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Events Being Planned Marking The Yahrzeit of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L (1 opinions)

Events Being Planned Marking The Yahrzeit of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT
Marking the first year since the petira of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L , an atzeres hisorarus including the recitation of slichos will take place in the presence of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Shimon Ba’adani Shlita, Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Maya Shlita, and HaGaon HaRav David Yosef Shlita, along with many other rabbonim and roshei yeshivos. The event is scheduled to take place on Monday, 5 Tishrei 5775 in the Ramat Gan Stadium. To mark 11 months since the gadol ...

Study: Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio Immunity

Study: Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio ImmunityNew research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy already is starting to be used in mass vaccination campaigns in ...    Full Story »

9,020 'Yordim' Return Home to Israel in 2013

9,020 'Yordim' Return Home to Israel in 2013According to statistics released on Wednesday 24 Menachem Av by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), more than a few yordim, Israelis that left to build their lives abroad, are returning home. The report states that in 2012, 8,800 yordim decided to return home and in 2013, that number increased to 9,020. This results in a negative immigration number for 2012 (referring to the number ...    Full Story »

5 Things to Know About Case Against Texas' Perry

5 Things to Know About Case Against Texas' PerryIn the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not guilty, and he continues to visit early-primary states and talk with voters as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. As Perry heads to New Hampshire for the weekend, ...    Full Story »

Foley's Death Isn't Changing Views In Congress (1 opinions)

Foley's Death Isn't Changing Views In CongressFor all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach. President Barack Obama said the United States wouldn't scale back its military posture in Iraq in response ...    Full Story »

Rami Levy Supermarket Chain Boycotts Turkey (4 opinions)

Rami Levy Supermarket Chain Boycotts TurkeyThe nationwide supermarket chain which bears his name, Rami Levy, will no longer be importing goods from Turkey in response to that country’s sharp turnaround in policy vis-à-vis Israel. Levy announced his supermarkets will no longer carry anything originating in Turkey. This refers primarily to olive oil and textiles, which Levy’s stores buy from a middle man. His stores carry ...    Full Story »

US Diplomats Barred From Ice Bucket Challenge (2 opinions)

US Diplomats Barred From Ice Bucket ChallengeThe charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease, also ...    Full Story »

Chinuch Atzmai Schools Must Include 'Core' Subjects in Curriculum (4 opinions)

Chinuch Atzmai Schools Must Include 'Core' Subjects in CurriculumIn line with the policies of Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron, his director responsible for Chinuch Atzmai Schools, Meir Shimoni, is responsible to make certain all schools affiliated with the chareidi network are including core subjects in the curriculum in the upcoming school year. The new policies of the ministry will compel the schools to include math, science, English and other ...    Full Story »

Lakewood: Registration For Final Summer CPR Courses For Teachers

Lakewood: Registration For Final Summer CPR Courses For TeachersChesed of Lakewood is taking registration for the last few fully subsidized CPR courses for teachers and caregivers this season, as part of the 2014 Summer CPR for Teachers Program. The courses will take place next week and are separate classes for men and women. The course is a comprehensive, one time three hour session which includes education on adult and child CPR, as well as ...    Full Story »

Teen Gets 11 Years for Carving Swastika on Boy (2 opinions)

Teen Gets 11 Years for Carving Swastika on BoyAn Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen’s forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. In a Portland courtroom Thursday, 16-year-old Blue Kalmbach told the victim in a quiet voice that he was sorry for his actions. Kalmbach was the last of four teenagers to be sentenced in the case. Police and prosecutors say the ...    Full Story »

WATCH: PM Netanyahu's Statement at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv (2 opinions)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening the eve of 25 Menachem Av made the following statement to the nation from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. The nationally televised event was held after the Security Cabinet met for a number of hours. "First, I ...    Full Story »

Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack (6 opinions)

Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic AttackThe Following is VIA A Jewish student on the campus of Temple University was assaulted on Wednesday afternoon and called “kike” and “baby killer” by alleged members of the anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in ...    Full Story »

NYC Public Advocate Shows Off Police Body Camera

NYC Public Advocate Shows Off Police Body CameraA top city official is showing off cameras she says could curb police brutality allegations and save the city millions of dollars in legal costs. Public Advocate Letitia James demonstrated the body-worn cameras Thursday at a news conference at her Lower Manhattan office. James proposed the cameras earlier this month, in the wake of Eric Garner's death from a police ...    Full Story »

GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap

GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl SwapThe Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Defence Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange — a clear violation of ...    Full Story »

The IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists

The IDF Activates 10,000 Additional ReservistsFollowing a number of targeted strikes in Gaza that led to the deaths of a number of senior Hamas commanders, the IDF has received the ministerial green light to activate 10,000 reservists from various units including the Homefront Command, intelligence, the air force and others. Some of those being called up were activated with Tzav 8 emergency orders at the beginning of Operation ...    Full Story »

Perry Campaign Funds To Cover Future Legal Costs

Perry Campaign Funds To Cover Future Legal CostsRepublican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars. Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward. But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign ...    Full Story »

US Official: Islamic Terrorists Demanded $132.5 Million Ransom For Journalist They Later Killed (2 opinions)

US Official: Islamic Terrorists Demanded $132.5 Million Ransom For Journalist They Later KilledA U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release. A second U.S. official says the demands were sent in emails to Foley's family in New Hampshire. Both officials spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ...    Full Story »

New Restrictions on Hydrocodone to Take Effect

New Restrictions on Hydrocodone to Take EffectThe federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that Vicodin, Percocet and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone. Patients will be limited to ...    Full Story »

Supreme Court Rules Against a Request to Evict Families from the Homes of Mrs. Miriam Peretz

Supreme Court Rules Against a Request to Evict Families from the Homes of Mrs. Miriam PeretzThe Supreme Court on Wednesday, 24 Menachem Av ruled Mrs. Miriam Peretz will not be compelled to evacuate homes in the Yovel neighborhood of Yishuv Eli and near Talmon, both in Shomron. Court President Asher Grunis, Justice Edna Arbel and Justice Miriam Naor heard the appeal filed by Peace Now, which opposes the presence of the communities mentioned above. The petition was filed ...    Full Story »

Hunt For German Neo-Nazis Was 'Complete Disaster'

Hunt For German Neo-Nazis Was 'Complete Disaster'An official inquiry has concluded that police and security services in Germany bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree. Lawmakers in the eastern state of Thuringia say efforts to find the fugitive trio from their disappearance in 1998 until 2003 were a "complete disaster." A 1,895-page report published ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Hamas Admits Kidnapping Of Israeli Teens; Hoped To Spark New Palestinian Uprising (5 opinions)

VIDEO: Hamas Admits Kidnapping Of Israeli Teens; Hoped To Spark New Palestinian Uprising  A senior Hamas leader says the terrorist group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in Israel in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic terror group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in Gaza. Salah Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that Hamas carried out the kidnapping with the broader goal of sparking a ...    Full Story »

Hamas Warns International Airlines to Stay Away from Ben-Gurion Airport (2 opinions)

Hamas Warns International Airlines to Stay Away from Ben-Gurion AirportIn a move intended to instill fear in travelers and alert the US Federal Aviation Authority and its European equivalent, Hamas on Wednesday night warned travelers to distance themselves from Ben-Gurion International Airport. A Hamas spokesman openly blamed Israel for the collapse of the ceasefire, warning Israelis “not to enter public places” as Hamas vows to bring pain and ...    Full Story »

NYC Doctor-In-Chief Seeks Community Approach

NYC Doctor-In-Chief Seeks Community ApproachNew York City's new health boss doesn't want to be your nanny. Think of her more as a tutor. After years of pronouncements from on high, including the fight to limit big, sugary drinks, the city's health department is shifting priorities under its newest commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett: less telling and more listening to people about what they need. "It means getting out, talking ...    Full Story »

Holder Offers Reassurance To People Of Ferguson (1 opinions)

Holder Offers Reassurance To People Of FergusonTo reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race. On a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest, Holder sought to build confidence in the investigation into the death of the black 18-year-old who was shot ...    Full Story »

BofA's $17B Settlement Not As Large As It Appears

BofA's $17B Settlement Not As Large As It AppearsBank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion. That sensational amount, which would be the largest mortgage settlement to date with the department, is expected to include $7 billion in consumer ...    Full Story »

UPS Says 51 Retail Stores Breached By Malware

UPS Says 51 Retail Stores Breached By MalwareSome customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11. United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among ...    Full Story »

DNC Beats RNC in July Fundraising, But Republican Committee Still Has More Money In The Bank

DNC Beats RNC in July Fundraising, But Republican Committee Still Has More Money In The BankThe Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday. The DNC raised almost $9.3 million in July and went into August with more than $9.6 million saved for November's elections. The RNC says it raised $8.4 million last month and has ...    Full Story »

As US Airstrikes In Iraq Grow, Details Stay Thin (4 opinions)

