Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Slides to 3.95 Percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after two straight weeks of sharp increases. Expectations persist that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.97 percent from 3.98 percent a week earlier. The key 30-year rate was close to its level of a year ago, 3.99 percent.
The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 3.18 ...
Betar Illit Cited for its Beauty for the 19th Consecutive Year
Betar Illit is once again recognized as a five-star city. During a ceremonious presentation this week attended by hundreds of mayors and council heads the Council for a Beautiful Israel declared once again Betar is a beautiful city in Israel for 2015. Mayor Meir Rubinstein was informed this year the city received a five-star rating by the council.
The award followed months of visiting neighborhoods and shopping area by the panel of judges which checked a number of parameters from cleanliness ...
Mayor De Blasio, Pleased To Work With Greenfield And Mark-Viverito To Provide Yeshivos WIth Security
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement following the announcement of updated legislation regarding additional security for non-public schools:
"The safety of all children is our collective responsibility, and that’s something the NYPD and City agencies act on each and every day. We’re pleased we could work productively with Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilman Greenfield and their colleagues on an initiative that gives the administration the flexibility to develop a ...
HISTORIC! NYC To Pass Greenfield's Law Providing Security For Yeshivos
New York - Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member David G. Greenfield today announced that the New York City Council will pass legislation to provide non-public schools with security guards upon request.
Introduction 65-A, sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield and to be voted on in early December, will provide at least one security guard to non-public schools with 300 or more students. Larger schools will receive additional guards. The guards must be registered and trained ...
Five Students Detained in Raid on Yeshivat Chomesh
On the morning of Monday 11 Kislev, an Arab terrorist infiltrated the area of Chomesh, one of the four Jewish communities in the Northern Shomron destroyed during the Expulsion of summer 2005 in which all 21 Gush Katif communities were also destroyed.
He intentionally drove his car into a Yeshivat Chomesh student who was wounded and hospitalized.
Several hours later police and army forces raided Chomesh with the aim of detaining Yeshivat Chomesh students. Since the Expulsion, Yeshivat ...
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Criminal Justice Issues Showing Up in 2016 Presidential Race
On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.
The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that's long taken a law-and-order stance finds itself desperate to improve its standing among minority voters. Democratic candidates are also being drawn into national conversations on policing, drug crimes and ...
Stabbing Attack Averted Near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station
YWN-ISRAEL reported on Tuesday, 12 Kislev, that an Arab male was found to be carrying a knife near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and he was taken into custody, thereby preventing an attack.
Israel Police Foreign Media Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld reports on Wednesday that a 19-year-old Arab male was arrested near the bus station, thereby preventing another terror attack. He provides a photo of the knife.
Israel Police report the suspect in custody is a resident of Jerusalem.
UN Weather Agency: It's Record Hot Out There This Year
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.
The United Nations weather agency's early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year's record heat. It made the proclamation without waiting for the end of the year because it has been so extraordinarily hot, forecast to stay that way and unlikely to cool down enough to ...
Eida Rabbonim Opposed to Commercial Center Planned for the Schneller Complex
While the new homes are yet to be constructed in the Schneller complex in Jerusalem's Geula neighborhood, the Eida Chareidis has already spoken out against the planned commercial center of the development, which the rabbonim fear will become an entertainment center.
In the "stern warning" released by the Eida, the rabbonim explain the planned Schneller project was explained to them in detail and they are opposed to the planned commercial center will run the span from Amos to almost HaTurim ...
Dr. Doron Katz of OnlySimchas.com Leads Crowd Funding Initiative to Provide Wedding Gift For Sarah Litman and Chosson
Sarah Litman’s father and brother were killed in a terrorist attack in Israel.
As a result, her wedding to Ariel Bigel was postponed to tomorrow evening in Jerusalem.
As a response to this terror, the wedding has been moved to a large exhibition hall in Jerusalem and Sarah and Ariel have invited the entire Jewish people to celebrate together with them.
"Many of us are unable to be present" explains Dr. Katz from his Monsey office.
After hearing the tragic news and seeing the ...
