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TODAY! Be Sure to Attend - AJOP Rabbinically 'Star Studded' Day of Inspiration - Dedicated to the Memory of Lonnie Borck, Z'L At the Request of the Moskowitz Family Women Tehilim Gatherings for This Week (Jan. 22-26) Updated as of Jan. 21, 11:40 PM - BDE: Mrs. Ruth Klugman, a’h Watch Agudah Live: Special Inaguration Interview with Rabbi Zwiebel (Video) Watch Live Stream and Join Klal Yisroel at The Annual Convention Of 'Dirshu', Who Is Marking Its 20th Year Of Chizuk Hatorah Throuhghout The World, With The Participation Of Gedolei Yisroel And The Founder And Director, The Nasi Of Dirshu, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, In The Crown Plaza Hotel In Stamford Connecticut Australia: 4 Dead Including Frum Child And 31 Hospitalized in Vehicular Incident in Melbourne Traffic Alert: Major Vehicle Accident at Cormer Park Heights & Slade Ave South Florida Municipal Officials Praise Miami Police for Opening Hate Crime Investigation Into Anti-Israel Vandalism Tonight @ 8 PM Live in Baltimore: An Inspiring Shuir For Men & Women By Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky Netanyahu Congratulates President Trump on Inauguration; Says He Looks Forward to Making US-Israel Alliance ‘Stronger Than Ever’ Iran Threatens Trump Ahead of Inauguration: If He Nixes Nuclear Deal, We’ll Surprise Him the Same Way He Likes to Surprise Others Trump Praises the CIA, Bristles Over Inaugural Crowd Counts Over 1 Million Join Anti-Trump Women’s Marches Worldwide [VIDEOS] Watch: President Trump Delivers Speech At CIA Headquarters (Video) World Leaders React To Inauguration: Russia Aims To Fix Relations That 'Fell Apart' How Trump’s Executive Order Impacts Future of ‘Obamacare’ George H.W. Bush, Wife Barbara, Recovering From Illnesses Trump Takes Charge: 45th President Vowing 'Robust' First 100 Days 31 Million Viewers Saw Trump's Swearing-In Watch: Rabbi Marvin Hier Delivers A Prayer At Inauguration Day 2017 (Video)
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2017 - Years ago, before being “off-the-derech” was in vogue, a very wise and intuitive community askan remarked to me, ‘We need an NCSY for those who were born into frum families’. I knew exactly what he meant, especially having benefitted from a lifelong, inspired excitement about Yiddishkeit from my involvement in the New England Region (NER) of NCSY. Today’s frum youth want to “own” their Yiddishkeit more than ever, it seems. When you think about it, doesn’t everyone have a greater appreciation for what they have ea...
Baltimore, MD – Jan 21, 2017 - At the request of the Moskowitz family, there will be the following tehilim gatherings for women this week: There is only  one in person gathering this week so please make an effort to join: Jan. 22 - Sunday 10 p.m - a tehillim conference call at home #: 641-715-3814. access code: 627333. Jan. 23 - Monday 8:30 pm - at the friedman home 6201 green Meadow way Jan. 24 - Tuesday 9p.m - a tehillim conference call at home #: 641-715-3814. access code: 627333. Jan. 25 - Wednesday 9p.m - a tehillim conference call at home #: 641-715-3814. access code: 627333. Jan. 26 - Thursday 9p.m - a tehillim conference call at home #: 641-715-3814. access code: 627333. Please spread the word and text 443-909-0455 with any questions.
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 21, 2017 - It is with sorrow informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Ruth Klugman, a’h, mother of Reb Avraham Klugman, Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Klugman, Reb Elchanan Klugman, Rabbi Nosson Klugman, Rav Aharon Yehoshua Klugman, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Klugman, Mrs. Miriam (Herschel) Kahan, Mrs. Menucha (Schneir) Levin, Mrs. Devora (Moshe) Rubin, Mrs. Chana Dova (Motty) Ganz, and Mrs. Rochel (Moshe) Friedler. 1st Levaya in Lakewood at 7th Street Chapel 782 E. 7th St, Lakewood, NJ 08701  Chapel at 10:00 AM 2nd Levaya in Monsey 2 pm Bais Tefillah Monsey, Maplewood Lane, followed by kevura in Monsey Rt 306.  Shiva will be at Shivah in Monsey at 9 Brewer Rd. until 7 pm Sunday From Monday at 108 Albion St in Lakewood, NJ. Bila ...
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A 9-year-old Beis Rivka student in Melbourne was among four people killed and over thirty others injured when a vehicle driven by a man plowed into pedestrians on Friday, 22 Teves at 2:00PM local time. According to local police the “incident” occurred in Melbourne’s CBD, a business district, adding a man and a woman in their thirties are also among the dead. The mother and a sister of the Beis Rivka student are among the wounded. Their condition was listed as serious before Shabbos. The 9-year-old has been identified as Thalia Hakin, A”H. Hakin, a student of Beth Rivkah, was with her family when the car deliberately rammed into pedestrians, killing four and injuring dozens more. On Shabbos, her mother Nathalie remained in intensive care in hospital. Her sister ...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 21, 2017 - Avoid the area of Park Heights & Slade Ave. as a large crew of emergency personnel work at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
Six South Florida municipal officials praised the Miami Police Department this week for opening a hate crime investigation into a rash of vandalism perpetrated by anti-Israel activists in the city’s Wynwood neighborhood. In recent months, the letters “BDS” — the acronym for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement — have been spray painted on sidewalks in front of Jewish-owned Wynwood businesses. In a letter sent to Miami Police Commander Albert Guerra on Wednesday, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, US Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez, Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Zionist Organization of America Florida Executive Direct...
Daily Halacha
Hilchos Chanukah

