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Obama: Sony Made a ‘Mistake’

Friday December 19, 2014 2:19 PM

obama5President Barack Obama said Sony “made a mistake” in pulling The Interview following what the FBI says was North Korea’s hacking attack.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here (more…)

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Obama: Auto Bailout ‘Officially Over’

Friday December 19, 2014 1:47 PM


President Obama kicked off his year-end press conference by announcing the U.S. government’s rescue of the auto industry is “officially over.” (more…)

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Crown Heights Shmira Member Found Innocent of Bias Charge

Friday December 19, 2014 1:16 PM

yitzchok-shuchatBrooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) had the highest praise for Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson following the announcement today of a resolution in the case of Yitzchok Shuchat. (more…)

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The Wisdom of the Dreidle: Comfort in an Impossible World

Friday December 19, 2014 12:58 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Can a simple top, a delightful toy for children, really speak to me in the aftermath of tragedy? In the aftermath of a Har Nof? (more…)

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Gaza Palestinians Fire Rocket At Eshkol Region

Friday December 19, 2014 12:17 PM


Palestinians in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket at an Israeli community in the Eshkol region near the Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

The rocket fell in an open area, causing neither casualties nor damage. (more…)

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FBI Proves North Korea Hacked Sony

Friday December 19, 2014 11:31 AM

sonyThe FBI said Friday in an official statement that “the North Korean government is responsible” for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that the attack destroyed thousands of computers in the process, reports the Daily Beast. (more…)


8 Kids Stabbed to Death in Australia

Friday December 19, 2014 10:14 AM


Authorities confirmed eight children, reportedly between the ages of 18 months and 15 years, were found stabbed to death at a home in the northern Australian city of Cairns on Friday. (more…)

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DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

Friday December 19, 2014 9:55 AM

N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un at parliament session

North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. (more…)

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Did The Mossad Do The Impossible?

Friday December 19, 2014 9:13 AM


Only time will tell, a long time probably, whether the sensational reports that Hezbollah uncovered an Israeli spy within the organization are true. (more…)

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Hikind: The Threat to Aron Weider Must Be Taken Seriously

Friday December 19, 2014 8:22 AM

aron-wiederAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) responded immediately to a threat today against Aron Weider. Wieder, the only Chassidishe member of the Rockland County NY Legislature, (more…)

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ZOA: If Pres. Obama Can Free 3 Cuban Spies, He Must Free Jonathan Pollard

Friday December 19, 2014 7:14 AM

jonathan-pollardThe Zionist Organization of America  has strongly declared that President Barack Obama, who has this week freed three convicted spies who spied for an enemy regime, Cuba, must free  Jonathan Pollard, who spied for an American ally, Israel. (more…)


Hilchos Chanukah: How to Light On Erev Shabbos

Friday December 19, 2014 6:10 AM

olive-oil-menorahOn Erev Shabbos, if a woman is running late to light Shabbos candles on time, she is permitted to light the Shabbos candles immediately, once her husband has lit even one of the lights on the Chanukah menorah, (more…)

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It’s Here and Only $5

Friday December 19, 2014 5:47 AM

oorah-5The Oorah Auction is here. I know, I know. You are probably wondering how Oorah can possibly top the incredible prizes from last year. How about with more prizes, and more chances to win? Last year we offered 30 prizes to choose from- this year there are 50. (more…)

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Lakewood: Erev Shabbos Chanukah Traffic Alert

Friday December 19, 2014 4:24 AM

cars-congestion-pricing-trafficAs we’ve reported in years past, Erev Shabbos Chanukah is an unusually busy traffic day, especially for those who are traveling from the Ihr Hatorah of Lakewood, NJ, to spend Shabbos with relatives in other (more…)


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Friday December 19, 2014 3:06 AM

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Obama Negotiated with Cuba ‘Behind Everyone’s Back,’ Lawmakers Charge

Friday December 19, 2014 2:24 AM

obama4President Barack Obama negotiated with Cuba to restore diplomatic relations “behind everyone’s back,” lawmakers charged after he announced the restoration of full diplomatic ties with the island nation. (more…)


Romney Tells Sony To Fight Hackers - Release ‘Interview’ Online

Friday December 19, 2014 1:19 AM

mitt-romneyMitt Romney is tweeting out his ideas as to how Sony Pictures should handle its comedy film “The Interview,” CNS News reports.

