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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 26, 2016 - On Sunday morning, September 18th, Agudath Israel of Maryland held its second annual benefit brunch at the Baltimore home of Susie and Matt Schoenfeld. The event drew a capacity crowd of 140 community leaders and activists who came to show support for the vital community organization and to celebrate its numerous accomplishments advocating for the needs of the community. Featured speaker Senator Joe Lieberman engaged the audience with his trademark moderate perspective on this most unique 2016 presidential election. Throughout the event, a theme emerged of Agu...
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Oh, how fondly she remembered those days..... Sunlight streaming through her freshly washed windows…. Her scrupulously starched and ironed curtains fluttering in the breeze……. (Okay, now she was just being being silly. A) She didn’t own any starch B) she didn’t iron. ) And a carpet of a beautiful deep maroon hue. Oh how joyously, and with what careless abandon she would utter the words “Hey, why don’t you and Jerry come for the weekend?” And she felt ready! She was on top of the world!! Invincible! “Come one, come all!” she wanted to shout from the rooftops. “I’m on my game! Just walk right in folks, and make yourself at home in my spotless guest room!! I’ll never be caught unprepared!!” But that ...
The State Department told a federal judge Friday it found 5,600 work-related emails from a disk of deleted messages recovered from the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, raising the possibility of further disclosures on a subject that has dogged the Democrat’s presidential bid. The judge ordered the department to produce as many as 1,050 pages of documents in three batches to the plaintiff, Judicial Watch, before the Nov. 8 presidential election, with the first production to the conservative government transparency group due Oct. 4. A “substantial number” of the emails are duplicates or near duplicates of messages that Clinton’s lawyers handed over to the department, which have already been made public with redactions, State Depart...
Interior Ministry reports 186,923 babies born in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah, In addition, 26,990 immigrants made Aliyah. Days before the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), the Israeli Interior Ministry published figures highlighting the growth of Israel’s population over the past year – according to the Hebrew calendar. According to the Ministry’s Population and Migration Department, there were 186,923 recorded births in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah. In addition, 26,990 immigrants made Aliyah to Israel, making the total number of new Israelis 213,913. Over the same period there were 45,033 deaths in Israel. The Ministry also provided statistics on marriage and divorce. During the past Hebrew year, more than 82,000 Israelis got married, while less than 2...
Intel Israel begins construction on an office building that will host 2,500 employees and change the way we work. Einat Paz-Frankel from No Camels reported that Intel Israel has started construction on what will be the world’s smartest office building. The 34,000-square-foot development center is being built in Petah Tikva, will run entirely on sensors and be completely digitized. No Camels reports that the building will be a workplace for 2,500 employees and will include facial recognition so employees never have to carry ID cards or badges. The lights and temperature of room will be monitored by sensors and will even help employees find parking spots. The building will upload relevant data in meeting rooms and help employees organize their personal schedules. According ...
PA officials harshly condemn Trump's avowal to reverse longstanding US and UN policy and recognize united Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinian leaders Monday accused Donald Trump of abandoning any hope of a two-statesolution after the Republican candidate said he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital if he won the US presidential election. Trump pledged Sunday during a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu he would recognise Israel's claim over Arab east Jerusalem, which would break with decades of precedent and put Washington at odds with most UN member states. The official policy of the United States has been to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to consider all neighborhood beyond the 1949 a...
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US politics expert speaks about the importance of debates and gives his tactical recommendations for the candidates. As the world turns its eyes to Hofstra University in Long Island for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Monday night, Arutz Sheva spoke with Professor Tamir Sheafer, an expert on American politics from the Hebrew University about what to expect in the hotly anticipated debate. TV network executives are saying that viewership for the debate could be as high as 100 million, a number only ever hit by the most watched program in America, the annual NFL Super Bowl. It would also surpass the record for presidential debate of 80 million set in 1980 (fittingly enough) by the Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate that saw the beginning of ...
Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed following the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought National Guard troops and armored vehicles to downtown street corners. A weekend without street violence was highlighted Sunday as the city hosted the NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings without interruption. Still, protests continued for a sixth day since 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed Tuesday after a confrontation with Charlotte police. The first two nights of protests were violent, with demonstrators smashing windows, blocking part of an interstate through downtown, and burning the contents of a tractor-trailer. More than a dozen police officers were ...
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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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Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, says Trump's comment that Lester Holt is a Democrat isn't a lie because the candidate didn't know Holt's voter registration. Trump tried to discredit Holt, Monday night's debate moderator, when he told Fox's Bill O'Reilly last week that "Lester is a Democrat. It's a phony system. They are all Democrats." Holt is a registered Republican. When asked about why Trump would make a definitive statement about something he didn't know, Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "He didn't lie. A lie would mean he knew the man's party affiliation." ___ 8:15 a.m. The two presidential campaigns disagree on whether moderators should fact-check the candidates' comments during debate...
