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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 w...
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...
TEHRAN, Iran Iranian banks have begun issuing credit cards for the first time in decades, local media reported on Monday. The report by several newspapers, including the daily Donya-e-Eqtesad or World of Economy in Farsi, said the cards will be for domestic use only and do not involve any sort of partnership with a major international credit card company. The cards are usable for purchasing products and services from Iranian online shops as well. The move is aimed at helping to boost Iran's sanctions-damaged economy. The credit limits and fee percentages will be fixed by Iran's Central Bank, although individual banks will be responsible for determining if a customer qualifies to receive a card. Cards will come in more at Merced
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 more at JPOST
HOUSTON -- There are unconfirmed reports that a suspected shooter is down after several people were presumed shot in southwest Houston. An HPD bomb squad has been dispatched to the scene which is still considered active after a suspicious vehicle was found near the scene. Houston police are asking people to avoid the area surrounding Weslayan at Bissonnet. A shelter-in-place was ordered for the West University area.At around 6:30 this morning, HFD scanners reported a suspect was at a strip center firing upon vehicles. The suspect was described as a black male with a revolver.Emergency vehicles flooded the area around the Randalls supermarket strip center bordered by Weslayan, Bissonnet and Law Street. Traffic was shut down on Weslayan after the shooting began in an attempt to prote...
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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...
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...
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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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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...
Baltimore, Md. (September, 2016) — Israel Bonds Maryland announced today that Bay Bank will continue its legacy partnership with the Israel Bonds High Holidays Matching Partners Program following Bay Bank’s acquisition of Hopkins Federal Savings Bank earlier this year. Bay Bank assumes Hopkins Federal Savings Bank’s previous role and joins matching partners The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, The Haron Dahan Foundation and Sandra R. & Malcolm C. Berman as they continue to provide 100 percent matching purchases for all Israel bonds investments made by the community during the 2016 High Holidays season. An Israel bond investment declares appreciation for the ideals and values of the State of Israel — democracy, diversity and putting human cr...
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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 25, 2016 - 22 Elul - If I Was Really Good This Past Year What Should My Attitude Be About Rosh Hashanah

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Sept. 25, 2016 /  22 Elul 5776 -  If I Was Really Good This Past Year What Should My Attitude Be About Rosh Hashanah

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'Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.' Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if elected president, he would recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of Israel, ending a long-standing US policy which has kept the American embassy in Tel Aviv. The two met for over an hour in Trump’s private residence in Trump Tower in Manhattan on Sunday. Among the topics of discussion were the Iran nuclear deal and the regional turmoil caused by the rise of the ISIS terror organization. During the meeting, Trump said that he “recognized Israel as a vital partner” in the “global war against radical Islamic terrorism,” a statement released by the campaign said. Ac...
President Obama calls Judea and Samaria 'Palestinian' - in contradiction to international law. Amid the countless words of analysis of US President Obama's address to the United Nations last week, precious little has been said about his use of the words "Palestinian lands." The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is apparently the first and only organization to comment on it. "Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel ... [and if] Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land," Obama said. The ZOA says that using the words "Palestinian land" to refer to Judea and Samaria "prejudges the issue of sovereignty and borders, and is not accordance wit...
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Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel recently rejected four conversions approved by a leading rabbinic authority in the United States, drawing heavy criticism from an umbrella organization representing Orthodox religious courts across the US. The Chief Rabbinate issued no explanations as to why the conversions of Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz were rejected, sparking vehement protests by the Rabbinical Council of America last Friday. Rabbi Schwartz, who heads the RCA’s national rabbinic court, is a prominent figure in the Modern Orthodox community. According to documents obtained by Haaretz, the Chief Rabbinate’s conversion department chief, Itamar Tu...
Can it be that another year has passed already? As we approach the High Holidays, watch as we capture the closing moments of the 1st Slichos, and the incredible, moving spirituality that is the hallmark of Congregation Aish Kodesh, in Woodmere, New York. Selichosled  by a very dear friend of BJL, Mr. Yaakov Hagler
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Chazzan Tzvi Weiss Leading Slichos 5776 At The Jerusalem Great Synagogue
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 25, 2016 -  Shomrim received a call today about a suspicious vehicle at the corner of Marnat and Hatton. Units responded, located the vehicle, and observed two people sleeping inside. Our units kept eyes on the vehicle while notifying 911. Police responded and took both individuals into custody. Shomrim was later informed that these individuals are possibly connected to some armed robberies on Liberty Road in the Pikesville area. ----- In other news, Shomrim recovered two bikes today; if you had a bike stolen in the last day or two, please email We'd love to have your bike(s) returned!
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UPDATED: This recall from Seven Mile Market initiated for Mishpacha flour applies only if ALL of the following conditions apply: Only IF BOUGHT AT SEVEN MILE MARKET Only MISHPACHA ALL PURPOSE FLOUR Only IF SELL BY DATE ON BAG IS 4/6/17 Only IF BOUGHT BETWEEN SUN. 9/18 AND THURS. 9/22 Baltimore, MD - Sept. 22, 2016 - It has come to our attention that the "Mishpacha"  brand  all purpose flour with a sell by date of 4/6/17 sold at Seven Mile Market had bugs in it. After further research we realized there were 8 cases that were not properly rotated in our warehouse. Please be aware that this is not a nationwide Mishpacha issue. If you still have any bags from this lot please return for a full refund. Other sell dates (for example 4/7/16) of all purpose flour...
BEERSHEBA, Israel –  A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months. The Southern Command official said Sunday that the structure will include a wall deep below the ground as well as flooding parts of the roughly 60-kilometer (40-mile) border. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under military briefing regulations, says the goal is to turn Hamas' underground network into a "death trap." During a 2014 war, Hamas militants managed on several occasions to make their way into Israel through a tunnel network. Israel destroyed some 32 tunnels during that conflict. The official says the military is investing great efforts to s...
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PARIS –  Joseph Sitruk, a former grand rabbi of France for more than two decades who oversaw a growth in synagogues and Jewish schools, has died after a long illness. He was 71. President Francois Hollande's office announced Sitruk's death. In a statement Sunday, Hollande praised Sitruk as a "defender of secularism" who left an indelible legacy for French Judaism. Sitruk was hailed as "a tireless fighter against racism and anti-Semitism" by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who oversees religious affairs. Born in French-controlled Tunisia in 1944, Sitruk was grand rabbi of France from 1987-2008, spiritual leader for Europe's largest Jewish community. He was active internationally, and led efforts encouraging French Jews to attend synagogue and embra...
The Agreement, signed during Governor of Maryland's trade mission to Israel, Builds on Success of Existing Collaboration Between the two institutions JERUSALEM - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, and other UMB faculty and officials met with counterparts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Sunday (September 25), to ratify the extension of a successful student exchange program and to explore opportunities for other cooperative activities, such as joint research and training, exchange of scholars for seminars and conferences and increased exchange of students and faculty for research, teaching and study. The meeting at the Hebrew University’s Ein Kerem campus was one of many during the governor’s nine-...
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