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NYS Assemblyman Goldfeder Awards State Funds to Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula

NYS Assemblyman Goldfeder Awards State Funds to Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced today that he has provided a state grant in the amount of $5K to assist the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) and allow them to continue their wide range of excellent services to the Rockaway community. “This funding will go a long way to help our local chesed organization continue to provide the relief and services that our community desperately needs,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “The JCCRP has always been a strong ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 16 )

As Core Al-Qaida Weakened, Its Successors Spread

As Core Al-Qaida Weakened, Its Successors Spread
Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic State group’s rampage through Iraq and Syria has shocked the United States into launching expanded air strikes at a time when Americans were expecting to pull ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 16 )

Rav Eliyahu: My Name is Used Without Authorization Backing the Giyur Bill

Rav Eliyahu: My Name is Used Without Authorization Backing the Giyur Bill
Tzfas Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita is fuming over adverts for the Tzohar Rabbonim and the Giyur Bill listing his name among rabbonim who back the controversial legislation. Tzohar Rabbonim last week advertised its support for the Giyur Bill sponsored by MK Elazar Stern. The advertisement listed rabbonim who back the bill, including Rabbi Eliyahu, who is openly and adamantly opposed to the bill. In an interview with the dati leumi Srugim website, Rabbi Eliyahu explained that his ...
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EJC Calls For Greater Security For Jewish Institutions In Wake Of Attack On Brussels Synagogue

EJC Calls For Greater Security For Jewish Institutions In Wake Of Attack On Brussels Synagogue
In the wake of the suspected arson attacks on a synagogue in Brussels, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) is calling on the relevant authorities to ensure greater security for Jewish institutions. "While it is unclear who was behind the attack, what is clear is that synagogues and other Jewish institutions have been placed on the front lines,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “This attack demonstrates once again that attacks against Jews is not because of what we say or ...
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IDF Dismisses Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Avichai Ronsky For Leaking Classified Information To Bennett

IDF Dismisses Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Avichai Ronsky For Leaking Classified Information To Bennett
IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Avichai Ronsky was removed from his position by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz after it was learned he gave classified information to Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. A report appearing in the daily Maariv states that it was clear Bennett was receiving information from a source, information that he used during Operation Protective Edge to criticize IDF operations during cabinet sessions. Bennett had information pertaining to the Hamas tunnels and ...
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Southwest Flight From Chicago To NYC Makes Emergency Landing At Midway

Southwest Flight From Chicago To NYC Makes Emergency Landing At Midway
A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New York made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Midway International Airport Tuesday. Flight 321 was headed to LaGuardia when it experienced a problem at 1:15 p.m. and returned to Midway, landing about 15 minutes later, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. "It landed safely without incident," said agency spokeswoman Karen Pride. She had no details on the type of problem. Southwest Airlines did not immediately ...
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Another Atlantic City Bust: Trump Plaza Closes

Another Atlantic City Bust: Trump Plaza Closes
Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year. When it opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation. But since then, The Donald has left town and cut ties to its casinos. And the Plaza, like many Atlantic City casinos, has seen better days. A downward spiral that saw it ranked last among the city's casinos ended Tuesday morning as about a ...
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Obama: 'Ebola Outbreak Spiraling out of Control'

Obama: 'Ebola Outbreak Spiraling out of Control'
Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region amid worries that the financial as well as human cost of the outbreak is rapidly spiraling out of control. Obama also called on other countries to quickly supply more helpers, supplies and money. "If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, ...
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Child R"L Struck & Killed In Kibbutz School Parking Lot

Child R
Yiftach Rappaport, 8, was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing in an authorized crosswalk in a parking lot of the Tzafit School in Kibbutz Kfar Menachem on Tuesday morning 21 Elul. The child was struck by a bus transporting children as he crossed in an authorized area in the kibbutz, which is located near Kiryat Malachi. Police report the parking area is for buses and it appears the bus driver began heading out and he did not see the child. The investigation is ongoing. (YWN – ...
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Shmitah - An Overview By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

Shmitah - An Overview By Rabbi Yair Hoffman
As many people are busy sending their children to seminary and Yeshiva in Israel, they look forward to visiting them this year as well. This year, however, is a bit different because it will be a Shmittah year. There will be all sorts of different words and terms floating around, with which we may not be so familiar. “Yevul Nochri” signs will be seem in stores all over Yerushalayim, as well as “Otzar Beis Din” fruit. There will be a “pach shviis can” in places that we visit ...
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US Cites State Secrets In Civil Lawsuit Over Iran

US Cites State Secrets In Civil Lawsuit Over Iran
Citing state secrets, the United States has asked a judge to toss out a defamation lawsuit that a wealthy Greek shipping magnate brought against a nonprofit organization seeking to thwart Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. Victor Restis, a billionaire Greek citizen, sued the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran last year, claiming it was trying to ruin his livelihood and reputation by falsely claiming he did business with Iran. On Friday, the U.S. government filed papers in ...
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Former Cabinet Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Accepting Bribes

Former Cabinet Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Accepting Bribes
A former cabinet minister was arrested by officers of the Israel Police 433 Unit (Israel's FBI) on suspicion of accepting bribes when serving in his ministerial post. The former minister is believed to have fixed government tenders. A colleague of the minister who is an event arranger was also taken in for questioning. The minister allegedly fixed some tenders for the female colleague so her business would receive tenders for events involving government agencies. The investigation is the ...
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Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefit Statements

Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefit Statements
The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire. The agency stopped mailing the statements to most workers two years ago to save money. Instead, Social Security directed workers to track their future benefits online using a secure website. Congress, however, passed a bill last year requiring Social Security to resume mailing the statements. The agency said Tuesday that many workers will ...
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House Panel: Safety Agency Mishandled GM Recall

House Panel: Safety Agency Mishandled GM Recall
The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report. The report by Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised serious questions about the agency's ability to keep the public safe as cars become more complex. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration misunderstood how vehicles ...
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Halachically Speaking: Paying Workers on Time

Halachically Speaking: Paying Workers on Time
[Halachically Speaking appears on YWN weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays]  Written by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits of KOF-K Kosher Supervision As an introduction to this issue we will loosely translate the words of the Chofetz Chaim in his introduction to these halachos.[1] The mitzvah of paying workers on time is something which stands at the height of the world. Many lavin are transgressed when one does not do this properly. One has an obligation to pay a worker even if the ...
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Defense Minister: Deal With Insubordinates From Intelligence Unit 8200 As Criminals

Defense Minister: Deal With Insubordinates From Intelligence Unit 8200 As Criminals
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is uninterested in hearing of the political and moral dilemma facing the 43 insubordinates, IDF reservists who serve in the elite 8200 intelligence unit. The minister has instructed IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to deal with them as criminals. The case deals with a letter sent by the reservists who explain they can no longer comply with orders that they feel violate the basic rights of PA (Palestinian Authority) residents. Speaking at the Tel ...
(2 opinions  |   September 16 )

'Just One Shabbos and We'll All be Free' New Initiative Aims for Global Shmiras Shabbos

'Just One Shabbos and We'll All be Free' New Initiative Aims for Global Shmiras Shabbos
The international Shabbos Project will take place in over 200 cities around the world on the Shabbos of the 24th/25th October this year. The concept is simple: Jews of all walks of life, from across the spectrum – religious, secular and traditional; young and old, from all corners of the world – uniting to experience one full Shabbos together, in full accordance with halacha. From LA to London, Melbourne to Moscow, Buenos Aires to Berlin, Jerusalem to Johannesburg, Toronto to Tokyo, in ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 16 )