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Israel named Hejazi as the most senior official behind supplying missiles for Hezbollah Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hussein-Zada Hejazi, the deputy chief of Iran’s Quds Force, has died of a "heart condition" aged 65, the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced in a statement on Sunday.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The announcement comes at a tense period of what has been described as the "shadow war" between Israel and Iran, with Israel reported to be behind a blackout at an Iranian nuclear plant; meanwhile Iran is trying to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, w...
The first memorial commemorating World War I in Washington, D.C., was dedicated Friday morning in a ceremony that included a military flyover. The memorial, titled ”A Soldier’s Journey,” was designed by classicist sculptor Sabin Howard and architect Joseph Weishaar, among others, and is located in Pershing Park, which is named for John J. Pershing, who served as General of the Armies during World War I.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The sculpture shows the story of a single American soldier during the war via a series of vignettes that rely on more than 30 figures,...
A number of Fatah prisoners have sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, asking that he delay the Palestinian legislative elections in light of increasing divisions within Abbas’s Fatah movement, a Fatah official confirmed on Saturday.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Senior Fatah official Qaddura Fares, who directs the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, confirmed the letter to The Times of Israel. The letter was first reported in the Arabic-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi. “A number of prisoners — not the entire movement of prisoners — s...
Andrew Yang is expanding his lead in the Democratic primary race for New York City mayor, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by the left-leaning think tank Data for Progress, shows the former Democratic presidential hopeful running 13 points ahead of his closest rival, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, at 26 percent to 13 percent respectively.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Only two other candidates, city comptroller Scott Stringer and attorney Maya Wiley, notched double-digit support in the survey, garnering 11 percent and 10 percent support respe...
A study by British researchers found that people who contract COVID-19 are 95 times more likely to experience blood clots to the brain than the general population. COVID-19 also causes 10 times more cases of dangerous clotting than either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and eight times more than the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a non-peer-revewed preprint version of the paper released Thursday. This study sheds light on just how rare cases of cerebral venous thrombosis or CVT occur from the COVID-19 vaccines compared to the neurological side effects of the disease itself. The research comes days after U.S. government officials called for a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which works similarly to the AstraZeneca shot.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Stat...
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President Biden‘s approval rating shows a 90-point gap between Democratic and Republican supporters, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll found that 96 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s early job performance, while only 10 percent of Republicans do. According to Gallup, the gaps in Biden’s approval by race and gender are comparable to those of former President Trump but bigger than those under former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Biden has an average approval rating of 56 percent over the ...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - The Baltimore community COVID-19 testing is back to regular schedule. Click here to view the complete schedule.All our tests provide documentation that can be used for travelling. NEW:  Rapid PCR tests are now available. This is NOT a regular rapid test. It is a full PCR test with special technology that produces results in within 2-3 hours. This test is accepted for international travel destinations. Please note, insurance only partially covers the rapid PCR test, there is still a cost of $125. Without insurance, the cost is $200. Regular PCR tests are free.If you need a Rapid PCR, please fill out these forms and come to any of the testing sessions. When you arrive, be sure to let them know you are specifically requesting a Rapid PCR. No appointm...
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Roughly half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Saturday. Across the country, more than 128 million people ages 18 and older have received at least one shot, with more than 82 million fully vaccinated with one of the three vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S., the CDC said.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Overall, 49.7 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the data, and nearly a third are fully vac...
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Parshas Tazria/Metzora -Bayamim Haheim Bazeman Hazeh

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h.


This week's shtikle is dedicated for a refuah sheleimah for my father.


Please include Reuven Pinchas ben Yehudis in your tefillos.



This year has already seen a number of unique circumstances in the calendar. Yet another consequence of this rare configuration is the fact that the 5th of Iyar, the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, lands on Shabbos. Of course, the actual commemoration is moved (as it is most years) to avoid chilul Shabbos. It seems the most glaring lesson to be gleaned actually comes from the haftarah – certainly one of the more captivating stories we read.


The story of the haftarah has its own interesting backstory, some of which is covered in the haftarah of Tazria which is very seldomly read (approximately 16% of years, credit: Shaarei Zemanim.) There is an important preamble which is only read in the Yeminite tradition. The prophet Elisha declares in the midst of a terrible famine and a siege from the nation of Aram that tomorrow there will be such bounty that the price of wheat and barley would drop to unbelievably low rates. So unbelievable, in fact, that one of the king's aides declares it impossible, at which point Elisha informs him that it will happen but he will not get to enjoy it.


The rest of us then pick up the story with the 4 metzoraim (traditionally assumed to be Geichazi and his sons) who have been left outside the city as per the rules stated in the parsha. In an act of desperation, facing what they believed to be a die-or-die situation, they dangerously entered the camp of Aram, only to find that it had been completely abandoned due to some miraculous delusions of an impending attack. The entire camp was there for the taking, including more than enough produce to alleviate the famine in the city. The skeptical aide was appointed to guard the gates where he was trampled to death, thereby fulfilling Elisha's prophecy.


