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Rabbi Eli Monsour, Description: Parashat Hayeh-Sara- Heavenly Matches

Parashat Hayeh-Sara tells the story of Eliezer, Abraham Abinu’s trusted servant whom Abraham sent to find a wife for Yishak. Abraham made Eliezer take an oath that he would not bring for Yishak a woman from the local population, and would instead find a wife from Abraham’s homeland. In imposing this oath upon Eliezer, Abraham said, “I will make you swear by Hashem, G-d of the heavens and G-d of the earth” (24:3).

Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (Spain, 1089-1167) explains why Abraham emphasized in this context that Hashem is “G-d of the heavens and G-d of the earth.” He writes: “Because [the designation] of the daughter of so-and-so for so-and-so on earth is from the heavens.” The matches that are made here on earth are decided up in the heavens, and so as Abraham sends his servant to find a spouse for his son, Yishak,..

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Haaretz Hatovah - Real Life Stories and Experiences of Yidden Settling in Eretz Yisroel.

Our family made “aliyah” from the U.S. to Ramat Beit Shemesh about six years ago. I was born in Highland Park, NJ but I grew up in Baltimore, whereas my wife originates from Maryland. Moving to Eretz Hakodesh has given us a tremendous opportunity, both physically and spiritually. We were making regular yearly visits to Israel for a while, as my wife’s mother is buried here. On one such occasion, we decided to jump in and just stay here for good!

One of the main reasons we took “the plunge” to move was due to the clear rising signs of anti Semitism in America and the world at large. There is much worry about what the future will bring. It is clearly a hundred percent the yad Hashem Who controls every aspect of the political scene and we hope and daven that it will continue to be positive for Eretz Yisroel…

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Netanyahu Indicted on Charges of Fraud, Bribery and Breach of Trust

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a set of long-running corruption cases, throwing his political future into doubt and heightening the uncertainty and chaos surrounding Israel’s fitful, yearlong struggle to choose its next leader.

Mr. Netanyahu, 70, who in July became the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, now also has the distinction of being the first to be indicted while in office.

The cases against Mr. Netanyahu involve allegations of giving or offering lucrative official favors to several media tycoons in exchange for favorable news coverage or gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The indictment threatened to open a dangerous new challenge to Israel’s democracy, as the nation’s top prosecutor and its premier accused each another of subverting the rule of law…

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Rav Shmuel Zucker from Ramat Eshkol in the 5 towns this shabbos!

Rav Shmuel Zucker, beloved Rav & Rebbi to so many here in the 5 Towns has a packed schedule.

View full schedule below.

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Rabbi Yitzi Ross on Younger kids Davening

Rabbi Ross. You mentioned that the responsibility of a mother is to work on Davening with their kids at home. What should I be doing with them, and how do I combine all the ages? Rachel Ehrenberg

I truly enjoyed last week’s column, especially since my father says the same thing. “Why has Davening become longer if it’s harder for us to focus?” One part that stood out was regarding the mother being in charge of Davening at home with the kids. Is there anything in particular I should be doing? Yael G.

Hi, thank you always for your interesting and thought-provoking articles! I was wondering exactly what you meant by the tone for davening is set by the mother. I would love a longer explanation on this if possible. Thank you, Shira Kramer..

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Roughly One Quarter Of Europeans Are Anti-Semites, New ADL Poll Shows

Approximately one in four Europeans holds anti-Semitic views, according to a global 2019 poll released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Thursday.

The results were particularly alarming with regard to Eastern and Central Europe, where the study found a significant increase in anti-Semitic beliefs linked to old tropes such as Jews controlling business and finance and having “dual loyalty.” In Western Europe, levels of anti-Semitism have remained more consistent, according to the study.

In a statement released with the study, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the findings a “powerful wake-up call.”

“It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” said Greenblatt…

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Bernie Sanders Gets Applause At Debate For Call For Treating Palestinians With Dignity

Bernie Sanders got applause at a Democratic presidential debate when he said it not good enough to be pro-Israel, and called for treating Palestinians with dignity.

Sanders, a Vermont senator and among the front-runners in the race to garner the Democratic nomination, was one of several candidates asked Wednesday by MSNBC/Washington Post moderators whether they would take a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia, considering its human rights abuses.

