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NEW YORK (AP) — Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product. The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The glasses are the first hardware from the Los Angeles-based company. The glasses record so-called "circular video," meaning it plays full-screen on any device in any orientation. They will be available in the U.S. in the fall on a limited basis an...
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Welcome back, dear friends!! As you know, the Jewish Holidays are coming up in just a few short weeks!! The whole month of October will be filled with incredibly festive and joyous days this year! Of course we know that any celebration we partake in involves lots of cooking. And we love the cooking…. Yes, we really do…… And the shopping…. Oh, how we enjoy the shopping…. Oh joyous day! Can’t wait for it all to start!!! One of the worst things (in my humble opinion) that can possibly happen to a balebusta when she is busily preparing her culinary masterpieces is to find out she is missing an ingredient. There she is, chugging right along baking her favorite apple cake…“okay, eggs… great, 2 eggs, DONE! Now, let me get the ...
BERLIN –  Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer, who dedicated his life in post-war Germany to fighting anti-Semitism, has died. He was 96. German Chancellor Angela Merkel honored Mannheimer Saturday for his efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Twitter that Merkel is mourning his death and that "we owe him gratitude." Mannheimer spent two years being held in different death camps, including Auschwitz. Most of his family was murdered during the Holocaust. After the end of the Third Reich, Mannheimer dedicated his life to talking about the horrors he experienced. He also became the head of the community of former prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp. German news agency dpa reports that Mannheimer died Friday at a Mu...
Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Washington state mall is in custody. The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management said via Twitter Saturday evening that the suspect had been captured. No other details were immediately available. A news conference was set for Saturday night. A gunman opened fire at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, Friday night, killing four females and a male before fleeing. Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black. Authorities had said that a rifle had been found at the scene. The motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles north of Seattle. The FBI was assisting local authorities, but it said there wa...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz appears uncomfortable defending the man he says he’ll vote for in November, Donald Trump. Addressing a policy forum organized by The Texas Tribune, the Texas senator said Saturday it was “agonizing” making the decision to back Trump, whom he once called a “pathological liar” and “serial philanderer.” He denied he caved in to pressure from top Republicans nationally and in his home state, saying he would have faced an outcry no matter what. “Any path we took, if I supported Donald, if I didn’t support Donald, the criticism was going to be there,” Cruz told a packed auditorium. Cruz offered little defense of Trump’s past comments on Muslim-Americans. He also said his two young daug...
Larry Hogan says there is ‘real synergy between this nation and our state’; touts partnership with cybersecurity firm in Ra’anana Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday that his delegation made several successful business transactions with Israeli companies during a weeklong trade mission. Hogan said in an interview with The Associated Press that “there is a real synergy between this nation and our state.” Business, academic and Jewish leaders from Maryland accompanied the governor and administration officials. About 25 private sector representatives made the trip, which began on Tuesday. Meetings focused on cybersecurity, biotech and medical industries. Hogan said that Ra’anana-based software company Cyberbit announced a partnership for a cyb...
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JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister said Saturday he hopes President Barack Obama refrains from pushing for a Palestinian state in his final months in office. Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 2 TV that the issue didn't come up in this week's meeting with Obama in New York. But he noted the president has previously vetoed anti-Israel measures at the United Nations and said peace would not be achieved through speeches. Netanyahu said he "can only hope that this consistent approach of the Americans continues until the end of his presidency." After failing to reach a peace accord in his two terms in office, Obama is said to be considering a major speech or a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that lays out what he sees as the contours of a...
Watch a just-released clip of Motty Steinmetz and the Yedidim Choir perform a Rosh Hashanah Medley with Aaron Teitelbaum Productions. The Schapira-Scharf wedding was held Tuesday September 6 2016 at Ateres Avrohom Hall in Williamsburg. Music was performed by the Aaron Teitelbaum Orchestra & Productions Conducted by Maestro Yisroel Lamm with keyboardist Meir Adler, as well as singers Shloime Daskal, Isaac Honig and Motty Steinmetz. accompanied by the Yedidim Choir The chosson, Akiva Schapira, is a grandson of the previous Sadigura Rebbe, the Ikvei Abirim zt”l. He is a son of Rav and Mrs. Pinchos Schapira, rov of the Sadigura Shul in Tel Aviv. The kallah is a great-granddaughter of the previous Sadigura Rebbe, the Ikvei Abirim zt”l. She is a daughter of Rav ...
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Chodesh Elul

