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Feds: Trump DC Hotel Not In Violation Of Government Lease

Feds: Trump DC Hotel Not In Violation Of Government Lease
The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as president doesn't violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. In a letter to the Trump Organization, General Services Administration Contracting Officer Kevin M. Terry says it has determined that the president's business is in "full compliance." The 2013 lease for the Trump International Hotel expressly forbids any ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

Report: Shas Trying To Buy Out Kol Berama Radio

Report: Shas Trying To Buy Out Kol Berama Radio
Tzvi Amar has refused a NIS 20 million buyout offer for Kol Berama Radio from Shas, Kikar Shabbos reports. The officer was the latest in efforts to take over control of the chareidi radio station. The efforts to purchase the radio station began with the last Knesset elections. The buyer, who is in Marseilles, was supposed to meet with station owners but persons involved began probing the sale and decided the buyer is “to connected” to Shas and Aryeh Deri. Shas views the station aligned ...
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Trump SEC Pick Assures That His Wall St. Work Not Problem

Trump SEC Pick Assures That His Wall St. Work Not Problem
President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Clayton, a partner in the prominent law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, has done significant legal work for Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs and other financial giants. Asked whether his client work will ...
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Rav Shlomo Amar And Rabbi David Yosef Meet In NYC

Rav Shlomo Amar And Rabbi David Yosef Meet In NYC
In a sign that peace may be at hand, Jerusalem Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlita met in New York City with Rabbi David Yosef Shlita. The meeting took place in the Safra Shul in Manhattan. The meeting has significance, especially in the Sephardi/Shas community as tensions have run high between the two rabbonim in recent years. This Purim Rav Amar came to the home of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita to bring misloach manos. Rav Amar has been on the ‘outs’ among Shas rabbonim and is ...
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You Won't Believe It's Pesachdik Cookie Cake! From Kosher.com

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Virgin America Will Disappear Into Alaska Airlines In 2019

Virgin America Will Disappear Into Alaska Airlines In 2019
Virgin America, the California-based carrier with the blue mood lighting and high-tech entertainment system, will be fully absorbed by Alaska Airlines by the end of 2019 as Alaska strives to become the West Coast’s dominant airline. Only three months after Alaska Airlines’ parent company completed the $2.6-billion acquisition of the popular upstart airline launched by billionaire Richard Branson, Alaska Air Group says it will retire the Virgin America brand. Since the purchase, Alaska ...
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TAKE IT, OR LEAVE IT: White House Tells House GOP Trump Done Negotiating Health Care Bill, Wants Vote Friday

TAKE IT, OR LEAVE IT: White House Tells House GOP Trump Done Negotiating Health Care Bill, Wants Vote Friday
President Trump warned House Republicans on Thursday that he will leave ObamaCare in place unless they approve legislation to repeal and replace it. Trump officials meeting with the House GOP conference said Trump is done negotiating over the legislation, which was set to come up for a vote Thursday but was delayed. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus that has been negotiating with Trump, told the GOP conference that Trump wants a vote on Friday ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

Deri Backs Yacimovich To Become Next Histadrut Leader

Deri Backs Yacimovich To Become Next Histadrut Leader
Shas leader Minister Aryeh Deri plans to come out in support of MK (Machane Tzioni) Shelly Yacimovich in her bid to become the next head of the Histadrut National Labor Federation. She is competing against the incumbent, Nissim Nissankoren. Yacimovich is likely to be supported by the Ashkenazi chareidim too as she has generally maintained good relations with them and is viewed as one who is respectful to Yiddishkheit and tradition. She is also favored by the chareidim who are generally ...
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WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked Apple Devices In Ways Users Can't Fix

WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked Apple Devices In Ways Users Can't Fix
New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older — the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance. The techniques also typically require physical access to devices, something the CIA would use only for ...
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Why Is This Passover Different Than All Others?

