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Rosh HaShanah 5778 - Happy, Healthy Sweet New Year Recidivist Repentance Rosh HaShanah 5778 / Baltimore Zmanim - Shabbos Parshas Ha’azinu - Eruv is UP! We're Baltimore; We Will Do This! Join Bikur Cholim Of Baltimore & Renewal On Tuesday Evening To Find Out How You Can Potentially Help Save A Life! Baltimore Shuls, Community Security Organizations and Baltimore City Police Rendezvous For Annual Pre-Yom Tov Security Briefing BDE: Reb Simcha Allen, a'h - Hesped at Levinsons 11:30 AM Before Travelling to New York - Shiva in Baltimore until 4:00 PM Guidelines for Trash Pickup on Friday 2nd Day Rosh HaShana Listen: All Baltimore Talent Offers a New Musical Release Just in Time for Yom Tov and Z'man Simchaseinu - Visamachta! (Audio) Rabbi Moshe Hauer Encourages Your Participation - INTECHIGENCE: Intelligent Use of Technology Parshas Ha'azinu: A Dose of Inspiration - Why Jews Sing So Much Tehillim Orthodox Jewish Man Among Missing In Mexico Quake That Killed 140 People Three Baltimore Community Shuls Join in Ner Yisrael First Day Selichos Yarchei Kallah (Photo Essay) Trump Lawyer: Moscow Trump Tower ‘Solely A Real Estate Deal’ At Least 105 Killed As Powerful 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Central Mexico Kohl’s To Start Accepting Amazon Returns At Some Stores Rosh Hashanah: The Power of a Smile - A Letter From Former Baltimorean Mrs. Rochel Frid About Her Father, Mr. Leo Reich, Z"L, Whose Yahrzeit Was This Month Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 19, 2017 - 28 Elul - Start Fasting Exactly When Before Yom Kippur Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Special Shiur on Rosh Hashana and Teshuvah: Mission Statement (Audio) Watch: Complete Speech – PM Netanyahu Addresses The U.N. General Assembly (Video) Powerful Earthquake Hits Central Mexico, Collapses Buildings [DRAMATIC VIDEOS]
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2017 - Baltimore community members Rabbi Dr. Moshe Lasson and Rabbi Yossie Ryback are in need of a kidney and they are reaching out to our community for help. On Tuesday evening, September 26 at 8:00 P.M. Bikur Cholim and Renewal will host a Kidney Donation Awareness Event at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion.  This event is free and open to the entire community.  Many of us know someone who has successfully received a kidney transplant and may have wondered what is involved in becoming a donor.  During Tuesday’s event this topic will be discussed. ...
One of the practices that seems to get considerable attention on Rosh HaShanah is the eating of the simanim on Rosh HaShanah. There are, of course, varying customs. Some only eat an apple dipped in honey. Conversely, many Sefardim have the custom to eat far more simanim than the average Ashkenazi is accustomed to. The practice is already discussed in the gemara. The gemara (Kerisus 5b) initially lists a number of different practices which seem very much like superstitions although they appear to be permitted. They include trying to grow a chicken in one's house before embarking on a business venture as the fattening of the chicken is a harbinger of success. The final suggestion of the gemara pertains to someone who is about to embark on a journey and would like to know whether they w...
It’s easy to feel disheartened, even despondent, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, at the realization that some of the things we did teshuvah for last year are things we need to repent for again this year. Harav ShlomoYosef Zevin, zt”l, notes in his seferL’Torah Ul’moadim that the ben sorer umoreh, the “wayward son,” is punished not for what he has done — stolen from his parents and acted gluttonously —but rather for what the Torah teaches us he will one day do: become a violent bandit. Yet, Rav Zevin points out, we find Hashem refusing to allow the evil that will be wrought by descendants of Yishmael to affect His mercy on the boy himself, abandoned in the desert. Yishmael is judged only baasher hu sham, &ldqu...
Rosh HaShanah 5778 / Baltimore Zmanim  -  Shabbos Parshas Ha’azinu - Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Sept. 20, 2017  ERUV TAVSHILIN Hadlakas Nairos: 6:48 PM Shkiah:                   7:06:43 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  7:57 pm, 8:19 PM Hadlakas Nairos 2nd Night Rosh Hashana Thursday evening 8:18 PM Hadlakas Nairos Erev Shabbos Friday evening 6:45 PM   Kiddush Levanah:  Shabbos, Sept. 23  5:07 PM through Oct. 5 11:29 AM Kiddush Levanah may only be said at night
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 6, 2017 -  Representatives from area Shuls and community security organizations convened today at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion for the annual pre-Yom Tov security briefing arranged by Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer. Councilman Schleifer has made community safety and security a priority and since taking office there has been a 10 fold increase in law enforcement coverage over the Yomim Tovim. Today's briefing was attended by the highest-ranking officers of the Baltimore City Police Department, including Chief Melissa Hyatt, Major Lewis, Captain Jason Yerg, Detective Jeremy Silbert and Officer William Curry. The officers relayed detailed information that is critical for the safety of the community during this very visible period of the Jewish calendar. ...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 20, 2017 - It is with deep regret and sorrow that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Reb Simcha Allen, a’h, husband of Mrs. Dorothy Allen, father of Yisroel Aaron, Yosef Leib,  Liba Malka,  Binyomin Yitzchak and brother of Shimon Allen and Shana Viner There will be a hesped outside of Sol Levinson at 11:30. The niftar will be taken afterward to NY and then flown to Eretz Yisrael on Motzei Shabbos. Mrs. Allen and daughter will be in NY for yom tov and will sit shiva in Eretz Yisroel The Allen sons will stay in Baltimore and will sit shiva this afternoon only in their home at 5808 Narcissus Ave, Baltimore, Md  21215 until 4:00 PM. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2017 -Trash pickup in Baltimore County is Friday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah. It is preferable to take out all the cans you will be using (even if they are now empty) to the curb before Yom Tov. Then during Yom Tov you may take out your garbage to those cans.
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 18, 2017 - All Baltimore talent brings you a new release just in time for Yom Tov and Z'man Simchaseinu - Visamachta! A unique and upbeat composition, blending contemporary and classic styles. Composed by Shmuel Tarshish Vocals by Binyamin Guttman Engineering/Programming by Jeremy Englander Arranged by Yehuda Mond Cover Art by Devorah Dinovitzer   © 2017 Shmuel Tarshish - All Rights Reserved
Dear Friends: Welcome to the first communication from the Intechigence Project. Your active participation will determine the future success of this project. I don't know anyone who is "happy" with how they are using technology. We recognize the benefits of technology - which is something that we want to take advantage of - but we are more and more aware of the costs, as we feel it eroding our self-control and peace of mind. Our goal is to use technology wisely, to have it as an effective tool in our hands instead of feeling that we are caught in its grip. We all want to do this, but the struggle we face is to be mindful and consistent in dealing with it. We make up our minds to make a change, but then we slip back into old patterns. With INTECHIGENCE, we will try to bring two too...
Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:19, 32:44). Why did Hashem ordain that specifically this Parshah, the Parshah which promises us that no matter how low we sink we will always be redeemed (32:36. See Rashbam and Ohr HaChaim), should be a song? Furthermore, Judaism puts a strong emphasis on singing in general; At the Shabbos, table we sing zemiros. In Shul, especially during the Yomim Norayim (High Holy Days), we spend much time singing. In fact, one of the services in the Bais HaMikdash was the Levi’im’s songs. Why is there such a value placed on song in Judaism? Wouldn’t it be better to remove the practice of singing by the Shabbos table, during ...
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Rosh HaShanah 5778 - Happy, Healthy Sweet New Year

