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Only five months ago, a healthy husband and father of 3 was stricken with stage 4 cancer.  Leaving no stone unturned, 40 year-old Daniel Lansky battled the disease with incredible belief and trust in Hashem. His wife Elana stood by his side and did everything in her power to reverse the fatal decree from Heaven.  A little over a month ago, she begged others to join her to amass zechusim in a desperate attempt to save her husband. She texted a few of her friends the following: "Hi everyone. I'm calling on you- my fellow women of klal yisroel... Of recent our family has been go...
The Daily Mail reports that seven Indonesian students have been hospitalised after they were rescued from ‘freak’ surf while swimming between the flags at Sydney’s most iconic beach. The group were on a school excursion to Bondi Beach on Tuesday when two of the boys, both 16, disappeared under the water for a ‘period of time’ at 12.30pm. Their classmates rushed into the water to try and save the pair but were also dragged out by the ‘freak’ surf. Lifeguards paddled out and dragged the two boys who had been ‘submerged for a period of time’ to shore. They performed CPR while concerned beach-goers watched on as and paramedics and local Ambulance Community Responders (Hatzalah) rushed to the scene. One boy was transported to St Vincent...
Washington - Pastor Marks Burns, a prominent supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, apologized on Tuesday for sending out a tweet that showed a cartoon image of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in blackface. Burns, an African-American who is frequently one of the warmup speakers at Trump rallies, sent out the tweet on Monday to bolster the Trump campaign’s contention that Clinton is pandering for the black vote but will ignore the community if elected on Nov. 8. “I ain’t no ways pandering to African Americans,” the cartoon image says. The tweet emerged at a time when Trump has been trying to broaden his appeal to African-American voters by saying he wants to create more jobs and make black neighborhoods safe so people can walk down t...
Baltimore, MD – Aug. 30, 2016 - It is with deep sorrow that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Janet Day Hirsh, beloved wife of Michael J. Hirsh; devoted mother of Ariel and Samuel Hirsh; loving sister of Dr. Robert Menachem Cooper and the late Marvin Cooper; cherished daughter of the late Samuel and LeEtta Cooper; dear sister-in-law of Dr. Moshay Cooper and Gusty Taler. The levayah will take place at Sol Levinson’s, Wednesday, August 31, at 2 pm. Kevurah at Lubawitz Nusach Ari (Ner Tamid) Cemetery -Rosedale.  Shiva at 6601 Shelrick Place, Baltimore, MD 21209. Shacharis              Thursday, Friday,Tues           7:15 AM &nb...
Portland, ME - The black bear population in northern New England is growing, and wildlife managers say this year’s hunt for the animals is especially important to control it. Confrontations between people and bears generally increase during dry summers like the one this year. Dry weather reduces the amount of natural food, such as wild berries, and draws bears closer to humans’ homes as they search birdfeeders and garbage cans for food. The bear hunt is underway in Maine, where more than 600 people have complained of bear encounters this year — the most since 2012. The state is hoping for more participation in this year’s hunting season to help slow the growth of the bear population, said Jennifer Vashon, a bear biologist with the Maine Department of Inla...
Washington - One night a month, retired auto workers shuffle into a former elementary school classroom here to discuss their legal fight against the company that cancelled their health care benefits seven years ago. But the conversation often turns quickly to presidential politics. “It can get pretty heated,” says Gerald Poor, the group’s 77-year-old president, of their political discussions. “I call it to order if it gets out of hand.” Their anger is understandable. The group is a remnant of a once-powerful United Auto Workers union local, which at its peak in the 1960s represented over 5,000 workers who made transmissions in Muncie for BorgWarner Inc, the global auto parts maker. An American flag drapes the wall at one end of the room, portraits ...
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Hardan, Iraq - Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives. Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria. In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the ma...
West Palm Beach, FL - Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket. No, not THAT Vladimir Putin. Police in West Palm Beach say a 48-year-old man who shares the name of the Russian president was arrested at a Publix supermarket in the city’s downtown on Aug. 21. Police say Putin was screaming at employees and refused to leave the store. Records with the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office show he’s charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. Putin appeared in court Monday morning and was released on his own recognizance. Court records do not list an address for him. Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Davis says he didn’t know if Putin had a lawyer.
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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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Seattle - Donald Trump and his aides used to say that voters didn’t care about the nitty-gritty of policy details. But now those details are tripping up his campaign. For more than a week now, as he’s tried to shine the spotlight on his rival, Trump has appeared to wrestle with one of his signature proposals: A pledge to expel everyone living in the U.S. illegally with the help of a “deportation force.” At a Fox News town hall taping last week, in the face of pressing questions, the GOP nominee proceeded to poll the audience at length on the fate of an estimated 11 million people. It was a stunning display of indecision from a candidate who has asked voters to put enormous faith in his gut instincts. Trump is now planning a major speech Wednesday, during...
Beirut - The Islamic State group said Tuesday that its spokesman and senior commander has been killed while overseeing military operations in northern Syria, and threatened to avenge his death. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns in Aleppo,” without providing further details. His death, if confirmed, would be the latest blow to the Islamic State group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq, where it has declared a self-styled Islamic caliphate straddling both countries. Adnani, a senior leader in the group, has been the voice of IS over the past few years, and has released numerous, lengthy audio files online in which he delivered fiery sermons urging followers...
