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VIDEO/PHOTOS: Senator Chuck Schumer Enjoys Camp HASC's 30th Anniversary Celebration: A Time For Music

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Senator Chuck Schumer Enjoys Camp HASC's 30th Anniversary Celebration: A Time For Music
[By Julie Ahn] On Sunday, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made his first appearance as the most powerful Senate democratic leader by attending Camp HASC's 30th Anniversary annual benefit concert, A Time For Music, atthe iconic David Gefen Hall at Lincoln Center. HASC Board Member Abe Eisner introduced Senator Schumer to a highly enthusiastic and eager crowd. Senator Schumer started off his remarks by assuring the audience that even in light of the January 15th Paris Peace Conference ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Sufficient Signatures Received To Present Knesset Speaker With A Request To Expel MK Ghattas From Knesset

Sufficient Signatures Received To Present Knesset Speaker With A Request To Expel MK Ghattas From Knesset
Backed by growing support in Knesset to oust MK Basel Ghattas, Minister Ze’ev Elkin on Monday presented Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein with a document signed by 72 MKs calling to remove Ghattas from the Israeli parliament. As reported earlier by YWN-ISRAEL, a minimum of 70 signatures was required to present such a request to the speaker. Now, the matter will be presented to the Knesset House Committee by Edelstein and if the committee has a two-third majority in favor of the motion, ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Searcher Recalls Pain of Failure as Hunt for Flight 370 Ends

Searcher Recalls Pain of Failure as Hunt for Flight 370 Ends
Searchers' frustration over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is difficult to overstate, from the monstrous waves that battered search crews in one of the world's most desolate stretches of ocean to the dearth of information on the plane's flight path that stymied investigators. And now, perhaps most brutal of all, comes the admission of defeat. Australia's announcement on Tuesday that the fruitless, nearly three-year hunt for the plane in the Indian Ocean was officially suspended has sparked the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Continued Improvement In The Condition Of Gravely Injured Soldier In Armon HaNatziv Attack

Continued Improvement In The Condition Of Gravely Injured Soldier In Armon HaNatziv Attack
Four persons were killed and some 15 others left wounded in the vehicular ramming attack in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem earlier this month. A soldier was among the wounded, listed in grave condition. Shaare Zedek Hospital on Tuesday 19 Teves reports additional improvement in her condition, and that she was transferred from an ICU to a regular unit. This morning, she was successfully underwent another surgical procedure and she is admitted to an orthopedic unit. She is no ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

VIDEO: Obama Makes Surprise Visit To Praise Outgoing Press Secretary

VIDEO: Obama Makes Surprise Visit To Praise Outgoing Press Secretary
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] President Barack Obama has made a surprise visit to the final daily press briefing with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Obama praised Earnest Tuesday for "his smarts and his maturity," but added that one of his best qualities has been his integrity. Obama says Earnest is "tough and didn't always give you guys what you wanted," but that he tried to make sure to share as much of the administration's vision and policy as possible. Earnest praised ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

GM to Add Or Keep 7,000 Jobs, Make $1B Factory Investment

GM to Add Or Keep 7,000 Jobs, Make $1B Factory Investment
General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump. In all, the Detroit automaker said it will create or keep 7,000 jobs in the next few years, including about 2,000 at its factories. Another 5,000 new positions will be created at its auto financing arm and to develop advanced technology, electric and autonomous vehicles ...
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VIDEO: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Grinding Wheat To Be Used In Matzos For Pesach 5777

In the accompanying video, we see HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita grinding wheat to be used to bake matzos for Pesach. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: Yehuda Eisenberg)
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Will Action Follow Report Of Alleged Ties between Health Minister Litzman And Tobacco Companies?

Will Action Follow Report Of Alleged Ties between Health Minister Litzman And Tobacco Companies?
Following the comprehensive Channel 2 News report alleging Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has ties with tobacco industry giants, ties that prevent him from legislating tougher anti-tobacco laws, the Health Ministry if launching a probe. The report cites the minister has opposed stricter legislation against smoking, allegedly due to Litzman’s ties with tobacco giants including Philip Morris. The two part report also shows how ‘macherim’ working for the Hamodia newspaper, with is ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

States Can Offer a Lesson as GOP Proposes Deep Cut Taxes

States Can Offer a Lesson as GOP Proposes Deep Cut Taxes
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen. The situation is worrisome enough in Kansas, Oklahoma and Indiana that lawmakers are now debating whether to reverse course and raise taxes. And political leaders in states that have seen expanded Republican control, such ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Airport Shooting Suspect Ordered Held Without Bond; Says He Was Inspired By ISIS

