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AGAIN: Southwest Airlines Flights Disrupted For Second Day In A Row

Southwest Airlines passengers across the country are still experiencing some delays because of computer problems. On Tuesday, there were reports of outages affecting the airline’s check-in counter at multiple airports. More than 1,500 flights were delayed on Monday, according to the flight tracking service, FlightAware. On Tuesday, nearly 500 Southwest flights were cancelled and more than 700 Southwest flights were delayed, according to FlightAware. “We are aware of the technical issues, and are working hard to get everything back on track. Thank you for your patience,” Southwest Airlines repliedd to customers on social media. BREAKING: Southwest Airlines Jets Grounded 2nd Time In 2 Days Due To 'System Outage' – KTVT — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 15, 2021 A similar technical issue forced all of Southwest’s flights to be grounded Monday night. The Dallas-based airline said a glitch prevented weather data from being sent to flight crews. That information is required to fly safely. The problem reportedly began at 8 p.m. and it took several hours to get the first few grounded Southwest flights cleared for takeoff. The airline urged customers flying Tuesday to check their flight status before heading to the airport. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Police: 4 Dead, 4 Hurt In Shooting On Chicago’s South Side

An argument in a house on Chicago’s South Side erupted into gunfire early Tuesday, leaving four women dead and four other people injured, police said. The shooting happened at 5:42 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. No one has been arrested. Police provided few details about the victims, but it appeared that none of them were juveniles. Detectives were still trying to determine if there was more than one shooter and said they were trying to track down witnesses, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. A child was removed safely from the house and placed in protective custody, he said. Authorities did not immediately release the identities and ages of the women who died. The four injured included two men who were shot in the back of the head. Police were unable to provide information on their conditions. A 23-year-old man who was shot in the back and a woman who suffered an unspecified gunshot wound were both in critical condition, police said. The shooting comes a few days after a woman was killed and nine other people were injured when two men opened fire on a group standing on a sidewalk in Chatham, also on the city’s South Side. Police said no one has been arrested in that shooting. Several mass shootings over the weekend stoked concerns about a spike in U.S. gun violence heading into the summer, as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize. A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks mass killings — defined as four or more dead, not including the perpetrator — shows Tuesday’s shooting in Chicago is the 18th mass killing, of which 17 were shootings, so far this year in the U.S. Englewood has long been one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and the city has experienced more homicides this year compared with the same period last year. There were 282 homicides in Chicago as of June 13, compared with 269 during the same period last year. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters that the city needs federal to help combat violence and said the White House had reached out to offer assistance Tuesday morning. “We must acknowledge this for what it is — a tragedy that’s ripped apart families and inflicted intense trauma,” Lightfoot said. (AP)

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Post HS and Post Sem Girls: Get Your Degree in One Year at The New Seminary!

The New Seminary is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. In just one year from now, you can have that degree tucked under your belt! There’s locations in Brooklyn, Lakewood, and Monsey. By Between Carpools Twenty-four years ago, Rebbetzin Bulka had a vision:  A frum girl should be able to get the degree she needs, in the setting where she feels comfortable. Her degree should be universally recognized, wherever life takes her, and wherever she wants to continue her education.  She should be able to learn both limudei kodesh and limudei chol, while earning credits for both. And the courses should be practical for her life and what she needs right now.  Her degree should give her the opportunity to have a career that enables her to earn income for her family while balancing motherhood.  In the past two decades, that vision has brought thousands of women and girls this and more. Just one year. Students come to The New Seminary either straight out of high school or once they return home from their seminary year in Israel (the program is open to women of all ages who want to earn a degree). And the opportunity is tremendous–in just one year, through a combination of seminary and university courses, a student can earn their B.A.! That B.A. will be accepted anywhere and everywhere. The New Seminary only partners with universities that are universally recognized. The graduates of The New Seminary have met with tremendous success as they move onto employment or graduate programs. They’ve even been accepted into top graduate programs across the nation. Are you interested in a more advanced program in nursing, occupational therapy, social work, special education, or speech and language pathology? These multi-year programs still take much less time than traditional college programs (a nursing degree, for example, takes only 2 ¾ years, start to finish!). Graduates who complete a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) are equipped for a career with high earning potential; some have also continued onto medical or dental school.  You’ll benefit from face-to-face classes with real instruction and real learning! Each program and course schedule is custom tailored for each student, her goals, and her schedule.  The New Seminary takes special care that the seminary courses are not repetitive with traditional seminary courses–there’s a strong focus on preparing students to take their first steps outside the Bais Yaakov environment. The halacha classes are geared towards women in the workforce. They’ll learn to act as professionals and community properly. Their writing skills will be strong. Overall: They’ll be ready! The New Seminary has three locations–Brooklyn, Lakewood, and Monsey.  Have more questions? Want to learn more? Ready to apply? Visit The New Seminary or call 718.769.8160.  About Rebbetzin Bulka: Rebbetzin Bulka, the founder and Dean of The New Seminary, earned a teacher’s certificate from Bais Yaakov Esther Schonfeld Seminary and spent many years teaching the entire gamut of limudei kodesh. She later earned degrees from Queens College and Ferkauf Graduate schools, and won additional fellowships to Harvard and Columbia University.

