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Prominent Israeli Arab Islamic Official: War between Arabs And Jews is Inevitable

Prominent Israeli Arab Islamic Official: War between Arabs And Jews is Inevitable
According to Kamal al-Khatib, a senior official in the Israeli Islamic Association, the policies of the current Netanyahu administration compel a violent struggle. Khatib is the deputy director of the organization. Khatib stated the recent remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotevely regarding Israel’s Biblical right to the Land of Israel are reflective of this administration’s policies, which al-Khatib is certain will lead to a violent conflict between Jews and Muslims over who has ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 26 )

President Rivlin Meets with Admorim Of Vishnitz And Rachmastrivka, Ponavezh Rosh Yeshiva, And MK Litzman

President Rivlin Meets with Admorim Of Vishnitz And Rachmastrivka, Ponavezh Rosh Yeshiva, And MK Litzman
President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, 7 Sivan, met with the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita, the Rachmastrivka Rebbe Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva HaGaon HaRav Baruch Dov Povarsky Shlita, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, and Yitzchak Ravitz. Interestingly, the meeting was held under a tight media blackout as President Rivlin is reportedly reaching out to leaders of the chareidi tzibur, preferring to do so as discreetly as possible. It is however reported the meeting surrounded the prolonged imprisonment ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 26 )

Erdan Returning to the Cabinet

Erdan Returning to the Cabinet
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu polled his cabinet ministers by phone, receiving their support for Gilad Erdan to become Minister of Public Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs with control of ‘Hasbarah’ (public relations). Erdan backed down from his original demand to become Minister of Foreign Affairs but despite landing the top slot in the Likud primaries, he realized this was not going to occur. Prime Minister Netanyahu is holding on to the Foreign Ministry post to have ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 26 )

Court Remands Terrorist in Stabbing Attack for 8 Days

Court Remands Terrorist in Stabbing Attack for 8 Days
The remand of the terrorist in custody for the Shavuos stabbing attack of two chassidim in Jerusalem’s Old City was extended for eight days during an arraignment hearing in the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Monday morning, 7 Sivan. Two Breslov Chassidim was wounded in the attack, with one listed in light condition on Monday and the second in light-to-moderate condition. They are recuperating in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Police apprehended the Arab male terrorist following the attack ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 26 )

Sirens Sounded in the Ben-Gurion Airport And Other Areas

Sirens Sounded in the Ben-Gurion Airport And Other Areas
Many residents were alarmed on Monday afternoon 7 Sivan, shortly before 16:00 as sirens were heard in the Shvelah, Ben-Gurion Airport, Shomron and other areas. In addition, third party applications alerted countless people from different areas who are informed of sirens via their smartphones. Hence there was a social media buzz immediately after the sirens sounded as many tried to ascertain if there was a rocket attack somewhere. Minutes later it was reported there were no attacks or any ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 26 )

PM Netanyahu Speaks with US Secretary of State John Kerry

PM Netanyahu Speaks with US Secretary of State John Kerry
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke over the weekend with US Secretary of State John Kerry to convey his appreciation to President Barack Obama and to the Secretary for the position taken by the United States and for the efforts of the American team at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York. The United States kept its commitment to Israel by preventing a Middle East resolution that would single out Israel and ignore its ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 25 )

Israel and Second Day Yom Tov

Israel and Second Day Yom Tov
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Two cars, a garage, and a home in the burbs. This is the American dream. But what is the American Jewish dream? Two cars, a garage, a home in the burbs, and another in Israel. Those who have fulfilled the American Jewish dream sometimes run into a halachic question: Sometimes they are in America, and their home in Israel needs a plumber, electrician, locksmith, etc. Sometimes this happens on erev yom tov and the only time someone ...
(1 opinions  |   May 25 )

Chareidim in Petach Tikvah Angered Over Lapid's Chilul Yomtov Address

Chareidim in Petach Tikvah Angered Over Lapid's Chilul Yomtov Address
The chareidi tzibur in Petach Tikvah was angered over a city organized Tikun Leil Shavuos event that included Yesh Atid party leader MK Yair Lapid. They point out that for one thing, Lapid had to be mechalel yomtov to get there. Yahadut Hatorah leader in Petach Tikvah, Eliyahu Bruchi, told Kikar Shabbos News “ The city’s chief rabbi did his utmost to have the event canceled, albeit without success”. The advert for the city-sponsored Tikun Leil Shavuos stated Lapid was to speak about ...
(2 opinions  |   May 25 )

Vishnitzer Rebbe: Get Off of WhatsApp!