All the candidates said they would be less conciliatory to Saudi Arabia, and Sanders, who is Jewish, volunteered that he would also be tougher on Israel.

“The same thing goes for Israel and the Palestinians,” Sanders said. “It is no longer good enough for us to be pro-Israel, I am pro-Israel, but we must treat the Palestinians with the dignity they deserve”…

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the hate against israel and jews on college campuses continues

BREAKING – Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University assaulted Jewish students attending a pro-Israel event at York University in Toronto.

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Governor Cuomo Directs State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to Assist in Investigation of Attack Against Orthodox Man in Rockland County

“I am deeply disturbed by the violent attack of an Orthodox Jewish man who was beaten and repeatedly stabbed while on his way to Synagogue in Monsey, Rockland County, earlier today. I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the Ramapo Police Department and the Rockland County Sheriff’s office as they investigate this horrific assault and examine all potential motives, including whether the attack may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.

“This is not an isolated incident, all across the state we’ve seen an alarming rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and hate-fueled attacks. We cannot allow the cancer of hate to metastasize any further. The escalation of hatred and anti-Semitism must end here and now, and I urge all New Yorkers to denounce hate whenever and wherever they see it.”

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Suspect Arrested in Assault on 10th Avenue

Boropark24 Reports: A suspect was arrested after a brief pursuit in the assault of a passerby walking on 10th Avenue.

The incident, which happened near 39th Street, started Tuesday afternoon when a man struck a pedestrian before fleeing. Police officers responding to the scene gave chase and caught the attacker.

The victim was treated at the scene by EMS technicians for minor injuries to the left hand. He is listed in stable condition.

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Mandelblit expected to announce indictment against Netanyahu on Thursday

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to announce on Friday he means to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged corruption charges, Baruch Kra reported on Thursday…

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Israel to Host Largest Event Ever Focused on Anti-Semitism

Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the fifth World Holocaust Forum in January will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria are among the more than 30 heads of state who have already confirmed their participation.

Rivlin called it a “one of a kind” gathering devoted to battling anti-Semitism and passing Holocaust remembrance on to “generations who will live in a world without survivors.”..

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TEHILLIM – Jewish Man Stabbed While Walking To Shul In Monsey; Victim In Critical Condition

Rockland Hatzolah received a call reporting a man lying on the floor bleeding. At first it was assumed he was stuck by a vehicle, but the victim spoke to Hatzolah members for around 2 minutes before going unconscious. The victim stated that a vehicle pulled up, two men got out, brutally assaulted him, and then stabbed him multiple times. They got back into their vehicle and drove away.

Chaveirim of Rockland has since verified that his story is accurate by obtaining security camera footage of the attack. Hatzolah transported the victim to Westchester Trauma Center where he was rushed into emergency surgery.

He is listed in critical condition, and suffered multiple serious stab wounds. The Ramapo Police was on the scene investigating the incident. Additional information will be added when it becomes available to us. (YWN)

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM FOR MORDECHAI BEN BRACHA

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These Manhattan synagogues want to become condominiums

One of the most active times of day at the West Side Jewish Center begins precisely at 1:40 p.m., when 60 or so middle-aged men trudge in, mutter through the afternoon prayer service with their coats on, maybe throw a couple dollars of charity into a metal cup and walk back to their jobs. The whole thing is over in about 15 minutes.

Other than that and two shifts of morning prayers, the building is mostly empty during the day. On a recent weekday afternoon, two men studied Jewish texts in Yiddish in a wide room at the front of the building. Long curtains obscured boards bearing the names of generations of congregants who have died. Hot water boiled in a machine that looked like straight out of a 1980s diner.

The overall impression of mustiness belies what is, in fact, an active congregation with good prospects. Not many synagogues can boast more than 100 people praying on a daily basis. The congregation, established by immigrants in 1890, recently renamed itself the Hudson Yards Synagogue to better attract residents…

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US Embassy In Jerusalem Issues Travel Warning Over Settlements Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem issued a travel warning for visiting Americans in the aftermath of the U.S. announcement that the government does not consider the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank as illegal.

