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Chareidi Interpretation of the Political Map

Chareidi Interpretation of the Political Map
The news in Israel is dominated with reported threats of the coalition breaking apart and electioneering by coalition and opposition MKs alike. Most experts feel the current administration is on its way out and it is likely that elections will be held in the spring of 2015. Kikar Shabbos reports that a Shas party MK quoted anonymously warns the chareidim must be cautious for Yair Lapid is already working to blame the collapse on the coalition on the chareidim. For Lapid, this would set the ...
(1 opinions  |   November 27 )

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Becomes Rallying Cry Despite Questions Whether Hands Were Raised

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Becomes Rallying Cry Despite Questions Whether Hands Were Raised
The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown’s death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop. Soon, “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot!” became a rallying cry for protesters in the streets of this St. Louis suburb and a symbol nationwide of racial inequality for those who believe that minorities are too often the targets of overzealous police. Yet the witness accounts contained in thousands of pages of grand jury documents reviewed by The ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 27 )

Travelers Find & Turn Over 1000s of Dollars Found at Ben-Gurion Airport

Travelers Find & Turn Over 1000s of Dollars Found at Ben-Gurion Airport
What would you do if you found more than $15,000 in cash? Two passengers in Ben-Gurion International Airport found this sum in cash and quickly looked for police to turn the money in. When the couple found the dollars on the floor of the airport they could not believe their eyes. They began counting and soon realized it was more than $15,000 in cash. The two headed to airport police to turn the money in, explaining “we are certain the owner is going to be looking for the ...
(2 opinions  |   November 27 )

MDA Scraps Planned Service Cuts in Yehuda & Shomron

MDA Scraps Planned Service Cuts in Yehuda & Shomron
Magen David Adom announces that despite earlier reports to the contrary, it will not be drastically reducing operations in areas of Yehuda and Shomron until the end of the Gregorian year as planned. MDA officials announced that due to a lack of Health Ministry funding, it would be compelled to close some stations in those areas. MDA Chief of Operations Eli Bin explains the ministry owes the EMS provider 6 million NIS and he was left helpless as the organization is out of funds. 6 However, ...
(1 opinions  |   November 27 )

11 MKs Return Salary Raises to Benefit IDF Soldiers

11 MKs Return Salary Raises to Benefit IDF Soldiers
Former defense minister and IDF chief of staff MK (Kadima) Shaul Mofaz instructed Knesset officials to keep the last pay increase awarded to elected officials. Mofaz instructed them to pass the money to the relevant officials in the Defense Ministry to assist IDF soldiers. Mofaz calls on his colleagues to follow his lead. He is referring to a 1% salary increase beginning in January 2015, amounting to 1,000 monthly. Mofaz explains ‘we mustn’t remain complacent today, during difficult ...
(1 opinions  |   November 27 )

Livni Blocks Bill to Oust Zoabi from Knesset

Livni Blocks Bill to Oust Zoabi from Knesset
At the last moment, The Movement party leader Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday 4 Kislev blocked the preliminary reading of the so-called Zoabi Bill. In response, Likud MK Danny Danon told Livni “you defend the soton”. The bill is the initiative of MK (Yisrael Beitenu) David Rotem, stating that a simple majority of 61 MKs may vote to oust a colleague who openly supports a terrorist organization’s efforts against the state. The bill is aimed at MK Hanin Zoabi, hence the bill’s ...
(5 opinions  |   November 27 )

Deri Announces Conditions for Entering into the Coalition

Deri Announces Conditions for Entering into the Coalition
Never say never is the rule in Israeli politics as Shas party leader Aryeh Deri has announced his conditions for entering the coalition. One should remember that in recent weeks Deri stated unequivocally that Shas would not enter the current coalition under any circumstances. Using Twitter to get his message out, Deri explained that the two issues on which there can be no compromise are a 30 NIS minimum hourly wage and zero value added tax on basic items instead of zero VAT on ...
(7 opinions  |   November 27 )

Litzman Takes the Prime Minister’s Offer to the Rebbes

Litzman Takes the Prime Minister’s Offer to the Rebbes
Rumors are flying as is the norm in Israel once the smell of elections is in the air. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is reaching out to chareidi lawmakers. On Wednesday night the eve of 5 Kislev the prime minister met with MK Yaakov Litzman of Yahadut Hatorah. Following that meeting, for a second time in as many weeks, Litzman visited with the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in the rebbe’s home to inform him and consult with him following his latest meeting with the prime minister. It is assumed ...
(3 opinions  |   November 27 )

