President Reuven Rivlin met this morning (Monday), at his residence with Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University in New York, together with faculty member, Israel’s former Ambassador to the US, and former deputy minister, Danny Ayalon.   The President spoke with Rabbi Berman, who took office in June, about the importance of Yeshiva University, and of the emphasis the institution placed on combining Torah and Jewish studies, with academic excellence in other fields. The President also thanked Rabbi Berman for the University’s unwavering support for the Stat...
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted Hawaii’s request to temporarily block the policy that was to be implemented starting early Wednesday. He found Trump’s executive order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.” The judge, appointed by former President Barack Obama, said the new restrictions ignore a federal appeals court ruling that found President Donald Trump’s previous ban exceeds the scope of his authority. The latest version “plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the 9th Circuit has found antithetical to … the founding principles of t...
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life. Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009, pleaded guilty Monday in North Carolina to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a rare charge that carries a potential life sentence. Because Bergdahl had no plea deal with prosecutors, his punishment will be decided by the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, at a hearing starting Oct. 23. Bergdahl was thoroughly questioned by Nance at his plea hearing at Fort Bragg, and the soldier acknowledged that his actions — and subsequent military search missions — put fellow service...
The MDA spokesman reports receiving the call at 6:06am on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei for an accident in the Yarkon district between a vehicle and bicycle. The accident occurred on Route 5 near the Kassam Interchange westbound. EMTs and paramedics were dispatched to the call, during which they pronounced a male in his 50s dead on the scene. Responders explain finding the remnants of the bicycle that was torn apart in the collision and the male supine on the ground nearby. He was in traumatic arrest upon their arrival and had sustained massive head and multisystem trauma. His identity was not immediately available.
Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions. The Windows 10 update became available Tuesday. Several of Microsoft’s partners — Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo — are simultaneously launching their first “Windows Mixed Reality” headsets Tuesday. Samsung is also releasing one early next month. Microsoft is also announcing a new generation of laptops in its Surface line. Two versions of the new Surface Book 2 — one 13.5 inches and the other 15 inches — will go on sale next month.
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The body of seventy-year-old Elkana resident Reuven Schmerling HY”D was found in his place of business, in the Israeli Arab municipality of Um el-Fahm on erev Sukkos. He had been stabbed and beaten to death and placed in a locker. The government earlier this week announced it was recognizing his murder as an act of terrorism. Defense Ministry officials made the announcement, which they explain was based on the findings of the Shin Bet murder investigation. At the time of the murder, the Shin Bet was unwilling to state definitively that the murder was an act of terror, indicating it may have been motivated by a business dispute. The levaya took place on erev Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos, and the family released a statement to the media, calling on the releva...
A foreign Ukranian citizen (51), is suspected of attempting to sell a stolen Israeli I.D. card. The man was arrested on Thursday night, just after Simchas Torah ended and is suspected of using social online networks to sell the I.D. known in Israel as a Teudat Zehut. The I.D. was stolen on Erev Yom Tov A Bat Yam resident notified police on Wednesday, Erev Simchas Torah, that someone had broken into her car and stolen her purse that held her I.D. and other personal documents. She also publicized the theft online. Following the online public notice by the victim, a concerned citizen contacted her and told her that she saw the woman’s I.D. being offered for sale online. The woman contacted the suspect via the ad and notified police of the development. The suspect set up a meetin...
Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again. Chaos briefly ensued as the press corps quickly repositioned itself along a ropeline among the famous garden’s fall mums and foliage in front of a podium marked by the presidential seal. While Trump rarely holds formal, stand-alone news conferences, his freewheeling, last-minute Rose Garden scrum was the latest example of his penchant for talking to journalists on the fly. For nearly 40 minutes, the president held forth on everything from tax policy to the Russia investigations to Hillary Clinton. Trump revele...
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often. It was a spectacle that mesmerized Washington, as Trump and McConnell appeared side by side for more than a half-hour, the president tossing off answers — sometimes mini-speeches — on all topics while McConnell, disciplined as always, delivered brief, scholarly explanations about the legislative process and the risks to their party of nominating candidates who can’t win. At various points, the president denounced the Russia-Trump campaign inves...