Obama Says There Is No Specific And Credible Intelligence About A Plot Against US Now
President Barack Obama said there is currently no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Obama said it was understandable that Americans might be nervous following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. But he urged people to go about their normal activities around Thanksgiving.
PHOTOS: Williamsburg Shomrim Assist In Getting Stolen Vehicle Back To Owner; 4 Suspects Arrested
Thanks to a GPS tracking device, and the good work of Williamsburg Shomrim (WSPU), four men were arrested for stealing a vehicle.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning, when a man saw his car missing from where he had parked it in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. Thankfully, the man had a tracking device on the vehicle, and was able to track it until it was parked on Park Avenue in Williamsburg. That's when the man called Shomrim for assistance.
Shomrim responded to the location, ...
HaRav Shalom Cohen: Draft Law is a 'Bad Law'
HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita spoke out against the amended draft law prior to the vote in Knesset, calling it a "bad law". It is reported Rav Cohen instructed Shas leader Minister Aryeh Deri to vote against the law.
After hearing Rav Cohen's words, Deri spent over an hour explaining the bill in detail to the rabbonim of the party's Torah Council. He explained the bottom line is the law is a lesser evil.
Among those listening to Deri was Rosh Yeshivat Yakirei Yerushalayim Rabbi Yehuda ...
Op-Ed: The Juxtaposition Of MDA And Red Crescent
How can this be?
The Litman family were gunned down on the road from Hevron to Meitar on Friday afternoon whilst they were on their way to celebrate the Shabbat Chatan of their new son- in-law to be. Their daughter's wedding was scheduled for the Tuesday next. Father and son were murdered in cold blood. The son, a Magen David Adom trained responder and volunteer contacted the MDA right before he was mortally wounded. His younger brother, although wounded as well, bravely phoned in again to ...
Putin Sends Air Defense Missiles To Syria To Deter Turkey
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.
The S-400 missile systems will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey. The systems are capable of ...
Obama Meeting With Advisers on Security Threats After Paris
President Barack Obama will brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season.
Obama will speak from the White House after meeting with his national security team in the Situation Room.
The White House has said there is no credible and specific intelligence indicating a plot in the U.S. similar to the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. However, the White House says Obama wanted to review efforts to monitor threats and evaluate security procedures ...
Rabbi Zamir Cohen Attacked in Tel Aviv
HaGaon HaRav Zamir Cohen Shlita, one of the leading rabbonim involved in working with baalei teshuva in Eretz Yisrael and president of the Hidabrut organization was attacked on Tuesday night the eve of 13 Kislev in Beit Knesset Heichal David in Tel Aviv. The shul is headed by HaGaon HaRav Moshe Maya Shlita, a member of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael. Rav Cohen is also the mora d'asra of the Etrog neighborhood in Betar Illit.
Rav Cohen was invited to address the tzibur. According to ...
Levaya of Sarah Chaya Ginzberg A'H, Daughter Of HaRav Aryeh Ginzberg, Rov Of Chofetz Chaim Torah Center in Cedarhurst
YWN regrets to inform you of the petira of Sarah Chaya Ginzberg A"H (17), daughter of HaRav Aryeh and Mrs. Avigail Ginzberg, the Morah D'asra and Rebbitzen of the Chofetz Chaim Torah Center in Cedarhurst.
The Levaya will take place today (Wednesday) at 1:45PM, at Boulevard Chapel 1450 Broadway in Hewlett.
The Kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisroel on Har Hazeisim.
In consultation with Gedolei Haposkim, the Ufruf of their son will take place this Shabbos as planned, as well as the ...
Russian Crackdown On Muslims Fuels Exodus To ISIS
Security forces in Russia's southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints.
So it was no surprise to many in the village of Komsomolskoye that Rashid Magomedov fled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, leaving behind a pregnant wife and two children.
The 30-year-old had been detained several times, spent two months in jail on charges that later were dismissed ...
