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Baltimore, MD - June 25, 2024 - Summer Free Food for ALL Children 18 and under USDA SFSP Every Tuesday. Convenient Location. Click on the graphic below for a larger, printable version.
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Baltimore, MD – June 23, 2024  - (BJL) It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Louis Lerner, z’l, father of Dr. Shaya (Brenda) Lerner.Highland Park:Shiva through Monday at 702 Abbott Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904.Monday:Shacharis: 7:10AM  Visiting 9:30AM-12Noon, 2:00PM-6:30PM Mincha/Maariv: 8:20PMBaltimore:Shiva will be observed in Baltimore beginning Tuesday morning through Friday, June 28, at 6010 Baywood Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21209The family respectfully requests no visitors from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM, 6:30PM-7:30PM and not after 10:30PM.Minyanim (Baltimore):Shacharis: 8:00AMMincha/ Maariv: 8:30 PMMincha Erev Shabbos: 2:30PM - visitors until 3:00PMBila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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Baltimore, MD – June 24, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Jonathan Kaplowitz, z'l, brother of Dr. Yitzy Kaplowitz (917-842-7398). The levaya will be graveside, Monday, June 24th at New Montefiore Cemetery 180 Wellwood Ave West Babylon, NY, 11704. The procession will begin at 2:45 from the main office.  Shiva will be observed at 290 Dolphin Dr. Woodmere, NY, 11598, through Sunday morning, June 30, 2024.Shacharis: 8:00AMMincha/Maariv: 8:20PM Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Jerusalem, Israel - June 25, 2024  - The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning published its decision regarding the Draft Law. In its decision, which was unanimous, the Supreme Court wrote that, "At this time, there is no legal framework which allows differentiation between yeshiva students and others who are eligible for enlistment." Earlier this month, the Supreme Court convened, with a panel of nine judges, to discuss petitions demanding the conscription of yeshiva students due to the lack of legislation on the matter, as well as the revocation of budgets from yeshivas that do not enlist their students. The decision follows a statement by Israel's Attorney General, Gali Baharav-Miara, which claimed that the government will not be able to provide support to yeshivas who...
Gaza media are reporting that the sister of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has been killed together with her family in an IDF strike in Al-Shati. Arab media on Tuesday morning reported that IDF strikes in Al-Shati in western Gaza eliminated the sister of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. The reports also said that 13 people were killed in the strike, nine of whom are Haniyeh's family members. Earlier this year, three of Haniyeh's sons were killed in an aerial strike on a vehicle in Al-Shati. They were identified as Amir Haniyeh, a cell commander in the Hamas military wing, Mohammad Haniyeh, a military operative in the Hamas terrorist organization, and Hazem Haniyeh, also a military operative in the Hamas terror organization. Haniyeh himself lives in Qatar and is father to 1...
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Baltimore, MD – June 25, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Toba Rabinowitz, a’h, sister of Batsheva (Shevy) (Tzvi/Howie) Friedman. The Levaya is expected to take place 9:45 AM today, Tuesday, June 25 at The Chapel, 613 Ramsey St., Lakewood, NJ 08701, with Kevurah in Eretz Yisroel. Shiva details to follow. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi has said the military is getting close to defeating Hamas’s Rafah Brigade. “We have very significant achievements in the fighting in Rafah,” Halevi said during a visit to the city in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday, in comments released now. “This is reflected in the number of terrorists killed, as well as in the destroyed infrastructure [and] tunnels,” he said. Halevi said the IDF’s control of the so-called Philadelphi Route on the Gaza-Egypt border is “very, very significant.” He said it closes Hamas’s “oxygen pipeline for future smuggling.” “We are clearly approaching the point where we [can] say we dismantled the Rafah Brigade. It is defeated not in the sense that ther...
Agudath Israel of America commends California Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders for providing a record $80 million per year to protect Jewish and other at risk nonprofits in the 2024-2025 budget bill that will be passed later this week. Since its inception in 2015, the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program has proven to be a crucial tool in securing hundreds of institutions and community organizations that face violent attacks and hate crimes due to their ideology, beliefs, or mission. The program was strengthened in 2023 through passage of AB 1185 (Gabriel), a bill strongly supported by Agudath Israel, which also allowed the grants to be used for community infrastructure, thus enabling multiple sites to be connected and equipped with critical public safety t...
US Air Force General Charles Brown, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned that the US will have a hard time aiding Israel in the event of a war against Hezbollah. According to Brown, Iran will provide significantly more support to Hezbollah than it provided to Hamas, "particularly if they felt that Hezbollah was being significantly threatened." He also warned that due to the type of weapons Hezbollah uses, the US will not be able to provide the same level of assistance to Israel during the war. According to the Associated Press, Brown said that the US has warned Israeli officials "to think about the second order of effect of any type of operation into Lebanon." He also urged them to consider how such a war "might play out and how it impacts not just t...
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Rabbi Zvi Teichman - You Never Know !(Parshas Beha’aloscha)

A traumatic episode between the members of the royal family of Amram transpires this week. 


