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Man Seen Taking Photos Of Jewish Girls School In Brooklyn Was Just An Insurance Adjuster John Glenn, American Hero, Aviation Icon And Former U.S. Senator, Dies At 95 Parshas Vayetze - Love & Marriage Treif Money: A Halachic Perspective Shin Bet Busts Terror Ring That Planned Kidnapping Police Train For Amona Evacuation At Negev Army Base NTSB: Medical Issues Of Baltimore School Bus Driver Possible Contributor To Fatal Crash (Audio) Israel Police Say Knife-Wielding Palestinian Shot and Killed Netanyahu: Push for UK Apology for Balfour Declaration Reveals Conflict Is Not About Land or Palestinian Statehood Son of US Soldier Who Saved 200 Jewish-American Troops During WWII Determined for Father to Receive Posthumous Medal of Honor British-Jewish Student Leader Co-Sponsors Motion to Sever Ties With UK’s Campus Umbrella Over President’s Failure to Retract Antisemitic Statements Once Again – Entire Shas In One Year! (Photo Essay) Donald Trump's Deal To Create 50,000 Jobs In America Looks A Lot Different On Day Two Dow, S&P And Transports Close At All-time Highs As Stocks Surge More Than 1% Two Juveniles Charged With Arson in Tennessee Wildfires That Left 14 People Dead Histadrut Declares A ‘Labor Dispute’ In Bnei Brak Terrorist Who Lied on US Citizenship Application to Get Retrial Search Underway For Marine Pilot Off Coast Of Japan Chief Rabbinate To Recognize Ivanka Trump's Conversion Police Officer Killed, Another Critically Injured In Shooting Near Georgia College Campus
A story that shook the Brooklyn Jewish community, has thankfully turned out to be benign. As had been reported on November 2nd, a suspicious male had been seen taking photos of a Jewish girls school, causing the parent body of the school as well as the Jewish community at large to be concerned. After a month of tireless work by the NYPD, people can now rest assured that the incident was in no way a threat to the school. At the time, a male was seen exiting a car and walking up to the Bais Yaakov D’Rav Meir School building located on Parkville Avenue in the Kensington section of B...
His legend is other-worldly and now, in his 95th year, that’s where John Glenn has gone. An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives. He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made Ohio first in flight. “John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve," said Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. "As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable ...
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The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which descends from the Rebbes of Lechovitch and Karlin/Stolin Baltimore, MD - Dec. 3, 2016 -The Baltimore community is honored to host the Koidenover Rebbe, shlit"a, from this Monday, Dec. 5th through Wed., Dec. 14th. The Rebbe visited Baltimore, last December, and those who were privileged to see the Rebbe then, know that he is a captivating speaker who conveys a message relevant to our generation. In addition, the Rebbe is known for and much sought after for his wise counsel and brachos. Those who have had a private audience with the Rebbe can tell you how truly electrifying the experience was, replete with chizuk and inspiration. The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which descends from ...
Not long ago, I was walking along a street and I noticed a sign in a storefront window, “College Prep.”  Beneath the sign was another sign that read, “A must for success!”  Hmm, I thought to myself, that’s interesting.  We offer preparation classes for all sorts of things, except the things that we really need preparation for!  I thought back to a conversation I’d had with a young man only a couple of weeks earlier.  He had met a young woman and he was smitten with her.  “She’s the one,” he confided to me.  “One what?” I asked. “The one I’m going to marry,” he proclaimed. “And are you ready for marriage?” I asked. He shrugged his shoulders.  “Wh...
No, this is not an article about money from non-kosher sources. It is an article about non-kosher money. Literally. It seems that a spokesperson for the Bank of England recently stated that they have just become aware that the polymer used to make Britain’s new Five Pound Bank note contains tallow. The tallow, explained the spokesperson, is used to make the note more anti-static. Tallow, of course, is chemically treated animal fat. The news had reverberations. A petition to the Bank of England to remove the tallow from the new notes has now gathered more than 120,000 signatures. The Bank of England responded that its supplier was now “working intensively” to find a possible solution to the issue, adding that the issues “has only just come to light.” Religi...
It has been cleared for publication that forces have arrested a Hamas ring which worked to carry out a kidnapping as a bargaining chip. It has been cleared for publication that an operation of the Shin Bet (GSS) has uncovered a Hamas ring which worked to carry out a kidnapping as a bargaining chip. The members of the ring, Hamas terrorists from Tzurif and Hevron, south of Jerusalem and both with a long history of terror activity, planned various attacks, including shooting attacks and a kidnapping as a bargaining chip for freeing jailed terrorists. The terrorists, as part of their preparations, also spied on IDF bases in the area of Tzurif.  Significant caches of weapons were seized. The investigation against the terrorists has finished, and an indictment against them is expecte...
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Hundreds of police are training for Amona evacuation at Negev army training base which is built like an Arab village. Hundreds of police have been practicing since the beginning of the week the evacuation of Amona at the Tzeelim army base in the Negev which normally serves military trainees. This week senior police officers including the Chief of Police came to observe the training from up close. The training is taking place at the National Center for Land Training, which is built in the form of a civilian town. A senior officer who took part in the training said that names of the families in Amona were written on the buildings in the training facility the in order to make the training more authentic. The IDF built a training installation 10 years ago near the Tzeelim training base i...
A preliminary report on the deadly November crash involving a city school bus and a Maryland Transit Administration bus doesn't come up with a definitive cause but appears to question the medical status of the school bus driver. The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released the preliminary findings in the Nov. 1 crash that killed six, including the drivers of both buses involved. School bus driver Glenn Chappell, 67, drove for AAAffordable, which had contracts for seven city school bus routes and three in Howard County. Chappell, had a history of hypertension and diabetes, in addition to the seizures that were earlier reported. Investigators found he'd been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while behind the wheel of either a school bus...
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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
2) 139 BCE
3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.

