Yeshiva World News

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Yeshiva World News
Type Private
Headquarters Brooklyn, NY, USA
Area served USA, Israel
Founder(s) Judah (Yehudah) Eckstein[1]
Key people Judah (Yehudah) Eckstein, Yechiel Spira, Dov Gefen
Industry News
Owner Judah (Yehudah) Eckstein[2]
Website www.theyeshivaworld.com
Type of site News, News aggregation & blogging
Advertising Yes
Registration Optional
Available in English
Current status Active

Yeshiva World News (YWN), is an Orthodox Jewish online news publication.[3][4] It also has multiple services catering to Jews all over the world.

Yeshiva World News started as a news aggregation blog. It has since grown to an independent news source with freelance reporters and photographers in addition to continuing as a news aggregator. It is known for providing news of interest to the Orthodox Jewish community.[citation needed] Its web page header says "Frum Jewish News" (frum is the Yiddish term for a religiously observant Jew).

The website was redesigned in 2010.[5] It has sections containing general news items and Israeli news, as well as religious news, and news tailored around Jewish lifecycle events and the Jewish calendar. Many features are relevant to Jewish observance, including articles about Torah and Jewish law, kosher recipes, and the streaming radio feature.

Departments[edit]

News departments include:

Features[edit]

Non-news features include:

  • Op-Ed articles
  • Torah Corner (Halacha/Parsha)
  • Jewish Book Reviews
  • Food & Recipes
  • A current events forum
  • A 24-hour Jewish music stream
  • A detailed calendar of events in Jewish communities - mainly in the New York area
  • Community event listings (weddings, births, deaths, etc.)
  • Weather reports for cities around the world
  • Emergency and non-emergency service phone numbers in all areas.
  • The Coffee Room, a message board for members of the site

Contributors[edit]

Controversies[edit]

There has been some controversy regarding the fact that YWN will not post any stories which portray Orthodox Judaism in a bad light. For example, they omitted most reports on the child abuse scandals in Orthodox Yeshivos, as well as the scandal with Leib Tropper and EJF in 2009. Additionally, YWN has failed to address the recent call by leading Orthodox Rabbis for all chareidi websites to shut down, despite many readers asking why it was ignored.[9]

Additionally, the Coffee Room moderators have been criticized for biased moderation. They will allow posts which support their point of view, and will allow attacks on other views. For example, attacks on Modern Orthodox Judaism are regularly published, but nothing is allowed through which speaks badly of Ultra Orthodox Judaism.[citation needed]

It has also been stated that during the campaign for NYC Council, many of the pro-Greenfield articles were written by Greenfield himself under a pseudonym.[10]

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