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Fla. Governor Signs Bill At Shul Requiring Moment For School Prayer

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside at least one minute of silence for children to meditate or pray. His visit to the Shul of Bal Harbour, a Jewish community center in Surfside, Florida, had the air of a campaign event. DeSantis seemed to blush when the Rabbi Sholom Lipskar introduced him as a “great governor and future world leader.” It has been speculated that the governor, who is running for reelection next year, might run for president in 2024. DeSantis visited the temple to sign two bills into law. One would expand the role of volunteer ambulance services, while the other makes Florida one of at least 15 states, a legislative analysis said, that would compel schools to hold moments of silence at public schools. The state had already been among roughly 18 other states that gave schools the option to do so. “It’s something that’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.” The ambulance bill allows some volunteer first responders, including those run by faith-based groups, to use emergency lights and sirens when responding to emergencies. Some Orthodox Jews rely on these volunteer ambulance services to help overcome religious sensitivities that prevent some people from using traditional emergency services. The ambulance bill was championed in the state Senate by Democrat Jason Pizzo, the only elected Democrat to take the stage with the governor during the bill signings. Pizzo also supported the legislation that requires moments of silence in schools, saying the students won’t be required to pray during those moments set aside by schools. “It’s like a moment of meditation, relaxation, connection,” he said. DeSantis used the event to tout his support for Israel, which he visited in his first year of office. During his speech, he referred to the United Nations as corrupt, saying the world body does more to sanction Israel than castigate China, which he lumped with what he referred to as “rogue regimes.” As DeSantis began speaking, authorities forcibly removed a heckler from the hall. It was unclear what message the man was making as police pulled him away, most of his words inaudible to those watching a broadcast of the rally. (AP)

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Critical Entities Targeted In Suspected Chinese Cyber Spying

A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost internet security to penetrate the computers of critical U.S. entities. The hack of Pulse Connect Secure networking devices came to light in April, but its scope is only now starting to become clear. The Associated Press has learned that the hackers targeted telecommunications giant Verizon and the country’s largest water agency. News broke earlier this month that the New York City subway system, the country’s largest, was also breached. Security researchers say dozens of other high-value entities that have not yet been named were also targeted as part of the breach of Pulse Secure, which is used by many companies and governments for secure remote access to their networks. It’s unclear what sensitive information, if any, was accessed. Some of the targets said they did not see any evidence of data being stolen. That uncertainty is common in cyberespionage and it can take months to determine data loss, if it is ever discovered. Ivanti, the Utah-based owner of Pulse Connect Secure, declined to comment on which customers were affected. But even if sensitive information wasn’t compromised, experts say it is worrisome that hackers managed to gain footholds in networks of critical organizations whose secrets could be of interest to China for commercial and national security reasons. “The threat actors were able to get access to some really high-profile organizations, some really well-protected ones,” said Charles Carmakal, the chief technology officer of Mandiant, whose company first publicized the hacking campaign in April. The Pulse Secure hack has largely gone unnoticed while a series of headline-grabbing ransomware attacks have highlighted the cyber vulnerabilities to U.S. critical infrastructure, including one on a major fuels pipeline that prompted widespread shortages at gas stations. The U.S. government is also still investigating the fallout of the SolarWinds hacking campaign launched by Russian cyber spies, which infiltrated dozens of private sector companies and think tanks as well as at least nine U.S. government agencies and went on for most of 2020. China has a long history of using the internet to spy on the U.S. and presents a “prolific and effective cyber-espionage threat,” the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence said in its most recent annual threat assessment. Six years ago Chinese hackers stole millions of background check files of federal government employees from the Office of Personnel Management. And last year the Justice Department charged two hackers it said worked with the Chinese government to target firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across the world. The Chinese government has denied any role in the Pulse hacking campaign and the U.S. government has not made any formal attribution. In the Pulse campaign, security experts said sophisticated hackers exploited never-before-seen vulnerabilities to break in and were hyper diligent in trying to cover their tracks once inside. “The capability is very strong and difficult to defend against, and the profile of victims is very significant,” said Adrian Nish, the head of cyber at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. “This is a very targeted attack against a few dozen networks that all have national significance in one way or another.” The […]

