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DM Lieberman: We Will Not Permit Hamas To Continue Arming Itself

DM Lieberman: We Will Not Permit Hamas To Continue Arming Itself
Clearly Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in recent days sent a strong message to Hamas and Hizbullah. Following a rocket attack into Sderot Lieberman ordered a series of responses which included an IAF assault on dozens of Hamas-related facilities in Gaza during the night that followed the attack. In another incident, Israel responded to a rocket fire into northern Israel, taking out the launcher that was used to fire the rocket from Syria across the border. Lieberman announced there would ...
(1 opinions  |   August 23 )

Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes at ISIS in Syria

Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes at ISIS in Syria
Turkey's artillery shelled Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, a senior Turkish official said, amid reports that Turkey-backed Syrian rebels were preparing an offensive against an IS-held border town in northern Syria. The latest developments have thrust the town of Jarablus into center stage in the ongoing Syrian civil war. The Ankara official said the Turkish shelling came after mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

Kehat: 'My Website Will Always be Commission Free'

Kehat: 'My Website Will Always be Commission Free'
This year, TheChesedFund.com revolutionized Jewish fundraising. Created as a resource for Jews all over the world  to raise money for important causes without being robbed by heavy fees, the site has quickly gained popularity and taken the crowdfunding world by storm. However some may doubt the pure intentions behind this venture, under the old adage that ‘some things are too good to be true.’ YWN sat down with Chesed Fund founder Avi Kehat, to ask hard questions. “The Chesed Fund ...
(3 opinions  |   August 23 )

WATCH: Colin Powell Rips Hillary Clinton's Private Server Claims

The former secretary of state slammed the Dem nominee's people for trying to pin the problem on him; Mike Emanuel has the story for 'Special Report'.
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

Dozens of Breslov Chassidim Come Under Attack At Kever Yosef: Visiting Without Coordinating With The IDF

Dozens of Breslov Chassidim Come Under Attack At Kever Yosef: Visiting Without Coordinating With The IDF
The IDF was summoned during the night (Monday to Tuesday) of 19 Menachem Av after a bus of Breslov chassidim arrived at Kever Yosef to be mispallel at the tziyun located in PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied Shechem. The mispallalim did not coordinate the visit with the IDF as required and they immediately came under attack from Arabs hurling rocks. The IDF had to enter the area to extricate them. The mispallalim were taken into custody for entering an area ‘A’, an area under ...
(5 opinions  |   August 23 )

California Firefighters Stretched Thin as Blazes Sweep State

California Firefighters Stretched Thin as Blazes Sweep State
California's state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than 10 percent for some fire engine drivers, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press. A five-year drought and changing weather patterns have transformed what once was a largely summertime job into an intense year-round firefight, said California ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

Child Who Fell From 5th Floor Jerusalem Window Remains In Serious Condition

Child Who Fell From 5th Floor Jerusalem Window Remains In Serious Condition
The infant who fell from a fifth floor Jerusalem window on Monday, 18 Menachem Av remains in serious condition in an intensive care unit in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital spokesperson Hadar Elboim reported on Tuesday. EMS was summoned to Sulam Yaakov Street in the Ramot area of the city after an 18-month-old fell from the window. Magen David Adom received the call at 19:41 and following treatment at the scene by Ichud Hatzalah and MDA, MDA paramedics transported the child to the trauma unit in ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

Fellow Republicans Still Waiting For Trump's Promised Cash

Fellow Republicans Still Waiting For Trump's Promised Cash
Donald Trump portrays himself as an indispensable cash resource for fellow Republicans up and down the ballot. But while Trump is pulling in donor checks, an Associated Press review of campaign finance filings shows most of his fellow Republicans are still waiting for their cut. And the 2016 presidential nominee has a lot of work to do to if he wants to match the amount of financial aid Mitt Romney gave to his party four years ago. "Typically you see the nominee lift everyone up," said ...
(3 opinions  |   August 23 )

Ilanit Went Through So Much Already, Let Us Help Her Smile Again

Ilanit Went Through So Much Already, Let Us Help Her Smile Again
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] CLICK HERE to help this family Five years ago, Ilanit was diagnosed with cancer. By the time it was discovered it was at an advanced stage. She was in critical condition and underwent aggressive chemotherapy to treat it. Ilanit then needed a bone marrow transplant. The good news was that her brother was a match! She underwent the transplant and all was going well until about six months later. Her body started to reject the transplant and she developed GVH ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

