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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends universal masking in health care settings, unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. The agency quietly issued the updates as part of an overhaul to its infection control guidance for health workers published late Friday afternoon. It marks a major departure from the agency’s previous recommendation for universal masking. “Updates were made to reflect the high levels of vaccine-and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools,&rdquo...
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Our Story: In the year 2011 Rabbi David Frid was diagnosed with ALS, which causes complete deterioration of the muscles in the body. In the beginning, he heroically fought to function on his own, even after he was confined to a wheelchair. At present, the disease has progressed to the point where he is now fully paralyzed, on a breathing machine and although fully cognizant, can only communicate with his eyes. He needs 24-hour surveillance and special care to survive. The ongoing costs are mind boggling.The family cannot continue without your support!  Please donate generously to give R' Dovid the lifesaving care he needs while allowing our family to function!  Waiting for Moshiach At 2:25 on Erev Shabbos, the angels were crying. How do I know? Be...
Over the course of the Jewish new year in the Ukrainian city of Uman, United Hatzalah volunteers treated 576 people who suffered injuries or medical illnesses.  The people injured mainly sustained contusions, abrasions, broken bones, shortness of breath, and other moderate and minor injuries. There were two incidents of cardiac-related illnesses and the patients were transported to a hospital in Odessa for immediate treatment.   Mattis Shapira, Chapter Head of United Hatzalah in Uman said, "Thankfully there were no 'out-of-the-ordinary' events that took place over the course of the holiday. We had 576 calls that reached our dispatch and command center over the course of the holiday and our volunteers responded treating many of the people at the emergency scene. U...
It was Puerto Rico last week, and now Cuba is getting hit by a hurricane, South Florida is feeling the effects as well. About 300 red cross volunteers from Maryland are down there now, a handful from our region. This time of year, Red Cross deals with disasters from one coast to the other. "We currently have people still serving in Puerto Rico, We have people addressing the Western Wild fires and missions behind the scenes to support our military and veteran community," said Misty Bruce, Executive Director of Red Cross Central Maryland. They are evacuating some communities in Florida. If evacuations come our way, the Red Cross wants us to take it serious. "Listen to your emergency managers, because their sole purpose is to protect and serve the communities they live in," said Bruce. ...
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Italy's Brothers of Italy party, is poised to become the country's prime minister after her party received 26 percent of the vote in the Italian parliamentary elections on Sunday. Right wing and center-right parties won a majority in the elections, giving Meloni the task of forming a governing coalition. The Brothers of Italy party is considered a far-right party and has drawn accusations of facism and semi-facism. Last week, the party suspeneded a candidate who had praised Hitler. Meloni herself has made several controversial statements. accusing Israel of carrying out "another massacre of children in Gaza” during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and praising Hezbollah and the coalition which supported Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad in 20...
One hundred babies were born on Rosh Hshanah, the Jewish New Year, at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. 51 girls were born and 49 boys were born. The first baby of the year was born weighing 3.8 kilograms after the arrival of Hodia and Asher Klein from the Kiryat Yuval neighborhood in Jerusalem. The Klein couple immigrated to Israel seven years ago from France. This is the birth of their second son, whom they chose to have at Shaare Zedek. "At first I didn't want to miss the holiday, but my mother, who came especially for the holiday from France, was with me in the delivery room when the holiday arrived. The lovely staff made sure that we held the Rosh Hashanah service in the delivery room. It was a special and uplifting experience, even for my mother who didn't get to...
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Gazprom declined to comment Two underwater blasts were recorded prior to the discovery of three leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines linking Russia and Europe, a Swedish seismological institute said Tuesday, as the unexplained leaks raised suspicions of sabotage. The Swedish National Seismic Network recorded two "massive releases of energy" prior to, and near the location of, the gas leaks off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm, Peter Schmidt, an Uppsala University seismologist told AFP, adding that "with energy releases this big there isn't much else than a blast that could cause it". The three gas leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were visible in waters off Denmark with bubbles spreading from 200 to 1,000 meters in diameter, the Danish military sai...
It will put Israel 'on a prestigious and limited list of countries that the US considers strategic partners' An Israeli delegation led by Israel's Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Orit Farkash-Hacohen headed to Washington for the launch of the high-level strategic dialogue on technological cooperation, the minister’s office said on Tuesday.  The event, which will be held on Wednesday, “will put Israel on a prestigious and limited list of countries that the US considers strategic partners in the field,” according to an official statement.  “As part of the "Jerusalem Declaration" signed between Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and US President Joe Biden, it was agreed to promote a dialogue on strategic technologies in...
The former Fatah official unleashes a harsh invective against 'totalitarian' Abbas A year after fleeing the West Bank, a nephew of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat returned to Gaza and is challenging his uncle's successor, the 86-year-old President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas. Nasser al-Kidwa, 69, a former Palestinian foreign minister, branded Abbas's PA as "totalitarian," and said it was acting with disregard for the people it is supposed to be serving. "He does whatever he wants, without any consideration for anything," Kidwa said of Abbas. "Neither the law, nor the institutions, nor traditions, even family traditions". Returning after a year of self-imposed exile in France, Kidwa told journalists that travelling to the West Bank at ...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 27, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Meir and Tziporah Vegh on the birth of a daughter.  Mazel Tov to grandparents Mr. & Mrs. David Vegh  and Mrs. Brendy Aron.  יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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Parshas Nitzavim - Wheel of Fortune