Airport Shooting Suspect Ordered Held Without Bond; Says He Was Inspired By ISIS
The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport was ordered held without bond until his trial at a hearing Tuesday that also revealed some new details about the investigation. During the hearing, FBI Agent Michael Ferlazzo confirmed that the 9mm Walther handgun used in the Jan. 6 shooting rampage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the same weapon Anchorage, Alaska, police seized and later returned to 26-year-old Esteban ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

PHOTOS: Violent Chareidi Protests Continue In Yerushalayim Throughout The Night

PHOTOS: Violent Chareidi Protests Continue In Yerushalayim Throughout The Night
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Violent protests that were sparked by the arrest of chareidi females by IDF authorities continues on Monday afternoon, evening and according to a Jerusalem police spokesman, throughout the night. Police on Tuesday morning 19 Teves report that there were violent protests at Kikar Shabbos, Bar Ilan Junction and nearby streets throughout the night involving hundreds of chareidim. Protestors hurled rocks and other objects at police, set garbage receptacles ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Agudah Yarchei Kallah Off To Exhilarating Start In Bnei Brak

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Agudah Yarchei Kallah Off To Exhilarating Start In Bnei Brak
[VIDEO AND PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] It was a breathtaking day filled with inspiration and energy as over 200 people gathered at the Lederman shul in Bnei Brak in a prelude to the Agudath Israel of America's 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah. The participants traveled directly from Ben Gurion airport to Malon Vizhnitz where they were hosted by the Municipality of Bnei Brak for a reception. They were warmly greeted by Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Chanoch Zeibert and Deputy Mayor Rabbi Avraham ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Turkey: New Year's Eve Terrorist Captured After More Than 2 Weeks On Run

Turkey: New Year's Eve Terrorist Captured After More Than 2 Weeks On Run
Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. The man was being questioned by police, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara. Yildirim expressed hope that the interrogation would unveil the "forces" behind the attack, which killed 39 people and has already been claimed by the Islamic State ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Obama In Last Interview: Israeli Settlements Has 'Gotten So Substantial' That It's Inhibiting Possibility For Palestinian State

Obama In Last Interview: Israeli Settlements Has 'Gotten So Substantial' That It's Inhibiting Possibility For Palestinian State
The increase of Israeli settlements has "gotten so substantial" that it is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state," President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president. Speaking to CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama dismissed the idea that there is a "major rupture" in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month's decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements. "Because of ...
(3 opinions  |   January 17 )

Shulchan Aruch "Chelek Ha'Chamishi" - Part II

Shulchan Aruch
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Rav Mordechai Avromovsky has never missed a levaya in Zichron Yaakov since becoming the city's Chief Rabbi decades ago. When an elderly, barely-frum member of his shul passed away a few years ago, as usual Rav Avromovsky attended the levaya and then was menachem the aveilim at the family's home. Rabbi Avromovsky led the minyan there and even showed the niftar's son, a secular man, how to put on tefillin and say Kaddish. At the end of the shiva, the secular son ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

Putin Says US Administration Trying to Undermine Trump

Putin Says US Administration Trying to Undermine Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. Putin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect" despite his "convincing" victory. He said some now want to "stage a Maidan in Washington," in reference to the alleged U.S. role in organizing ...
(2 opinions  |   January 17 )

PHOTOS: Protests Against Arrest Of Frum Girls By IDF Continue In Jerusalem

PHOTOS: Protests Against Arrest Of Frum Girls By IDF Continue In Jerusalem
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Protests against the arrests of frum girls by IDF authorities continued on Tuesday, 19 Teves as protestors resumed blocking roads and setting garbage on fire during the early afternoon hours on Yechezkel Street (corner of Rabbeinu Gershon), on Shmuel HaNavi Street and Kikar Shabbos in Jerusalem. Similar protests took place on Sunday and Monday and throughout the night (Monday to Tuesday) resulting in a number of arrests and light injuries to three ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Orlando Nightclub Gunman's Wife Arrested - Faces Charges Tied to Attack

Orlando Nightclub Gunman's Wife Arrested - Faces Charges Tied to Attack
The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court hearing in California after being arrested there in connection with his Florida shooting rampage that left 49 people dead. Noor Salman, 30, is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday morning in Oakland, following her arrest a day earlier on Florida charges that authorities said include obstruction of justice and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. They gave no further details ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

MH370 Hunt Ends, Maybe Forever, After Nearly 3 Years, $160M

MH370 Hunt Ends, Maybe Forever, After Nearly 3 Years, $160M
The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended Tuesday, possibly forever — not because investigators have run out of leads, but because the countries involved in the expensive and vast deep-sea hunt have shown no appetite for opening another big phase. Late last year, as ships with high-tech search equipment covered the last strips of the 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone, experts concluded they should have been searching a smaller area ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

