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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer - Parshas Ki Savo

Our Exclusive video this week on the Parsha by Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer, Author of ‘Even Shesia’.

This is part of the 5TC Weekly Parsha Series from Rabbanim arround the Community as an initiative to connect the community together through Torah. 

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Rabbi Eli Monsour, Description: The Elul Immersion

The significance of this month the month of Elul can be understood based on the laws of “Bittul,” whereby a small amount of forbidden food becomes “nullified” when mixed with a much larger quantity of permissible food.

The basic rule is that when a small amount of forbidden food is mixed with permissible food, the mixture is permissible if the amount of permissible food is 60 times greater than the amount of forbidden food. This famous Halachic concept is called “Bittul Beshishim.”..

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Mayor de-blasio officially abandons his presidential campaign

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has abandoned his presidential campaign. “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“And it’s clearly not my time. So I’m going to end my presidential campaign.”

Trump Tweets: “Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years!” Trump wrote online. “Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”

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Measles alert for Long Island Rail Road customers

The Nassau County Health Department says it detected a second case of measles, and the infected person rode the Long Island Rail Road last week. The infected person was riding on trains September 11th and 12th between Mineola and Penn Station.
They were also on the LIRR several times on Saturday the 14th, stopping in Mineola, Hempstead, Jamaica and Penn Station. Anyone who rode the same trains could have been exposed to measles.
The Nassau County Health Department says that anyone with symptoms should contact their doctor. Check the link below for a list of dates and times the infected person rode the LIRR:

Courtesy of Matthew Lapiska

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Downtown Far Rockaway $139 million renewal project nearly underway

Downtown Far Rockaway will get its long awaited extreme makeover. City officials, elected leaders and community members joined together to break ground on a $139 million project that will transform and revitalize a 25 block area of the neighborhood which has not seen any large infrastructure investments in decades.
“This historic $139 million investment in Downtown Far Rockaway’s infrastructure is a critical component for the future success of our community,” City Councilman Donovan Richards said.
“These long overdue investment will bring new streetscapes, plaza space, green infrastructure and improved stormwater drainage that will ensure a more pedestrian friendly Far Rockaway that can better manage future storms while also beautifying the commercial corridors and the transportation hub of the peninsula”…

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Poway Killer Told 911 He Was ‘Defending Our Nation Against The Jewish People’

The man suspected of opening fire at the Chabad of Poway last spring told a 911 operator in the moments after the shooting that he did it to save white people from Jews, according to a recording played Thursday at a preliminary hearing to determine if the case should proceed to trial.

“I’m defending our nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people,” John T. Earnest is heard saying on the 911 call. He told the operator he believed he had killed people and gave detailed descriptions of the San Diego intersection where he was parked shortly before he was taken into custody…

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The Israel Dog Unit Showcases Innovative Ways to Fight Agriculture and Arab Terrorism in Israel

The Israel Dog Unit gave quite a show this past Monday in the Israeli city of Yavniel. The demonstration showcased the fearless canines while giving a security exhibition in Yavniel, Lower Galilee on Monday September 16, 2019.

The Israel Dog unit supplies security and canine surveillance to Agriculture areas as well as providing security for many settlements within Israel.

The I.D.U. – Israel Dog Unit is the leading charity organization in Israel when it comes to life-saving work with canines, both in the area of security, as well as in the area of searching for and rescuing missing people – be they Alzheimer patients, children or hikers lost and injured in the wilderness, or victims trapped under collapsed buildings due to rocket attacks, gas explosions or natural disasters…

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Orthodox Jews fear being targets of rising anti-Semitism

Last year had the third-highest totals for assault, harassment and vandalism against Jews, since the ADL started tracking in 1979. While most of the reported anti-Semitic crimes in New York are acts of vandalism — such as swastikas scrawled on synagogues — many in the Orthodox Jewish community are worried about more violent personal attacks.
A gunman slaughtered 11 Jewish worshippers. Then people hunted for hate online
The concentration of Orthodox Jews in neighborhoods such as Crown Heights and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and traditional dress and head coverings worn by many can make them easy to find.
“They’ve always been more targeted because they’re more visible,” said Amanda Susskind of the ADL, which tracks hate crimes. “It’s a very serious concern for the safety of the Orthodox”…

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Mazel Tov! Mid the trial a baby is born!