During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1  and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion,  and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments.  They put their hands on their property and their daughters.  They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean.  The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them.  Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them  and saved the Jews from their hands.  They appointed a king from the Priests,  and the kingdom of Israel was restored  for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple).  When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them,  it was the 25th of Kislev2  when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple,  except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest,  and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only.  But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days,  until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil.  For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation  that these eight days  that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise.  One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses,  every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle.  These days are called ''Hanukah''  that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month)  because on the 25th they rested from their enemies.  and also because of those days  they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled.  Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah.  Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days.  One should tell one's children the story of the miracles  that were done for our fore-fathers in those days,  (see Josephus)  However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment  unless one says at the meal songs of praise.  One should increase charity in these Hanukah days,  for this can help mend any defects in our souls.  This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1)
1) 352 BCE until 70 CE
2) 139 BCE
3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.

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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 21, 2017 - Hurry as seats will fill quickly when Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky delivers words of inspiration and pays special tribute to his Rebbe, Rav Moshe Shapiro Z'L, to the Baltimore community this evening at 8:00 PM at Rabbi Teichman's Ohel Moshe on Smith Ave.  The Shiur is sponsored as a Zechus for a Refua Shleima for Mrs. Tammy Moskowitz - תמר עדינה בת קינה שולמית Overflow parking is available across the street in the Greenspring Shopping Center
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a congratulatory message to new US President Donald Trump as he took office on Friday. “I look forward to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel and America stronger than ever,” Netanyahu said. The Jewish state’s UN envoy, Danny Danon, said in a statement, “A true friend of Israel will soon enter the White House. Israel stands by you and the new administration and we look forward to strengthening our most important alliance as we lead together towards a new era at the UN.” Israeli opposition leader and Labor party chief Isaac Herzog wished Trump “good luck as you begin your term as president of the United States and leader of the free world.” “We are convince...
Parsha Hashavua
Parshas Shemos: Courage and Conviction

He was the greatest prophet of all time.  He was the man who would face down a powerful pharaoh, split the sea and spend forty days and forty nights on Mount Sinai receiving the Torah.  And it is in this week’s parsha we are privileged to witness his birth.  But joy quickly turns to sadness as Yocheved is forced to place her precious son in in his little reed basket in the Nile.  Miriam watches as the basket is carried away by the current.  As Divine Providence would have it, the daughter of Pharaoh (Bityah) was bathing by the river, sees the basket and saves the little boy.   

The child grew up, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became like her son. She named him Moses, and she said, "For I drew him from the water (Exodus 2:10)."

The Talmud explains that Moshe was not the little boy’s given name.  His mother, Yocheved, named him Toviah (or Tov) reflecting the inherent goodness she perceived within her newborn son.  If so, why is the greatest prophet of all times known by the name given to him by his Egyptian adopted mother and not the name given to him by his Jewish birth mother?

The commentaries explain that Moshe’s name is a testament to the tenacity and courage of Bityah (Pharaoh’s daughter).  This young woman was willing to defy the edicts of her own father in an effort to save a Jewish baby with whom she had no previous connection.  As a show of gratitude for her courage and strength, the greatest prophet of all time is known by the name of Moshe.

This insight resonates with me as I write these words to you from Israel.  This past Wednesday, I had the great privilege of spending time in the holy city of Hebron.  I was struck by a meaningful and uplifting story about a woman by the name of Sarah Nachshon which I would like to share with you (reprinted with the permission of

Sarah Nachshon grew up in the village of Kfar Chassidim in the north of Israel. Her parents had fled from Poland several months before World War II, and despite their poverty, she has sweet memories of her childhood. "My family lived in a small shack, and we didn't have any toys or anything else. I had only one dress, and if I wanted to wear another dress I had to trade with one of my friends. But I will tell you something - I had a wonderful childhood. My parents taught me to be happy with what I have, and that is a value that I have worked hard to pass on to my own children as well."

Growing up, Nachshon also learned from her parents the value of self-sacrifice for the land of Israel. "I remember the stories my parents told us of how they fought against the British in order to establish the State of Israel. My parents taught me that if the Jews want to keep the Land of Israel, then we must fight for the Land of Israel. If we don't fight for it, they taught me, we will lose it, G‑d forbid."

