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Shopping Bag Tax Hurts Real New Yorkers

Shopping Bag Tax Hurts Real New Yorkers
[By  NYC Councilman David G. Greenfield] As New Yorkers, we are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it is our responsibility to keep it that way. It’s a responsibility I take seriously, both in my role as a member of the City Council and as a life-long New Yorker who was literally born, raised and currently lives with my family in the neighborhood that I am fortunate to represent in City Hall. I can understand, then, why some might be surprised by my ...
(8 opinions  |   May 05 )

Tel Aviv Beis Din Rules To Permit A Mamzeres To Marry After Amending Her Status

Tel Aviv Beis Din Rules To Permit A Mamzeres To Marry After Amending Her Status
The Tel Aviv Rabbinate Beis Din on Wednesday 26 Nissan announced a ruling to permit a mamzeres to marry. The ruling was approved by Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita. Since the case in which former Chief Rabbi Goren involving the Langer siblings, in the 1970s, batei din would avoid such cases when possible, referring them to Gedolei Hador such as HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L or HaGaon HaRav Shalom Mashash ZT”L. Presiding on the Tel Aviv Beis Din were Av Beis Din Tel Aviv ...
(13 opinions  |   May 05 )

House Bill Would Curb Regulation Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

House Bill Would Curb Regulation Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars
Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It's a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. The legislation would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive ...
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Hadar Ganim Residents Continue To Donate Blood, Collecting Over 300 Units

Hadar Ganim Residents Continue To Donate Blood, Collecting Over 300 Units
As has become the tradition twice annually, residents of the Hadar Ganim neighborhood of Petach Tikvah donated blood after Pesach. They collected over 300 units. The biannual blood drive is held after Sukkos and Pesach and hundreds take part in the event. The program sponsored by Yisrael Gutlovsky (ישראל גוטלבסקי) began in 2010 and the biannual event has already collected over 3,500 units of blood to date. The tradition continued on Tuesday night the eve of 25 Nissan, hosted ...
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Analysis: A Simple Guide To What Donald Trump Wants To Do To America

Analysis: A Simple Guide To What Donald Trump Wants To Do To America
Donald Trump now appears in line to be the Republican presidential nominee, so we can say officially what has been apparent throughout the primaries: He will enter the general election with more question marks surrounding his policy agenda than any major-party candidate in recent memory. Trump has talked vaguely - and sometimes contradictorily - about how he would govern in domestic or foreign affairs, and he has given plenty of indication that key positions could change in the months to ...
(2 opinions  |   May 05 )

Yacimovich Would Replace Shaked As Justice Minister In A Coalition Deal

Yacimovich Would Replace Shaked As Justice Minister In A Coalition Deal
Amid reports that negotiations are taking place behind the scenes towards bringing the Machane Tzioni party into the coalition, Channel 10 TV News political affairs corresponded Raviv Drucker is already assigning cabinet posts. Since the formation of this government Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has held a few cabinet posts available in the hope of bringing Machane Tzioni or Yisrael Beitenu into the coalition. Clearly he is walking a tight rope with coalition partner Bayit Yehudi and the ...
(1 opinions  |   May 05 )

Gaza Blames A Lack Of Electricity For Sewage Dumping Into The Mediterranean

Gaza Blames A Lack Of Electricity For Sewage Dumping Into The Mediterranean
Claiming it lacks sufficient electricity to operate sewage treatment plants, Gaza is now dumping sewage into the Mediterranean, a move environmental experts fear may compromise Israel’s coastline. According to a Ynet report, millions of gallon of raw sewage is being spilled into the Mediterranean daily and this has already compromised Gaza’s fresh water supply as well as its fishing industry. The report states the sewage that has accumulated has begun heading north, to the Israeli ...
(2 opinions  |   May 05 )

