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RELEASED: Alan Gross Freed in American-Cuban Prisoner Swap

Wednesday December 17, 2014 9:10 AM


Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross has been released from Cuban prison after five years, major media outlets reported Wednesday morning, citing United States officials. The U.S. secured (more…)


Video, Photos: Vice President Biden Lights National Menorah

Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:26 AM

national-menorah[Video and photos below.] The National Menorah, the world’s largest, was lit in a ceremony seen around the world at Tuesday at 4:00 pm, the first (more…)


George Pataki ‘Very Seriously’ Considering Presidential Bid

Wednesday December 17, 2014 7:11 AM

george-patakiThree-term former New York Gov. George Pataki - who says he is “very seriously” considering a 2016 bid for the White House - says its current resident, President Barack Obama, is a slick speaker who (more…)


Ted Cruz: Obama Is Acting Like a Monarch

Wednesday December 17, 2014 6:22 AM

ted-cruzWhen the Senate on Friday was debating the 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that allows President Obama to use money drawn from the U.S. Treasury to implement his unilateral amnesty of as many as (more…)

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Abbas’ Advisor: All Of “Palestine” Will “Return” To Palestinians Through “Resistance

Wednesday December 17, 2014 5:38 AM


In his latest sermon, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs stated that “all our occupied land, all our rights in Palestine… our ancestors’ legacy - all of it will return to us even if it (more…)

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Obama to Squeeze Putin Harder

Wednesday December 17, 2014 4:11 AM


Under new legislation approved by a hesitant President Obama, economically fragile Russia will be hit with more sanctions for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. (more…)

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Photos: Rav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss Lighting Menorah

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:48 AM



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Photos: Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman Lighting Menorah

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:38 AM



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Photos: Chanukah 5775 in Yerushalayim

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:28 AM



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Photos: Bluzhever Rebbe Lights Menorah

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:15 AM



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California Needs 11T Gallons of Water

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:03 AM


According to NASA, it will take 11 trillion gallons of water to repair the damage California has suffered during its three-year drought. That amount of water is 1.5 times what the largest reservoir in the (more…)

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Terrorism Insurance Act Set to Expire

Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:41 AM

9-11-smokeCongress failed to extend a bipartisan bill providing terrorism risk insurance after the U.S. Senate was unable to reach a final vote on Tuesday. (more…)

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Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America

Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:59 AM

taliban-kidsThe unprecedented slaughter Tuesday of at least 132 students at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, shows in the most gruesome possible way that the Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have not yet (more…)


Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:09 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 74 - Also this Have I Given to You

As a conclusion to the question of whether or not someone who is not circumcised can eat maaser sheini, the Gemara brings the statement (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 25 Kislev

Wednesday December 17, 2014 12:07 AM

yahrtzeit-candleRav Avraham, son of the Vilna Gaon (1808)

Rav Yaakov Ettlinger (1798-1871), son of Rav Aharon, rosh yeshiva of the local mesivta in Karlsruhe, (more…)

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Photos: Zutchka Rebbe Lights Menorah in Bnei Brak

Tuesday December 16, 2014 11:43 PM



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NASA Sees Hints of Life on Mars

Tuesday December 16, 2014 11:19 PM


While hints of water on our neighboring planet have been discovered by the Curiosity Rover, there has been no sign of potential life - until now. Curiosity captured fleeting “burps” of methane on the Red (more…)


Pirchei Weekly, Chanukah 5775

Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:27 PM



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Obama: ‘May This Hanukkah Embolden Us To Do What Is Right’

Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:48 PM

obama-chanukah1President Barack Obama sent a message with wishes for a happy Chanukah today, ahead of the first night of Chanukah.

Obama wished for this Chanukah to “embolden us to do what is (more…)


Erdogan Wishes Turkish Jews a Happy Chanukah

Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:21 PM

turkish-prime-minister-recep-tayyip-erdoganAmid concerns of a rise in anti-Semitism in Turkey, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday sent Turkish Jews a greeting for Chanukah. (more…)


Chanukah at Sports Stadiums All Over America: Nice Gestures Or a Victory for Yavan?