Egypt Braces for New Islamist Protest Intended To Topple The Government

Egypt Braces for New Islamist Protest Intended To Topple The Government
Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force." The Islamists' call for nationwide rallies Friday is the first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown. It remains uncertain whether they will succeed in pulling large numbers into the streets. Security forces deployed in Cairo's central Tahrir ...
(5 opinions  |   November 27 )

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Druze Community Leaders

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with Druze Community Leaders
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening 4 Kislev, met with Druse community leaders. In attendance were Druse spiritual leader Sheikh Muwafaq Tarif, Sheikh Hatem Halabi, Sheikh Mahmoud Seif, Sheikh Fandi Salah Assad and Druse Local Councils Forum head Jaber Hamoud. Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his condolences on the deaths of Israel Police Master Sergeant Zidan Nahad Seif, who was killed in last week's terrorist attack on a Jerusalem ...
(1 opinions  |   November 27 )

Admor Instructs 'Eid Kedushin' to Pay His Debts Before Chupah - Pays For Setting Dumpsters Ablaze In Meah Shearim Protest

Admor Instructs 'Eid Kedushin' to Pay His Debts Before Chupah - Pays For Setting Dumpsters Ablaze In Meah Shearim Protest
A Yerushalayim resident, a member of the capital’s chassidish community, was invited to a friend’s chasenah as a witness. Prior to the chupah the man was instructed to speak with the chosson’s rebbe. The rebbe asked him to make certain all of his debts are paid in full prior to being a witness. This prompted the young man to recall that three years earlier he was involved in a stormy protest during which they set three garbage bins ablaze in Meah Shearim. Deputy Mayor Yossi Deutsch was ...
(12 opinions  |   November 27 )

Halachically Speaking: Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey

Halachically Speaking: Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey
[Halachically Speaking appears on YWN weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays]  Written by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits of KOF-K Kosher Supervision Much has been discussed over the years regarding Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey may be served. The underlying point of the debate is whether Thanksgiving is considered a religious or secular holiday. In order to determine this, we need to know the history of the Thanksgiving holiday (see ...
(4 opinions  |   November 27 )

Rumors of Ongoing Preliminary Talks to a United Chareidi List

Rumors of Ongoing Preliminary Talks to a United Chareidi List
With election fever in the air, there is much backroom activity among Knesset factions, including the chareidi parties. In what is being called a very preliminary effort, all chareidi parties are entertaining a combined list, Degel Hatorah, Agudas Yisrael and Shas running under a united banner. While such a reality is a long way off at best, it could result in the chareidi parties swinging enough political might to influence the next coalition. Based on today’s numbers, such a combination ...
(9 opinions  |   November 27 )

OPEC Keeps Oil Output On Hold Despite Low Prices

OPEC Keeps Oil Output On Hold Despite Low Prices
OPEC oil ministers have decided to keep their present output target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices. The decision Thursday was expected. OPEC oil power Saudi Arabia had indicated before the meeting that it favors the status-quo. The Saudis are the top producers within the 12-nation organization and effectively decide the cartel's policy. Some less well-off members had favored a cut, to reduce supplies and push prices back up. But because ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 27 )

Obama's Action Fuels Worry About Immigration Scams

Obama's Action Fuels Worry About Immigration Scams
Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams. "We hear horror stories about people getting taken advantage of horribly," attorney Ginger Jacobs told several dozen people who watched the president's speech at Alliance San Diego offices. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican consulates sounded similar alarms after Obama promised executive action that is expected ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 27 )

Ferguson Fallout: Scores Arrested In California Unrest

Ferguson Fallout: Scores Arrested In California Unrest
Dozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Police said at least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested, while 33 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism. In Los Angeles, about 200 or 300 largely peaceful demonstrators crisscrossed downtown streets for several hours ...
(2 opinions  |   November 27 )

B'chasdei Hashem, Major Terror Attack in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium Averted

B'chasdei Hashem, Major Terror Attack in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium Averted
A gag order was lifted on Thursday 5 Kislev regarding the arrest of over 30 terrorists who were trained abroad to carry out major attacks in Israel. According to the report, they trained in a Hamas terror base in Turkey headed by Salah Aruri and they were then smuggled into PA (Palestinian Authority) areas. They were to carry out a number of ‘quality’ attacks including abducting Israeli citizens and infiltrations into yishuvim. The ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and the IDF in ...
(5 opinions  |   November 27 )