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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - As challenging as it can be to deal with the rapid pace of technology, there’s no doubt that the internet has made Torah learning accessible for many, many people. We can access D’vrei Torah, Parashah vlogs, shiurim, and more online at any time of the day and from anyplace in the world through videos.
Six billion hours of video are watched on YouTube every month. Facebook now sees 100 million hours of daily video watch time. Research shows that most people are watching videos on their device without the sound – on a busy train, in bed while their partner is asleep next to them, in the bathroom – admit it – you do it. Captions improve engagement. By embedding captions, you ensure that your video’s message is co...
WASHINGTON (AP) — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country's image.
As questions swirled about the glossy magazine's origins, the Saudis said they were just as perplexed as everyone else, declaring on Twitter: "If you find out, we'd love to know."
But files obtained by The Associated Press show that a digital copy of the magazine, produced by American Media Inc., was quietly shared with officials at the Saudi Embassy in Washington almost three weeks before its publication.
How the early copy made it to the Saudis is unclear. Yet the revelation adds another mysterious t...
Striking back at the growing substance abuse and addiction crises that have hit the Orthodox Jewish community with stunning ferocity, Teaneck area residents came out en masse on Sunday night to learn more about these rarely discussed issues at an awareness event hosted by Amudim.
Well over 600 men, women and teens flocked to Torah Academy of Bergen County where the standing room only crowd was riveted for more than two hours by a presentation that included hard hitting remarks that gave listeners multiple perspectives of this growing problem that has shattered families, and in all too many instances, claimed lives. While many in the Orthodox Jewish community have been reluctant to acknowledge the dual plagues of abuse and addiction, communal support in Teaneck was unanimous...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says North Korea wants meeting 'as soon as possible,' praises Kim Jong Un as 'very open' and 'very honorable'
שמחת התנאים של הכלה נכדת האדמו"ר ממונקאטש בת לבנו הגה"צ ראש ישיבת מונקאטש
Tenoim for a Granddaughter of the Minkatch Rov, Kallah daughter of the Minkatcher Rosh Yeshivah
תנאים פון אן אייניקל פון כ״ק אדמו״ר ממונקאטש שליט״א, הכלה בת לבנו הרה״צ ר׳ חיים אלעזר ראבינאוויטש שליט״א ראש ישיבת מונקאטש, עב״ג החתן בן הרה״ג ר׳ נפתלי צבי וואקסמאן שליט״א ראש כולל באבוב לאנדאן. אין ביהמ״ד הגדול מונקאטש
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Extraordinary gesture comes at behest of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Channel 20 reports • Works to prepare U.S. consulate site for embassy move, including paving of roads, construction of wall around site's perimeter, are currently underway.
As part of the May 14 ceremony to mark the official opening of the U.S. Embassy, a mezuzah will be affixed to the embassy building. According to a Channel 20 report, organizers decided on the unusual move of holding a religious ceremony to install the mezuzah as a gesture to Israel and following the recommendation of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
At a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Monday, Friedman said he sees Jerusalem as a ...
Mohammed Maqadmeh, a member of Hamas' military wing, killed in Gaza when a bomb he was apparently assembling exploded • Four other Palestinians wounded in blast, including bomb maker's son • Palestinians initially blame explosion on Israeli drone strike.
A member of Hamas' military wing, 55-year-old Mohammed Nimer al-Maqadmeh, was killed Monday when a bomb he was apparently assembling accidentally exploded.
Four Palestinians were also wounded in the blast. One of the wounded was reportedly Maqadmeh's young son, who sustained serious injuries.
Palestinian news outlets initially reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile at the building, but shortly thereafter Hamas admitted the explosion was likely the result of an accident.
Several terrorists belo...
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A number of Sephardi rabbonim are working to encourage Yachad party leader Eli Yishai to enter the Jerusalem mayoral race, hoping they will be able to get Shas to back the former party leader in his bid to enter City Hall, Yehuda Schlesinger reports in Yisrael Hayom. Yishai in recent months has stated on more than one occasion that he is not interested in local elections, and that he only plans to run in national elections.
The rabbonim feel if elected as mayor of Jerusalem, Yishai will not run in the next Knesset elections, and his party will not enter the national elections race. This they feel will bring an end to the controversy between Yishai and Shas, as Shas would back Yishai’s bid for mayor and this would result in Sephardi unity. Senior Shas offici...
NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.
So please don't make credible violent threats or promote terrorism or the poaching of endangered species; attempt to buy marijuana, sell firearms, or list prescription drug prices for sale; post instructions for self-injury; or commit multiple homicides at different times or locations.
Facebook already banned most of these actions on its previous "community standards" page , which sketched out the company's standards in broad strokes. But on...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning that if Iran restarts its nuclear program it "will have bigger problems than they have ever had before."
Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will be discussing the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday during their meetings at the White House.
Macron wants Trump to maintain the deal. Trump is undecided but has called it "a terrible deal."
Though Trump has warmly welcomed Macron to Washington, the two have disagreements to sort through, including Trump's decision to leave the multinational Paris climate change agreement.
While with Macron, Trump refused to answer a reporter's question as to whether he is considering a pardon for his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office was raided by the FBI. Trump called it "a stupid...
