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IDF soldier suffers moderate-to-serious injuries in a terrorist stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint. A 20-year-old IDF soldier suffered moderate-to-serious injuries on Friday evening in a terrorist stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem. Police said the terrorist arrived at the checkpoint on foot and then stabbed the soldier. He was shot and killed by Border Police officers who were at the scene. An IDF medical team and Magen David Adom paramedics treated the soldier and evacuated him to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Friday evening’...
Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released information pertaining to the number of people born and died in Israel in 5776. Baruch Hashem, there were 186,923 births reported as opposed to 45,033 deaths. This represents an increase from 5775, during which there were about 168,000 births and 42,000 deaths. During 5776 state officials recorded 26,990 new immigrants. There were 82,315 marriages, 23,855 divorces, and 732,812 new identity cards were issued. (Youths receive their own ID card at the age of 16). On the eve of Rosh Hashanah 5777 the population is reportedly 8,412,000.
An image that appeared to show Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas crying at the funeral of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Friday drew angry responses on Palestinian media outlets and online social networks, the Hebrew news site Walla reported. “Abbas, what is making you cry?” one Arabic-language tweet read. “Is Peres’ passing so painful?” “Mahmoud Abbas crying at the funeral of war criminal Simone [sic] Peres who massacred thousands of innocent Lebanese and Palestinian civilians,” an English-language tweet said. Tel Aviv-based American journalist Gregg Carlstrom took a more humoristic approach, tweeting, “Abbas is either crying, or just remembered he left the stove on.” According to the Walla repo...
The Commission on Presidential Debates reported on Friday that there were in fact issues with Donald Trump’s microphone at the Debate Monday evening at Hofstra university in New York. Following the debate, Trump told the press that they “gave me a defective mic. Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room,” CNN reports. Trump posed the question: “Was that on purpose?” While it may be too early to call it anything other than a technical malfunction, the Commission on Presidential Debates said “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton responded to Trump’s claim Monday evening saying “anybody who complains about the mi...
Costco Wholesale Corp should hand over $5.5 million to compensate Tiffany & Co for selling counterfeit Tiffany diamond engagement rings, a federal jury said on Thursday. Tiffany is also entitled to punitive damages, the jury in Manhattan said. Lawyers for both sides were presenting evidence on Friday to help determine the amount of punitive damages. The trial, which began on Sept. 20, was aimed at determining the amount in total damages that Costco is liable for, after U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled last year that Costco had willfully infringed Tiffany's trademark by selling rings bearing the luxury retailer's name. Tiffany spokesman Nathan Strauss declined to comment on Friday. In a statement on its website, Costco said it would not comment b...
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 ...
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 29, 2016 – Seven Mile Market wishes a Kesiva VaChasima Tovah to all of our customers. Please be reminded of our store hours: Friday, September 30:  closing 4:30 PM Sunday, October 2nd :   closing 4:00 PM Friday October 7th:       closing 4:00 PM  Visit and click on holiday hours for our closing times.
Adam Krief, a 31-year-old Israeli Jewish father of three of Los Angeles, is fighting for his life in a race to find a single bone marrow donor match as the only option to treat a rare form of blood cancer. Krief is on chemotherapy not as a cure, but as a way to have more time to find a donor for a bone marrow transplant. Krief was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a chronic disorder that occurs in one per 100,000 people. This type of cancer causes severe anemia and bone marrow failure in which the normal blood marrow tissue is replaced with fibrous scar tissue. The Krief family started a Facebook campaign called, Hope4Adam, urging people to register as a donor through Gift of Life Marrow Registry. He has yet to find one match among the 13 million people on the bone mar...
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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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Jerusalem - Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan posts a photo of a smiling Obama with Israeli security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport. “President Obama knows who he needs to thank for this difficult and complicated operation,” writes Erdan, referring to the security arrangements for the funeral.