The warning issued Monday said the visiting Americans could be targets of “individuals and groups opposed to the Secretary of State’s recent announcement.” It covers those visiting or planning to visit Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

“Potential targets include public events, such as demonstrations, holiday events, and celebratory gatherings; hotels, clubs, and restaurants popular with U.S. citizens; places of worship; schools; shopping malls and markets; tourism infrastructure; public transportation and airports,” the statement said…

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UPDATE: Fatal crash today on peninsula blvd

UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.: Police say that one person is dead and another is in serious condition after a crash in Woodmere this morning.

According to police, a man was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi utility truck south on Peninsula Boulevard at 12:48 p.m. when he lost control and drove into a tree.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, a 47-year-old man, was taken to a hospital by helicopter for treatment of upper body trauma. He is still in serious condition.

A crash has closed all lanes of Peninsula Boulevard in Woodmere, Nassau County Police say.

Police say that the road is closed in both directions at Franklin Avenue in the crash, which occurred around 1 p.m.

Sources say that at least two people were pinned and one person may be dead. (Patch)

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Levaya of Rebbitzen Gittel Kaplan A”H, Wife of Hagaon HaRav Nissin Kaplan

Rebbitzen Gittel Kaplan A”H was niftar today, Tuesday, at the age of 49, after battling a difficult illness. Rebbitzen Kaplan was the wife of HaGaon HaRav Nissan Kaplan, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Daas Aharon and former longtime Maggid Shiur in the Mir Yerushalayim.

Rebbitzen Kaplan was the daughter of HaGaon HaRav Avrohom Gurwicz, a Rosh Yeshiva in Gateshead and well-known in the Har Nof neighborhood of Yerushalayim. She was always among the first to assist others and was known for her work over the years with United Hatzalah. After her condition took a turn for the worse, Rav Nissan Kaplan released a letter to his many talmidim, calling upon them to be mispallel on her behalf.

At the advice of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita,the name “Yente” had been added earlier this week. She is survived by her husband and 11 children, most of whom are not yet married. The levaya will begin on Tuesday night at 8:00PM from their home at 31 Agassi Street in Har Nof.

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LI Bagel Shop Manager Drives 185 Miles To Return Customer's Keys

Long Island bagel shop manager Vincent Proscia’s act of kindness Saturday night spanned 185 miles. Diana Chong stopped by Bagels 101 on Middle Country Road in Middle Island Saturday morning. The Ridge woman was grabbing a coffee before heading to Pennsylvania for a “Friendsgiving.” Her husband, two children and dog waited in the running car.

The family made it to their destination in Honesdale, Penn. That’s when Chong realized there was a big problem. She had left her car key fob inside the bagel shop. “Vinny was going to overnight the keys, but no mail carrier delivers on Sundays and we all have work on Monday,” Chong’s sister, Gina Sulrzycki wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night that has been shared thousands of times. “No dealerships out here were able to make her a new key, nor are open tomorrow. They also wouldn’t give her a rental!” Chong was lucky, though. It turns out Vinny Proscia has a huge heart. “He said, ‘I’ll drive them to you,'” Chong, of Ridge, told ABC 7 of Proscia. “No hesitation at all.” It took Proscia six hours to get to Pennsylvania because of heavy traffic, Newsday reported. But the Ronkonkoma man never second-guessed his decision to make the trip.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said, according to the ABC report. “If it happened to my wife, I would want someone else to do it for her.”

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MK Yulia Malinovsky: We’re Crazy To Close Roads For Rebbe Who Opposes Israel’s Existence

MK Yulia Malinovsky, a member of Avigdor Liberman’s secularist Yisrael Beitenu party, sharply criticized police and municipal officials for closing roads in Jerusalem in honor of the visit of the Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe to Israel.

Police announced that during the visit which begins on Tuesday, certain major Jerusalem arteries would be closed. A huge event will take place Tuesday in Malchei Yisrael street and the surrounding roads will be closed during the event. The police explained that the closures would enable the event to take place “with alternative traffic routes in order to minimize the disturbance to local residents.”

Malinovsky tweeted: “Have we gone totally crazy? Closing roads because of an anti-Zionist rebbe who opposes the existence of the State of Israel? I don’t even understand how we let him into the country…

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Trump administration eases US stance toward Israeli settlements in West Bank

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in the latest move by the Trump administration to bolster Israel’s position and undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

“The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” Pompeo said. “The establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not inconsistent with international law.”..

