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Statement By President Obama On The Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres New York - Rabbonim Back Bright Idea: The Shabbos Light Bulb (Video) IRS To Eliminate More Than 7,000 Jobs As Fewer People File Paper Tax Returns BDE: Grandmother And Great Grandmother Killed In Accidents While Heading To A Bas Mitzvah WA Carpool Lane Violator Uses Trump Head As Passenger BDE: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, ZT'L Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech - Rosh Hashana & Shema IV - Teshuva of the Heart (Audio) Prominent Gedolim And Roshei Yeshiva Traveling To Chicago For Emergency Philanthropic Mission To Benefit French Olim A Jewish Island - Life In The First Jewish Ghetto In Venice FBI Probes Hacks Targeting Phones Of Democratic Party Officials Board Meeting Minutes Naming Baltimore's Talmudical Academy (TA) 'Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim' Named for the Chofetz Chaim Whose Yahrzeit is Today, 24 Elul First Debate of 2016 The Most-Watched Ever Five Arguments for Why Trump Won the Debate BDE: Unsdorfer Rov, HaRav Moshe Horovitz , Z'TL, Rosh Yeshiva Of Be’er Shmuel In Boro Park Ohio Officer Gives Speeding Motorist A 100-mile Ride After Hearing Sad Story Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 27, 2016 - 24 Elul - Bumps on my Esrog? Watch: Rudy Giuliani Says Stop And Frisk Is Perfectly Constitutional (Video) How to Eat before Hearing Shofar Super Sunday A Success Community Raises $1.4 Million in One Day (Photo Essay) Netanyahu: New Africa Ties Will Quell UN Anti-Israel Bias
There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people. Shimon Peres once said that, “I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on moral foundations.” Tonight, Michelle and I join people across Israel, the United States and around the world in honoring the extraordinary life of our dear friend Shimon Peres—a Founding Father of the State of Israel a...
New York - The owner of a Brooklyn bulb company is hoping to shed some new light on an ages old problem with a rabbinically approved bulb that can be switched from full light to darkness without any halachic violations. Morty Kohn, the owner the Redhook based Sunlite which stocks approximately 9,000 different bulbs and lighting fixtures, said that the idea for the Shabbulb had been brewing in his head for many years. As LED lighting began gaining in popularity, he saw the opening he had been looking for. “Because LED bulbs rely on a chemical reaction, it isn’t really considered to be aish, so I knew from a technology standpoint it would be much easier,” Kohn told VIN News. “You could never do this with a regular bulb.” It took Kohn, a 55 year old ...
In Covington, Kentucky, a small city of 40,000 just outside Cincinnati, times could be better. Median household income is just around $35,000. Twenty percent of the population doesn’t have health care. And twenty-five percent of residents live in poverty. But Covington has at least one reliable industry: processing tax returns filed by individuals and businesses by paper. At an Internal Revenue Service facility there, 1,800 employees, including 700 seasonal workers, deal with the glut of dead trees the agency receives daily. They sort mail. They hunt for checks. They send incorrectly completed Affordable Care Act forms back to taxpayers. And they put the analog data they get into computers. Until now. The Internal Revenue Service said it will eliminate more than 7,000 job...
After Mrs. Rivka Toledano, 83, was killed in a vehicular accident 10 years ago on Route 70, on Sunday night the eve of 23 Elul while heading to a Bas Mitzvah, her daughter Esther Asig, 57, was niftar a month before her son’s chasenah, also in a car accident and also heading to a bas mitzvah. The family tells they were traveling to a bas mitzvah of a grandchild of Esther’s A”H, a great grandchild of Mrs. Rivka Toledano A”H. The accident occurred on 12 Elul on the road near Yishuv Netiv HaShaiyara, (מושב נתיב השיירה) in the Western Galil. The road is one lane in each direction without a divider. This led to the head-in collision as one of the vehicles veered out of its lane. Rivka was killed on the spot and her daughter seriously injured and her husban...
