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Clinton Making A Personal Pitch To New Hampshire Voters

Clinton Making A Personal Pitch To New Hampshire Voters
From a Michigan pulpit to New Hampshire's town halls, Hillary Clinton is working to establish a personal connection with voters as she faces an increasingly difficult struggle against Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. Once a formidable front-runner, Clinton narrowly won Iowa's caucuses and has watched her national lead over Sanders begin to erode. She now faces a likely loss in Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, creating a sense of urgency for the famously ...
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Levaya of Rebbitzen Leah Kagan A'H, Wife Of Denver Rosh Yeshiva [UPDATED 11:18AM]

Levaya of Rebbitzen Leah Kagan A'H, Wife Of Denver Rosh Yeshiva [UPDATED 11:18AM]
YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira Of Rebbitzen Leah Kagan A"H, the wife of the Rosh Yeshiva of Toras Chaim in Denver, HaRav Ysroel Meir Kagan Shlita. She was a daughter of the Mattersdorfer Rov. The Levaya will be on Monday morning at the Yeshiva located at 1555 Stuart Street. UPDATE: There will be a Levaya in Brooklyn on Monday night at 8:00PM at Yeshiva Chasan Sofer in Boro Park 1876 50th Street near 19th Avenue. The Kevura will be in Eretz Yisroel. Boruch Dayan ...
(1 opinions  |   February 08 )

Rulings of Rav Yisroel Belsky zatzal

Rulings of Rav Yisroel Belsky zatzal
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Klal Yisroel has lost an irreplaceable gadol with the passing of Rav Belsky zt”l. Aside from his mastery of Torah sources, he was a font of halachic practice. Notwithstanding his loss, we do have thousands of hours of taped shiurim as well as a sefer entitled, “Shulchan haLevi” comprised of his responsum. Below is a short overview of some of his rulings in that work. The first chapter of Shulchan haLevi he deals with morning ...
(5 opinions  |   February 08 )

PHOTOS: Police Probing Stabbing of an 11-Year-Old Child in Ramle - 17-Year-Old Suspect Arrested [UPDATED]

PHOTOS: Police Probing Stabbing of an 11-Year-Old Child in Ramle - 17-Year-Old Suspect Arrested [UPDATED]
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An 11-year-old boy was stabbed in a number of places on his body at his home on Levi Street in Ramle on Monday afternoon, 29 Shevat. A spokesman for MDA reports that the child was transported to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital, listed in light-to-moderate condition with multiple stab wounds. There are conflicting reports but according to the victim, an Arab male approached him at home and asked him if he had a cigarette lighter and then began stabbing him and fled. The ...
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VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Tidal Flooding in Coastal Sections of Queens (Far Rockaway), Staten Island, and Brooklyn

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Tidal Flooding in Coastal Sections of Queens (Far Rockaway), Staten Island, and Brooklyn
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The NYC Office of Emergency Management is responding to multiple reports of tidal flooding in coastal sections of Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, Monday morning. The National Weather Service reports that tide levels are approximately a foot higher than forecast. Tides should be peaking at around 9:00AM and waters will begin receding shortly. NYCEM Citywide Interagency Coordinators have been deployed to these areas to evaluate the flooding ...
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New England to Get Brunt of Snowstorm Heading East

New England to Get Brunt of Snowstorm Heading East
Forecasters say parts of New England could get the brunt of a snowstorm that's heading for the east coast. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands. Up to 18 inches of snow could fall from Monday morning through the evening. Whiteout conditions and 40 mph winds are expected. The rest of Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with four to eight inches ...
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A Personalized Yarmulke for Your Son- And One Free!

