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CLARIFICATION: Woodstock In Sullivan County Is NOT Cancelled – Catskills Hatzolah Releases Statement

There is some confusion regarding the upcoming Woodstock Festival, and YWN reports about a possible traffic nightmare. YWN has received more than a hundred emails...

Audio Of Hatzolah Radio & Video: 7 Years Since 9/11

(VIDEO & AUDIO LINKS AT END OF ARTICLE) It is exactly seven years ago when that moment in history changed the world for ever....

Israel: Meet the Committee for Jewish Music

Headed by Rabbi Ephraim Luft of Bnei Brak, the Committee for Jewish Music has undertaken to place a hechsher on permitted music, and more...

YWN EXCLUSIVE: The Story Of The Segula To Find Naftoli Smolyansky Z”L

(LEVAYA ARTICLE, AUDIO, & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE) When YWN broke the sad news of the recovery of the missing body of Naftoli Smolyansky Z”L,...

Petira of Rabbi Naftoli Trop Z”L

We regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Naftali Trop (the son of Reb Avraham Ztl. and the grandson Of the GRANAT)...

UPDATED – Yeshiva Bochur Assaulted in Lakewood

11:00PM EST:  A Yeshiva Bochur in Lakewood was just assaulted, sources tell YWN. The approximately 18-year-old Bochur from Yeshiva Toras Chaim (Rabbi Slomowitz's Yeshiva)...

Fallsburg Fire Chief Pleads Guilty to Arson At Skopps Bungalow Colony

Fallsburg's fire chief and his uncle pleaded guilty Monday to felony arson and conspiracy in the Aug. 29 fire at Skopps Bungalow Colony (reported...

Levaya of R’ Chaim Lax Z”L

We regret to inform you of the Petira of R' Chaim Lax Z"L at the young age of 59 - after a long illness...

IDF Testing a New Recruit Ranking System

To date, the IDF rates inductees with two numbers, their medical profile and their “kaba” score, which reflects intellect and other factors. The two...

UPDATED: Opening Of ALL Lakewood Girls High Schools Postponed

UPDATE IN EXTENDED ARTICLE: Wednesday 11:30PM: YWN has been informed that as per the directive of the Lakewood Mashgiach and Roshei Yeshiva, orientation and...

Florida Mikvah Installs Hydraulic Lift For The Disabled

Hallendale Beach, FL: The first Mikvah with a hydraulic lift in the southeastern United States — and one of only a few in the...

Four Israelis Wounded In Motzei Shabbos Stabbing Attack in Kiryat Gat [UPDATED 8:07PM IL]

RECAP OF INCIDENT: Four Israelis, including a 13-year-old female, were wounded in a stabbing attack on Kiryat Gat on Motzei Shabbos. Magen David Adom reported...

Levaya of KAJ Chazzon Reuven Tzvi Frankel Z”L

We regret to inform you of the Petira of Mr Robert (Reuven-Tzvi) Frankel Z"L, the long-time Chazzon in Washington Heights' KAJ. The Levaya will take place...

More on Mishmeres Tznius Conviction

On Sunday, YWN reported that a Mishmeres HaTznius agent, 29-year-old Elchanan Buzaglo was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for assaulting a woman who left...

Sharp Toll Increases Proposed For NJ Turnpike, Parkway

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority proposed a sharp increase for tolls on the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway Thursday. In a letter to Gov....

Plane Lands On Garden State Parkway

2:15PM EST: A small plane has landed in the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 102.5 a few moments...

Photos: The Kossover Rebbe Visits Camp Simcha Special

(Click HERE for photos) Camp Simcha Special.  If one had to sum up that magical place in one word, its name would do it...

Maharal Institute Opens in Prague

Prague - An academic institute dedicated to a legendary 16th- Century Jewish scholar Rabbi Judah Loew, also known as the Maharal of Prague, was...

Tragic Petira of Marc Eber Z”L

A 53-year-old Lakewood, New Jersey man was R"L killed while riding his motorcycle in Ulster County, NY YWN has learned. Marc Eber Z"L, was a...

US Law Enforcement Officers Learn Counterterrorism From Israeli Counterparts

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a group of U.S. law enforcement professionals is in Israel, where they...

No Eruv in Many Areas of Yerushalayim on Shabbos

The horrific reality that exists this eruv Shabbos is that many residents and visitors of Yerushalayim will unwittingly carry on Shabbos even though the...

‘Shkias Hachama’ of the NY Sun?

The following letter was written by the Editor of the NY Sun, and appears in Thursday's edition of the newspaper: Dear Readers of the Sun: This morning...

Update On MVA Involving Yosef Chanina ben Sorah Sima

On August 26, YWN posted an urgent Tehillim alert (HERE) for a young Lakewood couple who were involved in a serious MVA outside of Los Angeles....

Third Suspect In NYPD Murder Case Found Guilty

Lee Woods, the third suspect on trial for the murder of New York City police officer Russel Timoshenko, has been found guilty on all...

Rav Aryeh Leibish Teitlebaum HY”D

In Yerushalayim’s Toldos Avraham Yitzchak beis medresh, this Shabbos was a painful one, one during which chassidim exhibit great difficulty trying to overcome the...

Yerushalayim’s Eruv Questionable This Shabbos

After a number of weeks of secularists intentionally downing portions of the Yerushalayim eruv, it appears that rabbonim responsible for the mehadrin eruv in...

VIDEO: Simcha Felder’s Concession Speech

(EXCLUSIVE VIDEO LINK AT END OF ARTICLE) As was announced last night on YWN, Simcha Felder lost the race for Kevin Parker's current seat...

E-ZPass tags To Be Sold At Your Neighborhood Store

MTA Bridges and Tunnels plans on selling $30 "E-ZPass on the Go" tags at corner stores, gas stations and pharmacies citywide - similar to...

Rav Kanievsky Shlita Gives a Bracha to Rami Levy for his Shmiras Shabbos

Rami Levy, a controlling owner in the Rami Levy supermarket chain, recently met with HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, receiving a bracha from the gadol...

MTA Wants To Collect Tolls From Emergency Services Vehicles, Including Hatzolah Ambulances

As the MTA seeks any possible source of revenue, it has made a controversial suggestion: The agency wants emergency services vehicles to pay tolls...

Uproar Over Football Stadium Naming Rights Bid by Firm With Holocaust Ties

Football fans and Jewish groups are outraged over the prospect of a new Giants and Jets stadium being named for German insurer Allianz because...

Israel: Prosecution Orders an Investigation into Barack Obama’s Kosel Kvitel

A deputy state prosecutor, Shai Nitzan, on Thursday ordered Israel Police to launch an investigation into a Ma’ariv report disclosing the contents of the...

Monday’s Rally to Stop Iran

The following was released by Agudath Israel on Sunday afternoon: The Iranian President Ahmadinejad, YM"S, whose evil and danger are well known to all, will be...

Chawarah Checkpoint Soldiers Demand Eye Protection

Soldiers manning the Chawarah Checkpoint in Shomron, one of the more difficult IDF crossings in Yehuda and Shomron, are demanding eye protection and calling...

Assad Remains Loyal to Hizbullah

In an interview with French television, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad stated that he will continue to support Hizbullah, stating he will only recognize Israel...