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Police Remove Controversial Har Habayis Sign Amid Threat of Petition to High Court

Police Remove Controversial Har Habayis Sign Amid Threat of Petition to High Court
Visitors to Har Habayis on Monday 16 Elul were surprised to see a new sign in place posted by Israel Police stating clearly visits to the holy site must be arranged in advance. The sign instructs one to make arrangements between 15:00-19:00. Visits will take place between 07:30-11:00 and 13:30 – 14:30. Some believed the sign may pertain to groups but they soon learned police intended this for all Jewish visitors to the holy site. Har Habayis activist Gilad Hadari threatened police to ...
(3 opinions  |   September 01 )

Recap of Jenin Operation During the Night

Recap of Jenin Operation During the Night
IDF soldiers during the night operated in Jenin in an effort to arrest suspected terrorists. According to the IDF Spokesman, the primary targeted by arch terrorist Bassam Saadi, a senior commander in the Islamic Jihad in Yehuda and Shomron who was released from an Israeli prison in 2011. One member of the Yomam counter-terrorism unit was moderately wounded by mistaken Israeli fire. At least five terrorists were wounded in the operation. Initial report stated the force was fired upon but the ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 01 )

Degel Leaders Meet to Discuss Concerns Surrounding Chilul Shabbos

Degel Leaders Meet to Discuss Concerns Surrounding Chilul Shabbos
Leaders of the Degel Hatorah faction of Yahadut Hatorah convened in party headquarters in Bnei Brak on Sunday evening 15 Elul along with rabbonim shlita affiliated with the party. Taking part in the meeting were HaGaon HaRav Nosson Zuchovsky and HaGaon HaRav Yosef Efrati, members of the party’s leadership. The rabbonim spoke of the need of strengthen educational institutions affiliated with Degel. They also brought a bracha to the forum from Gedolei Yisrael Shlita. They discussed the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Tubman, Susan B. Anthony Win Support for Redesigned $10 Bill

Tubman, Susan B. Anthony Win Support for Redesigned $10 Bill
Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a redesigned $10 bill during a town hall meeting with U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton also had support as Rios took suggestions and answered questions during the hourlong session inside the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, site of the first women's rights convention in 1848. The chapel is now part of the Women's Rights National Historical ...
(4 opinions  |   August 31 )

Jerusalem: Chareidim Opposed to City Bike Rental Program

Jerusalem: Chareidim Opposed to City Bike Rental Program
It may be that the next battle of the chareidi tzibur pertaining to chilul Shabbos in Jerusalem surrounds a plan to bring bicycle rentals to the city. The program would mimic the Tel-O-Fun program in Tel Aviv or the citibike program in NYC. According to City Hall’s plan, the bikes would be available in the center of the city in addition to some of its neighborhoods and it would be available all week, including Shabbos. Chareidi city councilmen oppose the plan which they insist will bring ...
(4 opinions  |   August 31 )

George W. Bush Nervous About Post-9/11 World Series Pitch

George W. Bush Nervous About Post-9/11 World Series Pitch
Former President George W. Bush says he was really nervous before throwing out a post-9/11 first pitch during the 2001 World Series Bush on Sunday night was at his presidential center in suburban Dallas for a screening of the ESPN Films "30 for 30" feature called "First Pitch." The documentary will debut Sept. 11, the 14th anniversary of the deadly attacks. Bush wore a bulletproof vest when he threw a strike before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series between New York and the Arizona ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Arabs Make Off with Horses from Tapuach

Arabs Make Off with Horses from Tapuach
Two horses in the Shomron community of Tapuach were stolen last Shabbos, 14 Elul. The thieves reportedly came from the nearby Arab village of Yasuf. According to the report, a short time after discovering the theft a number of residents of Tapuach went to Yasuf and set up a stone checkpoint and began questioning residents regarding the stolen horses. Walla News reports that according to the Arab villagers, the Tapuach residents manned the checkpoint for two hours and then IDF soldiers ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

Legal Experts See No Criminal Trouble For Clinton Thus Far

Legal Experts See No Criminal Trouble For Clinton Thus Far
Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action against Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with now-classified information sent over unsecure email while she was secretary of state, based on the public evidence thus far. Some Republicans, including leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, have called Clinton's actions criminal and compared her situation to that of David Petraeus, the former CIA director who was prosecuted for giving top ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Police Discover an Illegal Tunnel Next to Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem

Police Discover an Illegal Tunnel Next to Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem
Jerusalem police received a report on Monday, 16 Elul from a resident of the eastern capital who claimed there is ongoing digging at his neighbor’s home. Police were sent to investigate and to their surprise, they discovered a 30 meter deep hole in the yard of the neighbor. According to the preliminary findings at the scene, an elderly woman who lives on Nur el-Din Street near the Rockefeller Museum explained that a number of months ago, she was approached by a number of people who ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

New York: School's Open - Drive Carefully Campaign Begins September 2, 2015

New York: School's Open - Drive Carefully Campaign Begins September 2, 2015
New York State Police Major Regan urges everyone to support the AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school. AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. The campaign begins September 2, 2015 and runs through October ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Black Man Fatally Shoots Texas Sheriff In Possible #BlackLivesMatter Incident

Black Man Fatally Shoots Texas Sheriff In Possible #BlackLivesMatter Incident
Shannon J. Miles is charged with fatally shooting a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy in an attack the sheriff said was possibly fueled by rising tensions linked to the Black Lives Matter movement. A guide to key aspects of the case: ——— THE SLAYING Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, a Harris County deputy for 10 years, was filling his patrol car Friday evening at a gas station in Cypress, a suburb northwest of Houston, when he was gunned down. Miles, who is black, allegedly walked up ...
(4 opinions  |   August 31 )

Federman Indicted Based On B'Tselem Video

Federman Indicted Based On B'Tselem Video
Hebron area resident and right-wing activist Noam Federman has been indicted for damaging Arab vehicles and property. Federman, a resident of Federman Farm in Kiryat Arba, was videoed by activists of the left-wing B’Tselem organization as he and others damaged Arab –owned vehicles and property in retaliation for rock-throwing attacks against them. Federman told police interrogators that B’Tselem edited the video to delete the portion showing how the Jews came under attack. Federman ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

PM Okays Money for Defense But Shy on Offense Against Terror

PM Okays Money for Defense But Shy on Offense Against Terror
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his statement to the media addressed a number of current events including the sharp alarming increase in acts of terrorism in Yehuda, Shomron and Yerushalayim. Rather than speak about an offensive plan to halt or at the very least curtail the attacks, the prime minister told the press that he has met with the appropriate state officials towards financing ‘migun’ protective windows for cars that can withstand being hit with ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

NYC's First Fan: A Ballgame With Mayor Bill De Blasio

NYC's First Fan: A Ballgame With Mayor Bill De Blasio
He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned the out-of-town scoreboard to consider playoff implications. And he waited his turn in the long Citi Field men's room line, just one more fan spending a hot summer day watching the Mets and the Red Sox play. Except this fan had four bodyguards standing nearby. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to a ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Ramat Gan Mayor: Fire the Teacher Who Attacked the IDF Soldier

Ramat Gan Mayor: Fire the Teacher Who Attacked the IDF Soldier
Ramat Gan Mayor Yisrael Zinger is calling on the ORT network to fire a teacher who participated in the assault against an IDF soldier in Nabei Salah last week. In addition to the mayor’s call, some of the graduates of the school who are serving in the IDF are planning to protest outside the school if the teacher is not fired. In this case, Mayor Zinger is also head of the city’s Education Committee and he is working to get the teacher fired for her participation into the attack against ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Report: 5 Arab Administrative Prisoners Launch a Hunger Strike

Report: 5 Arab Administrative Prisoners Launch a Hunger Strike
Israel Prison Authority officials on Monday, 16 Elul report that five Arab administrative prisoners in Ketziot Prison have launched a hunger strike to protest their incarceration. The Arab media reports that five members of the Islamic Jihad imprisoned in Israel have been hunger-striking for 11 days but prison authority officials insist they only began their hunger strike on Sunday, 15 Elul. Two weeks ago the High Court of Justice suspended the administrative detention of Muhmad Alaan, who ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

Palestinian Terrorists Shot By IDF After Coming Under Fire During Arrest Operation In Jenin, 1 Israeli Policeman Wounded [UPDATED 6:12PM ET]