The Kaplan family mid the trial had a baby girl, born to Meir and his wife Shila (Weinberger) two evenings ago. This morning, the baby was named; Elisheva Basya Nechama!!

5TC wishes the extended Kaplan families a tremendous Mazel Tov, The child should be a source of Nachas to you, and you should only see Berachos & Simchos!!

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Majority of public want unity givt with no ultra-orthodox parties

With political machinations and intrigues in full swing following Tuesday’s election, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have said they want a national unity government.

Netanyahu,however, said that he wants such a government to include his ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist allies, which Gantz and his party oppose.

Support for a national unity government without the ultra-Orthodox parties is actually widespread, with some two-thirds of the Jewish Israeli public backing such a coalition, including half of all Likud voters.

According to a poll conducted by the Smith Polling Institute in August, 64% of Israeli Jews favor excluding the ultra-Orthodox parties from the next government, with 36% opposed to such a notion…

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Beautiful & Inspiring Story Before Yamim Nora'im

There is a fellow who owns a jewelry store in Israel. One day a nine year old girl walked into the store and said, “I am here to buy a bracelet.” She looked through the glass cases and pointed to a bracelet that was $3,000. The man behind the counter asked her, “You want to buy that bracelet?”

“Yes,” she replied.

“Wow, you have very good taste. Who do you want to buy it for?”…

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Health Officials Confirm Second Case Of Measles In Nassau County

Nassau County health officials confirmed a second case of measles in an adult in the county, and warned people that they may have been exposed.

Officials said that the person may be associated with another confirmed case of measles in the county. They did not identify the person or where they live, but they traveled around the Mineola area.

“The county’s disease control team is working non-stop with New York State Department of Health to investigate this case and determine the potential exposures,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Nassau County Department of Health will take appropriate action based on the findings of this case.”..

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Bibi Calls On Gantz To Be Part Of Unity Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on rival Benny Gantz to help form a unity government in Israel after neither gained enough seats to make a ruling coalition on their own.
Netanyahu told Gantz to meet him “at any hour today” in order to hold discussions, saying, “We must form a broad unity government,” according to Haaretz.
The comments mark a reversal for Netanyahu, who had previously hoped to win enough seats in Tuesday’s parliamentary elections to form a ruling coalition with other right-wing parties and had at first ruled out working with centrists.
Gantz, however, has expressed interest in a unity government but only with him at the helm. He has specifically ruled out joining a coalition with Netanyahu…

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Amar’e Stoudemire Visits His Campus Hillel And Wants To Boost Black-Jewish Relations

Despite his serious thoughts about an NBA comeback, Amar’e Stoudemire is taking a little break from basketball to go to school. The former six-time NBA All-Star, who had never attended college, started this fall as a freshman at Florida International University in Miami. Though the semester just started, Stoudemire — who has converted to Judaism, has Israeli citizenship and spent three years in the Jewish state playing for Hapoel Jerusalem — has already become a big name at the campus Hillel.
On Wednesday, he launched an initiative to strengthen ties between Jewish and African-American students at FIU. Stoudemire is working with Hillel and the campus Black Student Union to host bridge-building and educational events.
The basketball star has a longtime connection to Judaism…

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Boro Park Yeshivos Face Sanitation Crisis, Point Finger at Commissioner

Large mountains of trash are piling up outside Boro Park yeshivos after the sanitation department sharply cut back on garbage collection.
In a tweet last night, Community Board 12 shared three pictures of dozens of garbage bags piled high outside local yeshivos, writing: “It is a disgrace what has become of our district. NYC Sanitation refuses to service yeshivas in our community. Every community deserves to be clean and get basic service from the city. This cannot be allowed to continue.”
In a separate tweet, Councilman Kalman Yeger referenced CB12’s complaint and pointed an accusatory finger directly at Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, writing: “This was a deliberate decision made by the Commissioner of NYC Sanitation to harm our community. I know because she told me…

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Update From Joel Kaplan Regarding the trial of Ramhal Watkins

Update as of 9/19 [9:00 PM]: Today the case was given over to the jury to deliberate and hopefully return a verdict on the eight charges against Watkins.

The defense and the prosecution (in that order) delivered their summations to the jury.

The defense tried to paint the actions of Watkins as a mistake, with tragic consequences.