After the Six Day War in 1967, Nachshon and her husband, the respected Chassidic artist Baruch Nachshon, joined a group of idealistic activists determined to reestablish the ancient Jewish community inside newly-liberated Hebron. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged them and endowed them with many blessings for their efforts. These activists understood the supreme importance of establishing a Jewish presence in the oldest of the Israel's four holy cities, where a Jewish community had existed for hundreds of years until the massacre of sixty-seven Jews by local Arabs in 1929. They also understood that maintaining a Jewish community in Hebron would be the only way to guarantee continued Jewish access to the Cave of Machpelah, the burial site of our Matriarchs and Patriarchs and the second holiest site in Judaism which until 1967 had been barred to Jews by the Muslim authorities for over 700 years.

In 1968, the Nachshons and their four young children moved with this group of activists into an Arab-owned hotel inside Hebron. Nachshon recalls, "An army official came to meet with our group, and told us that we were a big pain in his neck. But he told us that because the government feared for our safety, they had reluctantly agreed that a group of seven families and fifteen yeshiva students could stay in Hebron if we would move into an army compound overlooking the city. They assumed that we would not be able to tolerate the terrible conditions for long - living in one room with all of our children, only one kitchen for all of us to share, and with the only bathrooms outside. The army saw us with our little children and thought that within a few weeks we would give up and leave. They thought that our dream to live in Hebron would die right then and there."

But the army underestimated the determination of this small but committed group. Over those three years, not only did the families not move out; thirty more families moved in. While living in the army compound, Sarah Nachshon gave birth to three more children, and repeatedly risked imprisonment by defying government orders and circumcising her newborn sons at the Cave of Machpelah. When the mohel, the ritual circumciser, performed the first circumcision at Machpelah in over 700 years on Nachshon's son, he wept as he said the blessing over "the covenant of Abraham our father," in the burial place of the Patriarch himself.

Despite the challenging physical conditions, Nachshon remembers the years she spent at the army compound with much nostalgia. She recalls, "When we were living in the army camp, my sister visited us from her home in Canada at the beginning of one of my pregnancies. She asked me, 'Sarah, do you mean to tell me that you will spend this whole pregnancy living in a place with an outdoor bathroom?' I told her, 'I'll tell you something! I am happier to live in one room in the Land of Israel than in a palace in Canada!' Afterwards, when we moved to a larger apartment, my children missed the army compound so much. They were so sad that they could no longer sleep together with all of their siblings in one room."

In 1971, the city of Kiryat Arba was established outside Hebron in order to provide permanent housing for the families from the army compound as well as the many other families who wanted to join them.

While living in Kiryat Arba, Sarah Nachshon experienced one of the most painful chapters of her life. In 1975, she gave birth to a healthy baby named Avraham Yedidya who died without warning of crib death when he was only six months old. The terrible morning that Nachshon found her baby lifeless in his crib, her husband was out of town, and there was no way to reach him. As she made the preparations for the burial all on her own, while she wept and prayed she tried to remind herself that everything G‑d does is for a purpose, even if it is hidden from us. Suddenly, she understood that her lost son was meant to play a sad but vital role in the rebuilding of the City of the Patriarchs. "I decided," she recalls, "that we would bury him in Hebron. Our Avraham Yedidya would be the first Jew buried in the ancient Jewish cemetery of Hebron since the burials of the sixty seven Jews massacred in 1929." Roadblocks and Israeli soldiers who had been given orders to prevent a burial in the ancient cemetery lest it anger the local Arabs, blocked the funeral procession of cars from Kiryat Arba. Sarah Nachshon got out of her car holding her baby wrapped in a sheet. She addressed the soldiers, "Are you looking for me? Are you looking for my baby? My name is Sarah Nachshon. Here is my baby, in my arms. If you won't let us drive to the cemetery, we will walk."

As darkness fell, and the mourners got out of their cars and started walking in the direction of the cemetery, senior army officials continued to order the soldiers over their walkie-talkies, "Stop them! Do not let the funeral procession reach the cemetery under any circumstances!" But the soldiers, unable to turn back this young mother grieving for her lost child, radioed back their superiors, "If you want to stop this woman, come down here and stop her yourself!" One of the soldiers got out of his command car, and as he wept he begged Sarah Nachshon, "Please, Mrs. Nachshon, it is too far to walk! Please permit me to drive you to the Jewish cemetery."

Thirty-two years later, tears still come to Sarah Nachshon's eyes when she remembers the words she said to the hundreds of people who gathered that summer night to bury her son. "I told them, 'It has been a hard day, but there is something I must tell you. I, Sarah, am holding my baby, Avraham, in my arms. And just as Avraham our Father came to Hebron to bury his Sarah, so too, I, Sarah, have come here to bury my Avraham. At this moment, I know why G‑d gave me this irreplaceable gift for only six months. To reopen the ancient Jewish cemetery of Hebron.'"

Life often calls upon us to engage in heroic and courageous activity.  There are circumstances that require us to extend our hand, walk past the roadblocks and find our deep reservoir of strength.  We often don’t choose these circumstances. They choose us.  Our mandate is to find the koach to meet the challenge at hand.  May we find the strength of Bityah, the strength of Sarah Nachshon, the strength of so many who have come before us and use it to overcome and grow from our challenges and difficulties.   

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