From Rosh Hodesh Elul until after Yom Kippur  is a time of (Divine) favor.  Although, throughout the entire year,  the Holy One, blessed be He, accepts the repentance  of those who return to Him wholeheartedly,  in any case, these days (between the 1st of Elul and Yom Kippur) are more special  have been set aside for repentance,  because they are days of mercy and favor.  Because on Rosh Hodesh Elul, Moses ascended Mount Sinai  to receive the second set of stone tablets  and spent forty days there,  descending on the tenth of Tishrei,  which was then the finish of the atonement period1  From then on, these days were set aside as days of favor,  and the tenth of Tishrei as the Day of Atonement. 2  It is the custom in most places  to fast on the day preceding Rosh Hodesh Elul  and follow the order of prayer (termed) the Minor Day of Atonement  to prepare one's heart to repent.  If Rosh Hodesh Elul falls on Shabbat,  one advances (the fast) to the Thursday before it.  The Ari (lit; The Rabbi, our master, Rabbi Isaac Luria), may his memory be a blessing,3  wrote:4  ''Surely (a man) does not lie in ambush (to murder), but G-d  (who) caused this to happen, then I will provide for you (a place for you to take refuge)''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul.  To tell (us) that this month  is (like a place of refuge,) a time of favor when (G-d) accepts (our) repentance  on the sins done throughout the year.  It also alludes to (sins) committed inadvertently  that also need repentance during this month  The Rabbis5 have also noted6  ''And G-d, your Lord, will circumcise  your heart and the hearts of your descendants''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also7  ''I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  and also8  ''a person (sending gifts) to his friend and (giving) presents to the poor.''  the first letters (of the words spell) Elul  (The verses) allude to the three things, which are repentance  prayer, and charity,  which must be done eagerly in this month.  ''And G-d will circumcise...'' alludes to repentance;  ''I am for my Beloved...'' alludes to prayer,  which is ''a song of lovers'';  ''Sending gifts...''  alludes to charity. (KSA 128:1)
1) For the sin of the Golden Calf.
2) Moses went up to Mt Sinai for 3 consecutive 40 day periods; for the first forty days, Hashem taught him the entire Torah and gave him the first set of stone tablets, which Moses subsequently smashed when he came down the mountain and saw the Jews dancing around the Golden Calf; Moses then spent the next 40 days begging Hashem to forgive the Jewish People; the final forty days was spent receiving the second set of tablets.
3) Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572), renowned as the greatest kabbalist of modern times, is commonly known as the ARI, an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Yitzhak - the G-dly Rabbi Isaac.
4) To explain the verse Exodus 21:13.
5) lit; the explainers of lists.
6) Deuteronomy 30:6
7) Song of Songs 6:3
8) Esther 9:22

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BALTIMORE —Police are responding to a shooting that reportedly injured multiple victims Saturday in East Baltimore. Baltimore police responded to a location near Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street. No other information was immediately made available.
For more than eight years, Barack Obama has sought to explain the African-American experience to the rest of the country. As he inaugurated the National Museum of African American History and Culture on today, the president suggested the new institution might give both sides of the current racial divide a chance to see each other in a way that still eludes us. “We’re not a burden on America, or a stain on America, or an object of pity, or charity for America. We’re America,” the president said. “It reaffirms that all of us are American, that African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story, it’s not the underside of the American story.” At a time when multiple fatal police shootings of African-Americans ha...
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Parshas Ki Savo - If You Build a Mountain They Will Come

B'nei Yisrael are commanded (27:4) that after they cross the Yardein they are to set down the rocks on Har Eival, etc. In the gemara Sanhedrin 44a, R' Shaila teaches that Yehoshua did not act accordingly as the pasuk instructed to perform this ceremony immediately after crossing the Yardein but he travelled for 60 mil. Tosafos asks an obvious question. B'nei Yisrael were clearly commanded to follow these proceedings on Har Grizim and Har Eival. Is it Yehoshua's fault that these mountains were 60 mil from the Yardein?


Tosafos puts together a rather creative answer. In the gemara (Sotah 33b) there is a dispute between R' Yehuda and R' Elazar. R' Yehuda holds that Har Grizim and Eival were far away from the Yardein while R' Elazar holds that they were right next to it. Tosafos explains that R' Elazar holds that there were two sets of mountains and that they carried out the commandment on the closer one. The Yerushalmi states that according to R' Elazar, they actually built two mountains upon crossing the Yardein and called one Grizim and one Eival. Tosafos explains that R' Shaila here is of the opinion that the commandment to B'nei Yisrael follows R' Elazar's interpretation and was supposed to be carried out on the nearer mountain. What they in fact did in practice follows R' Yehuda's interpretation and that is why Yehoshua is rebuked for having delayed 60 mil. He was expected to have performed the ritual on the nearer set of mountains.

