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16 Absolute Must Knows About Sumchas Torah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com There are at least 16 things that are a must know about Simchas Torah. EARLIEST SOURCE IS ZOHAR AND GAONIM Everyone, of course, should note that while in ...

Chassidim versus Litvaks: Shmini Atzeres

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by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com One of the general differences between Litvaks (Misnagdim) and Chassidim lies in what they do on the holiday of Shmini Atzeres regarding eating in the Sukkah. Chass...

Naftali Bennet’s Speech at UN

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com In general, the Prime Minister spoke well at the UN General Assembly.  He wore a yarmulkah.  He quoted the Talmud Yerushalmi. He mentioned Tor...

Explainer: Why Coffee Could Cost More At Groceries, Cafes

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — As if a cup of coffee wasn’t expensive enough, a confluence of factors is driving up farmers' costs to grow the beans and it could begin filtering down to...

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Business Economists Lower Growth Forecasts Due To Virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's business economists now expect slower economic growth this year due to the widespread delta variant of the coronavirus, while also saying the economy c...

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Biden Plan Seeks To Expand Education, From Pre-k To College

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from ear...

Egg Thrown At French President Macron During Food Trade Fair

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit at the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city ...

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Israeli PM Denounces Iran, Ignores Palestinians In UN Speech

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new prime minister appealed to the international community Monday to stand together against Iran, accusing Tehran of marching toward the development of a ...

Vaccination Deadline Arrives For NY Healthcare Workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The deadline for hospital and nursing home workers in New York state to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived Monday with the prospect of severe staff shortage...

Facebook Puts Instagram For Kids On Hold After Pushback

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13, to address concerns that have been raised about the ...

Social Democrats Narrowly Beat Merkel’s Bloc In German Vote

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s center-r...

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Top US General: Whisperer To Presidents, Target Of Intrigue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecesso...

Hoshana Rabba: Staying Up All Night – for Water?

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times The Mogain Avrohom (OC 664) explains that it is the minhag to stay up all night and learn Torah on the night of Hoshana Rab...

The Enigmatic Rashi on the First Mishna in Sukkah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com This past Shabbos Chol haMoed, Rav Mottel Dick Shlita, a leading and well-respected Rosh Yeshiva now in Monsey and formerly in Staten Island, ...

Chinese Man Dies After Guzzling 1.5 Liters Of Coca Cola In 10 Minutes

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — After reading this story people may have second thoughts about their Coca-Cola habits. A Chinese man allegedly died of a fatal gas buildup in his stomach af...

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Siberian Jews Inaugurate A Huge New Jewish Education Center In Tomsk

NEW YORK (JTA) — A century ago, communists shuttered the synagogues of Tomsk, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. It was a painful blow, especially to the local community o...

Pfizer Close To Big Step Toward Kids’ Vaccine

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WASHINGTON — Pfizer’s CEO says “it’s a question of days, not weeks” before the company and German partner BioNTech submit data to U.S. regulators for federal authorization of a COV...

US Has Enough COVID-19 Vaccines For Boosters, Kids’ Shots

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older...

Hundreds Of Iraqi Leaders Call For Normalization Of Ties With Israel

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BAGHADAD (JTA) - Hundreds of Iraqi civic leaders and activists attended a conference calling for the country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. But Iraq’s gover...

Last Known Survivor Of Babi Yar Massacre Receives Knesset Medal

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Michael Sidko, the last known survivor of the Babyn Yar Massacre which occurred in September 1941, who made aliya to Israel in the year 2000, received a medal...

In Redistricting, Big Say For Big Cities In DC Power Balance

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NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and Chicago every four years, when those cities become mostly irrelevant...

Police Investigate Fatal Fall Of Mother, Son At Ballpark, As Thousands Of Baseball Fans Headed Inside For Padres Game

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police are investigating the deaths of a woman and her 2-year-old son Saturday after they fell from the third level of Petco Park, just as thousands of b...

Five Terrorists Killed, Two IDF Soldiers Wounded In Clashes During Pursuit Of Hamas Operatives

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JERUSALEM (JNS) - Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israel Defense Forces troops conducting a counterterrorism operation in the Jenin and Ramallah areas in the early hours of Sunda...

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‘The Auschwitz Report’: Slovakian Film Follows Real-Life Escapees Who Tried To Warn The World

POLAND (JTA) - Were it not for Rudolph Vrba and Alfréd Wexler, would the world today know the true extent of the mass murder the Nazis inflicted during the Holocaust? The two m...

A German Police Officer Allegedly Sent Fan Mail To The Gunman Who Attacked A Synagogue On Yom Kippur

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GERMANY (JTA) - A female police officer allegedly wrote fawning letters to the imprisoned gunman who attempted to attack a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur in 2019. The...

Excerpt Of Hoshanos Recited On Hoshana Rabbah 5730, From The Great And Holy Sanz Klausenberger Rebbe Zt”l

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The Migraine, the Sukkah, and the Bracha

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It is an interesting question. The family in question had guests coming on Chol HaMoed from Lakewood for a pizza get-together.  The father,...