Baltimore County Police have charged two men in connection with thefts of packages from in front of homes in the Pikesville / Precinct 4 area. John Leon Kenney (25) of the 5000 block of The Alameda Rd 21239 has been charged with multiple counts of fourth-degree burglary and theft. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $25,000 bail. Sean Lamont Arrington (47) of the 3900 block of Wilsby Avenue 21218 has been charged with multiple counts of fourth-degree burglary and theft. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $20,000 bail. Detectives wit...
Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2016 -  Dear Community Members, Between 5/21/16 and 5/23/16, there were four thefts from motor vehicles in the Pikesville Precinct.  The first theft from motor vehicle was in the 700 block of Silver Creek Road. The second theft from motor vehicle occurred in the 7800 block of Nashua Circle.  The third and fourth thefts from motor vehicles occurred at the same location in the 700 block of Milford Mill Road.  There was no evidence of force used in any of the theft from motor vehicles. Please lock your vehicles doors at all times and remove any valuables!  Please be vigilant of suspicious subjects or vehicles roaming through the neighborhood.   If you notice any suspicious activity, safely get a good description of the subjects or ...
Jerusalem - In first remarks as Israel’s designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: “I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse.” In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasizing “a strong commitment, to the peace, to the final status agreement (with the Palestinians).” After Wednesday’s signing ceremony, military officers, diplomats and Palestinian leaders were left asking whether this combative figure would pursue a less confrontational line after he formally re-joins the cabinet next week.          Lieberman, who had a modest stint in Israel’s armed forces, has in the past threatened to bomb Egypt’s ...
Washington - Hmmm, wonder who he has in mind? A leading Senate Democrat is introducing legislation that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Its chances of becoming law are nil. The Republican-controlled Congress has little incentive to embarrass Donald Trump, their presumptive presidential candidate. Trump has said he won’t unveil his returns until the IRS finishes auditing them. But with Democrats looking for every opportunity to focus negative attention on the billionaire candidate, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the measure Wednesday. The bill would require the major parties’ presidential nominees to release their tax returns for the past three years. If they don’t, the Treasury Department — which oversees t...
Gaza City - Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers said Wednesday they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president. Hamas lawmakers “endorsed” 13 death sentences after mounting pressure from victims’ families. West Bank-based President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to approve the Hamas verdicts and the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights says he is deeply concerned over the imminent executions. “The Gaza authorities’ statements follow the demands of several families for the death penalty to be carried out against individuals accused of killing their relatives,” a spokesman for the commissioner, Rupert Colville, said. “Death sentences may only be carrie...
Tehran, Iran - An Instagram account associated with a powerful general who leads an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard briefly was inaccessible on the application. The account featuring images of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who heads the elite Quds Force focusing on foreign operations, was inaccessible Wednesday, then later restored. It’s unclear whether the account, followed by some 300,000 users, is managed on Soleimani’s behalf. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency described it as belonging to him. A website associated with Iranian state television also reported on the account’s disappearance. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On May 16, Iranian police announced the arrest of eight peop...
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Washington - Reports of Israel’s new right-wing governing coalition raise “legitimate questions” about the direction of Israeli policy but the United States will judge the new government based on its actions, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. “We have also seen reports from Israel describing it as the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history and we also know that many of its ministers have said they oppose a two-state solution,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “This raises legitimate questions about the direction it may be headed in ... and what kind of policies it may adopt.”
Washington - Paul Ryan, the top U.S. elected Republican, on Wednesday continued to withhold his support from Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, saying he is not ready to endorse the real estate billionaire, a political neophyte. Ryan, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, brushed aside reports that he was ready to endorse Trump during a meeting with reporters in the Capitol. “I haven’t made a decision,” he said, adding that he had no timetable for doing so. The 46-year-old speaker is the only member of the Republican congressional leadership who has not formally embraced the presumptive Republican nominee. Ryan is expected to chair the party’s nominating convention in July in Cleveland. Trump’s ascent...
Daily Halacha
Sefiras HaOmer, (cont'd)

[ויש מקומות שמתירין] Some communities allow (these) [עד ראש חדש אייר ועד בכלל] up to and including Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, [שהן ששה עשר יום] which is 16 days, [ונשארים ל''ג יום באיסור עד חג השבועות] leaving 33 days when (these) are not allowed, up to Shavuot. [ומסתפרין בערב החג] (They (allow) hair cuts on the day before the festival). [ומכל מקום ביום ל''ג בעומר בעצמו מתירין] In any event, on the 33rd of the Omer itself (these) are allowed. [וכשחל ביום ראשון מתירין] (When it (the 33rd) falls on Sunday we allow [בערב שבת כמו שכתבנו לעיל] on Friday as we wrote above). [ויש מקומות שמתירין עד] Some communities allow up to [ראש חדש אייר ולא עד בכלל] but not inclding Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, [וביום ראשון דראש חדש מתחיל האיסור] and on the first day of Rosh Hodesh the ban starts, [ויום ראשון דהגבלה הוא יום הל''ג] and the first day of the limitations is the 33rd day, [ואמרינן בו מקצת היום ככולו] and we say that part of the day is like the whole, [ומותרין לישא ולהסתפר בהן] and we allow marriages and hair cuts on them. [וגם היום ל''ג בעומר מותרין] Also (on) the 33rd day of the Omer (these) are allowed [וכמו שכתבנו לעיל] (as we wrote above), [וצריכין לנהוג בכל קהלה מנהג אחד] and each community needs to follow one custom, [ולא ישנו לעשות מקצתן כך ומקצתן כך] and not do a little from this (custom) and a little from that. (KSA 120:7)

