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Head of English-speaking high school in Jerusalem says parents have no need to fear making aliyah with older children. Rabbi David Samson, formerly of Baltimore, MD,  the dean of the Maale Erev Israel high school chain and the head of the Yerushalayim Torah Academy (YTA) program for English high school students, spoke with Arutz Sheva at the 9th annual Nefesh B’Nefesh Israel Mega Event aliyah fair. "I feel that's it's an opportunity to expose families that are thinking about aliyah, and they're worried about their children, to the possibilities of making aliyah ...
Court sentences Arab who fired marble at Jew causing blindness in the eye to only community service. An Arab who fired a slingshot at Jews marching in Jerusalem's Old City and caused blindness in the eye of one of his victims will not sit a single day in prison, according to the verdict of Judge Avital Molad of the Juvenile Magistrates Court in Jerusalem. The incident took place five years ago. Three Breslov Jewish youths were walking to the Western Wall. While passing one of the Old City's alleyways, a number of young Arabs began provoking them. On their way back, the Arabs had returned to the same place and began shooting marbles at the Jews with slingshots. One of the boys was hit by a marble in his eye, was sent to Hadassah Medical Center where he stayed for a few days...
A Virginia man is accused of biting another man’s face after making anti-Muslim slurs in a parking lot at a busy shopping mall late last year. Fairfax County police say in a statement that 35-year-old Robin McGreer was arrested Monday and charged with bias-related malicious bodily injury. Investigators say McGreer approached a 31-year-old man on Nov. 27 in the lot at Tysons Corner Center, started a conversation and threatened him with racial insults. The two started fighting and police say McGreer bit the victim in the face before fleeing. Police spokeswoman Megan Hawkins says the threats and slurs at issue were anti-Muslim. She says the delay between the incident and arrest was because of a thorough investigation. Online records do not list an attorney for McGreer.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to “rapidly defeat” the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement in Syria. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Mattis provided the results of his 30-day strategy review ahead of a Monday afternoon Cabinet-level meeting of the National Security Council. It’s unclear if the discussion will include Trump, who said last week his goal is to “obliterate” IS. Davis said details of the report are classified secret. “It is a plan to rapidly defeat ISIS,” Davis said, using the Pentagon’s preferred acronym for the group, which has ...
Egyptian military officials report Hamas tunnels from Gaza to Egypt were destroyed, including one tunnel dug 20 meters below the surface that led to additional tunnels. The main tunnel also contains oxygen tanks as well as communications technology. Egyptian leaders are increasingly concerned as Salafist radicals continue operating in Sinai, compelling many Christians to flee their homes as ISIS continues efforts to rule over Sinai, having failed elsewhere.
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Dan Scavino serves as the White House Director of Social Media. President Trump's tweets are read by 95 million people.
The District of Columbia’s police department should appoint an independent consultant to examine the actions of police on Inauguration Day, when more than 200 people were arrested and charged with rioting, the city’s Police Complaints Board said in a report Monday. The recommendation was included in one of two reports released by the office that oversees police complaints and monitors police interaction with protesters. The first report covered Inauguration Day, when self-described anti-capitalists broke windows and set fire to a limousine, while the second report covered the Women’s March on Washington, the day after the inauguration. The report on Inauguration Day concludes that in many instances Metropolitan Police Department officers “conducted activities in a...
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Hilchos Chanukah

During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1  and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion,  and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments.  They put their hands on their property and their daughters.  They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean.  The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them.  Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them  and saved the Jews from their hands.  They appointed a king from the Priests,  and the kingdom of Israel was restored  for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple).  When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them,  it was the 25th of Kislev2  when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple,  except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest,  and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only.  But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days,  until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil.  For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation  that these eight days  that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise.  One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses,  every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle.  These days are called ''Hanukah''  that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month)  because on the 25th they rested from their enemies.  and also because of those days  they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled.  Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah.  Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days.  One should tell one's children the story of the miracles  that were done for our fore-fathers in those days,  (see Josephus)  However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment  unless one says at the meal songs of praise.  One should increase charity in these Hanukah days,  for this can help mend any defects in our souls.  This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1)
1) 352 BCE until 70 CE
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3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.

