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A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in this rural town about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta. One of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot, Capt. Garland Major with the Anderson County sheriff's office said. Both students were male. The female teacher was hit in the shoulder. Before the shooting at Townville Elementary about 1:45 p.m., the teen gunned ...
Washington (CNN) The FBI has discovered attempted hacks of voter registration sites in more than a dozen states according to two law enforcement officials. US investigators believe that Russia is behind those attempted hacks the officials said. Earlier Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey spoke of additional attempted hacks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, but did not specify a number. "There have been a variety of scanning activities which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities as well as some attempted intrusions at voter database registrations beyond those we knew about in July and August. We are urging the states just to make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on and to get the best information they can from DHS jus...
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Download the class handout. Rosh Hashana is the day of the anniversary of creation of man. The entire world stands in judgement before Hashem, but Bnei Yisroel are the only ones to respond with a Yom Tov. Just like Adam did on the original Rosh Hashana. Click here to listen
Agudath Israel of America notes with sadness the passing of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of the state of Israel, at the age of 93. Throughout his long political career, Shimon Peres displayed great respect for the Orthodox Jewish community and its rabbinic leaders.  Mr. Peres repeatedly defended the religious status quo against those who sought to undermine the Jewish character of Israel.  On a personal level, he enjoyed a warm relationship with a number of charedi and dati leaders and activists. On one of his last trips to Israel, the late president of Agudath Israel, Rabbi Moshe Sherer, met with then Prime Minister Peres and praised him for his strong support of maintaining the unity of the Jewish people by standing firm in support of the religious s...
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran is in possession of missiles with a range enough to reach Israel, Press TV reports. “We do not need missiles with a range of over 2,000 kilometers. The longest range required for [Iran’s] missiles is the [Israeli] occupied lands,” Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh told reporters on Tuesday, adding that Iran has already the necessary missiles for this purpose. Iran is a country capable of producing missiles, the IRGC commander said, adding, “The Zionist regime is our biggest target.”
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Two men seen removing an unexploded bomb from a suitcase left on the street by the Chelsea bomber have been identified by the FBI. Officials say the pair are both Egyptian pilots who have since left the U.S., presumably to return to Egypt. Their names have not yet been made public. The men had been seen on surveillance video removing the bomb from luggage on West 27th Street, Manhattan, at around 8pm on the night of the Chlsea bombing attack on September 17. They dumped the pressure cooker explosive on the street – which was soon discovered by local New Yorkers who reported it to the police. The men made off with the case. FBI officials previously said that the two men were not considered suspects, but said that agents were keen to speak to them. They released surveillance foota...
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Chodesh Elul

From Rosh Hodesh Elul until after Yom Kippur  is a time of (Divine) favor.  Although, throughout the entire year,  the Holy One, blessed be He, accepts the repentance  of those who return to Him wholeheartedly,  in any case, these days (between the 1st of Elul and Yom Kippur) are more special  have been set aside for repentance,  because they are days of mercy and favor.  Because on Rosh Hodesh Elul, Moses ascended Mount Sinai  to receive the second set of stone tablets  and spent forty days there,  descending on the tenth of Tishrei,  which was then the finish of the atonement period1  From then on, these days were set aside as days of favor,  and the tenth of Tishrei as the Day of Atonement. 2  It is the custom in most places  to fast on the day preceding Rosh Hodesh Elul  and follow the order of prayer (termed) the Minor Day of Atonement  to prepare one's heart to repent.  If Rosh Hodesh Elul falls on Shabbat,  one advances (the fast) to the Thursday before it.  The Ari (lit; The Rabbi, our master, Rabbi Isaac Luria), may his memory be a blessing,3  wrote:4  ''Surely (a man) does not lie in ambush (to murder), but G-d  (who) caused this to happen, then I will provide for you (a place for you to take refuge)''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul.  To tell (us) that this month  is (like a place of refuge,) a time of favor when (G-d) accepts (our) repentance  on the sins done throughout the year.  It also alludes to (sins) committed inadvertently  that also need repentance during this month  The Rabbis5 have also noted6  ''And G-d, your Lord, will circumcise  your heart and the hearts of your descendants''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also7  ''I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also8  ''a person (sending gifts) to his friend and (giving) presents to the poor.''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  (The verses) allude to the three things, which are repentance  prayer, and charity,  which must be done eagerly in this month.  ''And G-d will circumcise...'' alludes to repentance;  ''I am for my Beloved...'' alludes to prayer,  which is ''a song of lovers'';  ''Sending gifts...''  alludes to charity. (KSA 128:1)
1) For the sin of the Golden Calf.
2) Moses went up to Mt Sinai for 3 consecutive 40 day periods; for the first forty days, Hashem taught him the entire Torah and gave him the first set of stone tablets, which Moses subsequently smashed when he came down the mountain and saw the Jews dancing around the Golden Calf; Moses then spent the next 40 days begging Hashem to forgive the Jewish People; the final forty days was spent receiving the second set of tablets.
3) Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572), renowned as the greatest kabbalist of modern times, is commonly known as the ARI, an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Yitzhak - the G-dly Rabbi Isaac.
4) To explain the verse Exodus 21:13.
5) lit; the explainers of lists.
6) Deuteronomy 30:6
7) Song of Songs 6:3
8) Esther 9:22

