At Maariv tonight, December 4th, residents of chutz la’aretz begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during the Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began saying Vesein Tal Umatar on the 7th of Cheshvan. If one became aware after completing the bracha of Mevareich Hashanim that one omitted Vesein Tal Umatar, one should wait to insert it right before “Ki atah shomeiah” in Shema Koleinu. If one has already completed the bracha of Shomeiah Tefillah, one may insert Vesein Tal Umatar before saying Retzei. If one has already started Retzei, on...
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 With over 50 boys that can’t wait to come back, Camp Chaverim’s first year was a smashing success! Check out this 4 minute video and this article to find out why!   (1) LOCATION Camp Chaverim is only two hours away from Baltimore and Silver Spring. It is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and has an incredible lake (see video above).   (2) TOP TALENT Chaverim counselors are carefully selected top talent that exhibit exceptional middos, a whole-lot of energy, and a real understanding of how to work with kids. Furthermore, our minimum age for all counselors is going into 2nd year Beis Medresh, and our minimum age for our Senior Division counselors is going into 3rd year Beis Medresh. (3) ENGAGING LEARNING PROGRAM In our learning program, learning is...
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The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which descends from the Rebbes of Lechovitch and Karlin/Stolin Baltimore, MD - Dec. 3, 2016 -The Baltimore community is honored to host the Koidenover Rebbe, shlit"a, from this Monday, Dec. 5th through Wed., Dec. 14th. The Rebbe visited Baltimore, last December, and those who were privileged to see the Rebbe then, know that he is a captivating speaker who conveys a message relevant to our generation. In addition, the Rebbe is known for and much sought after for his wise counsel and brachos. Those who have had a private audience with the Rebbe can tell you how truly electrifying the experience was, replete with chizuk and inspiration. The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which descends from ...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 3, 2016 - It is with deep sorrow that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Lifsha Hefter, a’h,  mother of Reb Tzvi Hefter and Reb Yosef Hefter. The Levayah will take place at 3:00 PM, Sunday, Dec. 4 at Levinson’s. The Kevurah will be in Har HaMenuchos. Shiva information to follow Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Yitzchok Dershowitz of Lakewood, NJ. He was 69 years old. Rav Dershowitz sustained serious injuries upon falling on Simchas Torah and fell into coma. Since then, doctors battled on his behalf. He passed away on Erev Shabbos. Rav Yitzchok was a son of Rav Aharon Menashe Dershowitz zt”l, who, prior to settling in Lakewood, served as the chief rabbi of Newport News, VA, as well as various cities across Wisconsin. A talmid of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l, Rav Dershowitz spent his life between the hallowed walls of Beth Medrash Govoha, where has learned for many decades. It was Rav Dershowitz who undertook the daunting task some years ago of authoring an autho...
All are asked to say Tehillim for Rebbetzin Miriam Salomon, wife of the mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoah, Rav Matisyahu Salomon. The Rebbetzin is in critical condition. The Rebbetzin, well-known for her special nature and the simcha and kindness with which she greets the hundreds of people who visit her home each week, has inspired numerous women throughout the community. She has served as a pillar of strength to her husband, who served as mashgiach of Gateshead Yeshiva, a position he held for more than thirty years, before the Mashgiach and his Rebbetzin moved to Lakewood in 1997. We pray that the Rebbetzin have a refuah sheleimah so that she can continue to inspire the community and serve as a partner in her husband&rsq...
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At least nine people died when a fire tore through a warehouse in Northern California during a rave party and officials fear the death toll from the tragedy could rise to 40. Firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire at the warehouse in Oakland around 11:30 p.m. local time Friday. They fought the fire for hours before putting it out. Officials said there may have been as many as 100 people inside the two-story building in Oakland's Fruitvale district when the fire broke out. People either got out unscathed or were trapped inside the structure, which had no sprinkers. The city of Oakland started investigating nearly three weeks ago whether people were illegally living in the warehouse.  Darin Ranelletti, of the City of Oakland Planning Department, says the city had receiv...
This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l (Yaakov Moshe ben Refael Nissan Shlomo) whose yahrtzeit is tomorrow. As Rivkah Imeinu endured her difficult pregnancy, she began to ask herself questions. She ponders (25:22) "im kein, lama zeh anochi," if so, wherefore am I thus? Or, more simply, why am I doing this? Rashi explains that Rivkah was questioning why she had yearned and prayed for this pregnancy. On the surface, this certainly seems like doubt on her part. But I believe the end of the pasuk shows that not to be the case. Rivkah is teaching us a great lesson in dealing with the emotions of doubt. Inside, she was certainly feeling that this pregnancy was not "wh...