White House Says Feds Doing Their Part In Louisiana Flood Response

White House Says Feds Doing Their Part In Louisiana Flood Response
President Barack Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. The Baton Rouge visit Tuesday is a reminder of the political dangers and opportunities that natural disasters can pose. On top of a competent federal response, it's critical for political leaders to demonstrate compassion and a reassuring ...
(1 opinions  |   August 23 )

FBI Probing Virginia Stabbing Where Suspect Shouted 'Allahu Akbar'

FBI Probing Virginia Stabbing Where Suspect Shouted 'Allahu Akbar'
The FBI is investigating a stabbing in Virginia in which the suspect shouted "Allahu akbar" while attacking a man and woman. Wasil Farooqui of Roanoke County is charged in the stabbings at The Pines Apartments in Roanoke on Saturday. Roanoke County police say that during the attack Farooqui was yelling "Allahu akbar," which is Arabic for "God is great." Roanoke County police have said they believe that the attack was random. The 20-year-old Farooqui is charged with two counts of ...
(1 opinions  |   August 23 )

Feds: Ignore That Post About Banning Driver Cellphone Use

Feds: Ignore That Post About Banning Driver Cellphone Use
Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cellphones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it was all a mistake. The agency posted non-binding guidelines on distracted driving for states on a federal website Monday morning. The guidelines recommended that states prohibit use of hands-free as well as hand-held devices. State laws control use of phones ...
(1 opinions  |   August 23 )

Pentagon: Exclusion Zone in Syria Is Not a 'No Fly Zone'

Pentagon: Exclusion Zone in Syria Is Not a 'No Fly Zone'
Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said on Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a "no fly zone." Reporters pushed press secretary Peter Cook to explain the distinction. "Our warning to the Syrians is the same that we've had for some time, that we're going to defend our forces and they would be advised not to fly in areas where our forces have been ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 23 )

MK Eichler: 'A Non-Ethical Media Is No More Than A Dictatorship'

MK Eichler: 'A Non-Ethical Media Is No More Than A Dictatorship'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recanted his support for a "Public Broadcasting Corporation” that isn’t subject to public ethics. MK Rabbi Israel Eichler said: at the "Hanegbi Committee I have already demanded the requirement to subject public broadcasting to ethics and minimal rules which are mentioned in the “Nakdi document”. This is the only way to stop the violation of the Haredi community and others. The “Nakdi document” establishes rules for public broadcasting. It ...
(1 opinions  |   August 23 )

VIDEO: Israel Police Cooperates With Ezer Mizion To Provide A Vacation Experience For Many Children

VIDEO: Israel Police Cooperates With Ezer Mizion To Provide A Vacation Experience For Many Children
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Police officials when asked to comment on the activities of Ezer Mizion, called them “The true angels”, adding the department is pleased to do what it can to assist Ezer Mizion in its mission, this time, a visit to Yerushalayim and the Kosel for the many unable to do so on their own, disabled youths who are incapable of ambulating without assistance. It has become an annual tradition, usually during the summer months, when Israel Police receives request ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Republicans To Query Firms That Ran Clinton's Private Server

Republicans To Query Firms That Ran Clinton's Private Server
Republicans stepped up their attacks on Monday on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and pointed to newly released messages to allege that foreign donors to the Democratic presidential nominee's family charity got preferential treatment from her department. Congressional Republicans issued subpoenas to three technology companies that either made or serviced the private email server located in the basement of Clinton's New York home. The subpoenas were ...
(5 opinions  |   August 22 )

Rishon L'Tzion On Rabbonim Who Partake In Chasunah Merriment

Rishon L'Tzion On Rabbonim Who Partake In Chasunah Merriment
Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita spoke about rabbonim who attend weddings in the capacity of mesader keddushin or just to say Mazel Tov. He is not referring to rabbonim who are acquainted with the family or related to the baal simcha but rabbonim acting in an official capacity only. He feels those who remain at a chasenah and partake in the courses of the seuda and prolong their stay are making a Chilul Hashem while rabbonim who perform their duties and wish the families mazel ...
(4 opinions  |   August 22 )

NYC Launches Mosquito Information Website In Battle Against Zika

NYC Launches Mosquito Information Website In Battle Against Zika
New York City’s health department has launched a new, interactive mosquito information website as part of its three-year, $21 million effort to keep the Zika virus from spreading. The new site includes information about mosquito surveillance and control activities across the city as well as recent mosquito control events by neighborhood. “Every day, members of our mosquito control team are collecting surveillance traps, investigating complaints of standing water, and using our tools ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

High Court Rejects The Petition To Save The Home Of A Terrorist Involved In The Murder Of Rabbi Miki Mark HY'D