Airport Shooting Suspect Back in Court for Bail Hearing

Airport Shooting Suspect Back in Court for Bail Hearing
The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport is due back in federal court. A hearing is set for Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale on whether 26-year-old Esteban Santiago could be released on bail. Prosecutors have said they want Santiago held in custody until trial. Santiago could get the death penalty if convicted of federal airport violence and firearms charges that resulted in death. He's accused of a Jan. 6 shooting rampage at a Fort ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

EU Opposes Shift Of US Embassy Site In Israel

EU Opposes Shift Of US Embassy Site In Israel
European Union foreign ministers on Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world. "It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels. "We ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

PHOTOS: Levaya Of The Bilgoray Rebbitzen - The Mother Of The Belzer Rebbe

PHOTOS: Levaya Of The Bilgoray Rebbitzen - The Mother Of The Belzer Rebbe
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Rebitzen Miriam Rokeach A”H was niftar in Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Monday evening 18 Teves at the age of 96. The rebitzen was the mother of the Belzer Rebbe Shlita. The rebitzen was born to her father HaRav HaChossid Rav Tzvi Glick, a grandson of the ‘Arugos HaBosem’. She married her husband HaRav HaTzaddik Rav Mordechai Rokeach of Bilgoray ZT"L after WWII, a brother of Rav Aharon of Belz ZT”L. The levaya took place on Monday evening at 8:30PM ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Military Going Ahead With Plan For Low-Level Fighter Jets

Military Going Ahead With Plan For Low-Level Fighter Jets
A proposal to lower the flight ceiling for noisy fighter jets has dragged on for so long that residents can be forgiven if they've put it out of their minds. But the Air National Guard is pressing forward with the plan with a goal of submitting a revised environmental impact report this year for the Federal Aviation Administration to consider. Public hearings on the proposal could happen as soon as this summer or fall. Fighter jet pilots who say the airspace is needed for low-level ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Shomron Regional Council Head Invited To Attend US Presidential Inauguration

Shomron Regional Council Head Invited To Attend US Presidential Inauguration
Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan is among those who received an invitation to join in the inauguration event for President -Elect Donald Trump on Friday, 20 January. He told Kol Berama Radio host Noam Zeigman on Monday 18 Teves that he is thankful to the United States for the considerable aid received during the outgoing administration while remaining optimistic the incoming administration will adopt a more favorable position for the Jewish state, particularly vis-à-vis yishuvim and ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

Trump Tries To Calm Tensions After Lewis Squabble

Trump Tries To Calm Tensions After Lewis Squabble
Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. "He said that he is going to represent all Americans. He said that over and over again," Martin Luther King III told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower Monday after a nearly hour-long meeting. "I believe that's his intent." Trump met with King's son on the holiday marking the life of the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Trumping Trump? Democrat Cuomo Courts 'Middle-Class Anger'

Trumping Trump? Democrat Cuomo Courts 'Middle-Class Anger'
An ambitious Democratic governor with possible White House aspirations has a formula for staying blue in the time of Trump: Take your progressive message directly to angst-ridden middle-class voters. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to break from tradition and roll out his state-of-the-state address in a series of speeches across the state this past week infuriated lawmakers he essentially bypassed. But his populist proposals, including free college tuition, expanded child care tax ...
(2 opinions  |   January 17 )

Beit Shemesh Eruv Poles Destroyed

Beit Shemesh Eruv Poles Destroyed
An official of the Beit Shemesh Religious Council told Kol Berama Radio host Noam Zeigman on Monday morning 18 Teves that a very small number of individuals are involved with downing eruv poles in the Bar Ilan neighborhood of the city. He explained the neighborhood is mixed, containing about 150 chareidi families living in peace alongside non-chareidim. It is explained that last week, a pole was set in place by mistake, in an incorrect area. The pole has since been removed. He added that an ...
(4 opinions  |   January 17 )

Trump Says German Automakers Will Pay Tariff On Cars Built Outside U.S.

Trump Says German Automakers Will Pay Tariff On Cars Built Outside U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump threatened German automakers with a hefty import tax if they plan to sell cars in the United States that were built in other countries, repeating a claim that has shaken the global automotive industry and its biggest players at home and abroad. The latest promise to impose tariffs on imported cars was made to the German newspaper Bild. In a translated interview, the newspaper quoted Trump as saying: "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the ...
(1 opinions  |   January 17 )

Ministry Of Defense Crossing Authority Summarizes 2016

Ministry Of Defense Crossing Authority Summarizes 2016
The Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority, the body responsible for operating the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossing points along the Israel-Gaza border as well as across Yehuda and Shomron, recently concluded another record year since its inception in 2005. Throughout 2016, about 13 million Palestinian pedestrians crossed into Israel through Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority points (1.6 million more than in 2015). In October 2016, a record of over 55,000 daily pedestrian crossings for those ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Israel: Operating A Vehicle For Over 15 Years Without A License