In a tweet, Romney suggests Sony should fight threats from hackers and release the film for (more…)

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Parshas Partner - Mikeitz

Friday December 19, 2014 12:48 AM

parsha-partner-with-link[Free download below.] Bring new meaning to your Shabbos seudah by involving your family and guests in discussions on the weekly parsha. Parsha Partner has meaningful divrei Torah and engaging discussion (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 27-28 Kislev

Friday December 19, 2014 12:04 AM

yahrtzeit-candleYahrtzeits, 27 Kislev

Rav Tzvi Hersh Rosanish, author of Tesha Shitos (1804). He was the son of Rav Yissachar Dovrish, Av (more…)

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IRS: Budget Cuts Could Delay Refunds

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:47 PM


Budget cuts backed by congressional Republicans could delay tax refunds in 2015, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters on Thursday. (more…)


Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Thursday December 18, 2014 10:52 PM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 76 - Diamonds are Created Under Pressure

Two interesting stories, both having to do with yichus, appear in today’s Daf. The first is the (more…)

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Hamas Claims to Have Caught an ‘Israeli Agent’

Thursday December 18, 2014 9:53 PM

hamasHamas is claiming that its security forces in Gaza arrested an “Israeli agent” who was tasked with gathering information on the weapons presented by the Al-Qassam Brigades during a parade held this week to mark the (more…)


CAMERA Launches Latest Billboards Accusing NY Times Of Biased Reporting On Israel

Thursday December 18, 2014 8:34 PM


A series of new billboards in New York City calls out The New York Times for what a media watchdog group says is persistent anti-Israel bias in the newspaper’s reporting. (more…)

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Abbas Continues To Pursue U.N. Measure On Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank

Thursday December 18, 2014 7:23 PM


Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution outlining Israel’s United Nations-imposed withdrawal from the West Bank. The measure is (more…)

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White House Weighs Response to Sony Hack

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:39 PM

white-houseOn Thursday, the White House called the Sony hack a serious national security matter and said the Obama administration is weighing a proportional response. The U.S. determined the attack was “state sponsored” and that (more…)

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Israeli Archaeologists Uncover Entryway To King Herod Palace

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:23 PM


Israeli archeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have announced the discovery of an elaborate entryway to the Herodian hilltop palace in Herodium National Park. (more…)

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Lieberman To Boycott Swedish Counterpart’s Visit Over Palestinian State Recognition

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:39 PM


Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is refusing to meet with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem during her upcoming visit to Israel next month, in response to Sweden’s recent recognition of a Palestinian state. (more…)


Video, Photos: Chanukah Part at the White House

Thursday December 18, 2014 3:50 PM

chanukah-aprty-white-house[Video and photos.] “Welcome to the White House,” called out President Barack Obama, standing beside his wife Michelle, to a full crowd of Jewish guests attending his annual Chanukah reception on Wednesday. (more…)


Mastermind of Attack on Mumbai Chabad House Gets Bail

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:35 PM

zakiur-rehman-lakhviIn a move likely to stoke the ire of India and many others, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court today granted bail to the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who plotted the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. (more…)

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Boko Haram Takes 185 Women, Children

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:26 PM


According to officials in Nigeria, Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people during a raid this week. (more…)

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Air Pollution Linked to Autism

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:54 PM


According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to give birth to a (more…)

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US Death Penalty Hits 20-Year Low

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:22 PM

death-penalty1A total of 35 death-row inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2014, the lowest number since 1994. Meanwhile, death sentences hit a 40-year low, to about 72, according to the Death Penalty (more…)

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Levi Yitzchok Rosenblatt Released From Hospital After Stabbing in Crown Heights

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:44 AM

levi-yitzchak-rosenblattLevi Yitzchok Rosenblatt was released from the hospital Wednesday, about eight days after being stabbed by a man who was later shot and killed by police at 770 Eastern Parkway, Chabad (more…)

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Harvard Suspends Purchases From Sodastream After Anti-Israel Pressure

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:12 AM

harvardAfter anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria. (more…)

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Video: Despite P’sak of Gedolim, Yehuda Glick Says ‘G-d Gave Me My Life Back to Continue With My Mission’ to Fight for Har Habayis Rights

Thursday December 18, 2014 10:20 AM

yehuda-glickJust a month and a half after a near-fatal assassination attempt, veteran Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick spoke to Arutz Sheva about his incredible recovery, and shared his hopes for the future of his struggle for Jewish prayer rights at Judaism’s holiest site. It should be noted that the leading poskim of the (more…)


Palestinians: Israeli Withdrawal by 2017

Thursday December 18, 2014 9:13 AM


An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 was submitted to the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, setting a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces by the end of 2017. (more…)

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Obama Grants 12 Pardons and 8 Commutations

Thursday December 18, 2014 8:15 AM

obama10President Barack H. Obama issued 12 pardons and granted commutations to eight Americans serving time for drug-related offenses Wednesday. The eight men and women are the first inmates to receive reduced sentences as a part of the administration’s change of clemency criteria announced in April. (more…)


Video: President Obama Addresses White House Chanukah Reception

Thursday December 18, 2014 7:14 AM
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