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“A Shavuos Gift” – Israel’s Health Ministry Allows Up To 70 People In Shul Or 100 In Two Rooms

In what Health Minister Yuli Edelstein called a gift for the chag, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Tuesday night, among a larger rollback of restrictions, that shuls can hold minyanim with up to 70 participants as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 20 people over the 50 people allowed thus far. Shuls can also house up to 100 mispallelim in two separate rooms within the same building. The shuls must, of course, continue to adhere to health ministry regulations such as wearing masks and maintaining a distance of two meters between each mispallel. While seated, an empty chair must be maintained between each mispallel. Mispallelim are  required to bring their own siddurim and chumashim. A “coronavirus gabbi” must be appointed in each shul to ensure the regulations are upheld and that the shul is regularly cleaned and disinfected. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)  

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GOOD NEWS: Family Members Flock To NY/NJ Chesed Hospitality Rooms As Multiple Hospitals Reopen

(By: Frimet Blum) It’s been months since anyone entered a Chesed 24/7 Hospitality Room. But on Wednesday, May 26, the long-deserted rooms in Mount Sinai and Lenox Hill hospitals came alive, as family members of patients swarmed in seeking food and comfort. Just hours had passed since Governor Cuomo announced that the hospitals would be part of his pilot visitation program. Yet already, the giant percolators were filled and the rooms were stocked and ready. On Thursday, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Hackensack University, and Northern Westchester hospitals joined the list. “When we heard we could come into the hospitals, we sprang into action,” said Rabbi Shalom Greenberg, founder of Chesed 24/7. “We filled our vans with meals, baked goods, and staples, and got them to Manhattan in less than an hour.” The packages were still being unpacked when people began to stream into the room. Many came seeking hot food for their loved ones – patients who had subsisted on hospital trays, and often missed meals because they were too weak to feed themselves. Their stories were wrenching. Yet there was a thread of kindness running through the misery. Klal Yisroel had sprung into action – and Chesed 24/7 was in the thick of things. The governor’s policy had made it impossible for the Chesed Hospitality Rooms to be open. But incredibly, Chesed 24/7 continued to provide food and comfort to patients – even on Pesach. Their chesed began at the very start of patients’ journeys to the hospital, in Hatzalah ambulances. Although patients were not allowed to bring food into the hospital, Chesed 24/7 came up with an idea. “We stocked ambulances with bags of Pesach food, and somehow, the hospitals allowed them in. No one got to the hospital empty handed,” Rabbi Greenberg said. For many patients, the bags were the only matzah and Pesach food they had. When a patient said that she spent Shabbos reading and rereading the label on the grape juice bottle in her package, they added reading material – a most welcome addition. The food bag program initially served a number of neighborhoods, but when a Hatzalah member from Kensington came to Mount Sinai, and saw his New Square counterpart handing over a bag, he was floored. The New Square Hatzalah member emptied his entire stock into the Kensington ambulance – and from that moment, the program expanded, so that it served virtually every community, including Boro Park, Williamsburg, Monsey, Queens, Passaic, and beyond. But one bag of food can only stretch so far, and Chesed 24/7 had to make sure the patients were fed throughout their stay. Calling on connections cultivated over many years, they made special arrangements with hospitals that typically did not allow patients to receive outside food – and somehow managed to deliver food to hospital security desks, for delivery to patient bedsides. The packages were life-saving! Remarkable – and challenging – as it was to feed patients, Chesed 24/7 did that and more. Their Shabbos apartment near Colombia University was cleaned for Pesach, and fully stocked before Yom Tov, and before every Shabbos. The rooms are used every week by those accompanying pediatric and maternity patients, and others. Chesed 24/7’s team of hospital liaisons worked around the clock to ease the burden faced by families desperate to connect with […]

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Final Chance To Send A Free Kvittel in Mezhibuzh @ Baal Shem Tov Through Yad L’Achim