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Noach - Building & Destroying, Inside & Out- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct.. 17, 2017 - When the physical world was destroyed in the mabul, it was because the people had corrupted the world internally. Noach was supposed to use the 120 years of building the teivah in order to correct the internal rotting of the world, so that it would not have to be completely wiped away. Although Noach did not succeed at this job, Avraham Avinu did—saving the world through connecting others with Hashem, and turning people toward each other favorably. The physical world comes together—or breaks apart—due to the state of the inner realms, i.e. the actions of humankind.


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Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is rebuffing President Donald Trump’s plea for him to retreat in his war on the Republican establishment, personally boosting the candidacy of a challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake. Bannon plans to appear with Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Tuesday as she announces another bid for the Senate, this time against freshman Flake. Ward lost last year to Republican Sen. John McCain, who went on to won a sixth term. The pair will participate in a program headlined by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham in Scottsdale, Arizona, a day after the political action committee affiliated with Bannon said it would support Ward, a former Arizona state senator. Bannon has said he is “declaring war on the Republican establishment&...
El Al on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei was compelled to ground its new Dreamliner which was scheduled to take off from London to Tel Aviv after a crack was found in a window. According to a Ynet report, the plane flew from Tel Aviv to London with the cracked window, not detailing how this determination was made.
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Baltimore, MD - Oct.. 17, 2017 - When the physical world was destroyed in the mabul, it was because the people had corrupted the world internally. Noach was supposed to use the 120 years of building the teivah in order to correct the internal rotting of the world, so that it would not have to be completely wiped away. Although Noach did not succeed at this job, Avraham Avinu did—saving the world through connecting others with Hashem, and turning people toward each other favorably. The physical world comes together—or breaks apart—due to the state of the inner realms, i.e. the actions of humankind. Click here to listen
The Dow Jones industrial average traded higher on Tuesday, buoyed by strong quarterly results from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson. The 30-stock index also reached 23,000 for the first time. The index gained 43 points, notching a record intraday high. Shares of UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson contributed the most to the gains. Symbol Name Price   Change %Change DJIA Dow Industrials 22995.11   38.15 0.17% S&P 500 S&P 500 Index 2558.01   0.37 0.01% NASDAQ NASDAQ Composite 6627.12   3.12 0.05% UnitedHealth reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast, helped by growth across a...
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The US Secret Service says it has a suspect in custody but it is still investigating the package found near the President's home in Washington DC.The south fence line to the building has been shut down after the person tried to leap the barrier around 9.30am local time.
President Trump’s pick for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn from consideration following allegations he helped water down legislation and weaken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after big drug distributors. Trump tweeted Tuesday, “Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”  Follow Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman! 8:39 AM - Oct 17, 2017  10,30810,308 Replies    4,1134,113 Retweets    19,57119,571 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy ...
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Baltimore, MD - October 16, 2017 - Despite the late notice, hundreds of people from across the Baltimore community joined in the Tehilim gathering held, last evening, in the Bais Yaakov of Baltimore High School Auditorium--and via conference call with over 700 calls from all over US, Canada and Eretz Yisroel—as a zechus for a refuah shlaimah for Rabbi Mendel Don Freedman (Menachem Mendel Don ben Chana Serel). Rabbi Freedman is the former beloved principal and was the guiding force of Bais Yaakov’s Elementary School for 37 years, until his retirement last year. Bais Yaakov of Baltimore High School principal, Rabbi Yechezkel Zweig introduced HaRav Yaakov Hopfer, who spoke prior to the recital of the Tehilim, led by various Rabbonim. HaRav Hopfer announced that Rabbi Freedman is...
The Austrian National Union of Students on Friday condemned the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel as antisemitic, and urged for it to not be given funds or event space. The resolution received near unanimous support, with no votes against it and one abstention. The union also adopted a version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.” Leaders of the BDS movement have repeatedly gone on record claiming that Israel has no right to exist. The Austrian Union of Jewish Students applauded the passage of the resolution, saying in a statement on Friday, “This has been a big step in the fight against ...
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U.S.-backed forces said they have captured Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, wrenching away the group's last major urban stronghold in the Middle East. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes and American special forces on the ground, said they had concluded their four-month battle for the city Islamic State used as a nerve center to plan and stage attacks on the West. See More Coverage »
The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. The justices say Monday they will hear the administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held the emails sought in a drug trafficking investigation were beyond the reach of a search warrant because they were kept on a Microsoft server in Ireland. The case is among several legal clashes that Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and other technology companies have had with the government over questions of digital privacy and authorities’ need for information to combat crime and extremism. Privacy law experts say the companies have been more willing to push back against the government since the leak o...
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