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Jerusalem - A year and a half after surviving an assassination attempt and being told he may never walk again, Yehudah Glick strode onstage in the Knesset’s plenum and was sworn in as a member on Monday. “For me, the word ‘shehecheyanu’” - ‘who has given us life,’ from the blessing said on special occasions and new experiences - “has many and deep meanings since the assassination attempt,” Glick said. Glick, an activist for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, was next on the Likud’s list, after defense minister Moshe Ya’alon quit his post. The new MK was shot four times in the chest in November 2014 by Mutaz Hijazi, an Arab man from Jerusalem who called Glick “an enemy of Al-Aksa.” Glick was undeterred ...
Los Angeles - Police in Anaheim, California, warned they would take “swift and decisive enforcement action” if protesters get out of hand at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday, a day after a violence broke out at the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign event in New Mexico. Trump’s appearances in the U.S. West in areas with significant Hispanic populations have drawn large protests - such as Tuesday’s violence in Albuquerque, where rock-throwing demonstrators were arrested - because of his remarks that Mexico is sending criminals and rapists to the United States. Trump’s problems with Latino communities could dampen his Nov. 8 election hopes. A poll by the political research group Latino Decisions found 87 percent of registered Hispanic...
Parsha Hashavua
Parshas Behar - The Goal; Companionship not Destination

This week's Parsha, B’har, underscores our relationship to the Land of Israel in very descriptive terms. Throughout the Parsha the message is clear that the Land belongs exclusively to HaShem and not to us. We are to ones to whom HaShem gave the rights to settle the Land for the purpose of building a nation that is devoted to Him.
 
This week our community lost Mrs. Rachel Canterman, a woman whose entire life was the expression of her undivided devotion to HaShem and to His Torah. Many people in our community poured their hearts to HaShem in prayer that He should grant her a recovery. There are many who prayed for her who did not even know her. Those prayer sessions were so powerful that those in attendance knew HaShem was there as well.
 
Did our prayers accomplish their intended goal? The answer is unquestionably YES.
 
But first, let us appreciate what the goal of our prayers is. For that I will draw a parallel and quickly return to this question.
 
One summer day when all the children were away at camp, I turned to my wife and suggested that we go for a ride just to spend time together. She agreed. After driving aimlessly along 95 North enjoying each other's company I suggested  that we drive to Brooklyn and visit her relatives. They will be so surprised to see us, what fun! We will eat something in Brooklyn and then head home. As we prepared to enter Staten Island we heard that there was two hour back up in both directions which meant that if we carried out our plan we would not return to Baltimore till late at night. We decided to abandon the idea and turned around and headed home. When we finally returned home we did not look at our trip as a failed endeavor - we really had a great time, enjoyed ourselves and accomplished what we had set out to do.
 
If however, our intent was to go to my nephew's wedding our disappointment would be tremendous. It would have been a complete day of futility with nothing to show for it.
 
Our Sages teach us that the intent of prayer is to connect with HaShem, to spend time in His close company. The greater our need and the greater our awareness that only He is the One Who can help us the greater our closeness will be. Anyone who attended that prayer meeting at which we recited hundreds of verses of tehillim in the hope that HaShem would send a recovery to our beloved Rachel, knows that HaShem joined us there. We were in His close company. Apparently, HaShem understood that the time for Rachel's departure had arrived. But in His kindness He reached out to us and offered us the opportunity to pray to Him. He gave us the hope that moved us to gather 30 women, many who did not even know Rachel to turn to HaShem and draw ourselves nearer to Him.
 
This prayer meeting was not in vain, we are all stronger and closer than we were before.
 
So as we are truly sad with the departure of Rachel who was a women a great devotion to HaShem we must nevertheless be grateful to her for drawing us near as well. It must be added that given that we brought HaShem into our midst there is no question that this will bring much blessing to us as well.