Muslim Leader in Sharon, Mass. pays Shiva Visit to Family of Ezra Schwartz
The following is via OnlySimchas.com:
The leader of the Muslim community in Sharon, Massachusetts, Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmad payed a shiva visit yesterday to the family of Ezra Schwartz.
Also, this past Friday, as seen HERE the Imam reached out to the town’s Jews, expressing “great sadness” in the wake of the terror attack in Israel. “It was with great sadness that I learned last night that Ezra Schwartz of Sharon had his life brutally cut short in Israel yesterday,” Ahmad wrote ...
Brussels Schools Reopen, Maximum Threat Alert Still In Place
After a four-day shutdown prompted by a threat alert across Brussels, schools are reopening their doors with the help of beefed up security, including police armed with machine guns.
Though the Belgian capital continues to be under the highest-level threat alert, meaning that an attack is serious and imminent, schools and subways began reopening across the city on Wednesday. That is restoring a sense of normality to the city, parts of which have been deserted since the alert was first raised ...
Chicago Awaits More Protests Over Police Shooting
The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.
The question now is whether those efforts will be enough to address the simmering resentment that authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge the officer who emptied an entire magazine into the teen even after he had ...
Stabbing Attack between Otniel & Beit Chaggai [UPDATED 12:19PM IL]
11:53: An Israeli has been wounded in a stabbing attack near or at el-Fuar Junction in the Hebron district. Initial reports state the terrorist has been neutralized. Emergency agencies are responding.
More to follow.
11:58: The attacker was shot and killed by soldiers in the area. The victim was stabbed in his upper body and appears in serious condition.
The location is in the Southern Hebron Hills area between Otniel and Beit Chaggai.
12:01: The terrorist pulled ...
Shooting Attack in Hebron [UPDATED 8:42AM IL]
0739: Preliminary reports of a shooting attack in Hebron, near the Machpelah. Emergency units responding.
It appears gunfire was directed at security forces in the area.
More to follow.
07:41: B'chasdei Hashem it is reported no one has been killed or injured. There is damage to property.
07:44: Gunfire was directed at a vehicle near the Me'oras HaMachpelah. Miraculously, no one was killed or injured. The vehicle was hit by gunfire.
A similar miracle occurred last night ...
Mrs. Sigal Buchris Speaks About Her Daughter, Terror Victim Hadar Buchris HYD
Mrs. Sigal Buchris spoke with Channel 2 TV News on Monday evening 11 Kislev. She was asked to describe her daughter, who she referred to as "very religious" and one who always is busy assisting others.
Mrs. Buchris told the media "I am a believing person. Hadar just returned from a visit to India. She told me 'Ima I have a mission, I have to teach for there is a lack of teachers with Yiras Shomayim'.
"It appears this is what HKBH wanted, to have Hadar next to the Kisei HaKavod. I accept ...
PHOTOS: Barzilai Hospital Preparedness Training Event Held on Tuesday
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Medical and administrative personnel in Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital took part in a preparedness training event that simulated triaging and treating 100 victims. The major training event permitted the hospital to evaluate many aspects of patent documentation, care and transport, as many of the 'wounded' were transported to other hospitals located in the center of the country.
Supervising the training event were officials from the Ministry of Health and IDF ...
Police: Postal Worker Harassed Muslim Woman in NYC
A postal worker arrested on hate crime charges had bumped into and spit on a Muslim woman before following her into a deli and threatening to burn down her place of worship, New York City police said.
Dainton Coley, 34, was arrested Tuesday.
Police said he approached two women who were wearing hijabs on a sidewalk in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood around 8 p.m. Friday.
Coley bumped into a 30-year-old woman who was pushing her infant in a stroller before he began shouting ...
BREAKING: Jewish Man Shot At Quick-Shop On River Road Near Kiryas Joel
An 18-year-old Jewish man was shot just outside of Monroe, Tuesday night.
The shooting happened at around 9:15PM inside the Quick-Shop located at 118 River Road, in the town of Harriman - just outside of the Village of Kiryas Joel.
Sources tell YWN that a man walked into the store, and shot the man twice. he was reportedly struck in the arm.
