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Baltimore, MD  - Apr. 28, 2016 - Shiva Houses Beginning Motzaei Yom Tov, Motzaei Shabbos April 30: R' Ovadia Bander for his father, Z'L: (in Baltimore through Tuesday evening only) 3100 Bonnie Road through Tuesday night.   Davening times: Sunday Shacharis - 8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday Shacharis - 6:45 a.m. Mincha/Maariv 7:45 p.m. Shiva will continue at 53 Glen Avenue Fairfield, NJ 07004 until Friday morning Davening times: Shacharis - 6:30 a.m. Mincha/Maariv - 7:30 p.m. Please, no visitors between 1-2PM AND 6-7PM. ### Mrs. Shoshana (Rabbi Shlomo) Porter for her mot...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 21, 2016 – Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation is pleased to invite the men and women of the Baltimore community to its Pesach afternoon  4-part lecture series by Rabbi Moshe Hauer entitled LET MY PEOPLE GO! Revisiting the wrenching stories and dilemma of Entebbe and the Kastner Train.   
The custom of avoiding kitniyos (legumes – and others!) on Pesach survived a rocky start, and the smirks of our Sephardic brothers and sisters. Survive it did, and never have so many been so meticulous in avoiding as many products suspect of bearing the taint of kitniyos-inclusion. Support for the practice (or at least one of the reasons given for the evolution of the practice) comes from an unexpected source. Cheerios was always an oat cereal, and oats have long been identified with שבולת שועל[1], one of the five grains that can become chamtez. Oats are gluten free – which is important to many people, especially those allergic to the substance that glues (hence the word gluten) particles together to form a cohesive dough. Until recently, however, Cheerios d...
רבי נחמן מברסלב גילה: שבתפלת 'ואמונה כל זאת' שבתפלת 'ערבית' של 'ליל שביעי של פסח'הוא הזמןשמחלקים את הפרנסה לכל אחד ואחת לכל ימות השנה... והמבין יבין את גודל העת, ואת גודל השעה...לנצלו בתפלה בכוונה וכראוי! ויהי רצון:שיהיה לכולנו פרנסה ברווח ובנקל ובהיתר, מתוך עושר וכבוד,כמו שהעביר אותנו בנקל בין גזרי ים סוף וקבלנו אז את ביזת הים... א ליכטיגער און א פריילאכער יום טוב 
The scene outside FOX 45 remains unsafe, Baltimore police say, and the suspect was removed after more than hour he spent lying injured and uncooperative before police could neutralize a possible destructive device strapped to him. SkyTeam 11 Capt. Roy Taylor said the man has been taken to Shock Trauma and is still alive. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the man voluntarily walked out and down 41st Street, but did not listen to officers' orders and kept his hands in his pockets. That's when a counter-sniper opened fire with lethal force (not rubber bullets or beanbags). As there is still what he claimed to be a bomb attached to his chest, he remains on the median of 41st Street and is conscious. Police are interacting with him and manipulating his body using a bomb-...
BALTIMORE —Baltimore police shot a man who they said made a threat at a Baltimore television station. WBFF-TV was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a suspicious man entered the building and a bomb threat was made. The Baltimore Office of Emergency Management said there is an incident at WBFF-TV, at 2000 W. 41st St. It was reported around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. WBAL-TV 11 News learned that a man dressed in a onesie with a surgical mask and sunglasses covering his face entered the TV station's front entrance. The man tried to give employees a flash drive, saying something about what's going on in the news and saying that he needs his video shown. "The good news is our security guard (kept the man from) getting all the way into the building. We have a vestibule ...
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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 15, 2016 - Once again, BaltimoreJewishLife.com is pleased to present a handy Pesach Community Guide. The 2016 edition has much more information than in previous years including information so desperately sought after once Pesach has concluded. The guide is available by clicking here or on the graphic below or on any of the Pesach Guide ads on the BaltimoreJewishLife.com website.   
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 28, 2016 - Temporary roadwork completed on I-295 S in DE. Lanes are reopened and traffic moving smoothly
Daily Halacha
Sefiras HaOmer

