IDF Soldier Wounded by Cross-Border Fire from Lebanon [UPDATED 12:52M IL]
12:26PM IL: An IDF soldier was reportedly wounded by cross-border fire originating in Lebanon. It appears the shots were fired from a vehicle on the Lebanon side of the border in the Metula area.
The incident is being probed by the military at this time. Additional details to follow as they become available.
12:33PM IL: According to News 0404, the shorts were fired from a moving vehicle, directed at soldiers operating on the Israeli side of the border. One soldier was hit by gunfire and ...
60 Percent Increase In The Number Of Americans Living In Israel Registering To Vote In Presidential Elections
Efforts by the Republican party in Israel to register Americans to vote in the upcoming US presidential elections have resulted in a significant success; a 60% increase in the number of registered voters. Back in the 2012 elections there were 75,000 registered voters are comped to 120,000 today.
Republicans believe that most voting in the presidential elections from Israel will vote for Trump over Clinton, feeling the former will be much better for Israel than the latter. Along the same ...
Imposter Enters Shaare Zedek Hospital Maternity Ward After Saying He Is A Doctor
This incident occurred on Erev Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos in a maternity ward in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital.
The suspect is 29-year-old Hazzam Rasaq, a resident of Anata in the eastern capital and employed in a grocery store in southern Yerushalayim. On Friday morning, he went to a branch of Shufersal where he reportedly tried stealing some items. When detected, he dropped the items taken from the supermarket shelves and fled.
Police report his next stop was the hospital, where ...
US Official: Non-State Actor Likely To Blame For Cyberattack
National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.
Clapper says investigators are gathering a lot of data and preliminary indications are that a non-state actor is to blame. But he says he wouldn't want to completely rule out whether a nation state might have been behind it or not.
Clapper spoke Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in ...
A Washington Ritual: Reading John Podesta's Stolen Emails
Poring through thousands of private, stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's confidants has become a daily ritual in Washington.
The hacked emails — some mundane, others laced with intrigue about election strategy, snarky barbs, whining about salaries or perceived slights — provide an inside, real-time view of the insecurities, sniping and self-promotion that churn beneath the surface of a heated presidential campaign.
Yet it's also uncharted territory fraught with ethical dilemmas: ...
US Intel Chief: Getting NKorea To Give Up Nukes 'Lost Cause'
National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a "lost cause" and the best hope is to cap its capability.
Clapper's comments come amid mounting concern that the North is moving closer toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the American mainland. It has conducted two atomic test explosions this year and more than 20 ballistic missile tests.
The State Department said Tuesday ...
VIDEO AND PHOTOS: 4 Sifrei Torah Stolen From Flatbush Shul On Simchas Torah
[VIDEO AND PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
Mispallelim at a Sephardic Shul in Flatbush were shocked to find that multiple Sifrei Torah had been robbed overnight on Simchas Torah.
Security camera footage captured the suspect entering Rabbi Beyda's Shul located at 808 Avenue O near East 8th Street.
Four (Sephardic) Sifrei Torah were stolen from the Shul.
Clear photos and video footage of the suspect have been attached to this article.
It is unknown how the suspect gained access to the ...
As Trump Falters, More Republicans Say They'll Block Clinton
A new fundraising email from House Speaker Paul Ryan's political operation, over former Speaker Newt Gingrich's signature, seeks money for Republican congressional candidates by calling the appeal "our very last chance to stop Pelosi and Hillary."
Indiana Republican Trey Hollingsworth says in one TV ad that he's running for Congress to stop three Democrats — opponent Shelli Yoder, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — from imposing "higher taxes and ...
One Person Has Been Killed in a Shooting Incident Along the Egyptian Border [UPDATED 4:35PM IL]
A contract border fence worker employed by the Defense Ministry was moderately-to-seriously wounded by gunfire along the Egyptian border on the afternoon of 23 Tishrei. The incident occurred not far from Har Harif, southwest of Mitzpei Rimon. The wounded man was flown in an Israel Air Force helicopter to the trauma unit of Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. At the time of this report, it appears the gunfire was erroneous and not a terror attack as feared earlier.
The wounded person has died ...
Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine Shrugs Off Threat By WikiLeaks
Tim Kaine is shrugging off any possibility that he could be embarrassed by the release of hacked emails.
