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Baltimore, Md - Sept. 29, 2016 - Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion was host to a by-invitation only, security briefing by the Baltimore City Police Department on Wednesday, September 28. One representative from each shul as well as community leaders were invited to attend this important in-depth briefing and update about security for the upcoming holidays in light of current events around the world. Representing the police department were Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, Detective Jeremy Silbert, Chief Melissa Hyatt, Major Latonya Lewis, Captain Jason Yerg, Sergeant Leo Furman, Detective Bill Cu...
Adam Krief, a 31-year-old Israeli Jewish father of three of Los Angeles, is fighting for his life in a race to find a single bone marrow donor match as the only option to treat a rare form of blood cancer. Krief is on chemotherapy not as a cure, but as a way to have more time to find a donor for a bone marrow transplant. Krief was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a chronic disorder that occurs in one per 100,000 people. This type of cancer causes severe anemia and bone marrow failure in which the normal blood marrow tissue is replaced with fibrous scar tissue. The Krief family started a Facebook campaign called, Hope4Adam, urging people to register as a donor through Gift of Life Marrow Registry. He has yet to find one match among the 13 million people on the bone mar...
Jerusalem - Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan posts a photo of a smiling Obama with Israeli security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport. “President Obama knows who he needs to thank for this difficult and complicated operation,” writes Erdan, referring to the security arrangements for the funeral.
Parshas Nitzavim / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Sept. 30, 2016    Parshas:  Nitzavim Today:    27 Elul       Chatzos: 12:56 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 6:32 PM Shkiah:                   6:50:09 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  7:41 PM Kesiva VaChasima Tova
Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, a number of media, including the Wall Street Journal and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, found a good “Jewish” story in the popularity and abundance of dogs in Tel Aviv. Talk about pnei hador kipnei hakelev, the prediction in Maseches Sotah (49b) that, with the approach of the Geulah, “the face of the generation will be the face of a dog.” Tel Aviv, it was reported, is home to 413,000 people and 30,000 dogs, and, declaring itself the friendliest city in the world for dogs, it recently hosted a “dog festival” cutely called “Kelaviv.” Our mesorah is undeniably sensitive to concern for animals. Not only were Yaakov Avinu and Moshe Rabbeinu caring shepherds, but the Torah prohibits causing an animal unnecessa...
The Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, David Amsallem, visited Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievskey, shlita, ahead of Rosh Hashana to receive a Bracha. Rav Chaim asked him to remove the image of a horse from his shirt, and gave him a Bracha that he should grow a long beard. The Chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, David Amsallem, visited Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievskey ahead of Rosh Hashana to receive a Bracha. Rav Chaim asked him to remove the image of of a horse from his shirt, and gave him a Bracha that he should grow a long beard. - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/ywn-videos/469658/watch-hagaon-harav-chaim-kaniesvsky-tells-david-amsalem-get-rid-of-horse-image-on-shirt-and-bracha-to-grow-long-beard.html#sthash.W2Iu2Lk8.dpuf
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Bill Clinton Eulogy At Funeral of Shimon Peres
President Reuven Rivlin met today (Friday) with a number of world leaders visiting Israel to attend the funeral of Israel’s Ninth President Shimon Peres. In meetings held at the President’s Residence, the President welcomed the King of Spain, the Prince of Wales, the President of France, the Governor General of Australia, and the Prime Minister of Canada. In the morning, President Rivlin welcomed His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, and expressed his appreciation for the King’s attendance at the funeral of “one of the founders, one of the builders of the State of Israel, an important personality in the history of our people.” The King expressed his condolences and those of all the Spanish people on the passing of former President Peres, he noted he was &ldqu...
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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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 How Distant Have We Become? Traditionally, mashgichim spend much of their time in Elul instilling in their charges fear of the terrible punishment awaiting them unless they repent – or at least so one of Israel's most respected senior mashgichim recently told our mussar va'ad. The Mabit in his Beit Elokim, however, takes a very different approach. He defines teshuva as drawing closer to Hashem from the distance and separation caused by sin. In every sin, he notes, there are two consequences: (1) One incurs liability for punishment; and (2) One angers Hashem by transgressing His command, and thereby distances himself from Him. To focus on avoiding punishment, writes the Mabit, does not constitute teshuva because it ignores the separation from Hashem caused by ignori...
