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NYC Makes Urgent Plea to Parents as Vaccination Rates Plunge During Pandemic

Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging all parents and guardians to make sure their children get vaccinated, this after the city has seen a steep decline in vaccination rates during the pandemic. “The vaccination rate in this city – this is striking – the vaccination rate in this city has been falling during this crisis and the sheer magnitude of it has become clear to us during the last few days,” the mayor said, adding that the data compiled “was shocking and troubling.” The city’s Health Department looked at the vaccination rate — the number of vaccine doses administered — and compared the period from March 23, “when this crisis had really gone into high gear to May 9,” de Blasio said. Then the department compared that six-week period this year to that same period last year. What the city found was that vaccine doses are down 63 percent. Vaccine doses in children 2 years old and younger are down 42 percent, while vaccinations in children older than 2 years are down a whopping 91 percent. (AP)

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Justice Dept Sues Jackson NJ & Planning Board for Zoning Restrictions That Target Orthodox Jewish Community

The Justice Department today announced that it filed a lawsuit against the township of Jackson and the township’s planning board, alleging that they violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by targeting the Orthodox Jewish community through zoning ordinances restricting religious schools and barring religious boarding schools. “Using zoning laws to target Orthodox Jewish individuals for intentional discrimination and exclude them from a community is illegal and utterly incompatible with this Nation’s values,” said Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Let me be clear. The Department of Justice will use the full force of its authority to stop such anti-Semitic conduct and prevent its recurrence.” “Religious discrimination has no place in our society and runs counter to the founding principles of our nation,” said Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. “No religious community should ever face unlawful barriers or be singled out for inferior treatment. This complaint reflects our continued commitment to combat discrimination and unequal treatment.” STAY UPDATED WITH BREAKING UPDATES FROM YWN VIA WHATSAPP – SIGN UP NOW Just click on this link, and you will be placed into a group. The complaint, filed in the District of New Jersey, alleges that the township passed ordinances 03-17 and 04-17 and the planning board applied those ordinances in a manner that discriminated against the Orthodox Jewish community. Both ordinances expressly prohibit dormitories throughout Jackson, making it impossible for religious boarding schools such as Orthodox Jewish yeshivas to operate there. Although Jackson passed these ordinances to prevent dormitories anywhere in Jackson, the planning board has since approved, without requiring a variance, the plans for two nonreligious projects with dormitory-type housing. The complaint further alleges that the township and planning board enacted the ordinances against a backdrop of extreme animus by some Jackson residents and township decision makers toward the Orthodox Jewish community and a movement by residents to keep Orthodox Jewish individuals from settling in Jackson. The complaint alleges that the township and planning board’s actions towards the Orthodox Jewish community violate RLUIPA’s non-discrimination and equal terms provisions, as well as the FHA. RLUIPA is a federal law that protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. In June 2018, the Justice Department announced its Place to Worship Initiative, which focuses on RLUIPA’s provisions that protect the rights of houses of worship and other religious institutions to worship on their land. More information is available at www.justice.gov/crt/placetoworship. In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced the formation of the Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force brings together department components to coordinate their work on religious liberty litigation and policy, and to implement the Attorney General’s 2017 Religious Liberty Guidance. Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination in land use or zoning decisions may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Hotline at (855) 281-3339 or the Civil Rights Division Housing and Civil Enforcement Section at (800) 896-7743, or through the complaint portal on the Place to Worship Initiative website. More information about RLUIPA, including questions and answers about the law and other documents, may be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/rluipaexplain.php. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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US Extends Heightened Border Enforcement During Coronavirus