High Court Rejects The Petition To Save The Home Of A Terrorist Involved In The Murder Of Rabbi Miki Mark HY'D
The High Court of Justice on Sunday, 17 Menachem Av rejected a petition filed by a human rights organization on behalf of a terrorist involved in the murder of Otniel resident Rabbi Miki Mark HY”D. Mrs. Chavah Mark, his wife, was left critically wounded in the attack and a number of their children were less seriously wounded by the gunfire in the drive-by shooting attack as well. The “המוקד להגנת הפרט” organization took the case to court in the hope of preventing the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Rain Delays Search For Legendary Nazi Train In Poland

Rain Delays Search For Legendary Nazi Train In Poland
Explorers searching for a legendary Nazi “gold train” say that rain has delayed digging in southern Poland. The excavation work, using heavy machinery, began last week in the city of Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland. No train has been detected. Two explorers claim they have located a train in a hidden tunnel there. A local legend says it could be a World War II Nazi treasure train. The spokesman for the explorers, Andrzej Gaik, told Polish news agency PAP on Monday that more digging ...
(3 opinions  |   August 22 )

Bayit Yehudi Part Launches New Registration Website

Bayit Yehudi Part Launches New Registration Website
The Bayit Yehudi party has launched a new site to permit persons to join the party online. In a call to potential members, Bennett announced that the dati leumi community has only to look where the religious Zionist party was four years ago and where it is today. He explained in 2009 the party “was close to its death and it earned three seats in Knesset. We were small and weak…” He mentions how the families of Gush Katif were expelled from their homes while no one paid attention. ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Sarkozy to Run for French Presidency Next Year

Sarkozy to Run for French Presidency Next Year
France's former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy has formally announced he is running for the presidency again in next year's elections. In an extract of a book released on his Facebook page Monday, Sarkozy wrote: "I have decided to be a candidate to the 2017 presidential election." He added: "I've felt I had the force to wage this battle at a so tormented time of history." Sarkozy, 61, is expected to lead a campaign based on hardline ideas on immigration and security in a ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Versailles Hall Victims Still Waiting For Their Compensation

Versailles Hall Victims Still Waiting For Their Compensation
It has been fifteen years since the Versailles wedding hall disaster that claimed the lives of 23 people and left hundreds injured, some disabled for life. The families are still waiting for compensation that was ordered by the court. Persons who were physically injured were to receive NIS 50,000. Those who were permanently disabled and classified by Bituach Leumi as 20% disabled receive NIS 6,000 for each percentage of disability. Families of the 23 people killed were ordered to receive NIS ...
(1 opinions  |   August 22 )

Iran: Russia Has Stopped Using Iran Base for Syria Strikes

Iran: Russia Has Stopped Using Iran Base for Syria Strikes
Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just hours after the Iranian defense minister criticized Moscow for having "kind of show-off and ungentlemanly" attitude by publicizing their actions. There was no immediate response from Moscow, which had used the Shahid Nojeh Air Base to refuel its bombers striking Syria at least three times last week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Another First: Chareidi Soldiers To Serve In Military Police

Another First: Chareidi Soldiers To Serve In Military Police
Chareidi soldiers are going to be deployed in new areas, including military police and the navy, Kol Berama Radio reports. The new program is scheduled to being in November 2016. Fifteen chareidi soldiers will be assigned to the military police’s Erez Battalion. This unit is responsible for crossing points around the perimeter of Jerusalem. The IDF’s induction goal for chareidim in 2016 is 3,200 and officials hope this number will continue to increase. The military also hopes to place ...
(3 opinions  |   August 22 )

Jewish Life Returns to Poland - ASK OU Is Ready

Jewish Life Returns to Poland - ASK OU Is Ready
[By Bayla Sheva Brenner] Standing on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, it’s hard to believe that this very place where Jews fought to their deaths to preserve Jewish life, has now become the epicenter of a Jewish renaissance in Poland. But what is now even more astonishing is that some of its very leaders were often ignorant of their Jewish roots until later in life and sometimes were even raised as Catholics. Walk into Warsaw’s Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw, the only shul that survived the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Hamas: Abducting IDF Soldiers Remains A Priority

Hamas: Abducting IDF Soldiers Remains A Priority
Hamas continues to threaten Israel and on Sunday, 17 Menachem Av, the terrorist organization announced efforts to abduct IDF soldiers are ongoing. The Izzadin el-Kassam brigade of the terrorist regime that runs life in Gaza announced it continues efforts to abduct soldiers to use them as bargaining pawns towards gaining the release of terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Hamas vows to continue fighting against the marine blockade on Gaza as well as expressing it resistance to the Israeli ...
(3 opinions  |   August 22 )

