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The Frank shiva will resume in Baltimore on Tuesday, Sept. 27
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 We are never prepared for tragedy. And so, the hundreds of men who continue to selflessly dedicate their days and nights as Misaskim volunteers must be ever prepared. Ever ready to spring into action, even in the most terrible and horrific situations, at a moment’s notice. In the past year alone, Misaskim has brought over 100 meisei mitzvah to kevurah, serviced 2,240 shivah homes, comforted 8,000 aveilim, delivered thousands of meals to grieving families, and much more. Addressing the needs of the Jewish community throughout the Tri-State area, Misaskim volunteers go beyond the c...
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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 wanted to shout from the rooftops. “I’m on my game! Just walk right in folks, and make yourself at home in my spotless guest room!! I’ll never be caught unprepared!!” But that ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 26, 2016 - On Sunday morning, September 18th, Agudath Israel of Maryland held its second annual benefit brunch at the Baltimore home of Susie and Matt Schoenfeld. The event drew a capacity crowd of 140 community leaders and activists who came to show support for the vital community organization and to celebrate its numerous accomplishments advocating for the needs of the community. Featured speaker Senator Joe Lieberman engaged the audience with his trademark moderate perspective on this most unique 2016 presidential election. Throughout the event, a theme emerged of Agudath Israel representing the Jewish community in government and to the outside world, and modeling what it means to live as a Torah Jew. This theme began with Rabbi Shmuel Silber, rabbi of Suburban Or...
Reporter Amir Bar Shalom of Israel’s Channel 1 television encountered Jonathan Pollard and his wife on the streets of New York and conducted an impromptu interview that aired on Erev Shabbos. Pollard said it would “take a miracle” for him to be able to live in Israel Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel, was released from prison in November after 30 years. The 62-year-old has strict parole rules that require him to stay in his New York home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and wear a GPS-monitoring device at all times.
New data show that murders in the United States rose 10.8 percent in the last year, following a two-decade decline. The FBI said the rise was the biggest single-year increase since 1971. The number of murders for 2015—15,696—was about the same total as in 2009. The total is still half what it was in 1991. “You lost 50 lb. You gained back a couple. You’re not fat,” said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at your behavior, because the trend is not good.” Select cities showed their own trends. New York City saw 352 murders last year, compared to 2,000 per year in the early 1990s. Los Angeles has seen fewer than 300 mur...
Yerushalayim mayor Nir Barkat met rabbonim and politicians of the chareidi Degel Hatorah party who felt that he was antagonistic to their needs and promised to upgrade chareidi schools as part of a general plan to enhance the city’s schools. Barkat also agreed to transfer a large section of the religious Zionist Harel School in Ramot to a local Bais Yaakov school and announced that three new kindergartens will be built for chareidim in the mixed Kiryat Yovel neighborhood as well as other improvements in mixed neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Jewish and Arab parents petitioned in court against the Education Ministry and Yerushalayim municipality, asking the court to demand an explanation why chareidi schools are 1,600 classrooms short and why 2,000 classrooms are missing in Arab...
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Looking for a fun event to have at your company this year? How about offering your employees a chance to bring their parents to work. That’s what Amazon.com recently did. And, as reported by a local TV station, everyone seemed to have a blast. Millennials – defined as those between the ages of 18 and 34 – now make up more than half of the U.S. workforce. And as tough as they’d like us to think they are we all know they’re still young at heart. I always hear of the challenges faced by small businesses looking to attract and maintain good people from this generation. So here’s one good idea: what could make an employee more appreciative of where she works than by impressing her parents? In a twist of the decades-old “bring your son/daughte...
Expands Access to Services to Underserved Communities Recently, Mrs. Leah Steinberg, Agudath Israel's Special Needs Advocate and Director of Project LEARN, proposed changes in inter-agency cooperation policy between the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State's Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The changes proposed would ensure that the OPWDD provide information on services and programs for the disabled in places that are accessible to nonpublic school students - thus empowering millions of individuals with disabilities throughout New York State. As a member of New York State's Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC) of the OPWDD, Mrs. Steinberg strongly advised that the yearly communication/forums from OPWDD includ...
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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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New York - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 29-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of Menachem Stark, 39, on January 2, 2014. District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant waited for Menachem Stark outside of his office and forcibly kidnapped him, killing him in the process. As a result, his wife and seven children were robbed of their husband and father. The jury has now held him accountable for his actions.” The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kendel Felix, 29, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alexander Jeong. He faces up to 25 years to life...
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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 26, 2016 - 23 Elul - Sukka Built Out Of Order! Is That A Problem?

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Rav Shmuel Auerbach, head of the Peleg Yerushalmi group which opposes yeshiva students even appearing at IDF induction centers to receive exemptions, instructed parents to remove their children from chadorim and schools sympathetic to the group and place them in the Peleg’s own institutions due to the interference of the Education Ministry in chareidi schools. Rav Shmuel warned of the importance “to guard the container of pure oil passed down from generation to generation.” Unlike most chareidi institutions, Peleg takes no funds from the government. Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar, who also opposes Israeli government funding of schools, praised Peleg’s policy at a recent tish. Due to the transfer, the number of boys learning in Peleg’s Tiferes Tzion Tal...