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Israeli police say security forces have shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian at a West Bank junction. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says an 18-year-old Palestinian disembarked from a bus at the Tapuach Junction, north of Jerusalem, and approached border policemen stationed there in a suspicious manner on Thursday. She says when the policemen asked him to halt, he pulled out a knife and charged toward them. They then opened fire, killing him. The incident is the latest in a year-long wave of violence. Palestinian attackers have killed 36 Israelis and two visiting Americans in stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks. During the same period, 228 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were attackers while t...
 A campaign to get the United Kingdom to apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration is “very revealing about the true source” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish state’s prime minister said on Tuesday. “The Balfour Declaration recognized this land as a home for the Jewish people, which obviously had consequences later on down the line,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the 2016 Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem. “But if the Palestinians, 100 years later, are challenging even the idea that the Jewish people have a home here, you know that they are not really gung-ho on…a nation-state for the Jewish people.” “It’s not about territories, even though that’s an issue,” he continued. &ld...
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Parshas Vayetze: Vayetzei – The Journey To and From

And Jacob left Be’er Sheva and he went to Haran (Bereishis 28:10)


Two different conversations – yet, both had the same result – Yaakov would have to leave home.  Rivkah told Yaakov to flee the familial home in order to save himself from Esav’s wrath.  Yitzchak told Yaakov to travel to Haran in order to find a suitable spouse.  Yaakov accepts the wise counsel of his parents and begins the long journey away from his home and away from his land.  Although his mother said it would only be “yamim achadim, a few days,” Yaakov understood that the road ahead was long and tumultuous.


The commentaries question why the Torah had to tell us both that Yaakov left Be’er Sheva (Va’Yetzei Yaakov M’Be’er Sheva) and that he went to Haran (Va’Yelech Charana).  If the Torah would have just stated that Yaakov went to Haran it would have been clear that he left Be’er Sheva as well.


Rashi explains that the Torah is teaching us that the departure of a great person from a particular place has an impact on the people he leaves behind.  When a righteous person lives in a community he influences them through instruction and role-modeling.  When he leaves, his departure is felt in a tangible fashion.  As such, “Yaakov left Be’er Sheva” teaches us that that Yaakov’s departure was felt by the residents of Be’er Sheva, and “he went to Haran,” is telling us of Yaakov’s intended destination.


The Beis HaLevi (Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, 1820-1892) takes a different approach.  He explains that people take flight for different reasons.  There are times in life when one’s objective is to get away from their current circumstances.  I don’t have a particular destination; I just know that I don’t want to be “here.”  And there are times when I am not looking to escape from my current circumstances. I need to journey in order to reach an important destination; there is somewhere else I need to be.  Yaakov’s journey had both of these elements.  He left home because of the command of his parents (specifically his mother).  His mother commanded him to leave the familial home in order to save his life.  The destination was unimportant; Yaakov couldn’t be in Be’er Sheva.  On the other hand Yitzchak tells his son to specifically travel to the home of Lavan in order to find a wife.  Yaakov tried to accommodate the wishes of both parents.  “And Yaakov left Be’er Sheva,” he was running from danger thereby accommodating the wishes of his mother.  “… And he went to Haran,” he was journeying specifically to find a wife, in accordance with the desires of his father. 


The Beis HaLevi not only provides us with an important textual insight, but provides us with an important life insight as well.  There are two types of journeys we take throughout life.  The journey “from” and the journey “to.”  There are times in life when my circumstances are unhealthy and difficult and I must extricate myself from them in order to become a whole person.  We take flight from our current reality in order to escape negative circumstances.  But there is a danger when you are running from something.  You can end up without direction.  You can spend a life time running and yet never reach a destination.  On the other hand, there are times in life when I realize that life can and should be more.  There are moments when I feel that I can and should be more.  And I make a decision to grow and improve.  I leave my current situation in an effort to expand my heart and soul – but if I don’t know where I am going, if there is no life itinerary, I can end up spinning my wheels and experience mounting life frustration.  It is not just enough to journey “from,” we must also journey “to.”  I must create a plan that includes my intended destination.  Where do I want to goWho do I want to be?  And then I can answer the question, how can I get there


There are times in life when we must leave our Be’er Sheva, our current circumstances.  We must resist the temptation to only “journey from” and find the courage to “journey to.” If we want the journey to be successful we must identify our destination and chart out our course.  May we be privileged to find the strength to embark on the journey and the wisdom to reach our destination.

