University of Haifa to Share $1.3million Grant for Pioneering Brain Research

Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:57 PM

university-of-haifaBy Zack Pyzer

The University of Haifa revealed Wednesday that they have been jointly-allocated a highly prestigious $1.3million grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). (more…)

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Community Alert

Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:21 PM

community-alert-warning1By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

The following is a grave warning to young women and their parents:

There is an individual loose in our community who presents himself as both a therapist and an activist fighting against the dangers of addiction to immorality on the internet. He gives public (more…)


Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, Rav Gustman, and the Legend of the Milkman

Wednesday May 6, 2015 5:46 PM

rav-yz-gustmanBy Rabbi Ari Kahn

For years there has been an urban legend circulating about a chance meeting between two great Talmudic scholars. The story is usually told as follows: (more…)

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Palestinians’ Unpaid Electric Bills Mount Up

Wednesday May 6, 2015 5:07 PM

palestinian-settlement-west-bankThe Palestinians continue to rely on Israel for critical utilities, including more than 170 electricity lines that power the West Bank, the New York Times reports. (more…)

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Why Is Israel Criticized for Helping Nepal Earthquake Victims?

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:45 PM

nepal1By Steven A. Cook

Last week, Israel took criticism for sending a contingent of doctors and search-and-rescue specialists to Nepal to participate in the earthquake relief efforts. (more…)


Nasrallah: Iran Will Decide When to Go to War with Israel

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:29 PM

hezbollah-chief-terrorist-sheikh-hassan-nasrallahAccording to a report this week in the Hizbullah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the Syrian regime would be unable to take back all the territory rebel (more…)

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The Majesty of Meron

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:20 PM

meron-rashbiAs Lag B’omer approaches, anyone who has been fortunate enough to pour their hearts out at the Tanna Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai recalls these sweet memories. The singing and dancing with other (more…)

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Dirshu Statement on the Formation of a Coalition Government in Israel

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:10 PM

dirshu2The following is a statement sent to Matzav by the Dirshu organization regarding the formation of a new coalition government by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi (more…)

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Netanyahu Caves To Bayit Yehudi, Finalizing 61-Strong Coalition

Wednesday May 6, 2015 3:52 PM

netanyahu-bennetIsraeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will tell President Reuven Rivlin late tonight that he has managed to cobble together a 61-strong coalition - the minimal number required for a Knesset majority. (more…)


French Judges Conclude Inquiry into Death of Yasser Arafat

Wednesday May 6, 2015 3:09 PM

yasser-arafatJudges in France have concluded their investigation into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, it was reported on Tuesday. (more…)



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Photos: A Sky View of Meron, Lag Ba’omer Night 5775

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OU Advocacy Rallies in Brooklyn Together with Parents, Educators and Advocates for Pre-K Choice

Wednesday May 6, 2015 2:14 PM


This morning in Brooklyn’s Owl’s Head Park, the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center- Teach NYS Initiative, Parents for Pre-K Choice, Council Member David G. Greenfield (D-44) and community (more…)

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Defense Minister Ya’alon: In Gaza War, IDF Did What It Had to Do to Protect Israeli Civilians

Wednesday May 6, 2015 1:43 PM

moshe-yaalonAfter war crimes allegations following last summer’s Gaza war, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday, “I can still look at myself in the mirror.” (more…)

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Oldest Complete Copy of Aseres Hadibros Goes on Display in Israel

Wednesday May 6, 2015 1:12 PM

dead-sea-scroll-aseres-hadibrosNever before publicly shown in Israel, the 2,000 year-old Dead Sea Scroll containing a complete copy of the Aseres Hadibros will be displayed for a brief period of time at the Israel Museum in (more…)


U.S. Aims to Make Restoring Sanctions on Iran Immune to Russian, Chinese Veto If Nuclear Deal Fails

Wednesday May 6, 2015 12:51 PM

p51-nations-iran-dealWashington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring UN sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and (more…)

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May You Take a Haircut Tonight?