He was trying to avoid the erratic driving of Ms. Steward…

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ADL Offers $10,000 Reward for Info on Attackers Who Beat Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn

The ADL is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a group of men who beat and robbed an Orthodox Jew in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Tuesday.
The incident was only the latest in a series of such assaults against identifiably Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. Statistics show a serious rise in antisemitic hate crimes in New York City.
“This incident comes at a time when visibly observant Jewish individuals are unable to walk the streets of Brooklyn without feeling fearful that they may be assaulted or attacked because of their religion or faith,” he added. “This is completely unacceptable and contrary to everything we stand for as New Yorkers,” said Bernstein. “The violence must stop now”…

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Trump on Inconclusive Knesset Elections Results: ‘Our Relationship Is With Israel. We’ll See What Happens’

US President Donald Trump commented on Wednesday on the inconclusive results of Israel’s elections the previous day, saying he had not spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally who now faces an uncertain political future. Trump noted, “Everybody knew it’s going to be very close. I said, we’ll see what happens.”
“Look, our relationship is with Israel,” the president added. “We’ll see what happens.”
Trump’s time in office has seen him make a number of moves hailed by Netanyahu — including, among other things, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the move of the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv; the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal; and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights…

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Another despicable attack against jews in ny, this time in williamsburg

Dov Hikind: BREAKING: Hasidic man violently attacked by four thugs in Williamsburg.

Is it open season on Jews in NYC?!

This cannot go on! We will not tolerate this!

New Yorkers must show up this Sunday at City Hall Park to demand a proper response to this scourge of antisemitism!

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Deri: Shas Will Recommend Netanyahu

Shas chairman, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, responded on Tuesday night to the results of the exit polls which predicted between eight and nine seats for his party.

Deri said that Shas would recommend Binyamin Netanyahu to lead the next government.

“We are entering a complicated journey of forming a government. We will only recommend Binyamin Netanyahu,” he stated…

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mir yerushalayim matching campaign

The mir is running a campaign where all donations will be matched. They are in desperate need to pay those learning in their kollel. They are very behind in paying them.

Thank you very much and tizku limitzvos!! It should be a zchus for your whole family!

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Trump Weighs Retaliatory Action Against Iran After Saudi Oil-Facility Attack

The Trump administration is considering numerous options, including a physical strike or cyber attack on Iranian oil facilities or Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ assets, to respond against Iran for striking two Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Sept. 14, reported NBC News on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials and others briefed on the deliberations.
In a national security meeting on Monday, U.S. military leaders presented U.S. President Donald Trump with a range of options against the regime. But the president, seeking a narrowly focused retaliation that wouldn’t put the United States into a bigger military conflict with Iran, requested more possible actions, those briefed on the meeting told the outlet.
“That could entail a strike by Saudi Arabia, whose oil facilities were hit [Saturday] in an unprecedented attack, that the U.S. would support with intelligence..

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Rav Avigdor Miller on Israel's Election Results

Q: What’s the Rav’s opinion of the Likud party versus the Labor party in Israel?

A: I must tell you my sincere opinion – I’m not interested in either of them. There’s only one party for us and that’s the party of those that are sh’lomei emunei Yisroel. That’s our party. The frum Jews, that’s our party.

The truth is that someday there will be a history written; there will be a Tanach written. The gemara says that: אליהו כותב והקב”ה חותם – “Eliyahu HaNavi is going to write it and Hakodosh Boruch Hu will sign” (Kiddushin 70a)…

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Update From Joel Kaplan Regarding the trial of Ramhal Watkins (including link to calendar)

Update as of 9/18 [9:00 AM]: As the trial winds down, first, a tremendous hakoras hatov to all those whom we know and whom -we don’t know -who took the time to travel to and from the courthouse and sit with us. At times, the trial was tedious, sometimes, it was just being in the courtroom or outside the courtroom, and waiting and more waiting for the proceedings to begin.

One of the times that brought me to tears was not the trial itself. It was looking around and seeing Klal Yisroel here with us.

Very important: Wednesday there will be an AM session only; the defendant Rahmal Watkins is slated to testify on his own behalf…

Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP

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Netanyahu says Israel needs a strong, stable, Zionist government to work with his ‘close friend’ Donald Trump

Netanyahu continues: “We are still waiting for the true results, but one thing is clear, the state of Israel is at an historic junction with great opportunities, as well as great challenges ahead of us. The existential threat from Iran and allies, and we are fighting them without fear. The last year we brought defence strength, economic growth.