The parting pesukim of last weeks parsha at the end of Ki Savo are very striking: Hashem has not given Klal Yisroel the capacity to understand what was happening to them for forty years—until this day. What was so special about this day? Rashi explains that this was the day Moshe Rabbeinu completed writing the sefer Torah and handed it over specifically to Shevet Levi. Upon seeing this, Klal Yisroel protested and demanded that they also get a sefer Torah and not be forced to rely on Shevet Levi’s custodianship. When hearing this response, Moshe remarks that now you have become a nation. The Meshech Chochmoh ties this incident into the running theme of all these parshiyos. This was the critical day of Moshe Rabbeinu’s death and he was giving his last instructions to Klal ...
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Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the "unfinished business of peace" at the funeral Friday of Shimon Peres, the last of a generation of Israel's founding fathers. But there was no indication that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rare visit to Jerusalem and the amiable words he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged would lead to any movement in long-stalled peacemaking. Peres, a former president and prime minister who died on Wednesday at the age of 93, shared a Nobel Prize for the interim land-for-peace accords he helped reach with the Palestinians as Israel's foreign minister in the 1990s. Long-hailed abroad and by supporters in Israel as a visionar...
Biblical Hebrew is a finely nuanced language, and much is expressed by the choice of words.  After Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, in violation of the only commandment G-d had given them, they hear G-d’s presence in the Garden and hide from Him.  G-d calls out to the man (collectively including Adam and Eve), and says, “Where are you?”  (Genesis 3:8-9). Many have mocked this question.  Doesn’t the omniscient G-d know where Adam is?  The common explanation is that G-d wanted to give an opening to Adam to tell God what he had done and to repent, but Adam does not take that opening, leading to expulsion from the Garden. But there is a deeper meaning.  The word used in the verse to ask ...
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“Laugh and play with my dreams, I am the dreamer who wanders. Play because in man I will believe, and I still believe in you.” So wrote the poet Shaul Tchernichovsky, and so you played, our dear President, during the uplifting moments of elation, in times of difficulty and crisis, and with the small joys of day to day life, “because in man I will believe, and I still believe in you.” I am speaking to you today for the final time Shimon, “as one President to another”, as you would say each time you called to offer strength and good advice. As I speak, my eyes search for you, our dear brother, our older brother, and you are not there. Today you are gathered to your forefathers in the land which you loved so, but your dreams remain, and your beliefs uninte...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the funeral of Shimon Peres.
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Thousands of people attended the funeral of former president and prime minister who passed away at 93. Thousands of people are attending the funeral of Israel’s ninth president and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who passed away this week at the age of 93. Arutz Sheva provided live coverage for the entire funeral. President Reuven Rivlin eulogized Peres, in addition to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Peres’s children – Yoni and Chemi Peres and Prof. Tsvia Walden – eulogized their father as well, as did author Amos Oz, a personal friend of Peres. Singer David D'Or performed "Avinu Malkeinu" as requested by Peres himself. Rivlin eulogized Peres, "I am s...
Man who criticized Peres on Facebook detained for questioning and forbidden to travel to Jerusalem. Ofer Golan, CEO of "Fighting the 'Palestinian' Lie," was taken for police questioning after publicizing a post criticizing former president Shimon Peres. "I am crying over the thousands murdered since Oslo, and for the thousands of widows and orphans who are still in pain," he wrote. According to the report, the police chief warned Golan not to come to Jerusalem Friday morning, then let him go free. Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir responded, "The General Police Chief is confusing criminal activity and legitimate criticism. Israel's citizens are allowed to think and to write that Peres caused damage to the nation and to the country. The police must not attempt to regulat...
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Musician David D'Or honors Peres' request to perform Avinu Malkeinu at funeral. Rabbi Dov Lipman posted the following on hisFacebook page: The most inspirational and meaningful moment in today׳s funeral for Shimon Peres, z"l. No - not the speeches from two US presidents. Not Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas shaking hands. And not even the beautiful tributes from his children. It was the singing of "Avinu Malkeinu" by David D'or. President Peres, of blessed memory, asked for this to be sung at his funeral because he remembered hearing this prayer as a young child in Poland while under his grandfather's talit on Yom Kippur. (His grandfather was burned alive by the Nazis and that synagogue was reduced to ashes.)
Armed terrorist tried to stab brigade commander near Hevron. An armed terrorist tried to stab Colonel Itzik Cohen, in the western Hevron Hills. The terrorist, who was armed with a knife, approached the soldiers who were standing near Negohot in the western Hevron Hills. He attempted to stab the brigade commander Colonel Itzik Cohen. The soldiers who were present managed to stop him in time. Initial investigations show that the soldier who was securing the area spotted the terrorist approaching the senior commander's vehicle. When the soldier stopped the terrorist for questioning, he found that the suspect was holding a knife behind his back. Additional soldiers who were in the area gained control over the terrorist. No one was hurt.
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