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MARYLAND RESIDENTS ONLY- Get $1,000 in tuition credits per child from the Maryland 529 education savings plan. Baltimore, MD - May 23, 2018 - The state of Maryland is providing $1,000 in free credits towards your child's tuition for opening and funding a Maryland 529 education savings account. - You and your child must be a Maryland state resident. - The tuition credits are available for those with income below $125,000 per year Funding for this program is limited and is being provided on a first-come first-serve basis.  MD529 Advisors is a team of CPA's who specialize...
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Baltimore, MD - May 18, 2018 - The Baltimore community welcomed HaRav Yisroel Reisman, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaas, pulpit rabbi, noted author, and popular lecturer, for a special presentation on Wednesday evening, May 16. The occasion was a siyum of all of the Neviim and Kesuvim by a small devoted chabura led by HaRav Yissachar Frand, shlita. In his introductory remarks, Rabbi Frand noted that he had served as a scholar in residence at Rabbi Reisman's shul during the past year, so that this night's lecture had an element of reciprocity. The Baltimore Connection In truth, there are deeper connections between these two talmidei chachomim. Both Rabbi Reisman and Rabbi Frand have given exceptionally popular weekly lectures for decades within the same genre of Torah sc...
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Baltimore, MD - May 23, 2018 - Come meet Ivan Bates, Esq. a strong candidate for the States Attorney For Baltimore City. The current situation of high crime and dissention among the States Attorney is affecting all of us in our community and the city at large.Your vote can fix this problem. Come and met with a well qualified, level headed and experienced candidate to discuss your concerns and see what Ivan Bates has to offer. The meet and greet will be held tonight,Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 8:00 P.M -  9:30 P.M. at the home of Isaac and Chavie Klein 2812 West Strathmore Ave.,  Baltimore, Maryland, 21209. Bring a friend. Let the politicians know that our community has a strong voice.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and three other leading causes of death, according to numbers posted online Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full-year data is not yet available for drug overdoses, suicides or firearm deaths. But partial-year statistics in those categories showed continuing increases. Just as important, there was little change in the death rate from the nation's No. 1 killer: heart disease. In the past, steady annual drops in heart disease death rates offset increases in other causes. But that offset is no longer happen...
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Jared Kushner — who's President Donald Trump's son-in-law — has been granted a permanent security clearance. That's according to a person with knowledge of the decision but wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Kushner lost his access to the country's deepest secrets when White House chief of staff John Kelly downgraded Kushner's clearance due to questions that arose during Kushner's background briefing. Kushner has been operating under a temporary security clearance for several months. Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter.
NEW YORK (AP) — Target proved itself one of the few retailers that saw more customers both at its stores and online, though its investment in stores and delivery operations hurt first-quarter profit. The discounter cited a combination of store remodeling, new brands and expanded delivery options as helping customer traffic rise 3.7 percent in the quarter, including stores and online. Target's CEO also acknowledged the tail winds of a strong economy. It's Target's strongest performance in at least a decade and put it alongside chains like Costco and TJX that have posted robust increases. "The consumer is very healthy, and they are spending more time shopping at Target," Target CEO Brian Cornell said Wednesday. "Traffic is such an important measure. It shows that the ...
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says the Democratic Party should stick with what she calls its "bold ideas" on education, the environment, health care and equality. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator and presidential contender on Wednesday delivered the keynote address at the New York state Democratic convention on Long Island. Clinton says Democrats in New York and across the country must stand up to Republicans in Washington. While Clinton is a divisive figure for some in the Democratic Party's left wing, she received a warm welcome in her home state of New York. She described the gathering as a "family reunion." During her speech, Clinton praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who faces a challenge from the left in the Democratic primary from "Sex and the City" star C...
Within hours of TLS publishing the troubling comments of Frank Machiaverna, a Physician Advisor at RWJ Barnabas Health, his employer tells TLS that he has been suspended. “RWJBarnabas Health has a system-wide commitment to inclusiveness and diversity as an employer and a provider of healthcare services,” Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus and Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health told TLS. “Dr. Machiaverna is employed in an administrative role and is not a practicing surgeon at any RWJBarnabas Health facilities. Recent statements attributed to him are disturbing and he has been immediately suspended, pending an investigation.” Community leaders were relieved at the quick action. The Lakew...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on the situation in the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. The area is dealing with exceptional drought — the worst category. That has left farmers, ranchers and water planners bracing for a much different situation than just a year ago when only a fraction of the region was experiencing low levels of dryness. With the region's water resources strained, a top federal official has resumed pressure on states in the Southwest to wrap up lon...
NEW YORK (AP) — Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer. In relation to body size, our brains are huge, about six times larger than one would expect from other mammals. And this three-pound organ sucks up fully 20 percent of the body's energy needs. Evolutionary theory says to build and maintain something that costly, there must have been a very good reason. But what is it? Did our ancestors need more brainpower to cope with the environment, such as finding and storing food? Or was it driven more by the social complexities of dealing with their peers? Or was it all about the challenge of learning and teaching cultural knowledge? In the past, scientists have tried to tease ou...
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Parshas Bamidbar - Every person Matters