Once again Rosh Hashana is upon us.  

Most people as they return to this point in our yearly cycle feel a sense of ‘here we go again’. We have been here before and we are right back where we started from. Looking back, we do not necessarily feel we are in a much different place than we were last year. Perhaps some of our dreams have been fulfilled, whether it was: finding a partner in life; being blessed with children; snatching that job or business opportunity; recovering from illness. But did we really change and improve? Have we enhanced our character, or are we still stuck with the same issues and challenges? When evaluating our overall standing and purpose, how many of us sense drastic change?  

The frustration is even more significant for those who are still waiting for their ‘moment’ of achieving their dreamed for goals, who do not even have any tangible accomplishment to relish and focus on. 

 בבא כגל הגלגל להחליף שיטה רעיתך יונתך לך פונה הביטה— When the wheel of misfortune comes rolling over us like a wave, throwing everything in disorder, Your beloved mate, turns and looks towards You with her innermost soul 

This excerpt from the sixteenth Selicha we recite on the fifth day, reflects what many of us sense. 

The calm waters of life that are agitated by the challenges that suddenly steamroll over us, disturbing our peaceful slumber. 

The late great Gaon, Rav Michel Feinstein, son-in-law of the Brisker Rav, and cherished nephew of Rav Moshe Feinstein, suggests an alternative interpretation. 

G-d who ‘In His goodness He renews daily, perpetually, the work of creation’, redirects the plan for His world each Rosh Hashana. Every year a new direction is implemented for our good and we each must merit to be part of that plan for the better. Even the righteous among us must strive to deserve to be included. Not simply because we were alive until now may we assume it will continue. The judgment is not focused solely being worthy enough to avoid death, but rather whether we will deserve to be part of the new master plan. 

In his understanding it is not a wheel of misfortune that cycles over us, it is the wheel of ‘fortune’ that undoes last year’s plan and brings a new שיטה — ‘system’ for us to be part of in furthering the goal of promoting His honor in this world. 

No two years of our lives are identical, no matter how unexciting they may have seen. We encounter new people, face new challenges, and observe evidence of divine providence in the details of our lives, no matter how nuanced it may be. 

We cannot fathom the depth of those subtleties, but each of those circumstances are uniquely suited to your neshama — soul, and your role in the greater mission outlined for this year. 

The strengths we gain to forge ahead despite our ‘lack of visual success’ is success itself. When we take those talents and apply it to the numerous daily interactions we have, viewing how we deal effectively with those situations, are part of the ‘system’ that G-d renews each year prodding us to personal greatness. 

If we wallow in self-pity, becoming apathetic about life, denying the camouflaged opportunities for greatness G-d sends our way, we indeed have no hope. 

It takes a moment of honest reflection to reframe and realize we are always on the road of success despite external evidence to the contrary. One can never measure success by the popular definition of success, only through the development of inner strength and character. 

One of the most remarkable personalities of recent history is Aharon Margalit, author of the popular ‘As Long as I Live’ series of books. He is a man who was traumatized at a young age causing him to lose the faculty of speech, contracted polio shortly and was confined to an iron lung, went through three independent battles with cancer, losing an adult child due to a criminal’s act, and numerous challenges along the road to ‘success’. He has taken his struggles and transformed them to strength in encouraging those who have given hope on life. 

One young man who lost his parents, a sibling, a beloved aunt who was his source of strength, and finally after marrying a wonderful wife ended up divorced, due to no fault of his own, was one of the many to be inspired to find happiness due to a providential encounter with Aharon Margalit. 

The morning after Aharon had succeeded in sparking hope in this young man they met up. With his face aglow with newfound joy, the young man shared a thought that came to him the previous night, prodded by his discussion with Aharon. 

In the prayer we recite every day, Vayevarech Dovid, King David enumerates, seemingly in ascending order G-d’s praises. 

Yours Hashem is the greatness, the strength, the splendor, the triumph, and the glory, for everything is yours — both in heaven and on earth — Yours Hashem is the kingdom and the sovereignty over every leader. And wealth and honor are from You, and You rule over everything, and might and strength are in Your hand, and the ability to make anyone great and strong are in Your hand. 

