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Defense Minister Lieberman Extends IDF Chief Of Staff's Tenure

Defense Minister Lieberman Extends IDF Chief Of Staff's Tenure
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in consultation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to extend the tenure of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott. In line with the norm, the IDF serves a four-year term and that term is generally extended for a fifth year. The decision will be brought to the cabinet at the weekly meeting on Sunday, 24 Teves. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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The JWE Announces Fourth Annual Women's Business Conference

The JWE Announces Fourth Annual Women's Business Conference
The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur (JWE) is thrilled to announce its 4th Annual Business Conference. We expect this year’s event to be the most successful one yet, bringing Jewish businesswomen together from around the country. The conference will take place Sunday, February 12th at the Conference Center at 111 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830. The JWE conference is an unparalleled opportunity for Jewish businesswomen to learn, access industry leaders and JWE mentors, and network in an ...
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Listeria Alert For Frozen Packages Of Shufersal Carrots And Peas

Listeria Alert For Frozen Packages Of Shufersal Carrots And Peas
A recall has been issued amid a fear of listeria infection in bags of frozen carrots & peas under the Shufersal label. This refers to 800 gram bags with the barcode 7296073224907, manufactured by Ardo and bearing an expiration date of 07/2018. The Health Ministry notice adds that anyone who has purchased the product is entitled to a refund. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Mideast Expects Big Changes Under Trump

Mideast Expects Big Changes Under Trump
Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances. Syria is the foremost test of Trump's promise of a return to a hard-headed realpolitik and could quickly show whether America is truly abandoning promotion of democracy and the rule of law in a way that could reshape much of the ...
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REMINDER: Highway 1 Closure From Thursday Night To Friday Morning

REMINDER: Highway 1 Closure From Thursday Night To Friday Morning
Portions of Highway 1, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway will shut down beginning Thursday night the eve of 22 Teves from 10:00PM until Friday morning at 10:00AM to permit opening the new Harel Tunnel. At 10:00PM Thursday night, the highway will close from Shar HaGai to Sakharov in the direction of Jerusalem and from Sakharov to Chemed Interchange in the direction of Tel Aviv. This means that vehicles on Route 3 will be blocked at Latrun to Highway 1 towards the capital. From Route 38 (Beit ...
(1 opinions  |   January 19 )

Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options If Trump Axes Nuke Deal

Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options If Trump Axes Nuke Deal
Iran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers. Despite "grievances" that Iran has over the pact made with the current U.S. government, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran still believes it should be honored. "Whatever he does to the nuclear deal, we are not worried because we have our own options. But we believe it's in the interest of everybody to stick ...
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Councilman Deutsch Writes Obama Letter Asking For Rubashkin Pardon

Councilman Deutsch Writes Obama Letter Asking For Rubashkin Pardon
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that he had commutated the sentences of 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others. I was dismayed to see that Sholom Rubashkin’s name was not among those issued clemency. In response, I prepared a letter with several of my colleagues to the President as a last ditch effort to ask for his compassion for Mr. Rubashkin, a 51 year old father of ten children who was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Mr. Rubashkin has already served seven years for his ...
(12 opinions  |   January 19 )

A Baby… In Exchange For A Crib

A Baby… In Exchange For A Crib
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Thousands of women around the world are dying to have a baby…Unfortunately, thousands of women would rather their unborn babies die—because they can’t afford bringing them to term. When Sarah was pregnant, she could barely afford rent—not to mention all the baby supplies she’d need once her baby was born. Eventually, things became so bad that she considered aborting her pregnancy. "How could I bring a child into this world without being able to ...
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Agudath Israel Welcomes Florida Supreme Court Vindication of Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Agudath Israel Welcomes Florida Supreme Court Vindication of Scholarship Tax Credit Program
Agudath Israel of America, a longtime supporter of Florida's scholarship tax credit program, welcomed the Florida Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday which upheld the dismissal of a teachers' union lawsuit and refused to hear the appeal. "Exactly one year since the historic 11,000 person rally in Tallahassee with Martin Luther King III, Florida's students were once again vindicated by the courts," said Agudath Israel's Florida director, Rabbi Moshe Matz. "More than 95,000 low-income students, ...
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Carter Tells AP More US Troops Will Not Fix Iraq or Syria

Carter Tells AP More US Troops Will Not Fix Iraq or Syria
Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview. Speaking from his Pentagon office overlooking the Potomac River on Wednesday, Carter said he favors looking for ways to speed up the counter-IS campaign, which administration critics ...
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WATCH: Lindsey Graham Says If Trump Forgives Putin, It Screams Weakness

Tucker Carlson challenges South Carolina senator and former presidential candidate on his stance on Russia as he calls on the President-elect to take a hard line against Putin for trying to undermine democracies in the US and everywhere.
(2 opinions  |   January 19 )