To our dear friends and supporters, I want to invite you… twice! #1  To fulfill the #1 priority in tzedaka (Shulchan Aruch) giving which is Pidyon Shvuyim – (redeeming of captives) by helping Yad L’Achim rescue trapped women & children before Shavuos…(Many of us were “trapped” in our homes, perhaps so we can appreciate the magnitude of what these women & children are going through) 2.  To please join the tefillah @the Baal Shem Tov in Mezhibuzh for free, but hurry, as the deadline is approaching… CLICK HERE or visit www.YadLachim.org or call 1-866-923-5224  If you know someone who can benefit from this free tefillah, please CLICK HERE to share it with them via WhatsApp. This Erev Shavuos, Merit the Special Segulah of “104” of Rav Chaim Palagi zt”l WATCH A VIDEO OF MICHAL, TELLING HER LIFE’S STORY (WITH A SURPRISE ENDING) – CLICK HERE This Thursday, Erev Shavuos, Talmidei Chachamim, Messengers of Yad L’Achim, Will Daven For You & Your Loved Ones for SHIDDUCHIM & ALL PERSONAL REQUESTS(no minimum donation required to submit names) In Mezhibuzh, Ukraine, At The Resting Place Of The BAAL SHEM TOV HAKADOSH On the Day of Tefillah for His Yahrtzeit, On EREV SHAVUOS – A GREAT DAY OF SEGULAH You can also help Yad L’Achim save Jewish lives – Pidyon Shvuyim! CLICK HERE OR visit www.YadLAchim.org TO JOIN

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Tel Aviv Has Highest Percentage Of New Coronavirus Cases In Past Week

The highest number of new cases of the coronavirus relative to its population in Israel in recent days has been in Tel Aviv, which recently has seen large gatherings at protests and concerts. Some of the new cases have been students in schools or toddlers in daycare, sending hundreds of other Tel Aviv residents into quarantine. There are currently 124 toddlers in quarantine in Tel Aviv along with their parents and the daycare staff after one of the caretakers was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The health ministry is requiring any parent that entered the daycare to quarantine as well, although it has not imposed the same restrictions in other facilities. Another 57 students from a school in Moshav Tzofit, near the central Israel city of Kfar Saba, were sent into quarantine on Wednesday after two students in the school were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Hundreds of students, teachers and school staff members from schools throughout Israel have been forced to enter self-quarantine since schools have reopened in Israel. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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VIOLENT RIOTS: Protestors Loot Stores And Set Them Ablaze In Minneapolis, Smash Police Car In Los Angeles [VIDEOS]

Looters have struck a Target store as protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue. FOX 9 crews witnessed groups of looters running in and out of the Target location off East Lake Street Wednesday evening. The store just steps away from Minneapolis police’s 3rd Precinct, the center of the protests over the death of George Floyd. Loading up a dolly, looters were seen running off with everything from televisions to clothes to groceries. An Auto Zone was set on fire, and video footage showed protestors destroying a Wendy’s restaurant. The looting comes as Wednesday’s protests have become more violent. While most protesters have rallied peacefully, a portion of the group have thrown objects at officers and smashed precinct windows. Officers have responded by firing rubber bullets at the offenders. Meanwhile, protest were popping up in other parts of the country. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Los Angeles in a Black Lives Matter protest over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The march resulted in a violent confrontation with police and the shutting down of the 101 Freeway near downtown. Protesters smashed the windwos of a police car on the 101 Freeway. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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VIDEO: Daf Yomi in Quarantine; All Daf providing the ability to connect to the Daf in any setting

  Are you one of the 33k who’ve downloaded the All Daf App? Are you one of the thousands who browse alldaf.org for the Daf Yomi Shiurim and all the supplemental material available? Here’s an opportunity to meet some of our Maggidei Shiur up close. Rabbi Moshe Schwed sat down and asked them to share how they got into Daf Yomi, suggestions for the challenges of the first-timer, how a Daf Yomi learner could spend his Shavuos, and much more. Tune in to this 3 part series at your convenience and be inspired by world-class teachers who are eager to connect with each and every one of their virtual Talmidim. Part 1: Hear how each Maggid Shiur got into Daf Yomi, how and when they prepare for the Shiur and how Covid-19 has effected their schedules. Part 2: What’s the proper balance between online Daf learning vis-a-vis a live Shiur or Chavrusa? Any suggestions for the first-timer who is getting overwhelmed especially with Eiruvin coming up? Part 3:How a Daf learner could spend his Shavuos, and a closing message.