A Trump administration policy of quickly expelling most migrants stopped along the border because of the COVID-19 pandemic was indefinitely extended Tuesday, with a top U.S. health official arguing that what had been a short-term order was still needed to protect the country from the virus. The order issued by Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authorizes Customs and Border Protection to immediately remove migrants, including people seeking asylum, as a way to prevent the potential spread of the virus while in custody. President Donald Trump’s administration issued the initial 30-day order in March, and it was extended for another month in April. The new version notably has no fixed end date, though it says the CDC will review public health data every 30 days to ensure it is still necessary. Administration officials have defended the policy amid criticism from human rights advocates who say the U.S. is using health as a pretext to deny people the right to seek asylum and to enact immigration policies aimed at appealing to supporters of the president in an election year. “Trump’s goal is not to protect our health, it’s to sow division and advance his political agenda,” said Andrea Flores, deputy director of immigration policy for the American Civil Liberties Union. Under the policy, CBP has been sending Mexican and Central American migrants they encounter along the southwestern border back to Mexico in about two hours. It is turning people from other countries over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for rapid repatriation, removing people who might have remained in the country for months, or even years, to pursue asylum claims. Human Rights First, a nonpartisan human rights organization, said the CDC order has already been used to block and expel thousands of asylum-seekers to dangerous places. “This new extension of the CDC order will end U.S. refugee and child protections at the border indefinitely, endangering rather than saving lives,” said Eleanor Acer, the group’s senior director for refugee protection. “There is little doubt that the Trump administration will wield this indefinite ban to expel and block asylum-seekers and children for many months or longer, possibly until this administration is no longer in office.” The U.S. is also quickly expelling migrants encountered entering across the northern border with Canada, though there are far fewer than along the southwest. Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in announcing the extension that the restrictions were one of the most critical tools his department has to “prevent the further spread of the virus and to protect the American people, DHS front-line officers, and those in their care and custody from COVID-19.” The previous order was due to expire Wednesday. Redfield said the new one would remain in effect until “the danger of further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health.” He also noted that vaccines and treatment for the virus were still months away and that cases were increasing in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. ADVERTISEMENT Canada, Mexico and the U.S. shut their borders by mutual agreement to nonessential traffic in March to help control the spread of the virus. Trump followed that up in April with an executive order that halted immigration to the U.S. […]

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Baruch Eliezer was born with severe hydrocephalus, severe cerebral palsy.

Dear Achim, My son Baruch Eliezer was born with severe hydrocephalus, severe cerebral palsy, and a crushed optic nerve causing visual impairment.He is wheelchair bound and requires complete nursing care. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOWBy his second birthday he had 27 surgeries and 10 more over the following 10 years including a tracheotomy.At 14 years old he lives at home with 24 hours a day of nursing, has a ventilator at night, and is fed by g-tube. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOWIt is very expensive and exhausting to care for him. Most recently in the matziv of Coronavirus, my wife lost her job which cut our already minimal income that wasn’t making ends meet while she was employed. Although our income has decreased, our expenses continue to build. There is also a home nursing shortage, which has left us with many open shifts, increasing our physical and emotional exhaustion. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOWAs many baalei chesed would like to help us with nursing, at least you could help with our financial burden.I am asking for whoever sees this to please open your heart and help me as best as you can. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOWHashem should bentch you with good health, parnassa, and simcha and bring Mashiach bimheirah biyameinu. We’re asking you to join the 1000 people who are pledging $177 so we can reach the $177,000 goal we need for all medical expenses CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

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Heatwave In Israel Causes NIS Millions In Damage To Crops, Fruit & Veggie Prices To Shoot Up

The agricultural damage caused by the current heavy heatwave in Israel is expected to amount to tens of millions of shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. Initial assessments predict damage of over NIS 30 million but it is still too early to determine the extent of the final damage to crops. The foundation has received dozens of messages since Sunday morning regarding damage to various crops from the heavy heat load from all regions of the country, including the south of Ramat Hagolan, the upper Hagalil, central Israel and southern Israel. Most of the damage is due to heat damage affecting fruits and vegetables, which will lead to a significant decrease in the volume of future crop yield, including tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruits, avocadoes and watermelons. The damage will lead to an increase in prices at the supermarket, with fruit and vegetables expected to increase by 30%, specifically cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini and peppers and possibly watermelons, Ynet reported. The report also said that the heat has already caused a shortage of nectarines and the price of apricots and loquats has risen. On the other hand, peaches and cherries are now cheaper because the heat caused them to ripen faster. “In recent years, as a result of global warming, we have had very powerful weather events that caused heavy damage in a short amount of time,” said KANAT’s director, Shmulik Turgeman. “These are extreme events that farmers have almost no way of dealing with, with insurance providing them the financial compensation that prevents them from collapsing. Regarding the current heatwave, in the initial phase, we’re speaking of an assessment of damages in excess of NIS 30 million, but it’s still too early to determine the extent of the final damages.” “In a similar heatwave that occurred just a year ago, in May 2019, the foundation paid NIS 25 million to various farmers. However, this heatwave is expected to last about a week and in addition to the high temperatures during the day, there are also unusually high temperatures during the night hours as well.” “As far as agriculture is concerned, this is a problematic combination and we expect the total amount of damages to be very high, amounting to tens of millions of shekels,” Turgeman concluded. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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J&J To Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder In US, Canada