Parshas Nitzavim / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Sept. 30, 2016    Parshas:  Nitzavim Today:    27 Elul       Chatzos: 12:56 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 6:32 PM Shkiah:                   6:50:09 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  7:41 PM Kesiva VaChasima Tova
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Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, a number of media, including the Wall Street Journal and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, found a good “Jewish” story in the popularity and abundance of dogs in Tel Aviv. Talk about pnei hador kipnei hakelev, the prediction in Maseches Sotah (49b) that, with the approach of the Geulah, “the face of the generation will be the face of a dog.” Tel Aviv, it was reported, is home to 413,000 people and 30,000 dogs, and, declaring itself the friendliest city in the world for dogs, it recently hosted a “dog festival” cutely called “Kelaviv.” Our mesorah is undeniably sensitive to concern for animals. Not only were Yaakov Avinu and Moshe Rabbeinu caring shepherds, but the Torah prohibits causing an animal unnecessa...
The Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, David Amsallem, visited Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievskey, shlita, ahead of Rosh Hashana to receive a Bracha. Rav Chaim asked him to remove the image of a horse from his shirt, and gave him a Bracha that he should grow a long beard. The Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, David Amsallem, visited Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievskey ahead of Rosh Hashana to receive a Bracha. Rav Chaim asked him to remove the image of of a horse from his shirt, and gave him a Bracha that he should grow a long beard. - See more at:
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Bill Clinton Eulogy At Funeral of Shimon Peres
President Reuven Rivlin met today (Friday) with a number of world leaders visiting Israel to attend the funeral of Israel’s Ninth President Shimon Peres. In meetings held at the President’s Residence, the President welcomed the King of Spain, the Prince of Wales, the President of France, the Governor General of Australia, and the Prime Minister of Canada. In the morning, President Rivlin welcomed His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, and expressed his appreciation for the King’s attendance at the funeral of “one of the founders, one of the builders of the State of Israel, an important personality in the history of our people.” The King expressed his condolences and those of all the Spanish people on the passing of former President Peres, he noted he was &ldqu...
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 How Distant Have We Become? Traditionally, mashgichim spend much of their time in Elul instilling in their charges fear of the terrible punishment awaiting them unless they repent – or at least so one of Israel's most respected senior mashgichim recently told our mussar va'ad. The Mabit in his Beit Elokim, however, takes a very different approach. He defines teshuva as drawing closer to Hashem from the distance and separation caused by sin. In every sin, he notes, there are two consequences: (1) One incurs liability for punishment; and (2) One angers Hashem by transgressing His command, and thereby distances himself from Him. To focus on avoiding punishment, writes the Mabit, does not constitute teshuva because it ignores the separation from Hashem caused by ignori...
The parting pesukim of last weeks parsha at the end of Ki Savo are very striking: Hashem has not given Klal Yisroel the capacity to understand what was happening to them for forty years—until this day. What was so special about this day? Rashi explains that this was the day Moshe Rabbeinu completed writing the sefer Torah and handed it over specifically to Shevet Levi. Upon seeing this, Klal Yisroel protested and demanded that they also get a sefer Torah and not be forced to rely on Shevet Levi’s custodianship. When hearing this response, Moshe remarks that now you have become a nation. The Meshech Chochmoh ties this incident into the running theme of all these parshiyos. This was the critical day of Moshe Rabbeinu’s death and he was giving his last instructions to Klal ...
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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 ...
Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the "unfinished business of peace" at the funeral Friday of Shimon Peres, the last of a generation of Israel's founding fathers. But there was no indication that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rare visit to Jerusalem and the amiable words he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged would lead to any movement in long-stalled peacemaking. Peres, a former president and prime minister who died on Wednesday at the age of 93, shared a Nobel Prize for the interim land-for-peace accords he helped reach with the Palestinians as Israel's foreign minister in the 1990s. Long-hailed abroad and by supporters in Israel as a visionar...
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