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In the days after President Donald Trump’s election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense. It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may alter America’s political landscape in 2020 – or even in next year’s midterm elections. Now, a new survey of children ages 13 to 17 conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with the permission of their parents finds that America’s teens are almost as politically disillusioned and pessimistic about the nation’s divisions as their parents. The difference? They aren’t quite as quick to write off the future. Eight in 10 feel that Americans are divided when it comes to the nation’s mos...
Attorneys for people suing air bag maker Takata and five automakers say the car companies knew that Takata’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years because they were inexpensive. The allegations against Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and BMW were made in a court filing Monday in Miami. The federal court there is handling pretrial evidence-gathering in dozens of lawsuits against Takata and the automakers. The filing says the allegations are partly based on auto company documents. Earlier, the automakers had contended that Takata was the problem because it admitted to covering up the defective inflators, which can blow apart and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Takata is expected to enter a guilty plea to one criminal charge at a hearing in Detroit Monday....
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Halchaic Analysis: Matanos L’Evyonim

One of the Mitzvos of Purim is that there is a mitzvah to give at least one gift to two different poor people on Purim day. Even a poor person who himself has reached a financial state that he must ask for charity, must still give.


What if a person gives to a poor person and his son who is supported by his father? Would this be considered as if he has given to one person or to two people? The Aruch HaShulchan (OC 694:2) is of the opinion that it is only considered as if he has given to one person. Rav Forsheimer, however, point to the Maharsha (Megillah 7b “shedar’) which indicates that it is considered as two people.


This obligation may be fulfilled through any type of gift — money, food, drink, or clothing. One should, however, try to give a substantial monetary gift. If one does use money, ideally it should be enough to buy bread weighing at least three eggs — five slices, approximately. At the very least, however, one must give a perutah (now 3 cents) or its equivalent value to each of two poor persons. A perutah is 1/1244th of an ounce of silver.


Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita, rules that the minimum amount should be $1. The Shaarei Teshuvah rules that it should be the equivalent amount of the cost of a meal for a poor person. In modern times this amounts to approximately five dollars (Rav Shmuel Fuerst.) .


These gifts should be given in the daytime, after the Megillah is read. Matanos la’evyonim should be above and beyond maaser.


Money set aside for matanos la’evyonim should not be changed to another tzedakah without a ruling from a posek.


One is not overly strict with the poor on Purim to determine whether they are really poor or not. Whoever puts his hand out — we give him. According to leading poskim, this does not apply to organizations, however.


Women are also obligated to give gifts to the poor on Purim. A married woman may fulfill the mitzvah through her husband. Ideally, however, the husband should inform his wife that he has given matanos la’evyonim for her, as well.


Children who are dependent upon their parents’ table should still give matanos la’evyonim on their own (Aruch HaShulchan 694:2).


Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, ruled that one may fulfill the mitzvah of matanos la’evyonim with a check. This is true even if the check is post-dated.


One may fulfill the mitzvah of matanos la’evyonim by giving the money even to a young child who is considered poor.
Matanos la’evyonim may be given anonymously. This is the ideal form of fulfilling the mitzvah.


There is a debate as to whether it is preferable to give many poor people a minimum amount of matanos la’evyonim or to give just a few people a significant amount of matanos la’evyonim. The Bach (siman 695) writes that it is preferable to give more people the lesser amount. Rav Elyashiv, zt”l, is quoted (Shvus Yitzchak 8:2 as cited in Kovetz Halachos, p. 92) that it is preferable to give fewer people a more significant amount. Since either way one fulfills the mitzvah, one should perform it in the manner in which one feels most inspired toward dveikus Bashem.