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The Yeshiva In Moscow Will Learn Mishyanos and Say Kaddish For Your Loved Ones

Our holy yeshiva, Yeshivas Toras Chaim in Moscow founded by HaGaon HaRav Moshe Soloveitchik of Zurich ztz”l, enjoys the quiet and secluded setting of one of Moscow’s suburbs. We are now able to say Kaddish and learn Mishnayos for the elevation of the souls of you beloved ones. Since Purim, its talmidim have been in voluntary quarantine. They as well as several families continued learning during bein ha-zmanim and even during the days of Pesach together with avreichim from our kollel. Please CLICK HERE to submit your request for saying Kaddish or learning Mishnayos

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GRIM NUMBERS: U.S. Death Toll From COVID-19 Surpasses 100,000; More Than Any Other Country

The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined. “It is a grim milestone,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington. “It’s a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be.” Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths by far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Europe has recorded about 170,000 deaths, while the U.S. reached more than 100,000 in less than four months. The true death toll from the virus, which emerged in China late last year and was first reported in the U.S. in January, is widely believed to be significantly higher, with experts saying many victims died of COVID-19 without ever being tested for it. At the end March, the United States eclipsed China with 3,500 deaths. Now, the U.S. has not only the highest death total, but the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, making up more than 30% of the global total. Early on, President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and called it no worse than the common flu. He previously predicted the country wouldn’t reach this death toll. As early as March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, was warning that COVID-19 could claim more than 100,000 lives in the U.S. “I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” Trump said on April 10. Ten days later, he said, “We’re going toward 50- or 60,000 people.” Ten days after that: “We’re probably heading to 60,000, 70,000.” Critics have said deaths spiked because Trump was slow to respond, but he has contended on Twitter that it could have been 20 times higher without his actions. He has urged states to reopen their economies after months of stay-at-home restrictions. The virus exacted an especially vicious toll on Trump’s hometown of New York City and its surrounding suburbs, killing more than 21,000. At the peak, hundreds of people were dying per day in New York City, and hospitals, ambulances and first responders were inundated with patients. The densely packed New York metropolitan area, consisting of about 20 million people across a region that encompasses the city’s northern suburbs, Long Island and northern New Jersey, has been the hardest-hit corner of the country, accounting for at least one-third of the nation’s deaths. There is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, though several emergency treatments are being used after showing some promise in preliminary testing. Worldwide, about a dozen vaccine candidates are starting to be tested or getting close to it. Health officials have said studies of a potential vaccine might be done by late this year or early next year. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. Among the 100,000 deaths was 74-year-old Michael Ganci, […]

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Spike In South Korea Virus Cases Shows Perils Of Reopening

