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Twitter Has 45,000+ Pro-ISIS Accounts

Friday March 6, 2015 9:44 AM


A new study found there are at least 46,000 Twitter accounts that support the Islamic State, despite the micro-blogging site’s attempts to shutter accounts in late 2014, the Brookings Institution said (more…)

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DC Residents Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill

Friday March 6, 2015 9:30 AM


The ban on sledding on Capitol Hill dates back to 1876 but it hasn’t stopped bands of patriots from using their God-given right to pursue happiness. Twitter accounts show D.C. residents resorting to (more…)

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Think Purim Gridlock Was Bad? Kentucky Motorists Stranded for 24 Hours

Friday March 6, 2015 9:09 AM


A winter storm that dumped around 2 feet of snow on Kentucky left thousands of motorists stranded on highways Thursday, some for up to 24 hours. The traffic jam on Interstate 65 stretched for about (more…)

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U.S. Envoy Slasher Went to North Korea

Friday March 6, 2015 8:43 AM


South Korean police are looking into a possible connection between the man who attacked the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and his several visits to North Korea, a senior official said Friday. (more…)

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Sad: Ringling Bros. Won’t Use Elephant Acts Because of Animal Rights Kooks

Friday March 6, 2015 8:20 AM


The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that it will do away with elephant acts by 2018 because of public concern about the animals. (more…)

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US: N. Korea’s Nukes ‘of Great Concern’

Friday March 6, 2015 7:47 AM


Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, said Wednesday that the range and precision of North Korea’s missiles were “of great concern” and threatened U.S. territory. Brooks (more…)

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Hillary Emails ‘Several Months’ Away

Friday March 6, 2015 7:11 AM


A State Department spokesperson told Jonathan Karl of ABC News that it will be “several months” before Hillary Clinton’s emails are released. The news comes hours after Clinton tweeted that she’s (more…)

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UK Bans Israeli Tourism Ad for Showing Yerushalayim’s Old City as Part of Israel

Friday March 6, 2015 6:39 AM

yerushalayimBritish authorities have banned an Israeli government tourism ad because it suggests that Yerushalayim’s Old City is a part of Israel. (more…)

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Poll: 84 Percent of Americans Say Allowing Iran to Get Nuclear Weapons in 10 Years Is a Bad Idea

Friday March 6, 2015 6:14 AM

iran-nuke-talks84% of Americans say allowing Iran to get nuclear weapons 10 years from now is a bad idea, according to a Fox News poll conducted on March 1-3 under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw &  (more…)

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NASA Probe Reaches Dwarf Planet

Friday March 6, 2015 4:51 AM


In a historic first, a spacecraft has reached a dwarf planet. NASA’s Dawn satellite entered orbit around Ceres, a mini-planet located between Mars and Jupiter, early Friday after a seven-and-a-half year (more…)

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Ferguson Officers Didn’t Read DOJ Report

Friday March 6, 2015 4:10 AM


The City of Ferguson has yet to respond to the Department of Justice’s scathing report about its corrupt legal systems, while judges and other officials tell St. Louis Today that they haven’t read the (more…)

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Avid Amoker Kim Jong Un Cracks Down on Smoking

Friday March 6, 2015 3:47 AM


North Korea is trying to crack down on its massive smoking problem. The country has one of the world’s highest lung-cancer rates and about half of its male population smokes. (more…)

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Parshas Ki Sisa: Inside Information

Friday March 6, 2015 2:23 AM

rabbi-nosson-greenbergBy Rabbi Nosson Greenberg

In this week’s parsha we learn about the moment that Moshe smashed the Luchos. The Torah tells us that as Moshe descended Har Sinai and saw the Eigel and the dancing that was taking place he became angered. And   (more…)

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Tomorrow’s Yahrtzeits and History - 16 Adar

Friday March 6, 2015 12:13 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Shalom Charif (1825). Having learned under Rav Pinchas Halevi Horowitz (the Baal Haflaah) in Frankfurt for many years, Rav Shalom became Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Ansbach, a town in Bavaria, (more…)

