PM Meeting with Lapid to Bring Yesh Atid on Board
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, isru chag Shavuos in Eretz Yisrael will be meeting with Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid in an effort to bring his party and its 11 seats into the coalition. It appears the meeting will be more leisurely than official, with Yesh Atid officials signaling that if the Prime Minister actually makes an offer, Lapid will decline since the party is not interested in joining the coalition based on its current guidelines.
Clearly the Mr. Netanyahu is ...
Obama To Address Anti-Semitism At D.C.'s Largest Conservative Jewish Congregation
President Barack Obama is addressing one of the largest Jewish congregations in Washington to highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism, a problem he says has created an intimidating environment worldwide for Jewish families.
Obama was to speak to Congregation Adas Israel on Friday in observance of Jewish American Heritage Month. The appearance coincides with Solidarity Shabbat, devoted to showing unity by political leaders in Europe and North America against anti-Semitism.
In an ...
Molid on Yom Tov
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
This article is written for the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev ben Bracha.
The head of a match is made of sulfur, glass powder, phosphorus and an oxidizing agent. When the match is struck on Yom Tov two things happen:
• The first thing that happens is the friction caused by the glass powder rubbing together produces enough heat to turn a very small amount of the red phosphorus into white phosphorus, which catches fire in air. This ...
Bratton Says He's 'Optimistic' He'll Get More Officers
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton says he's optimistic he will be able to hire more officers, even though there was no allotment in the city's budget for it.
Bratton spoke Thursday after a City Council budget meeting where he detailed how the NYPD's $4.9 billion budget would be used.
City council members had asked for as many as 1,000 more officers, a measure supported by Bratton. But Mayor Bill de Blasio did not include funding for more officers in his budget.
IDF Officer on Educational Leave Compelled to Reimburse the IDF
An IDF officer of the rank of major has been found guilty of unacceptable behavior and imprisoned for one month for not informing her superior officers that she was thrown out of school.
As is the case for IDF officers as they move up the ranks, the major was sent on a leave of absence to permit her to get a bachelor degree, which is paid for by the IDF. In this case she was sent to the prestigious Technion in Haifa. She did not show up for exams and as result, failed her classes, leading to ...
Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos: By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski
The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Shavuos. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual circumstances are often important in determining the psak in specific cases, and as there may be different approaches to some of the issues, one should always check ...
Lieberman Calls Head of Joint Arab List a Fifth Column
Yisrael Beitenu party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to meet with MK Ayman Udeh, who heads the Joint Arab List which has 13 seats, calling Udeh “a fifth column”.
Lieberman accuses Udeh of being a “supporter of terror”, insisting the Arab parliamentarian is working to destroy Israel from the inside. He compared Udeh to former MK Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel to avoid arrest for his terrorist-linked activities. He is believed operating ...
Pentagon Okays the Sale of Bunker-Busting Bombs to Israel
America has given the approval for the sale of 5,000 pound laser-guided bunker-busting bombs to Israel. The $1.87 billion deal has received Pentagon and State Department approval.
The deal also approves the transfer of 3,000 hellfire missiles, which were held back last summer during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza. Congress must now approve the deal, which will clear the way for the transfer of the advanced weaponry.
Other weapons in ...
Man Who Landed Gyrocopter at US Capitol Pleads Not Guilty
A Florida man who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol said Thursday that he will never pull a similar stunt again — and doesn't recommend anyone else try it either.
Douglas Hughes made the comments after appearing in federal court in Washington where his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea to the six charges Hughes now faces.
Speaking outside of court, Hughes said he wouldn't change anything about his April 15 flight in the bare-bones aircraft, but that he wouldn't be repeating ...
Six F-16 'Thunderbirds' To Fly Over NYC On Friday At Low Altitudes For Photo-Up
The following ia via Breaking911.com:
The US Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to conduct a flyover photo mission tomorrow, Friday, 5/22, from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, over various areas around NYC.
The event will consist of six F-16 aircraft in addition to the aircraft taking photographs. The F-16’s will maintain an altitude of 1500 – 2000 feet.
The aircraft will travel westbound from Long Island over the water near the south shores of Queens and Brooklyn before turning and ...
MK Peretz Cancels Planned Participation in Parliamentarian Conference in Morocco
MK (Labor) Amir Peretz was compelled to cancel his planned trip to Morocco next week where he was planning to take part in a regional conference of parliamentarians.
Party leader MK Yitzchak Herzog did not give Peretz permission to participate in the conference, compelling him to cancel his ticket.
Officials in Peretz’s office told the media he canceled his planned participation because he feels he cannot absent himself from Knesset activities at this time as the various Knesset ...
Shavuos - A Primer Parts 1-3
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
For the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev Ben Bracha
PREPARING FOR SHAVUOS
Shavuos is called Z’man Matan Toraseinu. Originally, this event occurred in the Hebrew year 2448 (3324 years ago). As we know, Rav Dessler in his Michtav M’Eliyahu explains that time does not flow as a straight line, but rather as a circle. The day of Shavuos which is the 6th of Sivan is, therefore, the very day that we received the Torah.
Huckabee Is Latest Straw Poll No-Show. Is Event in Jeopardy?
The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition, announcing Thursday that he won't participate in this year's poll. Eight years ago he placed second.
In an opinion piece published Thursday in The Des Moines Register, ...
Israel: Gershon Mesika Agrees to Become a State Witness In Yisrael Beitenu Corruption Case
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika is going to be a state witness in the corruption trial involving a number of officials from the Yisrael Beitenu party.
Mesika was arrested in December 2014 as part of the Israel Police major investigation into widespread political corruption. The investigation led to dozens of arrests including a Yisrael Beitenu party deputy minister and former minister, as well as ministry high-level civil servants including director-generals.
Mesika has been ...