Palestinian Terrorists Shot By IDF After Coming Under Fire During Arrest Operation In Jenin, 1 Israeli Policeman Wounded [UPDATED 6:12PM ET]
[EARLIER UPDATES IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] UPDATE 6:12PM ET: According to additional reports, the terrorist have been shot. Is it not clear if there are casualties at this point. Additionally, it remains unclear if the injured Yamam Officer was shot by terrorists or by tragic "friendly fire" INITIAL REPORT 5:40PM ET: IDF troops conducting an arrest operation in the city of Jenin, came under fire on Monday night. In the gunfight at least six terrorists were reportedly eliminated. Multiple ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Shai Police Prepared for the Opening of the Nation's Public Schools on Sept. 1st

Shai Police Prepared for the Opening of the Nation's Public Schools on Sept. 1st
Shai (Shomron-Yehuda) Police officials report they have completed preparations for the opening of the 5776 school year on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Hundreds of police and border police will be on hand to ensure the safety of students returning to school in areas throughout Yehuda and Shomron. Police during recent weeks have taken measures towards ensuring the first day of school is uneventful. Police point out that with many parents accompanying their children on the first day of ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Need Help Building Your Sukkah? No Job is Too Big or Small for The Sukkah Builders

Need Help Building Your Sukkah? No Job is Too Big or Small for The Sukkah Builders
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Looking into hiring help with building your sukkah this year, but don’t know where to start? No one wants just any stranger in their home, especially when it comes to the only thing between you and the stars this yom tov. Don’t settle when it comes to your sukkah – this year call The Sukkah Builders. The Sukkah Builders is a very professional sukkah building business that caters to Jewish communities all over the country, and is focusing this year on the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Obama Offended By Attacks On Jews Who Back Iran Deal

Obama Offended By Attacks On Jews Who Back Iran Deal
President Barack Obama said people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's "not black enough." Obama, in an interview with the Jewish newspaper "Forward," was asked whether it hurt him personally when people say he's anti-Semitic. "Oh, of course," Obama said. "And there's not a smidgeon of evidence for it, other than the fact that there have been times when I've disagreed with a particular Israeli ...
(9 opinions  |   August 31 )

Tonight: A Seminar You Don't Want to Miss

Tonight: A Seminar You Don't Want to Miss
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  When he lived in Lakewood, very few people knew of his secret life. When he moved to Eretz Yisrael, even fewer knew of him. His cover was blown after he spoke at Google and was mentioned in Globes. Then he began a weekly column on page one of the business section of the Jerusalem Post, The Israeli’s version of the Wall Street Journal. With recent feature articles in Hamodia’s Inyan magazine and in Mishpacha, Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg’s talents and client ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Term of Acting Police Chief Sau Extended as Hirsch's Appointment May be Problematic

Term of Acting Police Chief Sau Extended as Hirsch's Appointment May be Problematic
The cabinet will extend the term of acting Israel Police Chief Bentzi Sau, who was going to step down on September 1st. Sau is expected to continue at least until mid-October. The cabinet decided to extend Sau’s term until October 14th or until a new chief is appointed. On Sunday 15 Elul, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan consulted with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein as it appears challenges to the appointment of retired IDF Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch will delay his assuming the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

NY Reports Higher Tax Collections Through July

NY Reports Higher Tax Collections Through July
New York’s comptroller reports tax revenues so far this fiscal year are nearly 10 percent higher than the same four months last year. According to the comptroller’s office, the $25.3 billion in tax receipts through July reflect stronger personal income tax collections. Comptroller Thomas DiNappoli says settlement funds have also boosted the state’s available balance at the end of July to $9.6 billion. New York has reached settlements with several major banks following state and ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

VIDEO: 77-Year-Old Driver Loses Control And Smashes into a Restaurant in Shfaram

A 77-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle on Monday 16 Elul, smashing into a restaurant in Shfaram. Miraculously, only two people were injured, both sustaining light injuries. The store is located near the Mercantile Bank in the city. Magen David Adom EMTs and paramedics responded to the scene.
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Bituach Leumi to Move Up Monthly Payments Because of Yomim Tovim

Bituach Leumi to Move Up Monthly Payments Because of Yomim Tovim
In an effort to ease the financial strain of the Tishrei Yomim Tovim, Bituach Leumi has announced it will deposit monthly payments to recipients earlier than usual. Supplemental income will be placed in banks on September 10th instead of the 14th, unemployment insurance on September 11th instead of September 17th, and senior citizen pensions, alimony, disability and other payments on September 21st instead of September 28th. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(3 opinions  |   August 31 )

