Op-ed: "Cremation, Bris Milah and A Special Mishloach Manos" by Rav Yitzchok Fingerer
Rav Yitzchok Fingerer
It was a difficult week for me.
I was confronted by major shei'los involving cremation, rachmana l'tzlan. Not just one cremation situation, but two such crises in the same week. Unfortunately, we’ve grappled with this before. Who would imagine that Jews would voluntarily choose such an ignoble and sacrilegious method to be reposed? Only seventy years ago, the Germans, yemach shemam, perpetrated the most unfathomable atrocity, cruelty and barbarism. They established ...
POSTPONED: House GOP Leaders Delay Thursday Vote On Health Care Replacement Bill In Setback To Trump, Ryan
GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.
The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes.
The bill could still come to a ...
IDF Chief To Rabbonim: Officers Training Will Accommodate Separate Gender Units
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott met for a number of hours with rabbonim from thje dati leumi community headed by Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita and Rabbi Zalman Menachem. Eizenkott listened to their concerns over the integration of females into combat units, informing them that religious officers’ cadets in Base 1 would be accommodated rather than forced to enter a mixed unit.
He promised them that separate companies would be established in the Lahav and Nachshon battalions next ...
Greenfield: End The Ticket Cameras on Ocean Parkway
Councilman David G. Greenfield wrote this week to NYPD and Department of Transportation officials asking for police officers to patrol Ocean Parkway for reckless and speeding drivers instead of speed cameras that arbitrarily ticket drivers who in many cases are simple following the flow of traffic. Last month, the New York Post reported progress toward the city's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths, with NYPD officers setting a traffic enforcement record last year.
Deri Gives His Backing To Rabbi Yigal Levinstein Of Yeshivat Bnei David
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has come out again in support of Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who came under fire from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman after condemning the IDF’s new policy of integrating women into combat units.
Deri met on Thursday morning 25 Adar with prominent dati leumi rav Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Yeshivot Bnei Akiva. During the visit Rav Druckman showed Deri a rare printing of the Rambam dating back 400 years.
The two discussed the matter of the ...
ABC News Says 3 Of Its Twitter Accounts Were Hacked
ABC News says three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning and sent out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.
The tweets have since been deleted and ABC News says it is "working on resolving the problem."
The hacked accounts included the main ABC News one, which has nearly 10 million followers, and two accounts related to its morning show "Good Morning America." ABC News is owned by Burbank, California-based The Walt Disney Co.
San Francisco-based Twitter ...
NY Governor Cuomo Statement On Arrest Of Israeli Related To Threats Against Jewish Centers
"The arrest of a suspect in the recent wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers sends a clear message that anyone who threatens New Yorkers with violence will be brought to justice.
"The abhorrent and cowardly threats against Jewish Community Centers are an assault on the values of all New Yorkers. But they have also shone a bright light on how New Yorkers come together as one to stand up against those who seek to divide us.
"During my recent visit to Israel, members of the New ...
Israel Moving To Daylight Savings Time
Israel is moving to daylight savings time on the night of 26 Adar, Thursday night to Friday morning. At 2:00AM clocks will be moved an hour forward to 3:00AM.
Standard time lasted for 145 days and daylight savings time will be 219 days, finishing on motzei Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha, 8 Cheshvan 5778.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Rosen Plaza To Host Its Second Major Passover Program
Orlando…Thousands of Passover vacationers are planning to once again spend the holiday in this city of many of the nation’s leading attractions. One of the major settings will be the magnificent Rosen Plaza Hotel which features Zayde's Kosher Catering, the leading Glatt Kosher catering facility in Central Florida. The Passover 2017 program is being organized for the second year by Avi and Shneur Faskowitz of Majestic Retreats who have hosted Passover programs for ...
Trump Jr. Called A 'Disgrace' For Criticizing London Mayor
Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.
Trump Jr. tweeted : "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan." The tweet included a link to a Sept. 22 story from Britain's Independent newspaper that includes the quote from Khan, who was asking Londoners to be vigilant following a ...
Arab MK Ghattas Convicted For Smuggling Photos To Terrorists
Former Arab MK Basel Ghattas was convicted of charges pertaining to his bringing cellular telephones to Arab prisoners in Israel. As per the plea bargain agreement, he admitted to his actions and will serve two years in prison.
He was convicted in the Beersheva Magistrate court on charges including breach of trust, bribery, and smuggling prohibited electronic contraband to prisoners.