As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the setbacks ahead for other nations on the road to reopening. The European Union, meanwhile, unveiled a huge stimulus package for the bloc’s ailing economies, as European nations scrambled to emulate South Korea’s widely praised strategy of tracing, testing and treating coronavirus victims, which tamed its outbreak and made it a model for the world. The EU’s economics commissioner, Paulo Gentiloni, called the 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund “a European turning point to face an unprecedented crisis.” The EU move came as the International Labor Organization reported nearly one in six young people have stopped working during the pandemic, warning of long-term fallout that could lead to a “lockdown generation” if steps aren’t taken to ease the crisis. The U.N. labor agency said the equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs have been lost due to COVID-19 — with the impact most sharply being felt now in the Americas. Across the Atlantic, the pandemic claimed new victims as the confirmed U.S. death toll approached 100,000 — the highest by far in the world — and nations from Mexico to Chile to Brazil struggled with surging cases and overwhelmed hospitals. In South Korea, 40 newly confirmed cases — the biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days — raised alarms as millions of children returned to school Wednesday. All but four of the new cases were in the densely populated Seoul region, where officials are scrambling to stop transmissions linked to nightclubs, karaoke rooms and a massive e-commerce warehouse. All were reopened last month when social distancing measures were relaxed. The country’s top infectious disease expert said South Korea may need to reimpose social distancing restrictions because it’s becoming increasingly difficult for health workers to track the spread of COVID-19 amid warmer weather and eased attitudes on distancing. “We will do our best to trace contacts and implement preventive measures, but there’s a limit to such efforts,” said Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Young people have a very broad range of activity, so at the point of diagnosis, there’s already a lot of exposure. … The number of people or locations we have to trace are increasing geometrically,” he added. Seoul and nearby cities in recent weeks have re-closed thousands of bars, karaoke rooms and other entertainment venues to slow the spread of the virus. Britain, which has recorded more deaths than any other European country — over 37,000 — announced the details of its own “test and trace” plans to send out 25,000 workers to find the contacts of those who test positive. Germany said it would extend pandemic-related restrictions on personal contacts until June 29 as it cautiously lifts lockdown measures. As many countries in Asia and Europe make progress in containing the pandemic, reversing its devastating economic fallout becomes a top priority. Even as the 27-nation EU unveiled its recovery plan, the bloc remained deeply divided over what strings should be attached to the funds, with frugal members such as Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden pushing for loans rather than grants to form the backbone of the package. The International Labor […]

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Tropical Storm Bertha Forms, Hits South Carolina Coast

Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming and making landfall within two hours, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn’t predict it to organize so quickly and become the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. Bertha was named around 8 a.m. Wednesday and was onshore east of Charleston by 9:30 a.m. The state Department of Natural Resources called it “a sunrise surprise.” Like almost all storms with heavy rain, several streets flooded in Charleston, leaving ankle to calf high brown water mixed with trash from knocked over cans Wednesday. Sea rise and an antiquated drainage system mean the city floods an average of more than once a week. Heavy rains from an unnamed storm last week caused more problems. Less than 1,000 power outages and scattered downed trees were reported as Bertha and its 50 mph (80 kph) maximum sustained winds moved onshore and into eastern South Carolina. Bertha was expected to weaken to a tropical depression as it moves rapidly inland, spreading up to 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain into parts of North Carolina and Virginia. Flash flood watches were issued as the region has already seen plenty of rain in May. The storm was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving north near 15 mph (24 kph). Evan Woodbury took videos of the storm before starting what he expected to be a slow day at the oceanfront restaurant he works at in Garden City south of Myrtle Beach. A strong wind was blowing rain sideways. Closed umbrellas whipped in the roar of the wind on an empty beach. “I’ve seen a lot worse than this. It’s just the surprise element of the storm.” Woodbury said. “It will definitely keep the tourists in.” Bertha was the latest — and on the calendar the earliest — of a series of storms to affect South Carolina in the past four years. Hurricanes Matthew (2016), Irma (2017), Florence (2018) and Dorian (2019) have all brushed past the coast, causing major flooding in the much more active late summer and early fall. Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur brought rain to North Carolina before moving out to sea. It was the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The last time there were two named storms before June was in 2016, according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist with Colorado State University’s atmospheric science department. It also happened in 1887, 1908, 1951 and 2012, he said. “Most of these early season named storms form, at least in part, from non-tropical or subtropical processes and don’t necessarily imply anything about the remainder of the season,” Klotzbach said in an email to The Associated Press. (AP)

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One-Month PAID ($500-2500), Part-Time Internship (Month of June / Work from Home) for Young Adults Ages 17-26

