Yamina candidate Naftali Bennett revealed on Sunday what he claimed were the details on how the long-awaited U.S. Mideast peace plan would divide the West Bank between Israel and the Palestinians. The alleged plan, which Bennett revealed on social media complete with a map, gives over 90% of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority.
“Folks, it’s time to reveal: This is the ‘Islands Plan’ of the ‘deal of the century,’ which will be imposed on us right after the elections,” Bennett wrote on Facebook. “In black, Palestine. In white, isolated Israeli ‘islands’ in an ocean of Palestine, surrounded 360 degrees by Hamas, Tanzim, PLO.”
Bennett called the plan “hell for every resident of Ariel, Ofra and Kiryat Arba&rdqu...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday called for an emergency meeting with the head of the Central Election Committee, Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, to discuss possible voter fraud in this week’s election.
Netanyahu’s request followed a report in the Hebrew daily Maariv on Friday according to which of the 82 people who complained of irregularities in the Arab-sector polling stations on the April 9 elections, only two were questioned by police.
According to the Likud, the number of fraudulent votes in April may have been high enough to put the United Arab List-Balad over the electoral threshold, preventing Likud from receiving two more seats. Two additional seats would have enabled Netanyahu to form a right-wing coalition.
“If the Likud’s compl...
The terrorist threat facing Israel has changed in recent years, requiring the Israel Defense Forces to adapt, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on Thursday.
Speaking in Zichron Yaakov near Haifa at a memorial ceremony honoring fallen IDF soldiers, Kochavi said Israel is now facing organized “terrorist armies” that use civilians as “living flak jackets.”
“The enemy is organized in brigades and platoons, armed with missiles, rockets and advanced weaponry, and is operating from inside densely populated urban areas, with a civilian population that it sees as living flak jackets,” he said.
The changed nature of the terrorist threat Israel faces demands “that the IDF make changes and adjust its forces and methods of warfare, so urban areas...
Attacks on crucial Saudi oil installations crippled the world’s second-largest oil producer and sparked new geopolitical tensions – but how much pain consumers feel will hinge on how long it takes normal output to return, experts say.
The weekend drone strikes marked the biggest disruption to Saudi Arabia’s oil industry since the early 1990s, but if crude stockpiles can tide over global markets and production bounces back quickly, the episode will have a negligible effect on pump prices.
But should the recovery take weeks or months, the impact could be far-reaching and lasting. Higher fuel prices can not only motivate consumers – the main drivers of the economy – to cut spending elsewhere, they ultimately reach nearly every corner of the economy by raising t...
We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Geela Naiman ע"ה sister of Mrs. Sara Brejt.
Shiva will be observed in Eretz Yisroel from Wednesday morning, Sept 18th to Monday morning, Sept 23rd (Israel time) She will be sitting in Efrat for most of the time at Pitom Haketores 18/2. She will be sitting in Ramat Beit Shemesh at Nachal Luz 18/2 from Thursday Sept 19 at 4 p.m. until Friday Sept 20 at 2 p.m.
Hamakom Yenacheim Eschem B'soch Sha'ar Aveilei Tzion V'rushalayim
The suspect accused of burning a 119-year-old synagogue in Duluth, Minnesota, last week said he tried to “spit” the fire out and left when he could not, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN.
The affiliate reported that the complaint said Matthew Amiot, 36, was seen setting “a variety of combustible materials” on fire behind the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue last Monday at about 2:13 a.m.
A judge reportedly set his bond at $20,000.
Amiot’s attorney told CNN affiliate KBJR that he denies all allegations.
Read more at The Hill.
In Devarim, (28:10) the Torah tells Bnei Yisroel that the nations of the world will see Hashem upon you and will fear you. The gemara in Brachos (6a) says that this posuk is referring to the mitzvah of tefillin shel rosh.
In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim (25:9-10) we pasken that one may not say any words between the putting on the tefillin shel yad and the tefillin shel rosh. If a person hears kaddish or kedusha, he should not answer, but rather pause and listen and then finish putting on the shel rosh.
What happens if a person is between the tefillin shel yad and shel rosh and he hears someone else making a br...
On the evening of September 12, 2019, at the home of Jason and Shani Reitberger, the Vaad HaRabbonim / Rabbinical Council of Baltimore hosted a reception to thank, among others, the City, County and State Health Departments; LifeBridge Health/Sinai Hospital; Agudath Israel of Maryland; Hatzalah of Baltimore; Baltimore Jewish Life; and Bais Yaakov and Shomrei Emunah for their critical roles in arranging community MMR vaccination clinics in Baltimore around Pesach time. With tremendous Siyata d’Shmaya, the robust and seamless partnership between all of these public and private groups helped to protect our community during this measles epidemic. The reception was an opportunity for our community to express its tremendous hakaros hatov and profound gratitude to these wonderfu...
A firefighter was killed and at least six people were injured in an explosion Monday morning at a newly built Maine building that provides support for people with disabilities, officials said.
The building in Farmington, roughly 70 miles north of Portland, was evacuated when someone smelled gas, local official Scott Landry told The Associated Press. The explosion happened after firefighters arrived on scene to investigate.
The explosion appeared to have reduced to rubble the building used by LEAP, described on its website as "a private nonprofit organization devoted to enabling individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities."
Heard for miles around, the blast took place around 8:30 a.m....
The following was posted on Facebook by Hillel Fuld:
One year ago, everything changed forever.