Yahrtzeit Of Rav Tzvi Hersh Of Liska Observed

Yahrtzeit Of Rav Tzvi Hersh Of Liska Observed
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Yidden commemorated the 142 yahrtzeit of Rav Tzi Hersh of Liska, author of the sefer Ach Pri Tevuah and Hayasher V'hatov an historical and preeminent Chasidic rebbe whose influence was felt throughout Hungary. Liska is a revered name in chasidish communities from time immemorial and is universally regarded as one of the more prominent Hungarian chasidus. The central Tisch was led by by the Ach Pri Tevuah's descendant the current Liska Rebbe, Harav Tzei Hersh ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Kirk: Obama 'Acting Like Drug Dealer in Chief' in Iran Deal

Kirk: Obama 'Acting Like Drug Dealer in Chief' in Iran Deal
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama was "acting like the drug dealer in chief" when his administration delivered $400 million in cash to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners. The Republican made the comment to The (Springfield) State Journal-Register editorial board last week, saying the president can't be "giving clean packs of money to a ... state sponsor of terror." Republicans have criticized the Obama administration after it acknowledged that the repayment ...
(4 opinions  |   August 22 )

Turkey Remains A Vocal Critic Of Israel Despite Reconciliation Agreement

Turkey Remains A Vocal Critic Of Israel Despite Reconciliation Agreement
While Turkey over the weekend approved the reconciliation agreement with Israel, the Turkish Foreign Ministry was quick to condemn IDF air strikes over Gaza which were in retaliation for a rocket attack into Sderot on Sunday. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries in the attack as a rocket landed between two homes. There was property damage however. The attack led to an Israeli response in which dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza were hit. Turkey’s Foreign Minister was ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Trump Says He's Not Flip-Flopping on Immigration

Trump Says He's Not Flip-Flopping on Immigration
Republican Donald Trump insists that he's not flip-flopping when it comes to his proposal to deport the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally — even though his new campaign manager now says his stance is "to be determined." Trump said in an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday that he's "not flip-flopping," but wants to come up with "a really fair, but firm" solution. Trump had previously proposed using a "deportation force" to remove the 11 million ...
(2 opinions  |   August 22 )

WATCH: Powell Says Clinton Camp Trying To 'Pin It On Me'

Colin Powell is pushing back on reports suggesting that he might have given Hillary Clinton the idea to use a private email account as Secretary of State, telling media outlets that "her people are trying to pin it on me."
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Seforim in Review - Sichos Rav Shlomo Hoffman zt"l

Seforim in Review - Sichos Rav Shlomo Hoffman zt
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times One of the most remarkable Mussar Seforim that has emerged in recent years is entitled, “Sichos im HaRav Shlomo Hoffman” – no relation to this reviewer. In the month and a half that the sefer has been on the market, it has sold an astounding 7000 plus copies - something unheard of in recent times. The sefer is filled with such profound insights and wisdom, that it is this author’s view that the sefer should be required reading in ...
(2 opinions  |   August 22 )

Maale Adumim: Police Stop Of Sedan For 5 With A Chareidi Family Of 10 Inside

Maale Adumim: Police Stop Of Sedan For 5 With A Chareidi Family Of 10 Inside
Police in Maale Adumim stopped a vehicle for inspection that appears somewhat overcrowded. The vehicle, which legally holds five, was carrying ten persons; a chareidi family of eight children. Needless to say no one was belted in or in a car seat. The car stop occurred on Sunday morning 17 Menachem Av. Police report the oldest child was 15. The occupants of the vehicle were ordered out of the car and the driver was summoned for a hearing for transporting an unlawful number of passengers in ...
(6 opinions  |   August 22 )

Army's Handling of Bergdahl Case Highlights Upcoming Hearing

Army's Handling of Bergdahl Case Highlights Upcoming Hearing
Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will try to convince a judge this week that the U.S. military has mishandled its prosecution of the soldier on charges that he deserted his post in Afghanistan. Among the issues being considered during pretrial hearings is whether Gen. Robert B. Abrams faced improper conflicts when he referred Bergdahl for a general court-martial rather than a lower-level prosecution. Defense attorneys argue that Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 22 )

Tel Aviv High School To Offer Smartphone Repair As A Major

Tel Aviv High School To Offer Smartphone Repair As A Major
Tel Aviv’s Dov Hoz School in the coming school year will offer a new major, smartphone repair which will also include tablets and electronic game consoles. The number of Israelis with at least one smartphone continues to increase and this brings new realities and opportunities with it, including the new major in the Tel Aviv high school. The course will be available from 10th to 12th grade and upon successful completion the students will receive certification from the Ministry of the ...
(1 opinions  |   August 22 )