Baltimore, MD  - Feb. 24, 2024  - Democratic mayoral candidate and former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah condemned what he called the Mayor Brandon Scott’s mismanagement of $641 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at a news conference today. “The mayor has frittered away a once-in-a-century opportunity, padding agency budgets, repaying favors to donors and developers, and feeding pet projects and special interests,” said Vignarajah in a news release. “Squandering $641 million is this Mayor’s biggest, most unforgivable mistake.&rdq...
IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi said that soldiers' "achievements - another battalion that you dismantle, another underground infrastructure destroyed, another neighborhood where the population is evacuated to a safe space - all these things put positive pressure on the matter of releasing the hostages," during a situational assessment with other high-ranking IDF officers in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday. He commented further on the release of hostages, saying, "We are currently in the days of negotiations on the release of the hostages; I don't know this will develop; there are those whose job is to deal with Gaza; our job is to deal with fighting." He ended his assessment with a statement on positive progressions of the combat, saying,"[Our progress in the Gaza Strip] i...
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Baltimore, MD - Are you nervous about Kashering for Pesach; unsure you will get it done properly? Are you afraid the water will ruin your cabinets and create a mess in your kitchen? Are you moving into a new house and need the kitchen kashered; stress-free? Click here: https://t.ly/v57WNFor the last six years, The Kashering Konnection, has been servicing the Baltimore and DC communities. Coordinated through Star-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Sholom Tendler, professional Mashgichim are available to come to your home and ensure an easy, mess-free and 100% properly-done Kashering of your kitchen and appliances. From ovens to stoves, counters to sinks, The Kashering Konnection can help you prepare for Pesach in an easy and affordable way.“We have received so many calls at our office over...
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 22, 2024 - As everyone knows, thousands of families in Eretz Yisrael were displaced from their homes on Simchat Torah with few or none of their belongs. Now, as Purim is just around the corner, they are asking for Purim costumes so that, even though this year is unlike any other, they can still have a fun and exciting Purim. Please help the wonderful people who have been providing families from the North and the South with clothes throughout the past few months to help them out again with costumes. From now through Feb. 25th, please drop off or have store-made (no homemade) costumes shipped to one of the addresses indicated in the graphic below and bring Simchas Purim to these children and families. Please do not drop off any very used, dirty, or torn costumes....
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 22, 2024  -HaRav Cohn's visit is scheduled from February 22nd to 25th, Parshas Tetzaveh. This is a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by one of the most  renowned Talmidei Chachomim in the world! EVENT SCHEDULE:Thursday 9:00 PM- FEB 22ND : Mercaz Torah U'TefillaThe first event is titled "From Darkness to Light: Our responsibility to our Nation during these Troubling Times". This shiur will delve into our obligations and duties during these trying times.  Scheduled for 9:00 PM on Thursday, February 22nd at Mercaz Torah U'Tefilla in the main beis medresh. Oneg Shabbos 9:00 PM FEB 23On Leil Shabbos, February 23rd, an enlightening Oneg Shabbos will be held in the New House at Mercaz Torah U’Tefilla  starting at 9:00 PM. The...
The Biden administration declared that West Bank settlements are illegal as it rescinded the "Pompeo doctrine" to underscore its objection to Israel’s declared intention to advance plans for 3,000 new settler homes. “We’re disappointed in the announcement,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday during a joint press conference in Buenos Aries. “It’s been longstanding US policy under Republican and Democratic administrations alike that new settlements are counterproductive to reaching an enduring peace.   “They’re also inconsistent with international law. Our administration maintains a firm opposition to settlement expansion. And in our judgment, this only weakens – it doesn’t strengthen – Israel’...
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The War Cabinet agreed to send a delegation to hostage talks in Paris after Israel expressed cautious optimism Saturday night about the possibility of a hostage deal that could involve a six-week pause to the fighting before Ramadan, according to Israeli media. “We are working to obtain another framework outline for the release of our hostages,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a post on X on Saturday. “That is why I sent a delegation to Paris – and tonight we will discuss the next steps in the negotiations,” he stated. He emphasized simultaneously that Israel was committed to destroying “the Hamas battalions in Rafah.” “At the beginning of the week, I will convene the cabinet to approve the operational plans for action...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 24, 2024 - According to police audio, Baltimore Police responded to the home of Mayoral Candidate Sheila Dixon Friday night. Dixon telling Fox45, someone broke into her detached garage and stole a bicycle and attempted to steal other items. On Friday, Dixon attended a crime walk in the Morrell Park neighborhood, with a focus of quality-of-life crimes. “When I come in the house or bring my car and park it in the garage, I don’t want to have to feel nervous and have to look around. I should have to coming into my neighborhood. No one should," said Dixon. In Dixon's neighborhood, a car was stolen two weeks ago, and last month a person was carjacked at gunpoint. “That’s why we really have to deal with the quality of life of crime. Burglari...
