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 We are never prepared for tragedy. And so, the hundreds of men who continue to selflessly dedicate their days and nights as Misaskim volunteers must be ever prepared. Ever ready to spring into action, even in the most terrible and horrific situations, at a moment’s notice. In the past year alone, Misaskim has brought over 100 meisei mitzvah to kevurah, serviced 2,240 shivah homes, comforted 8,000 aveilim, delivered thousands of meals to grieving families, and much more. Addressing the needs of the Jewish community throughout the Tri-State area, Misaskim volunteers go beyond the c...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2016 - “Motivating and inspiring!”, “Real life lessons to walk away with!” “It’s always refreshing to hear Rabbi Shafier, especially now in Elul”, “Hearing the Shmuz gives me a clear focus of the steps I need to follow towards a meaningful Elul”, “I never heard of the Shmuz before and I found it fascinating!” These are just a few comments about the Annual Teshuva Shmuz given by Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier, the founder and energizing lecturer of The Shmuz.  Join Rabbi Shafier as he presents the Teshuva Shmuz in several different shuls in the coming weeks to give inspiration and chizuk to the Klal. On Friday, Sept. 23rd, Rabbi Shafier travelled to Baltimore to spend a Shabbos of inspirati...
Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto the defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of attacks about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. Trump tried aggressively to pin America's problems on Clinton at Monday night's debate. But Clinton, showing her intensive preparations, went after him as hard or harder, including sharp criticism of his business practices and crude comments about women. She also attacked his false assertions about President Barack Obama's birthplace, calling it part of a pattern of "racist behavior." And she repeatedly criticized Trump for breaking tradition by refusing to release his tax returns, declaring, "There's something he's hid...
A delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) led by its president, Ronald S. Lauder, was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday evening. In his address, the pope spoke about the challenge to promote peace in the world and about the refugee crisis. Francis said: “Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants. Europe is closing itself up. Europe is lacking creativity. Europe has a falling birth rate, and problems of high unemployment.”  The pope added: “We need to reflect on integration, which is important. The people who committed the terrorist attacks in Belgium were not properly integrated.” He also reiterated what he had told Lauder at a previous meeting, that a good Christian could not be an anti-Semite.  The Cathol...
Republican White House candidate Donald Trump stole the social media spotlight during Monday night's U.S. presidential debate on at least one count - what Twitter users branded his #Trumpsniffle. The wealthy businessman sniffed repeatedly as he faced off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in their first debate, giving rise to the hashtag and a surge of interest on social media what might be causing his nose to run. Parody accounts, Donald's Sinuses (@TrumpsSinuses) and Trump sniff (@TrumpSniff), gained a large following. Trump, 70, told Fox News on Tuesday morning he did not have a cold. "No, no sniffles, no," he said. "No cold." He complained he had a faulty microphone and joked that maybe it was picking up breathing. Several tweeters seized on the sniff...
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Laws Focus on Impaired Driving, Commercial Drivers, Historic Vehicles and Proof of Insurance Noah’s Law to Save Lives by Expanding Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program  GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 27, 2016) - A number of motor vehicle laws passed by the Maryland General Assembly during their 2016 session will take effect on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  The list of new laws impacting Maryland drivers includes the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, also known as Noah’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on May 19, 2016.  Noah’s Law is named in honor of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah A. Leotta who was struck by a drunk driver while pulling over another suspected drunk driver during a holiday patrol and died a few days later ...
Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate last night, according to a wide-variety of polls taken immediately afterward. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has a good breakdown of these instant polls. First, there’s a CNN poll, which has 62% of voters saying Clinton won versus 27% saying Trump. Public Policy Polling might have a more reliable result, with 52% of voters saying Clinton versus 40% saying Trump. Even a Breitbart poll had Clinton winning, though to significantly smaller numbers, 48% to 43%. There were other signs that Clinton won as well, according to Josh Barro at Business Insider. Betting markets increased her odds of winning from 69% before the debate to 73% afterward. CBS and CNN focus groups of undecided voters both indicated she won. Perhaps most intere...
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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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Doctors for former Israeli President say his condition has declined significantly, two weeks after he suffered a stroke. A dramatic deterioration Tuesday in the condition of former president Shimon Peres, who is hospitalized at the Sheba (Tel Hashomer) hospital in Ramat Gan since suffering a stroke nearly two weeks ago. Doctors now believe that his neurological situation is irreversible. Peres's condition deteriorated despite daily improvements since he suffered the stroke. Last week President Ruby Rivlin visited Peres. Rivlin went to the ward where Peres is confined and heard a detailed assessment of his condition from his doctors, hugged his children and talked for a long period with members of Peres' bureau. In a press release Rivlin said that "Peres is so present ...
Sources say a New York City firefighter has been killed on the scene of a gas explosion that rocked the Kingsbridge neighborhood in the Bronx this morning. Fire officials say crews were first called to the scene around 6:22 a.m. at 305 West 234th Street to investigate a report of a gas leak. Sources say it happened at a two-story private residence that possibly had a drug lab inside. More than 100 firefighters have responded. Fire officials say there are several other injuries. The NYPD says four uniformed officers suffered minor injuries. New York City Emergency Management says drivers should expect traffic delays and road closures in the area. Con Ed crews have also been dispatched to the scene.
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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 26, 2016 - 23 Elul - Sukka Built Out Of Order! Is That A Problem?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Sept. 26, 2016 /  23 Elul 5776 -  Sukka Built Out Of Order! Is That A Problem?