An established NY-based tzedaka is looking to hire a team of 20-30 young adults to help launch a new campaign to help the charity stay afloat amidst the new financial environment created by Covid19. The charity is launching an innovative concept immediately after Shavuos, designed to succeed despite the current economic challenges. The internship will run from June 1 – June 30. Pay will range from $500-$2,500. All candidates will be working from home, working only 2.5 hours each day, with flexible hours. Interns do not need to be NY-based. This is a perfect opportunity to make a difference in the community, earn valuable work experience for your resume and make some money while home-bound over the next month, without interfering with one’s July/August plans. Because hours are flexible, the job can easily be done based around other learning, school or work-related time commitments. Interested candidates should be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, confident on the phone and passionate about making a difference in the Jewish community. Please text or WhatsApp 516-512-4494 if you are interested in learning more about this unique opportunity. Click HERE to Whatsapp!

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Tragic explosion turns family life into a nightmare

Such a tragedy ,as Klal Yisroel mourns a young fathers death, leaving over 3 young Yisomim and an Almanah .He was only 43 years old. Reb Chanoch was enveloped in flames as an explosion broke out in his yard.This was to his horror in front of the eyes of his family. He was admitted to the ICU with third-degree burns on his face, hands, feet and parts of his body. When Reb Chanoch’s wife, Mrs. Chayelle Regal (Chaya Reizel bas Soreh Rivka Alte Gittel), saw her husband enveloped in flames, she ran to save his life, grabbing a hose and spraying water on him. As a result of her heroic attempt, she, too, was badly burned, sustaining second and third-degree burns. Tragically, Reb Chanoch returned his pure neshamah to his Maker a week later. Reb Chanoch was truly a unique individual, a yarei Shamayim and a tremendous talmid chacham. He was very involved in klal work, though he insisted on remaining behind the scenes. Countless families were saved by his clandestine tzedakah activities. He had a special radar that picked up opportunities to be mechazek and mesameiach others. Reb Chanoch was really special and forged a very close relationship with many tzaddikim including the Belzer Rebbe and Rabbi David Abichazira, shlit”a. Rabbi Abichazira told R Chanochs’s son”Your father was supposed to recover, but he was taken as a korbon tzibbur. He is now in a place in Gan Eden that is loftier that I can attain.”He referred to him as “Rabeinu Hagaon Reb Chanoch.” Now that tatty is not here, WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Their mother is fighting to heal from her burns.There’s a long road ahead – full of recovery, medical treatments, bills, and healing. We therefore are setting up a fund in US together with Charity Extra in Uk and Rayze it for the family of Reb Chanoch Regal, zt”l, Klal Yisroel united will help us raise money for this respectable family For he went as a korban tzibbur Join now in our efforts to raise $400,000. Rare opportunity from the Mekubalim Rabbi Dovid and Harav Rafael Abichazira שליט”א “Bracha to those who donate to help the yesomim !! From Rabbi Dovid שליט”א and R’ Rav Rafael Abichazira שליט”א in Eretz Yisroel” “התורמים הנכבדים לקרן היתומים יוזכור שמם לברכה אצל האחים האדמו”רים לבית אביחצירא” ​ Don’t miss this opportunity and donate $180, please add your name and your childs name in the message box for a bracha from the Mekubalim R’ Rabbi Dovid And HaRav ‘R Rafael Abuchazira shlit”a! Checks can be made out to: Kolel Chassidei Gur 1727 51st Brooklyn Ny 11204 Donations will be tax deductable! Please help save this special Family Today! ​

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New! Totally Free Shabbos Download from The Popular Circle magazine

Every parent wants a pleasant and meaningful Shabbos table experience. But it can be hard to keep kids engaged without a plan and a lot of preparation. That’s why The Circle, a popular children’s magazine, has teamed up with Yeshiva World to create a free download with impressive and captivating content to help parents create a meaningful and entertaining Shabbos with their children. Circle Time: At Your Shabbos Table is an exclusive free download hosted right here and will be available every Thursday. Send us your feedback at circletime@circmag.com. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE ISSUE To sign up for a weekly email of Circle Time: At Your Shabbos Table go to www.circmag.com/shabbos.

