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Watch Horav Michoel Sorotzkin: Harei Ani Ke'Ven Shivi'm Shana - Special Pessach Shiur (Video) Unbridled Antisemitism And Violence At Columbia: Agudath Israel Calls On Leaders To Act Biden: I Condemn The Antisemitic Protests On Campuses. I Also Condemn Those Who Don't Understand What's Going On With The Palestinians Barrage Of 30 Rockets Fired Towards Tzfat During Pesach Seder Baltimore’s Annual Community-Wide Chometz Burning 5784/2024 (Photos & Video) Zmanim for Pesach 5784/2024 BJL Traffic Alert: Park Heights & Old Court Road Day 199 - Erev Pesach Erev Pesach Neis: This is How Law Enforcement Caught the Terrorists in Jerusalem Watch: Jewish Song Artists Envelop in Prayer 'Otfim B'Tefilah' (Video) Jerusalem Ramming Attack: Terrorists Attempted To Shoot, Failed, And Rammed Pedestrians Report: Israel planned and canceled major retaliatory strike on Iran Biden Denounces Antisemitism In Passover Message: Reprehensible and Dangerous Seven Mile Market: Make Sure You Check All Items To Be Marked Correctly For Passover Limited Amount of Lakewood Hand Shmurah Matzoh Now in Stock at Seven Mile Market An Open Letter to Mashiach: I'm Yearning for the Geulah Kristallnacht at Columbia University; Declare Columbia University a Terror Organization Statement from The OU and the OU's Jewish Learning Initiative on Columbia University's Campus Watch: Rabbi Ori Strum - The SQUARE Afikoman Bag - A Message for Life (Video) Minister Of Defense Yoav Gallant Urges The U.S. To Withdraw Its Intention To Impose Sanctions On The Netzach Yehuda Battalion
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Agudath Israel of America calls upon officials at all levels of government, law enforcement, and Columbia University leadership to immediately quell the raging antisemitism and violence that has been allowed to overtake the university. The "protestors" for peace and cease-fire -- at Columbia and other universities -- have unmasked themselves as faithful agents of the terror organizations whose cause they now champion thousands of miles away. The charade is over. Jews worldwide hardly need a more poignant reminder of the pointed verses we are poised to soon recite at the Passover Seder. We pray that the Almighty deliver us from these evil forces and continue to protect the Jewish nation.
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US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he condemns the antisemitic protests taking place on the Columbia University campus. At the same time, the President also said to reporters that he condemns “those who don't understand what's going on with the Palestinians." A reporter asked Biden, "Do you condemn the antisemitic protests on college campuses?" to which the President replied, “I condemn the antisemitic protests. That’s why I have set up a program to deal with that. I also condemn those who don't understand what's going on with the Palestinians." Biden, in a statement ahead of the holiday of Passover issued on Sunday, denounced the spike in campus antisemitism since October 7, though he did not specifically mention Columbia Universi...
A barrage of at least 30 rockets was fired on Monday evening towards the city of Tzfat in northern Israel, with sirens sounding in the city as Israelis were gathering to celebrate the start of the holiday of Passover. The rockets exploded in open areas, and there were no reports of physical injuries or damages. Shortly after the sirens in Tzfat, sirens warning of an infiltration of a hostile aircraft were sounded in Shlomi and other communities located near the border with Lebanon. Several minutes later, the Home Front Command said the incident had concluded.
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 22, 2024  - Thank you again to Baltimore City DPW, DOT, BPD, BFD, Councilman Yitzy Schleifer & Frank Storch and the Chesed Fund for making this possible. BJL appreciates and thanks all those who sent these photos. Chag Kasher V’Sameach חג כשר ושמח
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An integral part of the Pesach Seder is asking the Four Questions. This year, I believe a Fifth Question is looming over our heads: How do we conduct a post-October 7th Seder? There have been numerous articles on how to celebrate Pesach this year while our brothers and sisters are still being held hostage by Hamas. Additionally, so many families will have empty chairs at their table for those who lost their lives on October 7th and subsequently while defending the Land of Israel and the Jewish People. And yet there are more empty chairs for those on the front lines, out on patrols, in the field, and on-base continuing to keep our country safe rather than home with their loved ones. We also recognize so many families are still not able to return home in both the north and south of the ...
Jerusalem, Israel - Apr. 22, 2024 - An Erev Pesach Neis. Two terrorists intended to commit a massacre in Jerusalem's Romema neighborhood but failed due to a weapon malfunction and were caught hiding in a nearby furniture store. Superintendent Y., who caught the terrorists, recounted the events to Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai: "We received a briefing on the incident at the scene and we understood that the terrorists fled. We were given a description and we went out to search. We entered nearby buildings, we combed them, and we didn't find anything. While leaving one of the buildings a civilian approached us and said that beforehand his wife saw two youths who met the description entering one of the buildings. "He pointed at a several-story building which also consists...
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Rabbi Zvi Teichman - Metzora/Shabbos Hagadol 5784 - Let's Talk