After Push by Goldfeder, Health Department Announces Mosquito Spraying in Southern Queens

After Push by Goldfeder, Health Department Announces Mosquito Spraying in Southern Queens
Following multiple requests by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Howard Beach) to combat mosquito breeding and West Nile virus in communities plagued by frequent flooding and multiple abandoned properties in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has announced plans to conduct sprayings in southern Queens communities not included among scheduled sprayings. The spraying campaign, scheduled for September 1st, will include the neighborhoods of Howard ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

State Dept To Release 7,000 Pages Of Emails, 150 Redacted

State Dept To Release 7,000 Pages Of Emails, 150 Redacted
The State Department is expected to release roughly 7,000 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails later Monday, including about 150 that have been censored because they contain information that has now been deemed classified. Department officials say the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and was not identified as classified when Clinton sent or received them. All the censored information in the latest group of ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

There is Not Enough Honey in Israel Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

There is Not Enough Honey in Israel Ahead of Rosh Hashanah
Mr. Herzl Avidor, who heads Israel’s honey council, visited the President’s Residence on Sunday, 15 Elul. The president was given several varieties of honey to taste. Avidor explained to President Reuven Rivlin that there is a shortage this year ahead of Rosh Hashanah and therefore they will not meet the demand of over 3,000 tons of honey as is produced annually because of the disappearance of the bees internationally. Avidor attributes the phenomenon to indoors pests that affect the ...
(3 opinions  |   August 31 )

Passaic, NJ: Man Pleads Not Guilty to Tossing Firecrackers at Synagogue And Yelling 'Allah Akbar'

Passaic, NJ: Man Pleads Not Guilty to Tossing Firecrackers at Synagogue And Yelling 'Allah Akbar'
A northern New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he threw lit firecrackers outside a synagogue while shouting "Allahu akbar." NJ.com reports 21-year-old Rizek Musheisen, of Clifton, entered the plea Monday in state Superior Court. He faces two counts of bias intimidation. Authorities say Musheisen got out of a car in April in front of a Passaic synagogue and lit the firecrackers while yelling the Arabic phrase for "God is great." Musheisen's attorney, Harley Breite, ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Gold Hunters Blocked From Site Of Alleged Nazi Gold Train

Gold Hunters Blocked From Site Of Alleged Nazi Gold Train
Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train. The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed the authorities through their lawyers that they have found a Nazi train with armaments and valuables that reportedly went missing in the spring of 1945. Inspired by a local legend since World War ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael of Agudas Yisrael Decry Chilul Shabbos

Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael of Agudas Yisrael Decry Chilul Shabbos
The Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisrael is speaking out against the growing chilul Shabbos in Yerushalayim. The council met to discuss the troubling reality last week and the admorim shlita are speaking out to the tzibur at large due to the worrisome situation in the capital. The admorim call on the tzibur at large; 1. To refrain from supporting stores that operate on Shabbos or stores that belong to national chains operating on Shabbos even if the particular store is closed on ...
(3 opinions  |   August 31 )

British Soldier of Jewish Descent Graffitis 'Na Nach Nachman M'Uman' on Former ISIS Prison

British Soldier of Jewish Descent Graffitis 'Na Nach Nachman M'Uman' on Former ISIS Prison
The following is via OnlySimchas.com: ISIS fighters took a school fifty kilometers from their capital in Iraq and converted it to a prison. Thankfully, the school/prison was taken back by forces helping the Kurdish fighters. One of the British military men fighting with them, Button El-Gul, is of Jewish descent. He and his fighting mates successfully fought of ISIS forces who were attempting to take back the prison. And then Mr. El-Gul did something rather unique. As the picture ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

WATCH: Chief Rabbinate Council Discusses Growing Chilul Shabbos

In light of growing public chilul Shabbos around Israel, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Council on Monday 16 Elul met to discuss the matter. Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita spoke of the fact that there is increasing chilul Shabbos around the country, calling on the rabbonim to do what they can to at the very least diminish the public chilul Shabbos around the country.
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Teachers Union Right on Schedule, Threatening to Strike 1st Day of School