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Kosel Rav Paskens: Teduat Zehut Can Be Brought To The Kosel On Yom Tov & Shabbos

Several halachic shailas arose in the wake of the lottery the Western Wall Heritage Foundation carried out to determine who could daven at the Kosel for the neitz tefillah on Shavuous morning and the Kabbalas Shabbos tefillah on Motzei Shavuos, Kikar H’Shabbos reported. In order to enter the Kosel for those tefillos, the winners of the lottery must present their ticket and their teduat zehut (identity card) or a copy of it to the security guards who will check it against the list of winners. The Kosel Rav, Harav Shmuel Rabinowitz, was asked about the ticket and/or the teduat zehut being muktzah on Yom Tov and Shabbos. Rav Rabinowitz answered that regarding the ticket that perhaps it’s considered a “shtar hedyot” (a document for something forbidden on Shabbos such as bank account statements), there’s no issur since it’s being used for a devar mitzvah. And regarding the teudat zehut there’s also no issur since according to the opinion of Harav Elyashiv, z’tl, a teduat zehut is muktzah due to it being something valuable (chesron kis) that the owner is careful to protect. Since on erev Shavuos, the owner intends to use the teudat zehut for something muttar, it’s not considered mutktzah, Rav Rabinowitz said. However, carrying the teudat zehut after leaving the Kosel presents another shaila. However, it is similar to carrying a knife for a bris milah after the bris was already performed. And since the halacha allows the milah knife to be carried after it is used, the teudat zehut can also be carried after use, according to Hagaon Harav Avigdor Nebenzahl, the Rav of the Old City. Nevertheless, it’s also possible to show a photocopy of one’s teudat zehut, which presents no issur according to all opinions since it was copied for something permissible and there’s also no need to carry it back. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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History In The Making As House Is Poised For Proxy Voting

It’s a day that’s shaping up as one for the history books: For the first time, House lawmakers intend to vote by proxy, a move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday’s history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the majority party from going ahead. The House, with 432 current members and three vacancies, is trying to strike a balance between working from home during the coronavirus outbreak and honoring the Constitution’s requirement to be “present” and voting. The House rules change is fast becoming a political test on party lines. Dozens of Democrats signed up to have colleagues cast their vote by proxy. Twenty Republicans joined in the leaders’ lawsuit against that move, which House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California says is unconstitutional. “It’s a dereliction of duty,” McCarthy said. The House returned to Washington for an abbreviated two-day session as the city remains under stay home orders through month’s end. Republicans in the Senate, which is on recess after spending much of May in the capital, have knocked the decision by top Democrats to largely stay out of session during the pandemic. Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small-business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic. But the agenda is in flux, with the main item, extending federal surveillance tools, in doubt after the Justice Department urged President Donald Trump to veto it. Republicans, wary of crossing the president, asked to delay the vote. There were no formal talks between congressional leaders on the next phase of the federal coronavirus response. Democrats have pushed a $3 trillion-plus measure through the House, but negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House have yet to begin. “We can’t keep propping up the economy forever,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky. It was one of his first public appearances in his home state since mid-March because of the pandemic. “The ultimate solution is to begin to get back to normal,” he said. Senate Republicans are divided on the next steps and are wary of another round of negotiations where Democrats and the White House call the shots. They are also split on how much aid to provide state and local governments and other parts of the response after earlier measures totaled almost $3 trillion. Even as they hit “pause” on a larger bill, Republicans are enthusiastic about improving the Paycheck Protection Program, which was established in March under the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill and was replenished last month. All told, Congress has provided about $660 billion for the program. The bipartisan legislation that would give small employers more time to take advantage of federal subsidies for payroll and other costs. It was expected to pass the House this week. The new proxy vote system was pushed so the House could work from home, as many other Americans are doing. Approved by House Democrats earlier this month, it allows a lawmaker to formally ask a colleague to vote on his or her behalf. A single lawmaker can carry 10 votes. So far more than 70 Democrats — many from California and other Western states — submitted formal proxy requests to the […]