Parshas Bamidbar commences with the tziva from Hashem to once again take a census of Bnei Yisroel.  (Bamidbar 1:2) Hashem is very explicit that the census is to be taken “according to their families and according to their father’s household”. (1:2) The Torah then recites the tally for each family (except Shevet Levi, who was excluded from the count) (1:48) reaching a total of 603,550 (1:46).  This stands in stark contrast to the census taken in Parshas P’kudei where the tally was taken of the entire B’nei Yisroel, without any regard to the amount in each particular Shevet.  (Pikudei, 38:26) 


This raises two significant questions.  First, why are we doing another census so close to when the last one was done?  Second, why in the 2nd census are we commanded to break out the amount of people in each Shevet, where this was not commanded the first time?  The major significant event, which took place between the two counts, was the building, completion and dedication of the Mishkan.  It was this transforming event which was the reason for the recount and why it was done by family the second time. 


Prior to the completion of the Mishkan, there existed among the Shevatim a certain competitiveness and even jealousy exhibited under certain circumstances.  Consider the selling of Yoseph, the need to separate Shimon and Levi, the marginalizing of the Bnei Bilha and Zilpa, the loss of the Bechora from Reuven and the assumption of leadership by Yehuda.  Many of these issues were the result of good intentions but nevertheless resulted in divisiveness.  It was no wonder – each Shevet was endowed with unique strengths and weaknesses.  Human nature dictated that each attempted to use their talents to the utmost and bask in their prominence.  This was precisely the reason why the census in P’kudei did not go by family, to emphasize the need for unity – that Klal Yisroel is best served by each Shevet bringing their individual Kochos to the collective.  Only by Shevet Levi leading, B’tzalel from Shevet Yehuda designated as the lead builder with Ahaliyav from Shevet Dan assisting, and everyone contributing gold and silver could the Mishkan come to fruition.


Once this grand accomplishment was in place, every Shevet was able to appreciate the special role and contribution they made to the greater whole. At this point there was no longer a need to emphasize unity, they had already come to appreciate it on their own, through their own efforts.  On the contrary, now that the Mishkan was present, everyone realized their unique place.  No conceit was caused by enumerating the count of the individual Shevatim. 