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Port Authority Announces New $15 Rides From LGA Airport to Brooklyn and Other Boroughs

New Yorkers who are dismayed by the congestion and high prices while attempting to get home from LaGuardia airport may be pleased at the news that a cheaper ride-sharing option is being made available.

The New York Port Authority announced last week that it had partnered with Via, a ride-sharing service that competes with Uber and Lyft, to provide $15 shared rides from the LaGuardia airport in Queens to elsewhere in the borough as well as to Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The new service, called LGA Connect, will also provide rides to the Bronx and Staten Island for $20. The prices offered by Uber and Lyft for similar trips to destinations throughout the five boroughs are typically significantly higher.

Via says that the rides will carry four to six passengers each, with algorithms optimizing which group of passengers and route will be most efficient to avoid large detours. Waiting time before a ride’s departure should be no longer than ten minutes, and passengers will be dropped off within walking distance of their destination…

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WhatsApp Purges large jewish News Accounts

A significant number of WhatsApp accounts that share news updates with the heimishe community discovered this morning that their accounts had been shut down without warning. Emails to WhatsApp Support demanding an explanation for the account closures received a response that claimed that the accounts had violated the app’s Terms of Services and that WhatsApp was responding to a large number of complaints about the accounts.

WhatsApp did not specify the nature of the violations, and said it could not disclose details about the complaints for privacy reasons. Some are questioning the timing of the purge and the appearance that there is some sort of concerted targeting campaign against the heimishe accounts. But a search of social media and other news sources suggests that the takedowns are part of a wider phenomenon affecting large numbers of accounts beyond the frum community.

Managers of the popular accounts that had hundreds or thousands of followers are currently scrambling to identify what violations WhatsApp may have identified and whether there is any hope for having their accounts reopened.BoroPark24’s WhatsApp account has not been affected so far and is still providing news updates around the clock about breaking news in Boro Park and more. (Boropark24.com)

Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun

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IDF Launches Surprise War Simulation in Northern Israel

Algemeiner via JNS: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a surprise military drill in northern Israel on Monday, warning local residents to expect increased troop and vehicle movements in the area, as well as sirens and the sound of explosions.

According to the IDF, reserve forces have been called up for the drill, which will test “the Northern Command’s readiness and operational capabilities” by simulating an attack on Israel by Iran, Syria or Lebanon.

The drill occurs as Israel remains on high alert following an Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure with drones and cruise missiles in September. The incident caused IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi to warn of the possibility of a similar attack against Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently that a war with Iran would pose a threat to Israel of a similar magnitude to the 1973 Yom Kippur War…

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Kosher Food Drive Violates “Will of the Membership,” Student Union Suggests

A Toronto student union has refused to support a drive to make kosher food accessible on campus because its backers are “pro-Israel.” Last week, a Jewish student wrote to the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), asking it to consider supporting an ongoing campaign by Hillel to secure kosher food access on campus. In response, the student was told: “I doubt the Executive Committee will be comfortable recommending this motion given that the organisation hosting it (Hillel) is openly pro-Israel.”

The response email added that any move to support the kosher food campaign could be contrary to “the will of the membership,” an apparent reference to the GSU’s adoption of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting the Jewish State in 2012. Late Friday, the GSU stated via Facebook that any member of its Board can submit a motion regarding kosher food, but gave no indication that the Executive was backing away from its previous stance on the issue…

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Naava Kodesh Weekly – The Modzitzer Rebbe

Real Life Stories and Experiences of Yidden Settling in Eretz Yisroel.

The second Modzitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Shaul Yedidya Elazar Taub, (1886-1947) an outstanding Talmid Chochom, had tremendous love for Eretz Yisroel and prophesied that a Jewish State would come into being. Sadly he passed away on Shabbos, the 16th day of Kislev, Nov. 29, 1947, the day the UN voted for the Partition Plan of Palestine.