“Soon, the plan of the century will be presented by my close friend President Trump and the negotiations with President Trump will shape the future of Israel for generations to come. And because of this, Israel needs a strong and stable and Zionist government…

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Israel election: Netanyahu says country at 'historic junction' as exit polls too close to call

According to the Times of Israel, as of 2:15 am (about an hour and a half ago), just 5%(336,341) votes have been counted. By contrast, during the April election, 1.6 million ballots had been tallied by this hour.

The newspaper reports that the Central Elections Committee is warning the process will take much longer in this vote compared to the vote in April longer this time, and the full picture may not emerge until Wednesday afternoon…

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RNSP nabs someone breaking into local sheds

RNSP members were on patrol after a spate of garage and shed burglaries. The units witnessed the recidivist perpetrator in the act of one such burglary, resulting in an arrest in collaboration with NYPD 101Pct Nassau County PD, & NYPD Special Ops. 

The 5 Towns Community as always thanks RNSP for their constant help!

Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen

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Israeli Exit Polls: No Majority for Netanyahu, Blocs Essentially Tied, Lieberman Kingmaker

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s battle for political survival looked set to stretch on for days or weeks after exit polls following Tuesday’s election showed the race too close to call.
The surveys by Israeli television stations gave Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud 31-33 of parliament’s 120 seats compared with 32-34 for the centrist Blue and White led by former general Benny Gantz.
They indicated that Netanyahu’s ally-turned-rival, ex-Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, could be the kingmaker, with the backing of his secular-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party critical to the formation of any ruling coalition.
“Netanyahu has lost, but Gantz hasn’t won,” said Udi Segal, a prominent Israeli television news anchor…

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Cuomo Drops New License Plate Requirement After Opposition From Majority of New Yorkers

The Cuomo administration conceded on Tuesday that they will no longer be requiring car owners with license plates more than 10 years old to pay $25 for plates with a new design.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had originally launched the initiative with an online poll that allowed New Yorkers to choose the design for the new plates. Cuomo argued that some older plates weren’t readable by toll cameras and the requirement would ensure that they would be replaced by the new, readable design.

A Siena College poll publicized earlier on Tuesday that the idea was opposed by a majority of New York residents, with 60% opposed to the new plates and 75% against the $25 fee. There had also been much vocal opposition by lawmakers who ripped the plan…

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Health officials approve ban on flavored e-cigarettes in New York

Health officials approved emergency ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes in New York, citing safety concerns.

It could go into effect as early as Oct. 4. The issue brought both critics and supporters of the ban to a public hearing Tuesday. Those against the proposed ban say it will kill their business and argue it could end up killing even more people.

Vape shop owner Matt Flex says the ban will create more cigarette smokers. “Millions of lives are at risk due to this knee-jerk reaction on behalf of the governor’s office,” he says. “…Banning and prohibition do not work.”

Flex says he would lose 75% of his business if the ban goes into effect…

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Netanyahu’s Career On The Line As Israel Votes

Israelis voted Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power, despite a likely indictment on corruption charges.

Netanyahu, the longest serving leader in Israeli history, is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, and fifth overall. But he faces a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White party is running even with Netanyahu’s Likud. Both parties could struggle to form a majority coalition with smaller allies, though, forcing them into a potential unity government…

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Oil Prices Are Coming Back Down. Energy Stocks Are Falling.

After the largest single-day increase in oil prices in more than a decade on Monday, crude futures fell sharply on Tuesday.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, slumped 4.6% to $64.87 in Tuesday morning trading. West Texas Intermediate futures dropped 3.8% to $59.52. Both had gained more than 14% on Monday.

A Saudi oil official told Reuters that the country was likely to fully restore production within weeks, a more optimistic timeline that some expected. The rapid shift in prices was predictable..

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Jewish Initiative in Support of President Trump

By: Erica Markowitz

I would like to share with you an exciting initiative that I hope you will consider joining.

Last week, I had conference calls with the Executive Director of Women for Trump and the Executive Director of Faith Engagement, both divisions of President Trump’s campaign, and with the campaign’s Northeast & Florida Finance Director.

I reached out to the Trump campaign to let them know that I, along with many members of the Orthodox Jewish community, wanted to thank President Trump for all he has done for the United States,..