PM And Mrs. Netanyahu Meet With Holocaust Remembrance Day Torch Lighters

PM And Mrs. Netanyahu Meet With Holocaust Remembrance Day Torch Lighters
Ahead of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, which begins on Wednesday evening 26 Nissan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, on Tuesday evening met with the six Holocaust survivors who will light the torches at the start of the state ceremony at Yad Vashem tomorrow evening. This is the first time that the Prime Minister and his wife have held such a meeting – which was initiated by the latter – with the torch lighters. The torch lighters arrived with a ...
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IAF Targets Terrorist Objectives in Gaza Following Terrorist Rocket Fire

IAF Targets Terrorist Objectives in Gaza Following Terrorist Rocket Fire
The IDF spokesman confirmed the air force during the night targeted four terrorist objectives in northern Gaza following a day of terrorist rocket and gunfire into southern Israel. The spokesman’s statement adds the IDF will continue its operations to locate and destroy terrorist tunnels as has been ongoing in the Nachal Ohz area in recent days. The IDF holds the Hamas regime response for all cross-border attacks and emphasizes it will continue taking the necessary steps to prevent attacks ...
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VIDEO: Israel’s Ministry Of Health Launches Major Anti-Sugar Campaign

VIDEO: Israel’s Ministry Of Health Launches Major Anti-Sugar Campaign
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] While Israelis eat a great deal of fresh salads, there is no doubt that the exclusively Mediterranean diet of yesteryear is gone for many, shoved aside for a more Western menu that lacks the large quantities of fresh vegetables and olive oil that was the norm years ago. Partially to blame is the influx of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the past two decades, each populations bringing a portion of its own local cuisine along. In addition, the entry of ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

On Capitol Hill, GOP Muted a Day After Trump's Ascension

On Capitol Hill, GOP Muted a Day After Trump's Ascension
The reaction of congressional Republicans to Donald Trump's ascension ranged from subdued to silent on Wednesday, a day after the billionaire TV personality was all but anointed as the party's presidential nominee. A day after a decisive Indiana primary victory left Trump the sole GOP presidential contender standing, aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. Other ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

Report: IDF Reducing Operations In PA Autonomous Areas

Report: IDF Reducing Operations In PA Autonomous Areas
The IDF has withdrawn some forces and is reducing its activities in PA (Palestinian Authority) autonomous areas, known as area “A” in the Oslo Accords, Channel 10 TV News reported on Tuesday night the eve of 26 Nissan. This is in line with earlier report stating Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has agreed to such a move, one that leaders of communities throughout Yehuda and Shomron fear will result in increased acts of terrorism. YWN-ISRAEL recently reported that the ISA opposes such ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

Obama Drinks Filtered City Water In Flint To Show It's Safe

Obama Drinks Filtered City Water In Flint To Show It's Safe
Showing support for the beleaguered residents of Flint, Michigan, President Barack Obama drank filtered city water on Wednesday to show that it is again safe following a lead-contamination crisis. After officials briefed Obama on the federal government's response to the contamination, a reporter asked if he would drink the water in a glass on the table. The president said he usually avoids publicity stunts. But he took a drink, saying he wanted to show the water must be safe if he's drinking ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

BREAKING: Missing Lakewood Man With Alzheimer’s Has Been Found!

BREAKING: Missing Lakewood Man With Alzheimer’s Has Been Found!
The search for an 82-year-old man with Alzheimer’s from Lakewood has ended, and the man has been reunited with his family. According to TLS, the man, a Lakewood resident, was last seen at the Walmart in Howell NJ on Tuesday. He reportedly got into a 2008 White Hyundai Sonata at approximately 12:15PM, and drove away in an unknown direction. This vehicle does not belong to him. It was a random vehicle parked in the lot. A search was launched, and on Wednesday afternoon, the vehicle ...
(2 opinions  |   May 04 )

VIDEO: Man Robs $3,500 From Mekor Judaica Store In Flatbush

VIDEO: Man Robs $3,500 From Mekor Judaica Store In Flatbush
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A man managed to steal around $3,000 in cash from Mekor Judaica in Flatbush, Wednesday morning. A spokesperson for Flatbush Shomrim tells YWN that the suspect entered the store located at 1973 Coney Island Avenue near Avenue P, at around 10:00AM. The suspect went into an office in the store, and rummaged through the desk drawers looking for money. Eventually, the man went through a jacket pocket hanging in the office, and found an envelope of cash. He ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 04 )