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Major Jewish Group Slams ‘Despicable’ New York Times Claim That Netanyahu Speech Asks Democrats to Choose Between Obama and Israel

Thursday March 5, 2015 12:21 PM


Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed disgust at the New York Times on Wednesday for claiming that the debate over Iran’s nuclear program boils down to a (more…)


Opinion: The White House Must Respond to Netanyahu’s Important New Proposal

Thursday March 5, 2015 11:11 AM

netanyahu-congressBy Alan Dershowitz

I was in the House gallery when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a logical and compelling critique of the deal now on the table regarding Iran’s ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons. (more…)

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Modern-Day Persia: Rouhani Says Iran Will Never Accept Deal That Deprives Country of Nuclear Power

Thursday March 5, 2015 10:22 AM

hassan-rouhani-iranBy David Daoud

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday that Iran’s nuclear negotiators would never accept a deal with world powers that would curtail the Iranian nation’s “rights” to nuclear power, Al- (more…)

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Snow in Your Purim Forecast? Star-K Provides Mishloach Manos Guidelines

Thursday March 5, 2015 9:14 AM

purim1By Margie Pensak

Star-K Kosher Certification website’s tag line reads, “Kosher–It’s Just Not About Milk and Meat.”True to its word, the non-profit agency’s latest non-food related initiative is providing a public service (more…)

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A ‘Wild West’ North Dakota Litvishe Rov’s Purim Legacy

Thursday March 5, 2015 8:39 AM

rabbi-benjamin-papermasterA young Lithuanian rov arrives in a Wild West frontier town, some 7,000 miles from his home and his family, with only a Torah scroll and a few sparse belongings in his possession. Four generations later, (more…)


ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה • Videos: Purim 5775 at Beth Medrash Govoha

Thursday March 5, 2015 7:31 AM

purim-5771-in-bmg-rav-salomon[Photos below.] Few Purim events around the globe are as uplifting and invigorating as the annual Purim mesibah on Purim night at Beth Medrash (more…)


וַיִּהְיוּ נִקְרָאִים לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ • Photos: Krias Megillah Across Bnei Brak

Thursday March 5, 2015 6:45 AM



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Photos: Leil Purim Festivities in Bnei Brak

Thursday March 5, 2015 5:57 AM



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U.S. Officials: ‘Some Progress’ Made In Iran Nuclear Talks

Thursday March 5, 2015 5:24 AM


U.S. officials say that “some progress” has been made in world powers’ Switzerland-based negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. (more…)

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Israel to Double Water Supply for Gaza Despite Threats From Hamas

Thursday March 5, 2015 4:50 AM


Israeli officials say they are doubling the amount of water the Jewish state provides to the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing threats from the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. (more…)

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May a Clown Daven Minchah?

Thursday March 5, 2015 3:14 AM

clownAs the joyous Purim holiday is underway, many preparations are underway for assembling and distributing Mishloach Manos. The custom of Mishloach Manos derives from the mitzvah of sending two (more…)

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The Purim Seudah

Thursday March 5, 2015 2:30 AM

purim1)It is a Mitzvah on all Jewish men, women and children to partake of a festive Seudah, meal, on Purim.
The Purim Seudah needs to be eaten on Purim day, and if it was only eaten Purim eve, or Purim night, you (more…)

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Photos: Ahead of Purim, Gedolim Gather for Kupat Ha’ir

Thursday March 5, 2015 1:13 AM



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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 14 Adar, Purim

Thursday March 5, 2015 12:10 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Ze’ev Wolf of Zhitomer, student of the Maggid of Mezeitch, author of Or Hameir, one of the early foundation texts of Chassidus (1800). (more…)

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ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר - Ah Freilichen Purim!

