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OU Women’s Initiative Holds First Lay Leadership Confab, Welcomes 100 Women From 56 Communities In The United States, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom & South Africa  Experts And Lay Leaders Address Challenges Of Modern Jewish Communal Leadership At Inaugural Summit WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – The Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative hosted its inaugural Leadership Summit, a lay leadership conference designed to encourage and develop women serving as lay leaders within their communities. The 100 participants were nominated by 56 communities around the United States...
Despite recent attempts by the government to change the housing situation, the housing market in Israel is still in crisis, and if far-reaching changes are not implemented immediately, the crisis will turn into a socio-economic disaster in the years to come, Israel Builders Association president Raul Srugo warned at the association’s annual conference, which took place over the weekend in Eilat. Srugo told the conference that the government must “stop pulling the wool over the public’s eyes.” “There is a shortage of apartments here, much greater than the 146,000 households that have registered for the Mehir Lemishtaken [“Move-in Price” subsidized housing program for first-time buyers] lotteries. For years, we have been building fewer than 50,000 ...
Birth rates in the United States have continued to drop for the fourth straight year, even reaching their lowest figures in 32 years in 2018. In a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new babies born in the country last year was at about 3.7 million. This is 2 percent lower compared to birth rates recorded in 2017. Population experts say the development comes as a surprise seeing how the U.S. job market and the economy, in general, has considerably grown over the past few years. They expected birth rates in the country to stabilize or even rise as a result. Demographers are calling the negative trend in U.S. birth rates a national problem. Read more at Tech Times.
Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon discusses the U.S.-China trade war and the problems facing Europe.
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Ellicot City, MD. — A handcuffed theft suspect drove away in the police cruiser in which he was being taken into custody Sunday night, police said. Howard County police said they were called to the Walmart on Ridge Road around 10 p.m. for a report of a theft in progress. The responding officer said he located the suspect, who had approximately $3,000 worth of stolen merchandise. The officer approached the suspect, who then ran away, police said. After a foot pursuit, the officer took Jerome Rucker, 32, of Nottingham, into custody. The officer handcuffed Rucker behind the back and placed him into the backseat of a patrol SUV, police said. While the officer was collecting evidence from the Walmart, Rucker got away. "Somehow, the suspect was able to bring the handcuffs to the front ...
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New York - President Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress it was Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who suggested he tell lawmakers that the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, even though they continued for months after that. The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen from earlier this year, along with some exhibits from the testimony. Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, pleaded guilty last year and admitted that he misled Congress by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower Moscow project months earlier than he actually did. During the interviews, legislators repeatedly pressed Cohen for details on his false statement to Congress and tried to nail do...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels said Tuesday they attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Tehran and the United States. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity a year after the U.S. withdrew from its nuclear deal with world powers, though still a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons. Underlining the tensions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking expanded executive powers to better deal with “economic war” triggered by the Trump’s administration’s renewa...
Dubai - Bahrain is defending its decision to host a White House-engineered conference to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying its only objective is to support the “brotherly Palestinian people.” The Palestinian Authority has rejected the economic conference planned for next month, saying any peace push that ignores the Palestinian people’s aspirations for an independent state is doomed to fail. Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, said his country supports the Palestinian demand for an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital. He tweeted Tuesday that it also respects the Palestinian leadership’s steadfast position safeguarding Palestinian rights. The Trump administration hopes to rally Arab Gulf countries to ...
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If a person has the opportunity to do the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana and the mitzvah of sefiras ha’omer, which mitzvah should he do first? The issue at hand is the concept of “tadir ush’eino tadir tadir kodem.” If something comes around more often than something else, the priority goes to what comes more often. There is another question as far as how to interpret what is considered more often. Do we measure by the amount of times one does the mitzvah, or do we rather measure the mitzvah by how often we experience this mitzvah throughout the year? On one hand, Sefiras Haomer is done more often since we count for forty-nine days, whereas KiddushLevana is done twelve times a year. On the other hand, Kiddush Levana is applicable every month throughout the whole year, whereas Sefiras Haomer takes place between Pesach and Shavuos.