Klal Yisroel learned in the Midbar that every Shevet and every individual was valuable and contributed to the greatness of the Am.  Simply put, we are not and were never intended to all be the same.  Rather, we all have what to contribute in filling the various roles necessary for a functioning society unified in their Avodas Hashem.  That’s a message quite worthy of reviewing.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to Israel says the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is months away. David Friedman spoke with Israeli media at the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He said the plan will be launched "within months" but had no exact date. The administration had reportedly aimed to roll out the plan next month. Friedman told Channel 10 TV Wednesday "It's not finalized ... there's an awful lot of listening going on." He says: "It's not just the substance but also the timing and the presentation." Trump has promised to pursue the "ultimate deal" between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians were outraged by Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital along with the embassy move and have rejected th...
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Two of the three teens most recently charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Baltimore County police officer have been ordered held without bail. Fifteen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward and 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews waived their right to appear in court Wednesday, and Judge Barbara Jung ordered them jailed at an adult lock up. Jung said she didn't believe a juvenile facility was appropriate considering the murder charges they face in the death of officer Amy Caprio. Seventeen-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV appeared through video and requested a postponement because his lawyer couldn't attend Wednesday. The judge agreed. A fourth suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, is also charged with first-degree murder and is being held w...
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol filed federal lawsuits Wednesday to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government Separate complaints were filed challenging the display, which was installed on the Capitol grounds last month. A 2015 law required the state to allow the privately funded monument. The monument was reinstalled last month after the original version was destroyed by a man who crashed his car into it. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas sued on behalf of four Arkansas residents — three who identify themselves as agnostics and one as atheist — who are members of a walking and cycling club whose routes include the state Capitol ground...
BOSTON (AP) — Two government witnesses in the trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme will be disguised by a "movie-industry" quality makeup artist to protect their identities. Judge Allison Burroughs agreed to the plan Wednesday to protect the identities of two inspectors for the federal Witness Security Program. The U.S. Marshals Service had urged the judge to keep the public out of the courtroom while they're on the stand and broadcast their testimony into another room. Salemme is on trial for the 1993 death of a nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. Salemme denies involvement in the killing. Salemme was in the witness protection program when DiSarro's body was found in 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. Testimony in the trial is expected to...
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the city's world-famous resorts. About 25,000 members of the Culinary Union who work at 34 different casino-resorts across the tourist destination cast ballots in two sessions Tuesday, showing the collective power of the largest labor organization in Nevada. The move hands union negotiators a huge bargaining chip as they work to solidify new five-year contracts. The union last voted for a strike in 2002 but reached a deal before employees walked out. The last strike, in 1984, spanned 67 days and cost the city and workers tens of millions...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he's "very hopeful" that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won't be reassured by U.S. demands for "rapid denuclearization." The decision about whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and President Donald Trump happens is "ultimately up to Chairman Kim," Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Lawmakers' questioning of Pompeo followed Trump's comment Tuesday that "there's a very substantial chance" the meeting would not proceed as scheduled. Trump told reporters Wednesday, "whatever it is, we will know next week about Singapore and if we go I think it will be a great thing for North Korea...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Wednesday it has withdrawn an invitation for China to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer, a sign of fresh tension between Pacific powers. The move comes amid high-stakes maneuvering over North Korea's nuclear program, which is scheduled to be the subject of a meeting in June between President Donald Trump and the North's leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump on Tuesday said he suspected that the North's recent talk of scrapping the summit could reflect influence from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently met with Kim. Washington also is engaged in a trade dispute with China over U.S. complaints about market access and technology policy. The U.S. had included China in the past two versions of th...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his description of MS-13 gang members as "animals." Trump says he was met with "rebuke" from Democrats when he described the gang members as animals last week. He says Democrats said the gang members are people. He specifically mentioned House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi. Trump disagreed, saying Wednesday, "they're not people. These are animals and we have to be very, very tough." Pelosi had commented more broadly on Trump's rhetoric and policies on immigrants. Trump commented at an MS-13 roundtable in Bethpage, on New York's Long Island, that was attended by federal and local officials. ____ 2:21 p.m. President Donald Trump is decrying the "menace" of the gang MS-13 as he kicks off a roundtable on illegal ...
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader is criticizing the U.S. over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing government officials on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the U.S. has been aiming to topple the Islamic republic for 40 years. "From the first day of the Islamic Revolution the U.S. has applied all kinds of enmity to hit the Islamic republic," he said. The speech comes just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty to replace the deal scuttled by Trump. Among them, Pompeo demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Some of the boxes stacked inside anthropologist Molly Zuckerman's laboratory contain full bones — a skull, a jaw, or a leg. Others contain only plastic bags of bone fragments that Zuckerman describes as "grit." These humble remains are among as many as 7,000 bodies that were buried at Mississippi's former insane asylum, a site that's now on the grounds of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Researchers are planning to exhume the bodies, create a memorial and study them for insight on how mentally ill people and other marginalized populations should be treated today. "The individuals present this amazing snapshot of life and health and human biology in Mississippi during a really tumultuous time spanning from before ...
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