Jerusalem, Israel - Feb. 24, 2024 - Key U.S. Jewish leaders convened in Jerusalem for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization's annual National Leadership Mission, February 18-22, 2024, in the aftermath of the Hamas October 7 attack. The delegation included presidents from the Conference’s 50-member organizations and its National Leadership Council. From the opening event at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the delegation, the days were filled. In addition to meetings with Israel’s political and military leaders, during the week of the Mission, the group met with the families of hostages, bereaved families, and soldiers and commanders of the IDF. Israel Katz, Minister of Foreign Affa...
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Daily Dvar Halacha - Feb. 23 / 14 Adar I: Purim Katan!




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Former President Trump is projected to handily win the South Carolina GOP primary, dealing a crushing blow to rival Nikki Haley, according to an exit poll conducted by Decision Desk HQ.   The Palmetto State becomes the third state in a row in which Trump has trounced Haley on the ballot. The two did not compete together in Nevada, which held a dueling primary and caucus. Trump’s win was largely expected, given that an average of South Carolina surveys compiled by Decision Desk HQ and The Hill found Trump leading Haley 64 percent to 33 percent.  Haley is Trump’s last remaining major GOP challenger. Trump’s win will fuel further questions about her viability, especially given that she had previously served as governor of South Carolina.  Yet Hal...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23, 2024  Kids and faculty at Dumbarton Middle School are all smiles after Dr. Joel Danziger, a local doctor, donated more than 700 Towson basketball tickets to students and faculty for exceptional attendance this school year. "The goal is to inspire these kids to continue to do well with attendance and with school work and strive to set higher goals like maybe becoming a TU alumni themselves," said Dr. Danziger, who is a dentist of Elite Dental of Towson and Baltimore Magazines top doctor in 2023. As a Towson alum, his goal is to pour into the Towson community. Dumbarton Middle School has been looking to incentivize its students for doing well. It's perfect timing for both parties. "For him to offer this is just one more reason why we love being i...
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 19, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Arthur (Avrohom) Weichbrod, father of Shimmy Weichbrod. Shimmy (443-854-1541) will begin sitting shiva in New York. Further shiva details will be forthcoming. Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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Cases of a nasty stomach bug known as norovirus have spiked in recent weeks across several southern U.S. states, including Maryland, according to recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Often called the "stomach flu" or gastroenteritis, anyone can become infected or sick with norovirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health. Norovirus is often spread through direct contact with an infected person, eating food or drinking liquids contaminated with the virus, or touching contaminated surfaces, health officials said. It also spreads through the feces and vomit of an infected person. According to CDC data published Feb. 22, the three-week average for positive no...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 19, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Michael (Moshe) Kreisberg, z’l, husband of  Dawn Kreisberg.Shiva will be observed through Sunday at 6341 Red Cedar Place, Baltimore, MD 21209.Friday:Visiting hours: 9:00-2:00 pmMincha: 2:00 pmMotzei Shabbos:Visiting hours: 7:30-11:00 pmSunday:No minyanimVisiting hours: 9:00-1:00, 3:00-6:00, 7:00-9:30Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 23, 2024 -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Akiva Rosenfeld & Libby Goldfeder on their engagement. Mazel tov to Ahron & Alisa Rosenfeld and Avi & Shani Goldfeder יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
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Of all the garments discussed this week in the context of the 'glorious and splendorous' vestments the Kohanim were to wear in their service of G-d, there is one that seems to have a parallel in its significance, in our own daily wardrobe — the אבנט — the sash, or more colloquially, our belts. The Avneit was a thirty-two amos long sash of embroidered material that girdled over the midsection of the Kohen above his heart. We are taught that each vestment of the Kohen served to atone for various sins. The Avneit amends for הרהורי עבירה — impure thoughts. Each morning as we dress there are various morning blesses that focus on specific articles of clothing. The blessing we express praising G-d Who, אוזר ישראל בגבורה — girds I...
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