Part of the purification process for one stricken with tzara'as — leprosy, is the bringing of two birds. The selection of birds to serve as atonement for this leper having succumbed to the sin of slander, is to remind us that it all starts with theפטפוטי דברים — purposeless 'chatter', like birds who twitter constantly with chirping sounds.

The coincidence of Shabbos HaGadol with the weekly portion that addresses the rectification of derogatory speech, draws us to a mystical teaching of the Holy Arizal regarding the deeper meaning of the name of the holiday of פסח — Pesach.

He writes that this word which is usually associated with its meaning to 'skip over', alluding to how on the night of the Plague of the Firstborn, G-d skipped over the houses of His children who painted their doorposts and lintels with the blood of their Paschal lambs, has an additional connotation.

The word פסח is a contraction of two words, פה סח — the mouth talks.

On the simplest level it reflects on the nature of the primary obligation of this holiday — to retell the story of the exodus to our children. The many other mitzvos — eating Matzah, Marror, and the Paschal lamb when the Temple stood, are intended to prod the discussion that brings us back to that historic moment with all its details and symbolism, and the mission to recall and implement the message behind it all. That message being G-d's total mastery over the world and His commitment to the children of Avraham, Yitzchok, and Yaakov.

But the Arizal tells us there is much more to it than the fact this command in particular calls for much talk. He mentions the notion of דיבור — speech, having been in גלות — exile, finding redemption with their newfound discovery of a unique ability to communicate.

The great Rosh HaYeshiva and profound thinker, Rav Yitzchok Hutner, points out that the word פלא which means wonders, also means to 'express words', as when the Torah talks about taking a vow it describes his verbalization as a man כי יפליא.

Just as when man observes the נפלאות — wondrous ways of G-d's intervention in nature, as in the splitting of the sea, where the Torah states His having עושה פלא — performed wonders, manipulating the physical world to execute  G-d's wondrous miracles, so too when man exercises his soul infused intellect, prodding him to utilize man's unique talent of verbal expression to fuse the power of his spiritual soul with his physical body in producing 'words' and meaningful speech, is equally described as a פלא — wonder.

It was after being enlightened by all the נפלאות — miracles of G-d that led to the exodus, culminating with the splitting of the sea, with our singing Az Yashir, that we also were redeemed from our former 'silence' in now devoting our very essence in 'expressing' wondrously G-d's praise, that we redeemed 'speech' from its exile.

But what leaves us wondering is the specific term of used in describing our unique quality of פה סח — literally a mouth that 'converses'.

שיחה — Sicha seems to emphasize a conversation, almost something casual and intimate.  In what way does this relate to the formal obligation to intentionally find the accurate words in expressing properly the story of the exodus?

To uncover the deeper meaning within this teaching of the holy Arizal please join me this Shabbos afternoon at the Shabbos HaGadol Derasha at the Ohel.

Hope to see you.