A gifted composer of a thousand niggunim, the Rebbe was known as the Imrei Shaul after one of the Seforim consisting of a collection of his writings. He claimed that he had much more inspiration to compose when he was in the Holy Land. The first time he visited Eretz Yisroel was from Poland in 1925. He composed there many new melodies…

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Chareidi Mother Of 5 Marathon-Winner Sets Her Sights On Olympics

When Beatie Deutsch sets her mind to something, she does it. This has been empirically proven over her meteoric career as a marathon runner. Just four years ago she had never even run as a hobby, let alone essayed to complete marathons. Yet she has not just regularly completed marathons since then, she has actually won them in style, making her one of the top three marathon runners in Israel at present. This would be a remarkable statistic in any circumstance, but Deutsch is even more unique because she is a mother of five (even running a marathon while she was pregnant with her fifth child!) and because as a Chareidi woman she runs in a knee-length skirt, leggings, a shirt with sleeves past her elbows and her hair covered.

In Michael and Beatie Deutsch’s home, her name has even become a figure of speech. “It’s a verb — to ‘Beatie’ something means to just force it until it goes,” Michael says. “Beatie sets her mind to something, and she does it.” Whether she is tackling training runs in full clothing in 90-degree heat or entertaining her children — ages 9, 8, 6, 4 and 2…

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Woodmere Nursing Home Named Among Long Island's Best

U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings of the best nursing homes in the country include 19 on Long Island, and one in Woodmere. Just under 3,000 nursing homes in the country earned the designation of being a “U.S. News Best Nursing Home” for 2019-20.Homes were given an overall rating, a rating for short-term rehabilitation care and a new rating this year that evaluates long-term care.

“This year, we introduced a long-term care rating,” Zach Adams, a senior health data analyst at U.S. News, told Patch. “This is for people who need ongoing daily assistance in stuff like health-related and personal care.”The overall ratings for nursing homes in 2019-20 are based exclusively on the short-term and long-term care ratings, Adams said.A strong emphasis was placed on staffing in methodology to compile the “U.S. News Best Nursing Home” ranking for 2019-20. Adams said staffing levels are strongly associated with quality and safety.

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NYAW Drills Transmission Main Improves Service for Atlantic Beach

New York American Water is investing $2 million to install a new 20-inch HDPE transmission water main underneath Reynolds Channel to improve delivery of water to Atlantic Beach customers during high water use periods. The project, scheduled to begin November 14, will replace 2,500-feet of 16-inch main installed in the 1970s with new HDPE main drilled 25-feet below the Reynolds Channel seabed.

The replacement project will be achieved through directional drilling from the Cedarhurst Yacht Club in Lawrence, under the Channel, to Vernon Ave in Atlantic Beach. Installing a wider-diameter main will enhance redundancy in case of an emergency and will also allow for more efficient operations.

“Delivery of water to our Atlantic Beach customers is limited by the size of the current water main that runs under Reynolds Channel, connecting water mains in Lawrence to our Atlantic Beach system,”..

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Report: Trump Frustrated with Israel’s Netanyahu

VIN News Reports: President Donald Trump is frustrated with Israel’s ongoing political deadlock, and has spoken negatively about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to a report today by Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, Trump has decided to distance himself from Prime Minister Netanyahu after his failure to secure a clear victory in the April 9 elections and form a government, despite the assistance Israel’s leader received from the president. “The president doesn’t like losers,” the newspaper citing White House sources.

“Americans are discouraged and frustrated by Israeli politics and the current political crisis, which has prevented the White House from unveiling the political part of the deal of the century,” referring to the Trump administration’s long-delayed Mideast peace plan. the report said.

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Swastikas Found at a Miami Beach Home

Police are investigating after several swastikas were found drawn on a mailbox in front of a Miami Beach home. 7News cameras captured Miami Beach Police officers working to erase the symbols at the home along Pine Tree Drive, Thursday.

Neighbors said the family who lives at the home had recently moved in, and the finding has left residents like Melinda Marcuse unsettled. “On my block! This is not right,” she said. “I am profoundly disturbed about the insurgence of anti-Semitism. I am horrified and shaken to the bone.”

Those inside the home were too shaken to be interviewed but said off camera, the Nazi symbol was drawn several times in gold marker and discovered after 5 p.m…

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Tehillim Needed: Rav Nissan Kaplans wife in need of rachamei shamayim

Tehillim is needed for Rebbetzin Gittel Kaplan, the wife of Hagaon HaRav Nissan Kaplan, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Daas Aharon and former longtime Magid Shiur in the Mir Yerushalayim.

