Purim is here, and the Jewish People have begun preparations for the mitzvah of giving matanos l’evyonim. How to proceed with this mitzvah, as with all mitzvos, is immeasurably important. When choosing how to fulfill it, many turn each year to the gedolim for guidance.
Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous.”
“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday for a trip to Ohio.
A Review by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com
Until now, Purim was not as geshmak as the other Yomim Tovim throughout the year. Why was this so? Because until now, there was no Yerayach L’Moadim on Purim, Rav Yerucham Olshin’s shiurim and divrei machshava on the Yom Tov.
New York, NY, March 18, 2019—More than 19,500 supporters from across the globe came out in full force to Enlist for Chai during Chai Lifeline’s 48-hour “Join the Fight” campaign on March 12-14.
Kellyanne Conway’s spouse is a “husband from hell!” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, escalating his awkward public fight with the husband of one of his closest advisers. A “whack job,” he added later.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House’s warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel’s prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.
(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times)
To some, the most important question of the halachos of Mishloach Manos is whether one is permitted on Purim day before one has fulfilled the Mitzvah or must one wait until afterward.
Turkey’s president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key World War I campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam.
Please note that YWN will be updated throughout Purim with any major news stories, and will resume normal postings after Purim.
Please be aware, that the NYPD will have zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers, and other irresponsible driving.
Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.
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Firemen from the Beit Shemesh district are continuing their annual tradition of bringing happiness to hospitalized children before Purim. The annual tradition was started by firefighter Itzik Biton a number of years ago and has continued since.
Some Republican senators defended late John McCain as a “hero” on Wednesday after President Donald Trump again denounced the Arizonan, who died of brain cancer in August.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that he misses his friend “today and every day.”
“It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted.
There is one name that seems to be inextricably connected to philanthropy within the frum community and beyond like absolutely no other in our generation.
That name, of course, is R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz.
Following media reports that infamous British Holocaust denier David Irving is planning to lead tours of the Nazi death camps in Poland later this year, Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennet, called on the Polish Government to deny his entry to the country.
Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.
The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout the Lower 48 states that had consistent temperature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot temperature records were tied or broken and how many daily cold records were set.
[From the YWN 2008 archives]
Last Purim started off like all others from years past, but it was almost the last Purim of my life.
Moshe Ya’alon, who is in the top four of the Blue and White party list, has according to many crossed a line that should not have been crossed in his comments to the press about the corruption case in the alleged involvement of Prime Minister Netanyahu, stating that the purchase of the submarine could amount to “treason”.
The apparent suspension of Jeanine Pirro is squeezing Fox News Channel in two directions.
A prominent Muslim-American civil rights organization is calling for advertisers to boycott Fox News, while another group is petitioning to have the weekend host reinstated.