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NYPD Officer shot in staten island

NY Scanner Reports: The location is Vanderblit Ave & Prince Street. Officer is being rushed to the hospital by a police car/ Requesting units to the bloodbank. The perp is in custody and has been shot as well.

UPDATE [11:00 AM]: The female officer is in stable condition, the suspect has been pronounced dead.

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Cedarhurst 6th Annual Car Show

5TC was loving seeing all the vintage cars, trucks, hot rods, classics, muscle cars and exotics this past sunday at Andrew J. Parise Park.

The exposition featured more than 100 classic and collectible cars, street rods, and trucks; some lovingly original, or carefully restored to mint condition or modified for performance.

Check out the pictures below, Enjoy!

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Officials: 1 teen dies after being stabbed in Oceanside brawl

Officials say the teen stabbed in a brawl in Oceanside Monday has died in the hospital.

Police say a fight broke out between two groups of teenagers in a spot that’s a known as an after-school hangout for Oceanside students – a strip mall on Brower Avenue.

Homicide detectives say the attackers arrived by car Monday around 4 p.m. and knew who they were looking for. They say Khaseem Morris, 16, was stabbed in the chest and an 18-year-old was taken to the hospital with a broken arm…

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Express F Train Subway Service Begins Between Manhattan, Coney Island

The express service on the F line began this morning for Manhattan-bound trains. The new F Express provides some major relief for riders between Coney Island and Manhattan. Until now those commuters had to deal with stopping at 26 stations with no express option, reports CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports.
Each weekday, Monday to Friday, two express trains will take off from Coney Island at 7:07 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. and head Manhattan-bound. Those trains will skip all stops between Church Avenue and Jay Street/MetroTech stations with one stop in between. “It will get people downtown Brooklyn faster to Manhattan faster and take some of the congestion off,” said Christopher Greif, a commuter on the F line…

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Mariano Rivera receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump: 'Maybe the greatest pitcher of all time'

Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera — a five-time World Series champ and the first man unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame – received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony with President Trump on Monday.
Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera, a Panama native who became a U.S. citizen, on Monday as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time.”
“Throughout Mariano’s incredible career, he remained a humble man with a deep Christian faith. The Lord doesn’t care about wealth or fame. The Lord cares about goodness and love in our hearts,” the president said…

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Out of air: Town of Hempstead looks to ban intentional release of balloons

Another Long Island town is looking to ban the intentional release of balloons.

The Hempstead Town supervisor and environmental activists announced the plan and challenged the concept of “biodegradable” balloons. Environmentalists say balloons can hurt, entangle and even kill marine life.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen plans to discuss the proposed legislation at the next board meeting in October…

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Residents Concerned as Traffic Incidents Skyrocket in Brooklyn

Following a spate of traffic injuries and deaths in Brooklyn, residents and politicians are beginning to speak out.

Traffic fatalities, according to advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, are up by 20% across NYC in the last year, and by a whopping 72% in Brooklyn.

The epicenter for traffic incidents in Brooklyn is Ocean Ave, where a child waiting for the bus on the sidewalk near Ave L was killed earlier this week when a driver lost control and barreled off the road, slamming into him. Another accident occurred nearby on Thursday night, leaving at least two injured…

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Rav Gav Friedman & Rav Zecharia Wallerstein speaking in the 5 towns

Monday night – 9/16

Congregation Beth Sholom
390 Broadway
Lawrence, NY 11559
8:00 PM Doors Open 7:30 PM

Separate Seating For Men & Women

For More Information:
Bukie Cohen 516-547-0083

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5TC Exclusive Interview with Gary Caparelli, Founder of Gary Caparelli Inc.

5TC: We are here with Gary Caparelli, who has a well and water company here in the 5 towns for over 20 years and is a real wiz in the field. Gary, what is it exactly that you do and how did you get into it?

GC: My company, Gary Caparelli Inc., installs lawn sprinkler systems and water wells with pumps to supply such sprinkler systems. Back in 1969, during my college days, I had worked for a local sprinkler company during the summer months. I enjoyed this work and after graduation, having a desire to be my own business, I started my company with a couple of shovels, an old Ford van and a dream.

5TC: How long have you been doing this in the Five Towns…

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The terrible face of antisemetism shows up in ukraine yet again

The antisemitic face of Ukraine. 

A sickening note was left to Jewish President Zelensky at the site of a monument at the mass grave of 54,000 Jewish men, woman, and children murdered near Bogdanovka. 