Israel: Operating A Vehicle For Over 15 Years Without A License
An Israeli whose license expired over fifteen years ago was taken into custody and police are requesting that he be held without bail. During a routine patrol in Eilat police saw a 36-year-old male who they recognized from past vehicular offenses. The patrol instructed the driver to pull over and an inspection revealed that he has been driving for over 15 years on an expired license. Police records reveal he has been without a license since 1990, when he lost his license and did not do ...
(4 opinions  |   January 17 )

Tel Aviv District Court Approves A Request For Class Action Suit Against Egged

Tel Aviv District Court Approves A Request For Class Action Suit Against Egged
The Tel Aviv District Court has approved a motion to recognize a lawsuit as a class action suit, a suit against Egged alleging the bus company hid price reductions on chareidi lines from the tzibur. The group bringing the suit explains they have been prohibited from buying intracity bus tickets from Egged without being informed of reduced rates being available. They explain Egged has been discriminating against the chareidim as non-chareidim are aware of lower price options while the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 16 )

Yossi Dagan: I Don't Believe The Government Will Not Comply With Amona Agreement

Yossi Dagan: I Don't Believe The Government Will Not Comply With Amona Agreement
Speaking with Kol Berama Radio host Noam Zeigman on Tuesday 18 Teves that he is confident Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will remain true to his word regarding the Amona agreement, which was signed last month. He cited the agreement was signed by representatives of Amona as well as the Prime Minister’s Office, and therefore, he remains confident that the Prime Minister will deliver as promised and he does not wish to entertain theories that this will not be the case. As it has almost ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 16 )

Growing Support In Knesset To Oust Basel Ghattas

Growing Support In Knesset To Oust Basel Ghattas
Coalition and opposition MKs are working to oust Arab Bloc MK Basel Ghattas, who is on bail after being arrested for passing cellular telephones and components to imprisoned Arab terrorists. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced an indictment is going to be filed against Ghattas, leading to calls to oust him from Knesset. In addition to coalition parties supporting the move, the Yesh Atid opposition party is also backing it. The Machane Tzioni opposition party announced members will ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 16 )

Israeli Hospital Emergency Rooms Collapsing Under The Patient Load

Israeli Hospital Emergency Rooms Collapsing Under The Patient Load
The situation in Israel’s hospitals is catastrophic according to most people who have loved ones admitted to a hospital. It is well known that if a family member is hospitalized, the family must organize shifts to remain at one’s bedside to act as an advocate for the loved one, who will otherwise be lost in the system. A recently-released Ministry of Health report confirms this, citing the overwhelming overload in the nation’s hospital emergency rooms due to the lack of treatment beds. ...
(1 opinions  |   January 16 )

Attorney General Lynch: 'We Have Always Pushed Forward'

Attorney General Lynch: 'We Have Always Pushed Forward'
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her final speech as head of the Justice Department, praised the work of the Obama administration to advance the dream of justice and said worries of difficult days ahead should be a call for action, not despair. Speaking in Birmingham, Alabama, just days before leaving office with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, Lynch praised the work of President Barack Obama and acknowledged — without mentioning Trump by name— some voters' anxieties ...
(2 opinions  |   January 16 )

VIDEO: Rabbi Shafier Of The Shmuz On Torah Life In Rochester

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(Add your opinion  |   January 16 )

MK Stern Wishes To Eliminate State-Controlled Kashrus, Which Is Worthless

MK Stern Wishes To Eliminate State-Controlled Kashrus, Which Is Worthless
MK (Yesh Atid) Elazar Stern feels the time has come to make a change regarding religion and state, being among the advocates of eliminating state control over religious services. Stern explains that one of the stumbling blocks to making this badly-needed change is the state-run kashrus, which he calls “corrupt” and “worthless”, explaining standards vary from city to city even though they should be uniform, and each city decides indecently which level it wishes to maintain. Stern ...
(6 opinions  |   January 16 )

Report: Bernie Madoff Capitalizing Off Of Hot Chocolate In Prison

Report: Bernie Madoff Capitalizing Off Of Hot Chocolate In Prison
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is reportedly making a name for himself in prison with a new business venture. According to Market Watch, the 78-year-old is capitalizing off of hot chocolate. The new report claims Madoff bought up every packet of 'Swiss Miss' from the commissary and sold it for a profit in the prison yard. If inmates wanted the hot beverage, they had to go through Madoff. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to fraud and is serving out a 150-year sentence at a federal prison in ...
(7 opinions  |   January 16 )