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Boeing Slashes 12,000 Jobs As Virus Seizes Travel Industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry, and more cuts are coming. One of the nation’s biggest manufacturers will lay off 6,770 U.S. employees this week, and another 5,520 workers are taking buyout offers to leave voluntarily in the coming wee Air travel within the U.S. tumbled 96% by mid-April, to fewer than 100,000 people on some days. It has recovered slightly. The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 264,843 people at airports on Tuesday, a drop of 89% compared with the same Tuesday a year ago. Boeing had said it would cut 10% of a work force that numbered about 160,000. A Boeing spokesperson said Wednesday’s actions represent the largest number of job cuts, but several thousand additional jobs will be eliminated in the next few months. The layoffs are expected to be concentrated in the Seattle area, home to Boeing’s commercial-airplanes business. The defense and space division is stable and will help blunt the impact of the decline in air travel and demand for passenger jets, the company said. Boeing said additional job cuts will be made in international locations, but it did not specify numbers. “The COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on the airline industry means a deep cut in the number of commercial jets and services our customers will need over the next few years, which in turn means fewer jobs on our lines and in our offices,” CEO David Calhoun said Wednesday in a memo to employees. Calhoun said the company faces the challenges of keeping employees safe and working with suppliers and airlines “to assure the traveling public that it can fly safe from infection.” Calhoun warned that Boeing will have to adjust business plans constantly because the pandemic makes it hard to predict the impact on the company’s business. Boeing’s crisis began with two crashes of its 737 Max, which led regulators around the world to ground the jetliner last year. The company’s problems have deepened with the coronavirus, which has cut global air traffic by up to 90% and caused airlines to postpone or cancel orders and deliveries for new planes. (AP)

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Forget about yourself, it”s free to help your friend who needs it and its free

You can help your brother, sister, mother or friend and its free! To our dear friends and supporters, I want to invite you… twice! #1  To fulfill the #1 priority in tzedaka (Shulchan Aruch) giving which is Pidyon Shvuyim – (redeeming of captives) by helping Yad L’Achim rescue trapped women & children before Shavuos…(Many of us were “trapped” in our homes, perhaps so we can appreciate the magnitude of what these women & children are going through) 2.  To please join the tefillah @the Baal Shem Tov in Mezhibuzh for free, but hurry, as the deadline is approaching… CLICK HERE or visit www.YadLachim.org or call 1-866-923-5224  If you know someone who can benefit from this free tefillah, please CLICK HERE to share it with them via WhatsApp. This Erev Shavuos, Merit the Special Segulah of “104” of Rav Chaim Palagi zt”l WATCH A VIDEO OF MICHAL, TELLING HER LIFE’S STORY (WITH A SURPRISE ENDING) – CLICK HERE This Thursday, Erev Shavuos, Talmidei Chachamim, Messengers of Yad L’Achim, Will Daven For You & Your Loved Ones for SHIDDUCHIM & ALL PERSONAL REQUESTS(no minimum donation required to submit names) In Mezhibuzh, Ukraine, At The Resting Place Of The BAAL SHEM TOV HAKADOSH On the Day of Tefillah for His Yahrtzeit, On EREV SHAVUOS – A GREAT DAY OF SEGULAH You can also help Yad L’Achim save Jewish lives – Pidyon Shvuyim! CLICK HERE OR visit www.YadLAchim.org TO JOIN

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White House Letter Doesn’t Explain Why Trump Fired Watchdogs