Johnson & Johnson is ending sales of its iconic talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada, where demand has dwindled amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it has caused cancer. The world’s biggest maker of health care products said Tuesday the talc-based powder will still be sold outside the U.S. and Canada. “Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising,” the company said. J&J faces about 19,400 cases alleging its talcum powder caused users to develop ovarian cancer, through use for feminine hygiene, or mesothelioma, a cancer that strikes the lungs and other organs. Of the cases that have been tried, J&J has had 12 wins, 15 losses and seven mistrials. All of the losses have either been overturned on appeal or are still being appealed. The company insists, and the overwhelming majority of medical research on talc indicates, that the talc baby powder is safe and doesn’t cause cancer. “Whether or not the powder actually causes cancer, people became hesitant to use the product,” Erik Gordon, a professor at University of Michigan’s business school, said in an email. J&J spokeswoman Kimberly Montagnino said the company doesn’t plan to settle any of the lawsuits and “will continue to vigorously defend” the product. The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company said the baby powder decision came as it moves to discontinue about 100 consumer health products. It said its aim is to prioritize products in high demand during the coronavirus outbreak and allow for social distancing in its manufacturing and distribution facilities. J&J will still sell its less-popular cornstarch-based baby powder in North America. (AP)

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STARTING THURSDAY – MINYANIM LEGAL IN NEW YORK STATE

Religious services and ceremonies of 10 or less people will be permitted across the state starting on Thursday. NY Governor Cuomo suggested drive-thru services and ceremonies as an alternative. In response to the announcement, Agudath Israel of America released the following statement to YWN: Today, Governor Cuomo announced that beginning Thursday, May 21st, religious gatherings of up to 10 people in a house of worship will be allowed, statewide, if strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks. This announcement follows meetings between Agudath Israel leaders with senior members of Governor Cuomo’s staff and Agudah’s recent statement calling on the governor to place high priority focus on the safe reopening of shuls, camps, and schools. Two weeks ago, Agudath Israel disseminated guidelines for opening shuls after government gives its approval. We urge all to refer to that guidance – formulated by leading rabbonim and respected medical experts, and approved by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. Caution and incremental steps are still advised, given the uncertain nature of this pandemic. The governor also announced the formation of a council of faith leaders from across the state to advise him on reopening. Agudah’s executive vice president, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, has been appointed to that council. Further details will be forthcoming as additional guidelines are developed. We thank the governor for his attention to Agudath Israel’s and others’ advocacy on this important issue. With Shavuos and Kabolas HaTorah soon arriving, we look forward to the day when our batei knessios and batei midrashim will once again be lively centers of Torah and tefillah. STAY UPDATED WITH BREAKING UPDATES FROM YWN VIA WHATSAPP – SIGN UP NOW Just click on this link, and you will be placed into a group. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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This Thursday: Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN Presents A Webinar On Parenting Your Child With Special Needs During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN is delighted to announce an upcoming webinar devoted exclusively to parents of children with special needs. While all of us have been effected by this pandemic, parents of children with special needs have been particularly challenged: their child’s therapies, schedules and daily routines have been uprooted, causing upheaval and stress. This Thursday, May 21st, at 9:00 PM EDT, noted psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz will present a unique webinar addressing the concerns of parents of children with special needs. Dr. Pelcovitz will address the unique situation such families face, and will talk about easing the stress on the family. Mrs. Leah Steinberg, director of Project LEARN, explained that, “the complexities of parenting during “shelter in place” is exacerbated for parents attempting to juggle the needs of typically developing children together with those with special needs.” She said, as well, that, due to every parent’s individual experience, the program will end with an extensive Q&A session. In order to maintain confidentiality, all question will need to be submitted prior to the event. Register at https://bit.ly/ProjectLearnWebinar. To submit questions for the Q&A portion email projectlearn@agudah.org

