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More than 90 Delegations from 70 Countries Expected to Arrive in Israel for Funeral Of Shimon Peres FCC Beefs Up Emergency Cellphone Alerts Update as of Sept. 29: marc is in the Top 3; Vote NOW! - Local Baltimore Finalist in International Cooking Competition Sept. 29 - Tonight, Divrei Hisorurus from Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan on Inyonei Ymei Hadin at Mercaz Torah UTefilah (Rav Eichenstein).  9:30pm until 10:00pm (Maariv) Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 29, 2016 - 26 Elul - Is that an Aravah? Hamas, Urges Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to boycott the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres NY Governor Cuomo Cancels Trip To Peres Funeral – Is Now Heading To NJ Train Crash Scene Seven Mile Market Wishes its Customers a Happy & Healthy New Year (Reminder of Closing Times) Rosh HaShanah 5767 - Marking Time; Moments of our Lives Baltimore Jewish Community Security & The Yomim Noraim/High Holidays (Photo Essay) What if the Presidential Candidates Would be Subject to Halacha? Knesset Center Of World Attention: Shimon Peres Funeral (Photo Essay) Parshas Netzavim - Chop ’em Down Commuter Train From Spring Valley Slams Into Hoboken New Jersey Station; 3 Fatalities, 100 Injured (Photo Essay) Comey: Justice Dept Gave Cheryl Mills Immunity, Not FBI (Video) Watch: A Farewell to Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth President (Video) Watch: Bill Clinton Pays Last Respects To Shimon Peres In Jerusalem (Video) Israeli Pilots' Campaign Against El Al Takes Off Abbas Plans To Bring PA Delegation To Peres’s Funeral US Says Drone Strikes in Yemen Killed 4 Al-Qaeda Members
A long list of world leaders will attend the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at 93. Some of the world's most powerful figures will be at the service in Jerusalem on Friday, including US President Barack Obama. Mr Peres's condition had deteriorated after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the nation's birth in 1948. Mr Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role negotiating the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier, a ...
NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September. The Federal Communications Commission approved a measure Thursday that will let messages be up to four times longer than the current 90-character limit. Cellphone companies will have to support Spanish messages under the new rules. The changes will also let officials target messages more narrowly and include links in messages. The New York alert had an awkward phrasing, "See media for pic," rather than a link to Ahmad Khan Rahami's photo. The FCC also says it's seeking comments on how to attach photos inside actual alerts themselves.
UPDATE as of Sept. 29, 2016 -  Marc is now a top contender currently in the top three  – only today and tomorrow left to vote! ### Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2016 - Marc Ward is a finalist in Jamie Geller’s Kosher Masters international competition. A lawyer by profession and a talented cook at home, Marc heard about Jamie Geller’s Kosher Masters competition and jokingly mentioned to his family that he would love to share one of his favorite Rosh Hashana recipes and compete. His family members took this seriously, and urged him to compete and let others enjoy the creative dish that has become a family favorite. Marc worked part time as a mashgiach while working his way through law school. Marc is now a finalist with his Rosh Hashana Wine Sauce Chicken recipe tha...
Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Sept. 29, 2016 /  26 Elul 5776 -  Is that an Aravah? 
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton ahead of the funeral for former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Netanyahu said Clinton wrote a warm message in a guest book at the meeting Thursday night. He did not elaborate. Earlier in the day Clinton joined thousands of mourners paying respects outside Israel's parliament building in Jerusalem where Peres' casket lay in state. Clinton is among dozens of world leaders and dignitaries attending Peres' funeral on Friday. It is expected to be the largest such gathering in Israel since the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak ...
NY Governor Cuomo was on the plane heading to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres when the train crash occurred. He has since gotten off the plane, and is now heading to the scene of the train crash in Hoboken, NJ. The following initial statement was just delivered to YWN by Governor Cuomo. “At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, a New Jersey Transit train originating in Spring Valley, NY collided with the platform at the Hoboken Train Station in New Jersey. The train was carrying a large number of New Yorkers. While we are still learning more about the accident, recent reports indicate that at least 65 riders were injured and one person has been tragically killed.  “The state is working closely with New Jersey Transit and New Jersey authorities, as well as all local a...
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 29, 2016 – Seven Mile Market wishes a Kesiva VaChasima Tovah to all of our customers. Please be reminded of our store hours: Friday, September 30:  closing 4:30 PM Sunday, October 2nd :   closing 4:00 PM Friday October 7th:       closing 4:00 PM  Visit and click on holiday hours for our closing times.
Just as the ticking of the seconds become minutes which become hours and which become days, the days become weeks, become months and become years.  What is the worth of marking time?    What makes one day different than the next?  How do we value the boxes on our calendars that help us to distinguish one day from another, with birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings, doctor appointments and holiday celebrations?  In an interesting way, we are very much as our calendars present us.  Do we take “one day at a time” or a full week?  Do we plan for the immediate, or do we plan long-range? I speak not of a “calendar” in the theoretical, philosophical sense; that is, the lines we place on time so that it progresses in a way tha...
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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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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 Currie, Major Richard Worley, Major Sheree Briscoe, Major Marc Partee, and Detective Tom Jugan. Deputy Commissioner Palmere opened the meeting by stating that while there is no credible threat at this ...