Why Is This Passover Different Than All Others?
An innovative array of Kosher for Pesach products will arrive on grocery shelves in 2017 with unexpected, convenient and ready-to- use foods from well-known kosher names, which not only provide the highest level of Kashrus but can easily be mistaken for regular everyday products. Among the brands are Gefen, Elite, Shefa, Haddar and Blanchard & Blanchard. For new Yom Tov menu ideas, appetizers and entrees, as well as snacks, candy and desserts, Pesach shopping aisles will be chock full of ...
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VIDEO: Abusive Yassam Cop Takes Out His Wrath On An Arab Man

VIDEO: Abusive Yassam Cop Takes Out His Wrath On An Arab Man
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] One might assume this Yassam commando policeman is suspended and may soon be seeking employment as his violent actions were caught on video. The video speaks for itself. As the video went viral on social media in Israel, an Israel Police spokesman stated “The severe and unusual behavior is inconsistent with the behavior expected of members of Israel Police. The policeman was placed on forced leave upon receipt of the video, and he will subsequently be ...
(5 opinions  |   March 23 )

Agudath Israel's NJ Director Calls On Senate Budget Committee To Ensure Safety Of Nonpublic School Students

Agudath Israel's NJ Director Calls On Senate Budget Committee To Ensure Safety Of Nonpublic School Students
Days after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie eliminated all security funding for nonpublic schools in his proposed budget, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel’s New Jersey director, testified before the Senate budget committee, calling on elected officials to stand up for the state’s 150,000 nonpublic school children and ensure their safety. The final budget appropriation for Fiscal Year 2016 - 2017 included a desperately needed allocation of $7.5 million for security measures at ...
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PHOTOS: Hundreds of Jewish Community Activists Attend Annual NYPD ‘Pre-Passover-Security Briefing’

PHOTOS: Hundreds of Jewish Community Activists Attend Annual NYPD ‘Pre-Passover-Security Briefing’
The NYPD’s annual pre-Passover briefing was held at Police Headquarters on Wednesday. Hundreds of religious leaders, Jewish community representatives and members of the service attended. With another sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents, police Commissioner James O’Neill promises stepped-up security for the Passover holiday. Anti-Semitic incidents – including bomb threats, swastikas on doors and subways, and threatening phone calls and emails continue to skyrocket. The latest ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

PHOTOS: Communal Gathering Takes Place In Boro Park To Facilitate The Outreach Of Avihem, In Support Of Their Efforts Toward Assisting Orphans With Wedding Expenses

PHOTOS: Communal Gathering Takes Place In Boro Park To Facilitate The Outreach Of Avihem, In Support Of Their Efforts Toward Assisting Orphans With Wedding Expenses
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] This past Wednesday a gathering took place at the well known Tosh hall, with prominent askanim, Rabbis and local residents joining in an effort to expand Avihem's outreach. The asifa was inspiring in its turnout and was initiated to benefit Avihem, a financial collaboration which has been founded to assist orphans with wedding expenses. During the asifa, all present participated in a collaborated effort to help initiate a call for additional funding in order to ...
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Bain Hazmanim Activity: 'Peleg Yerushalmi' Joins Eidah Chareidis For Large Protest Scheduled For Rosh Chodesh Nissan

Bain Hazmanim Activity: 'Peleg Yerushalmi' Joins Eidah Chareidis For Large Protest Scheduled For Rosh Chodesh Nissan
It has already been reported that the Peleg Yerushalmi-affiliated HaPeles newspaper this week quotes HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita calling for a large protest against the IDF induction. Protests have been taking place daily over the past days but this central event is expected to be a massive gathering, far larger than was seen in the past. According pashkavilim, this event will be taking place next week, on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, together with the Eida Chareidis. The venue for the ...
(7 opinions  |   March 23 )

Mishpachas Mir Yerushalayim from Across U.S. and Canada to Unite in Celebration of 200th Anniversary

[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] The upcoming Bicentennial Anniversary Dinner of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim is generating an unprecedented level of excitement and anticipation amongst the alumni from all periods of the Yeshiva’s existence. Talmidim are reminiscing with their friends about the time they spent together as they look forward to viewing the specially prepared exhibit that will portray the various tekufos in the Yeshiva’s history. The event will be graced with the participation of the ...
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Airlift Of Forces In Syria Shows Growing US Involvement

Airlift Of Forces In Syria Shows Growing US Involvement
The deepening U.S. military involvement against Islamic State terrorists in northern Syria indicates the Pentagon will likely send even more troops in coming weeks. Their mission won't be to fight on the front lines but to bolster Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces in a coming battle for the key city of Raqqa. On Wednesday, the Pentagon disclosed that Marine pilots airlifted scores of Syrian partner forces to the front lines, kicking off an offensive designed to capture a strategic crossroad ...
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Knesset Passes Law Ending National Service In Foreign Government Funded NGOs Working Against The State