One of the practices that seems to get considerable attention on Rosh HaShanah is the eating of the simanim on Rosh HaShanah. There are, of course, varying customs. Some only eat an apple dipped in honey. Conversely, many Sefardim have the custom to eat far more simanim than the average Ashkenazi is accustomed to.


The practice is already discussed in the gemara. The gemara (Kerisus 5b) initially lists a number of different practices which seem very much like superstitions although they appear to be permitted. They include trying to grow a chicken in one's house before embarking on a business venture as the fattening of the chicken is a harbinger of success. The final suggestion of the gemara pertains to someone who is about to embark on a journey and would like to know whether they will return successfully. They are instructed to enter a deserted house and see if they observe converging shadows. However, the gemara concludes that one should not do this because the test might not prove successful and even though it is necessarily a bad omen, he will be distraught and his emotional state might affect his mazal.


After all that, Abaye states, "Now that we have said that omens are significant, one should make a habit of eating gourds, dates, etc. on Rosh HaShanah." The conventional understanding seems to be that Abaye is basing his statement on the various suggestions given in the gemara relating to good "signs."  However, there is a difficulty with this approach. The procedures discussed in the gemara involve observing the outcome of a certain event and that outcome would then be an indication of what lies ahead. On Rosh HaShanah, we are merely creating the omens on our own. (It is possible, though, that Abaye is referring to the gemara's initial statement that kings should always be anointed by a spring so that his kingdom will spread.)