The gunman who shot and wounded nine people this morning in Houston was wearing Nazi paraphernalia, two law-enforcement sources told KPRC2. Officers responded to the scene just around 6 a.m., where the shooter opened fire on police, “wearing what appeared to be an antique German uniform with Swastikas on it.” The gunman was found dead shortly after the police returned fire and several weapons have been found inside his vehicle, according to local police. Investigators who inspected the shooter’s apartment reportedly found additional Nazi paraphernalia inside. Interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo stated that she is not ready to say whether the shooting was related to terrorism. Read more at KPRC2. The following is the Washington Post ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 26, 2016 - On Sunday morning the first day of selichos two kehilos joined in a morning of learning and inspiration. Members of Cong. Shomrei Emuna and Bnei Jacob Shaarei Zion met at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel for the Annual Pre-Rosh Hashana Yarchei Kallah. The attendees were greeted by Rabbi Baruch Neuberger and Rabbi Eli Greengart, Ner Yisroel's Director of Alumni Relations. The morning began with coffee and danishes and greetings by the Menhel, Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger. Rabbi Neuberger spoke about the The 13 Attributes of Mercy that are a common theme  throughout the Days of Awe and their meaning as explained by the Ner Yisroel Mashgiach, Rav Dovid Kronglass, Zt'l. The attendees then proceeded to the Beis Medrash to prepare for the shiur that would follow. ...
BROOKLYN - Kendel Felix has been found guilty of kidnapping and second-degree murder in the kidnapping and murder of Menachem Stark, Hy”d, on Jan. 2-3, 2014. He was not found guilty of attempted robbery. Felix will be sentenced by Judge Alexander Jeong October 19. He faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison for each count.
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Lawmakers were skeptical last week when Mylan chief executive Heather Bresch said that the company made only $100 in profit for a two-pack of EpiPens. During a House hearing, Bresch repeatedly referred to a poster board showing how little of the $608 list price trickled back to the company. The incredulity was warranted: The profits Bresch told Congress about were calculated after factoring in the 37.5 percent U.S. tax rate, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission first reported by the Wall Street Journal. That tax rate is more than five times the overall tax rate the company actually paid last year and much higher than its actual U.S. tax rate, which tax specialists have pegged at close to zero. Before taxes, the EpiPen profit is actually $160 for a ...
Michael Savage, the host of the nationally syndicated “The Savage Nation,” says he has been “couped” off the air in his number one affiliate, WABC-Radio NY Savage went on the air on Monday – just hours before the highly anticipated Presidential Debate – and ranted against WABC for throwing him off the air. Savage says he was given no advance warning and it came as a shocking surprise. Listeners to Savage know that a good part of his callers are from the Tri-State Area where he is the number one listened to talk show on the station. He was replaced by the “Curtis And Cooby Show”, whom Savage crushes in ratings. Savage says if this continues tomorrow, he may leave radio. Shortly after, while going on a big rant about what was done, all Sav...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 26, 2016 - K’hal Chassidim of Baltimore is offering for free, on a first-come, first-served basis, a Luach Zmanim for Baltimore.  Attached are pictures. Printed on beautiful paper, the large Shul size can be seen from a distance and provides Sof Zman Krias Shema, Daf Yomi, Shabbos times and on the reverse times for every day of the week as well as the date and time for the Molad and Sof Zman Kiddush Levonah.  The Shul size has a sturdy back and grommet for hanging. The personal size Luach has a magnet on the back for mounting on a refrigerator or other metal surface, with all of the above mentioned times and details. Anyone interested in a Khal Chassidim sponsored Baltimore Luach Zmanim can pick one up at the Beis Medrash (6004 Park Heights Avenue) ...
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* Israeli firms sign deal to export gas to Jordan * 15-year deal expected to be worth $10 billion (Adds details on regional gas ties in paragraphs 2,7) By Ari Rabinovitch JERUSALEM, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Backers of Israel's massive Leviathan natural gas field signed a $10 billion deal on Monday to supply 1.6 trillion feet (tcf) of gas to Jordan's National Electric Power Company. The deal marks a significant step forward in Israel's efforts to exploit its offshore gas reserves, although it is still looking for a partnership with Egypt or Turkey, or both, which would give it far more export volume and the possibility of linking up with markets in Europe. "Subject to regulatory approvals from Israel and Jordan, sales ... are anticipated to commence," said Texas-base...
Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews seeking revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died. He was 91. His son, Ronel Harmatz, confirmed the death Monday. Harmatz was one of the few remaining Jewish "Avengers" who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS officers in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans, but caused no known deaths. Still, the message echoed into a rallying cry for the newborn state of Israel — that the days when attacks on Jews went unanswered were over. Harmatz, who was born in Lithuania and lost most of his family in the Holocaust, spoke to The Associated Press shortly before his death and remained unapologetic for his actions and those of his group Nakam, Hebrew f...
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