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Jerusalem, Israel - Apr. 22, 2024  - Three pedestrians were hit at two different locations in the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem on Monday morning, by what is believed to be the same vehicle. One of the pedestrians was hit on Techeilet Mordechai Street, and the other on Yirmiyahu Street. The ramming on Techeilet Mordechai took place when a vehicle carrying terrorists sped towards a group of neighborhood residents burning hametz, or leavened foods, in a traditional pre-Passover ceremony. The vehicle then drove off, escaping the scene. Eyewitnesses told Arutz Sheva - Israel National News, "We were standing there and suddenly we saw a vehicle approaching quickly, ramming three of my friends. They continued and came out with weapons and tried to fire. We came here to burn hametz...
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The Israeli government originally planned a far larger retaliatory strike against Iran following Iran's firing of hundreds of attack UAVs and missiles at the Jewish state on April 13, but ultimately shelved those plans, the New York Times reported. This original plan would have involved striking many more military targets in Iran, including targets near the capital of Tehran. According to the report, which cited three anonymous Israeli officials, the decision not to respond with significantly greater force was made following a phone call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden. The officials said that Israel's retaliation on Thursday night consisted of the firing of several missiles from fighter jets hundreds of miles west of Iran and the...
US President Joe Biden on Sunday criticized the surge in antisemitic incidents in the United States. In a statement ahead of the holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday night, Biden also again denounced Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel and pledged to continue to work to bring back the hostages held in Gaza. “Tomorrow night, Jews around the world will celebrate Passover, recounting their miraculous Exodus story from hundreds of years of enslavement in Egypt and their journey to freedom. This holiday reminds us of a profound and powerful truth: that even in the face of persecution, if we hold on to faith, we shall endure and overcome,” Biden said. “As Jews mark Passover with storytelling, songs, and rituals, they will also read from the Haggadah how...
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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 21, 2024 - It has come to our attention that Bowl ‘N Basket Halves & Pieces Walnut may have sold without a Kosher for Passover symbol. As a reminder, please check all items. Please make sure the ones that you purchased are marked for Passover. The marking may be either on the front or the back. Thank you for your understanding.
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It is Bedikas Chometz night.  I should be slicing the meat.  And yet I sit here by the computer click-clacking away. My head is bursting with thoughts. My heart feels like the walnuts of  Pesach’s past that needs to be cracked open.   My eloquent writing is gone, with all the chometz I hope.  And so instead,  I am going to write an open letter to Mashiach.  Feel free to add your thoughts as well. All I know is I want Geula.  I want the hostages home. I want the soldiers to come home. I want this war to end. I want our children to return to their Heritage.  I want the word “diagnosis,” both in physical, mental, social and academic terms, to be stamped out and erased from the world. I want people to find their soulmate. I w...
Kristallnacht at Columbia University,                                  4/21/2024 Declare Columbia University A Terror Organization The recent events unfolding at Columbia University have sparked great concern and alarm. The support for terror activities, particularly those targeting Jews and Americans, is not only shocking but also deeply troubling. The physical and verbal abuse against students, especially Jews, Burning U.S. and Israel flags, bring back painful memories of the atrocities of Kristallnacht. It is imperative that we do not confuse these acts on Columbia University with freedom of speech. What is happeni...
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Earlier today, the OU-JLIC campus rabbi at Columbia/Barnard, Rabbi Elie Buechler, advised students to return home due to antisemitism on campus, and remain there until it's safer. The guidance comes just ahead of Passover – the holiday that ironically celebrates freedom. OU-JLIC provides a critical support network for Orthodox students by placing Orthodox rabbinic couples on over twenty-five college campuses, including at Columbia University/Barnard. Below is a statement by Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer on behalf of the OU, in support of Rabbi Buechler and Jewish students. ********** This morning, the following guidance was shared with the students in our JLIC and Yavneh programs by Rabbi Elie Buechler of OU-JLIC at Columbia Barnard: Dear Ya...
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