A Personalized Yarmulke for Your Son- And One Free!
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Scharf’s Judaica is celebrating its 8th anniversary. We invite you to join in the celebration: Buy a personalized yarmulke, get one personalized yarmulke free! Scharf’s is the Number One place to go for personalized yarmulkes. At any given day, dozens of little boys get sized by our experienced yarmulke experts and receive customized, personalized yarmulkes. You can enjoy the biggest selection of yarmulke styles and sizes in Brooklyn. If you ...
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Obama Asking Congress For Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Obama Asking Congress For Emergency Funding To Combat Zika
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women. Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. Most people who catch it experience mild or no symptoms. But mounting evidence from Brazil suggests that ...
(1 opinions  |   February 08 )

Report: Chief Rabbinate of Israel Cancels Hashgacha for PA Food Factories Due to Security Situation

Report: Chief Rabbinate of Israel Cancels Hashgacha for PA Food Factories Due to Security Situation
Since the beginning of 2016, owners of food factories in the PA (Palestinian Authority) were informed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel they will no longer be able to keep their hashgacha despite adhering to regulations. The Chief Rabbinate has decided to stop granting a hashgacha to factories in PA areas in response to the ongoing wave of terror because the situation no longer permits sending mashgichim for entering PA areas requires IDF approval, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reports. The Chief ...
(2 opinions  |   February 08 )

VIDEO: MDA Personnel Learning Sign Language

VIDEO: MDA Personnel Learning Sign Language
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] MDA has made a decision to teach some of its personnel sign language to permit communicating with deaf persons requiring assistance. The EMS organization is working with The Institute for the Advancement of Dead Persons in Israel along with Access Israel. A workshop was help over the weekend for 30 paramedics and EMTs, who were given an introduction into the world of the deaf. They were taught the rules of communication with deaf and hard of hearing as well as ...
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North Korea's New Satellite Flew Directly Over Super Bowl Stadium

North Korea's New Satellite Flew Directly Over Super Bowl Stadium
Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit. Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or "Shining Star," satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes ...
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Trump Aiming For New Hampshire Win, Rivals Aim To Survive

Trump Aiming For New Hampshire Win, Rivals Aim To Survive
GOP front-runner Donald Trump is aiming for his first win in New Hampshire's fast-approaching primary, while rival Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, said their campaigns will go on no matter what the outcome Tuesday. Democrat Hillary Clinton, facing an uphill campaign in the state against Bernie Sanders, took a trip to Michigan. With the otherwise intense race for the White House seemingly toned down Sunday, it's easy to forget that this leadoff primary could be a make or break ...
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Former IDF Chief Rabbi Recovering Following Surgery

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Recovering Following Surgery
Former IDF Chief Rabbi and Rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Yishuv & Yeshivat Itamar Avichai Ronsky is recovering following surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his colon. The rav agreed to donate a kidney to save the life of another and it was during pre-donation screening/testing that the growth was found. Hence, his willingness to save another resulted in saving his own life. It is pointed out that the rabbi felt good during recent months, not having any sign of the growth in his ...
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Rabbi Chaim Amsellem Explains Why Efforts to Link with Bayit Yehudi Failed

Rabbi Chaim Amsellem Explains Why Efforts to Link with Bayit Yehudi Failed
Marking a year since the petira of Minister of Senior Citizen Affairs (Bayit Yehudi) Uri Orbach z”l, Rabbi Chaim Amsalem, who heads the Am Shalem party, explains why efforts to team with the dati leumi party in the last elections were unsuccessful. Speaking to the dati leumi Srugim website, Amsalem explained “the tzibur at large was acquainted with Orbach as a witty and opinionated journalist and publicist but I knew him in Knesset where we spend many many hours together…” He ...
(3 opinions  |   February 08 )

NYC Mayor Issues Construction Crane Safety Plan After Deadly Collapse

NYC Mayor Issues Construction Crane Safety Plan After Deadly Collapse
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is implementing a four-point plan to increase safety when large construction cranes are operating. De Blasio made the announcement Sunday, in the wake of Friday's fatal crane collapse in Manhattan. The mayor said there will be new restrictions on crawler cranes during wind conditions. Fines for failure to safeguard equipment will be doubled. There will be increased enforcement of pedestrian safety alongside crane sites. And neighboring buildings ...
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Israel's Legal System Stands Up for MK Zoabi Again