Hatzolah of Kiryas Joel transported the victim to Westchester Trauma Center.
Police are searching for the suspect who fled the scene.
President Rivlin Meets with US Secretary of State Kerry
President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday afternoon 12 Kislev held a working meeting at his residence with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was visiting the region.
President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the Secretary of State and stressed the high importance of the shared values between the two countries. He said, "You are here as a friend of Israel, and as a leader of Israel’s greatest friend, and most important ally - the United States of America. We always say our friendship is one of shared ...
Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits Gush Etzion to Showing Solidarity
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Following the sharp increase in attacks in the Gush Etzion area, particularly at Gush Etzion Junction, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday morning headed out to the Gush in a showing of solidarity.
The mayor was greeted and escorted by Mr. Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. Also taking part in the event was MK (Bayit Yehudi) Shuli Muallem.
They visited the junction where the most recent fatal attack occurred, on Monday, ...
New Jersey's Chris Christie: Obama 'Naive' on IS Threat
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says President Barack Obama continues to underestimate the threat posed by Islamic State militants despite the Paris attacks.
"This is a cult of evil, everyone," he said of the Islamic State group in a speech Tuesday to the Council on Foreign Relations. Christie called the Obama administration's approach to the threat "naive and gravely dangerous."
The New Jersey governor, who was a federal prosecutor during the 9/11 attacks, has long ...
Jerusalem Education Gathering Held in a Hall Used by Missionaries
School principals were invited to a Jerusalem district kenos to take place on Tuesday, 12 Kislev. However, many of the invited participants did not attend as it was learned the Pavilion Hall hosting the event usually serves as a missionary base.
Officials in Bennett's office explained the kenos was on a district level and has nothing to do with the ministry. Kippa News turned to Jerusalem district officials for a response, and were told "The Pavilion Hall in the Klall Building has a badatz ...
Women Rally for Security at Gush Etzion Junction
Hundreds of women demonstrated today at the Gush Etzion Junction where two attacks took place over the past week resulting in the murder of four Jews - three in a shooting attack last week including an 18-year-old American student Ezra Schwartz HY"D, Yaakov Ron HY"D of Alon Shvut, a PA resident and Hadar Buchris HY"D, 21, in a stabbing attack there on Monday, 11 Kislev.
The protesters, mothers and students living in the area, came to the junction by bus and private car from Efrat, Migdal Oz, ...
New Jersey: Schaer, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace And Mazzeo Bill to Protect Holocaust Reparations Now Law
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace and Vincent Mazzeo to protect monetary reparations received by Holocaust survivors from being seized has been signed into law.
“The physical and moral atrocities committed during World War II were compounded by monetary grievances that stretched on for decades,” said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Given the extraordinary lengths many Holocaust victims or surviving relatives have ...
Security Crisis Impacts Jerusalem's Arab Taxi Drivers
The wave of Islamic terrorism plaguing Israel since erev Rosh Hashanah has had an impact on many areas, especially Yerushalayim. With each attack perpetrated in the capital one sees fewer and fewer people out and about. Many residents simply go out less, and for some, only when absolutely essential.
Despite the worrisome situation, some residents have found a positive aspect. Residents of Pisgat Ze'ev and Maale Adumim report the present security crisis has resulted in lower taxi fares. They ...
Thanksgiving Getaway 2015: Cheap Gas but Fears of Terrorism
That other Thanksgiving tradition — congested highways and jammed airports — is getting underway with gas prices low and terrorism fears high.
An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. That would be an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007.
Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving ...
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VIDEO: MK Yinon Magal Addresses his Arab Colleagues From Knesset Podium in Arabic
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MK (Bayit Yehudi) Yinon Magal used the Knesset podium to address Arab lawmakers in their native tongue, telling them there will not be a State of Palestine.
I speak to you in Arabic because I want you to hear the truth. Your leaders are not telling you the truth. Listen to me. We have returned to our land after 2000 years in galus. There is no comparable story in history. This is our only homeland. It is written in the Koran (Sura 7 verse 106) that terror and ...