The author may be reached at yairhoffman2@gmail.com


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Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and Education Minister Naftali Bennet have been championing the battle to change school menus, to introduce healthier foods into the nation’s schools. However, frum schools have objected unless a special budget is being provided due to the additional costs involved. The dispute inside Yahadut Hatorah has become significant, led by MK Yaakov Asher, who explains there is not enough money for the frum schools to being increasing the food budget. Kikar News now reports that last week, Litzman attended a secret meeting in Yerushalayim attended by Rav Yitzchok Goldknoff and local Degel Hatorah-affiliated rabbonim including HaGaon HaRav Cohen Shlita (Rosh Yeshivas Chevron), HaGaon HaRav Solovechik Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Chevroni Shlita. it was decided the m...
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The Senate on Monday confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team. The vote was 72-27. Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administration will work quickly to re-do the North American Free Trade Agreement. That’s the massive trade pact with Canada and Mexico that has boosted trade but still stings laid-off workers across the Midwest. Senators from both political parties were deferential to Ross at his nearly four-hour confirmation hearing, which was much more subdued than the confirmation hearings of other Trump nominees. Former commerce secretaries have praised him, including one who served under former President Barack Obama. “Mr. Ross will bring decades of business, entrepreneuria...
A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump’s team during the campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation. Issa made the comments Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Issa said: “You’re right that you cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions — who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office.” It’s unclear whether Issa would have any influence on Sessions. Issa supported Trump during the election, but bar...
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PHILADELPHIA -- More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said.  A man visiting the cemetery called police at 9:40 a.m. Sunday to report that three of his relatives’ headstones had been knocked over and damaged. “The cemetery was inspected and approximately 100 additional headstones were found to be knocked over,” apparently sometime after dark Saturday, a police spokeswoman said in a statement.  A criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation will be conducted by the police Northeast Detectives Division, she said.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lists Mount Carmel as a Jewish cemetery.   I...
President Donald Trump’s choice to be Secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Bilden’s withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump’s nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. Just last week, the Pentagon sought to tamp down reports that Bilden might pull out. Bilden was an intelligence officer in the Army Reserve from 1986-1996. He relocated to Hong Kong to set up an Asian presence for HarbourVest Partners LLC, a global private equity management firm. Bilden recently retired from HarbourVest Partners after 25 years. In a statement released Sunday by the Pentagon, Bilden sa...
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Traffic cameras are being installed on Aharonvitz Street in Bnei Brak and will also be added to Kahaneman Street between Rav Yitzchak Nafcha and Coca Cola Junction. This is to prevent illegal parking in the hope of improving the flow of traffic. It is hoped the cameras will eliminate the need for the traffic directors enforcing the parking regulations. The cameras will issue summonses for vehicles in bus stops or other prohibited areas. There is a focus on buses, as they are too often blocked from pulling into stops due to stopped vehicles and this causes significant traffic delays.
Israel Tax Authority inspectors visited the Mosioff Shul in the Bucharim area of the capital following reports of person employed off the books. The shul is well known and serves thousands daily who daven and learn in the shul. It appears that a harsh machlokes between a shul employee and an askan led to a phone call to tax authorities, reporting illegal activities in the shul. There are conflicting reports the shul employee has been fired as a result while others report he simply has stopped coming in. Tax officials confirm inspections are carried out from time to time, unwilling to release additional information.
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The fight over which cellphone carrier has the best unlimited data offering isn’t over. AT&T announced late Sunday that it is debuting two new unlimited plans this week – one, a no-frills option that tries to undercut its rivals on price; and the other, a more expensive plan with all the bells and whistles. Both plans will become available Thursday. The no-frills option, and how it stacks up The cheaper plan, Unlimited Choice, costs $60 per month for a single line (or $40 a line for a family of four), as long as you have autopay and paperless billing enabled. While that reflects a price cut over AT&T’s current unlimited plan ($100 for a single line or $45 a line for four), it does come with limitations. Most importantly, the Unlimited Choice plan tops out at a...
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