Israel's Legal System Stands Up for MK Zoabi Again
A magistrate court justice on Sunday, 28 Shevat, sentenced Arab Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi to six months’ probation for her conviction on charges of insulting a public servant and a NIS 3,000 fine. If she repeats here offense during the probation period, she will automatically be jailed. Zoabi was convicted by the Nazareth District Court of insulting a public servant as part of an agreement, which included the prosecution’s willingness not to charge her with incitement to violence. ...
(3 opinions  |   February 08 )

Quadruplets Born in Rambam Medical Center in Haifa

Quadruplets Born in Rambam Medical Center in Haifa
Rambam Medical Service officials report the birth of quadruplets over the weekend, three girls and a boy, born in week 27 of the mother’s pregnancy. The babies weigh between 550-900 grams (17.6 – 31.7 ounces). All four are in a preemie intensive care unit as they are all on assisted breathing with three listed in stable condition and one unstable. Prof. Shraga Blazer, who heads the preemie ward, explains the chance of giving birth naturally to quadruplets is 1:720,000. (YWN – Israel ...
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Naftali Bennett Allay's Fears of Assimilation in the State of Israel

Naftali Bennett Allay's Fears of Assimilation in the State of Israel
Addressing a Judaism & Democracy event at Bar Ilan University last week, Bayit Yehudi party leader Education Minister Naftali Bennett shared his vision and understanding of classic and current Zionism, as well as the significance of Theodore Herzl’s actions, which he feels account for our survival today. “We are now in the largest area since the time of King David. We had a lot of confidence at the end of the period of the Second Beis HaMikdash which enabled posterity and pluralism. ...
(5 opinions  |   February 07 )

Rav Landau Addresses Bnei Brak's Fast Food Eateries and a Breakdown in Modesty Standards

Rav Landau Addresses Bnei Brak's Fast Food Eateries and a Breakdown in Modesty Standards
Speaking at a yahrzeit seuda for his father, Av Beis Din Bnei Brak HaGaon HaRav Yehuda Leib Landau Shlita spoke out against fast food stores in the Torah city. He stated some twenty of these stores have opened and this has led to people eating in the streets of the city. Rav Landau marked the thirtieth yahrzeit of his father HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Landau ZT”L with the annual seudas mitzvah during which the end of shmitah was marked and a siyum was made on Shas. The yahrzeit seuda was held in ...
(9 opinions  |   February 07 )

WATCH: Alan Dershowitz Brilliantly Strikes down Anti-Israel Question at Conference

Famed US lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz, recently gave a talk and showed his strong passion for the Israeli state. After his speech at a conference he allowed the audience a chance to ask him questions. A woman of Palestinian origin gave a long winded question/statement, in which Dershowitz brilliantly shot down all her points, logically and brilliantly.
(7 opinions  |   February 07 )

British Judge Quits Following Investigation Over Anti-Semitic Comments

British Judge Quits Following Investigation Over Anti-Semitic Comments
A British judge in northern London resigned prior to his impending removal over anti-Semitic comments he made on Facebook, the U.K.-based Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) grassroots group announced Thursday. Following an official year-long investigation into the matter, CAA cited the British Judicial Conduct Investigations Office as saying that magistrate Abul “Abz” Hussain “has resigned from judicial office following an investigation into an allegation that he had posted racist ...
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Fire Breaks Out in Modi'in Illit Talmid Torah on Sunday Morning

Fire Breaks Out in Modi'in Illit Talmid Torah on Sunday Morning
A fire was reported on Sunday morning 28 Shevat in the Klall Chassidim Talmid Torah in Modi’in Illit. The fire, which began shortly after the day began, was traced to an electric box. B’chasdei Hashem the fire department response was quick and the blaze was extinguished without incident. No injuries were reported. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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VIDEO: Rahat Terrorist Flees the Scene of the Stabbing Attack

VIDEO: Rahat Terrorist Flees the Scene of the Stabbing Attack
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A day after the stabbing attack in the Bedouin community of Rahat in which an Israeli woman in her 60s was moderately wounded, an area surveillance video shows the terrorists fleeing the scene. The terrorist wounded Shlumit Gonen, who was shopping in the Rahat street market. The manhunt for the attacker continues at this time. Rahat Mayor Talal al-Kirnawi has stated the terrorist responsible for the attack is not a local resident but a PA (Palestinian ...
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PM Netanyahu Confers with the Attorney General Regarding MKs Who Meet with Families of Terrorists