Notes included ‘Stop the sale of land or the Jews will get another Holocaust soon.’

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Energy Prices Spike After Saudi Oil Attack as US Blames Iran

Global energy prices spiked Monday by a percentage unseen since the 1991 Gulf War after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, further fueling heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S.
American officials released satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom’s crucial Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key oil field, alleging the pattern of destruction suggested Saturday’s attack came from either Iraq or Iran — rather than Yemen, as claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there.
For his part, Trump sent mixed signals, saying his “locked and loaded” government waited for Saudi confirmation of Iran being behind the attack while later tweeting that the U.S. didn’t need Mideast oil, “but will help our Allies!”…

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NY Daycares to Get New Rules for Handling Food Allergies

Daycare providers in New York state will soon have new guidelines for handling food allergies.

Under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state health officials will craft the new guidelines with input from pediatric experts.

They will include training requirements for daycare workers, as well as tips for minimizing the risks of allergic reactions and what to do when a child experiences one…

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Helicopter pilot discovers villagers stranded in debris in the Bahamas

A helicopter pilot volunteering in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian was shocked to discover this week that an area full of debris from the storm was inhabited by up to 40 people.
“Being there, you can’t process that that really just happened,” Angela Johnson said about the devastation left by the storm, which flattened whole towns and left at least 50 people dead.
…When he landed at the site, people began crawling out of the debris all around him. He rushed back to his wife and began gathering supplies…”Pack up everything,” he said. “That place [the reporter] found has 30 to 40 people living in it”…

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NY Motorists Pay Most in the Region for Driving Privilege

Which northeastern state costs the most for drivers? New York is the baddest of them all.

A study by the Albany Times-Union finds that the average annual cost of a driving a car in the Empire State is a whopping $1,685. This includes car insurance, gas tax, license renewal, and title, inspection and registration fees.

This is $23 more than drivers in neighboring New Jersey and $268 more than in Connecticut. Other states’ cost is $1,401 in Massachusetts, $1,257 in Pennsylvania and $1,008 in Vermont…

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JCC Fall fastival - a fun time was had by all

The Carnival took place on Sunday @ the JCC, 140 Central Ave. Lawrence.

Proceeds were to benefit the food pantry. 

The carnival included Inflatables, Carnival Games, Prizes, Lots of Fun!


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Clothing drive - a huge success. thanks for all who stopped by!

Check out pictures below.

Mr. & Mrs. Yussie Seif led the campaign as usual with excellence.  

The event was Sunday @ Precision Auto Body. To benefit Keren Minchas Shlomo.

Last April almost 13 tons of clothing was sent to aniyei Eretz Yisroel!

 

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RNSP helps with the fire in elmont

RNSP: “We are always ready to assist as needed. Our units did a great job assisting with traffic control as Elmont FD handled a building fire on a busy stretch of roadway”.

The 5 Towns Community as always thanks RNSP for their constant help!

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Two-Year-Old Child Pulled From Pool In Woodmere

YWN Reports: Tragedy was B”H averted on Sunday afternoon, after a child nearly drowned in Woodmere.

Rockaway-Nassau Hatzolah was dispatched to reports of a 2-year-old that was pulled from a swimming pool on Browers Point Branch in Woodmere, just after 4:00PM.

Bichasdei Hashem, the child was conscious and breathing when Hatzolah arrived on the scene just moments later.

The child was being transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital by Hatzolah Paramedics and was reportedly in stable condition…

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Suspicious package closes the ferry sunday afternoon

NYScanner Reports: Manhattan – The Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan has been evacuated as the #NYPD investigated a report of a “suspicious package.”

Updates to come, this story is still unfolding.