Miriam, the heroic and devoted sister of Moshe, gets wind of Moshe separating from family life with Tzipporah, his loyal wife. Suspecting that Tzipporah has been left isolated and abandoned, she counsels with her holy brother Aharon sharing her dissatisfaction with the leader of the Jewish nation, their youngest brother, and his behavior. 


Speculating that perhaps his physically distancing from Tzipporah is due to his spiritual stance as a prophet that justifies his always maintaining a level of purity which will be compromised by intimate contact with his wife, she questions why then she and Aharon is, who are also prophets, not similarly prohibited. 


G-d angered, responds by distinguishing between Moshe’s heightened state of prophecy, and their lesser degree of connectivity. Miriam is punished with leprosy for her slander against Moshe, enduring a seven-day isolation, with the entire camp ceasing their journey, waiting for her to be cured and return, before traveling again. 


In this entire episode there is a glaring omission of one character, Tzipporah. 


Did anyone inquire about her feelings? Was she upset with her fate as a lonely spouse, lacking a bond with her esteemed and no doubt loving husband? Are we to sympathize with Tzipporah and her plight? 


The Midrash describes the sequence of the unfurling emotions. 


In an earlier episode Moshe is frustrated with the gripes of the people. They are constantly dissatisfied and pining for pleasures they miss. Moshe appeals to G-d for assistance in managing this restless folk. G-d concedes asking Moshe to gather seventy elders who will be conferred of the spirit of Moshe, becoming prophets, fortifying them in their ability to effectively communicate the message of G-d to the nation. 


The Midrash reports how the people celebrated this event by lighting candles. Miriam observing this inquires of Tzipporah as to the nature of these candles. Tzipporah reveals to her that the people are celebrating the newly appointed elders. Upon hearing this great news Miriam expresses ‘how fortunate are the wives of these elders that have merited to see their husbands attain שררה, leadership roles.’ 


Tzipporah reacts to Miriam’s joy by bemoaning these women’s fate, saying “Woe to them who will no longer be with their husbands.” 


Miriam baffled by her response inquires how she knew that to be true, to which Tzipporah goes on to reveal to her, how since the day Moshe ‘was sanctified through his communication with G-d’ they have been separated from family life. As soon as Miriam hears this, she goes off to Aharon to take matters into her own hands. It would now seem that Tzipporah was actually the initiator of the resulting discontent that led to the sad conclusion. 


Not quite the silent player. 


If indeed Tzipporah was unhappy with her lot, then how come there was no evidence of it prior. The simple understanding according to the Talmud was that this parting of ways between Moshe and Tzipporah was already implemented after the giving of the Torah. Nearly a year has gone by before the catalyst for this discussion, the appointing of the elders, develops. Could the sensitive Miriam not have picked up on Tzipporah’s unhappiness until first now?  


There is another nuance in the dialogue between Miriam and Tzipporah that needs to be addressed. 


When Miriam relates to Tzipporah the significance of the candles lit in honor of the women’s husbands’ selection, it emphasizes their glee in seeing their men rise to שררה, positions of ‘authority’. Wouldn’t ‘greatness’ be more of an appropriate achievement, or perhaps ‘holiness’ having now been elevated to the exalted status of prophet? 


I would like to boldly suggest that Tzipporah, who certainly sacrificed much in her role of the greatest prophet who ever lived, never batted an eyelash when that opportunity came here way. She was devoted to the will of G-d unfailingly and happily, even if it meant forfeiting a more material aspect of her life with Moshe. Just as the pain of childbirth will always be there, the dividend makes it all worth it. So too, Tzipporah would remain the loyal wife of Moshe who as a couple no doubt epitomized the ideal of שכינה שרויה ביניהם, The Divine Presence dwells between a man and his wife, even lacking a component that might be a necessity for others. 


But she knew that not everyone can achieve that; she understood the sacrifice as none other did. When hearing from Miriam that they were rejoicing over their ‘men’s prominence’ as leaders, perhaps she sensed that it would take a much more heightened appreciation for the role they obtained in order to be satisfied and happy even if they would lose the intimacy of their husbands. 


It was truly Tzipporah’s great character that felt deeply for these noble women, sympathizing with the challenge they would face, that is being portrayed here. She clearly was totally at peace and happy with her lot, never betraying that sense of privilege in the manner she continued to act with others. 


It was Miriam’s misreading of Tzipporah’s comment, blinded by her misunderstanding of Moshe’s truly elevated status, that devolved into slander. 


There is an ancient kabbalistic tradition that there are ‘three revealed couples’ who are buried in the Me’aras HaMachpelah, and ‘two hidden’ ones. (ספר התמונה) 


The three are Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchok and Rivkah, Yaakov and Leah, and the two not as evident, Adam and Chavah, Moshe and Tzipporah. 


Although we are told Moshe was physically buried elsewhere in Mount Nevo, there are mystical attempts to explain this assertion according to kabbalah. 


Perhaps the message within this notion is that one should never make assumptions. Miriam did and ended up being taken to task for it. 


You never know. 


What might have appeared to be an imperfect marriage, turned out to be eternalized, together with the world’s first couple, as the paradigm of a perfect union as outlined in G-d’s original plan, despite apparent deficiencies. 


You never know! 


באהבה,


צבי יהודה טייכמאן

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