Nadav Argaman To Assume Command Of The Shin Bet

Nadav Argaman To Assume Command Of The Shin Bet
The change of command in the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) is already underway as Nadav Argaman will soon become the agency’s 13th director, replacing Yoram Cohen, who completes a five-year term. Argaman, 55, a veteran of the organization reportedly played a role in many major operations. He worked his way up the ranks and in 2003, he became chief of operations. in 2007 he moved to the USA to serve as the ISA attaché. He also served as deputy director and then he moved to the ...
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Fed Policy Isn't Luring More Americans To The Workforce Just Yet

Fed Policy Isn't Luring More Americans To The Workforce Just Yet
The rebound in the labor force participation rate could be counted among the Federal Reserve's biggest victories in recent history. The 2.4 million net additions to the labor force since the participation rate troughed in September constitutes the biggest six-month percentage gain since 1984, Societe Generale senior U.S. economist Omair Sharif notes. The resurgence stands in stark contrast to the longstanding labor market trends that have defined this recovery. The halving in the ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 04 )

VIDEO: Yisrael Beitenu Party Leader Attacks PM Netanyahu Again

VIDEO: Yisrael Beitenu Party Leader Attacks PM Netanyahu Again
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] It has become an almost weekly event, with opposition MK Yisrael Beitenu party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman launching a ferocious verbal assault against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Lieberman, who served as Foreign Minister in the previous administration, has become an vocal member of the opposition in this administration, constantly criticizing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his policies. In the latest attack Lieberman angrily referenced yet ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 04 )

1000s Of Jerusalem Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim Talmidim Visit The North Before Returning To School

1000s Of Jerusalem Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim Talmidim Visit The North Before Returning To School
Over 4,000 Talmidim who attended Yeshivas Ben Hazmanim in Yerushalayim on Tuesday 25 Nissan took part in a trip to the north before returning to school. They visited the Upper Galil and Golan Heights. The height of the trip was a visit to Kever Rashbi in Meron where a large kenos was held in the presence of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita, head of Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael. Council member Rabbi David Yosef Shlita also took part in the event as did Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Tzvika Cohen ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 04 )

WATCH: Hillary Clinton Calls Donald Trump 'Is A Loose Cannon'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump "is a loose cannon" when it comes to policy issues.
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

Op-Ed: What Trump Must Overcome To Beat Clinton

Op-Ed: What Trump Must Overcome To Beat Clinton
In the last four presidential elections, the Republican nominee has never won less than 90 percent of the Republican vote. Republicans won the popular vote only one of those times, in 2004, and when they did they carried 93 percent of Republican voters. Donald Trump has defied the odds before, but they are against his achieving this degree of party unity. Trump has won more primary votes than any previous nominee, and he is going to add to that number in the weeks to come. But he will also ...
(3 opinions  |   May 04 )

JUST IN: NYPD Arrest Suspect For Forcibly Touching Young Hasidic Female In Williamsburg Grocery Store

JUST IN: NYPD Arrest Suspect For Forcibly Touching Young Hasidic Female In Williamsburg Grocery Store
The New York City Police Department has just made an arrest in regards to a "forcible touching incident" that occurred in Williamsburg. Police told YWN that that on Monday, May, 2,2016, at 5:30PM, the victim a 7-year-old female was inside a Frum grocery - the Southside Food Plaza - located at 428 Bedford Avenue when the suspect individual grabbed her inappropriately. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction. Thankfully, after hard work by the NYPD' Special Victims ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 04 )

Four Israeli Trekkers Mistakenly Enter PA Village Near Tekoa

Four Israeli Trekkers Mistakenly Enter PA Village Near Tekoa
Four trekkers who were hiking from Ashdod to the Dead Sea mistakenly found themselves in a PA (Palestinian Authority) autonomous area, which is off limits to Israelis. As per the Oslo Agreements and regulations set into place as a result, Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering into areas that are under the exclusive control of the PA, known as area “A”. The four set out from Efrat in the morning and walked towards Nachal Tekoa but veered from their path. Once they realized the ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

Giuliani, Carson, Christie, in Trump Cabinet?

