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Simchas Purim cannot be stopped! Along with Klal Yisrael, Covid Purim 5781 will be different. No bochurim to go around raising funds, no merry making in people's homes. But the simcha only grows! In Yeshiva Ohr Hatorah, no collecting means added time for learning - adding to the true Simchas Purim. "Simcha and Torah are brothers - they can never be separated!" Please watch the accompanying video for a flavor of the Ohr Hatorah simcha and then give generously to help support our Yeshiva!
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 1, 2021 - This post will attempt to answer the following questions: What is the data that has recently come out of Israel on the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine? How effective is the vaccine in real life? How effective is it at preventing asymptomatic spread? What does this mean for COVID restrictions? It has been a snowy, dreary several weeks here in Baltimore. The days are short, gray, and cold. It has been dark when I go to work and dark when I come home, but it has been even darker in between. The long COVID winter has left a dusky haze over every thought and feeling. This was where my head was when on February 24th, without warning, the sun shone overhead and the temperatures suddenly rose. The bright sunshine reflected on the melting snow and ...
Shortly after the US intelligence community published its long-awaited report on Friday afternoon on the Saudis who were responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, it was taken down without explanation and replaced with another version that removed the names of three men it had initially said were complicit. The quiet switch by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence went largely unnoticed as the outcry grew that the Biden administration was failing to punish the prince in any way, despite having just declared in no uncertain terms that MBS was responsible. 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 break...
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A new University of Haifa study has revealed the existence of a new coded language on social media, which antisemitic groups use to fly under the radar of artificial intelligence-designed algorithms. According to the study’s authors, Dr Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communication at the university and web intelligence analyst Ari Ben-Am, this sophisticated language, which is used for both propaganda and recruitment purposes, is hidden in plain sight and encourages violent incidents like the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand or the January Capitol riots. 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 ...
Pfizer’s Covid vaccine may be less effective if you’re fat, a study has warned. Italian researchers said obese people make half as many antibodies – proteins that attack the virus. It may be because their fat hampers their immune system, which is involved in making antibodies. 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 Extra weight can cause long-term inflammation, which sabotages the immune system and makes it less able to fight infection. Obesity, defined as a BMI over 30, has already been shown to be a risk factor for severe Covid and death, prompting health officials to warn th...
Pending final govt approval, schools to reopen for grades 7-10, restaurants allowed outdoor dining Israel will move ahead with easing the COVID-19 coronavirus-induced restrictions next Sunday, the Health Ministry and Prime Minister's Office announced on Monday. In cities marked as "green" and "yellow," schools will be allowed to resume in-class education for students from grades 7-10; the same will also apply to "orange" zones where at least 70 percent of the population have been vaccinated. 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 Restaurants will be able to reopen for outdoor dining, ...
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Write Your Personal Megillah

It is the night of Purim, as I sit down to share my weekly thoughts.




My mind wanders to exactly a year ago, when the seeds of fear for the dreaded pandemic were first sown. We withheld somewhat from any direct contact with one another, but more or less Purim was celebrated similar enough to what would be considered a normal Purim.




A year later, many of us have lost those we shared so many glorious Purims together over our lifetimes. Whether a beloved parent, a spouse, a cherished Rebbe, or a dear friend who are now just memories of happier times.




Our lives have been disrupted in a way never experienced before. Illness, death, and financial struggle are part of the cycle of challenge we endure during our lives, but the unchartered territory of an unknown and unpredictable enemy, and its impact on our families’ normal daily routines, has upset all our previous notions of what is normal in life.




Yet, for the most part we are still here, learning to survive and perhaps even thrive, adapting to the new realities we are still facing.




Part of our frustration stems from the roller coaster of emotions we face that rise with hope, and often then dive steeply into the unknown. When, we wonder, will it all resolve?




The lesson in the story of Esther, is about the hidden hand that directs that which seems so random.




The verse that foretells of a time when G-d will conceal himself from His children, ואנכי הסתר אסתיר פני — I will surely have concealed My face, alludes to אסתר, whose very name intimates something hidden.




This verse follows an earlier reference that speaks of His concealing His face in allowing much evil and distress to befall the nation, prodding the nation to regret their errant ways, and confess their guilt when they exclaim, “Is it not because my G-d is not in my midst that these evils have come upon us.”




The Ramban understands the Torah to be reporting that they truly regretted their behavior. Nevertheless, their mission had not been accomplished, as G-d would no longer have to conceal his ‘face of mercy’ as He earlier had but would now conceal the ‘face of redemption’.




Rav Wolbe explains this to mean, that we would not have to endure distress as much as face the challenge of dashed hopes. We would go from thrilling moments of longed for redemption to dashed hopes and disappointment.