Some of his former colleagues including MK Hanin Zoabi were in the court as a showing of support for ...
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Former Colleagues, Judges To Testify For Supreme Court Pick
Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.
Assured of support from majority Republicans, Gorsuch received glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, refused repeated attempts to get him to talk about ...
London Terrorst Identified As Khalid Masood
The man behind the deadly rampage that left 3 people dead, including a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building was identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.
Masood, aged 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood was also known by a number of aliases.
Met Police say that Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist ...
ESCALATION: 'Peleg Yerushalmi' Protestors Plan To Block Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway On Thursday
The Peleg protestors, who have hit the streets in various cities around Israel during the course of the week, plan to block the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway in Thursday’s protests - all under the direct auspicious of Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita.
According to pashkavilim, protests will resume on Thursday 25 Adar after hundreds protested outside IDF Prison 6 on Wednesday, where Tzvi Friedman from Beit Shemesh is jailed.
The party’s HaPeles newspaper reports that on Thursday, ...
US Probes Banking Of Ex-Trump Campaign Chief
U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.
Information about Manafort's transactions was turned over earlier this year to U.S. agents working in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network by investigators in Cyprus at the U.S. ...
Is Pink – Halachically Considered to be Red?
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
They appear not only in the headlines of New York City newspapers, but in New York City courthouses. They are two female Orthodox Jewish criminal lawyers, one 40 and one 26, that happen to wear bright pink outfits – even down to their matching Chanel patent leather pink flats. They call themselves, “Double Trouble” and by numerous accounts they are a formidable team. One of them was quoted by the paper as stating, “We comply ...
American Among The Victims In The London Terror Attack; Was Celebrating 25 Anniversary; Wife Critical
An American was one of the victims in the London terror attack. The Utah man was visiting London when he was killed in the terror attack near the British Parliament. His wife is seriously injured.
Kurt Cochran, from Utah, died in the attack and his wife Melissa was critically hurt, their family has said.
They were celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary and also visiting Melissa's parents, who work on a Church mission.
In a statement released by the church, Clint Payne, Melissa's ...
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Agudath Israel Mission To Albany Petitions For Tuition Relief, Security Funding
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By Debbie Maimon
With just two weeks to go before the New York State budget is slated to be finalized, about 50 delegates from all parts of the state converged upon Albany under the banner of Agudath Israel of America to advocate for ten important points of legislation for the Jewish community. Headlining the list were tuition relief for yeshiva parents in the form of a tax credit and increased security funding for nonpublic schools.
In a series ...
GOP Health Bill On The Brink Hours From House Showdown Vote
The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.
The stakes could hardly be higher for a party that gained monopoly control of Washington largely on promises to get rid of former ...
ISIS Claims Responsibility For London Terror Attack
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a crowded London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament.
The attacker was born in Britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday in a sweeping speech in which she also encouraged Britons to go about their lives.
The Islamic ...
Rav Yitzchok Frankel’s New Hagaddah: Seforim in Review
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
We know the four questions of Pesach. But why is there no question asked about all the extra wine?
Also, what parts of the hagaddah were part of the very first hagaddah – the one that Klal Yisroel recited on the very night of the original Pesach?
Which of the questions are actually answered with the response of Avadim ha’inu – we were slaves in Mitzrayim? (p. 29)
Which of the questions have changed? (p. 30)
Should we ...
Jewish Israeli Teen Arrested For Making Hundreds Of Threats Against JCC's Around The Globe [UPDATED]
In a shocking twist of events, Israeli police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and other institutions in the U.S., marking a potential breakthrough in the case.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the suspect as a hacker, but said his motives were still unclear. Israeli media identified him as an American-Israeli dual citizen and said he had been found unfit for compulsory ...
Car Cleaning Guys Kicking off Pesach Cleaning with At-Your Home Service
Although the weather is frigid and Purim was just a few days ago , believe it or not Pesach is just around the corner! Homemakers everywhere are starting (or at least thinking about) the cleaning that comes along with the chag. Of all the chores, the one that is most dreaded universally is cleaning the interior of the car. Everyone has those stains and dirt in the interior of the car that just seems impossible to get rid of. The life saver is here: The “Car Cleaning ...