During the days of counting the students of Rabbi Akiva were dying [בל''ג יום] on thirty three (of the) days, [ולכן נוהגין בימים אלו קצת אבלות] and so it is customary on these days to be slightly in mourning. [שאין נושאין נשים ואין מסתפרים] We do not get married or have hair cuts, [ויש חילוקי מנהגים במספר ל''ג ימים אלו] and there are different customs about counting these 33 days. [יש מקומות נוהגין שחושבין אותן מיום ראשון דספירה] Some places are used to reckoning them from the first day of the count [ולכן אוסרין עד ל''ג בעומר] and therefore forbid (the activities) up to the 33 day of the Omer, [אך כשחל ראש חדש אייר בשבת] however when Rosh Hodesh Iyyar falls on Shabbat, [דיש בו שתי קדושות] which now has a double sanctity, [קדושת שבת וקדושת ראש חדש] the holiness of Shabbat and the holiness of Rosh Hodesh [אז מתירין לישא וכן להסתפר בערב שבת] then we allow marriages and also hair cuts on Friday. [וביום ל''ג בעומר] On the 33rd day of the Omer, [וכן משם ואילך מתירין מפני] and also from then on, we allow (these) because [שביום ל''ג בעומר פסקו מלמות] on the 33rd day of the Omer (the students) stopped dying, [ולכן מרבים בו קצת שמחה] so we increase on it slightly the joy [ואין אומרים בו תחנון] and do not say the Penitential prayers. [ואף שגם בו ביום מתו קצת] Even though also on that day there were some deaths, [אמרינן מקצת היום ככולו] it is said that part of the day is like the whole, [ולכן אין להסתפר או לישא] so one should not have hair cuts or get married [עד לאחר שהאיר היום ולא מבערב] until the day time and not at night. [אך כשחל ל''ג בעומר ביום ראשון] However, if the 33rd day of the Omer falls on Sunday, [מסתפרין בערב שבת שלפניו לכבוד השבת] we have hair cuts on the previous Friday in honor of the Shabbat. (KSA 120:6)

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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 28, 2016 - April 26, 2016 was no ordinary day in the 5th Council District of Baltimore City. While for some of the District it was the 4th day of Pesach, for others it was Election Day in Maryland for all the City's residents. There were several very serious decisions to be made by the voters. From picking the primary's candidates for US Senator to Mayor, the voters of Baltimore City were exercising their civic duty at the polls. One political race however, grabbed the imagination of the voters in Northwest Baltimore. Could a young, energetic, community activist take on the establishment? What were the chances of prevailing over a candidate that had the endorsement of unions and seasoned politicians? To the untrained eye probably a long shot at best. B...
We are currently in the midst of our beautiful holiday Pesach, the period of our freedom. Pesach is an eight day holiday whose first and last days have the status of Shabbos in which driving and other forms of creative activities are prohibited. The middle days are somewhat like weekdays on which we may drive and do several other forms of creative activity. The question is what is the function of the eight days. The first days naturally celebrate the freedom from the Egyptian servitude. But what is the significance of the extension of seven more days? Among the things that make Pesach unique is the mitzvah of eating matzah and the prohibition of eating chometz. Pesach’s primary staple, matzah, is the food that represents freedom. There is however a paradox. On one hand matzah is cal...
Parsha Hashavua
Parnasah! Rebbi Nachman M'Breslov Regarding Tonight's Tefila V'Emunah

רבי נחמן מברסלב גילה:
 
שבתפלת 'ואמונה כל זאת'
 שבתפלת 'ערבית' של 'ליל שביעי של פסח'
הוא הזמן
שמחלקים את הפרנסה לכל אחד ואחת לכל ימות השנה...
 
והמבין יבין את גודל העת, ואת גודל השעה...
לנצלו בתפלה בכוונה וכראוי!
 
ויהי רצון:
שיהיה לכולנו פרנסה ברווח ובנקל ובהיתר, מתוך עושר וכבוד,
כמו שהעביר אותנו בנקל בין גזרי ים סוף וקבלנו אז את ביזת הים...
 