WikiLeaks, which has been posting stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, has twice taunted the Democratic vice presidential candidate that he's in for a "surprise." U.S. intelligence officials say the leaked Podesta emails are part of a series of high-profile computer hacks of Democratic targets orchestrated by the Russian government.
In an interview with ...
Poll: Trump Up 2 Points Nationwide, While Clinton Campaigns As If The Race Is Already Won
With 16 days to go until November 8, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 2 percentage points — 43% to 41% — in a four-way race, according to the latest IBD/TIPP presidential tracking poll.
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson saw his support held steady at 7%, while the Green Party's Jill Stein dipped to 3%.
Unrounded, Trump leads 42.6% to 40.8% — a 1.8-point edge — with Johnson at 7.2% and Stein at 3.3%.
Trump also holds a nearly one-point lead in a two-way matchup ...
Trump Team Says 'We Are Behind' But Can Still Win The Race
Donald Trump's campaign bluntly acknowledged Sunday that the real estate mogul is trailing Hillary Clinton as the presidential race hurtles toward a close, but insisted he still has a viable path to win the White House.
With barely two weeks left and early voting underway in most of the U.S., Trump's team said "the race is not over" and pledged to keep campaigning hard — even in states like Virginia and Pennsylvania that polls show are now trending Clinton's way. Campaign manager Kellyanne ...
Posting A Ballot Selfie? Better Check Your State Laws First
You probably already know whether you'll vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on Election Day, leaving one important question to consider when you walk into your polling place: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot?
While secrecy in the voting booth has become a thing of the past for those ready to share their views and daily lives on social media, laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters are allowed to take pictures of themselves in the act or of their ballots — "ballot ...
The Dancing on Simchas Torah
BY Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
Many Bnei Torah, this Simchas Torah, are well aware of the famous statement of Rav Boruch Ber. It was a statement that he had burst out with in the middle of Hakafos one simchas Torah.
Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz zt”l (1862 – 1939 (5 Kislev, 5700) was the Rosh Yeshiva of Knesses Beis Yitzchok – the other Yeshiva in Slabodka. He was also one of the most prominent students of Rav Chaim Brisker.
What was the statement? “Vei es ...
To Eat in the Sukkah or Not to Eat in the Sukkah on SA.. That is the Question
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
True, this is not quite Hamlet's question, but it is one that is plaguing many a frum family.
One of the general differences between Litvaks (Misnagdim) and Chassidim lies in what they do on the holiday of Shmini Atzeres regarding eating in the Sukkah. Chassidim have traditionally taken a more lenient view than their Litvak counterparts on the issue. It should be noted that each of the two opinions should be respected. Rav Tzaddok ...
Hoshana Rabbah - Staying up all Night for Water?
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
The Mogain Avrohom (OC 664) explains that it is the minhag to stay up all night and learn Torah on the night of Hoshana Rabbah.
While it is true that the essential reason for this is because the entire world is judged on water, the Sfas Emes (Sukkos 5643 - cited by Rav Yeruchem Olshin in his Yareach laMoadim Vol II page 502) gives us an additional insight.
WATER = SOMETHING ELSE AS WELL
Rav Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter (1847-1905) ...
Baltimore: Senior Hatzolah Member Lonnie Borck Suddenly Niftar On Shabbos
The Baltimore Jewish community is in shock on Motzei Shabbos, Hoshana Rabba, as word spread of the sudden Petria of Mr. Lonnie Borck Z"L at the age of 47.
Loni Z"L was one of the most active members of Balitmore Hatzolah, and was a tremendous Baal Chesed and fixture in the community.
He leaves behind a wife and children.
Levaya, tomorrow, Hoshana Rabbah, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at 12:30 at Bnos Yisroel 6300 Park Heights Ave Baltimore, MD 21215.
Kevurah at Agudah Cemetery 6300 ...
Jewish Owned Stores In Woodbourne Vandalized Over First Days Of Sukkos
At least three stores in the Town of Woodbourne in Sullivan County were vandalized over the first days of Sukkos.
The Woodbourne Bakery (Gombos), I Swirl (Ice cream) and Le Chocolate were the victims of the crime.
Sources tell YWN that it appears that a BB gun was used to shoot out the windows in the establishments.
