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Baltimore, MD - July 26, 2016 - Crime in our neighborhood is ongoing. Last night on the 6100 block of Greenspring, a door was kicked in, with computers and other electronics stolen. - Also last night, Shomrim received reports of an attempted lock-picking off of Seven Mile Lane. - Sunday night several cars on the 3900 block of Pinkney were burgled between 12 and 12:45 AM, and bicycles were stolen. - Saturday night we received an email: On Saturday morning my apartment was attempted to be broken into at about 2:30am but after about 20 minutes, the person left. The police came after an ho...
[Ed. Note]: BJL readers are urged to share this as much as possible Shalom. My name is Esther Caplin, from Neve Daniel, Israel. After a year of treatments for stage 4 breast cancer which has spread to my liver, my oncologist decided to put me on Ibrance (with Faslodex) providing me with a free 3-month supply of Ibrance that he had obtained from a former patient. Unfortunately, Ibrance is not one of the cancer drugs supplied on the health plan in Israel and my oncologist hoped to use the three month period to assess its effectiveness on me and to try to acquire more of the drug from Pfizer on compassionate grounds. While the Ibrance has succeeded in halting the spread of the cancer, the request to Pfizer did not work out. As buying the drug was not a viable option, I began a search in m...
One day before a pre-trial hearing in the case of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the defense is worried about a "tainted prosecution." In motions unsealed on Monday, defense attorneys for Officer Garrett Miller have advised the Court that they have issued subpoenas to six Baltimore City prosecutors, to determine if they discussed Miller's case. CLICK HERE to read the defense motion. Miller was offered immunity when he testified for the prosecution on May 16 at the trial of Officer Edward Nero.   Under an immunity agreement none of what Miller said on the stand at Nero's trial, and no evidence resulting from that testimony, can be used at Miller's trial.   As part of that agreement Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mos...
Jerusalem -  The Knesset Education Committee met on Tuesday to discuss the final ratification of a bill passed in its first reading that would nullify the requirement that Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) elementary schools teach a minimum of basic courses in English, math, and science in order to receive government funding. The first reading of the new bill had been approved on Monday by a majority of 37 lawmakers in favor versus 33 who opposed it. The bill has yet to pass a second and third reading in order to be ratified into law. The bill revokes a previous law passed in 2013 by Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid in collaboration with former Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron. The law had mandated that a portion of state funding for Haredi schools be conditioned upon compliance wit...
Washington - Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back. The Republican presidential nominee said he felt like he was “in a sauna” speaking to supporters at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center on Monday and warned he might not pay the bill. Onstage, Trump, owner of luxury hotels, interrupted his remarks about free trade to berate the hotel about its air conditioning system. “I don’t know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we’re not going to get you paid,” Trump said. Hotel officials told WDBJ in Roanoke that the air conditioning system “was on and working properly throughout the event.” The hotel said temperatures in the 90s did pose &ld...
Waze has developed a warning that will remind drivers to check whether they have left their children behind Children left behind in cars is one of the worst plagues of the summer. According to figures from Beterem – Safe Kids Israel (Hebrew), the media reported 293 cases of children being forgotten in various vehicles in 2009-2014, with 15 cases ending in the child’s death. We have now learned that Waze, one of the world’s most popular navigational apps, is on the road to launching a new feature that may be able to prevent the next forgotten child. Have you finished your journey? Waze will show you a reminder to check the back of the car Photo credit: Geektime Screen captures we have obtained from Waze’s recent beta version show that the compa...
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Washington - Donald Trump is talking about polls again. The Republican presidential nominee had recently avoided the subject, given that many preference polls showed him in a close race with Hillary Clinton. But on Monday, Trump cited polls following the Republican National Convention that show “the biggest bounce that anyone can remember.” Yet while all preference polls taken months before the November vote should come with a grain of salt, those published around the conventions are often especially volatile. They require a shaker. And, by the way, those national polls don’t reflect the way America chooses its president. The White House isn’t decided by a popular vote, but in state-by-state votes that make up the Electoral College. Here’s a deeper...
Female terrorist neutralized after attempting to stab security forces north of Jerusalem A female Arab terrorist attempted to stab Israeli soldiers manning Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem Tuesday morning. Alert troops shot and wounded the terrorist before she was able to carry out her attack, however; she was transferred to Shaarei Tzedek hospital in moderate condition. "At the Qalandiya checkpoint a young Arab woman ... started to run toward the guards, who several times ordered her to stop," a police statement said. "When she did not comply and drew close to them they fired at her legs and neutralised her," it said. She was found to have been carrying a knife in her bag, it added. The statement said the woman was a resident of the nearby village of Akab. Police said th...
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Asara B'Teves

(On) the 10th of Tevet  Nebuchadnetzer, the King of Babylon, reached Jerusalem,  and laid siege (to the) ramparts, which lead on to the destruction. (KSA 121:3)

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 Terror group says terrorists who decapitated priest near Rouen today are soldiers for Islamic State. The ISIS terror organization has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a church near Rouen, France on Tuesday, saying the terrorists involved were “soldiers of ISIS”. Two men who had declared their allegiance to the radical Islamic terror group, took five hostages in a church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy. The terrorists killed one hostage and seriously wounded a second. Jacques Himel, 86, a priest, was horrifically murdered in the attack, his throat slit, while doctors are struggling to save the life of the second victim. The Daily Mail has reported that Himel was beheaded during the attack before French police shot an...
Ashdod, Israel - Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot on Tuesday reported its first case of life-threatening incident involving the popular new “Pokemon Go” app.  Ashdod resident Asaf Ben Guzi, 17, was rushed to the Kaplan Medical Center emergency room after nearly drowning while trying to catch a character in the game. He was pulled from the water by his brother, and was later hospitalized in the neurology department. Doctors warned that using the app by the sea is highly dangerous due to users’ lack of awareness of the real world around them while playing. Since the app’s debut, it has caused a number of accidents. In Baltimore, a man drove into an empty parked police car because he was searching for pokemon while driving. In Japan, players have been f...
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Pinchas - The Moral Instinct (Audio)