PHOTOS: Smuggling Continues In Israel's Ketziot Prison

PHOTOS: Smuggling Continues In Israel's Ketziot Prison
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] MK Basel Ghattas is about to be indicted for allegedly smuggling mobile phones and components to terrorists imprisoned in Israel Ketziot Prison. Ghattas has given up his parliamentary immunity and is banned from Knesset, waiting for the indictment. A surprise search of the prison has revealed two working mobile phones, three chargers, and eight homemade knives hidden in a wall. In addition, security officials found two SIM cards and earphones along with an ...
(2 opinions  |   January 19 )

Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Changed the Presidency

Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Changed the Presidency
Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his surprise election as the nation's 45th president, Trump has violated decades of established diplomatic protocol, sent shockwaves through business boardrooms, tested long-standing ethics rules and continued his combative style of replying to any slight with a personal attack — on Twitter and ...
(9 opinions  |   January 19 )

Yerushalayim: The City That Boasts The Richest History In The World Merom Yerushalayim: Its Most Unique Project

Yerushalayim: The City That Boasts The Richest History In The World  Merom Yerushalayim: Its Most Unique Project
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] By: Shiffy Friedman Meah Shearim. Yemin Moshe. The Old City. The mere mention of the Holy City’s different neighborhoods generates a vibration of awe and longing for Jews around the world. This densely populated city, the crown of our world, is composed of a potpourri of eclectic areas, some old, some new, each with its unique flavor that pulls at the heart. Mazel tov, Yerushalayim! At the start of 2017, a new jewel has made its appearance on the Jerusalem ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 19 )

Teach NYS Praises Gov. Cuomo's FY 2017-2018 Budget Proposal

Teach NYS Praises Gov. Cuomo's FY 2017-2018 Budget Proposal
Teach NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union, praises Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal today for including increased funding for nonpublic schools. Teach NYS also urges the governor to go one step further by supporting an inclusive STEM program for all students. In last year's budget, Teach NYS successfully advocated for millions of dollars in aid for nonpublic schools to make sure every child has access to a safe and quality education. Gov. Cuomo’s preliminary 2017 budget calls for ...
(1 opinions  |   January 19 )

Trump's Treasury Pick Facing Criticism Over Foreclosures

Trump's Treasury Pick Facing Criticism Over Foreclosures
Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Stephen Mnuchin, built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor. But one of those investments has put him in the crosshairs of Democrats as he heads into his confirmation hearing Thursday: sub-prime mortgage lender IndyMac bank. Mnuchin, who served as Trump's finance chairman during the campaign, has defended his role in the purchase of the failed bank, whose collapse in 2008 was the second biggest bank failure of the ...
(1 opinions  |   January 19 )

30 Missing in Central Italy Avalanche That Buries Hotel

30 Missing in Central Italy Avalanche That Buries Hotel
Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no sign of life in the building even though two survivors found outside said more than 30 people had been in it when the snow struck. As heavy vehicles tried to reach the Hotel Rigopiano to help with the rescue, criticism mounted over the response to the four quakes, one a magnitude 5.7, and days of unusually heavy snowfall that have blanketed the region. ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 19 )

Inaugural Crowds Sure To Be Huge - But How Huge?

Inaugural Crowds Sure To Be Huge - But How Huge?
Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president. Exactly how many people actually show up for both events will likely never be known. Counting the number of people at major public events is as much art as science, and there will be no official tally of how many people attend either Friday's inaugural festivities or the Women's March ...
(6 opinions  |   January 19 )

Open O'ers and the Siddur

Open O'ers and the Siddur
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times "Open O’ers? What is that?" We will get that, but first a piece about the Tefilah of HaNosain Teshu’ah, then a bit of news. The prayer for the secular government has its origins in Sefer Yirmiyahu (29:7) “Seek the welfare of the city.. and pray to Hashem on its behalf..” It also appears in Pirkei Avos (3:2), where Rabbi Chananya S’gan HaCohanim says, “Pray for the welfare of the government.” However, the prayer of ...
(6 opinions  |   January 19 )

One More Day: Obama in His Final Hours in the White House

One More Day: Obama in His Final Hours in the White House
Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president. The big decisions and grand pronouncements are all behind him, but Obama is still in charge until President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath at noon on Friday. The White House left Obama's schedule mostly empty for his last day, while saying he'd use the ...
(2 opinions  |   January 19 )

FBI Investigating Threats To Jewish Centers Nationwide

FBI Investigating Threats To Jewish Centers Nationwide
Federal authorities say they're investigating threats to Jewish centers nationwide. A brief FBI statement Wednesday says it and the Justice Department's civil-rights division are investigating "possible civil rights violations in connection with threats." The statement from the agency's Washington headquarters doesn't characterize the threats. But the Anti-Defamation League the same day issued a statement citing "a series of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in at least 17 ...
(2 opinions  |   January 19 )

PHOTOS: Vehicular Fire In Hadassah Ein Kerem Parking Lot

PHOTOS: Vehicular Fire In Hadassah Ein Kerem Parking Lot
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Firefighters early Wednesday morning 20 Teves responded to a vehicular fire in an underground parking lot of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in the capital. Firefighters evacuated the building above the parking lot. B’chasdei Hashem there were no injuries. The fire was brought under control without incident. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Media Resource Group)
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Amid Packing Boxes And Tears, Staffers Leaving White House

