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Vizhnitzer Rebbe: Give Up Your Kosher Smartphones

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BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — This past Shabbos, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, HaRav Yisrael Hager shlit”a, spoke passionately to his followers, and implored them to accept a difficult "kabbalah”....

Morocco Halts All Incoming Flights Because Of Virus Variant

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RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Monday for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new omicron variant, the ...

Israel To Allow 3,000 Ethiopian Jews To Immigrate

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's government on Sunday approved the immigration of several thousand Jews from war-torn Ethiopia, some of whom have waited for decades to join their relative...

Israel Behind Cyberattack On Iranian Gas Stations, Say US Officials

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JERUSALEM (JNS) - Israel was behind a cyberattack on Iran’s fuel distribution system in late October that paralyzed the Islamic Republic’s 4,300 gas stations, according to the New ...

Israel Tightens Travel Restrictions Over New COVID Variant, Reinstates Contact Tracing

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a ...

Netherlands, Australia Find Omicron Variant As Curbs Spread

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart...

Committee Of Israeli Rabbis Asks Shura Islamic Council To ‘Prevent Government From Harming Religion’

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Tens of rabbis contacted the head of the Shura Council, who is the religious leader of the Ra'am political party headed by Mansour Abbas. The rabbis requested...

DISGRACEFUL: Friends of Murdered Terror Victim Forced to Leave Israel, Desecrate Shabbos

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Five members of the South African Jewish community who flew to Israel to offer consolation to the family of Eli Kay HyD, who was murdered in the terror attack...

COVID Variant Spreads To More Countries As World On Alert

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LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Afr...

Israel Bars Tourists, Reinstate Quarantine Rules To Contain New Virus

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) - The Israeli government voted to ban all foreigners from entering Israel as part of an effort to stem the spread of the new South African "Omicron" variant, on...

Israeli Man Wanted In Italy Cable Car Custody Case Arrested

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police in Cyprus have arrested an Israeli man wanted by Italy for having helped spirit the 6-year-old lone survivor of a cable car accident out of Italy and ...

SHOCK: Rav Shteinman’s Grave Desecrated on Eve of Yahrzeit

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BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — On Friday morning, cemetery visitors were shocked to discover the matzeiva of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt”l desecrated. Vandals placed black paint on the mat...

In Poland, Plans To Build A Museum On Schindler Survivors’ Former Camp Spark Environmental Protest

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KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) — The concentration camp that the Nazis built in the heart of this picturesque city was “the innermost circle of hell” to Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson. Ex...

Explainer: What Is This New COVID Variant In South Africa?

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LONDON (AP) — WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a re...

Israel Warns Of ‘Emergency’ After Detecting New Virus Strain

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation” on Friday after authorities detected the country’s first case of a new c...

WHO Hosts Special Meeting On Worrying New COVID-19 Variant

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GENEVA (AP) — Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has been ...

Emergency Bells Go off: World Takes Action As New Variant Emerges In Southern Africa

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BRUSSELS (AP) — A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more tran...

Rights Group: Israel Puts Jerusalem Settlement Plan On Hold

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities appear to have put plans to build a large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem on hold, at least for now, a rights group...

As More Israelis Choose Pure Olive Oil To Light The Hanukkah Menorah, Counterfeiters See An Opportunity

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In a supermarket here, Ohad David makes a beeline for the most expensive olive oil in the store. He takes three bottles of the award-winning Midnight Coratina ...

Israel Eases COVID-19 Test Requirement For Travelers To The Country

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JERUSALEM (JNS) - Travelers entering Israel will now be allowed to undergo antigen tests in their country of origin up to 24 hours before departure, according to an Israeli governm...