“Evidently”, the young man pointed out, “the biggest praise we can give to Hashem is that He can make ‘anyone’ great and strong. No one can claim that he belongs down in the dumps, because Hashem will lift them up.” (The Impact of As Long as I Live p.250) 

It incumbent on each of us to believe that. If we accept this truth, the ‘wheel of fortune’ will always land you as a winner.  

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן 

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Some of them were shot down by Ukrainian air defense As thousands of Hasidic Jews celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, in the Ukrainian city of Uman, local media reported on Tuesday that Russian forces launched at least 10 Iranian 'Shahad-136' model drones over the city from the territory of the annexed Crimea. According to Ukraine, the Russians wanted to target religious sites and a security official told a Ukrainian news site that "planned terrorist acts against Israeli citizens are one of the conditions for the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia." “As we know, this is not the first example of cooperation between the two countries. Not so long ago, a Ukrainian civilian plane was shot down in Iran, probably by mistake. But you can see the Kremlin's in...
The chairman of the Eretz Hakodesh movement, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, called upon the Israeli Supreme Court to place an immediate hold on the transfer of NIS 30 million to the Reform movement. Rabbi Lerner, on behalf of the Eretz HaKodesh organization, recently filed an urgent petition to the Israeli Supreme Court for an immediate freeze of the transfer of funds to a joint venture of the Ministry of Diaspora and the Panim organization to establish a so-called “Office of Jewish Renewal,” which was approved from coalition funds of the Labor Party.  As readers may recall, several weeks ...
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 25, 2022 – Food stamp users: Please beware if you receive a call that advises that your card is locked and asks you to provide your card number:Do not enter anything, it is a scam to get your number; hang up immediately
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 25, 2022 – 12:10PM - The National Weather Service has just issued a severe thunderstorm watch  until 7:00PM this evening.
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About 60,000 immigrants from 93 countries moved to Israel over the last year The number of Jews in the world reached 15.3 million, with 7 million of them living in Israel, according to data published by the Jewish Agency ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  The data showed a slight increase compared to 15.2 million Jews last year. While the number of Jews living in Israel stands at about 7,080,000, about 8.25 million Jews live outside of the Jewish State, of which about 6 million are in the United States and about 2.25 million in all other countries. The percentage of Jews in Israel out of all Jews in the world stands at 46.2 percent, an increase of one percent compared to the previous year. The passing year also marked a record of two decades of immigration to Isr...
Opponents of the US in the cybersphere were probably not thrilled when they found out who they would be up against with Anne Neuberger’s appointment as US deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology. In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, Neuberger said she and others in the Biden administration have brought a “relentless focus” to the issue of cyberdefense. “It is a part of lifting everyone up. Everyone is capable of improving. There are different [economic] sectors and different levels of their understanding of the threat and of their maturity,” said Neuberger in explaining her approach to strengthening America’s cyber protections. Neuberger knows something about combating opponents relentlessly, having s...
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 23, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mr. Ernest Szajowitz, z’l, father of  Yaakov Szajowitz. Yaakov Szajowitz will be sitting Shiva in California from 2:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. East Coast time and can be reached on his cellphone at (443)-865-9413  Bila HaMaves LaNetzach  
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 25, 2022 – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5783 - 11:14AM -   A truck on the southbound side of the NJ Turnpike at Exit 10 is on fire. Both southbound lanes are currently shut down.
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United Hatzalah volunteers from the Uman chapter together with additional volunteers from Israel and the United States are providing medical security throughout Uman and the surrounding area, and have already treated 427 people for injuries and illnesses thus far. As the “Tikun Klali” prayer event began with thousands of people in attendance, the teams of volunteers were stationed throughout the city ready to respond to any medical emergency that should arise. Over the course of the next few days, the teams of volunteers, together with the Breslov medical clinic in Uman will be on hand to treat anyone in need of medical care over the course of the Rosh Hashana holiday. Rabbi Nahman Klein, head of the Uman clinic, said: “The prayer event is happening right now in the str...
49% of respondents think Israel should attack Iranian nuclear facilities, even without Washington’s approval The Israel Democracy Institute published a survey on Sunday that showed that only 32 percent of Jewish Israelis support a two-state solution which contradicts Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s statement in his recent UN speech that the majority of Israelis are in favor of this move.  According to the survey that was conducted on the eve of the Jewish New Year, 36 percent of Israelis do not think that the next government should advance a two-state solution to resolve the Palestinian conflict, compared to 50 percent in February 2021.  The poll also showed a high disparity between Jewish Israelis (31 percent) and Arab Israelis (60 percent) on this matter...
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