Pinchas instilled a sense of mission within the Jewish people and the ability to react to the call of duty and stand up for what is right. Often, Hashem is waiting for us to take the initiative. Instinctively, we become aware of a moral injustice that demands an immediate and dramatic response. These instincts- whether a drive to do chessed or the abhorrence of evil- are to be cultivated and appreciated.


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Tragedy in Germany: A hospital patient in Berlin shot a doctor, before turning the gun on himself. A German shot a doctor at Benjamin Franklin Campus of the Charite university hospital in Berlin, and then killed himself with the same gun. The doctor was critically injured, and has died of his injuries. Police report they were called to the main building of the hospital at 11 a.m. today, in the southwestern Steglitz neighborhood of Berlin. They added that the gunman was a patient at the hospital. Tagesspiegel newspaper reports that a police terror unit has been deployed to the scene. However, German police reject the idea that this was a terror incident. There are "no signs at all" of a link to terrorism, they said. The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks in Germany, whic...
Sagamihara, Japan - A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death. When he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday attack. It is Japan’s deadliest mass killing in decades. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously. Security camera footage played on TV news programs showed a man driving up in a black car and carrying several knives to the Tsukui Yamayuri-en fa...
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Brooklyn, NY - New York City police say they had to use a stun gun to subdue a man who was menacing people at a Brooklyn park with swords in both hands. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2a9TFex ) police responded to Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick around 8 p.m. Monday. Authorities say about 50 people pointed out the suspect, who ran from the park. Sgt. Brendan Ryan says officers surrounded the 56-year-old suspect when he unsheathed two swords and told them, “You’re going to have to kill me.” Police fired a stun gun and took the man into custody. They say they also found a machete and two smaller knives in a duffel bag. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the suspect. ___ Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com
Winston-Salem, NC - Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win. Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed any suggestion that Putin’s intelligence services might have had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s email system. Emails leaked last week disclosed that some party officials had been in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and sought ways to thwart Sanders. The uproar over the WikiLeaks revelations prompted Debbie Wasserman Schu...
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Philadelphia - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has excited Americans who are rightfully angry. But she says he’s offering no solutions for their problems. She tells the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that Trump can see voter anger “from the top of Trump Tower” and tells voters that “he and he alone can fixed the rigged system.” Warren says the only actual clear policy proposal Trump offered in his own nomination acceptance last week was “a stupid wall” that “will never get built.” Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But she says there was nothing in his speech about improving children’s education, increasing incomes or creating ...
West Bank - The Palestinian president says he will sue Great Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration and its support for a Jewish national home in the Holy Land. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki made the announcement on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas at Monday’s opening of the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. Malki said the suit would be filed in an international court. He didn’t elaborate. The Balfour Declaration laid the vision for the future state of Israel and sparked waves of Jewish migration to the British mandate in Palestine. Israel declared its independence in 1948 after the mandate expired and won a subsequent war against its Arab adversaries. Malki said the declaration was a “fateful promise from the ones who don’t...
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Vientiane - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday brushed aside accusations that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails. “I don’t want to use four-letter words,” Lavrov told reporters, when asked whether Russia was responsible for the hacking of emails. He was speaking at the start of talks with Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos.
Roanoke, VA - Donald Trump has a new, derisive nickname for his Democratic rival: Hillary “Rotten” Clinton. Addressing backers Monday in an overly warm ballroom in Roanoke, Virginia, the Republican presidential nominee lashed out at Clinton as low-energy and needing naps. He argued that she dropped her maiden name, Rodham, because it sounds like “rotten.” “Why did she get rid of it? Hillary Rotten Clinton, Rotten Clinton. Hillary Rotten Clinton, right?” Trump told the crowd. “Maybe that’s why, it’s too close.” Trump has repeatedly referred to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary.” The event was held in the home state of Clinton’s new running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, whom Trump derided as a “weird little dude&...
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Baltimore residents would pay about 33 percent more for water — and be charged two new fees — under a three-year plan under consideration by city officials. Officials propose raising water rates by 9.9 percent each year through fiscal year 2018; sewer rates by 9 percent each year through 2018; and creating new charges for "infrastructure" and "account management." Under the plan, a typical water bill for a residential customer could increase from $233.12 per quarter to $275.53 by 2019. The city's finance and public work directors are recommending the rate increases to the Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. A public hearing on the new charges is expected to be scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 31. Additionally, city officials ...
Dear Ramaz Students, Last week, over 830 of you signed a petition to Ramaz dean and spiritual leader Rabbi Haskel Lookstein to protest his decision to give the invocation at the Republican convention. In the petition, you accuse Donald trump of every social ill on the face of the earth: racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and, for good measure, chillul Hashem. As a result of your petition, Rabbi Lookstein was forced to back out of attending the convention. My questions to you are: As a Torah organization, if you are truly concerned about chillul Hashem, how about the chillul Hashem of publicly humiliating a rabbi – your rabbi – in public? What about the chillul Hashem of a massive rebuke to someone who could be the next president of the United States? What about the mitzvah o...
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