SEATTLE (AP) - A cardboard cutout of a head in a passenger seat definitely caught the attention of a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday morning. That's because it wasn't just any old cardboard head, but that of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. A trooper stopped the motorist who was driving with the cardboard more at KARE   Washington State Patrol spokesman Rick Johnson says every now and then they get somebody trying to be funny and says they've seen everything from teddy bears to mannequins all sitting beside drivers. But Trump's head? That was, to borrow a catchphrase -- huge.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was Niftar moments ago. He was 93. Peres had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke two weeks ago. Peres held virtually every senior political office in Israel over a seven-decade career, including three terms as prime minister as well as stints as foreign minister and finance minister. He was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President. Shimon Peres was born Szymon Perski, on 2 August 1923, in Wiszniew, Poland (...
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We continue our discussion about Shema and accepting Hashem as our King on Rosh Hashana with the possuk in Parshas Nitzavim describing a person whose does not inwardly accept the covenant. It is critical for our heart and mouth to be aligned-we must believe what we say. When we do teshuva, we are trying to align our heart and mind. As we declare the unity of Hashem in Shema, we try to align our thoughts, actions, and feelings, so that we too can experience the harmony of 'echad'. Click here to listen
Two months after a historic delegation of prestigious rabbonim traveled to Toronto to raise funds to provide the recent waves of French immigrants to Israel with a solid education within the Charedi school system comes a second trip to benefit the recently established French Children’s Fund, this time to Chicago. The Satmar Rebbe, HaRav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum and HaRav Malkiel Kotler will be joined by Hagaon HaRav Dovid Feinstein on their Tuesday journey to Chicago. Although the days preceding Rosh Hashana are extraordinarily busy for all involved, the need to provide for the spiritual health of the French Jews was significant enough to warrant making the trip during the final days of Elul. Over the past few weeks, more than 1,000 French children were placed within Charedi schools ...
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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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The first Jewish ghetto was established in Venice 500 years ago this year, and for the first time, Jewish artifacts from the ghetto are on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; this ghetto was the first time that Jews had a permanent, designated place to live in Europe. It has been 500 years since the founding of the Jewish Ghetto, the first in the world, in Venice in 1516. “People don’t understand the significance of the word ghetto, where it comes from and how the Jews lived there,” explained Gioia Sztulman of the Israel Museum, where an exhibition showing artifacts that survived centuries of exile and ghettos is currently on display. One of the more moving artifacts is a curtain from 1601, not long after the ghetto was established, displaying symbols...
The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters. The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton. U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. Russia has dismissed allegations it was involved in cyber attacks on the organizations. The more recent attempted ...
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We continue our discussion about Shema and accepting Hashem as our King on Rosh Hashana with the possuk in Parshas Nitzavim describing a person whose does not inwardly accept the covenant. It is critical for our heart and mouth to be aligned-we must believe what we say. When we do teshuva, we are trying to align our heart and mind. As we declare the unity of Hashem in Shema, we try to align our thoughts, actions, and feelings, so that we too can experience the harmony of 'echad'.

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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2016 - There is hardly a name that carries as much meaning to every Jew as that of Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan, the saintly Chofetz Chaim. Each of his many accomplishments would be legendary on its own; when combined, they are beyond our comprehension. The Chofetz Chaim was niftar 83 years ago today, the 24th of Elul. The first known dedication to his memory in America took place just a few weeks later. In a small room in Baltimore, Rabbi J. Heffland, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Talmudical Academy, which was founded in 1917, organized a meeting to discuss what could be done to preserve the legacy of the Chofetz Chaim.  Rabbi Heffland suggested that they rename the Yeshiva and call it Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Baltimore. The resolution was unanimously...
More than 80 million people tuned in to see Clinton and Trump square off, making it the most-watched debate in American history. More than 80 million people tuned in on Monday night to see the first presidential debatebetween Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, making it the most-watched debate in American history. While the final numbers are still being tallied by Nielsen, the debate averaged a total of 80.9 million viewers across 12 of the channels that carried it live, according to CNN. Nielsen traditionally measures viewers who watch via traditional TV at home, meaning people who watched the debate at parties, bars, restaurants, and offices were not counted. The 80.9 million viewer total also does not include PBS and C-SPAN, nor does it include the millions...