The issue is not so far-fetched. As it stands now, both candidates have Jewish sons-in-law. But what if we were to take things one step further? What if there were a mandate that both candidates, in the debates and in the times directly before and after, would also have to follow halacha? Let’s explore this a bit. LYING During the actual debate on Monday evening at Hofstra University, both candidates told some whoppers. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fully denied saying things that they had actually said. Regarding the prohibition found in parshas Mishpatim of “MiDvar Sheker Tirchak – stay away from a false matter (Shmos 23:7) ” we have three opinions: The Chofetz Chaim writes in his Sefer Ahavas Chesed that the verse MiDvar Sheker Tirchak is a full-blown...
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Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Sept. 29, 2016 /  26 Elul 5776 -  Is that an Aravah? 

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Jerusalem, Israel - Sept. 29, 2016 - Inside the Israeli Knesset Building, on Thursday, the corridors were quiet. The main Chagall Hall had a desk with two chairs, ready for international visiting dignitaries to sit and sign a memory book for the former President of Israel Shimon Peres z'l.  Outside was a very different scene. Israeli flags flew at half mast, as thousands of Israelis, young and old, religious and secular, some waiting in line in the hot sun for over an hour, slowly passed by the Israeli flag draped casket of Shimon Peres z"l. One had to pass multiple security layers to reach the Knesset, but the public was invited and they came. One man had a framed photo of Peres who years ago visited his home. The youngsters from the Peace Team soccer came as a group. Bus...
On the last day of Moshe Rabbeinu’s life he gathers the entire nation one last time to initiate them into the covenant of G-d. He emphasizes how every single one of them stands before G-d equally in their responsibility to G-d and one another, each to their own ability. You are standing today, all of you, before G-d, your Lord,: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers - all the men of Israel; your small children, your women, and your proselyte who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water... Who are these ‘woodchoppers’ and ‘water carriers’ that are singled out and noted by their profession rather than by their essence? Rashi informs us that these were Canaanites who presented themselves to Moshe ...
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A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the arriving New Jersey Transit train crashed through a barrier at the end of the track. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform, collapsing a section of the metal shed roof. Sources have confirmed to YWN that the train is the Pascack Valley Line, and originated in Spring Valley NY. It is train #1614. The train left Spring Valley 7:30AM. Nancy Bido, a passenger on the t...
FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the Justice Department gave immunity to top Hillary Clinton aide and attorney Cheryl Mills, not the bureau. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) questioned Comey on the matter at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. “Who authorized granting Cheryl Mills immunity?” Sensenbrenner asked. “It’s a decision made by the Department of Justice. I don’t know at what level inside,” Comey said. “In our investigations, if anything, any kind of immunity comes from the prosecutors, not the investigators.” Sensenbrenner then asked if Mills requested the immunity. “I don’t know for sure what the negotiations involved,” Comey said. “I believe her lawyer asked for...
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A Farewell to Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth President.President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Chairman Yuli Edelstein lay memorial wreaths by President Peres' coffin at the Knesset Plaza. 1fd1ec51-a303-4194-b122-316d08d48ff7 from on Vimeo.  
Former US president joins thousands at the Knesset, where the late president lies in state ahead of the funeral Friday Former US President Bill Clinton paid his respects to former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres immediately after landing in Israel on Thursday, viewing the late statesman’s coffin where it lay in state at the Knesset. Clinton drove directly from Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv to the Knesset in Jerusalem, where Peres’s casket has been placed. He was welcomed to the Knesset with a “warm embrace” from President Reuven Rivlin, according to the Knesset spokesman. Rivlin, together with Speaker Yuli Edelstein, then accompanied Clinton to the Knesset plaza to pay his last respects to Israel`s ninth president. Clinton is one...
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Organization of Israeli pilots appeals to transportation minister: ‘passengers were given an inferior product, unidentified planes, foreign technicians and pilots with unknown credentials;’ El Al: ‘The safety procedures and checks exist and the ground services are provided by El Al personnel.’ An Israeli organization of pilots is launching a campaign against El Al under the banner of “Israeli flights only with Israelis” in an effort to halt the selling of what are incorrectly believed by many Israeli passengers to be Israeli airline tickets. Over the last few months the Israeli airline El Al leased seven planes from foreign airlines and has been selling flights to various destinations including central Europe and South American as “El Al...
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intends to attend Shimon Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem tomorrow, at the head of a PA delegation. Abbas’s office contacted the head of Israel’s civilian authority in the Palestinian territories, Yoav Mordechai, to coordinate the president’s attendance. Abbas will be joined by a delegation comprising senior more at Times of Israel
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(AFP). The United States said Wednesday it conducted drone strikes against Al-Qaeda in Yemen last week, killing four members of the terror group. The first attack occurred on September 20 in Marib province and left two Al-Qaeda operatives dead, the military’s central command for the Middle East said in a statement. The second attack, on September 22 in central Baida province, killed two Al-Qaeda members, it said. The two drone strikes had been reported by Yemeni security officials but this was the first time the United States claimed them. Washington has been involved in a years-long unmanned drone campaign in Yemen and considers Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — to be its most dangerous. “These were Al-Qa...
(AFP). The US Congress passed a spending bill late Wednesday and staved off a government shutdown, after reaching agreement on funding for a tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan that had bedeviled earlier proposals. The fiscal year ends on September 30. Had Congress failed to pass a bill approving federal spending — or in this case, extending existing spending levels until December 9 — by midnight Friday, some government offices and operations could have been forced to close. “In addition to keeping the government open, this bill provides funding to train and equip our military, and improve care for our veterans. It also provides needed resources to fight the spread of the Zika virus in the United States and Puerto Rico,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said ...
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