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:45 PM



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Benghazi Panel Subpoenas Hillary Emails

Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:21 PM


The House Select Committee on Benghazi will issue subpoenas today for emails Hillary Clinton sent regarding the U.S. consulate attack while she served as secretary of state. (more…)

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DOJ: Ferguson Cops a ‘Collection Agency’

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:42 PM


The Department of Justice released a scathing report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that describes it as a “collection agency” that exploited blacks. Although blacks make up 67 percent of (more…)

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Paul Allen Finds WWII Battleship

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:10 PM


Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, announced Wednesday that he and the crew on his superyacht have found a long-lost Japanese battleship. The Musashi, at 900 feet long, was the largest (more…)

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NYC Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:52 PM


The largest school system in America will recognize two Muslim holidays beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. New York City schools will put Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official calendar by (more…)


Clinton Built Her Own Email System

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:13 PM


Hillary Clinton created her own private email system that she exclusively used as secretary of state, ignoring “very specific guidance” from the White House by not even creating, let alone using, a (more…)


Kennedy Doubts Obamacare Challengers

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:39 PM

obamacareSupreme Court Justice Kennedy reportedly said there is a “serious constitutional problem” with the way the challengers read the Affordable Care Act. (more…)

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Important Tips for Those Who Drink on Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:12 PM

wineIt is worth knowing that hangovers can be avoided. With a little knowledge and care, you can still get drunk to the point of “ad delo yada” without suffering from it afterwards. (more…)

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Video: It’s Purim: Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:46 PM

purim1[Video below.] readers are urged to watch the video below, which raises awareness regarding children and the dangers of drinking on Purim. (more…)


Snow to Cause Big Purim Headache for Northeast

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:40 PM

snowMore snow moves into the Northeast tonight, Motzoei Taanis Esther, after a wintry mix of snow and rain has left roads and sidewalks a slushy mess. (more…)


Rav Wosner: Can A Litvak Wear A Shtreimel For Davening On Purim?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:13 PM

rav-wosnerAs we all know, Purim is a time when people - even adults - dress up. Thus, a Litvak might wear a shtreimel if he so chooses in the Purim spirit. The halacha clearly states (Orach Chaim 91), though, that one must (more…)


Audio: Rav Shurkin On Mishloach Manos and Other Inyonei Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:51 PM

rav-yaakov-moshe-shurkin[Audio below.] The following shiur was delivered at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill (more…)

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NFL Players to Donate Brains to Research

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:42 PM


Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice and New York Giants kicker Steve Weatherford said Tuesday they plan to donate their brains to medical research after they die. The two made the (more…)


Defense Admits Tsarnaev Role in Bombing

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:40 PM


In opening statements today, the defense attorney representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted that her client took part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (more…)

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News from Open Orthodoxy

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:15 PM has learned exclusively that an “Open Orthodox” institution has paskened that women should not listen to Parshas Zachor. The מהר״ת (more…)


WATCH: New Video Release by Oorah: “Mitzvah Tantz”

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:11 PM

mitzvah-tantzCan you do the Mitzva Tantz? Watch this newly-released music video, which will have you humming the song on repeat from Purim till Pesach … if not longer!  The Mitzvah Tantz sums up the life of the average Torah-observant Jew, with a hilarious video featuring Lipa, and starring a whole (more…)


OU Welcomes $13 Mil. Funding for NSGP in Homeland Security Bill

Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:37 AM

ou-emblem2The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America welcomed congressional passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes $13 million for the (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Purim “Mishloach Manos Cards” - What Shaychus?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:14 AM

mishloach-manos3By Shmuel Miskin,

The topic of my rant today might not sit well with some people, but it is an issue that has always perplexed (more…)


Iran Calls Obama’s 10-Year Nuclear Demand ‘Unacceptable’

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:48 AM


Iran rejected on Tuesday as “unacceptable” President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi- (more…)


Purim: May I Wear My Wife’s Shaitel?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:22 AM

purimThe following shailos uteshuvos appeared in the American Yated Ne’eman, as transcribed by Rabbi Doniel Travis. The responses were given (more…)