I’ve never told this story, at least not in a public manner. Honestly, not sure I’ll make it through this post, but if you are reading this, I decided to hit “Publish”.
It was a Sunday morning like any Sunday morning. I was at Hometalk doing my thing. I had a few tabs open on my browser, like I always do. One of them was Israeli news.
I opened that tab just to check what’s happening in the country and there it was. “Another day, another freaking terrorist attack.” Those were my thoughts.
Only this attack was different. No, not because my brother was the victim. I had no idea about that and was only going to find out later. This one was different beca...
We regret to inform you of the passing of R' Yitzchak Eichenthal, father of Baila Ribiat, Avraham Eichenthal and Sara Alon.
The levaya and shiva will take place in Lakewood.
Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Shar Aveilei Tzion V'rushalayim
FLINT — An estimated 1,200 Flint Assembly workers streamed out of the plant along Van Slyke Avenue in their cars at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, marking the beginning of the UAW's first national strike since 2007.
The autoworkers, cheered by a large crowd of labor supporters, turned toward the UAW Local 598 union hall down the street to pick up picket signs. They lined street that snakes around the plant that builds the popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
Horns honked as union members from throughout the region arrived in Flint, the birthplace of GM and a key spot in UAW history. In fact, cars blocked Van Slyke completely as the now-striking workers left the plant.
Read More @ Detroit Free Press
We are now focusing on the approaching Yom HaDin, Rosh HaShanah. And as much as this is a time for spiritual preparation, it is also a time when practical preparation for the upcoming 23 days beginning with Rosh Hashanah can go a long way toward preserving our health. This time period also includes Yom Kippur, Succot, Chol HaMoed and Simchat Torah and can have a negative effect on our health if we allow it to. However, with a little bit of planning and a lot of portion control, this period in our calendar can be as meaningful as it is meant to be and our Gashmiut-physical pleasures, can indeed be used to enhance our Ruchniut—spirituality.
There are essentially three areas where we all tend to get into trouble. One - the amounts of food we consume sitting at o...
A perfect follow-up to last week’s discussion:
This week's parsha deals with the proceedings with regards to a case of illicit relations with a betrothed girl or married woman. The betrothed girl must be at least 12 years old, without having shown complete signs of adulthood in order to be subject to these specific laws. Additionally, these laws only apply after the kiddushin (betrothal) stage and not after marriage.
There is an interesting discrepancy found in the pesukim dealing with these transgressions. With regards to the penalty of death delivered in the case of the betrothed girl (stoning), the Torah comments (22:21,24) "And you shall wipe out the evil from your midst." However, with regards to the death penalty in the case of ordinary ad...
Hasbro Inc. is introducing a new version of the classic board game called Ms. Monopoly, where the Monopoly Man, with his mustache, cane and top hat, is replaced by a blazer-wearing, coffee-swilling businesswoman — an “advocate whose mission is to reinvest in female entrepreneurs.”
The rules generally stay the same as in the classic real estate game. But instead of purchasing properties, players buy up inventions and innovations that women had a hand in creating, like Wi-Fi and chocolate chip cookies, Hasbro said in a news release.
Players will build business headquarters instead of houses in this game. And in a move that flips the pay-gap narrative, women start with more money than men; they will also get more money when passing Go.
“Ms. Monopoly was created to i...
Volunteers from United Hatzalah of Ukraine together with local first responders and Oxford Medical held a mass-casualty incident (MCI) training drill in Uman in a building located close to the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman. The drill, which took place on Thursday morning, was designed to allow first responders from the city and beyond to work together prior to the arrival of the tens-of-thousands of visitors expected in the city for Rosh Hashanah.
The drill simulated a fire breaking out in an apartment building and rescue teams had to evacuate and treat hundreds of patients who suffered smoke inhalation and mild burns. The drill came just one day after volunteer EMTs from the organization treated ten tourists for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a hotel near the city of Uman.
Explosions and towering fireballs struck the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil empire on Saturday in an apparent wave of drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The blows knocked out more than half the kingdom’s oil output for days or more and threatened to drive up already high tensions between Iran and its foes in the Persian Gulf.
The predawn blasts on facilities of the state-run oil giant Aramco – which the rebel group claimed were carried out by a fleet of 10 drones – marked one of the most devastating strikes into Saudi territory claimed by the Iranian-allied Houthis in more than four years of war in Yemen.
It was also the most serious attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure in decades, which includes barrages of Scud missiles fired by Sadd...
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Newark Nov. 3 and fans are shelling out big bucks to hear what she has to say.
The cheap seats for the “Moderated Conversation” at the Prudential Center were going for $144 on Ticketmaster.
Prime seats and a “meet and greet” will cost you $2,500.
Floor seats are priced as high as $1,300 and the most expensive ticket currently available is $4,200 for a suite-level ducat.
Read more at THE NY POST.
The Holocaust diary of Polish Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel will finally be published after being sealed away in a New York bank vault for nearly 70 years, CNN reported.
Spiegel was born in 1924 and lived in Przemysl, Poland, which was invaded by the Nazis in 1941. Her diary chronicles her escape from bombing raids in her hometown, the disappearance of Jewish families, the creation of the ghetto and more.
Spiegel was killed by the Nazis in 1942 at the age of 18 after being discovered in hiding. She left the diary with her boyfriend, Zygmunt Schwarzer, who gave it to someone to hold onto before being deported to Auschwitz. Schwarzer survived and returned the diary in 1950 to Renia’s sister, Elizabeth, and mother Róża, both living in New York.
Elizabeth, without reading the ...