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Charles Finkelstein For Brooklyn Civil Court Judge

Brooklyn Civil Court Judge candidate Charles Finkelstein was just endorsed by the Jewish Press. Finkelstein is qualified, experienced and dedicated. Finkelstein is a former felony prosecutor in Brooklyn, an Assistant Kings County District Attorney and a former Assistant Special Narcotics Prosecutor in Manhattan, and is currently a civil attorney in private practice. Finkelstein also served as Administrative Law Judge for the NYC Dept of Finance. Finkelstein has spent over 30 years practicing law in NYC, and is experienced in all NYC courts: Family, Civil and Supreme. Finkelstein knows the challenges people face in the courtroom. Charles has earned a reputation for high standards and dedication to his clients. “I aspire to ensure that all individuals that come before me, will have their day in court,” stated Finkelstein. As a sole practitioner, he has built a reputation of helping the average working family, accepting assignments as council to the indigent. Finkelstein is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. Charles Finkelstein graduated from Yeshiva Toras Emes Kaminetz, Yeshiva University College and went on to receive his law degree from Pace University School of Law. Finkelstein was born and raised in Borough Park, and currently resides in Brooklyn. He and his wife have six wonderful children. Primary election day is Tuesday, June 22nd. Early Voting June 12th through June 20th.

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ISRAEL UNMASKED: Requirement To Wear Masks Indoors Ends

Israel is no longer requiring masks indoors, lifting one of its last coronavirus restrictions following a highly successful vaccination campaign. The restriction was lifted on Tuesday, though people will still be required to wear masks on airplanes and on their way to quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in nursing homes and other long-term health facilities. Israel has vaccinated around 85% of its adult population, allowing schools and businesses to fully reopen. There are only a few dozen active patients in the country of more than 9 million. Authorities have been cautious about welcoming visitors, however, because of concerns over new variants. Israel welcomed its first tour group late last month. All tourists must show proof of vaccination and be tested upon arrival. (AP)

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Free Workshop: Cybersecurity for Beginners

Are you looking to change or advance your current career? You may want to consider cybersecurity, one of the hottest and most important jobs in today’s digital-focused world. If you hold a B.A. or B.S. degree, you’re invited to learn more about this fast-growing field through Touro College Illinois’ free online series, Cybersecurity for Beginners. Our six-module program begins on Wednesday, July 21st and will showcase the foundational concepts of this exciting world to prospective students. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders. Experience a live, virtual one-hour master class with a field expert and take the remaining one-hour modules at your convenience. Once you complete the course, you will be prepared for advanced training in cybersecurity at Touro College Illinois. Ready to get started? Learn more and register today.

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TOTAL LAWLESSNESS: Thief Steals Large Bag Full Of Items From Walgreens As Security Film Incident [SEE THE VIDEO]

Cell phone video taken Monday shows some of the brazen crime that has been driving retailers out of San Francisco. The video shows that three people used their cellphones to record a man filling a garbage bag with items in a San Francisco Walgreens. But the recordings didn’t discourage the theft, nor did the security guard’s attempt at grabbing the bag. The man got away with everything on a Lyft bike that he rode down the aisle and out the front door. The video was taken by Lyanne Melendez, a reporter for KGO-TV in the city, and posted the video on Twitter. This just happened at the @Walgreens on Gough & Fell Streets in San Francisco. #NoConsequences @chesaboudin pic.twitter.com/uSbnTQQk4J — Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) June 14, 2021 (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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NY Holocaust Survivors Celebrated At Shwekey Concert After Isolation