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(CNN)Two children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, a spokesman for Anderson County Emergency Management told reporters Wednesday afternoon. The students were sent to a local trauma center, Taylor Jones said. One child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. The teacher was also hospitalized. The severity of the injuries is not known. The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, Jones said. Townville is in the extreme western part of the state, southwest of Greenville. Developing story - more to come
Hundreds of people scheduled to leave New York on Wednesday night for Uman have just been notified that the flight has been cancelled. The tickets were sold by a well-respected travel agency, and the passengers were being flown on a privately chartered 747. The flight was advertised as a direct flight. Although it is unclear about why exactly the flight was cancelled, sources tell YWN that the flight did not have the appropriate landing permits in Ukraine, prompting the cancellation of the flight. Passengers who spoke to the travel agency are being told that their money was being refunded, and being told that they can try and make alternate travel arrangements.
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on The Essence of Rosh Hashana - Creation, Judgment and Response (Audio)

Download the class handout. Rosh Hashana is the day of the anniversary of creation of man. The entire world stands in judgement before Hashem, but Bnei Yisroel are the only ones to respond with a Yom Tov. Just like Adam did on the original Rosh Hashana.

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President Reuven Rivlin On the Passing of Shimon Peres 1fd1ec51-a303-4194-b122-316d08d48ff7 from on Vimeo.  
If until now it was unclear just how old Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman is, the mystery has been solved with the release of the rosh yeshiva‘s passport, Israel has learned. The passport was issued in 2008 when Rav Shteinman went on a trip to France and the United States. At the time, Rav Shteinman traveled with the Rebbe of Gur for the benefit of Shuvu and the establishment of the Nesivos Moshe fund. According to the passport, Rav Steinman’s year of birth is 1914. The month and day of his birth is not detailed. In addition, the passport indicates that his birthplace is Poland. The simple math shows that the rosh yeshiva is now 102 years old. May he merit continued arichus yomim veshonim
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Jerusalem, Israel - Sept. 28, 2016 - Writer Chaim Potok is reported to have said, "Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things." In Israel, tea drinking is seasonal. Nevertheless, erev Rosh Hashanna is the perfect season to talk about tea and happy things.   After gourmet coffee, tea is becoming a new trend. Tea was always popular in the east, but now it is also becoming more popular in west. Teas have less caffeine than coffee. According to the Mayo Clinic, 8 ounces of brewed coffee contains 95-200 mg, while black tea has 14-70 mg, and green tea 24- 45 mg of caffeine. Ceremonie Tea, based in Israel, was founded in 2007. In March 2013, Efrat and Elli Schorr took over ownership. Efrat told BJL, during a recent press tour of t...
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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s estimated net worth is $3.7 billion, $800 million less than a year ago, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday, attributing the loss largely to New York’s softening real estate market. The magazine probed 28 assets or asset classes owned by the New York businessman and found 18 had declined in value, including Trump Tower in Manhattan and his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. The value of his 40 Wall Street property in downtown New York had also declined, according to Forbes, which said it has been tracking Trump’s wealth for 34 years. At the same time, one asset remained steady while seven others – including 555 California Street, the second tallest building in San Francisco – saw their valu...
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The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there. In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba Rahami, and son Qassim Rahami were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul. "Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home. [Don't] send him to a different country," Mohammad Rahami said. The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family had anything to do with Ahmad Rahami's alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 1...
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President Barack Obama hopes to attend the funeral of former Israeli president and statesman Shimon Peres in Israel on Friday and the White House is working on the logistics, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday.
ATLANTA - Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is remembering Shimon Peres for his work to bring peace to Israel and Palestine. In a statement released Wednesday, Carter says: "Mr. Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region." Carter says he and his wife, Rosalynn, were saddened to learn of Peres' death and recalled Peres as "a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office." "We extend more at News Observer
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