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Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation: Last Chance To Win $100,000 Cash! Protect Your Family With The Z’chus of Shmiras Halashon

You can win $100,000 Cash in the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Annual Sweepstakes. Today all entries are doubled. This Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 PM EST is the final deadline!  For over 11 years CCHF has been giving away $100,000 guaranteed!! Each $100 entry is entered for a chance to win $100,000 plus 10 additional prizes totaling $126,000. This year, you can be one of the lucky winners. Visit https://100ksweepstakes.com/cchf/ to enter or call 845-352-3505×113 or 845-682-4794 All proceeds support Shmiras Halsohon Programs Worldwide teaching Klal Yisroel the power of Shmrias Halashon and Ahavas Yisroel. Each day thousands are tapping into the inspiration provided by Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. ·         25,000 Elementary Students learn curriculums ·         11,000 students have participated in anti-bullying programs ·         12,000 High School students participate in the Mishmeres program ·         70,000 students worldwide have joined the lunchbrake middos campaign ·         5,500 families participate in the Shabbos Table Machsom lfi program each week ·         4,300 women have improved the atmosphere of their homes using the Tiferes program ·         500,000 books have been printed and distributed amount Klal Yisorel ·         70,000 men, women and children are calling in for inspiration using the Chazak, Wonderwords and Tic Talk free phone lines Now during these hard times, your family can share in this z’chus and reap the rewards of the protection of Shmiras Halsohon. Please donate generously!  Tizku l’mitzvot. 

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READ THE RULES: Baltimore To Start Having Minyanim TONIGHT

26 Iyar 5780 May 20, 2020 To Our Beloved Community, We hope this letter finds you and your family safe, secure, and healthy. We appreciate your strength and fortitude during these difficult times. For the last 9 weeks we have shut down and sequestered all with the hope of flattening the curve and saving lives. B’H our community has been spared the sadness and loss that so many others have experienced. We thank the Ribbono Shel Olam for watching over us and we thank the members of this community for making the necessary sacrifices. We feel that it is time to begin reopening the community. We have consulted with doctors, nurses, and health policy experts to come up with an appropriate and measured plan. It is important to remember that we cannot reopen everything at once. We must do this gradually and with chochma (wisdom). The first stage in reopening will allow for outdoor block minyanim (details contained below) and increased interaction with in-town immediate family (guidelines to be shared shortly). If we navigate this first stage successfully, we can IYH move on to the next (to be detailed in upcoming communication). In the next few weeks, we will, together with our medical panel reassess our communal situation and outline next steps. While we outline the initial stages for reopening, we fully understand that some Rabbonim, Kehillos, and individuals may be uncomfortable with this first step and feel the need to wait longer before resuming minyanim. We respect the wishes of the individual Rabbonim and Kehillos to pursue such an approach. OUTDOOR MINYANIM: Below are the guidelines for the initial phase of reopening minyanim outside of shuls. • We will begin with Mincha/Maariv on Wednesday evening, May 20th and followed by Shacharis on Thursday morning, May 21st. All minyanim will proceed on a daily basis. • Areas with large backyards or open areas may hold backyard minyanim. • Indoor minyanim are not permitted at any time, even in the event of inclement weather. • Porch minyanim, where mingling of different families is physically impossible, are preferred. • In this phase, only 10 people may attend a minyan. • Each minyan should appoint a gabbai. – Gabbai must register his minyan online. Please visit https://jcovid.com/minyan. This site provides detailed instructions for how create the minyan. If one doesn’t have internet access please call (443) 839-0782 for help with setting up or finding a minyan. -The gabbai should actively ensure that social distancing and safety is adhered to. This can mean excluding individuals who do not conform to these safety standards. – For backyard minyanim, the gabbai must measure and place markers for an outdoor seating plan [or pre-position chairs] to ensure 6 feet of separation between all participants in all directions. • Participants should bring their own siddur, chair. These should not be borrowed or shared. • Baalei tefilah should use their own siddur. • Daven with the same group of people for every teffilah in order to minimize possible exposures. • You may not daven in different minyanim within a neighborhood. • Minyanim should move efficiently in order to minimize exposure. Consider a “hoich’eh kedusha” at Mincha and attendees davening psukei d’zimra at home and joining the Shacharis minyan at Yishtabach. • It is preferable to have at least one […]