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Washington - The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday the beleaguered agency will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season. Peter Neffenger told a House committee that a combination of factors contributed to the added waiting time to pass through security screening: more people are flying this year and fewer people than anticipated have applied for the government’s PreCheck program, which expedites screening for those who have submitted to a background check. The agency expects to screen 740 million passengers this year, a 15 percent increase over 2013, Neffenger said. That increase came amid a 12 percent drop in...
Jerusalem - Hundreds of thousands of Israelis lit massive bonfires on Wednesday evening to celebrate the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, including a huge pilgrimage at the grave of an ancient Jewish mystic on Mount Meron in the Galilee region. Lag Ba’omer marks the 33rd day of the seven week period between Passover and the Festival of Weeks, the day on which Rabbi Simeon Bar Yochai is said to have died nearly two millennia ago. The sage stands out among his Talmudic peers for his association with the Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Fittingly, his grave is located near the city of Safed, which is historically a capital for Kabbalistic studies. Many tens of thousands flock to Bar Yochai’s grave each year on the holiday – which Rabbi Bar Yochai himself supposedly de...
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Ottawa -  Former Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who lost power last October after almost a decade in office, will leave politics later this year and go into business, a Conservative source said on Wednesday. Harper, 57, stepped down as party leader in the wake of his defeat by the Liberals of Justin Trudeau in the Oct 19 election. He was re-elected as a legislator for a parliamentary constituency in Calgary, but will resign his seat before the House starts its fall session in September, said the source. “He will go into a global business venture. He has no plans to become an academic,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous since Harper has made no formal announcement about his future yet. Several companies had asked Harper to sit o...
On Tuesday morning, May 17th, tragedy struck five well known and respected visitors from New York as they took an early morning swim at Haulover Beach. The area, which was secluded, took the five by surprise as they were swept into deep water by a sudden undercurrent. Of the five, two managed to get out by themselves, one were rescued by lifeguards and Miami Dade Fire & Rescue with assistance from Bal Harbour Police Department Officer George Waisman, who responded to the scene, and two, Rabbi Rosenberg and Rabbi Parnes, z'l, were recovered and taken to Aventura Hospital where they unfortunately passed away. CSE members were immediately sent to the hospital to initiate procedures that would procure the release of the deceased so that they could be transported to New York for immed...
Ramat Beit Shemesh - May 25, 2016 - Lag BaOmer 5766 - With Lag BaOmer celebrations already underway in Eretz Yisrael, Chana & Jeremy Staiman, formerly of Baltimore - and other olim from Baltimore - send their best wishes to everyone in Baltimore and sent a few photos of their celebration in Ramat Beit Shemesh. IMG_3394 from BaltimoreJewishLife.com on Vimeo.            
HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita is quoted saying one who is a “big masmid” and will learn during the bus ride to Meron may travel to the Rashbi for Lag B’Omer. However, one who is not – we needn’t give him another way for bitul zman. When asked in the past Rav Kanievsky stated this is a minhag and one should not mock it. Rav Shiya Epstein, who is known to be close to the Gadol Hador, explains “Ten years ago, when Rav Chaim would agree to be sandek all around Israel, he was invited to a bris in Meron. When the bris ended Rav Chaim said ‘Since we are near the tziyun, let’s go there and be mispallel’. HaGaon HaRav Chaim arrived and stood near but did not go closer to the kever. “Rav Kanievsky recited Tehillim quietly near the ...
Israel’s Fire Service is on alert ahead of Lag B’Omer, with an emphasis on chareidi areas where at times, Lag B’Omer gets out of hand. Fire trucks have visited many areas, like the Jerusalem forest bordering Har Nof, where extremely large bonfires deemed too close to trees are ‘washed down’ to prevent them from lighting. In some area, including Elad, dangerous bonfires are dismantled before they can do serious damage. People are urged to adhere to basic safety regulations and common sense regarding bonfires. This includes maintaining a safe distance from electric lines, phone lines, telephone lines, vehicles, apartments and forestry. Adults should be present and there should be a running source of water on hand to address the unexpected.  eople are also...
Vietnam - U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party’s nominee. “I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say ‘what a mess’,” Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. “But usually we end up doing okay because the American people are good people ... Sometimes our politics doesn’t express all the goodness of the people,” he said, without referring specifically to any of the presidential candidates. Obama made the comments just before ending a three-day trip to Vietnam...
This week's Parsha, B’har, underscores our relationship to the Land of Israel in very descriptive terms. Throughout the Parsha the message is clear that the Land belongs exclusively to HaShem and not to us. We are to ones to whom HaShem gave the rights to settle the Land for the purpose of building a nation that is devoted to Him.   This week our community lost Mrs. Rachel Canterman, a woman whose entire life was the expression of her undivided devotion to HaShem and to His Torah. Many people in our community poured their hearts to HaShem in prayer that He should grant her a recovery. There are many who prayed for her who did not even know her. Those prayer sessions were so powerful that those in attendance knew HaShem was there as well.   Did our prayers accomplish th...
San Francisco - Apple Inc, which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said. Callas had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Macintosh computer. Apple declined to detail his new role, and Callas declined to comment. The Cupertino, California-based company has clashed with the U.S. government over whether Apple should help law enforcement access ...
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