PM Netanyahu Confers with the Attorney General Regarding MKs Who Meet with Families of Terrorists
At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, 28 Shevat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the meeting that recently took place involving Arab Members of Knesset Hanin Zoabi, Dr. Ahmed Tibi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka, who met with families of terrorists that perpetrated attacks in Israel in the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism. The Prime Minister said, “The second act that we have seen in recent days was three Balad MKs going to comfort the families of ...
(2 opinions  |   February 07 )

VIDEO: 20 Cars Fall Through Ice At Lake Geneva's Winterfest

VIDEO: 20 Cars Fall Through Ice At Lake Geneva's Winterfest
The following is via Breaking911.com: At least 20 cars sank into Lake Geneva on Saturday after visitors attending Winterfest in Wisconsin were allowed to park on the frozen ice. Emergency services had to pull many of the vehicles out of the water after the vehicles fell through the ice. As nearby parking lots were full, officials allowed people to park their cars on the frozen lake, unfortunately the ice cracked under the weight of the vehicles. The Lake Geneva Fire Department was ...
(2 opinions  |   February 07 )

MK Gafne Agreed to Consult the Ukraine on Budget Balancing

MK Gafne Agreed to Consult the Ukraine on Budget Balancing
MK Moshe Gafne, chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee last week with Oleg Vyshniakov, Jewish-Ukrainian businessman and honorary consul of Israel in the Ukraine. In the meeting, which took place in MK Gafne’s office at the Knesset, the two agreed to conduct a series of meeting between MK Gafni and Ukrainian government officials in order to consult them on how to balance the country’s budget and reduce the deficit in light of the ongoing military conflict in the east of the country ...
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14 Holocaust Survivors Sue Hungary In U.S. Court

14 Holocaust Survivors Sue Hungary In U.S. Court
Fourteen Hungarian Holocaust survivors have filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. against the Hungarian government and its national train company for cooperation with the Nazis, complicity in the deportation of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews, and confiscation of property. Currently, Hungary does not compensate Holocaust survivors or their heirs, nor has the country ever been prosecuted for collaborating with Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Six of the plaintiffs currently live in ...
(3 opinions  |   February 07 )

Rav Mazuz Blasts Agreement with Reform And Conservative Movements at the Kosel

Rav Mazuz Blasts Agreement with Reform And Conservative Movements at the Kosel
In his weekly motzei Shabbos shiur, HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Kisei Rachamim spoke out harshly against the agreement reached that will provide an egalitarian prayer area near the Kosel, an agreement that was permitted to pass by the religious parties in Knesset. The rav said “They are not a stream of Judaism but destruction. Bibi and his friends must realize they are destroying Yiddishkheit”. The rav’s shiur is broadcast weekly on Kol Berama Radio. “Fools ...
(1 opinions  |   February 07 )

FACT CHECK: Fumbles From The GOP Field: Cruz Tries To Tell An Iowa Tale, Trump Botches Tax Numbers

FACT CHECK: Fumbles From The GOP Field: Cruz Tries To Tell An Iowa Tale, Trump Botches Tax Numbers
What happened in Iowa didn't stay in Iowa. And when it reached the stage in the latest Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz had some explaining to do. Cruz wasn't quite square with the facts Saturday night when he explained why and how his campaign spread the false insinuation that rival Ben Carson was quitting the race after the Iowa caucuses. The episode was among a number of fumbles from the field in the intense confrontation before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Among ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 07 )

Arab MKs Meet with Families of Slain Terrorists to Comfort Them

Arab MKs Meet with Families of Slain Terrorists to Comfort Them
In their latest act of defiance, Arab Members of Knesset Hanin Zoabi, Dr. Ahmed Tibi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka met last weeks with families of terrorists that perpetrated attacks in Israel in the ongoing wave of Palestinian attacks that began on erev Rosh Hashanah 5776. The location of the meeting, which took place on Tuesday, was not disclosed. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded "Members of Knesset who go to comfort the families of terrorists who murdered Israelis do not ...
(2 opinions  |   February 07 )

