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Just as the ticking of the seconds become minutes which become hours and which become days, the days become weeks, become months and become years.  What is the worth of marking time?    What makes one day different than the next?  How do we value the boxes on our calendars that help us to distinguish one day from another, with birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings, doctor appointments and holiday celebrations?  In an interesting way, we are very much as our calendars present us.  Do we take “one day at a time” or a full week?  Do we plan for the immediate, or do we plan long-range? I speak not of a “calendar” in the theoretical, philosophical sense; that is, the lines we place on time so that it progresses in a way tha...
Baltimore, Md - Sept. 29, 2016 - Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion was host to a by-invitation only, security briefing by the Baltimore City Police Department on Wednesday, September 28. One representative from each shul as well as community leaders were invited to attend this important in-depth briefing and update about security for the upcoming holidays in light of current events around the world. Representing the police department were Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, Detective Jeremy Silbert, Chief Melissa Hyatt, Major Latonya Lewis, Captain Jason Yerg, Sergeant Leo Furman, Detective Bill Currie, Major Richard Worley, Major Sheree Briscoe, Major Marc Partee, and Detective Tom Jugan. Deputy Commissioner Palmere opened the meeting by stating that while there is no credible threat at this ...
The issue is not so far-fetched. As it stands now, both candidates have Jewish sons-in-law. But what if we were to take things one step further? What if there were a mandate that both candidates, in the debates and in the times directly before and after, would also have to follow halacha? Let’s explore this a bit. LYING During the actual debate on Monday evening at Hofstra University, both candidates told some whoppers. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fully denied saying things that they had actually said. Regarding the prohibition found in parshas Mishpatim of “MiDvar Sheker Tirchak – stay away from a false matter (Shmos 23:7) ” we have three opinions: The Chofetz Chaim writes in his Sefer Ahavas Chesed that the verse MiDvar Sheker Tirchak is a full-blown...
Jerusalem, Israel - Sept. 29, 2016 - Inside the Israeli Knesset Building, on Thursday, the corridors were quiet. The main Chagall Hall had a desk with two chairs, ready for international visiting dignitaries to sit and sign a memory book for the former President of Israel Shimon Peres z'l.  Outside was a very different scene. Israeli flags flew at half mast, as thousands of Israelis, young and old, religious and secular, some waiting in line in the hot sun for over an hour, slowly passed by the Israeli flag draped casket of Shimon Peres z"l. One had to pass multiple security layers to reach the Knesset, but the public was invited and they came. One man had a framed photo of Peres who years ago visited his home. The youngsters from the Peace Team soccer came as a group. Bus...
On the last day of Moshe Rabbeinu’s life he gathers the entire nation one last time to initiate them into the covenant of G-d. He emphasizes how every single one of them stands before G-d equally in their responsibility to G-d and one another, each to their own ability. You are standing today, all of you, before G-d, your Lord,: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers - all the men of Israel; your small children, your women, and your proselyte who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water... Who are these ‘woodchoppers’ and ‘water carriers’ that are singled out and noted by their profession rather than by their essence? Rashi informs us that these were Canaanites who presented themselves to Moshe ...
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A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the arriving New Jersey Transit train crashed through a barrier at the end of the track. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform, collapsing a section of the metal shed roof. Sources have confirmed to YWN that the train is the Pascack Valley Line, and originated in Spring Valley NY. It is train #1614. The train left Spring Valley 7:30AM. Nancy Bido, a passenger on the t...
FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the Justice Department gave immunity to top Hillary Clinton aide and attorney Cheryl Mills, not the bureau. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) questioned Comey on the matter at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. “Who authorized granting Cheryl Mills immunity?” Sensenbrenner asked. “It’s a decision made by the Department of Justice. I don’t know at what level inside,” Comey said. “In our investigations, if anything, any kind of immunity comes from the prosecutors, not the investigators.” Sensenbrenner then asked if Mills requested the immunity. “I don’t know for sure what the negotiations involved,” Comey said. “I believe her lawyer asked for...
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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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A Farewell to Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth President.President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein lay memorial wreaths by President Peres' coffin at the Knesset Plaza. 1fd1ec51-a303-4194-b122-316d08d48ff7 from on Vimeo.  
Former US president joins thousands at the Knesset, where the late president lies in state ahead of the funeral Friday Former US President Bill Clinton paid his respects to former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres immediately after landing in Israel on Thursday, viewing the late statesman’s coffin where it lay in state at the Knesset. Clinton drove directly from Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv to the Knesset in Jerusalem, where Peres’s casket has been placed. He was welcomed to the Knesset with a “warm embrace” from President Reuven Rivlin, according to the Knesset spokesman. Rivlin, together with Speaker Yuli Edelstein, then accompanied Clinton to the Knesset plaza to pay his last respects to Israel`s ninth president. Clinton is one...
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Rosh HaShanah 5767 - Marking Time; Moments of our Lives

Just as the ticking of the seconds become minutes which become hours and which become days, the days become weeks, become months and become years.  What is the worth of marking time?   