Giuliani, Carson, Christie, in Trump Cabinet?
Donald Trump is revealing some possible Cabinet picks if he's elected president. In an interview with Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor," the presumptive GOP nominee says he'd consider naming former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani secretary of homeland security, Gov. Chris Christie attorney general and Dr. Ben Carson secretary of health and human services. He says he has not made final decisions, "but certainly they would three very wise choices." Trump also said Carson is not ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

Rav Shlomo Amar Comes To The Defense Of Recalcitrant Husband's Father-In-Law

Rav Shlomo Amar Comes To The Defense Of Recalcitrant Husband's Father-In-Law
The Tel Aviv Beis Din convened on Wednesday, 26 Nissan in the case of an agunah and her imprisoned father-in-law. Back in March 2016, YWN-ISRAEL reported on an unprecedented move by the beis din, as it decided to imprison the recalcitrant husband’s father for continuing to instruct his son not to give his agunah wife a get. Av Beis Din Dayan Rav Shlomo Stessman Shlita called this case “cruel and among the more difficult agunah cases being addressed.” The father-in-law was represented ...
(4 opinions  |   May 04 )

PHOTOS: Hundreds Visit The Kever Yehoshua Bin Nun

PHOTOS: Hundreds Visit The Kever Yehoshua Bin Nun
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Hundreds of mispallalim arrived at the tziyun of Yehoshua bin Nun on the eve of the yahrzeit, Tuesday night the eve of 26 Nissan. The kever is located in the Shomron, near Ariel, in the Arab village of Kifl Haris. The "אגודת יסוד עולם" organization has been meeting with relevant IDF officials in recent days to arrange for the mispallalim to visit the tziyun with authorization and IDF escort. The approval was given and area brigade commander, ...
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WATCH: John Kasich Speech As He Drops Out Of The 2016 Presidential Race

Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president of the United States on Wednesday.
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US Judge: Clinton May Be Ordered To Testify In Records Case

US Judge: Clinton May Be Ordered To Testify In Records Case
A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan signed an order granting a request from the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch to question six current and former State Department staffers about the creation and purpose of the private email system. Those on the ...
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'Giving Honor' To Our Holocaust Survivors Everyday

'Giving Honor' To Our Holocaust Survivors Everyday
One of United Hatzalah’s community outreach programs is geared to specifically serving the elderly community in Israel, among whom are the many holocaust survivors who live among us. The ‘Giving Honor’ project is an initiative of the organization to reach out and help the elderly monitor and maintain their health as they continue to age. At least once a week, United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs, paramedics and doctors pays a house call to an elderly person or holocaust survivor who lives on ...
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NATO Welcomes Israel After Turkey Removes Veto

NATO Welcomes Israel After Turkey Removes Veto
Israel has been given the green light to open offices in the NATO Brussel’s Headquarters following years of delay caused by Turkey’s veto of the move. This has been confirmed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during a Likud faction meeting in Knesset. It is explained that while Israel is not a NATO member, Jerusalem maintains good ties with the international organization. The move has been blocked for a number of years by Turkey, using its veto power during a period in which relations ...
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Air Bag Inflator Recall To Grow By 35 Million To 40 Million

Air Bag Inflator Recall To Grow By 35 Million To 40 Million
Takata has agreed to recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history. The recall expansion would bring to as many as 69 million the total number of inflators to be replaced, a task that will take until the end of 2019 to complete, according to a statement Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Takata air bag inflators can explode with too ...
(2 opinions  |   May 04 )