Wednesday May 6, 2015 12:16 PM

barberBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman

I know someone who was recently willing to pay a large amount of money to have the honor of being a sandek at a bris milah - any bris milah. His purpose, however, was not to just have the kavod of being (more…)


Photos: Thousands at Bonei Olam Dinner at The Palace Hall in Boro Park

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:57 AM



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Baltimore Mayor to DoJ: Investigate Us

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:31 AM

Suspect Injured Baltimore ProtestBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city would be happy to have the Department of Justice investigate its police, as both the department and FBI look into possible civil rights violations. (more…)


Photos: Thousands Accompany the Skverer Rebbe to Birkas Ha’illanos

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:02 AM



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Unattended Bag Prompts Emergency Response at Newark Airport

Wednesday May 6, 2015 10:45 AM


Authorities are investigating after a police dog responded to an unattended bag at Newark International Airport this morning, NBC reports. The police dog was brought in after the bag was (more…)

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Powerful Video - Reb Gavriel Sassoon: “Don’t Blame the World, Take Responsibility for Your Life”

Wednesday May 6, 2015 10:20 AM
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Important Video: Man Shows Just How Easily Kids Can Be Lured In Social Experiment

Wednesday May 6, 2015 9:46 AM

joey-salads[Video below.] In a terrifying wakeup call for parents, a new viral video shot on New York City playgrounds shows just how easily children can be lured, CBS NY reports. (more…)


Shin Bet, Tax Authority Foil Arms Smuggling into Gaza

Wednesday May 6, 2015 9:13 AM


Customs agents working with the Shin Bet security agency have thwarted four attempts in recent months to smuggle weapons components into Gaza through the Nitzana border crossing in southern Israel, the Israeli Tax Authority said. (more…)

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Israel Conducts Test Launch Of Rocket-Propulsion System

Wednesday May 6, 2015 8:48 AM

the-israeli-defense-ministry-headquarters-in-tel-avivIsrael conducted a test launch of a rocket-propulsion system on Tuesday morning, the country’s Defense Ministry announced. The test took place at a military base in central Israel. (more…)

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Former IDF Chief Defends Military’s Values, Says Next Conflict ‘Will Be Worse’

Wednesday May 6, 2015 8:12 AM


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spares no effort to defend democracy and moral values, former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Monday at an event hosted by the Shurat (more…)

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Terror vs. Terror: Hamas Cracks Down On Pro-Islamic State Groups In Gaza

Wednesday May 6, 2015 7:43 AM


Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that governs the Gaza Strip, has launched a widespread crackdown on pro-Islamic State groups in Gaza. The crackdown includes the deployment of masked gunmen into Salafi extremist strongholds and the (more…)

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US Approves Florida-Cuba Ferry Service

Wednesday May 6, 2015 7:15 AM


The U.S. has approved licenses for at least four ferry companies to begin service between Florida and Cuba on Tuesday. Fort Lauderdale’s Havana Ferry Partners, Baja Ferries, in Miami, United Caribbean Lines Florida of Greater Orlando and Airline (more…)

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Netanyahu Must Make Coalition Deal Today

Wednesday May 6, 2015 7:01 AM

netanyahu3Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is racing to form a coalition government as a midnight deadline approaches. Netanyahu’s Likud won the highest number of seats-30-in a tense March election. He now has until the end of the day to cobble together 61 seats for a ruling government after losing the support (more…)

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Hikers Will Film Cross-Country Israeli Trail For Google Street View

Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:42 AM


The 600-mile Israel National Trail, which spans the entire state of Israel, will be filmed and documented by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) for inclusion in the Google Street View database. (more…)

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Never Mind Oil, Iran’s About to Shake the World Pistachio Market

Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:13 AM


Iran is ready to return to the global commodities market, flooding it with fresh supplies and risking a slump in prices. Oil? Possibly, but there’s a second industry that could be even more disrupted by a nuclear pact between Iran and the west: pistachio nuts. (more…)

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Israeli Killed, Three Injured in Mexico Bus Accident

Wednesday May 6, 2015 5:46 AM

cancun-mexicoAn Israeli woman was killed and three other Israelis were injured in a collision between two buses in Mexico on Sunday. The accident occurred on a road between the resort towns of Playa del (more…)

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Surveillance Planes Fly Over Baltimore

Wednesday May 6, 2015 5:10 AM


At least two airplanes allegedly assisted by the FBI were spotted flying over the scene of last week’s Baltimore riots, days after the unrest, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. (more…)

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Germanwings Pilot Practiced Crash