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New York Gov. Cuomo announces emergency executive action to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Gov. Cyomo Tweet: “BREAKING: Today I am announcing emergency executive action to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

-State Police and DOH to ramp up enforcement against retailers who sell to underage youth

-We will advance legislation to eliminate deceptive marketing of e-cigarettes to youth…

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Jewish Group Presents Check to Family of NYPD Officer Killed in Crash

A Monsey-based Jewish group presented a $12,000 check this afternoon to the family of a highway patrol officer who died in a crash six months ago.
Rabbi Yisroel Kahan of the Oizrim Jewish Council told boropark24.com that the money was raised in a 24-hour period after the death of Officer St. Arromand, 42. By members of the Jewish community in NY, and beyond.
The check was presented to his Family, at the Toys4You this afternoon. Also present were members of the NYPD Highway Patrol Toys4You also presented the officer’s children with a gift certificate at the store.
Arromand, who lived on Long Island, lost control of his motorcycle as he was riding on the Belt Parkway in Queens in April. The 16-year veteran was thrown from the bike, hit a guardrail and landed on the road where he was struck by a car and killed…

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Jon Stewart leads blitz to inform non-first responders of 9/11 health fund

The Post Reports: Jon Stewart will be on hand to help launch a publicity blitz Monday urging hundreds of thousands of regular Joes to apply for 9/11 medical funds.
There is a misconception that the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund only covers first responders who got sick breathing toxic fumes while toiling at Ground Zero, when it is really for anyone who became ill with a 9/11-related condition while living, working or going to school in downtown Manhattan after the attacks, say TV’s former “The Daily Show” host and other 9/11 health advocates.
“Nobody owns 9/11,” Stewart said in a statement.
“Those who lived in Lower Manhattan and went to school in Lower Manhattan deserve everything that first responders get, and as an individual who lived in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, I implore everyone to get into the WTC Health program and file a claim with the VCF…

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Update From Joel Kaplan Regarding the trial of Ramhal Watkins (including link to calendar)

Update as of 9/15 [9:00 AM]: Trial ON RECESS THIS MONDAY (16th)

Because one of the prosecutions’ last, but key witnesses, an expert witness on “speed” (as it relates to cars) is not available on Monday., the trial is on recess Monday.

If you can pass along the information that there is no session on Monday, it would be very much appreciated.

Trial resumes on Tuesday 9:30 AM…
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Donald Trump Condemns Drone Attacks in Call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

US President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned drone attacks at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities that reportedly disrupted production and marked a new escalation in regional tensions with Iran.

“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on critical energy infrastructure. Violent actions against civilian areas and infrastructure vital to the global economy only deepen conflict and mistrust,” the White House said in a statement following a phone call between Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Motorcyclist Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Suffolk Crash

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash in Suffolk County Saturday afternoon, Suffolk Police said.

Crithian Susana Estevez was riding a 2019 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle north on Station Road, when it collided with a 2016 Nissan Rogue that was heading westbound at the intersection of Hampton Avenue at about 2 p.m.

Susana Estevez, 26, of Hicksville, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue. The driver of the Nissan, Margaret Percer, 44, of North Bellport, was not injured. No criminal charges have been filed…

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LIRR commuters weigh in on pluses, minuses of railroad's new M9 train

The arrival of the Long Island Rail Road’s newest train has been quickly followed by commuter complaints, ranging from a lack of Wi-Fi, insufficient leg room at some seats, and the peculiar location of one of the trains’ most anticipated features — electrical outlets.
Still, many other riders are raving about the M9 train, which made its maiden voyage out of Huntington on Wednesday morning, and since has operated on several other lines, including the Babylon, Hempstead and Far Rockaway branches.
The eight-car train features modern amenities such as LED lighting, push-button automatic sliding doors between cars…

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Marion & Aaron Gural JCC collects for Hurricane Dorian victims

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC is partnering with UJA-Federation of New York and the Yonkers-based AFYA Foundation to collect humanitarian supplies for the victims of Hurricane Dorian that struck the Bahamas on Aug. 24.
Collection boxes are the Gural JCC site at 207 Grove Ave. in Cedarhurst) and the Harrison-Kerr Family Campus at 140 Central Ave. Lawrence. The collection continues through Oct. 3.
The supplies to collect are: antibiotic lotion, bandages, bug repellant, combs, deodorant, diapers (adults and children), first aid kits, flashlights and batteries, shampoo and conditioner, skin lotion, soap, sunscreen, tampons and sanitary pads, toothbrushes and toothpaste and wipes.

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Trump supports A Netanyahu Priority days before the election

President Donald Trump gave a boost Saturday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu days before he faces his fiercest political test in more than a decade.
Trump said a formal defense pact would “further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries” and he looks forward to continuing the discussions after the election when they meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
In a Twitter post, Netanyahu thanked his “dear friend” Trump. He added, “The Jewish State has never had a greater friend in the White House. I look forward to our meeting at the UN to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel”…

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Headlines Podcast: Tefillah: Halachah, Machshavah and History

Is it better to make up your own Tefilos? Can you skip portions of Davening so you can Daven a small part with Kavana? Better to Daven at home than at a Shul with talkers? Why do we Daven when Hashem knows everything? And much more..