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The snap analyses of Monday night’s debate came with a hard caveat. Donald Trump has broken the political media’s antenna, again and again. Gaffes that would have torpedoed other candidates and other campaigns did not slow him down. Similar gaffes, like Trump’s comment about “the Second Amendment people” stopping Hillary Clinton from swinging the Supreme Court and his later comment that the Secret Service should stop protecting her, got wildly different voter reactions. That’s led to uncertainty about what would normally be a clear, clean storyline – that Trump lost the debate. The efforts of Trump’s online army to counter-spin this have been limited to trending the hashtag #TrumpWon, as TV networks and almost all analysts say other...
We regret  to inform you of the Petira of the Unsdorfer Rov, HaRav Moshe Horovitz, who was the Rosh Yeshiva of Be’er Shmuel in Boro Park. He was approximately 90-years-old. Rav Horovitz leaves behind his Rebbetzin (Gisselle) a long time Halacha teacher in Bais Yaakov of Boro Park, and his Choshuva children: Reb Shea Horovitz who is raov in Unsdorf in Boro Park; Reb Shmuel from Flatbush; Reb Mordechai who is a Ram in Mesivta of Lakewood and Rov of Das Kedoshim Coventry; Reb Pinchos who is the Unsdorf Rov in Yerushalayim; Reb Yitzchok who is as Ram in Yeshiva Veyalipol in Boro Park; Reb Yisroel of Lakewood; Mrs Faigy Simsovits of Boro Park – and his sister Mrs Judy Zimmerman from Flatbush. The Levaya will be held today (Tuesday) at 3:00PM at Bais Medrash Be’er Shmue...
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A driver who was pulled over for speeding after finding out his sister was killed, said he is grateful for the police officer who stopped him, after the officer drove him 100 miles to be with his family.  Mark E Ross posted to Facebook that his sister was killed in a car accident, and he instantly got in the car to be with his family. “Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit,” he wrote. “And we got pulled over in Ohio.” Ross said he knew once he was pulled over that he was going to have to go to jail due to a petty warrant. “I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP,” Ross wrote on Facebook. “I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in m...
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Question: “I find it extremely difficult not to eat until the completion of Rosh Hashanah davening, and I understand that many Yeshivos make kiddush before blowing shofar. May I introduce this practice in my shul?” Answer: Before we discuss whether one may eat before hearing the shofar blowing, we must first analyze the issue of eating before performing any other mitzvah. Regarding someone who returns home after a long day at work, the Gemara states: Our Sages built a fence to protect their words, so that a person should not return from the field in the evening and say, ‘I’ll eat a little, drink a little, sleep a little, and then recite kerias shma and pray,’ because we are concerned that sleep will overtake him, resulting in his sleeping the entire night ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2016 - The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore kicked off its 2017 Annual Campaign Sunday, September 25 with tremendous support from the community. When the Super Sunday Community Phone-a-thon ended, The Associated had raised $1.4 million from 739 donors to support Jews in Baltimore, Israel and around the world. “Super Sunday was a huge success and we are privileged to have such a generous community,” said John Shmerler, chair of the Annual Campaign. He adds, “We hope to raise 85 percent of our Annual Campaign by the end of 2016 so that we can successfully plan for next year. The community’s support will enable us to provide the financial resources to ensure our vulnerable do not fall through the cracks, while building a ...
The Israeli leader says the days when the United Nations "automatically votes against Israel" are numbered. Benjamin Netanyahu says Tuesday his recent trip to the U.N. highlighted an "unprecedented blooming" of Israeli international relations. He says this shift will end the absurdity of the "double standard" against Israel. Israel is often vastly outnumbered at the U.N. and claims to be singled out by nations seeking to curry favor with its Arab adversaries. Netanyahu says Israel's strengthening ties with African nations is the key to its improved standing. The prime minister more at ABC News
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