What makes one day different than the next?  How do we value the boxes on our calendars that help us to distinguish one day from another, with birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings, doctor appointments and holiday celebrations?  In an interesting way, we are very much as our calendars present us.  Do we take “one day at a time” or a full week?  Do we plan for the immediate, or do we plan long-range?

I speak not of a “calendar” in the theoretical, philosophical sense; that is, the lines we place on time so that it progresses in a way that is meaningful and measurable to us.  Instead, I speak of the physical calendars we carry, or set upon our desks, or hang from our walls.  Go into any office supply store and you will find many different calendars and styles to choose from.  There are calendars that display a single day at a time so that, at the end of the day, the day’s page is torn away and it is as if they day is lost, gone.  At the end of 365 days, the year too, is essentially discarded.  All that is left is a cover bereft of pages, of days and weeks.  Of time or substance.

There are other calendars designed so that an entire month can be viewed “at a glance.”  Such calendars invite the user to take the longer view, and to tear off a page not every day but every month, but tear and discard nonetheless.

What does it mean to be a person who lives according to these types of calendars?  How does such a person view his or her accomplishments and events that have occupied their time?  Their days and months and years fly by, quickly discarded, too often forgotten, and lost to the shadows of ill-defined time.   For them, the days and weeks have no more real significance than the paper pages of the calendars that they discard so thoughtlessly.

For these people, their calendars govern their lives only insofar as they dictate schedules, and impose arbitrary boundaries on the vast sameness of time and experience.  Their response to their calendars is fundamentally passive, a nod to the passage of time rather than the embrace of the moment. 

If their calendars communicate anything at all, it is that time is passing and fleeting – and empty of meaning.

But there are others for whom a calendar is a significant document.  They are serious and sensitive people who rebel against having time determined by predesigned calendars.  For them, time is a physical reality, like the world around them.  They seek to embrace the beauty of it and so they design their own calendars.  These are people who recognize that the days of a man’s life are brief, and each moment is too precious to be discarded simply because a calendar leads to the end – of a day, a week, a year.

They live their lives actively.  Their calendars do not determine how time is marked but they determine their calendars.  They imbue time with meaning, and find the meaning in time.  Their calendars are unique, quirky, idiosyncratic, special.  They cannot be mass produced, nor can they be mass mailed by synagogues, yeshivot, hospitals or orphanages.  They are diligently and lovingly handwritten, drawn, measured, and designed by thoughtful and prudent individuals.  When the days, weeks and years of these calendars are realized, they are not torn or discarded.  They are treasured and preserved for posterity, to be passed on to future generations as legacies of human fulfillment and achievement.

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The Midrash records a conversation between the Almighty and the angels.

“When is Rosh Hashanah, and when is Yom Kippur?” the angels ask.  God is amazed by the question and responds, “Why are you asking me?  Let us go down to the lower [human] court and find out.  Does it not explicitly say: ‘Blow the shofar at the new moon, at the full moon for the feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.’”

By his response, God is teaching the angels that man has the knowledge and ability to meaningfully create and design his own days of celebration.  Man has tools, methods and techniques to infuse his days with values, content and meaning.  While it is true that the seasons of harvest and planting, the pilgrimages and certain holidays are set, it falls to man to use his intellect to celebrate and mark these days with fervor and meaning.

In teaching Moshe about the celebration of sacred days, God says, “These are the special times that you must celebrate as sacred holidays at their appropriate times.” 

Proper celebration of God’s festivals requires the complete and full participation of man; Halachically through Kiddush Ha-Chodesh, cross examination of witnesses, announcements of the new moon to other distant communities and personally, by infusing the days with meaning, and spirit.

There was once a little girl who taped a new calendar on her wall. “It is going to be a beautiful year,” she exclaimed to her mother, who was watching her. 

“How do you know it is going to be a beautiful year? A year is a long time, and you never know what will happen.” 

“Yes,” she answered, “but a day is not a long time. I am going to take a day at a time and make it beautiful.  Years are only days put together, and I am going to see that every day in the New Year gets something beautiful into it.”

The wisdom of the innocent!  That little girl was determined to author her own calendar.

Let us each learn from her wisdom and approach the beginning of this new year with a resolve to be the author and designer of our own calendar.  Let us not be enslaved to predesigned schedules, programs, timetables and resolutions.  Let us not simply “tear off” and discard the most precious aspect of our lives – time.  May our 5777 calendars be designed with care, adorned with precision and love, accompanied with health, happiness and contentment – so that our individual and collective accomplishments are many. Shanah Tova.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intends to attend Shimon Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem tomorrow, at the head of a PA delegation. Abbas’s office contacted the head of Israel’s civilian authority in the Palestinian territories, Yoav Mordechai, to coordinate the president’s attendance. Abbas will be joined by a delegation comprising senior more at Times of Israel
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