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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Aug. 30, 2016 - 26 Menachem Av - If A Pregnant Lady Eats Melava Malka Every Week Of Her Pregnancy She Will Have An Easy Childbirth

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  Aug. 30, 2016 /  26 Menchem Av 5776 - If A Pregnant Lady Eats Melava Malka Every Week Of Her Pregnancy She Wil Have An Easy Childbirth



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United Nation - The U.N. Security Council is warning that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict “that none of the parties or the region can afford.” The council’s warning came in a resolution adopted unanimously Tuesday extending the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force that monitors the truce until Aug. 31, 2017. It maintained the mission’s ceiling at 15,000 troops, supported by international and local civilian staff. The council expressed concern “at the limited progress made towards the establishment of a permanent cease-fire.” It urged all parties “to make every effort to ensure that the cessation of hostilities is sustained, exercise maximum calm and restraint and refrai...
New Orleans - A crane on a barge lifted the wreckage of a small sightseeing plane from a lake near New Orleans on Tuesday, the bodies of the pilot and a passenger still in the cabin, authorities said. The crane, operated by a salvage contractor, hoisted the plane onto the barge after divers first attached cables to the wreckage while it was submerged, New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Gregory Davis said. Video footage showed the plane being pulled from the waters still intact. The Cessna 172 crashed into Lake Pontchartrain while attempting to land Saturday night at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, plunging into waters about 1,000 yards off the runway. A woman passenger was rescued by a private yacht from the lake and survived. The airport director, Ben Morris, had said a ...
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Jerusalem - The Holon Cemetery was filled to capacity on Tuesday with hundreds of Israelis waiting outside to pay their respects to Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, better known by his nickname “Fuad”; the former defense minister, longtime MK, and Brigadier General who died on Sunday at the age of 80. Present at the ceremony where a host of prominent politicians from both sides of the aisle, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Zionist Union MK Isaac Herzog, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and former President Shimon Peres. Prime Minister Netanyahu eulogized Ben-Eliezer saying he was “a combination of vitality, grace, craftiness, and a lot of patriotism.” Throughout his speech Netanyahu repeatedly stated, “I loved Fuad.’ He continued stating,...
Washington - President Barack Obama cut short on Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. Obama has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug offenses, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and incarceration rates unseen in other developed countries. White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said the commutations underscored the president’s commitment to using his clemency authority to give deserving individuals a second chance. He said that Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences. “We must remember that these are individuals — sons, daughters, paren...
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Lithuanian president leads ceremony marking 1941 slaughter of Jewish community. JTA - Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė called the Holocaust a tragedy of all of Lithuanua during a commemoration ceremony at the site of 1941 massacre of Jewish residents in the town of Molėtai in eastern Lithuania. “Their memory is an uncompromising obligation for all Lithuanian people to fight against hatred, violence, discrimination, and indifference, and to respect and protect those who are around us,” Grybauskaitė said during Monday’s ceremony. Relatives of those murdered in Molėtai and the Lithuanian Jewish Community organized a March of Remembrance attended by local residents prior to the ceremony. “This demonstrates that Lithuanians are changing, casting ...
Fleeing the violence of Ukraine, 211 new olim disembarked at Ben Gurion today. 'We knew we had Jewish roots but did not have the documents.' With the increase of hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border in recent weeks, 211 new immigrants ("olim") from Ukraine landed this morning (Tuesday) at Ben Gurion Airport, most of them from the embattled regions in the Eastern part of the country. The olim arrived on a flight sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), and it is the IFCJ's 19th flight since the hostilities broke out between the two countries.They will join the roughly 4,000 olim from Ukraine who have already made Aliyah with the IFCJ, beginning in December 2014. Among the olim there are 37 children who will begin their stud...
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After PA ambassador to Prague complained, Czech authorities ordered their atlases to mark Tel Aviv as Israel's capital. Jerusalem is no longer the capital of Israel, according to atlases being distributed to primary and secondary schools of the Czech Republic. The Czech education ministry announced the intended change on August 23, after receiving complaints from the Palestinian Authority's embassy in Prague, led by ambassador Khaled Alattrash. "The ministry will resolutely demand a change of the given data," the Czech education ministry wrote in response to the complaint. The atlas publisher, the Shocart company, will have to rewrite Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel, or lose its certificate as an officially recognized school book. "The data in the atlas will be co...
United Nations organization condemns Israeli demolition of home of Rabbi Mark's murderer, warns against Liberman's anti-terror plan. Israel must halt the “punitive demolition” of terrorists’ homes in Judea and Samaria, the United Nations said on Tuesday, and end its “illegal” policy of permitting Jews to build in eastern Jerusalem. Nikolay Mladenov, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, blasted what he called “legal acrobatics” on the part of the Jewish state in permitting or granting legal standing to Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. In a video message released on Monday, Mladenov said all Israeli towns beyond the Green Line were in violation of international law. “N...
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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has launched a bipartisan campaign against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling on 50 state governors to condemn BDS and reaffirm that Israel’s an indispensable U.S. ally and economic partner. The campaign, called Governor’s United Against BDS, is co-chaired by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut. “We, the undersigned Governors, reject efforts to demonize and delegitimize Israel—America’s democratic ally in the Middle East—through the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement,” the group’s statement reads. So far, 17 governors, who have signed the petition, agree that “the goals of the...
The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects responsible for a July 27 robbery in Owings Mills. The investigation has indicated that sometime between 11:30 and 11:53 a.m. on July 27, an 18-year-old man was walking in Lakeside Boulevard. There was a person walking in front of him that got robbed of a credit card and a cell phone by two suspects. The suspects then approached him, displayed what he thought was a knife, and took his headphones. There were no reports of injuries during this incident. Images of the suspects were captured on video surveillance at a local business. This incident is under investigation by the Precinct 3 Investigative Services Unit. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call p...
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