As US Airstrikes In Iraq Grow, Details Stay ThinAmerica has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8: Q. What U.S. forces are involved? A. The specifics are ...    Full Story »

FBI Chief Calls Islamic Terror Group 'Savages' (8 opinions)

FBI Chief Calls Islamic Terror Group 'Savages'FBI Director James Comey says Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" and that the agency is helping investigate the killing. Comey spoke about the execution Wednesday on a visit to the FBI field office in Denver. Comey says the FBI has been investigating American hostages in Syria for two years. He says "these savages have turned that into a ...    Full Story »

UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke Deal (3 opinions)

UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke DealThe U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons. The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Under the ...    Full Story »

Thursday AM Rocket Attack Briefs from Eretz Yisrael [UPDATED 5:50 PM IL] (4 opinions)

Thursday AM Rocket Attack Briefs from Eretz Yisrael [UPDATED 5:50 PM IL] 17:50: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim. 17:49: An Islamic Jihad terrorist was eliminated by the IAF as he stepped out of a Rafiach building used to fire rockets.  17:29: Three rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Council, B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries. 17:20: Another round to Nachal Ohz and Alumim. 17:19: Sirens in Nachal Ohz and ...    Full Story »

WATCH: George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge (3 opinions)

Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. In a video posted Wednesday on Bush's Facebook page, he says: "To you all who challenged me, I do not think it's presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply going to write you a check." The video, taken in Kennebunkport, Maine, then shows a smiling Laura Bush dousing him. She says: "That check is from me — I didn't want to ruin my hairstyle." Also in Maine this week, author Stephen King took the challenge, and then challenged John Grisham. (AP)

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WATCH: Crown Heights Bochur Chases Down His Attackers (13 opinions)

Watch how 24-year-old Avrohom Wolosow isn't fazed after being the victim of a knockout attack and quickly chases down his attackers.

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WATCH: Obama On Ferguson: Time To Listen, Not Just Shout (3 opinions)

Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama expressed sympathy for the "passions and anger" sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but said giving in to that anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tensions and leads to further chaos. He said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to "listen and not just shout." "That's how we're going to move forward together, by trying to unite each other and understand each other and not simply divide ourselves from one another," Obama told reporters at the White House. Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. He said he also had told Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon he wanted to ensure the use the National Guard in help calm tensions in Ferguson must be limited in scope, and said he would be monitoring that operation in the coming days to see whether the guard's involvement was helping or hurting. Obama also weighed in for the first time publicly on the militarization of some local police departments, saying it probably would be useful to examine how federal grant dollars had been used to allow local police to purchase military-style equipment, an issue that's come to the forefront amid the violent protests in Ferguson. Obama said the distinction between the military and domestic law enforcement was one of the great things about America. Appearing in the White House briefing room in a dress shirt but no tie, Obama also spoke for the first time to the racial tensions and grievances perceived by African-Americans in Ferguson. In previous comments about the situation, Obama had avoided talking directly about race, wary of rushing to judgment or further inflaming the situation. Weighing his words carefully, Obama said it was clear that disparities in how blacks and whites are treated and sentenced must be addressed, calling for more safeguards and training to prevent missteps. At the same time, he acknowledged the difficult situation that police officers sometimes face. "There are young black men that commit crime. We can argue about why that happened — because the poverty they were born into or the school systems that failed them or what have you— but if they commit a crime, then they need to be prosecuted," Obama said. "Because every community has an interest in public safety." Obama's remarks on the crisis were the first since the situation in Ferguson escalated over the weekend, with Nixon, the Missouri governor, ordering a midnight curfew for Ferguson and ordering the National Guard to help restore order. Nixon lifted that curfew on Monday, but tensions remained high the morning after police once again deployed tear gas in response to what they said were reports of gunfire, looting and vandalism by protesters. The ongoing confrontation, with military-style vehicles rolling through suburban streets, has left citizens across the country wondering how such a war-like scene could play out in America's heartland. Shortly before speaking to reporters Monday, Obama received an update from top advisers including Holder and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston. Obama has asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate Brown's death, and Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on Brown. Obama weighed in on the crisis during a brief break in his annual summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard, where the president was spending two weeks with his family while juggling multiple crises in the U.S. and overseas. Obama returned to the White House late Monday and planned to return to the Massachusetts island on Tuesday. His brief return to Washington had been announced by the White House before the standoff in Ferguson began. Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, a predominantly black community that long has been at odds with the mostly white police department. Results of an independent autopsy released Monday by Brown's family determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. (AP)

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