Question #1: How many mitzvos?
“Is keeping kosher more than one mitzvah?”
Question #2: Food for thought
“Am I required to eat each of the kosher species?”
Question #3: Check your scales
“Must I check fish for scales each time I purchase one?”
Two weeks ago we discovered that when the Torah discusses which species are kosher, it says (in parshas Shemini), “These are the living things from which you may eat,” which the midrashei halacha and the Rambam count as mitzvos aseih. We noted that the Rambam considers these as lav haba miklal aseih, a prohibition verbalized as a mitzvas aseih, which is sometimes called an issur aseih. We also noted that the Rambam counts four different mitzvos aseih, one to eat only kosher an...
TORONTO (AP) — A judge in Canada has ordered the 25-year-old man suspected of plowing a van into pedestrians in north Toronto detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.
Suspect Alek Minassian learned of the charges in a brief initial hearing before a judge in Toronto on Tuesday.
Minassian wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed. He showed little emotion.
He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday's crash scene on a busy sidewalk.
He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10.
The president of Invesco Canada says one of the financial company's employees was among those killed in when a van plowed into p...
TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Tuesday as company earnings reports continued to largely beat expectations, suggesting the economy remains strong despite concerns about trade.
KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.3 percent to 12,608 while France's CAC 40 was little changed at 5,437. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent to 7,421. U.S. shares were also set to drift higher with Dow and S&P 500 future both up 0.6 percent.
EARNINGS: Coca-Cola reported net income of 32 cents per share in the first quarter, above Wall Street expectations. That followed a jump in profits at Google parent Alphabet late Monday. It reported strong digital ad sales and an accounting adjustment. The reports confirm that the first three months of the year have been largely positive for ...
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are higher Tuesday morning as investors applaud strong first-quarter results from companies including machinery maker Caterpillar, appliance maker Whirlpool and Fifth Third Bancorp. Smaller companies made big gains in an optimistic sign for the U.S. economy. Bond yields continue to rise and the 10-year Treasury note reached 3 percent for the first time in more than four years. Alphabet, Google's parent company, slid after it reported greater revenue but also an increase in spending.
KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index gained 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,675 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points, or 0.2 percent, to 24,492. The Nasdaq composite added 13 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,141. The Russell 2000 index ...
A two-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon, after he was forgotten in a car outside of Haifa in northern Israel.
The child was left in a vehicle in the haredi community of Rechasim near Haifa for a number of hours before he was discovered.
Paramedics and emergency first responders from MDA and United Hatzalah were called to the scene, and attempted to resuscitate the child.
Despite their efforts to save the boy, however, emergency medical teams were ultimately forced to declare the child dead.
“When I got there, I saw a toddler, unconscious, next to a car,” said MDA paramedic Haim Atia. “He wasn’t breathing and had no heartbeat. His body temperature was extremely high. I was told that he had been locked inside a hot car for a number of hours.”
IDF investigation finds that soldier accidentally pressed button activating emergency call-up of 5,000 reservists on Independence Day.
One soldier's mistake at a recruitment center of the 98th Division caused an emergency call-up of thousands of reserve soldiers on the morning of Independence Day.On Thursday, Independence Day morning, some 5,000 soldiers from the reserves were called up. "Emergency recruitment has begun. Immediately report to the meeting point," the message, which was quickly found to be a mistake, said.The IDF decided to immediately investigate the incident and the task was assigned to the division commander, Brig. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, who was at the time diving at the Kinneret.Yossi Yehoshua, military correspondent for Yediot Aharonot, reported that ...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the killing of a West Bank settler.
The military said on Tuesday that troops knocked down the home of Ahmad Konba in Jenin. It says he was part of a group involved in the fatal drive-by shooting in January of Rabbi Raziel Shevah from an Israeli settlement outpost.
During the demolition, the military says shots were fired and explosive devices hurled toward the forces. An Israeli paramilitary soldier was slightly injured.
Israel typically demolishes the homes of Palestinian attackers as a deterrent measure, but Palestinians consider the policy collective punishment. Israel captured the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, areas the Palestini...
JERUSALEM (AP) — A hard-line Israeli lawmaker is sarcastically thanking Twitter for briefly freezing his account following a post he wrote about wishing a teen Palestinian protester had been shot.
Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party says Tuesday that Twitter had given greater prominence to his stance that the 17-year-old was a "terrorist."
Smotrich says Twitter's "bullying" unmasked the liberals who "support free speech for all as long as you think just like them."
Smotrich says he was cut off for about 12 hours after his post about Ahed Tamimi, who is serving an eight-month prison term for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home.
Smotrich wrote that instead of arresting her, the soldiers should have shot her in the knee to put her in "home arr...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is willing and able to host a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but no plans have been made to do so, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai was responding to questions from reporters who noted that Bangkok was one of several possible venues mentioned for such a summit, which Trump said could take place in early June to discuss North Korea's denuclearization. It would be the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
Don said Thailand was able to help with such a meeting and had hosted talks between the two countries before, including one set of talks in 2000 that had led to improved relations.
He said speculation that Thailand might be the host...