President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general in the last two months, the White House has told Congress, but the administration offered no new details about why the internal watchdogs were let go. A White House letter issued Tuesday in response to concerns from a prominent Republican senator does little to explain the decision-making behind Trump’s recent upheaval of the inspector general community. It is unlikely to quell outrage from Democrats and good-government groups that fear the Republican president is moving to dismantle a post-Watergate network of watchdogs meant to root out corruption, fraud and other problems inside federal agencies. “The White House took five pages to thumb its nose at Congress,″ said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group. The White House letter failed to explain why Trump fired the inspectors general, which “should put to rest any question whether the current law is adequate. It is not,″ Brian said Wednesday. She called on Congress to approve enhanced protections for inspectors general and impose “meaningful consequences” when the president fires an IG without cause. “It’s time for Congress to stop writing letters (to the White House) and start drafting legislation,″ Brian said. Without a strong rebuke from Congress, she added, Trump “will continue to destroy these watchdogs with abandon.″ Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — a longtime, self-appointed defender of inspectors general and congressional oversight — requested that the White House explain the basis for the firings in April and May of the inspectors general for the intelligence community and the State Department. The response Tuesday from White House counsel Pat Cipollone does not provide those details, instead making the points that Trump has the authority to remove inspectors general, that he appropriately alerted Congress and that he selected qualified officials as replacements. “When the President loses confidence in an inspector general, he will exercise his constitutional right and duty to remove that officer — as did President Reagan when he removed inspectors general upon taking office and as did President Obama when he was in office,” Cipollone wrote. The tumult has not been limited to the watchdog offices at the State Department and the intelligence community. Trump also demoted Glenn Fine from his role as acting inspector general at the Pentagon, effectively removing him as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the coronavirus economic relief package. Fine resigned Tuesday. And Trump moved to replace the chief watchdog at the Department of Health and Human Services, Christi Grimm, who testified Tuesday that her office was moving ahead with new reports and audits on the department’s response to the coronavirus despite Trump’s public criticism of her. Taken together, the moves have raised alarms about efforts to weaken government oversight and about possible retaliation for investigations or actions seen as unfavorable to the administration. Michael Atkinson, who was fired as intelligence community inspector general last month, advanced a whistleblower complaint that resulted in the president’s impeachment. Democrats say Steve Linick was fired as State Department inspector general as he was conducting investigations tied to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Grassley said Tuesday that he was dissatisfied with the White House’s lack of explanation, saying: ”Congress made clear that if the president is going to fire an inspector general, […]

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WATCH LIVE: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space!

Watch history unfold on Wednesday, May 27, as NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. Tune in starting at 12:15 p.m. EDT as NASA and SpaceX provide joint, live coverage from launch to arrival at the space station. Teams are targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT for the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 11:29 a.m. Thursday, May 28. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Fake Israeli COVID-19 Vaccines Being Sold In South America

Fake COVID-19 vaccines are being sold in South America, Israel’s Galilee Research Institue (MIGAL) stated on Tuesday. Boxes containing glass vials of the “vaccine” with forged MIGAL labels in Hebrew have been discovered being sold in several South American countries, MIGAL said in a press release. The boxes also contained counterfeit instructions in Hebrew. MIGAL informed the foreign and health ministres of its discovery, which in turn informed the World Health Organization (WHO) and the health ministries in the relevant South American countries. The Foreign Ministry’s Economy Department quickly initiated an investigation and managed to trace one of the distributors to Eucador, where the counterfeit vaccines are being widely sold for $380 per unit. MIGAL also said in its press release that its website was targeted last week in the mass cyberattack on Israeli websites. As YWN reported on Tuesday, Israeli coronavirus vaccine research centers have specifically been targeted in multiple cyberattacks as well as vaccine research centers in other countries throughout the world. MIGAL was in the headlines in February, when its researchers announced that they are “weeks away” from developing a vaccine against COVID-19. However, even after a vaccine is developed it must go through a riguourous testing process in animal and then human trials before it can reach the manufacturing and production stages. A MIGAL source told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the instititute is on target for carrying out human trials on MIGAL’s oral vaccine in early summer. Scientists at the institute have been developing a vaccine for four years against a coronavirus in poultry called infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and proved its effectiveness in clinical trials. When the coronavirus pandemic began, the scientists discovered that COVID-19 shares close genetic similarity with the poultry coronavirus as well as the same infection mechanism, which enabled them to adapt the poultry coronavirus vaccine to a human coronavirus vaccine within a short amount of time. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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