Dozens of Holocaust survivors clapped, sang and danced Monday at a concert held in their honor in Brooklyn in the first large gathering for New York-area survivors after months of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert by popular Jewish Orthodox singer Yaakov Shwekey was organized by the Nachas Health and Family Network and other groups that help the more than 35,000 Holocaust survivors estimated to live in the New York City metropolitan area. “It’s extremely good for the soul, for the heart, to see people coming out once again and socializing,” said Dolly Rabinowitz, who sat in the front row of the Yeshivah of Flatbush auditorium joined by other Holocaust survivors and students of the Modern Orthodox Jewish school. The survivors, most of whom are now in their 80s and 90s, suffered unspeakable horrors in concentration camps. In the past year, many remained isolated at home because they were at a high-risk of contagion from the fast-spreading virus. “To be out once again is like reviving ourselves. To sit among our children and grandchildren is heartwarming. It really is like vitamin to us,” said Rabinowitz, who said she was 13 when the Nazis invaded Germany and lived through Auschwitz and the Death March. Many of the survivors arrived at Monday’s concert in yellow school buses. “This feels like going back to school!” Henry Rosenberg, 92, told other survivors as he stepped off a bus and walked into the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. “It’s good to feel the fresh air. It was hard,” he later said about the pandemic. “We couldn’t go to any places for many months.” Some students greeted them inside and helped those with mobility issues to their seats in a cafeteria. After a lunch of smoked salmon, salad and pancakes, they walked to the school theater for the show. Some held hands and choked back tears when they heard an instrumental version in violin and piano of “Ani maa’min,” Hebrew for, “I believe,” which was sung by many Jews who were herded into cattle cars on their way to concentration camps. During WWII, many of them were tattooed with ID numbers, shorn of hair and used as slave labor. Some nearly starved and witnessed family members killed. Sometimes, they’ll share these experiences to teach younger generations about the horrors they endured at a time when a rising tide in global antisemitism is spreading, while fewer young people know about the Holocaust and its death camps. “It’s the unfortunate reality that some time from now, we’re not going to have these Holocaust survivors to tell their story, so it’s so crucial an critical for us to be with them, to get their stories and cherish them,” said Michael Oved, 17, who recently graduated from the high school and will soon attend Harvard University. The lesson for other generations, Oved said, “is to keep going. These people have suffered through hell and back, yet they’re here standing. And during the pandemic, they were just as strong as they ever were. So their message to us should be: always, always persevere and never give up.” Some Holocaust survivors regularly attend Nachas (Yiddish for “joy”), which is part of a network of community centers that offer wide ranging services to survivors. Dozens go there to socialize, receive […]

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Anti-Israel ICC Prosecutor Sees ‘Reset’ Under Biden After Trump’s Deep Freeze

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that the global tribunal’s relationship with the United States — plunged into the deep freeze by former President Donald Trump — is undergoing a “reset” under his successor, Joe Biden. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press, on the day Biden was meeting NATO allies in Brussels to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to the military alliance — in another break from the Trump era of deep skepticism toward multilateralism. Bensouda spoke to AP at the court’s headquarters in The Hague on the eve of leaving office after her nine-year term as the ICC’s chief prosecutor. Her successor, British lawyer Karim Khan, takes office on Wednesday. The Trump administration hit Bensouda with sanctions for pressing ahead with investigations into the U.S. and its allies, notably Israel, for alleged war crimes. She was subjected to a travel ban in March 2019, and 18 months later a freeze on her U.S.-based assets. “I do believe that it was wrong. Really, a red line has been crossed,” Bensouda said of the sanctions. Biden lifted the sanctions in April but Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that Washington still strongly disagreed with some actions by the court. “We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed” through diplomacy “rather than through the imposition of sanctions,” Blinken wrote. Bensouda welcomed the change of tone. “We are at a more helpful place now because the Biden administration has decided to lift those sanctions and both the administration and ourselves, we are working on some kind of a reset that is the relationship between the ICC and the US administration,” she said. The court is investigating allegations of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by U.S. troops and foreign intelligence operatives, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the Afghanistan conflict that also covers alleged crimes by Afghan government forces and the Taliban. Afghan authorities have asked the court to take over the probe. Bensouda met with Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar last month to discuss the case. Atmar said after the meeting that “we are confident that with full cooperation with the Prosecutor, we can jointly advance the cause of justice for all of the victims of the long and devastating conflict.” Bensouda said Afghan authorities need to show the court that they are investigating the same alleged crimes identified by the ICC probe. “If they are able to provide us with this information that they are conducting these cases, then of course, we will have to take a step back and look at what they are doing and monitor that,” she said. Bensouda launched another politically charged investigation in March, into alleged crimes by both Israel and Hamas on Palestinian territories dating back to mid-2014. Israel has harshly condemned the probe. Bensouda warned both sides during the recent 11-day Gaza war that that she was watching their actions, which could be included in her ongoing investigation if they appeared to amount to possible crimes within the court’s jurisdiction. During the conflict, Israel destroyed a 12-story building housing media organizations including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The Israeli military, which gave AP journalists and other tenants about an hour to evacuate, claimed Hamas used the building for […]