Knesset Passes Law Ending National Service In Foreign Government Funded NGOs Working Against The State
The Knesset on Wednesday, 24 Adar, passed a bill in its third and final reading that will cancel national service positions in organizations that receive the majority of their funding from foreign governments. The bill submitted by MK (Likud) Amir Ochana passed into law by a vote of 40 in favor and 12 opposed. The bill, which won the support of Prime Minister Netanyahu, seeks to end the phenomenon in which the government funds organizations that work to undermine Israeli policy by means of ...
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Touch Typing Breakthrough Hebrew And English

Touch Typing Breakthrough Hebrew And English
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] FREE TRY IT - click In today's world knowing "how to type" is critical. Typing is no longer just a needed secretarial skill; today typing is a vital skill for everyone. Be it in Hebrew or English or both together, typing is the way the world's written communication takes place. Your ability to type quickly and accurately is one of the most basic and necessary skills, and without them you are at a distinct disadvantage. Our Touch Typing Now software is a ...
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Statement Of Agudath Israel Of America On The Nomination Of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The U.S. Supreme Court

Statement Of Agudath Israel Of America On The Nomination Of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The U.S. Supreme Court
Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox Jewish organization, supports the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. We urge the Senate to confirm the nomination expeditiously. By all accounts, Judge Gorsuch is an outstanding selection to join the High Court. During his tenure in government, in private practice and on the bench he has distinguished himself by his outstanding scholarship, intellect and temperament. That he has ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

DM Lieberman Summons Rabbi Eli Sadan And Rabbi Yigal Levinstein

DM Lieberman Summons Rabbi Eli Sadan And Rabbi Yigal Levinstein
Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Adam has summoned Rabbi Eli Sadan and Rabbi Yigal Levinstein of Yeshivat Bnei David for a hearing to determine the yeshiva’s future status. The hearing will take place on Thursday, 3 Adar, at which time the rabbonim will be able to explain their positions. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman seems determined to oust Levinstein from the yeshiva for his remarks objecting to men and women serving side-by-side in the IDF. Rav Sadan came to Levinstein’s ...
(3 opinions  |   March 23 )

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Levaya Of Hagaon HaRav Aharon Zachs ZT"L; Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Levaya Of Hagaon HaRav Aharon Zachs ZT
Thousands were on hand for the Thursday morning 25 Adar levaya of HaGaon Rav Aharon Zachs ZT”L, Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka L’Tzeirim. The rav was niftar in Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak during the night. The levaya began at 9:30AM from the yeshiva and then towards the rav’s home on Sokolov Street in Bnei Brak and from there to Beit Knesset Heligman and Kvura on Har HaZeisim. The rav was born 80 years ago to HaGaon Rav Chaim Eliyahu Zalman Zachs ZT”L and Moras Esther Leah ...
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POSTPONED: House GOP Leaders Delay Thursday Vote On Health Care Replacement Bill In Setback To Trump, Ryan

POSTPONED: House GOP Leaders Delay Thursday Vote On Health Care Replacement Bill In Setback To Trump, Ryan
GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. The bill could still come to a ...
(2 opinions  |   March 23 )

IDF Chief To Rabbonim: Officers Training Will Accommodate Separate Gender Units

IDF Chief To Rabbonim: Officers Training Will Accommodate Separate Gender Units
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott met for a number of hours with rabbonim from thje dati leumi community headed by Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita and Rabbi Zalman Menachem. Eizenkott listened to their concerns over the integration of females into combat units, informing them that religious officers’ cadets in Base 1 would be accommodated rather than forced to enter a mixed unit. He promised them that separate companies would be established in the Lahav and Nachshon battalions next ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

Greenfield: End The Ticket Cameras on Ocean Parkway

Greenfield: End The Ticket Cameras on Ocean Parkway
Councilman David G. Greenfield wrote this week to NYPD and Department of Transportation officials asking for police officers to patrol Ocean Parkway for reckless and speeding drivers instead of speed cameras that arbitrarily ticket drivers who in many cases are simple following the flow of traffic. Last month, the New York Post reported progress toward the city's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths, with NYPD officers setting a traffic enforcement record last year. “Ocean ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

David Friedman Has Officially Been Confirmed As The Next US Ambassador To Israel

David Friedman Has Officially Been Confirmed As The Next US Ambassador To Israel
The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post. Senators voted Thursday largely along party lines, 52-46, to approve Friedman's nomination. The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Friedman has been a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, an opponent of Palestinian statehood and staunch defender of Israel's ...
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Deri Gives His Backing To Rabbi Yigal Levinstein Of Yeshivat Bnei David