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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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A retired U.S. Navy official was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison after he admitted taking more than $350,000 in bribes and favors from an Asian defense contractor. Paul Simpkins, a former contracting supervisor based in Singapore, is the sixth Navy official so far to receive prison time in a massive corruption scandal that has rattled the maritime service since the first defendants were arrested in 2013. Another half-dozen current and former Navy officers have pleaded guilty but are still waiting to learn their sentences. More arrests are expected; prosecutors have said 200 people have been placed under investigation. In exchange for the bribes, Simpkins, 61, of Haymarket, Va., steered multi-million-dollar Navy business deals to Leonard Glenn Francis (pictured above in ce...
Sunday’s New York Times magazine will carry a long and heart-rending account, by a writer named Rachel Kushner, of the miserable lives of some residents of the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem. One of the fine things about the Internet is that even before the story was delivered to print subscribers of the Times, readers have had the chance to rebut it. The Times online commenters (at least the ones not likening Israel to the Nazis) have done a pretty good job already. “I will look forward to Ms. Kushner’s next story from Aleppo. If she can write these many words about the ‘suffering’ Palestinians, I am sure her story on Aleppo will take up 1,000 times more column space….and will get this same top billing from the N...
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Parshas Tol'dos - Why?

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l (Yaakov Moshe ben Refael Nissan Shlomo) whose yahrtzeit is tomorrow.


As Rivkah Imeinu endured her difficult pregnancy, she began to ask herself questions. She ponders (25:22) "im kein, lama zeh anochi," if so, wherefore am I thus? Or, more simply, why am I doing this? Rashi explains that Rivkah was questioning why she had yearned and prayed for this pregnancy. On the surface, this certainly seems like doubt on her part. But I believe the end of the pasuk shows that not to be the case.


Rivkah is teaching us a great lesson in dealing with the emotions of doubt. Inside, she was certainly feeling that this pregnancy was not "what she bargained for." Her approach, however, was not to give up and to declare her efforts a lost cause. Rather, she knew that certainly there was a purpose in all of this, a reason for her to endure and fight on. This is evidenced by her immediate visit to Sheim to seek guidance from HaShem. Rivkah teaches us that everything has a purpose. As we face trials and tribulations in our lives, whatever feelings we may have emotionally, our first course of action must always be lidrosh es HaShem, to search for a higher purpose. It is perfectly legitimate to ask, "Why?" The challenge is to make sure that it is not a rhetorical question.




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Morrow said multiple sources have confirmed that the people living within the Islamic compounds believe that, with the election of Donald Trump, the “end-times” prophecies they believe in are now being fulfilled.   They think that Donald Trump is part of a “Satanic Jewish conspiracy” and they are preparing for their camps to be raided. Varney pointed out that if they have licenses to own the weapons, the FBI can’t simply go in and search their compounds.   Morrow said they have a terrorist history, and are connected to terror networks in Pakistan and send money back there. Varney asked, “You say this is an enemy army, fully armed, ready to attack?”   Morrow confirmed it is, saying he believes they should be labeled a...
Gov. Larry Hogan met with a group of incoming Baltimore City Council members Friday to discuss tearing down vacant properties and luring businesses to the city using tax credits. At Jimmy's Restaurant in Fells Point, the Republican governor said he invited the freshmen Democrats to breakfast to open lines of communication to get bipartisan goals accomplished in the city. "I wanted to get a chance to meet the new members of the City Council to let them know we are very much looking forward to working with them," Hogan said. "I wanted to hear from them about issues affecting their district and let them know we are looking forward to partnering with them to solve some of the problems in the city." With eight freshmen Democrats joining the 15-member City C...
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Baltimore, Md - Dec. 2, 2016 - Southern District - Carjacking Investigation - On December 2, 2016, at approximately 10:15am, officers were called to the unit block of Pierside Drive for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, they spoke with City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector who told them she had just been assaulted and robbed. Just before 10:15am, Councilwoman Spector was walking to her car in a parking garage. Spector entered her car and was then approached by two unknown suspects. The suspects assaulted Spector and threw her to the ground. The suspects then drove away in her car. Because the garage had a security controlled gate, the suspects were not able to exit the garage with the vehicle. Two employees working inside the garage saw the incident occur and...
