IDF Appoints a Commander for Frum Induction Center
As the IDF prepares for the opening of its chareidi induction center following yomtov, it has appointed Captain Rabbi Yaakov Rashi to head the base. The captain is a member of the dati leumi community, and he will oversee the operations at the new base.
Chareidim who receive draft notices in the future will have to report to the base to declare if they are going to continue learning in the framework of the nation’s new draft law or enter the IDF or an approved national service alternative. ...
General Closure on Yehuda and Shomron
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has placed a general closure on PA (Palestinian Authority) areas of Yehuda and Shomron until motzei Pesach. The closure began aon erev yomtov at midnight and will continue until midnight of motzei yomtov.
During this time period, PA residents will be prohibited from entering into Green Line Israel. Exceptions are made in cases of humanitarian need.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
NYC Comptroller Stringer's Passover Message
My warmest wishes go out to all Jewish New Yorkers during this joyous Passover holiday.
Passover gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish nation’s triumph over slavery and oppression and serves as a constant reminder of the strength of our people to endure and unite for freedom.
Passover has always been a reminder to appreciate the gifts G-d has given us.
So as we sit down at our tables, surrounded by family and friends, I encourage all Jewish New Yorkers to remember the great ...
A Message from the Kalever Rebbe for Pesach 5774 [Keeping Hashem's Holy Mitzvos - Sacrifice or Reward?]
These days we seem to live in a results-oriented society where people expect practical action to yield tangible, predictable and often immediate rewards. Conversely, popular perception posits that indulgence in frivolous, irrational behavior will produce nothing of worth. Against this backdrop, as committed Jews, our steadfast performance and observance of G-d’s holy mitzvosoften earns us the derision of non-Jewish society at large and, sadly, the scorn of unaffiliated or uncommitted Jewish ...
Acquitted Man Files $25M Lawsuit Against NYS
A Brooklyn man who spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the state.
Derrick Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of teenager during a robbery in a Flatbush apartment complex.
He was freed on new evidence last year.
The 58-year-old was granted a new trial in 2012 after an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter and the recantation of a separate witness.
It took a jury just nine ...
Coney Island Amusement Park Opens for Season
Coney Island's Luna Park has officially opened for the season.
Crews were wrapping up maintenance work Sunday morning and put the finishing touches on the new attractions in the theme park this year.
A new ride called Luna 360 spins riders 360 degrees, while shooting up 60 feet in the air.
And of course, the 86-year-old Cyclone is back.
The coaster has been getting new wooden tracks installed over the past three years.
What's missing this year is the Astro Tower.
The defunct ...
Child Seriously Injured in Chametz Burning in Beit Shemesh
A child was burned during the burning of chametz on Nachal Luz Street in Beit Shemesh on erev yomtov. Ichud Hatzalah’s Moshe Teitlebaum reports the seven-year-old was burned over his upper body as a result of pouring a flammable liquid over the chametz fire. This caused the fire to momentarily rage out of control.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo: Chadashot 24)
EJP Calls for Stronger International Cooperation Against Neo-Nazism in the Wake of Shooting in Kansas
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has warned that the shooting yesterday at a Kansas Jewish community center demonstrates that neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are becoming emboldened and called on the international community to work together to bolster the fight against hate and anti-Semitism.
“Unfortunately, we are witnessing an intolerable rise in neo-Nazi violence on a global scale,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC said. “Many assume that this is just a European problem, but its ...
Orthodox Union Reacts To Cowardly Murders At Jewish Sites In Overland Park, Kansas
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America mourns the tragic loss of life in yesterday's cowardly attacks in Overland Park, Kansas. We join with people of good will everywhere to raise our voices against this cold-blooded aggression against innocents at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and the Village Shalom senior living community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of each of the victims of this vicious, despicable act. Tonight, Jews across the world ...