Unfortunately, Rebbitzen Kaplan has been battling an illness for some time, and her condition turned critical on Motzei Shabbos and is in need of Rachmei Shomayim.

Her name for Tehillim is Gittel bas Sarah.

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Federal Probe Opened On Anti-Semitism In NYU After Jewish Student Complains

Last April, a complaint was filed by Adela Cojab,a 22-year-old senior at NYU, about anti-Semitism on campus. Her complaint mainly centered around a group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an on-campus pro-Palestinian group. According to the complaint, Adela alleges that SJP has created a “hostile atmosphere” for Jewish students, and that NYU has allowed “extreme anti-Semitism” to thrive.

Initially, the NYU administration declined to take any steps against the hostile organization. “It was breaking my heart and I immediately went to the administration from the very time SJP put Zionism in the same equivalent as Nazism,” Adela told Fox News. “I told the administration that SJP was creating an unsafe environment where students felt they were being threatened and targeted. The administration essentially told me that they were supportive of the Jewish community, but no concrete actions would be taken against SJP…

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Leonid Meteor Shower Peak: Viewing Tips On Long Island

Sit back, relax and enjoy a Leonid Meteor shower! It will be visible over Long Island Overnight Sunday and Monday. Even under a moonlit sky, some of the brightest Leonid meteors should be visible. In typical years, they fly at a rate of about 10 or 15 an hour.

The National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy and rainy skies on Long Island during the meteor shower’s peak Sunday and Monday, respectively. Stargazers might have a better chance Friday night and Saturday night because skies will be clear to mostly clear. And here’s some good news as you’re bemoaning the waning gibbous moon: the bright sky won’t cause you to miss a rare and spectacular meteor storm. The Leonids are known for producing some of the most amazing meteor storms in history, but no such event is expected this year, according to meteor experts.

The best viewing times for the Leonid meteor shower are after midnight and before dawn. They radiate outward from the stars that make up the lion’s mane in the constellation Leo, but Bill Cooke, NASA’s meteor expert, told Space.com that skywatchers who stare directly at the radiant point may miss meteors that have longer tails.

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Six charged after gunfire breaks out during New Jersey high school football game, leaving three injured

Six people face charges after a Friday night shooting at a New Jersey high school football game left at least three people injured, authorities said.

The incident, which sent fans and players rushing for safety, occurred as Pleasantville High School hosted Camden High in a playoff game. The sound of “about a half dozen” bullets rang out in the air, the Press of Atlantic City reported, sending players and onlookers scrambling for safety.

The shooting occurred just a day after two people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita, Calif., adding to the panic.

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Rabbi Ephraim Polakoff - Parshas Vayeira

Our Exclusive video this week on the Parsha by Rabbi Ephraim Polakoff , Rav Congregation Bais Tefilah of Woodmere.

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: Parashat Vayera- Life’s Tests and “Ayin Toba”

The Mishna in Pirkeh Abot (5:3) tells that Abraham Abinu was tested ten times, and succeeded in each and every one. The most famous of Abraham’s tests, of course, was the test of Akedat Yishak, when he was told to sacrifice his beloved son, Yishak, and he prepared to slaughter Yishak until, at the last moment, G-d told him to desist.

Rav Haim of Volozhin (Lithuania, 1749-1821) noted a subtle contrast between this Mishna, and the immediately preceding Mishna, which states, “There were ten generations from Noah until Abraham…

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Israel Says It Has Completed Gaza Strikes After Rocket Fire

Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce.

The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers, who kept to the sidelines of this week’s fighting, cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter fence without explanation — apparently in an effort to preserve the calm.

Israel reiterated that it was willing to abide by the cease-fire if there are no additional rocket attacks. The army said in a statement that it struck a military compound, a rocket-manufacturing site and a militant headquarters in the town of Khan Younis overnight.

The airstrikes came after a barrage of rockets late Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side. The situation was calm on Friday…

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Coca-Cola launches its biggest new drink in 10 years

Finally, Coca-Cola (KO) is getting serious about fizz without the sugar. Aka, seltzer. Aka sparkling water. And in doing so, it could bring a much needed jolt to Coke’s overall water business.