Tuesday December 16, 2014 8:20 PM

chanukah1From pre-game ceremonies to center-court celebrations, large-scale public Chanukah events will light up more sports stadiums and arenas across America than ever this year, part of Chabad’s worldwide Chanukah campaign, (more…)


Alan Dershowitz: Netanyahu Gets ‘Bum Rap’ on Settlements

Tuesday December 16, 2014 7:19 PM


A report claiming a surge in land-grabbing Jewish settlements is a biased piece of “total misreporting” that ignores a critical fact: the new settlers reside in territory Palestinians are not contesting, lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz (more…)

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National Medical Organization To Doctor: Desecrate Shabbos Or Forfeit Fellowship

Tuesday December 16, 2014 6:40 PM

hikind1A Shabbos-observant New Jersey doctor, who received a nomination letter for the degree of Fellow from a prestigious professional medical association, sent in her response form and payment, which was received on time. (more…)


Yerushalayim’s New Police Commissioner Vows to Restore Order in Har Hazeisim Area; Steps up Arrests

Tuesday December 16, 2014 6:13 PM

har-hazeisimYerushalayim - Moshe (Chico) Edri, Yerushalayim’s new police commander, vowed to “bring order to the Har Hazeisim area” during a tour of the 3000-year old cemetery on Sunday. Commander Edri was accompanied by MK Menachem Eliezer Moses (UTJ), (more…)

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Har Nof Massacre Shloshim Marked with New Book

Tuesday December 16, 2014 5:42 PM

har-nof-bookThe entire Jewish world was shocked by last month’s Har Nof Massacre, when two Arab terrorists murdered four men and injured several more in the middle of Shacharis in a local Jerusalem shul. As the shloshim of the victims approaches, a new (more…)


Video: Reb Bentzion Oiring, A Selfless Askan for Klal Yisroel

Tuesday December 16, 2014 5:26 PM
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Chanukah Musings

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:59 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

Let me share with you some short Chanukah thoughts to add extra sparkle to your Chanukah - to go with the delicious latkas, cheese platters, and sufganiot. (more…)

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Federal Judge Rules Obama’s Amnesty Edict is Unconstitutional

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:50 PM

obama10A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has ruled parts of President Barack Obama’s executive immigration orders unconstitutional, accusing him of bypassing Congress in granting deportation relief and work permits to as (more…)

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Photo: Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman Lighting First Ner Chanukah On Tuesday Night

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:48 PM



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Photo: Bnei Brak Mayor Chanoch Zeibart Visiting Rav Matisyahu Salomon in Lakewood, NJ

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:32 PM



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Know What’s Right Before You Light

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:10 PM

chanukahThe halacha card below is being distributed as part of “The Shaimos Project” a division of the Ner Reuven Ahavas Hamitzvos Initiative. (more…)

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Americans Approve of Torture by 2-1

Tuesday December 16, 2014 3:15 PM

ciaAmericans aren’t particularly bothered by the torture interrogation tactics revealed in last week’s Senate report on the CIA. A new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows 59 percent of (more…)


Oops: New York Mag ‘Duped’ by Teen’s $72M Hoax

Tuesday December 16, 2014 2:19 PM


New York magazine admits they fell for a multi-million-dollar hoax by two high school students. “We were duped,” the magazine said Tuesday after Stuyvesant High senior Mohammed Islam and his (more…)


Jeb Bush ‘Exploring’ Presidential Run

Tuesday December 16, 2014 1:07 PM

jeb-bushJeb Bush announced that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States” today. (more…)


Hilchos Uminhagei Chanukah

Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:52 PM

krakowskiBy Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chanuka. The Piskei Din for the most part (more…)

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Teens Switching to E-Cigarettes

Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:06 PM


Older teens may be giving up traditional cigarettes, but they’re not ditching smoking. A report to be released by the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday reveals that more teens smoke e-cigarettes (more…)

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U.S. Insurers Extend Obamacare Deadline

Tuesday December 16, 2014 11:25 AM

obamacareAfter Americans hurried to meet the Monday deadline to change or select a new health plan, the insurance industry agreed to push back a deadline and give customers more time to pay their (more…)

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North Korea Wants UN to Probe CIA Torture

Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:13 AM

north-korea-kim-jong-unThe country known for brutally terrorizing and starving its citizens and sending them to work camps says the UN should be investigating the U.S. for its torture tactics. North Korea requested that the (more…)


Islamist Behind Sydney Siege Abused Australian Jewish Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, Claimed Jews ‘No Better’ Than Hitler

Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:10 AM

man-haron-monisBy B. Cohen

The man killed by Australian police yesterday after carrying out the siege of a cafe in downtown Sydney was a known anti-Semite who (more…)


How The Grinch Stole Chanukah - and How to Get It Back

Tuesday December 16, 2014 8:28 AM

giftBy CJ Srullowitz

We have this argument, er, discussion every year.

“Why can’t we get Chanukah presents?” my children want to know. (more…)