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The Chicago Police Department are investigating an attempted kidnaping that took place this past shabbos in the west Rogers Park section of Chicago. On Shabbos, September 24 at 9:20 a.m., two sisters ages 7 and 10 were on the way to a shul near the 2900 block of West Lunt Avenue when a light-blue 4-door sedan stopped, and an unknown driver motioned for the girls to come near the car. The driver then opened the door of the vehicle and began to exit. The children started to walk away but the driver continued to drive alongside them. The victims ran home to alert their families who called 911. The driver fled westbound on Lunt Avenue and the girls were not hurt. Police said investigators described the driver as a male, approximately 40 years of age, bald h...
Jerusalem — Israel’s leader says American support for his country will remain strong regardless of who is elected president in November. Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet Tuesday about his meeting in New York with both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and relayed their strong words of support for Israel. The prime minister was in the United States to address the U.N. General Assembly. Netanyahu says “it doesn’t matter who will be elected — the American support for Israel will remain strong, this alliance will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.” Netanyahu was accused by some of siding with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gas explosion in a private dwelling in the New York City borough of the Bronx injured multiple people on Tuesday, the city's fire department said. The extent and number of the injuries was not immediately known, a department spokesman said. Firefighters responded to the dwelling after someone called at about 6:20 a.m. EDT to report a possible gas leak, the spokesman said. A spokesman for the New York City Police Department said its officers also responded to reports of an explosion at about 7:00 a.m. EDT.
BERLIN (AP) -- Two homemade explosive devices were set off outside a mosque and a conference center in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said Tuesday. Nobody was hurt. Dresden police said in a statement that there was no immediate report on the extent of damage from the explosions late Monday. "Even though we do not have a letter of confession, we must assume there's a xenophobic background," Police President Horst Kretschmar said. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called the attacks "outrageous" and condemned them sharply. "Aggression against people who are practicing Islam is increasing in Germany," he said. "Fortunately, people didn't get hurt, but we don't want these things to happen in Germany." Police said they found pieces of the...
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Yossi Tzur recounts terror families' humiliating experience with then-senator Clinton, as contrasted with Rudy Giuliani. Yossi Tzur, who lost his son, Assaf, in a terror bus bombing, has unpleasant memories from his meeting with Hillary Clinton. He shared them with his Facebook friends Tuesday morning. "On 2003 My son, Assaf, almost 17-years old, was killed in a terror attack in Haifa, Israel, attack orchestrated by Hamas," he wrote. "On 2004, I went with a delegation of families of terror victims to the US, we talked to decision makers, in Congress, Senate and others, the time was when the debate over Israel right for a security fence was at its peak. Israel was taken to the international court in the Hague over the fence. Talking about the need for a fence was very impor...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument is closing indefinitely because of ongoing problems with its elevator, the latest in a series of woes for one of the city's most enduring tourist attractions. The National Park Service announced Monday that the monument, which draws 600,000 visitors a year, will remain closed until its elevator control system can be modernized, a process expected to take up to nine months once work begins. A start date for the $3 million project has not been determined. The lone elevator carrying visitors to the top of the 555-foot obelisk has broken down frequently over the past two years, roughly since the monument reopened after being damaged in an earthquake. Park service officials have said they don't believe the 2011 earthquake ...
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 27, 2016 -  A family from Israel has had to relocate to Baltimore due to a serious illness of a family member. Community members are trying to help them in a bakavodika way and request if you have any of the following in good condition please to call Mrs. Bethy Guttman at 410.916.3948 or email 50 inch bed Chair for the Nursing staff - a comfortable sturdy arm chair - not too comfy she needs to stay awake overnight!. Also for the nursing staff a small refrigerator and a coffee maker A small table for the kitchen Candlesticks for Shabbos- (not looking for expensive, something pretty - brass or ceramic) Challah board Blech Hot water urn Shabbos lamps NO dishes or pots - Thanks they have enough. If you have a recipe book in Hebr...
The office of Israel’s State Prosecutor announced Monday that former leading officials in the Yisrael Beitenu party will be charged with corruption, according to Haaretz. 16 individuals are set to be indicted, including former Yisrael Beitenu MKs Stas Misezhnikov and ex-Deputy Minister Faina Kirschenbaum. Misezhnikov, a former Tourism Minister, is facing charges of fraud, bribery, breach of trust, and using cocaine on the job, which he allegedly sent one of his advisers to purchase for him. Former Deputy Interior Minister Kirschenbaum is being charged with fraud, bribery, breach of trust, tax evasion, and money laundering. Kirschenbaum formerly served as Yisrael Beitenu’s General Secretary. Additional suspects include David Godovsky, Director of the Organization Dep...
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British couple living Cyprus make horrifying discovery, rush to Israel to save 3-week old baby. A routine check-up for their three-week old baby turned into every parent’s worst nightmare for a British couple living in Cyprus this weekend. When their daughter, Elsa Rose, was brought in to be weighed last Friday afternoon, a doctor noticed the baby’s lips had turned slightly blue. When he checked her heart beat, he heard what seemed to be a heart murmur. The doctor scheduled an appointment with a cardiologist that evening, who stunned the girl’s parents with a horrifying prognosis. “We took Elsa in at 6:30,” the girl’s mother wrote on, “and he performed an ultra-sound on her heart. We were then given the devastating news ...
(AFP). German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant’s 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said in a statement. He added that Facebook would be required to delete any data already received from WhatsApp in Germany. “It has to be (the users’) decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook,” Caspar said. “Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance.” WhatsApp announced in August that it would begin sharing dat...
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