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“Our world is hungry for heroes, people who do the right thing for the right reasons in the right way, regardless of the risks or consequences,” the son of late World War II veteran Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds told The Algemeiner this week. “And that was my dad.” Chris Edmonds, a Baptist pastor from Tennessee, is a man on a mission — to get his father, who passed away three decades ago, posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor, America’s highest military recognition, for the valor he displayed while protecting Jewish POWs following his capture by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. At the Stalag IXA POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, Roddie Edmonds — who served in the US Army’s 422nd Infantry Regiment &mdash...
British-Jewish students are “fed up with taking a soft approach” to the head of the country’s largest student union — who is embroiled in an ongoing antisemitism scandal — and therefore are taking steps to sever ties with the organization, a leader of the effort told The Algemeiner. Binyomin Gilbert, president of Goldsmiths, University of London’s Jewish Society, was referring to a motion he is co-sponsoring at the upcoming Union of Jewish Students (UJS) national conference, which seeks to officially split with the National Union of Students (NUS) over what he says is the failure of its president, Malia Bouattia, “to address her antisemitic rhetoric” and her “continual dismissal of our concerns.” &l...
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Plus 3 farhers on Shas in One Night – True Shas Yiden The learning of Torah, especially the Shas, is getting more and more devotees across the Jewish world –Daf Hayomi (Shas in seven and a half years), Amud Yomi (fifteen years), chaburas in shuls, increased attendance in yeshivos, shiurim – a virtual renaissance after the devastation of the Holocaust. However, nothing rivals, in quantity and quality, the Shas Yiden project based in Bet Shemesh, Israel, under the leadership of the Nasi, Hagaon Harav Avrohom Eisen, Pozna Rov, and the Rosh Hakollel, Hagaon Harav Moshe Isaac Samet. For the eighth year in a row, last Wednesday evening there was a Siyum Hashas by each of the twenty-one avreichim hage’onim. As they are each committed to a minimum of 5 chazoras on each bl...
When President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that Japanese corporate giant SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 new jobs, he presented it as a triumph for American workers. But economists and analysts who have been scrutinizing the announcement suggest it might be a bigger win for the Japanese telecom and Internet conglomerate, SoftBank, and its billionaire founder, Masayoshi Son. Analysts said the Japanese telecom and Internet conglomerate could be angling for lucrative benefits, including the regulatory approval to carry out one of the largest telecom mergers in recent history, between Sprint, which SoftBank owns, and rival carrier T-Mobile. It could also be cultivating a friendly environment for further technology investments Son ...
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U.S. equities closed sharply higher on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P hit new record highs, while investors awaited a monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank. The S&P 500 erased earlier losses to gain around 1.3 percent, with telecoms rallying around 2.4 percent to lead advancers. "This 2,219 level [on the S&P] was on where a lot of people were expecting to see some resistance, and we went through it like a hot knife through butter," said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, adding stocks were also boosted by some short covering. "A lot of people have been saying 'this is the end' and have ended up with very little money in their hands." The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 300 points, with Home Depot, IBM...
Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson in connection with the East Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people last week and left nearly 150 others injured, authorities said Wednesday. During an investigation, "information was developed that two juveniles allegedly started the fire," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. A petition was filed Wednesday in juvenile court charging the juveniles with aggravated arson, the TBI said. Both were taken into custody Wednesday morning and are being held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. Additional charges "are being considered," District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said at a news conference in Sevierville, Tennessee. "Everything is on the table." The suspects are Tennessee residents, Dunn ...
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Search and rescue efforts are underway for a Marine pilot who ejected about 120 miles off the coast of Japan on Wednesday. The pilot ditched his F/A-18 at approximately 6:40 p.m. local time southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, the Marine Corps said in a statement. The aircraft was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Okinawa. The cause of the incident is under investigation. It is the fourth Marine Corps F/A-18 to crash since July. In August, because of an increasing number of training mishaps, the Marines temporarily grounded their entire fleet of F/A-18s. First debuted in the 1980s, the F/A-18 is a multi-role fighter and is primarily used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It comes in a number of variants with both single- and two-seat configurations and has been expor...
Chief Rabbinate commits to creating standards for recognizing rabbis it trusts on conversions,including the Rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump Israel’s Chief Rabbinate committed to creating standards for recognizing which Diaspora rabbis it trusts to handle Jewish conversions. The Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis announced separately Wednesday afternoon that they would convene a meeting next week with the Chief Rabbinate Council and the Supreme Rabbinical Court to determine the standards. The conversion of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, will be recognized under the new standards, Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef promised in his statement. “This reform is expected to stop the suffering of many converts who have been through a conversion ...
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