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Only five months ago, a healthy husband and father of 3 was stricken with stage 4 cancer.  Leaving no stone unturned, 40 year-old Daniel Lansky battled the disease with incredible belief and trust in Hashem. His wife Elana stood by his side and did everything in her power to reverse the fatal decree from Heaven.  A little over a month ago, she begged others to join her to amass zechusim in a desperate attempt to save her husband. She texted a few of her friends the following: "Hi everyone. I'm calling on you- my fellow women of klal yisroel... Of recent our family has been go...
Bedford, MA - The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company’s Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world. Colin Angle said he never imagined when he co-founded the company 26 years ago that it would change the way the world views vacuuming. But the chairman and CEO of iRobot also said it’s a misconception to think he’s running a vacuum cleaner company. Automated vacuums are the “beachhead of practical robotics in the world today,” an important step on the path to the smarter homes to come, Angle said in a recent interview with The Associated Press at the company’s headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts. The mapping...
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Municipality has been promoting a unique initiative to build a cable car that would connect the city’s western neighborhoods with the Old City and Mount of Olives in its east. While the city intends for the project to serve its residents as well as the many tourists who visit Jerusalem and its various holy sites, the project has become a topic of public debate following claims that the plan is also the result of political motives. The plan, which has not yet been approved by the Transportation Ministry, details five stops for the cable car, including one near the Old City’s Dung Gate, one on the Mount of Olives, and another at Gethsemane, a Christian holy site near the Mount of Olives. The Jerusalem Municipality said that the cable car would...
Trump's voyage to Mexico today is thanks to efforts by the billionaire's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to senior level sources close to Donald Trump. Ivanka Trump's husband, who is a real estate mogul in his own right, had been working to plan the trip for several weeks. “Jared executed this thing beautifully from start to finish,” one senior level adviser with direct knowledge told ABC News. Kushner was one of only a handful that joined Trump today, along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions. The plans for the trip originated before Donald Trump shook up his campaign leadership -- when Paul Manafort resigned as chairman and Kellyanne Conway became the campaign manager and Steve Bannon took over operations as campaign CE...
United Nations -  Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years — and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday. Lassina Zerbo said in an interview with The Associated Press that he put no longer than five years as the limit “based on the positive sign that I’m seeing from Israel,” where he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time during a visit in June. He cited the impact of last year’s Iran nuclear deal in the Middle East for “creating the confidence-building conditions in the region to help others to move forward.” Zerbo said he has met Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif several ti...
Washington - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials has donated $1 million to the museum’s genocide prevention center. The museum announced Wednesday that Ben Ferencz will donate $1 million to the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The annual gift is renewable for up to $10 million. Now 96 and living in Delray Beach, Florida, Ferencz was the chief U.S. prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case, which tried 22 leaders of the killing units of the Nazis’ SS troops. Ferencz has dedicated his life since then to the creation of the International Criminal Court, which could prosecute any government’s leaders for war crimes. The U.S. has not signed on.
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New York - Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River. Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river on Tuesday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department Inspector David Driscoll said. Five people were hurt. An employee of the Manhattan Kayak Co. suffered the most serious injury; his arm was partially severed. “He had lost a lot of blood, and he was lapsing in and out of consciousness,” Driscoll said. Authorities credited quick action by police Officer Tommy Le with possibly saving the man’s life. “He was lying on top of the ...
Mexico City -  Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday told Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for the Republican presidential candidate’s proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, contradicting Trump’s assertion they didn’t discuss payment. “What the president said is that Mexico, as he has said on several occasions ... will not pay for that wall,” presidential spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told Reuters by telephone. Trump earlier told a joint news conference with Pena Nieto after their meeting in Mexico City that the pair had discussed the wall but not who would pay for it.
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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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New York - Apple isn’t saying much about its next iPhones, but there’s been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back. Why? A second lens could make photos sharper or give amateur shutterbugs blurring techniques more common in full-bodied SLR cameras. Apple isn’t revealing anything until its product event in San Francisco next week. For now, though, people can look at how a few other smartphone makers are using two lenses. ___ MOTOROLA MOTO Z The three Moto Z phones get amazing zoom with a second lens that comes in the form of an optional attachment. Motorola unveiled its third Moto Z model and the attachment, called Hasselblad True Zoom Mod, at the IFA tech show in Berlin on Wednesday. An accessory ...
Paris - France’s far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, voiced support for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would bring war and hardship to the world. Le Pen is a candidate in France’s April 2017 presidential election. While her increasingly popular party thrives on anti-immigration sentiment, she has been more careful in her speeches than Trump has been so as to make her party more mainstream. “As far as France’s best interest is concerned it’s, ‘Everything but Hillary Clinton’,” Le Pen told CNN in an interview hen asked which U.S. candidate she would support. “It’s everything but Hillary Clinton because I believe Hillary Clint...