Vishnitzer Rebbe: Get Off of WhatsApp!
In a Motzei Shavuos talk with chassidim, the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita spoke out about using WhatsApp and Telegram and the need to cut oneself off from the mobile apps. In the Vishnitz tisch ending the yomtov, the rebbe spoke out in no uncertain terms against the prohibitions of using these programs. The tisch was attended by thousands of chassidim in Bnei Brak. Many chassidim spent the two day Shabbos/Shavuos weekend in the presence of the rebbe and were attending the motzei yomtov tisch. ...
(1 opinions  |   May 25 )

GOP Lawmaker: NY Lawmakers Must Act On Ethics

GOP Lawmaker: NY Lawmakers Must Act On Ethics
The leader of the Republican minority in New York's state Assembly says legislators must pass ethics reforms before adjourning next month. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said Friday that recent corruption scandals have disrupted legislative work and damaged the public's trust in government. Kolb wants lawmakers to OK a Constitutional Amendment that, if passed by the voters, would strip pensions from convicted public officials. Kolb also wants to see eight-year term limits for ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 25 )

Anonymous Threats Against Airliners Prompt Searches; All OK

Anonymous Threats Against Airliners Prompt Searches; All OK
Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on the jets as a precaution. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 25 )

Former PM Olmert Sentenced to 8 Months Imprisonment in Talansky Case

Former PM Olmert Sentenced to 8 Months Imprisonment in Talansky Case
After his conviction and six-month prison term in the Holyland real estate case, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday, 7 Sivan was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment and a 100,000 NIS fine in the Talansky cash envelopes case. The sentence was handed down by the Jerusalem District Court. This case pertains to Olmert’s tenure as mayor of Yerushalayim. Olmert was acquitted in the case in 2012 but a number of months ago the Jerusalem District Court threw out the acquittal in light ...
(1 opinions  |   May 25 )

2 Youths Stabbed Heading to the Kosel on Shavuos

2 Youths Stabbed Heading to the Kosel on Shavuos
Two youths were moderately wounded in a stabbing attack on Shavuos night (Motzei Shabbos to Sunday) on their way to the Kosel in the area of Shar Shechem. B’chasdei Hashem their condition improved over yomtov and they are now listed in light-to-moderate condition in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. The two, Breslov Chassidim, were heading to the Kosel. One victim, an 18-year-old, was stabbed in his back and is listed in light/stable condition. The second victim, 15, is listed in ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 24 )

YWN Wishes All Our Readers A Gut Yom Tov!

YWN Wishes All Our Readers A Gut Yom Tov!
Whether you will be traveling, at home, with family or with friends; YWN would like to wish all of our devoted readers and advertisers, a wonderful Yom Tov of Kabolas Hatorah. Shomrim have asked YWN to post the following request: KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE SHAVUOS NIGHT! –YWN Admin
(Add your opinion  |   May 22 )

Maran Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL: Erev Shavuos, A Time For Healing

Maran Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL: Erev Shavuos, A Time For Healing
From the YWN archives: In one of his shiurim, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein explained that his father-in-law, Maran HaGaon Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv ZATZAL would on erev Shavuos visit the sick, remembering that we learn that prior to giving Bnei Yisrael the Torah on Shavuos, Hashem healed all the sick, including the blind, deaf and mute – all were healed. Rav Elyashiv explained to a sick man that every year, on Shavuos, this power is renewed. This is a time when one may call upon ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 22 )

Rambam to Host Annual Summit to Showcase Latest Innovations in Medicine

Rambam to Host Annual Summit to Showcase Latest Innovations in Medicine
Leading medical professionals and research scientists, healthcare policy makers, investors, and philanthropic supporters will gather at Rambam Health Care Campus, Israel’s leading medical center, June 7-9th for its annual summit. This year’s theme is “From Vision to Reality” and will showcase the latest medical innovations and give host to leaders in medicine. Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres and Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Lord Jonathan Sacks will receive the ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 22 )

NYSEG Asking State Officials For Rate Hike

NYSEG Asking State Officials For Rate Hike
New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate hike. The utility is proposing an increase that would raise average residential electric bills by $8 a month and average residential natural gas bills by $10 a month. Increases could be higher or lower based on usage and service classification. If approved, the increase would raise around $164 million. The money would be used to enhance maintenance of the company's 35,000-mile electric distribution system and strengthen overall ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 22 )