Coca-Cola said Thursday it will launch a new seltzer brand dubbed “AHA” in March 2020, which the beverage giant claims is its biggest new product release in a decade. AHA will come in eight flavors, including two (Citrus Green Tea and Black Cherry + Coffee) with 30 mg of caffeine that take early aim at popular caffeinated seltzer Hi-Ball from Anheuser Busch. The line will also look to gain market share from PepsiCo’s surging Bubly line — a brand it too started from scratch back in 2018. AHA will replace Coke’s Dasani sparkling water.

“As the largest and fastest growing part of the category, mainstream flavored sparkling water is a segment we know we must double-down on,” said Celina Li, vice president of water category at Coca-Cola North America. “AHA is our big-bet brand in this big-bet category.”..

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MIRACULOUS VIDEO: Two more rockets fired from Gaza hours after 'cease-fire' declaration; Israel responds by striking Islamic Jihad 'terror' targets

Rockets continue to be launched from Gaza into southern Israel, hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group early Thursday, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which added that the Israeli military is responding by striking “terror” targets.

IDF tweeted Thursday night: “2 rockets were just launched from Gaza at towns & cities in southern Israel. Thankfully, the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted both rockets.”

B’Chasdei Hashem these cars on the highway miraculously drove right through the missile! Check out this beyond incredible video below!

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Man Robbed Nassau Gas Station At Gunpoint: Police

Nassau Police are searching for a man who robbed a Hempstead gas station at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Nov. 2.

According to police, the man entered the Valero station at 404 Clinton St. at 2:56 a.m. He pointed a black handgun at a 26-year-old man working in the store and demanded cash from the register. The employee gave him cash, and the robber fled in an unknown direction on foot. No one was injured.

Police say the robber was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, a face mask and sneakers.

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BREAKING: Suspect in Egging Attacks Taken Into Custody

Boropark24 Reports: A member of the group who carried out multiple attacks on Jews in Boro Park, pelting their targets with eggs, has been taken into custody.

The string of incidents were perpetrated by a gang of youths who focused on Jewish targets over the past weekend on Dahill Road and surrounding streets in the area near the Kensington neighborhood.

After a launching an investigation, and with the help of Boro Park Shomrim, the Hate Crimes Task Force was successfully able to identify and arrest one of the perpetrators responsible.

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Shas Illuminated Prepares to Hold Grand Siyum Hashas in Lakewood NJ

Shas Illuminated was conceived and founded besiyata dishmaya by Rabbi Yaakov Metz, a member of the kollel of Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury. The objective of this groundbreaking project was to enable those who learn Daf Yomi – and the members of the olam haTorah at large – many of whom often don’t have time to peruse mefarshim on the day’s daf due to time contraints, to explore the daf more in depth.

Reb Yaakov’s father who resides in Far Rockaway, attends the Daf Yomi shiur delivered by Harav Moshe Brown…

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Is There Really A Way to Upgrade Your Marriage?

Sary’s imaginary husband was very warm and affectionate. He always greeted her with a huge smile and kind words. He bought her the perfect gifts and was so thoughtful. Esther’s imaginary husband always knew just the way to comfort her when she was down. He would say “ I’m so sorry you are feeling this way, what can I do to make you feel better…?”

Leah’s imaginary husband always offered to clean the kitchen after supper and never left a mess. He replaced light bulbs and fixed broken parts as soon as she asked him or even before she asked him. Devorah’s imaginary husband was so punctual and always accompanied her to events arriving perfectly on time. He took great care in his appearance too. Atarah’s imaginary husband has that perfect balance of a gentle loving father and an authoritative figure…

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New Gaza Rockets Disrupt Israel, Islamic Jihad Cease-fire

Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel on Thursday, hours after a cease-fire was declared to end two days of intense fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad group, the heaviest escalation in months that killed at least 34 Palestinians, including three women and eight children, and paralyzed parts of Israel.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the new wave of rockets and it wasn’t clear how this would affect the fate of the cease-fire.

Israel had hailed the Gaza operation as a victory, defending its policy of targeting militants in their homes despite civilian deaths and vowed to continue the tactic. Islamic Jihad said it had succeeded in getting Israel to agree to a cease-fire based on several demands, including a halt to Israeli targeted killings of the group’s leaders.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. An Israeli military spokesman tweeted that the Gaza operation “is over.” Some restrictions were lifted on residents of southern Israel and traffic returned to the streets of the Palestinian coastal territory…

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Smoking Age in New York Goes Up From 18 to 21

The legal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in New York has now gone up to 21 from 18, as of Wednesday.