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:42 AM


Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot accused of crashing a Madrid-to-Dusseldorf flight into a mountain, had practiced a controlled descent on the previous flight that day, according to a (more…)

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Justice Stevens: Pay Gitmo Innocents

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:08 AM


Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that the government should compensate Guantanamo Bay detainees who are still being held after posing no imminent threat to the United (more…)

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California Orders 28% Water Cut for Some

Wednesday May 6, 2015 3:40 AM


The California State Water Resources Board unanimously approved on Tuesday sweeping restrictions on water use, requiring residents and businesses to reduce the amount of water (more…)

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Kesubos 93: Paying Back a Loan with Goverment Bonds

Wednesday May 6, 2015 3:10 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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N.Y. Times Accelerates Digital-First Effort

Wednesday May 6, 2015 2:54 AM


The New York Times will take another step in its effort to prioritize digital this week by moving the discussion of the print edition out of its daily news meetings, executive editor Dean (more…)

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A Sacred Diet

Wednesday May 6, 2015 2:22 AM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

The Greek philosopher Socrates used to counsel others that they should eat to live, not live to eat. Some recent scientific research has shed meaningful light on this age old challenge, by (more…)

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Founder Of France’s National Front Suspended From Party Over Anti-Semitism

Wednesday May 6, 2015 1:51 AM


The founder of France’s far-right National Front political party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was suspended from the party over comments he made trivializing the Holocaust’s gas chambers. (more…)

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Boro Park Niklesburg Shul to Host Annual Lag B’Omer Event

Wednesday May 6, 2015 1:20 AM

lag-baomer-nikBy Dov Levy

Boro Park-Niklesburg Beis Medrash will once again host its annual Lag B’Omer celebration. The central Lag B’Omer event in Boro Park, the hadlakah and dancing under the auspices of Rav (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 17 Iyar

Wednesday May 6, 2015 12:08 AM


Rav Yechezkel Landau, the Noda Beyehuda (1713-1793). Born in Apta, Poland, learned and served in Brody, serving as Av Beis Din at the age of 20 years. In 1755, he was appointed Rav of Prague and all of Bohemia, soon establishing and heading a (more…)

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Har Hazeisim Remains a “National Disgrace:” How Could That Be?

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:23 PM

har-hazeisim1By Menachem Lubinsky

It was five years ago that Avrohom Lubinsky rang the alarm bells that the holy 3000-year old cemetery, Har Hazeisim, had become nothing short of what a Jewish leader called “a national disgrace.” (more…)

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New York: Donovan Wins Congressional Election

Tuesday May 5, 2015 10:36 PM


A district attorney connected to the case of an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer’s chokehold was elected Tuesday to fill a congressional seat left vacant when the (more…)

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Video: Yeshuos Rashbi in Meron On Lag Ba’omer

Tuesday May 5, 2015 10:15 PM
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Gray Cop: Arrest Was Legal

Tuesday May 5, 2015 9:41 PM


One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the prosecutor in the case to produce the knife Gray allegedly had on him at the time of the arrest. (more…)


Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Tuesday May 5, 2015 8:12 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Kesubos 93 - Equal Partners

Two investors. One invested a third of the principal, the other, two thirds. And yet, Shmuel says that whatever profits (or losses) may (more…)

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Former UK Cmdr.: UN, Foreign Governments ‘Deliberately’ Twisting Laws of Armed Conflict on Israel

Tuesday May 5, 2015 7:17 PM

col-richard-kempBy Zack Pyzer

Shurat HaDin, an Israeli NGO specializing in International Law, opened a two-day conference in Jerusalem, Monday, “Towards a New (more…)


Israeli President Lauds US-Israeli Security Ties to Congressional Group

Tuesday May 5, 2015 6:51 PM

israeli-president-rivlinIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin extolled shared values with the United States in a meeting with six visiting US Congress members on Tuesday during an AIPAC- organized tour. (more…)

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Yoel Gross Responds to Matzav On “Better Than OU” Tumult

Tuesday May 5, 2015 6:21 PM

first-choice-baby-foodsBy Yoel Gross, First Choice Baby Foods

I have read Rabbi Adlerstein’s article posted on Matzav on May 4. While I agree with everything he wrote about the OU (we are also OU certified), I do (more…)