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“He is sitting and talking nonsense to the right and the left, while the situation is catching on fire. Nothing makes a difference for him.” A senior Egyptian intelligence official said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lacks “intelligence” and “does not want to do anything” in a leaked phone conversation with Muhammed Dahlan, Abbas’s primary rival. The Turkey-based Mukmaleen network, which broadcasted the phone conversation on Sunday, identified the intelligence officer as Wael al-Safti, who is responsible for the Palestine file in the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate. Mukmaleen is considered critical of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime and has leaked unflattering tapes of the Egyptian president previously. ...
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. - Two New Jersey Transit buses headed to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal have collided in the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 23 people. Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the crash occurred around 8:50 a.m. Monday in the center tube. Pentangelo says the door on one bus had to be cut open. He says the injuries aren't considered life-threatening. NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic says a bus headed from Ridgefield rear-ended a bus out of Fairview. Motorists heading into New York City are facing delays of more than...read more at News Observer
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Calls for female religious leadership in the liberal wing of the religious-Zionist sector have been increasing in recent years. More than half of religious-Zionist women would like a female spiritual leader in their community with whom they could consult on matters of Jewish law, found a recent poll conducted for Herzog College.The poll, conducted by the TAK Strategies institute, polled religious-Zionist women on a variety if issues pertaining to religious women in communal life, ahead of the opening of a new religious study program for women at Herzog’s Jerusalem campus. The survey was conducted by internet on a sample of 210 religious-Zionist women above the age of 18 in July 2016 with a margin of error of 6.9%. According to the survey, 53 percent of the women polled s...
Nonpublic schools across New York State welcomed news that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has just begun invoicing $17 million in outstanding Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) reimbursement. CAP is an important component of the Mandated Services program, a program which reimburses nonpublic schools for the cost of certain government mandated school functions.  Under CAP, NYS schools take attendance multiple times a day, and follow up on poor attendance patterns. The supportive logic marshaled by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, late president of Agudath Israel of America, integral to the enactment of the Mandated Services law over 40 years ago, was simple yet powerful.  While the government may hesitate to directly fund a sectarian educational institution, there is no c...
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The prime minster spoke of his meetings with the presidential candidates as well as recent comments made by former prime minster Ehud Barak. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Army Radio Monday morning, following his meetings with presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The prime minster spoke of his meetings with the presidential candidates as well as recent comments made by former prime minster Ehud Barak. Netanahu stated the he will not intervene in American politics and that both candidates are "well versed in Israeli affairs." "It is important for Israeli citizens to know no matter the election results we will have a friend in the White House. The next president will...read more at JPOST
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Ten leaders of the US Mulsim community, including the two Muslim congressmen, called on Hamas to return the bodies of missing IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. “In the name of Almighty God the most merciful and compassionate, we appeal to you on the basis of humanity and charity to release the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two Israeli soldiers killed in action, to their families,” read the letter sent to Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas political wing. Among the signers of the letter are representatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana - both of the Democrat party; M. Ali Chaudry, the former mayor of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Sayyid Syeed, the director of interfaith alliances at the Islamic Society of North America; and Imam Feisal...
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Thousands pay their last respects to rabbi Joseph Haim Sitruk. Hundreds of French Jews arrive for funeral. The former Chief Rabbi of France, Rabbi Joseph Haim Sitruk, was brought to his final resting place Monday morning in Jerusalem. After a service in France yesterday evening, Rabbi Sitruk’s remains were flown to Israel early Monday morning. Born in Tunis, Rabbi Sitruk immigrated with his family to France, where he later served as Chief Rabbi of Strasbourg and Marseille. From 1987 to 2008, Rabbi Sitruk served as Chief Rabbi of France, a position he held even after suffering a stroke in 2001. On Sunday Rabbi Sitruk passed away at the age of 71, leaving behind his wife and nine children. Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar eulogized Sitruk, saying that “All of the gr...
A new poll indicates Governor Larry Hogan's approval rating is still high. The Goucher College poll of 668 Maryland residents finds that 70% either strongly approve, or approve of the job Governor Hogan is doing. The poll found that 12% either disapprove, or strongly disapprove of Hogan. A Goucher Poll in February found Hogan with a 63% approval rating. Earlier this month, an OpinionWorks poll gave Hogan a 71% approval rating. Goucher Poll Director Mileah Kromer told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that Hogan remains popular among Democrats, whose voters outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin. "Larry Hogan remains really popular in the state. He’s at 70%.  It makes him one of the most popular governors in the country." The poll finds Hogan's approval rating among Dem...
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