• Shul Candymen and 9 Halachos

    By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It is no longer the 50’s and 60’s. Much like other things in Jewish consumerism (such as $180 Mezuzah cases, $6000 wedding gowns, and $800 Tallis bags and $250 makeup sessions) – the shul candyman’s inventory, in many shuls, has, well, evolved. In the fifties and sixties the shul […]

  • Apple Warns Of Security Flaw For IPhones, IPads And Macs

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices. The company said it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” Apple released two securityreports about the issue on Wednesday, although they didn’t […]

  • The Case of the Sentimental Valued Dishes

    Written l’Ilui Nishmas the Author’s Mother Sara Bas HaRav Eliyahu Hoffman – 22 Av on her 15th yahrtzeit. By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Recently, a hedge fund manager of note was vacationing in the south of France and had a halachic question. It seems that a close friend of his had porcelain dishes with […]

  • Brazil's Bolsonaro Grabs At Heckler, Tries To Take Phone

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro briefly grappled with a heckler and tried to snatch his phone on Thursday, underscoring possible challenges for the sometimes quick-tempered leader to stay disciplined on the campaign trail. As Bolsonaro spoke to supporters outside his residence in the capital city of Brasilia, social media influencer Wilker Leão […]

  • Liberal Comedian Franken Falsely Claims Trump Made Antisemitic Comments; ADL Silent as Usual

    MINNESOTA (VINnews) — Al Franken, the disgraced former comedian-turned-senator, falsely claimed on Twitter that President Trump made disparaging comments against Jews. In addition, the responses to Franken’s tweet make it clear that many people took him seriously. Astonishingly, the tweet exposes that Franken, a Jew, is bigoted against his own people. After Allen Weisselberg pled […]

  • Judge Denies Bail For Rushdie's Attacker, Bars Interviews

    MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A judge refused to grant bail Thursday to the man accused of trying to kill Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York. Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in a western New York courtroom after a grand jury indicted him on charges that he rushed […]

  • American Airlines Deal With Boom Supersonic Poised To Cut US-Israel Travel Time In Half

    NEW YORK (JNS) – American Airlines and Boom Supersonic announced Tuesday that the airline has agreed to buy up to 20 Overture aircraft, with an option for an additional 40. The Overture is expected to fly twice as fast as today’s fastest commercial aircraft, which would cut the travel time from New York and Tel […]

  • CNN Cancels 'Reliable Sources,' Host Stelter Leaving Network

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has canceled its weekly “Reliable Sources” show on the media after three decades on the air, and said Thursday that its host, Brian Stelter, is leaving the network. The show will have its last broadcast this Sunday. “Reliable Sources,” and its host, appear to be the first prominent casualties in […]

  • Justice Dept.: 3 Men Charged In Whitey Bulger's Killing

    BOSTON (AP) — Three men, including a Mafia hitman, have been charged in the killing of notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger in a West Virginia prison, the Justice Department said Thursday. The charges against Fotios “Freddy” Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon come nearly four years after Bulger’s killing, which raised questions […]

  • Poland and Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz zt"l

    by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Sfas Tamim Foundation The country of Poland had been swallowed up in three bites by Russia, Prussia, and Austro-Hungary. After the third bite, or partition, it had completely disappeared from the years 1795 until 1918. It literally did not exist for 123 years. In 1918, on account of President […]

  • Boro Park Candidate Yuh-Line Niou Pledges to Oppose Pro-Israel, anti-BDS Resolution

    NEW YORK (VINnews) — Yuh-Line Niou, candidate for Congress in the heavily orthodox NY-10 district, reaffirmed her support for BDS Wednesday. The state assemblywoman said that she would vote “no” on any pro-Israel resolution opposing the antisemitic BDS movement. “I would not vote for anything opposing the BDS movement’s right to exist,” Niou said during […]

  • Desantis' Election Police Unit Announces Voter Fraud Cases

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced criminal charges against 20 people for illegally voting in 2020, the first major public move from the Republican’s controversial new election police unit. The charges mark the opening salvo from the Office of Election Crimes and Security, which from its conception drew widespread criticism […]