We can try to bring different proofs to answer the above question. The Aruch Laner in Sukka, daf nun vov, amud alef on Tosfos s.v Ad brings proof that something that is spread out across the year takes precedence over something that is done more times, but in a limited time frame. The Gemara in Shavuos, daf tes, amud alef says that the goats that were brought on Rosh Chodesh are tadir over the goats that were brought during Yom Tov. If you count the goats of Yom Tov, we see that it was brought sixteen times during the seven days of Pesach, one day of Shavuos, and eight days of Sukkos. The Rosh Chodesh goats totaled only twelve, yet the goats of Rosh Chodesh took precedence over the goats of Yom Tov. We see from this that something that took place in a larger time frame on the calendar takes precedence over something done more in count, but in a smaller time frame on the calendar.


The Shaagas Aryeh in siman chof bais discusses a person eating his Shabbos or Yom Tov meal and has two mitzvos to do: the mitzvah of Sefiras Haomer and the mitzvah of Bentching. The person should bentch first and then count Sefiras Haomer. The reason for this is that there are over fifty opportunities for birchas hamazon of Shabbos and Yom Tov, but sefirah occurs only for forty nine days. Birchas hamazon of the weekday are not counted since a person has no requirement to wash during the week. If the statement we said before that something that is spread out in a larger time frame on the calendar is considered tadir, then automatically birchas hamazon should take precedence because it is spread across the calendar. The fact that the Shaagas Aryeh does not use that reasoning seems to prove that tadir is measured in terms or amounts and not by the location across the calendar.


In Shulchan Aruch, siman taf peh tes, seif tes there is a discussion that Kiddush made in shul should be done before Sefiras Haomer. The Magen Avraham in seif koton yud daled explains that this is so because we try to bring in the Shabbos as early as possible. The Teshuvos Yad Eliyahu, siman mem alef asks, why don’t we say the reason is because Kiddush on Shabbos is done more often than Sefiras Haomer? The Teshuvos Divrei Malkiel, chelek alef siman tes zayin answers that the case in discussion was dealing with Kiddush on Yom Tov, which does not come as often. If we say that something that is spread out on the calendar is considered more often, the Kiddush on Yom Tov is spread out from Nissan through Tishrei, whereas sefira is only applicable in Nissan until VovSivan. We could argue that the Kiddush which occurs only three times across the calendar would not be considered more often than forty nine days of the Omer. The same logic may be used when a person forgets vesen tal u’matar and now has to say it in Shema koleinu, the same place where he says Aneinu for a taanis. The Shulchan Aruch in siman kuf yud zayin, seif heh says to say vesen talu’matar first. The Levush in the Pri Megadim explains this is so since vesen tal u’matar is said more often than Aneinu despite the fact that Aneinu may be said across the whole calendar, whereas vesen tal u’matar is said only in the winter. Here too, the disparity of amount of times of vesen tal u’matar is so much greater that we don’t use the fact that it is spread out across the calendar.


Another proof to the other position; that the calendar takes precedence over amount of times, is from the fact that we say the Shir Shel Yom before L’Dovid. The Shir Shel Yom is only said about fifty times a year as each day of the week had its own Perek in Tehillim, yet L’Dovid is said a little over a hundred times. We see from here that the calendar takes precedence over amount of times.


We have brought proof to support both sides of this discussion. If anyone is able to shed some more light on this question, please contact me.




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If a person has the opportunity to do the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana and the mitzvah of sefiras ha’omer, which mitzvah should he do first? The issue at hand is the concept of “tadir ush’eino tadir tadir kodem.” If something comes around more often than something else, the priority goes to what comes more often. There is another question as far as how to interpret what is considered more often. Do we measure by the amount of times one does the mitzvah, or do we rather measure the mitzvah by how often we experience this mitzvah throughout the year? On one hand, Sefiras Haomer is done more often since we count for forty-nine days, whereas KiddushLevana is done twelve...
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