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Rep. Greene Apologizes For Comparing Safety Masks, Holocaust

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized Monday for affronting people with recent comments comparing the required wearing of safety masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust. “I’m truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust,” the Georgia Republican told reporters outside the Capitol, saying she had visited Washington’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier in the day. “There’s no comparison and there never ever will be.” Her apology came more than three weeks after appearing on a conservative podcast and comparing COVID-19 safety requirements adopted by Democrats controlling the House to “a time and history where people were told to wear a gold star.” She said they were “put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.” Her comments were condemned by Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who called the comparison “appalling.” GOP leaders have often been reluctant to castigate Greene, a close ally of former President Donald Trump. After social media posts were unearthed in which Greene suggested support for executing some Democratic leaders, McCarthy and most Republicans stood by her when the House took the unusual step of stripping her of her committee assignments in February. But as House members returned to the Capitol on Monday after a three-week break, Greene was contrite. “Anti-Semitism is true hate,” she said. “And I saw that today at the Holocaust Museum.” In 2018, two years before her election to Congress, she speculated on Facebook that California wildfires may have been caused by “lasers or blue beams of light” controlled by a left-wing cabal tied to a powerful Jewish family. On Monday, she told reporters that when she was 19, she visited the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. “It isn’t like I learned about it today,” she said of the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews and huge numbers of other people were killed. “I went today because I thought it was important,” she said, and wanted to talk about it as she apologized. House leaders have recently said vaccinated people no longer must wear masks in the chamber. (AP)

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These Children Are Supporting Their Parents Financially and The Stress Is Killing Them!

Meir Yisrael, a Talmid Chacham is marrying off his 11th child. For many years, he made great efforts to support his family but was never able to be successful. He does not have an income and is struggling to put food on the table. Out of desperation, his children borrowed money to help their father, and they have fallen into great debt!  Just imagine, children having to support their parents?? The stress is unimaginable. ANYTHING YOU CAN GIVE WILL HELP! It is now 3 days before the Chasuna, and he has not paid for anything. The situation is very tense and there is a lot of anxiety at home. We cannot allow his children to accumulate more debt to pay for the wedding expenses! Please help this Talmid Chochom pay for his son’s wedding.  This Talmid Chochom is a direct descendant of the famed Rabbi Eleimelch of Lizhensk ZT”l. The great Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk was a well-known tzaddik and one of the main talmidim of Rabbi Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezritch. He inspired many people to do teshuva and devoted his entire life to spreading Torah to his many talmidim. The Rebbe promised that in the world to come he would advocate for anyone who financially assists his descendants in times of need. In addition, the holy tzaddik promised that up to 10 generations, his Neshama would descend from Gan Eden to attend their wedding.  Every dollar that you donate will go to pay the expenses of the Chasuna. This Talmid Chacham has tremendous Ahavas Yisrael and is always helping others with their needs. His smile is always radiating to everyone.  Just imagine the opportunity that is in front of you. Aside from the grand mitzvah of Hachnosas Kallah, you will become the receptacle of tremendous Bracha through the promise of Rabbi Elimelech. A great zechus is waiting for you now!   DONATE TODAY    

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TRAGEDY: On The Way To Meron: Israeli Chasan, 22, Killed A Week Before His Wedding

