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Chof Beis Shvat Dinner Featured Women’s Empowerment

Chabad of Georgetown, Brooklyn held their annual Chof Beis Shvat Women’s Dinner last night, filling Rabbi Avrohom Holtzberg’s Shul with close to two hundred women. The evening, emceed by Sterny Holtzberg, began with the candle lighting ceremony and the recitation of the Rebbe and Rebbitzins Kapital said by the Shlucha Rebbitzin Shulamis Holtzberg.

The first speaker of the evening was esteemed Rebbitzin Esther Sternberg who relayed her incredible stories of Rebbitzin Chaya Mushka from her first hand experiences with her.…

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OUTRAGEOUS: Spring Valley Man Who Killed Jewish Infant In Road Rage Is Sentenced To 1 1/3 To 4 Years

The Spring Valley man who pleaded guilty in a road rage incident that left an infant dead received a sentence of 1 1/3 to four years in prison Tuesday.

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office says the sentence is part of a plea deal for Albert Gomez, 63, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November.

As YWN had reported, the 38-year-old mother and her kids – two girls ages 13 and 9 and a 3-month old boy in a stroller – were all walking along the westbound shoulder of the roadway when they were hit by a gold colored Toyota Corolla sedan driven by 62-year-old Albert Gomez, of Spring Valley.…

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Snow And Rain Expected Wednesday For NYC Area

A period of snow and sleet Wednesday morning could bring a few inches to parts of the Tri-State area, making travel hazardous for a time.

Morning clouds will break for some afternoon sun Tuesday. Watch for a few flurries early, mainly north and west of the city. Highs will make it into the upper 30s. Expect increasing clouds late Tuesday night with a low of 30.…

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2 Children Die in NYC’s First Pediatric Flu Deaths of Season

Two New York City children died from the flu Monday in what health officials said were the first confirmed pediatric fatalities linked to the virus this season in the five boroughs.

City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials said the deaths of an 8-year-old girl from Queens and another child could both be attributed to the virus that has also been blamed for at least one other death in the Empire State and at least 50 others across the nation.…

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NYC Mayor DeBlasio Faces Tough Questions At Budget Hearing In Albany

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faced tough questions from state lawmakers about the city’s contribution to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday as officials in City Hall, the governor’s office and the Legislature continue to debate how to bail out a subway system beset by breakdowns and delays.

The Democrat told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the city, its residents and businesses already provide 70 percent of the MTA’s annual revenues and that it would be unfair to ask them to pay more.…

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Abbas’ Government Sued Over Alleged CIA-Backed Wiretapping

A former Palestinian intelligence chief and the head of the West Bank bar association are suing the Palestinian self-rule government after a purported whistleblower alleged the two were targeted, along with many other allies and rivals of President Mahmoud Abbas, in a large-scale CIA-backed wiretapping operation.

Allegations of continued intelligence-sharing with the United States could prove embarrassing for Abbas who has been on a political collision course with Washington since President Donald Trump’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.…

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Hikind Calls Facebook Exclusion Of Israel ‘Shameful’

NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take immediate action on Facebook’s “shameful” exclusion of Israel. When creating a background profile on Facebook, users are given 50 nationality options. These options include Palestine, while Israel is conspicuously absent.

“Palestine is not even a country,” said Hikind. “How did it end up as an option?…

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Shocking Video Of Rabbi Berland Surfaces; Followers Defend It As ‘Miraculous Healing Technique’

On Sunday morning a shocking video went viral on social media that depicted Rabbi Eliezer Berland conducting, what appears to be an act that goes against all the teachings of Torah and Halachah. Rabbi Berland is the community leader of the Shuvu Banim community.

While many people were shocked by the video footage, members of the Shuvu Banim community defended Rabbi Berland’s actions claiming that this was an extreme circumstance with a good reason for his actions.…

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TERROR: Israeli Murdered in Stabbing Attack Near Ariel; Terrorist On The Loose

UPDATED 4:03PM IL: An Israeli man who was stabbed in his upper torso and critically injured earlier this afternoon, Monday, 20 Shevat, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikvah.

The terror attack occurred close to 2:30PM local time, when a Palestinian terrorist armed with two knives jumped a man waiting at Ariel Junction, a popular hitch-hiking spot in the Shomron.…

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TRAGEDY: World Renowned Maggid Shiur, Hagaon HaRav Dovid Grossman ZATZAL R’L Killed In Crash In Staten Island

A world renowned Maggid Shiur was R”L killed in an early morning crash in Staten Island.