Rather, I believe Abaye may well have been basing his statement on the very last point made in the gemara, that one should not rely on the sign of the shadows since it is possible that his own troubled state could contribute to his bad mazal. From here we see that one's state of mind can directly affect his own welfare and the events that befall him. Therefore, Abaye suggests eating these specific foods - not because the eating of the foods will in and of itself be a good omen, but rather, that the eating of these foods with positive signs will put one in a more positive state of mind at the onset of the new year and that will in turn positively influence his mazal.


The Meiri (Horayos 12a) explains the concept of simanim on Rosh HaShanah in a similar vein. I have made a scan of the Meiri available here.


So, as we will probably all say tonight, may we all have a happy, healthy sweet new year.




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Amassive magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly. Among the missing is an Orthodox Jew man – a Mechutan of Chief Rabbi Shlomo Tawil – whose office building collapsed and hasn’t been found. Please be Mispallel for Chaim ben Emilia, R'L.  Mexico Hatzolah is on the scene sifting thought the rubble and desperately ...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - On the first day of סליחות, the Yeshiva hosted a Yarchei Kallah with three shuls. BJSZ (Rabbi Moshe Hauer) Shomrei Emunah (Rabbi Binyomin Marwick) and Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim (Rabbi Shmuel Silber). The day started with התעוררות from the Mashgiach, Harav Beryl Weisbord. Mareh Mekomos were given out in preparation for a shiur on Eruv Tavshilin given by Harav Tzvi Einstadter. The day finished with a shiur on Rosh Hashana by Harav Shraga Neuberger. (Photo Credit: Reb Eli Greengart)    
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An abandoned proposal to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential election was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more,” the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump told congressional staff on Tuesday. Michael Cohen was appearing privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of multiple congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the presidential race and potential ties to the Trump campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are conducting their own criminal investigation. In a prepared statement obtained by The Associated Press, Cohen addressed revelations from last month that the Trump Organization had considered doing business in Russia through a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow around the ...
A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 105 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming. In Mexico City alone, at least 30 people died and 44 buildings were reduced to rubble, the Associated Press reported. Eight other people were reported killed in the surrounding state of Mexico, 13 in the state of Puebla and 54 across the state of Morelos. The temblor caused buildings to sway violently in the capital, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, crumbling balconies and causing huge cracks to appear on the facades. . Panic spread through the city's central core, where dozens of buildings collapsed. Rescue vehicles screamed toward damaged buildings, and...
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Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl’s Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free at the 82 stores offering the service. There will be designated parking spots near the Kohl’s store entrances for those doing Amazon returns. While the service will allow Kohl’s customers to skip their local post office for Amazon returns, it also gets them into Kohl’s stores — where they might then shop. The department store had previously announced plans to open 1,000-square-foot Amazon areas in 10 of its stores in Chicago and Los Angeles that will sell Amazon Echos, Fire tablets and oth...
Lately, I heard a wonderful story about saving someone’s life with a simple “good morning”. There’s also the famous story told about the Shochet (ritual slaughterer) who was locked in the factory’s freezer at the end of the day. The guard, who was so used to his greeting upon entering and leaving, saved him after realizing that he hadn’t said good night to him that evening. Actually, I have my own story to tell. At one point in my “career”, I took an on-line job. Seemingly simple, there was an art to it and it didn’t go well for me. One day I called an office and the nurse answered, telling me what she thought of me, kind words ranging from liar to con artist. After that phone call, I decided to finish the day and quit. My next call ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - Although Rosh Hashana is the first of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, we don't ask for forgiveness in the tefillos of the day. We don't either focus on the aspect of judgement-rather, we focus on recognizing Hashem as the ruler of the entire universe, with the prayer that the entire world will understand this. Before Rosh Hashana, it is important for us to define our mission statement and make sure that what we do matches up with those goals. When we align our mission to Hashem's mission for the world, we can ask for another year of life, and ask forgiveness for the sins that we did which do not match up with our real mission and purpose.  Click here to listen
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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets less than two weeks after another tremor killed at least 90 in the country’s south. Mexican media broadcast images of several downed buildings in heavily populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital. Dramatic video showed a mid-rise building collapsing into a cloud of dust. It was not clear whether there were people inside. The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear. There were no immediate reports of deaths. Th...
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