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Trump Allies Lining Up Doctors To Prescribe Rapid Reopening

Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The plan was discussed in a May 11 conference call with a senior staffer for the Trump reelection campaign organized by CNP Action, an affiliate of the GOP-aligned Council for National Policy. A leaked recording of the hourlong call was provided to The Associated Press by the Center for Media and Democracy, a progressive watchdog group. CNP Action is part of the Save Our Country Coalition, an alliance of conservative think tanks and political committees formed in late April to end state lockdowns implemented in response to the pandemic. Other members of the coalition include the FreedomWorks Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council and Tea Party Patriots. A resurgent economy is seen as critical to boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes and has become a growing focus of the White House coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, confirmed to AP that an effort to recruit doctors to publicly support the president is underway, but declined to say when the initiative would be rolled out. “Anybody who joins one of our coalitions is vetted,” Murtaugh said Monday. “And so quite obviously, all of our coalitions espouse policies and say things that are, of course, exactly simpatico with what the president believes. … The president has been outspoken about the fact that he wants to get the country back open as soon as possible.” During an emergency such as the current pandemic, it’s important that the government provide consistent science-based information to the public, said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, has been among the most visible government experts warning that lifting lockdowns too quickly could lead to a spike in deaths. El-Sadr said having doctors relay contradictory information on behalf of the president is “quite alarming.” “I find it totally irresponsible to have physicians who are touting some information that’s not anchored in evidence and not anchored in science,” El-Sadr said. “What often creates confusion is the many voices that are out there, and many of those voices do have a political interest, which is the hugely dangerous situation we are at now.” Murtaugh said the campaign is not concerned about contradicting government experts. “Our job at the campaign is to reflect President Trump’s point of view,” Murtaugh said. “We are his campaign. There is no difference between us and him.” On the May 11 call, Nancy Schulze, a GOP activist who is married to former Rep. Dick Schulze, R-Pa., said she had given the campaign a list of 27 doctors prepared to defend Trump’s reopening push. “There is a coalition of doctors who are extremely pro-Trump that have been preparing and coming together for the war ahead in the campaign on health care,” Schulze said on the call. “And we have doctors that are … in the trenches, that are saying ‘It’s time to reopen.’” The idea […]

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Remote Removal of Ayin Hara -over 82 Yeshuos Seen!

