complaint explaining “We deplore the dismissive attitude towards Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, איש ספרא וסייפא , a true representative ...
(4 opinions  |   August 24 )

Trump Son Defends Not Releasing Tax Returns

Trump Son Defends Not Releasing Tax Returns
A son of Donald Trump says it would be foolish for his father to release his tax returns. The Republican presidential nominee has broken with precedent by refusing to release them. He says they are being audited and he can't release them until the audit is complete. His son, Eric Trump, said Wednesday on CNBC not much can be learned from tax returns. He said his father's returns are massive and "you would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes" looking through them and making ...
(3 opinions  |   August 24 )

Chilul Shabbos And Tel Aviv Stores Back In The News

Chilul Shabbos And Tel Aviv Stores Back In The News
A committee headed by the Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will soon submit its recommendations pertaining to stores operating in Tel Aviv on Shabbos. According to the Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) report, recent Interior Ministers have been unwilling to address this political hot potato regarding stores in Tel Aviv on Shabbos and the matter was given over to the special committee that also includes the Director-Generals of the Ministries of Economy, Interior, Justice, ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Mississippi Man to Be Sentenced on Terrorism Charge

Mississippi Man to Be Sentenced on Terrorism Charge
A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is scheduled to be sentenced on terrorism charges. Muhammad Dakhlalla of Starkville pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock will decide his sentence Wednesday in Oxford, Mississippi. Dakhlalla faces up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime probation. Jaelyn Young, his onetime fianc?e, was ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Police: Soldier Acted Appropriately - His Weapons Is Returned

Police: Soldier Acted Appropriately - His Weapons Is Returned
Earlier this week, YWN-ISRAEL reported that Jews were assaulted in Akko and an IDF soldier who saw what was taking place, came to the rescue of the victims. The soldier was compelled to draw his weapon to defend the group of tourists who were attacked without warning by local Arabs. The police response amazed all involved, detaining the soldier and the confiscation of his weapon. The tourists came to the police station to give their statements, supporting the version of the events given by ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Tropical Storm 'Gaston' Forecast to Become a Hurricane in Atlantic

Tropical Storm 'Gaston' Forecast to Become a Hurricane in Atlantic
Tropical Storm Gaston is gaining strength in the Atlantic and could soon become a hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday have increased to near 70 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast and Gaston is expected to become a hurricane later in the day. Gaston is centered about 975 miles (1,570 kilometers) west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph (28 kph). The storm is not currently a ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

North Korean Submarine Missile Launch Shows Improved Ability

North Korean Submarine Missile Launch Shows Improved Ability
A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance. North Korea already has a variety of land-based missiles that can hit South Korea and Japan, including U.S. military bases in those countries. But its development of reliable submarine-launched missiles would add ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 24 )

Ma'adanei Miki Expands Its Salmonella Recall

Ma'adanei Miki Expands Its Salmonella Recall
Last week, the Ma’adanei Miki Company that produces smoked fish products and salads announced a recall following the detection of salmonella. Last week’s recall addressed packages of its smoked salmon packaged for institutional use. The company now announces that “to be safe” it is expanding the recall as follows. Production Date Expiration Date July 3, 16 Feb. 27, 17 July 5, 16 March 1, 17 July 7, 16 March 3, 17 July 14, 16 March 10, 17 August 2, 16 March 29, ...
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WATCH: Palisades Parkway Police Write Tickets To Chaveirim For Changing Flat At Rest Stop

Sources tell YWN that a Williamsburg Chaveirim Volunteer was issued summonses for having a friend of his change his tire in the first gas station on the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey. The Palisades Police have a long history of being an arrogant, insensitive police force. The entire agency is a few officers, with just about zero police work other then issue summonses on a small stretch of highway that they actually patrol. They have a history of stopping Hatzolah ambulances transporting ...
(11 opinions  |   August 24 )

Foundation Donors Who Met, Talked With Clinton While Secretary Of State

Foundation Donors Who Met, Talked With Clinton While Secretary Of State
Hillary Clinton met or talked by phone with at least 154 people from private interests, such as corporations, during her time as secretary of the state. More than half those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to specific programs through the charity's international arm. Among them: —Joseph Duffey, who once worked for Laureate Education, a for-profit education system based in Baltimore, was one of 20 people ...
(6 opinions  |   August 24 )