If we have regretted our failures and repented why the need to hide further?




Only someone who finds happiness in His service even during the ‘dips’ and the ‘valleys’ of life, will never become stale and stagnant, and vulnerable to lapses of consciousness, succumbing to despair.




The nation rationalized all sorts of halachic compromises in dealing with the political realities of their days. They had lost their enthusiasm, even while they remained committed to Torah and its precepts.




They would come to realize their error, renewing their spirit to serve with joy and enthusiasm, knowing that only equipped with that excitement could they survive the long rock road ahead.




The famed Rav Meir Shapiro directs us to the verse immediately following this allusion to Esther and her times, that commands us to, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the Children of Israel... , the command to write a Sefer Torah.




It is no coincidence, since the Megillah is the story that teaches us not only how to write one but how to sing its message in joyous song.




The Talmud states that קריאתה זו הלולא, the reading of Megilla is the fulfillment of reading Hallel, singing His praise.




Whereas on other holidays we recite the formal Hallel, on Purim we infuse it into the Torah itself. We enthuse it with the joy and privilege of serving Hashem.




My dear friend, Dr. Edo Lavi, was offering me condolence yesterday over the loss of my mother a’h, and commented how with this past year and all its experiences, we each all have a unique, Megillah — story to tell.




Indeed, we each have a journey we have traveled, fine tuning the instruments that play exquisite music — our souls, as we conquer each challenge with purpose and a renewed closeness to Hashem, to ourselves, and to others.




May each of our ‘stories’ generate an exquisite symphony of joy, as we await that final day of redemption.  




באהבה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן 

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Former President Donald Trump, while praising the enthusiastic reaction from the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s audience to his speech, told Newsmax TV that he doesn’t like to “play games” about who could defeat him for the 2024 GOP nomination, but he “can’t imagine” someone else winning, should he decide to run. “I’m not sure that anybody should be able to win, other than us,” Trump told Newsmax TV’s Mark Halperin during a back-stage interview at the convention Sunday. “Look, I’ve done a good job for this party. We had the greatest economy in history, and then we rebuilt it a second time.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, birth...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 1, 2021 - Rabbi Zvi Teichman, mara D'asra of Cong. Ohel Moshe, just sent the following notice to his membership: Chaverim Yedidim!   It is a great pleasure to announce that Rabbi Elie Levi will be joining the Ohel Moshe family in the position of Learning and Growth Coordinator. ​​​​​​​ With Rabbi Levi's wealth of experience and success as an effective communicator and master teacher, we look forward to his facilitating and supporting an increase in programming, learning options, and connecting opportunities for the wider membership.   Rabbi Levi will be inaugurating his role with a three-part series on the Haggadah, beginning this Thursday evening, March 3rd at 9 P.M. The forty-five-minute Shiur is open to men and women and will be av...
Jerusalem, Israel - Mar. 1, 2021 - President of Israel Reuven Rivlin on Monday, March 1, 2021, 17 Adar, received diplomatic credentials from the first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the State of Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al Khaja. The ambassador presented his letter of credence on assuming his role as ambassador to the State of Israel, in an official ceremony in the Hall of Beit HaNasi. The rain and the overcast Jerusalem sky cleared as the official red carpet ceremony was to begin. The national anthems of both countries were played by the IDF Band, as the flag of the United Arab Emirates rose to flag along with the Israeli flags. The UAE ambassador reviewed an IDF honor guard, reduced in size because of the coronavirus restrictions After enteri...
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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that Maryland will be receiving the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week. On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to the J&J vaccine, which is the first-ever single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus available in the United States, and the third vaccine, following Pfizer and Moderna. Maryland online vaccination site locator Vaccine Data Dashboard Maryland vaccination plan FAQs Maryland has been initially allocated 49,600 doses of the J&J vaccine, 100% of which will be deployed to providers this week. 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...
The U.S. on Sunday reported an all-time high of 306 cases of coronavirus variants, with the majority concentrated in Florida, Michigan and Texas, USA Today reported. The new cases included 104 new infections in Florida, for a total of 605 in that state; 85 in Michigan for a total of 421; and 41 in Texas for a total of 102. Although various new strains are known to be circulating in the U.S., the majority of the new and existing variant cases are the B.1.1.7. strain that originated in the U.K. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the British strain may become the most common in the country over the next month. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Cli...
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Until now, Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel were not recognized for the purposes of obtaining citizenship. An expanded nine justice panel of the High Court of Justice ruled on Monday to recognize conversions by the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) movements in Israel for the purposes of citizenship, ending a 15-year legal saga. 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 Eight of the nine justices agreed with all aspects of the landmark ruling, while Justice Noam Sohlberg preferred to delay applying it for 12 months from the swearing in of a new government. The c...
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