   The below advertisement is the expressions of the author and is not the view of TheYeshivaWorld.com. YWN in no way endorses any ad. It’s not just remarkable -it’s incredible! On his website there are over a hundred and twenty (!) documented cases in the last year alone where Rav Hool has told people- he has never met- or even seen-exactly what physical ailments they have, just by doing the procedure! There are also -as of this writing- 82 documented cases- (almost all cases where people have sent him emails) confirming the yeshuoh they had after the procedure! Some of these yeshuos are literally staggering, like a woman who couldn’t lift her arm for two years, or a man who found parnossoh 72 hours after the procedure after 10 years of unemployment! On April 30 Rav Hool received the following email from a client with Coronavirus: “B”H, I’m off the oxygen for 2 days already. Hope to leave the Rehab before Shabbos to go home IY”H.” In a subsequent email he writes he came off the oxygen 12 hours after procedure after 26 days on oxygen! On April 25 Rav Hool received the following email from a client: “I have a tremendous amount of energy since you cleared the ayin harah. I have been davening with much more kavanah, learning more, and guarding my eyes, speech and thinking more carefully!”    For Six years Rav Doniel Hool has been helping Yeiden around the world in matters like shidduchim, parnossoh, medical issues and so on-by doing the pouring of the lead procedure or Blei Gissen, to remove ayin horah.   Rav Hool only agrees to do the procedure if the client accepts upon himself to strengthen in a certain very small mitzvah of their choice.   Rav Hool says: “They don’t need to tell me what their kabolloh is, and it is not a verbal promise- just a 100% intention to carry on this mitzvah. Preferably it is something they should be doing anyway and it is easy to do. For example many people have undertaken to be makpid to say modeh ani before getting out of bed in the morning. I feel I need this mitzvah so we can have Siyyatah Dishmayoh for the procedure to be affective.”   Rav Hool’s clients include Roshey Yeshivah and dayyonim from all over the world. One Rosh Yeshivah had trouble in finding a mitzvah he could take on, as he thought he was already doing everything. Rav Hool suggested he says Mizmor LeDavid at every meal as brought in the Mishna Brurah, and the Rosh Yeshiva said “That’s a great idea- I will take that on!” So in the last year alone, there are thousands of mitzvos being done! Rav Hool says, “As the mitzvos keep on building up, we have a more and more powerful zechus for the next procedure to bring a yeshuoh!   It is no small matter that a prominent rav has given his full endorsement! Here is the written endorsement he has from Hagaon Rav Mattisyahu Doitch Shlita Dayan of the Badatz eidah Chareides and Moreh D’asrah of Ramat Shlomo:  Rav Hool relates: “In order to obtain Hagaon Rav Mattissyahu Doitch’s written haskomoh- he tested me out! He gave me the name of a female and her mother’s name and asked if I could identify her problem. Without knowing anything at all […]

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NYPD Empties Hundreds From Shul In WIlliamsburg [VIDEOS]

The NYPD visited a Satmar (Williamsburg) Shul on South 8th Street on Wednesday morning, and emptied hundreds of people out during Shacharis. In viral social videos you can see the crowd and the NYPD cordial with each other as the people walked out. Sources told YWN that police eventually allowed everyone back inside as long as there was proper social distancing. YWN was unable to confirm with the NYPD if this was in fact the case. As can be seen in the attached videos, nearly everyone was wearing masks. STAY UPDATED WITH BREAKING UPDATES FROM YWN VIA WHATSAPP – SIGN UP NOW Just click on this link, and you will be placed into a group.

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MIRACLE: Teenager Walks Out Of Wrecked Car In Lawrence Joyride [VIDEO & PHOTOS]

Lawrence NY – A teenager is lucky to be alive after he took his fathers car for a high-speed joyride early this morning. Sources tell YWN that the teenager lost control of the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Washington Avenue. The vehicle slammed into an electric pole breaking it in half, and then crashed into Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. Bichasdei Hashem he walked out unharmed. Police were investigating the incident. STAY UPDATED WITH BREAKING UPDATES FROM YWN VIA WHATSAPP – SIGN UP NOW Just click on this link, and you will be placed into a group. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Agudath Israel Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Hospital Visitation Pilot Project

Agudath Israel of America is grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo for instituting a pilot program towards eventually allowing visitors in hospitals statewide. Sixteen hospitals across the state will take part in the two-week pilot program and will allow visitation for family members of patients, with the visitors wearing PPE and being checked for COVID-19 symptoms. A number of the hospitals in the pilot program serve Agudath Israel’s constituency, and we applaud their being included. This issue has been at the forefront of Agudath Israel’s concern for weeks, as patients have been denied helpers and visitors by hospital administrations while being hospitalized, harming their physical and emotional well-being. Agudath Israel has worked with partners in the faith and advocacy communities in bringing this to the attention of Albany’s lawmakers. To that end, we also applaud the legislators across the state who have come together in a bi-partisan effort to promote a “Compassionate Helper” program and protocol, which speaks to the same need that is being addressed now. We are grateful that Governor Cuomo has taken note of this and that the hospitals are working toward immediately implementing this positive step. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Kiddush Hashem: Telzstone Family Finds NIS 47,000 Of Jewelry After 7 Yrs, Returns $ To Insurance