NYC: Snow Alert Issued For Monday

NYC: Snow Alert Issued For Monday
The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness "Snow Alert" for Monday, February 8 at 3:00 a.m. A snow alert is not a weather forecast, but indicates the potential for winter precipitation. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed. DSNY is coordinating with the Office of ...
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PHOTOS: Search To Bring New Square Man To Kever Yisroel Continues On Hudson River

PHOTOS: Search To Bring New Square Man To Kever Yisroel Continues On Hudson River
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The search for a missing New Square resident continued on Sunday morning in an along the Hudson River. Northeast Search and Rescue, a volunteer organization, along with New Square Emergency Services and Chaverim of Rockland launched two boats along with search dogs to try to find the missing man. Ramapo Police Chief joined the team prior to the launch in Edgewater, NJ to extend the gratitude of Supervisor St. Lawrence, the Ramapo Town Board and RPD for ...
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Police Confiscate Licensed Handgun of a Victim of a Rock Attack for Firing in the Air during an Attack

Police Confiscate Licensed Handgun of a Victim of a Rock Attack for Firing in the Air during an Attack
Police on Shabbos afternoon Parshas Mishpatim, detained a 23-year-old Beit Orot Yeshiva talmid after he fired his licensed handgun in the air after he and his friends were attacked by Arabs throwing stones. The other talmidim, those who witnessed police taking their friend into custody questioned what he did to justify their actions. They told police when he fired into the air the attackers fled and the attack stopped before anyone was injured or worse. The talmid was released on motzei ...
(4 opinions  |   February 07 )

VIDEO: Christie Feel 'Justified' With His Takedown Of Rubio In Debate

VIDEO: Christie Feel 'Justified' With His Takedown Of Rubio In Debate
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says "he felt justified" with his takedown of rival Marco Rubio in the latest GOP presidential debate. Christie is looking ahead to the general election, and he thinks Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. On Sunday Christie was using Rubio's debate performance to speculate about how the Florida senator would fare in a debate against Clinton. The New Jersey governor puts it this way during an appearance on "Fox ...
(1 opinions  |   February 07 )

Empire State Building To Become Virtual Scoreboard For Superbowl 50

Empire State Building To Become Virtual Scoreboard For Superbowl 50
You can follow the Super Bowl on the Empire State Building. The building will become a virtual scoreboard, tracking the game action. At kickoff, the building’s tower lights will be split in the colors of the Broncos and Panthers. Each score, the building will sparkle in the scoring team’s colors and remain lit for the team holding the lead. After the game, the building will sparkle in the winning team’s colors for one hour. It will remain lit for the Super Bowl champion until ...
(3 opinions  |   February 07 )

Court to Rule on Extending Ettinger's Detention

Court to Rule on Extending Ettinger's Detention
On the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 Shevat, a deliberation took place at the Central District Court in Lod on the case of administrative detainee Meir Ettinger who has been on a hunger strike for the past 16 days, during which time he lost consciousness. Ettinger has been under administrative detention for six months. At the deliberation the State requested that the court authorize the order signed this week by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon which extends Ettinger's administrative detention by ...
(3 opinions  |   February 07 )

HaRav Chaim Yisroel Belsky Memoriam by NY State Senator Simcha Felder

HaRav Chaim Yisroel Belsky Memoriam by NY State Senator Simcha Felder
My father, HaRav Tzvi Mordechai Felder, zt”l, was a Rav for more than 60 years, and in that capacity he was called upon to officiate at numerous funerals. Over the years, our community said goodbye to many Jewish men and women who had been born in Europe, but when my father saw the passing of a frum and eirliche Yid who had been raised in America, his praise was even more effusive. Why? We all know why. Spiritually speaking, the challenges here in the Land of the Free are very strong. If I ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 07 )