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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 ...
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 recently...read more at ABC News
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An explosion at a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Tuesday killed a battalion chief, the city's highest ranking fire official to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, officials said. Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, died after he was struck in the head by building debris sent flying to the street, Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital. "We lost a hero today and our members are all saddened," said Nigro, who was visibly emotional. "He was a star, a brave man." New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Fahy, whose father was a fire battalion chief with the city and a contemporary of Nigro's, leaves behind three children, ages 6, 8 and 11. The Uniformed Fi...
New York - You never know who you are going to meet walking down the streets of New York City and yesterday, a lesson that Jonathan Pollard learned on Monday as he bumped into Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Arutz Sheva reported that the two men happened upon each other as Pollard and his wife Ester were enjoying the fall weather at an outdoor coffee ship in Manhattan located near a charitable event that Barkat was to be attending.  It was the first time that Pollard, who was released from prison 322 days ago, has met with any Israeli officials, and the two man chatted briefly. The Jerusalem municipality released a statement saying that Barkat was “excited” to meet with Pollard, noting that he had awarded Pollard an “Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem” medal....
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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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NRGbinary helped punters bet on currency movements. When they lost their money, they discovered the business was hiding in the gaps between regulators. RAMAT GAN, Israel – In early 2013, a young Israeli businessman registered a web domain in London for a company called NRGbinary.com. The online options trading website offered clients the opportunity to make large amounts of money from simple bets on the movement of financial markets, stocks and commodities.  But there were a few peculiarities to the company. While it was initially registered in Britain, NRGbinary was run from Israel and sold its products to clients in the Middle East, Canada and South Africa. Within months it had shifted its registration to Cyprus and then to the Seychelles. Within two ...
Police and security forces deployed along main Jerusalem roads and checkpoints are being set. Police forces were deploying in the Jerusalem district due to an intelligence alert. Security forces took stations throughout the main roads and thoroughfares and checkpoints were set. After several hours of heightened alert, police released a statement saying the alert had been lifted and the checkpoints removed. It should be noted that over the past two weeks, since the end of the Muslim Eid al-Adha ("Sacrifice Feast") holiday, the security situation has significantly worsened, especially in the Jerusalem, Hevron, and Gush Etzion areas. In a series of stabbing attacks, several IDF soldiers and policemen have been wounded, including a policewoman who was seriously wounded near Herod...
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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...
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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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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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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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