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UPDATED: This recall from Seven Mile Market initiated for Mishpacha flour applies only if ALL of the following conditions apply: Only IF BOUGHT AT SEVEN MILE MARKET Only MISHPACHA ALL PURPOSE FLOUR Only IF SELL BY DATE ON BAG IS 4/6/17 Only IF BOUGHT BETWEEN SUN. 9/18 AND THURS. 9/22 Baltimore, MD - Sept. 22, 2016 - It has come to our attention that the "Mishpacha"  brand  all purpose flour with a sell by date of 4/6/17 sold at Seven Mile Market had bugs in it. After further research we realized there were 8 cases that were not properly rotated in our warehouse.&n...
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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 ...
BEERSHEBA, Israel –  A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months. The Southern Command official said Sunday that the structure will include a wall deep below the ground as well as flooding parts of the roughly 60-kilometer (40-mile) border. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under military briefing regulations, says the goal is to turn Hamas' underground network into a "death trap." During a 2014 war, Hamas militants managed on several occasions to make their way into Israel through a tunnel network. Israel destroyed some 32 tunnels during that conflict. The official says the military is investing great efforts to s...
PARIS –  Joseph Sitruk, a former grand rabbi of France for more than two decades who oversaw a growth in synagogues and Jewish schools, has died after a long illness. He was 71. President Francois Hollande's office announced Sitruk's death. In a statement Sunday, Hollande praised Sitruk as a "defender of secularism" who left an indelible legacy for French Judaism. Sitruk was hailed as "a tireless fighter against racism and anti-Semitism" by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who oversees religious affairs. Born in French-controlled Tunisia in 1944, Sitruk was grand rabbi of France from 1987-2008, spiritual leader for Europe's largest Jewish community. He was active internationally, and led efforts encouraging French Jews to attend synagogue and embra...
The Agreement, signed during Governor of Maryland's trade mission to Israel, Builds on Success of Existing Collaboration Between the two institutions JERUSALEM - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, and other UMB faculty and officials met with counterparts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Sunday (September 25), to ratify the extension of a successful student exchange program and to explore opportunities for other cooperative activities, such as joint research and training, exchange of scholars for seminars and conferences and increased exchange of students and faculty for research, teaching and study. The meeting at the Hebrew University’s Ein Kerem campus was one of many during the governor’s nine-...
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Jerusalem (CNN) In Jerusalem's largest cemetery the deceased have a need that the living cannot fulfill: more space. The Givat Shaul cemetery, which sprawls across a hilltop on the northwestern edge of the city, contains more than 200,000 burial spots, and nearly every one is full, marked with a carved headstone and adorned with flowers and memorial candles. Burial spots cover nearly every acre of the cemetery, separated only by access roads and walkways. The graves form a neatly organized pattern across the entire area. Terracing the cemetery was the first way to create more space, with three-story structures dramatically increasing the available area. But even those spots are nearly full, since demand for burial in Jerusalem is so high. Jewish prophecy says the ...
NEW YORK — Since he entered the presidential race, it’s been Donald Trump’s style to break with convention. It’s no different when it comes to debate prep. The New York billionaire has skipped practicing a full debate as he gets ready for his first on-stage meeting with Hillary Clinton. While he has studied policy ideas and practiced answering questions he may face Monday night, experts who have been through the process call his decision to skip time-intensive mock debates a mistake. “I think he’s putting himself at an incredible disadvantage,” said Brett O’Donnell, a Republican strategist and veteran debate coach who compared Trump’s decision to a football team failing to scrimmage. Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Cl...
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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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Antisemitic posters have been appearing on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley since a course openly hostile to Israel was first suspended and then permitted to be held this semester as planned, The Algemeiner has learned. The posters began cropping up when UC Berkeley announced it was reinstating “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis,” decried by a campus watchdog group as “a classic example of antisemitic anti-Zionism.” One such poster referred to a coalition of 43 Jewish, civil rights and educational organizations that had written an open letter expressing concern about the course and disappointment in UC Berkeley’s vetting process, calling them “advocates for a foreign state” ...
One day after Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican nominee whom he once accused of being a “pathological liar” and “sniveling coward,” the Texas senator was still explaining himself. He called the decision “agonizing.” He revealed that he did not ask Trump to apologize for insults to his wife and father. And he told Evan Smith, the founding editor of the Texas Tribune, that Hillary Clinton’s threat to the Supreme Court and the country was enough to move him off the fence. “You think a serial philanderer and pathological liar should be president?” asked Smith. Cruz paused. “I have had many, many disagreements with Donald,” he deadpanned. The audience, in one of the biggest rooms at the annual Texas Tribune Fes...
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11:15AM IL: There are reports of gunfire from the University of Illinois campus according to local media. “Several shots have been fired” reads one twitter message while another says the gunfire is at “4th and Green”. Police have not reported anything. The reports of gunfire are under investigation. 11:21AM IL: The International Business Times reports the shooter has left the area and the university has issued an “emergency alert” on its website. The shooting reportedly took place about one block away from “The Red Lion,” a popular campus bar.
Airport authorities are preparing for the yearly mass flights to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav in the Ukrainian town of Uman. Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated in another week and the Israel Airport Authority is bracing for the yearly mass flights to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav (Bratslav) in the Ukrainian town of Uman. According to Airport Authority reports, by the eve of Rosh Hashanah some 160 flights are expected to leave Ben Gurion airport in the direction of Uman carrying some 30,000 worshipers. The registration procedures for flights as well as passport control will be performed in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The travellers to Uman, most of them Breslav hassidim, will be asked to arrive 4 hours before their flight in order to ease the burden on the airpor...
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Adele Banita, widow of Aharon Benita who was murdered in a terror attack 12 months ago, described her situation in a Facebook post. A year after the tragic murder of her husband in a terror attack in the Old City, Adele Banita, young widow of Aharon Banita, published a heartrending post on Facebook in which she described the difficult situation she has faced since the murder. Aharon Banita, aged 22 and a private in an IDF haredi unit, was murdered in a cruel stabbing attack on Chol Hamoed Sukkot last year. His wife was seriously injured in the attack and Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a Jewish resident of the Muslim Quarter who rushed to their aid, was also murdered. After the murder Adele described what had occurred during those horrific moments - how she had called to the Arab vendors...
Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30 p.m. after the three armed men converged on the group from different points, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference. Davis, who went to the scene, said the shooting was a premeditated act of retaliatory violence in response to a Labor Day weekend shooting in which a man was fatally shot and two women were wounded, one of them pregnant. He did not immediately explain how investigators believed the shootings were linked. Davis said the victims could have recognized the gunmen but authorities haven�...
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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 and cost $130. In a way, the Spectacles recall Google's venture into eyewear, Google Glass, which took photos and video. But that device also had a screen that let you surf the web as well and ...
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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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