With imminent death by hunger along with the sword of Aram at their throat, one is inclined to be somewhat sympathetic to the skepticism of the king's aide. But there is still no excuse to doubt the word of HaShem. One can only imagine a navi walking into Auschwitz on January 26, 1945 and proclaiming that not only will you be liberated tomorrow by none other than the Soviet Red Army but in just a matter of years, the nations of the world will decide to grant the Jews an autonomous homeland in Israel. Who would have had the strength to believe it? But so it happened, further evidence of what we proclaim every year at the sedervehaKadosh Baruch Hu matzilaynu miyadam.


The haftarah ends in a rather puzzling manner. The introductory story which us non-Yemenites had skipped is repeated nearly word-for-word as we are told of the demise of the king's aide. Why is this necessary? What is the purpose of the last three pesukim? Perhaps, the lesson is that when the going is good, even after a great salvation, it is all too easy to forget our previous circumstances and how far we've come. As I have noted previously, the maror at the seder is meant to remind us of the bitterness of the subjugation in Mitzrayim. But it is clear (Shemos 12:8) that even the korban Pesach eaten on their way out of Mitzrayim was eaten with maror! Remembering our previous dire circumstances and how distant salvation seemed helps us continue to appreciate the deliverance that ensued.

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Israel’s foreign minister said Friday that his country was determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon, after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process. “We will do whatever it takes to prevent the extremists [in Iran] from succeeding, and definitely will prevent this regime from having a nuclear weapon,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters on a visit to Cyprus.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Iranian officials said the country had begun enriching uranium up to 60% purity following an attack on its nuclear facility at Nat...
Three people were declared dead at the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas on Sunday afternoon, according to a tweet from the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. The Austin Police Department tweeted that while the scene was still active, the shooting was believed to be a domestic situation and that there was no risk to general public.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens "We are still asking residents to shelter in place and report suspicious activity," the tweet stated. Read more at NBC News
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said. A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, legally bought the rifles last July and September, officials with the Indianapolis police said Saturday. The police did not say where Hole bought the weapons, citing the ongoing investigation, but said he was seen using both rifles during the assault. Authorities said Hole shot and killed eight people, four of them from the city’s Sikh community, at the FedEx facility late Thursday before killing himself. The FBI said ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and others were injured. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said children and at least one pet were pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child. The safety commission said in a news release and in emails that it knows of 39 “incidents” with the treadmill, involving “multiple” or “dozens” of children, but it did not specify a number of children. It said the majority of the incidents resulted in injuries, including the one death. The commission posted a video on its YouTube page of a child bei...
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Baltimore, MD - April 11, 2021 - Shloshim in memory of Rabbi Marc Messing, ז״ל will take place this evening,  Sunday April 18, 2021. Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:40pm. Siyum and program to follow shortly after 8:00pm. For those who are fully vaccinated we welcome you to join indoors at Suburban Orthodox Congregation 7504 Seven Mile Lane, Baltimore, MD 21208 Masks required. Weather permitting, screens will be available outside for those who wish to join and feel more comfortable being outdoors or for those who are not fully vaccinated. Masks required. Virtually via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81586503906... Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: Messing Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: 5721493 Find your local number: https://us02we...
PCS’s Master’s Degree in Accounting is rated one of the top Master in Accounting programs with 96% employment! This Sunday, April 18th, at 8:00 EST PM, Agudas Yisroel's PCS division will be holding a virtual open house for its masters of science in accounting program, now offering students options: New York, New Jersey, out-of-towners, and Israel. Earning a master's degree can be a valuable tool for advancement in the business world, but the atmosphere in a standard college can be trying. To address this hurdle, Agudas Yisroel's PCS Division, in conjunction with Fairleigh Dickinson University, is proud to offer a quality accounting certification within the comfort of our community.    A master's in accounting...
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Washington has conveyed to Israel in no uncertain terms that the “chatter” about its alleged involvement in the blast at the Natanz nuclear facility early this week must stop, warning that it is dangerous and detrimental as well as embarrassing to the Biden administration as it attempts to negotiate a return to the nuclear deal with Tehran, Channel 12 news reported Friday. The unsourced report said the message was conveyed to Jerusalem through several channels in recent days.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The network further cited unnamed Israeli security officials expre...
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said gun laws and police reform will happen when “white people’s kids start getting killed.” The host of “Cuomo Prime Time,” who just last month claimed on-air to be “black on the inside,” claims to have the answer on gun and police reform. “Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they’ll change,” said the anchor. “[When] your kids start getting killed. White people’s kids start getting killed.”  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Cuomo at one point in the monolo...
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Plans for a conservative “America First Caucus” have been scrapped following blowback from leadership within the Republican Party, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney. Nick Dyer, spokesperson for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was reportedly setting up the caucus, along with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., told CNN in an email Saturday afternoon that the congresswoman is not “launching anything.”  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “The Congresswoman wants to make clear that she is not launchi...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 18, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Avigayil Lefkowitz and Moshe Feintuch on their engagement. Mazel Tov Joseph & Elizabeth Lefkowitz and Nachum and Riki Feintuch and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lefkowitz יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
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