Teachers Union Right on Schedule, Threatening to Strike 1st Day of School
The teachers union representing teachers above elementary school is threatening to strike the opening of the school year as it does almost every year before the first day of school. The nation’s public school system begins on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Union officials on Monday, 16 Elul, announced that due to serious issues that will impact both students and teachers, it is left without an alternative and it may launch a strike after having declared a work dispute earlier. Union officials ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

Message From The US Embassy In Kiev, Ukraine To All Americans Traveling To Uman For Rosh Hashanah

Message From The US Embassy In Kiev, Ukraine To All Americans Traveling To Uman For Rosh Hashanah
Welcome to Ukraine! In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season in Uman, we ask that you take the following precautions: Defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and exercise extreme caution if planning to travel to the regions of Odessa and Kharkhiv. Russia-backed separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, establishing illegal checkpoints and threatening, detaining, and kidnapping individuals, ...
(3 opinions  |   August 31 )

Possible Biden Bid For White House Faces Rough Road

Possible Biden Bid For White House Faces Rough Road
The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper. Joe Biden may be considering whether to enter the race for president, but he sat out last week's meeting of the Democratic National Committee. In his place, backers greeted a curious few in a hotel suite 20 floors above the official gathering, handing out chocolate bars wrapped with a stylized photo of Biden behind the wheel of a convertible and an "I'm Ridin' with Biden" label. In any other year, a sitting vice president would ...
(1 opinions  |   August 31 )

District Court Compels the Beis Yaakov HaYoshon to Accept the 21 Girls

District Court Compels the Beis Yaakov HaYoshon to Accept the 21 Girls
Rav Yisrael Levine, principal of the Beis Yaakov HaYoshon was summoned to the Education Ministry for a hearing and faces harsh sanctions over his refusal to accept 21 girls assigned to the school by the city’s chareidi education unit. Taking the offensive, R’ Levine took his case to the Jerusalem District Court, seeking to plead his case in court instead in front of ministry officials. The court rejected Levine’s position and refused to issue a temporary injunction freezing the ...
(4 opinions  |   August 31 )

De Blasio Says He Won't Let NYC Quality Of Life Go Down

De Blasio Says He Won't Let NYC Quality Of Life Go Down
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of in their city. De Blasio talked about some of his administration’s accomplishments in an opinion piece published on Sunday in the Daily News. He promised he would “never allow the quality of life in New York City to erode.” The mayor has been facing a perception that the city is moving back toward the more dangerous times of previous decades. A Quinnipiac University poll early in August found an increase in the ...
(3 opinions  |   August 31 )

Many High School Girls [All Sephardim] Are Yet To Be Assigned To Schools

Many High School Girls [All Sephardim] Are Yet To Be Assigned To Schools
While officials in Betar, Yerushalayim and Elad announced they have assigned all high school girls to schools, the Ministry of Education on Monday morning 16 Elul had a different report. Actually, according to the ministry on Monday morning, 21 girls in Yerushalayim, 13 in Elad and 40 in Betar, all Sephardim, have yet to be assigned a school. The figures from the ministry contradict the statements from school officials and others. Ministry officials’ promise to continue monitoring the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 31 )

TRAGEDY: Father of Child Rejected from 1st Grade in Rechasim Takes his Own Life

TRAGEDY: Father of Child Rejected from 1st Grade in Rechasim Takes his Own Life
This tragic story began at 11:00 am on Sunday morning 15 Elul. A resident of Rechasim, a man in his 50s employed as a driver, transporting chareidi children in the city was not answering his phone. His employer continued calling but he did not respond. Calls were directed to his voice mail. As the hours passed there was growing concern for the man and a search began in an effort to locate him. Only at about 17:00 was his lifeless body found in his vehicle near a shul in Kfar Chassidim. It ...
(40 opinions  |   August 31 )

Army Searching for Missile That Fell from Apache Helicopter Over New York

Army Searching for Missile That Fell from Apache Helicopter Over New York
Officials from Fort Drum are looking for a M36 Captive Flight Training missile they lost during a flight to Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, Orange County. The device is not explosive or dangerous, the Army said. It is a “dummy” missile. According to Syracuse.com, the 100-pound inert missile was lost between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Friday. Fort Drum officials are asking for the public’s help in locating the missile. Anyone with information is asked to call their ...
(4 opinions  |   August 31 )