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Rabbi Uri Orlian - Parshas Ki Tzeitzi

Our Exclusive video this week on the Parsha by Rav of Shaarei Tefillah. Rabbi Uri Orlian on Parshas Ki Tzeitzi.

This is part of the 5TC Weekly Parsha Series from Rabbanim arround the Community as an initiative to connect the community together through Torah. 

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My Teen is “Off the Derech” By: Jennifer Mann, LCSW

I am going to say something that is perhaps a bit controversial. I am sharing this idea with you because I want you to save your relationship with your “off the derech” child. I put “off the derech” in quotes, because I can’t stand that phrase.

It is usually not an accurate representation of what is truly going on. And if you continue thinking of it this way; you, your child and your relationship will continue..

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Free Synagogue security training now being offered

With the rise in violent antisemitism across the US it’s time for Jews to step up and protect themselves.

That’s why AmericansAA has partnered with defense training orgs SecurityIntel and officialSOLI to offer FREE SYNAGOGUE SECURITY TRAINING. Send email for info/scheduling.

Includes: Security Awarenedd, Walk through assessment, Active Shooter Drills, Tactical / Safety Training.

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The New Ohr Meir Night Seder Experience!

We all know young men in the Five Towns who went to local high schools, then to Israel for a year or two, and are back home and busy. Some are in school during the day or, working/interning. They love and appreciate Torah learning and Yeshiva but don’t really have a good “situation” – something to be a part of.

The Ohr Meir Night Seder is a revolution that was launched after Labor Day by Rabbi Aryeh Dachs and Rabbi Yonah Stern. It’s a Bais Medrash program for local young men in their late teen/the early twenties…

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My Teen is “Off the Derech” By: Jennifer Mann, LCSW

I am going to say something that is perhaps a bit controversial. I am sharing this idea with you because I want you to save your relationship with your “off the derech” child. I put “off the derech” in quotes, because I can’t stand that phrase.

It is usually not an accurate representation of what is truly going on. And if you continue thinking of it this way; you, your child and your relationship will continue..

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Rav Avigdor Miller on America Ruined Our Ellul

Q: Why is it that in Europe, in the yeshivos and even among the balabatim, there was a real sensation of eimas ha’din, the fear of the upcoming judgement, during Elul, while here in America we don’t see that type of feeling? Aren’t we frum just like they were in Europe?

A: Let me explain something to you. In the ancient times – and by ancient, I mean a hundred years ago – when they bentched Rosh Chodesh Elul there was a trembling, a tziternish. Yes. As soon as they mentioned Elul there was a tziternish. And that’s because in those days people lived with emunah…

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Rabbi Eli Monsour - Parashat Matot-Mase: The Repentance of Reuben and Gad

Parashat Matot tells the story of the tribes of Reuben and Gad, who approached Moshe and requested permission to permanently settle in the region east of the Jordan River, instead of settling in Eretz Yisrael along with the rest of the nation.

Moshe initially reacted very angrily, censuring these tribes for choosing not…

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The very first written brocho from the mashpia hagadol 'reb meilich' biederman shlit"a

I hereby express my praise of the incredible Rabbonim Geonim who study the Torah
of Hashem by day and by night, with extreme diligence and clear understanding, with in-
depth and all-encompassing knowledge of the entire Shas, year after year. They are
also outstanding in their middos tovos.

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Shas Yiden Meet An All-encompassing In-depth Farher Head On

Facing one of the most searching farhers to date, the Shas Yiden geonim avreichim once again astounded the examiner. Those present, travelling from New York, found the scholarship nothing short of amazing! With comments like: “They own Shas!”

“Their accomplishment is just ‘beyond’…

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Major Accident at the corner of broadway and columbia ave

This accident is backing up Broadway and Central in both directions.
5TC suggests using Rock Hall Rd. into Kenridge or West Broadway. Police & Hatzalah are on scene. Besuros Tovos iyh!

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Based on the desire of the 5TC followers, we’ll be adding these pages in the coming weeks!
This will give you, the 5TC Community the ability to post straight on the pages!
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