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Bay Bank to Participate in Israel Bonds High Holiday Matching Program Mr.. Avrohom Frank will continue the Shiva for his mother, zl, in Baltimore on Tues-Thursday Morning Beat Clutter. Create Function. Live Easy. Lesson Three: Bubbie Is Coming For Rosh Hashanah - 5 Steps to Decluttering Trump Pledges to Recognize Jerusalem as United Capital Of Israel Obama Calls Yesha 'Palestinian,' Contrary to Oslo And International Law Rabbinate Rejects Conversions by Leading American Orthodox Rabbi Watch: Closing Moments of Selichos by Yaakov Hagler at Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY (Video) Watch: Chazzan Tzvi Weiss Leading Slichos 5776 At The Jerusalem Great Synagogue (Video) Shomrim Reports: Sept. 25, 2016 - Suspects Apprehended /Bikes Recovered UPDATED: Important Alert from Seven Mile Market - Mishpacha Flour Israeli Official: Gaza Underground Wall To Be Done In Months France's Former Grand Rabbi Joseph Sitruk Dies At 71 Hebrew University and University of Maryland, Baltimore Sign an Agreement to Increase Education and Research Exchange and Collaboration 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 Going Inside Jerusalem's Underground City Of The Dead Trump’s Unconventional Debate Prep Skips Mock Debates Posters Demonizing Jews Crop Up on UC Berkeley Campus, as Controversial Anti-Zionism Course Reinstated Cruz Explains Why He Endorsed Trump As Many as Nine People Shot on Illinois University Campus Ben Gurion Airport Prepares For Mass Flights To Uman.
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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...
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...
'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...
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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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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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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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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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

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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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Jerusalem (CNN) In Jerusalem's largest cemetery the deceased have a need that the living cannot fulfill: more space. The Givat Shaul cemetery, which sprawls across a hilltop on the northwestern edge of the city, contains more than 200,000 burial spots, and nearly every one is full, marked with a carved headstone and adorned with flowers and memorial candles. Burial spots cover nearly every acre of the cemetery, separated only by access roads and walkways. The graves form a neatly organized pattern across the entire area. Terracing the cemetery was the first way to create more space, with three-story structures dramatically increasing the available area. But even those spots are nearly full, since demand for burial in Jerusalem is so high. Jewish prophecy says the ...
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NEW YORK — Since he entered the presidential race, it’s been Donald Trump’s style to break with convention. It’s no different when it comes to debate prep. The New York billionaire has skipped practicing a full debate as he gets ready for his first on-stage meeting with Hillary Clinton. While he has studied policy ideas and practiced answering questions he may face Monday night, experts who have been through the process call his decision to skip time-intensive mock debates a mistake. “I think he’s putting himself at an incredible disadvantage,” said Brett O’Donnell, a Republican strategist and veteran debate coach who compared Trump’s decision to a football team failing to scrimmage. Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Cl...
Antisemitic posters have been appearing on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley since a course openly hostile to Israel was first suspended and then permitted to be held this semester as planned, The Algemeiner has learned. The posters began cropping up when UC Berkeley announced it was reinstating “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis,” decried by a campus watchdog group as “a classic example of antisemitic anti-Zionism.” One such poster referred to a coalition of 43 Jewish, civil rights and educational organizations that had written an open letter expressing concern about the course and disappointment in UC Berkeley’s vetting process, calling them “advocates for a foreign state” ...
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One day after Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican nominee whom he once accused of being a “pathological liar” and “sniveling coward,” the Texas senator was still explaining himself. He called the decision “agonizing.” He revealed that he did not ask Trump to apologize for insults to his wife and father. And he told Evan Smith, the founding editor of the Texas Tribune, that Hillary Clinton’s threat to the Supreme Court and the country was enough to move him off the fence. “You think a serial philanderer and pathological liar should be president?” asked Smith. Cruz paused. “I have had many, many disagreements with Donald,” he deadpanned. The audience, in one of the biggest rooms at the annual Texas Tribune Fes...
11:15AM IL: There are reports of gunfire from the University of Illinois campus according to local media. “Several shots have been fired” reads one twitter message while another says the gunfire is at “4th and Green”. Police have not reported anything. The reports of gunfire are under investigation. 11:21AM IL: The International Business Times reports the shooter has left the area and the university has issued an “emergency alert” on its website. The shooting reportedly took place about one block away from “The Red Lion,” a popular campus bar.
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Airport authorities are preparing for the yearly mass flights to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav in the Ukrainian town of Uman. Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated in another week and the Israel Airport Authority is bracing for the yearly mass flights to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav (Bratslav) in the Ukrainian town of Uman. According to Airport Authority reports, by the eve of Rosh Hashanah some 160 flights are expected to leave Ben Gurion airport in the direction of Uman carrying some 30,000 worshipers. The registration procedures for flights as well as passport control will be performed in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The travellers to Uman, most of them Breslav hassidim, will be asked to arrive 4 hours before their flight in order to ease the burden on the airpor...
Adele Banita, widow of Aharon Benita who was murdered in a terror attack 12 months ago, described her situation in a Facebook post. A year after the tragic murder of her husband in a terror attack in the Old City, Adele Banita, young widow of Aharon Banita, published a heartrending post on Facebook in which she described the difficult situation she has faced since the murder. Aharon Banita, aged 22 and a private in an IDF haredi unit, was murdered in a cruel stabbing attack on Chol Hamoed Sukkot last year. His wife was seriously injured in the attack and Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a Jewish resident of the Muslim Quarter who rushed to their aid, was also murdered. After the murder Adele described what had occurred during those horrific moments - how she had called to the Arab vendors...
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