Shlomo Rotenberg, z’l, 22, a Biala chassid and talmid of Yeshivas Shaarei Torah in Jerusalem, was killed in a head-on collision on Monday, a week before his wedding. Shlomo, z’l, was on his way to daven at kivrei tzaddikim in Israel’s north ahead of his wedding when the private car he was driving toward Meron was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. The car was completely crushed and Shlomo, z’l, was killed instantly. The truck driver was lightly injured in the accident. Emergency rescue forces pronounced Shlomo’s death at the scene and his body was extricated from the car in a complex operation using hydraulic tools. Shlomo’s friends tearfully told Kikar H’Shabbat that Shlomo, whose aufruf was set to take place on Shabbos, utilized every free moment to learn Torah and perform chessed, adding that hours before the tragic accident, he was at the yeshivah, learning with hasmada. Shlomo, z’l, was born and grew up in Yerushalayim. His father, Rav Mordechai Rotenberg is the mashgiach of Yeshivas Toras Chaim in Yerushalayim and his grandfather was the famed mechanech, HaRav Yehudah Yonah Rotenberg, z’l. Yehi Zichro Baruch. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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Atlanta Supermarket Cashier Killed After Argument Over Face Masks

A grocery store cashier in the Atlanta area was killed and three other people were wounded Monday in a shooting that followed an argument over wearing face masks in the supermarket, authorities said. DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said the shooting occurred inside the Big Bear Supermarket in Decatur while several people were inside the business. She said a female cashier was killed when a man opened fire. “There was some confrontation, argument — I’m not sure exactly what — in reference to the wearing of masks, at which time the subject pulled out a weapon and shot the cashier,” Maddox said at a news conference. Maddox said she did not know the details of the argument. Aerial footage shows police responding to an altercation at a Big Bear Supermarket in Decatur, Georgia. Authorities say a suspect killed a cashier and injured a deputy in a dispute over face masks. pic.twitter.com/U6dNZBKEOk — CBS News (@CBSNews) June 15, 2021 The customer was identified as Victor Lee Tucker, Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The agency said preliminary information indicates that Tucker got into an argument with the cashier and left the store without making his purchase, but he immediately returned inside. “Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wrote in the news release. A reserve deputy, who was employed part-time for security with the store, exchanged fire with the suspect and both were wounded, the sheriff said. DeKalb County Police Department officers arrested Tucker as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the supermarket, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wrote in the statement. Maddox said the deputy was hit twice by gunfire but was wearing a bulletproof vest and was taken to a medical center where he was in stable condition. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tucker is also in stable condition. The agency said a second cashier was grazed by a bullet. She was treated for her injury at the scene. The deputy is a retired deputy and member of a reserve unit. The unit consists of certified law enforcement officers not actively working for a law enforcement agency. Such deputies can work with a sheriff’s office on a volunteer basis and can work part time security jobs, the sheriff’s department said. Maddox said the deputy’s response might have kept other people from being hurt. “That is what he is trained to do,” Maddox said. The supermarket is located near The Gallery at South DeKalb mall but is not a tenant of that complex, authorities said. Decatur is a suburban community about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of downtown Atlanta. (AP)

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IDF On Alert, Iron Dome Ready, Riots On Gaza Border, Terror Balloons