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One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations. The companies began testing the drones on Thursday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children's Island. The successful landing was greeted by jubilant shouts from CyPhy Works and UPS employees on the island to witness the test. "I thought it was fantastic," said John Dodero, UPS vice president for industrial engineering. CyPhy Works founder Helen Greiner, who previously co-founded robot-make...
In a potential sign that Israel’s ties with the Sunni Arab axis in the Middle East are indeed getting stronger, the Kuwaiti United Nations delegation — for the first time in history – did not walk out of the hall on Thursday during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the General Assembly on Thursday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported. Speaking with nrg, an Israeli diplomatic official said, “This was without a doubt a symbolic act that has not been seen before.” In his UN speech, Netanyahu said that in addition to Egypt and Jordan, which already have signed peace treaties with Israel, “many other states in the region recognize that Israel is not their enemy. They recognize that Israel is their ally. Our common enemies are ISIS a...
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As expected, the NYTimes calls Clinton best candidate, capable of handling all challenges; says her mistakes are 'help desk' errors. On Saturday, the New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton, claiming that she is more qualified than Donald Trump to handle the various challenges that the US currently faces. In the article, Clinton was described as "one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation," displaying an excellent command of diplomacy and policy, while enjoying a reputation for grit and bipartisan cooperation. According to the Times, "A lifetime’s commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies Hillary Clinton for this job, and the country should put her to work." Hillary has served as Secretary of State, as well as New York senator. ...
Trump advisor negates claim that sovereignty in Judea and Samaria would ruin Israel's Jewish identity. David Friedman, Trump's top advisor, came out against claims that Jewish rule in Judea and Samaria would hurt the rest of Israel's Jews by diluting the Jewish character of the country. "Right now, 75% of the population within the Green Line is Jewish," Friedman said, in a video publicized by Channel 2. "There are 400,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, as well as another 400,000 in eastern Jerusalem. And it's funny, but the Arab birthrate is declining." According to Friedman, there is a trend of Arabs leaving Judea and Samaria, with their names remaining on the property deeds. "So if you ask 10 different statisticians how many Arabs live in Judea and Samaria, no...
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Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would allow family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, pitting him against Congress and both presidential candidates on an emotionally charged matter. The White House claimed the legislation could expose US diplomats and servicemen to litigation in other countries. Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress say they'll override Obama's veto next week. Obama has now issued 12 vetoes. If successful, Congress' override would be the first of Obama's presidency. Support for the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" ran high among lawmakers, who overwhelmingly passed the bill earlier this year after pressure from victims' groups. The bill would end foreign countries' ...
The international diplomatic "quartet" of Mideast peacemakers called once again on Friday for Israel and the Palestinians to take steps to resume stalled peace talks. At a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the top diplomats of the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States urged the parties to create conditions for restarting "meaningful" negotiations toward a two-state solution. For the Israelis, this means a halt to settlement construction on territory claimed by the Palestinians. For the Palestinians, it means an end to incitement of violence. The diplomats were also joined by the foreign ministers of Egypt and France, whose countries have each proposed ideas to restart talks. The quartet said all participants had agreed on the importance of ...
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BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's Department Store. By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. Four people were dead and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. A fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building. "There are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever, but I don't think our way life needs to change," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday at a news conference. "This was a sensel...
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official has confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday. Netanyahu is in the United States, where he met with President Barack Obama and addressed the U.N. General Assembly this week. Israel is a close ally of the U.S. and presidential candidates often visit to meet with Israeli leaders. However, neither Trump nor Clinton have visited in the current election cycle. The Israeli official provided no further details on Sunday's meetings. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.
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Explosion at a ground-floor shop in downtown Budapest injures two. The cause is not yet clear. Two people were injured on Saturday night in an explosion at a ground-floor shop in downtown Budapest, Hungary, The Associated Press reported. The two victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police and rescue personnel cordoned off the area near the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, according to AP. The blast did not set off any fires at the scene. No information was available about what caused the explosion, but local media cited by Russia Today reported that the explosion may have been triggered by a gas leak at the premises. While the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, those living close to its site have departed their apartments, local media outlet HVG r...
Video footage released Saturday shows Keith Lamont Scott taking four steps slowly backward with his arms at his sides when he is hit in a burst of four gunshots from police, then crumples to the pavement. From neither vantage point – a police dashboard camera and a body camera worn by one of the officers on the scene – can it be determined whether Scott is holding a gun. But police can be heard repeatedly shouting “Drop the gun!” at the 43-year-old Scott, who died from his wounds Tuesday as his wife stood nearby. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney released the videos Saturday after a tumultuous week of protests and two nights of street violence spurred by the shooting. In the dashboard video, a police SUV can be seen pulling into the parki...
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