Amid Packing Boxes And Tears, Staffers Leaving White House
They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it's their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss. There's a mass exodus underway this week at the White House. As Obama holds his last news conference Wednesday, his staff is busy packing up their offices and turning in their BlackBerrys. For some who ...
(10 opinions  |   January 18 )

James Richardson Ashdod Manager Arrested

James Richardson Ashdod Manager Arrested
A manager of a James Richardson storage facility in Ashdod is in custody after being documented stealing hundreds of items from the duty-free company. The suspect manages the storage facilty in the Port of Ashdod store of the company, with authorities reporting he has taken hundreds of items without paying for them. Some of the items taken were allegedly given to other employees of the port. Police believe other items were sold for profit. The Ashkelon Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 20 ...
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Trump's Strategy on Mexico Could Be 'Dagger at Ohio'

Trump's Strategy on Mexico Could Be 'Dagger at Ohio'
President-elect Donald Trump's threats to firms using Mexico as a manufacturing base will be counterproductive and could eventually cost thousands of American jobs, Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, warned Wednesday. Summers noted that Trump's "rhetoric and announced policies" over Mexico have led to a big fall in the value of the Mexican peso against the dollar. The peso has fallen almost 20 percent against the dollar to a record low since Trump's victory in November. ...
(1 opinions  |   January 18 )

A Former MK And 13 Others Arrested In Growing Bribery Investigation

A Former MK And 13 Others Arrested In Growing Bribery Investigation
On Wednesday morning 20 Teves, 14 suspects including a former Member of Knesset were questioned by police in the National Fraud Investigations Unit. Many or most of the suspects were arraigned with police seeking to extend their remand in the widening case. The investigation involves the Netivei Yisrael National Transportation Infrastructure Company, https://www.iroads.co.il/en an investigation that has been taking place for years spanning a number of director-generals and other senior ...
(2 opinions  |   January 18 )

Australia Defends End of MH370 Hunt; Investigation Continues

Australia Defends End of MH370 Hunt; Investigation Continues
Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt. Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester also said that while the search had been called off on Tuesday, work behind the scenes would go on, with experts continuing to analyze data associated with the doomed aircraft's final hours and examining ...
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Haley Supports Moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Haley Supports Moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pledged her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift firmly endorsed by Donald Trump but one that could trigger more violence in the Middle East. Haley, Trump's pick to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that she "absolutely" backs the embassy move because that's what Israel and congressional Republicans want. But a spokesman for Jordan's government ...
(1 opinions  |   January 18 )

President Rivlin To Have A Pacemaker Installed

President Rivlin To Have A Pacemaker Installed
President Reuven Rivlin over the weekend will be hospitalized for 24 hours to have a cardiac pacemaker installed. He will resume his presidential authority throughout the entire hospitalization period. The procedure will be done without anesthesia and doctors hope to release him to rest in the President’s Residence upon completion of the procedure. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Christie: Wife Refused to Move to Washington for Trump Post

Christie: Wife Refused to Move to Washington for Trump Post
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down several jobs in the Trump administration because his wife refused to move to Washington, the governor said Wednesday. Speaking on New York radio station WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" program, Christie said that influenced his decision on accepting any of the positions offered by Republican President-elect Donald Trump. "He didn't offer me a job that I thought was exciting enough for me to leave the governorship and my family," Christie said. ...
(5 opinions  |   January 18 )

Minister Erdan: MK Odeh Incited Violence In Um Chiran

Minister Erdan: MK Odeh Incited Violence In Um Chiran
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan responded to the fatal vehicular terror attack and clashes between Bedouins and security forces in Um Chiran in southern Israel Wednesday morning 20 Teves, explaining that the High Court ruled in the matter and following weeks of negotiations, the state was compelled to act in line with the High Court ruling. Erdan explained officials tried to work something out with residents and following weeks of failed talks, they were compelled to act, as they did this ...
(1 opinions  |   January 18 )

Emergency Teleconference Convened In Response To Measles Outbreak In Los Angeles Jewish Community

Emergency Teleconference Convened In Response To Measles Outbreak In Los Angeles Jewish Community
An emergency teleconference was convened last week by Rabbi Hershy Z. Ten, (President of Bikur Cholim in Los Angeles) in response to a recent measles outbreak that originated in the Los Angeles, Jewish community. As of today, there are 17 confirmed cases of measles in Los Angeles County. More than 70 Jewish day school faculty and synagogue rabbis throughout Greater Los Angeles called in to the live forum to learn about the threat measles poses, as well as address the legality of Jewish ...
(4 opinions  |   January 18 )

Illegal Buildings Being Razed In Um Chiran

Illegal Buildings Being Razed In Um Chiran
Security authorities have completed their work at the scene of the fatal vehicular terror attack earlier today, and officials have begun with the demolition of illegal buildings in the Bedouin community in southern Israel. A large police force is remaining in the area, protecting government agents who are carrying out demolition orders that were issued after the High Court of Justice ruled against Um Chiran residents, backing the government’s plan to begin razing the illegal structures in ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 18 )