א ליכטיגער און א פריילאכער יום טוב
 

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Lebanon, CT - A fire at a Connecticut egg farm that killed an estimated 80,000 chickens was likely caused by an overheated electric motor. Fire Marshal Scott Schuett said the official cause of the fire Tuesday at Kofkoff Egg Farms in Lebanon will likely remain undetermined, but it appears to have started in a motor that powers conveyor belts that move chicken waste, food, water and eggs in and out of the coops.   No people were reported injured in the blaze, which drew about 125 firefighters from 25 departments across the region. Schuett says the blaze was limited to one of the farm’s 13 roughly 32,000-square foot coops. A blaze at the same farm 27 years ago to the day killed 216,000 chickens. That was also ruled an accident.
Berlin - Germany’s foreign minister says Donald Trump’s foreign policy ideas are unclear and contradictory. The Republican presidential front-runner declared Wednesday that he would put “America first” as part of his foreign policy if elected. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier responded Thursday by saying he hoped “that the election campaign in the United States doesn’t ignore reality.” Steinmeier says Trump’s claims “aren’t entirely free of contradictions,” such as when he pledges to “make America great again” and simultaneously suggests the U.S. should withdraw. Steinmeier said he “couldn’t see a clear line” in Trump’s policies, adding: “It doesn’t seem...
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Israel is facing a major environmental crisis as the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to pollute the country’s main waterways with sewage, despite funding and a commitment to cease the practice, a Knesset member told The Algemeiner in an interview.  MK Sharren Haskel — at 32, the Likud party’s youngest member and the second youngest member of the current Knesset — explained: “The Palestinians agreed under the Oslo Accords to build treatment plants and recycle their sewage water. The PA committed to deal with these issues and has received hundreds of millions of dollars in international funding from Europe and the US to do so,” Haskel said. “However, Palestinian runoff water — both household...
Former Bush administration ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Jaime Turner, former National Security Council staffer under Bush and Obama both react positively to Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy address, REAL CLEAR POLITICS reports. “I thought it was a very strong and impressive speech,” Bolton said. “It was an impressive first statement of his thoughts –not all of which I agree with. I thought his analysis of the many failings of the Obama adminsitration were right on target,” he concluded.
 Trump: Obama’s Snubbed Israel and Treated Iran With ‘Tender Love and Care’
A rare procedure performed at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has prevented a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip from becoming paralyzed. The boy was released from the hospital walking on his own. Sliman, 3, had developed a benign tumor in his chest, which not only interfered with his respiratory system but also caused a malformation in his spine and limited his range of motion. The tumor posed a risk of causing permanent paralysis in the lower extremities in the future. This tumor is very rare with only a handful of recorded cases in medical history. It was the first such case to be seen in Israel. The doctors at the Hadassah Medical Center agreed to confront the challenge and decided on a two-stage approach. The first stage involved a “stretching&...
London - Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, which has faced growing criticism over perceived anti-Semitism in its ranks, suspended a lawmaker on Wednesday for making anti-Israel posts on social media before she was elected to Parliament. The party said Naz Shah had been barred from taking part in the party’s activities or in participating in the grouping of Labour lawmakers in Parliament. Shah was under pressure over comments including a 2014 Facebook post in which she shared a graphic that showed the outline of Israel superimposed on a map of the U.S. under the headline “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict - Relocate Israel into United States.” She was elected to Parliament last year for Bradford West, a northern England constituency with a larg...
Washington - Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his “America first” foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures. Yet the Republican presidential front-runner outlined no strategy for how he’d make the United States at the same time a “consistent” and “unpredictable” force in the world. And he didn’t appear to allay the concerns of U.S. and international critics - Republicans at home as well as Democrats - who see him as unfit for the responsibilities of commander in chief. “‘America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” Trump declared, echoing motifs fro...
Bronx, NY -  Law enforcement rescued a housing project with the biggest gang takedown in city history, and now officials are investigating whether the city’s 400,000 public housing residents were being protected in safe conditions as required by federal law, a federal prosecutor announced Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that nearly 700 New York Police Department officers and federal agents accompanied by helicopters and armored trucks executed pre-dawn raids, taking down two rival drug gangs from top to bottom. By late afternoon, 88 people were in custody and more were sought in what Bharara described as the biggest gang takedown ever in New York City. The arrests stemmed from charges brought against 120 gang members. “We bring the...
Richmond, VA - Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign co-chairman in Virginia has traveled to Syria and promised support for the government of President Bashar Assad, who U.S. officials have repeatedly said has lost the legitimacy to rule the war-torn country. Virginia state Sen. Dick Black’s trip to a Middle Eastern country in the midst of a civil war and his comments in the face of official U.S. foreign policy are highly unusual for a state lawmaker. Black, an outspoken Republican, is a part-time state senator who has no role in official U.S. foreign policy. Still, he has met with Assad government officials and said he would advocate for better relationships between Assad and the U.S., according to the official Syrian news agency. “I will be Syria’s voice,” Bl...
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