Baltimore, Md - Dec. 2, 2016 - 2 Kislev 5777 - Baltimore and K’hal Chassidim welcomes the Kopishnitzer Rebbe for Shabbos. The seder of events is as follows: Mincha – 10 minutes after the zman (around 4:35 p.m.) Tish will be IY”H 9:00 p.m. at our Beis Medrash Shacharis 9:00 a.m. MIncha and Shalosh Seudas 4:25 p.m. Melava Malka at our Beis Medrash at 9:00 p.m.  We are looking forward to a wonderful Shabbos. Anyone wishing to meet with the Rebbe should call his Gabbai, Lipa Mintzer at 347-362-4576.    
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Two teenage boys assaulted Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, throwing her to the ground before driving away in her car in a parking garage in South Baltimore Friday morning, police said. Police were called at 10:15 a.m. to the unit block of Pierside Drive, off Key Highway, where Spector told officers she had just been assaulted and robbed. She told police she was getting into her car when she was approached by two teens who threw her to the ground, and drove away in her car. The teens were unable to exit the garage in her car because of a security gate, police said. Two employees working inside the garage who witnessed the assault stopped one of the teens until police arrived, while the other ran from the scene. Police said Councilwoman Spector was...read more at The Baltimore...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 29, 2016 – The entire community is cordially invited to the Community Hachnosas Sefer Torah dedication this coming Sunday, 4 Kislev, December 4th, as we express Kovod to Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Hopfer for their 30 years of leadership and guidance to our community. The procession from the Hopfer home (3802 Menlo Dr.) will begin at 3 PM accompanied by music, dancing, refreshments, flags and pekalach for the children. We will sing and dance our way to Shearith Israel Congregation where the dancing and festivities will continue as we welcome the new Sefer Torah into the shul. We will have the zechus of hearing Divrei Bracha from the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Aharon Feldman, shlit”a, and from our esteemed Rav, Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer shlit”a. Maariv and the c...
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Parshas Tol’dos / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2, 2016    Parshas:  Tol’dos Today:    2 Kislev      Chatzos: 11:56 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 4:25 PM Shkiah:                   4:43:33 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  5:34 PM Kiddush Levanah Dec. 2, 8:47 AM through Dec. 14, 3:09 AM Kiddush Levanah may only be said at night  BEGIN V’SAIN TAL U’MATAR AT MAARIV ON SUNDAY EVENING, DEC. 4TH
“She was Baltimore Royalty.”  Those words were repeated over and over again when news of the passing of Mrs. Elinor Cohn, Elka bat Binyamin Tzvi, Z'L, was shared. How true those words are. Always full of poise, dignity and grace- Elinor Cohn was Baltimore Royalty.  No matter where you would see her she was always put together, nails done, lipstick set and a radiant smile as she would greet you. There was an inner beauty that emanated from her as well. A pure heart, always there to help, be involved, and give advice and never asking for anything in return. She was part of the America’s Greatest Generation as well as Baltimore’s greatest generation; without whom Baltimore would not be the thriving Jewish Utopia it is today. That generation brought to ...
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Just read this beautiful inspirational story that I would love to share so you can go into shabbat with the best thoughts about our chosen beautiful nation : *_Only in Israel_!* “In our area, the fires were just over the hill. They were so close that we could feel the heat, cough from the soot and ash, and hear the sirens... a lot. It was all anyone talked about. Some were packing and all that. Many parents didn’t let the kids out to avoid inhaling whatever chemicals may be in the air. Everyone cursed the Arab-arsonists with all their heart. During the height of the action, I went to the local makolet and stood in with my items. The line, as you can imagine, is long. People are buying cleaners of all sorts because everything is covered in soot. “Slicha! Excuse me!&rdq...
Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Friday it was recalling about 650,000 vehicles in North America to fix issues that could prevent seat belts from functioning properly in a crash. The recall includes certain 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2015-16 Ford Mondeo and 2013-15 Lincoln MKZ cars, Ford said. (ford.to/2guC2Ni) In the affected vehicles, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the seat belt anchor pretensioner cables could cause them to separate, potentially reducing the seat belt's ability to adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, Ford said. Pretensioners tighten up any slack in the seat belt webbing in the event of a crash and work in tandem with air bags. Ford said it was aware of two accidents and two injuries associated with the issue.
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