Report: IDF Committee to Recommend Sharply Lowering Age of Exemption for Chareidim Hamodia

A committee appointed to examine falsified figures given for chareidi enlistment in the IDF intends to recommend lowering the exemption age for chareidim. The committee, headed by Maj. Gen. (res.) Ronni…

Israel

New Program Announced to Develop Electricity Infrastructure in Yehudah and ShomronDov Benovadia

For the first time, the Israel Electric Company (IEC) has developed an organized, long-term power plan for Yehudah and Shomron. The plan, which has been in the works for a…

Rabbinate to Issue Its Own Indictments on Kashrus FraudDror Halavy

For the first time, the Chief Rabbinate will be issuing criminal indictments against restaurants, food manufacturers, or fictitious kashrus bodies that claim to provide supervision, but are not recognized by…

Businesses Up in Arms Over Tax Plan to Battle ‘Phony Receipts’Dror Halavy

A plan by the Tax Authority to require businesses to report on sales of NIS 5,000 and up in real time has business owners, accountants, attorneys, and politicians up in…

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Community

Atlanta Community Hosts Rabbi Pinchas WinstonDevorah Klein

On Shabbos Parashas Bo, Ner Hamizrach and Beth Jacob of Atlanta hosted Rabbi Pinchos Winston, a resident of Telz-Stone, for a special scholar-in- residence program. The Shabbos was sponsored by…

Chaverim of Queens Members Appreciation DinnerDevorah Klein

On Tuesday, January 28, Chaverim of Queens held their Members Appreciation Dinner, celebrating 12 years of service to the Queens community. The event, which took place in Fresh Meadows at…

Lakewood BriefsMordechai Wincorn

Alleged RUOC Administrator Sentenced for Check Fraud The man believed to be the administrator of Rise Up Ocean County’s (RUOC) online presence was sentenced to 60 days in prison for…

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National

Homeland Security Waives Contracting Laws for Border WallHamodia

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement…

Bolton Hopes His Book Is Not ‘Suppressed’ by White HouseHamodia

John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, raised concern on Monday about his unpublished book being “suppressed” by the White House and suggested he should be…

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World

Croatia’s New President Milanovic Takes Office, Urges SolidarityHamodia

Croatia’s new president Zoran Milanovic urged more solidarity in society as he formally took office on Tuesday, and called for vigilance against populist approaches to issues such as climate change…

Turkey Restarts Joint Syria Patrols With Russia Amid Idlib TensionsHamodia

Turkey has restarted joint patrols with the Russian military in northeast Syria after a two-week hiatus, Russia said late on Monday, as a Syrian government offensive in the Idlib region…

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Regional

New Jersey’s American Dream Mall Readies for Its Ultimate TestHamodia

Two decades in the making, the American Dream mega-mall is about to open its doors to shoppers. The question is how many will show up. The $5 billion complex next…

Regional Briefs – February 16, 2020Hamodia

New York Courts Snowmobiling Tourists With Free Weekend ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York is courting winter tourists with a fee-free weekend for out-of-state snowmobilers. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the…

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Politics

Sanders, Bloomberg Trade Insults as Democratic White House Race Heats UpHamodia

Democratic White House contenders Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg stepped up their attacks on each other on Monday, with Sanders accusing the media mogul of trying to buy the election…

Bloomberg Drops $124 Million in Super Tuesday States, Rivals Go on the AttackHamodia

Democratic presidential candidate Michael R. Bloomberg has spent more than $124 million on advertising in the 14 Super Tuesday states, well over 10 times what his top rivals have put…

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Business

HSBC Cuts 35,000 Jobs in Deep OverhaulHamodia

HSBC will shed some 35,000 positions as part of a deep overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties,…

EU Adds Cayman Islands, Panama, to Tax Haven Blacklist, Spares TurkeyHamodia

European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU’s blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to avoid being listed, an…

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Health, Science & Technology

Adult Punches Mountain Lion to Save Girl in California ParkHamodia

A mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old girl Sunday while she was walking in a California park, wildlife officials say. The girl was walking on a trail at the Rancho San…

Rare Ice Volcanoes Captured Erupting on Lake Michigan Beach But May Not Stick AroundHamodia

The recent cold front has brought another interesting phenomenon to Lake Michigan: first ice balls, now ice volcanoes. National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Ostuno was able to capture some amazing…

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