Gafne Would Be Pleased To Part Ways With Bayit Yehudi

Gafne Would Be Pleased To Part Ways With Bayit Yehudi
As some Likud officials have confirmed talks are ongoing between the party and the Machane Tzioni party towards bringing the latter into the coalition, Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett, who represents eight coalition seats, has already threatened to leave the coalition if Machane Tzioni enters. However, one should realize if Machane Tzioni does reach a deal to enter the coalition, and Bayit Yehudi leaves, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will still be in a stronger coalition since ...
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The White House Has Some Unexpected Ideas About Reducing Crime

The White House Has Some Unexpected Ideas About Reducing Crime
Despite increasing scrutiny from the press and a bipartisan shift away from tough-on-crime policies, America's police still have an ally in the Oval Office. President Obama has long had nice words for law enforcement in his speeches, even as he has addressed cases of alleged police brutality and called for reforms to the criminal-justice system. "Murderers, predators, rapists, gang leaders, drug kingpins -- we need some of those folks behind bars," Obama said to applause at the NAACP's ...
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Rav Igra Will Not Back Dayanim Who Identify With Tzohar Rabbonim

Rav Igra Will Not Back Dayanim Who Identify With Tzohar Rabbonim
Rabbi Ariel Igra, a son of Dayan Rav Eliezer Igra Shlita, who was appointed to the Chief Rabbinate Supreme Beis Din this week, announced his father would not be backing rabbonim who identify with Tzohar Rabbonim. The appointment of Rabbi Igra, who is a member of the dati leumi community, worried some who feared his hashkafa might be aligned with the liberal dati leumi stream. Rabbi Ariel Igra, the mora d’asra of Yishuv Shlumit, explained that while his father identifies with the dati leumi ...
(1 opinions  |   May 04 )

This Is How Media Around The World Reacted To 'Madman' Trump's Victory

This Is How Media Around The World Reacted To 'Madman' Trump's Victory
After his decisive triumph over Sen. Ted Cruz in Indiana on Tuesday, Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee in this year's presidential election. And the rest of the world is aghast at the brash mogul's rise. "The specter of a contested convention fell away and the Republican primary was a one-man show," wrote Guardian columnist Lucia Graves. "A big, orange, frightening one-man show." The new reality is still sinking in. "So this Wednesday morning, Europe wakes up to Donald ...
(3 opinions  |   May 04 )

Israeli Imprisoned In Syria For Spying For Israel Released

Israeli Imprisoned In Syria For Spying For Israel Released
Barjes Awidat, a 47-year-old member of Israel’s Druse community, a resident of Majdal Shams, was released from a Syrian prison earlier this week after serving a 12-year sentence for espionage. Awidat was found guilty of spying for Israel. He was released in Suweida, a Druse city in Syria where he was waiting for arrangements to permit his return home. Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation (Likud) Ayoub Kara was working to expedite his return. Awidat was a dental student in Syria. One ...
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Mass Causality Incident In Lakewood, After High CO Readings Found In Yeshiva Building; Dozens Of Children Being Evaluated

Mass Causality Incident In Lakewood, After High CO Readings Found In Yeshiva Building; Dozens Of Children Being Evaluated
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A large response of emergency personnel are on the scene in Lakewood after high CO readings were found in a Yeshiva Building south of County Line Road, right next door to Noam Lane. Lakewood Hatzolah, Lakewood EMS, the Fire Department as well as the Lakewood Police Department are all on the scene and evaluating more than 100 people. The building houses a Yeshiva Gedolah, which is currently off due to Bain Hazmanim, but there are playgroups which rent space ...
(36 opinions  |   May 04 )

Haifa: Court Rejects Request For A Restraining Order Against HKBH

Haifa: Court Rejects Request For A Restraining Order Against HKBH
Hearing the case was Justice Ahsan Knaan who heard what 64-year-old David Shushan had to say. “I have been complaining to Israel Police against HKBH for three years. Police visited me some ten times in the past three years. He [HKBH] has begun to act very harshly towards me”. Police were frustrated as the complaints and calls continued, until Shushan was advised to take out a restraining order against HKBH to distance him. The court understood who was standing before it, adding the ...
(7 opinions  |   May 04 )