YWN has confirmed that the Fallsburg Police is investigating the incidents, and Detectives are working the case to ensure the suspect(s) are apprehended.
(Chaim Shaprio ...
Clinton Camp Preparing For Possibility Trump Won't Concede
Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.
Aiming to undermine any argument the Republican nominee may make about a "rigged" election, she hopes to roll up a large electoral vote margin in next month's election. That could repudiate the New York billionaire's message and project a ...
Report: Syrian Government Blamed For 3rd Chemical Attack
An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday.
In August, the team from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blamed President Bashar Assad's government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack.
The team said at that time that three other attacks indicated possible government ...
Attacks On The Internet Keep Getting Bigger And Nastier
Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way.
On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. The hacker group claiming responsibility says that the day's antics were just a dry run and that it has its sights set on a much bigger target. And the attackers now have a secret weapon in the increasing array of ...
Race In GOP-Friendly Missouri Could Determine Senate Control
The clamor for change fueling Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign may help a little-known Democrat upset a powerful GOP senator in red-state Missouri on Election Day. And with just a handful of competitive races around the country, the outcome in Missouri could help determine control of the Senate.
The contest between Missouri's secretary of state, Democrat Jason Kander, and Sen. Roy Blunt did not start out high on either party's list of competitive Senate races in a state Trump ...
Emails Show Clinton Campaign Attention To Black Voters
Hacked emails from the personal account of Hillary Clinton's top campaign official show some of the attention her team paid to courting black voters.
There were worries about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' appeal to that historically Democratic voter group. There was angst over whether Clinton should give a major speech on race relations. Meanwhile, a South Carolina Democratic Party official voiced concerns that Clinton hadn't visited a particular region of the state.
The emails were among ...
Early Voting: Democrats Show Strength in Key Battlegrounds
Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. Those are important states for Trump, but not sufficient for him to win the presidency if he loses states like Florida or ...
Adviser Says He Told Christie Officials Knew of Bridge Plot
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was told that two of his staffers had knowledge of the George Washington Bridge lane closures before he told reporters that no one in his administration knew about the closings, one of his top political advisers testified Friday.
Mike DuHaime said he told Christie ahead of a news conference two months after the September 2013 lane closures that his then-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and campaign manager Bill Stepien knew about the plot.
"He already ...
US Navy Destroyer Conducts Operation In South China Sea
A U.S. Navy warship on Friday passed through waters claimed by China near disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Department said.
A department spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the destroyer ship USS Decatur conducted the transit operation near the Paracel Islands. He said it was conducted "in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident."
The Paracels, a group of islands and reefs, are occupied by China but are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. ...
Could They Get Along? Trump, Clinton Chat At Event
Sharply at odds over the Republican's assertions that he may not concede if he loses on Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton chose cutting jabs over lighthearted teasing as they came face-to-face at a fundraiser. Yet both showed flashes of willingness to see beyond their bitter election battle, the archbishop who sat between them said Friday.
Still, New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan summed up the two candidates' chemistry at a fundraiser in a word: "Awkward."
The controversy ...
Counterterrorism Prosecutors Seek Access to Encrypted Data
Prosecutors from France, Belgium, Spain and Morocco called Friday for the ability to unlock phones and computers and to gain access to encrypted communications to aid in the fight against terrorism.
Following a two-day meeting in Paris, prosecutors in charge of counterterrorism investigations in the four countries issued a joint statement Friday to "alert" national and international authorities, internet providers, software makers and telecommunication operators about the obstacles posed by ...
Anti-Terror Police Arrest Man Over London Subway Alert
British police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday on suspicion of a terrorism offense over a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train.
The Metropolitan Police force said officers used a stun gun while detaining the man at midday Friday on a busy city street. Specialist firearms officers were deployed for the arrest, but did not fire their weapons.
The man is being held at a London police station on suspicion of "the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism ...
US Internet Disrupted as Key Firm Gets Hit by Cyberattack
Reports of online disruption cropped up across the East Coast of the United States after a key internet firm was hit by a cyberattack Friday.
Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn, Inc. said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with junk traffic.
Dyn said in a series of statements that it first became aware of the attack around 7:00 a.m. local time and that services were restored to normal about two hours ...