A Telzstone family made a kiddush Hashem by returning NIS 47,000 to the Menorah insurance company after finding a missing bag of jewelry seven years after they claimed it, B’Chadrei Chareidim reported. Seven years earlier, the family was in a panic when a bag of valuable jewelry disappeared from their home. They searched for it for days, to no avail, and eventually resigned themselves to filing a claim with their insurance on the contents of their home. They received NIS 47,000 for the value of the jewelry. As Telzstone was the first Chareidi community to suffer a major outbreak of the coronavirus, at one point having the highest rate of infection in Israel relative to its population, it put itself into a self-imposed lockdown, well before Pesach. The family used the extra time at home to thoroughly clean their house for Pesach. To their utter surprise they found the missing bag of jewelry. The family returned the entire sum the money they had received from the insurance company seven years earlier. Subsequently the family received a bouquet of flowers from Menorah along with a thank you letter for their integrity, stating that the company never had such an incident happen before. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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Thousands Volunteer To be Human Test Subject In Attempt To Find Vaccine For Corona

More than 23,000 people from 102 countries have volunteered to be a part of a test to find an antidote for the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The testers will voluntarily infect themselves with the virus as part of a global project called One Day Sooner. The goal of the program is to find a vaccine to the virus that has already infected millions and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Those who volunteered will be divided into two groups. One group will be exposed to an vaccine while the second group will be given a placebo. One month later, all of the volunteers will enter into confined buildings where they will be exposed to the deadly virus. This way, researchers will be able to tell whether or not the vaccine works to prevent contracting the virus. Even though the entire process will be undertaken with strict medical supervision and the risk of fatalities is low, man doctors have objected to the process claiming that conducting tests on human subjects is unethical. It should be noted that the Israel Institute for Biological Research has already stated that they have had a breakthrough in finding a medication that will fight the Coronavirus. It has already submitted 8 different patents for antibodies to the virus as part of the development of a future medication. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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What Can A COVID-19 Antibody Test Tell Me?

What can a COVID-19 antibody test tell me? An antibody test might show if you had COVID-19 in the recent past, which most experts think gives people some protection from the virus. The tests are different from the nasal swab tests that determine if you’re currently sick. But studies are still underway to determine what antibody level would be needed for immunity. It’s also not yet known how long any immunity might last. For now, the tests are most helpful for researchers trying to track how the virus spreads in communities. Dozens of companies are making rapid antibody tests to help identify people who had the virus and may have developed some immunity to it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initially allowed companies to launch antibody tests with minimal oversight. After reports of faulty results and fraud emerged, the agency reversed course and is now requiring companies to show that their tests work. (AP)

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Israel Lets In 300 Chinese Workers To Continue Construction on Tel Aviv Trainline

The Immigration Department together with the Health Ministry has given permits to 300 engineers and construction workers from China to return to Israel in order to continue the work on the train line in Tel Aviv. According to the Israeli media, the agreement included a caveat that the workers wait for 7 days in isolation abroad and 14 additional days in Israel. Additionally, following the 21 day isolation period, all workers will be subject to a medical examination prior to being allowed to continue their work under the close observation of Netta – the company that is the lead contractor on the construction project. The plan to bring back selected foreign workers from China and Europe originated in April when the Interim Director of the Transportation Ministry, Koby Biltstein, requested that the Director-General of the Health Ministry Moshe Bar Siman Tov allow numerous engineers to enter the country in order to continue working on various major projects. The projects in question include construction on ports in both Haifa and Ashdod, the cable car in Haifa, the Haifa Nazareth train line, the Green light-rail line in Jerusalem, and the first train line in Tel Aviv. During April only 20 permits were issued for engineers to reenter Israel in order to work on the Tel Aviv train line. CEO of Netta, Ram Blinkov, sent an urgent letter to the Transportation Ministry and the Treasury stating that if he could not bring back the foreign engineers the project would be delayed indefinitely. The letter bore fruit and additional permits were issued on Tuesday morning. The Director of Netta, Chaim Glick, said: “The 300 permits were absolutely necessary and will be a big help in moving forward with the project. However, there are still 200 additional critical workers and engineers in China who are stranded and we have no idea how we will get them back to Israel in order to help us continue the project. We thank the government offices who helped make this happen and find this solution to allow these workers to come back. We hope that they will continue along the same guidelines and assist us in bringing back the rest of the manpower required to finish this project.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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