Israel’s IDF is on alert ahead of the flag march scheduled for Tuesday afternoon after Hamas threatened to respond to the march with rocket fire. IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi ordered IDF units to prepare for the resumption of hostilities with Hamas and extra troops were deployed to Judea and Samaria. Additionally, the IDF deployed extra Iron Dome missile interceptor batteries across Israel to prepare for the possibility of rocket fire. Israel Police has also bolstered its forces for the event and has deployed 2,000 police officers across Jerusalem on Tuesday. The march’s route has been changed so that the participants enter the Old City through Sha’ar Yafo instead of Sha’ar Shechem. The Palestinian Authority also warned of “dangerous repercussions” if Israel goes ahead of the march. The US Embassy in Jerusalem has banned its diplomats from entering the Old City on Tuesday. “U.S. government employees and their family members are prohibited from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, June 15,” the embassy stated. “U.S citizens can take this into account when making their own travel plans. As security incidents often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.” Palestinian affairs analysts believe that Hamas will refrain from initiating rocket fire due to the destruction the Gaza Strip suffered during Operation Guardian of the Walls but will rather launch terror balloons into Israel. A number of fires have already been reported in southern Israel early Tuesday afternoon after terror balloons were launched from Gaza. At least 7 fires reported in southern Israel near the Gaza border today so far, as the so-called Palestinian balloon units launch balloons carrying incendiary and explosive devices. No statement from Fire and Rescue Services yet. (Video: חדשות בטחון שדה) pic.twitter.com/3SdosFg1sI — Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) June 15, 2021 KKL-JNF say its firefighting teams are responding to 8 fires in the Be'eri and Kissufim forests. pic.twitter.com/nxlr3BHJtX — Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) June 15, 2021 Hamas also launched three experimental rockets into the sea on Tuesday and Gazans rioted near the border fence, with clashes breaking out between the IDF and the rioters. A Channel 13 News report on Tuesday said that Egypt is pressuring Hamas not to resume hostilities with Israel, saying that a renewed conflict will “embarrass” Egypt due to its role as peacemaker between Israel and Gaza terror groups. Egypt warned Hamas that “the Bennett government will respond with force” to attacks on Israel. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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WATCH: Why You Need To Get Out And Vote

Next week, New York City will be having primary elections for mayor, comptroller, boro presidents, city council members and other important offices. It is crucial that all New York City residents vote. Primary Day is June 22nd and early voting has already begun. Go to Agudah.org/Vote for more information and helpful voter resources.

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Rare And Severe: Baby’s Fingers Falling Off!

MY BABY’S FINGERS; TO STAY OR TO GO??!! Eliezer is our firstborn, newborn son. He was born healthy and normal, but then started to show signs of a monstrous disease that infected his bloodstream, causing a necrosis condition resulting in loss of limbs. As the days were passing, Eliezer started losing his toes at first, followed by his fingers, accompanied by excruciating pain. Fingers that were meant to poke and hold on our hands, are instead hand-picked and placed in a plastic bag. Please open your hearts and enable our Eliezer to receive an expensive treatment that’ll prevent further limb loss and save his life!!!   DONATE NOW to save his life   Hear the mother describing the indescribable.  

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In first endorsement in the mayoral race NYPD union endorses Andrew Yang for Mayor

After an endorsement by the FDNY union last week, Mayoral candidate Andrew yang landed another big endorsement from a law enforcement union. This time from the Captains Endowment Association, which represents all NYPD Executives in the ranks of Captain to Deputy Chief & Police Surgeons. This marks the first endorse by a NYPD union to any candidate in this election cycle. The union President Chris Monahan underscored Yang’s common-sense approach to safety, criticizing the other candidates for “casting the law enforcement as enemies.” Monahan praised Yang’s business experience as an important factor in his decision saying “we need an outside business entrepreneur” to deal with the safety challenges of the city. Yang thanked the union for the endorsement underscoring the importance of proper cooperation between city hall and law enforcement. “If you have a mayor and a police force who are not on the same page, we are seeing the results now.” Yang said, alluding to the ongoing rift between the police department and the De Blasio administration. “This to me should tell all New Yorkers all they need to know about Eric Adams” Abdrew Yang said about the endorsement. Emphasizing that they made this decision even though Adams himself was once a member of this union. Yang has criticized Adams on the debate stage about his flipflopping message around safety stating that he delivers different promises to different audiences. “To some people he says he will follow the model set by Mayor Giuliani and to others he says he will follow the path of Mayor Dinkins” Yang said.

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WATCH: Pompeo Says Evidence “100 Feet High” That COVID Came From Wuhan Lab Leak

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that he believes the coronavirus pandemic originated with a leak out of a lab in Wuhan, China, and that under the Trump administration the U.S. came close to uncovering the details of how it began. “We have a really good idea what happened here,” Pompeo said. “There is an enormous amount of evidence that there was a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There is a pile of evidence a hundred feet high, I have high confidence that that’s the case. We pressed the Chinese Communist Party really hard – not just the State Department, but our CDC and others too.” Pompeo went on to say that Team Trump “got very close to being able to make a lay-down case for what actually happened,” adding that we “know enough now” and the “coverup continues” by the Chinese government. “Do you think that the virus came from a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute?” Wallace flatly asked. “I do,” Pompeo answered. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW: (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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