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Humanitarian Pesach Pack: 100 tons of Matzah to Ukraine

Humanitarian Pesach Pack: 100 tons of Matzah to Ukraine
Humanitarian Pesach preparations: in the last few days, a shipment of over hundred tons of matzos was dispatched by Chabad shluchim to about 100 thousand needy Jews across the former Soviet Union. This was the initiative of Lev Leviev, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC), and Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). Chief Rabbi and Chabad emissary of Donetsk, Pinchas Vishedski: "Besides the matzos serving as ...
(1 opinions  |   April 01 )

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges
Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday. The New Jersey Democrat, an influential voice on foreign policy, was accused of using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor who provided him with trips aboard his luxury jet. The indictment from a federal grand jury in New Jersey charged the senator with 14 counts, including bribery and ...
(1 opinions  |   April 01 )

VIDEO: Swastikas Drawn on Midwood Apartment Door

VIDEO: Swastikas Drawn on Midwood Apartment Door
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Police say four swastikas were found drawn on the door of a Midwood apartment. The victim says he spotted the symbols early Monday morning at his 505 Elmwood Ave. residence. He says it appears that someone used a black marker to draw the swastikas. There are surveillance cameras on first floor on the building and inside the elevator, according the victim's brother. He says he hopes the footage can lead to whoever is responsible. The victim says that he is ...
(1 opinions  |   April 01 )

MK Porush Meets with the Boyaner Rebbe after Years of Disconnect

MK Porush Meets with the Boyaner Rebbe after Years of Disconnect
After not communicating for seven years, MK Meir Porush on Tuesday 11 Nissan visited the Boyaner Rebbe Shlita. Porush, who heads the Shlomei Emunim faction, met in the rebbe’s home, a meeting that some are calling historic. Prior to the disagreement, Porush was a “ben bayis” in the Boyaner Court and known to be very close to the rebbe, who is a member of the Agudas Yisrael Torah Council. The split between the two was a result of the Betar Illit elections seven years ago. As is known, ...
(4 opinions  |   April 01 )

Lakewood: Important Information For Erev Pesach From Lakewood Police Chief Rob Lawson

Lakewood: Important Information For Erev Pesach From Lakewood Police Chief Rob Lawson
Chief Rob Lawson of the Lakewood Police Department gave YWN the following information concerning the upcoming yom tov. Chometz drop off starts at 8:00am on Thursday, April 2, until Friday, April 3 until noon and it will be at the following locations: 1. John Patrick Park 1000 Vine Street by the baseball parking lot. 2. Sunset Road Playground 3. Old DPW Site 9th Street- Parking lot. 4. Forest Avenue- Between 9th and 10th Street 5. West Gate- Hillside Blvd. 6. John Franklin Public ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Oneg Shabbos V'yom Tov: Making Yom Tov Happen. One Box At A Time

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Oneg Shabbos V'yom Tov: Making Yom Tov Happen. One Box At A Time
Giving. It’s an art practiced throughout the ages, mastered by us Yidden in the tremendous acts of Kimcha D'pischa which are escalated during the pre Pesach preparations. Greatness is evident in the form of a modern day Kimcha D'pischa pedestrian promenade, where over 10,000 needy families are provided with Pesach provisions with no cost to them. Rechov Shmuel Hanavi, situated in Yerushalayim's Shivtei Yisroel area, is transformed into an open air distribution .market, combining the ...
(1 opinions  |   April 01 )

17 Point Checklist for Pesach

17 Point Checklist for Pesach
[by Rabbi Yair Hoffman] As a general rule, it is best to prepare things before the Seder begins – even if it is completely permitted to prepare them on Shabbos itself. The Mishna Brurah explains that this is in order not to have delays within the Seder (MB 472:1). ____1. Prepare the Haggados that you and those present will be using. ____2. Prepare the Matzos. This includes 3 whole Shmurah Matzos and the cover. If a piece is broken, you can burn the edge on the gas stove and it is ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

Edelstein Elected to a Second Term as Knesset Speaker

Edelstein Elected to a Second Term as Knesset Speaker
The 120 Members of Knesset of the 20th Knesset took their oath of office on Tuesday, 11 Nissan. The plenum also voted to appoint Speaker Yuli Edelstein for a second term. 103 MKs voted in favor, seven abstained, and there was one lone vote opposed. This was Likud Minister Silvan Shalom, who apparently pushed the incorrect button. Shalom realized his error immediately following the vote, resulting laughter in the plenum. Needless to say, Shalom apologized to Speaker Edelstein, assuring him ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

Op-Ed By Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Hillary: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

Op-Ed By Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Hillary: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
The proposed U.S. deal with Iran would give the largest terror state in the world the ability to create nuclear weapons. Consequently columnists, clergy, military experts and world leaders are all weighing in on the possibilities. Let there be no question: The range of potential scenarios differs greatly, depending upon your vantage point. For instance, while Israel fears the possibility of a nuclear attack and the annihilation (G-d forbid) of millions of its citizens, the Saudis are more ...
(7 opinions  |   April 01 )

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Uses Opening of 20th Knesset to Send Warning Regarding Iran

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Uses Opening of 20th Knesset to Send Warning Regarding Iran
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] In his address at the 20th Knesset swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, 11 Nissan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the forum to send yet another message regarding Iran as a US-brokered deal appears imminent. Excerpt from PM Netanyahu's Speech at the Opening of the 20th Knesset "The greatest threat to our security and to our future was and remains Iran's effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons. The agreement being formulated in Lausanne paves the way to ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

NJ Orthodox Jewish Assemblyman Gary Schaer Introduces Bill to Accommodate Religious Beliefs When Autopsies are Required

NJ Orthodox Jewish Assemblyman Gary Schaer Introduces Bill to Accommodate Religious Beliefs When Autopsies are Required
Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer has introduced legislation to ensure that any autopsy that must be performed in New Jersey is done so while recognizing the religious beliefs of the deceased and their families. “Certain religions view an internal examination as invasive and would object to its use during an autopsy. This bill would also take into account the timeframe for burial required by certain religions,” said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Our intention is to accommodate the needs of the ...
(2 opinions  |   April 01 )

VIDEO: Korban Pesach Training by the Temple Institute

VIDEO: Korban Pesach Training by the Temple Institute
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Temple Institute has released a video of a Korban Pesach practice event in preparation for the Pesach. The Temple Institute’s “Kohanim Training Academy” a division of the organization that teaches and prepares Kohanim for the Beis Hamikdash avoda organized the event, which was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years. In the video, viewers can see Kohanim in their white uniforms preparing ...
(2 opinions  |   April 01 )

NYC Officials Cheer $3 Billion Federal Grant For Sandy Aid

NYC Officials Cheer $3 Billion Federal Grant For Sandy Aid
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Chuck Schumer praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency for authorizing $3 billion in federal funding to repair and protect city housing developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy. It is the largest single block grant in the agency’s history. The money will used at 33 developments damaged by the 2012 storm. Many of those suffered basement flooding which damaged boilers and electrical and mechanical equipment, leaving some buildings without ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 01 )

Family Asks People To Donate To 'Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund'

Family Asks People To Donate To 'Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund'
The Sassoon family tells YWN that an official fund has been established for all those who wish to donate in the memory of the seven children who were tragically killed in the fire last week. The fund is called the "Sassoon Children Memorial Education Fund". The family of the fire victims have established a charitable fund that will assist parents struggling under extreme financial burden with Yeshiva tuition. The Sassoon Children Memorial Fund has no overhead or expenses and will be guided ...
(1 opinions  |   April 01 )