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Gives UNESCO Ambassadors Tour Of The City Of David
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday, 23 Adar,took UNESCO ambassadors on a tour of the City of David. During the tour, which was organized by the American Jewish Committee, Mayor Barkat showed the ambassadors the remains of the Shiloach Pool and numerous archaeological findings from the City of David, which unambiguously link the Jewish people to Jerusalem. These findings strongly contradict UNESCO's claims that deny the historical connection between the Jewish people and the Christian world ...
Councilman Chaim Deutsch Continues To Expand Parking Options In Southern Brooklyn
Looking for parking in New York City can be an aggravating experience, frequently contributing to congestion on our roads. Drivers are often forced to choose between circling endlessly in search of an available spot and parking blocks away from their destination. Last year, Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D – BROOKLYN) launched an initiative to alleviate this issue within his district. To date, Councilman Deutsch has successfully advocated for more than one hundred new parking spots within the 48th ...
PHOTOS: Hundreds Of Liquor Bottles Belonging To British Soldiers From WWI Were Exposed Near Ramle
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An unexpected discovery was made a few weeks ago, in an archaeological excavation of the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted in the vicinity of Ramle. Archaeologists were astounded to find a fascinating reminder from the First World War that included, among other things, hundreds of liquor bottles that are 100 years old. These were found near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned during the war.
The excavation was carried out in the fields of ...
Jewish Mothers Will Be Key To Making Social Change In The Next Decade JWRP's Palatnik Says
Jewish mothers will be critical to effecting social change within the next decade, Lori Palatnik, founding director of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), said at the Jewish Funders Network Conference.
Palatnik, speaking about the JWRP’s theory of change during a special dinner forum at the JFN conference, said Jewish mothers fill unrivaled roles as major family decision-makers, making them prime candidates to become pivotal figures in leading wider social change.
PHOTOS: Minister Of Public Security Erdan Visits Kiryat Arba And Hebron
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Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan visited Kiryat Arba and Hebron on Tuesday, 23 Adar.
The minister arrived with his entourage in Kiryat Arba during the morning hours and was briefed by community leaders. He has words of praise for the “City without violence” project and the efforts of local law enforcement, which plays a major role in the success of the project.
Malachi Levinger spoke to Erdan about the daily traffic delays at Gush Etzion ...
Trump Lawyers Ask Court To Move Quickly On Travel Ban Appeal
Donald Trump's administration is asking a U.S. court to quickly hear its appeal of a ruling that blocked the president's revised travel ban.
Lawyers for the president filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Wednesday. In it, they argue that the matter is one of national importance and should be reviewed as soon as possible. They want the court to set an expedited schedule for filing briefs and hold oral arguments at the earliest opportunity after those are ...
PHOTOS: Inauguration Of Police Station In Betar Illit
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A festive ceremony took place inaugurating the new police station in Betar Illit, reportedly, the first police station in a chareidi city. the station will serve Betar, the Gush Etzion Regional Council and the community of Efrat. Taking part in the ceremony were Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan Police Chief Roni Alshich, Mayor Meir Rubinstein and local officials and commanders.
The opening of the new Tzion station is testimony to the significant growth ...
Police: Man Accused Of Murder Came To NYC To Target Blacks
A 28-year-old white man from Baltimore accused of stabbing a 66-year-old black man to death traveled by bus to New York City to the "media capital of the world" to make the biggest splash he could, police officials said.
James Harris Jackson turned himself in at a Times Square police station Wednesday morning and was arrested on a charge of murder, two days after his victim, Timothy Caughman, staggered into a police precinct bleeding to death, said Assistant Chief William Aubrey. Caughman ...
Shmurah Matzah - What's Behind It
by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
THE SCIENCE OF CHOMETZ
The world is filled with little tiny micro-organisms called "yeasts" that surround us. They are found everywhere – on the ground, on plants and trees, on human beings and even in the very air that we breathe. These airborne yeasts enter everywhere. They even enter into Matzoh dough, and feed upon the starches that are in the flour. The yeasts produce carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide expands the gluten ...
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Border Police Deployed As Home Of Jabil Mukhaber Terrorist Is Sealed
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A large police deployment was ordered on Wednesday morning 24 Adar in the Jabil Mukhaber area of the capital as the home of a terrorist was being sealed.
The home of the terrorist who perpetrated the January 8, 2017 ramming attack at the Armon HaNatziv Promenade http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/509620/shootingvehicular-ramming-attack-in-armon-hanatziv-jerusalem.html in which four IDF soldiers were killed HY”D ...