The law was passed back in July and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has been actively trying to take steps to combat electronic cigarettes whose popularity has shot up among young people.

“New York is taking aggressive action to stamp out smoking among teens and children,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement released at the time in July, “but tobacco and e-cigarette use still persists thanks to irresponsible corporate marketing campaigns targeting young people.

“By raising the smoking age from 18 to 21, we can stop cigarettes and e-cigarettes from getting into the hands of young people in the first place and prevent an entire generation of New Yorkers from forming costly and potentially deadly addictions.”..

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Bernie Sanders Is Losing The Jewish Vote — And Maybe Everyone Else’s

Jews haven’t been enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders, and other voters appear to be feeling the same way.

Sanders’ campaign has been without an Iowa political director since the late summer, and the numbers in the state reflect the struggle, The Washington Post reported. He is polling in third place at 11%, behind Elizabeth Warren (22%) and former vice president Joe Biden (20%). During the 2016 primaries, he had been neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

Voters who were once in Sanders’ corner are now looking toward Warren, who has advocated for similar policies, including Medicare-for-all, but who is providing a new, warmer delivery and is also a little younger. Many of the people who supported him in 2016 have shifted to her camp, especially those under 35, according to the Post…

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Rav Avigdor Miller on Missile Attacks in Eretz Yisroel

Q: What should have been the proper reaction of the Jews in Tel-Aviv to the missile attacks this week?

A: They should have huddled in their rooms in fear of Hashem, no question about it. It was a time to make an accounting. When a scud missle fell on Tel-Aviv, so the mayor of Tel-Aviv should have thought about what he said in defiance of the Orthodox Jews. The Orthodox Jews wanted to make a law that all places of amusement should be closed on Shabbos…

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In BDS victory, top European Court rules settlement products must be labeled

Israeli goods produced over the pre-1967 line must be marked as settlement products, the European Union’s top court said Tuesday in a landmark ruling that mandates such labeling in all 28 EU member states for the first time. The ruling will codify into law labeling of settler products, which had previously been only an advisory by the EU and was left to the individual purview of its member states.

Andrew Pollack Tweet: The European Union’s top court has issued a mandate to label Jewish goods. This is the equivalent of putting a yellow star on every Jewish-made product.

Anti-semitism has no place in the world and the E.U. should be ashamed!

Yaakov Katz Tweet: European Court decides all products made by Israelis over the Green Line require labeling.

This is great timing. As Israelis are holed up in bomb shelters across the country, Europe reminds us how it consistently stands on the wrong side of history.

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BREAKING: Hate crime and attempted robbery in far rockaway

Another Hate Crime in NYC Attempted robbery of a Jewish male in Far Rockaway. The victim was stabbed but is in stable condition. NYPD Shomrim and Hatzolah were on scene — Police are now looking for 3 female blacks.

5TC will continue to bring updates on this story as it unfolds.

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Rep. Peter King, R-NY, will not seek reelection in 2020

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the powerful 14-term congressman who once chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020.

King, in a statement Monday, said his “prime reason” for retiring “was that after 28 years of spending four days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford.”

“This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren,” he said. “My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking.”..

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Rabbi Eli Monsour, Description: Parashat Noah - Following the Example of Noah and Yosef

Parashat Noah tells the famous story of Noah, the lone righteous person in a corrupt, sinful generation, and who was thus saved by the flood which G-d brought upon the earth by constructing an ark as G-d had commanded him.

Rav Menahem Azarya of Fano (Italy, 1548-1620) writes that Noah’s soul later resided within the person of Yosef. This is why both Noah and Yosef are given the title “Sadik” (“righteous person”). Noah is described as an “Ish Sadik” in the first verse of Parashat Noah, and throughout the ages, Yosef has always been referred to as “Yosef Ha’sadik.”..

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Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum Parshas Nitzavim, Rosh Hashanah

Our Exclusive video this week on the Parsha by Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Rabbi Emeritus YILC.

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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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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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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