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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 1, 2016 - 28 Menachem Av - First Thing To Do Right After Shabbos

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Sept. 1, 2016 /  28 Menchem Av 5776 -  First Thing To Do Right After Shabbos



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Water rates are going up again in Baltimore City and likely some of its surrounding counties. The Baltimore Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to hike the rate by more than 9 percent for each of the next three years. Residents are weary from one rate hike after another, and their frustration was on full display Wednesday. "You might as well shut my water off now," said Alexis Scofield. People lined up to complain at about the proposed water hikes at the city's Board of Estimates meeting, arguing that the average $253 per year extra cost is too much. "What I don't understand is the need for such high rates that are being charged," said Betty Jeffries. The proposed rate hike is 9.9 percent more for water and 9 percent more for sewer services in each of the next three yea...
Storm's latest projected path turns the storm west and puts the region in its potential path. The latest projections Wednesday afternoon for Tropical Storm Hermine puts the potential route through northern Virginia this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. At 5 p.m., the storm was in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and traveling NNE at 7 mph. The latest projected path would see the storm making landfall early Friday along the Florida Panhandle and it "could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs," according to the latest forecast. The storm would then move over south Georgia and the Carolinas through Saturday morning. By late Saturday, the storm could be in northern Virginia and Maryland or turn east an...
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While the locations of Har Grizim and Har Evel are explicitly described, the location of Har Habayis is left for us to find. The place of the Beis Hamikdash is undefined, and Avraham Avinu is the first to discover it. When we daven, we turn to the place of the mikdash. It is important for a person to establish a specific place for prayer. One who does so is considered to be a student of Avraham Avinu, who was the original one to find the place of kedusha. In Beis El, Avraham brought down the presence of Hashem. Through our tefillah, which is a creative act, we try to do the same, bringing Hashem down onto this world. Click here to listen
Washington - A House leader promised Wednesday that Republicans controlling the chamber will pass legislation addressing the Obama administration’s $400 million payment to Iran in January, made immediately after four U.S. prisoners were released. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also promised in a memo that the House will revisit a stalled $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus and enact stopgap spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown in October. The California Republican did not give details on the Iran legislation. Republicans have announced they will hold hearings on the payment — for undelivered arms to the shah of Iran — which was made on the same day of the prisoner release. “The committee is working on legislation that would pre...
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In a move cast as far more than an economic decision, Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday ordered schools to open after Labor Day, starting with next school year. Comptroller Peter Franchot and local elected officials joined Hogan for the press conference in Ocean City where Hogan signed the executive order, which also forces schools to close by June 15 starting next year Hogan said schools not able to comply by next year may ask state education officials for a waiver if they're unable to comply, and can ask state officials going forward for waivers due to snow days and other closures, just as they always could. "Both of us have been fully committed to finding bipartisan, common sense solution, and I believe that's exactly what Marylanders want us to do," Hogan said. "Compt...
New York - Samsung’s next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button. The new Gear S3 retains the circular design of the current S2 model, but is slightly larger. Samsung will still sell last year’s S2 to those who consider the S3 too big on their wrist. As with the S2, the outer ring of the watch face rotates to let you scroll through notifications and apps. Interface improvements include the ability to accept or reject calls with the ring rather than a swipe of the screen. The S3 will come in three flavors. One has LTE cellular capabilities, allowing people to make calls, receive notifications and check weather without a companion phone nearby. A data plan costs extra. The other two models la...
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San Francisco - Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber. The plans will build upon a test service that Google’s navigation app Waze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home. Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides. The tests have worked well enough to encourage Waze to move into the next phase and allow anyone in the Bay Area with its app to request a ride by the end of this year, spokeswoman Julie Mossler said. Inviting more people ...
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A 22-year-old Jewish woman was, R”L, killed in a horse accident on Wednesday afternoon in Ulster County, in Upstate New York Emergency personnel were dispatched to the HITS Horse riding facility in Saugerties, NY at around 2:00PM, for reports of a woman who fell off a horse suffering serious injuries. Paramedics who arrived on the scene found the woman in traumatic arrest. She was transported by Diaz Ambulance to Kingston Hospital, where she was unfortunately pronounced dead. Sources tell YWN that the victim is from Long Island, NY. Exact details of what happened in this tragic accident have not been released. A police investigation is underway. The Misaskim organization is on the scene and working to ensure proper Kavod Hanifteres is given.  
On February 21, 1973, a Libyan passenger plane, Libyan Airlines Flight 114, flying from Benghazi to Cairo, entered the airspace over the Sinai peninsula. The Sinai had been under Israel’s control since the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel inflicted heavy losses on the Egyptian military and occupied the entire peninsula. Israeli jets scrambled to intercept the plane, making contact just after 2 p.m. The fighter pilots gave the universal signal ordering the Libyan plane to follow them. Their plan was to have the Libyan plane land at the air base in Rephidim, in the middle of the Sinai Desert. At first, it seemed that the Libyan pilot was following. But as they closed in on the air base, the plane suddenly veered west, back toward the Suez Canal. The fighter pilots ...
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