Deri Gives His Backing To Rabbi Yigal Levinstein Of Yeshivat Bnei David
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has come out again in support of Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who came under fire from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman after condemning the IDF’s new policy of integrating women into combat units. Deri met on Thursday morning 25 Adar with prominent dati leumi rav Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Yeshivot Bnei Akiva. During the visit Rav Druckman showed Deri a rare printing of the Rambam dating back 400 years. The two discussed the matter of the ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

ABC News Says 3 Of Its Twitter Accounts Were Hacked

ABC News Says 3 Of Its Twitter Accounts Were Hacked
ABC News says three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning and sent out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers. The tweets have since been deleted and ABC News says it is "working on resolving the problem." The hacked accounts included the main ABC News one, which has nearly 10 million followers, and two accounts related to its morning show "Good Morning America." ABC News is owned by Burbank, California-based The Walt Disney Co. San Francisco-based Twitter ...
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WATCH: Secretary Price: Health Care Bill Foes Not Seeing Entire Plan

HHS Secretary Tom Price on why the proposed Obamacare replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, lives up to Trump's promises, could give Americans access to universal coverage and why groups of Republicans have opposed it.
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

NY Governor Cuomo Statement On Arrest Of Israeli Related To Threats Against Jewish Centers

NY Governor Cuomo Statement On Arrest Of Israeli Related To Threats Against Jewish Centers
"The arrest of a suspect in the recent wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers sends a clear message that anyone who threatens New Yorkers with violence will be brought to justice. "The abhorrent and cowardly threats against Jewish Community Centers are an assault on the values of all New Yorkers. But they have also shone a bright light on how New Yorkers come together as one to stand up against those who seek to divide us. "During my recent visit to Israel, members of the New ...
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Israel Moving To Daylight Savings Time

Israel Moving To Daylight Savings Time
Israel is moving to daylight savings time on the night of 26 Adar, Thursday night to Friday morning. At 2:00AM clocks will be moved an hour forward to 3:00AM. Standard time lasted for 145 days and daylight savings time will be 219 days, finishing on motzei Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha, 8 Cheshvan 5778. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Rosen Plaza To Host Its Second Major Passover Program

Rosen Plaza To Host Its Second Major Passover Program
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Orlando…Thousands of Passover vacationers are planning to once again spend the holiday in this city of many of the nation’s leading attractions. One of the major settings will be the magnificent Rosen Plaza Hotel which features Zayde's Kosher Catering, the leading Glatt Kosher catering facility in Central Florida. The Passover 2017 program is being organized for the second year by Avi and Shneur Faskowitz of Majestic Retreats who have hosted Passover programs for ...
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Trump Jr. Called A 'Disgrace' For Criticizing London Mayor

Trump Jr. Called A 'Disgrace' For Criticizing London Mayor
Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city. Trump Jr. tweeted : "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan." The tweet included a link to a Sept. 22 story from Britain's Independent newspaper that includes the quote from Khan, who was asking Londoners to be vigilant following a ...
(4 opinions  |   March 23 )

Arab MK Ghattas Convicted For Smuggling Photos To Terrorists

Arab MK Ghattas Convicted For Smuggling Photos To Terrorists
Former Arab MK Basel Ghattas was convicted of charges pertaining to his bringing cellular telephones to Arab prisoners in Israel. As per the plea bargain agreement, he admitted to his actions and will serve two years in prison. He was convicted in the Beersheva Magistrate court on charges including breach of trust, bribery, and smuggling prohibited electronic contraband to prisoners. Some of his former colleagues including MK Hanin Zoabi were in the court as a showing of support for ...
(1 opinions  |   March 23 )

2 HOURS LEFT! Houston Kiruv Organization Needs YOUR Help!

2 HOURS LEFT! Houston Kiruv Organization Needs YOUR Help!
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Former Colleagues, Judges To Testify For Supreme Court Pick

Former Colleagues, Judges To Testify For Supreme Court Pick
Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing. Assured of support from majority Republicans, Gorsuch received glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, refused repeated attempts to get him to talk about ...
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London Terrorst Identified As Khalid Masood

London Terrorst Identified As Khalid Masood
The man behind the deadly rampage that left 3 people dead, including a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building was identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. Masood, aged 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood was also known by a number of aliases. Met Police say that Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist ...
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