Hagaon HaRav David Grossman ZATZAL from Los Angeles was tragically killed while driving in Staten Island.

The crash was reported to the NYPD at around 4:00AM on Monday morning on the West Shore Expressway northbound near Victory Boulevard.

According to preliminary information from NYPD investigators, it appears Rabbi Grossman was operating a vehicle northbound on the West Shore Expressway near Victory Blvd when he stopped in the roadway for reasons still unknown.…

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Apple To Respond To US Probes Into Slowdown Of Old iPhones

Apple is cooperating with U.S. government inquiries into its secret slowdown of older iPhones, further complicating its efforts to move past an issue that irked customers whose devices bogged down.

The company acknowledged the probes late Tuesday after both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating how investors have been affected by Apple’s handling of the situation.…

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77 Illegal Immigrants Found In Truck Near California-Mexico Border

Seventy-seven people who entered the United States illegally were found packed inside a sweltering truck near the Mexico border, and the driver was charged with transporting people for financial gain, authorities said.

Five children were among those found Monday evening in the cargo area of a brown truck painted to resemble a United Parcel Service vehicle, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol pulled the truck over because it had no tags and was weaving on Old Highway 80 in Boulevard, a tiny desert community in San Diego County about five miles from the border.…

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5 Former Buchenwald Nazi Guards Face Possible Charges In Germany

German prosecutors are investigating whether to bring accessory to murder charges against five men who were guards at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II.

Jens Rommel, head of the federal prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes, confirmed a story in taz newspaper Thursday that his office had found sufficient evidence against the men to turn their cases over to Thuringia state prosecutors.…

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Hamas founder dies after ‘accidentally’ shooting himself

A senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization has died, a Hamas spokesman said Tuesday, three weeks after he suffered what the terror organization claimed was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

On January 9th, Fawzy Barhoum, spokesman for the Gaza-based Islamist terror group, said that Imad al-Alami, one of the movement’s most senior officials, was critically wounded when his personal firearm accidentally discharged.…

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Assad Threatens: One More Attack From IDF, And I’ll Launch A Missile At Ben Gurion Airport

In a speech delivered Sunday night the eve of 13 Shevat by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a direct message was conveyed to Israel stating that if it considers attacking another facility in its territory, Syria will respond by firing missiles at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Assad reportedly reiterated the threat by sending a message to Israel through Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Syrian honor is above all else,” Assad told Putin, who replied that he would convey the message to Israel.…

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PHOTOS: Neturei Karta Makes Solidarity Visit To Family Of Ahed Tamimi; Jailed For Slapping IDF Soldier

Ahed Tamimi is the PA (Palestinian Authority) teen who was videoed kicking and slapping an IDF officer. While she is currently serving a jail term for her actions, representatives of Neturei Karta traveled  to Nabi Saleh for a solidarity visit with her family members.

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near Ramallah January 1, 2018.…

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11 Countries Speed Up Funding For Palestinians, Answering UN Request For $800 Million After US Cuts

The U.N. agency for Palestinian “refugees” said Tuesday that Russia, Kuwait and nine European countries have agreed to speed up their contributions to help fill a shortfall left by the Trump administration’s decision to greatly reduce crucial U.S. funding.

U.N. Relief and Works Agency said Tuesday it is seeking $800 million for “emergency operations in Syria, the West Bank and Gaza”. …

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GOP Criticizes Democrat Bryce For Buying Twitter Followers

Republicans are criticizing a potential Democratic challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan for paying money a few years ago to gain Twitter followers.

The New York Times reports that ironworker Randy Bryce purchased Twitter followers in 2015, when he was a blogger and labor activist. That’s before he started his campaign to unseat Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for the Bryce campaign, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Bryce spent about $10 to $20 in 2015 to buy 1,000 to 1,500 followers when he was trying out blogging.…

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VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Royal Jordanian Flight Lands In Israel Due To Poor Visibility In Jordan

Inclement weather resulted in poor visibility in Jordan, resulting in a Royal Jordanian Airlines flight requesting and receiving permission to make an unscheduled landing in Ben-Gurion International Airport. The flight carrying 118 Israelis and about 50 foreigners on board, was traveling from Bangkok to Aman when it requested to land in Tel Aviv since visibility in Aman was less than 100 meters.…

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