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Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah Dies Aged 91 Watch Berel Solomon Detail How Montreal Police Kicked Mispallilim Out of Their Shul Mid-Neilah (Video) Israel's Milk & Honey Releases first Kosher Ex-Sherry single malt Certified by STAR-K Covid-19 Testing Schedule For Week Of Yom Kippur-Sukkos (24-48 Hour PCR And Rapid Testing Available) Watch: Whats The Deal With COVID: Teenagers Have Their Questions Answered, With Dr. Moshay Cooper (Video) Happening Now! Shabsi's Is Open Tonight Motzoei Yom Kippur Sept. 28, 9:00P - 11:00PM For Lulav & Esrog Sales Police Report 911 Emergency Call Service Outages In Multiple States Israel: 'We Have To Release Patients To Make Room For New Ones' Trump On Defense After NYT Publishes Tax Info, Says He Is 'Entitled' To Credits 'Like Everyone Else' Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Hospitalized After Threatening To Harm Himself: Officials It Was A Yom Kippur in Eretz Yisrael Never Seen Before - At Least Not In Recent History Anyone Who Has Likely Been Exposed To, Or In Close Proximity To, Someone Who Is COVID-19 Positive, Should Not Attend Any Minyanim In Any Shul The Eruv is Up! Gmar Chasima Tova Yom Kippur 5781: Rabbi Marwick's Kol Nidrei and Yizkor Drashas Pertinent Halachos for Yom Kippur During COVID-19 from Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim of Agudath Israel Shomrim Of Baltimore Wishes the Community a Gmar Chasima Tova and Urges Everyone to Use Caution and Remain Alert and Aware of Your Surroundings Yom Kippur 5781: Why is This Year Different Than All Other Years? TA Campus Closed after Yom Kippur Coronavirus Weakening? Viral Loads Carried By Patients On The Decline, Along With Death Rate Biden Calls On Senate To 'Take A Step Back From The Brink' And Not Vote On Barrett
Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media report. He was expected to be succeeded by his 83-year-old half-brother and crown prince, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more: Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: In July, Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 24, 2020 - Who couldn't use a little more joy in their lives? :)Learn how to create that joy in a special Pre-Sukkos talk with Charlie Harary on October 1st at 8 PM on ZOOM right here.  This special Etz Chaim Zoom event is sponsored by Braces MD Orthodontics (Drs. Isaacs, Nawy, and Stern).   All of Etz Chaim's ETZtalks lectures are available for viewing here Looking forward to seeing you there! 
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***PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HATZALAH EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID TESTING***  Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2020 - Special Tuesday MORNING testing at Beis Medrash & Mesivta of Baltimore 6823 Old Pimlico in the rear parking lot. 11-11:45 am. Wed-Thu evening 7-7:45 at STAR-K.  Due to increased demand this week, we may add additional times as well, please check back here for updates. We will bez"h have testing on Chol Hamoed as well. Times TBA. The testing is under the auspices of Dr. Yoel Jacobovits and other community Dr's. It is available in the Star-K Parking lot at 122 Slade Ave. We are asking for a $10/car donation to cover incurred costs. Please stay off of your cell phones while on the campus. ****NEW INSTRUCTIONS FOR TESTING****  ...
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Most recent Statements/letters/etc. from the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanimVaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: Important Pre Yom Tov Update [Sept. 25, 2020]Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: An Important and Encouraging Rosh Hashanah Update [Sept. 14, 2020]Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: 'Our Guard Has Been Let Down' (Aug. 11, 2020)Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: "Despite Our Diligent Efforts And Vigilance Locally, We Have Had A Slow Trickle Of New Cases In The Past 2 Weeks That Raises Concern." [July 2, 2020]Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: "Those Shuls Which Are Able To Open In A Manner Deemed Safe May Do So Already For Shabbos" (June 19) Vaad HaRabbanim of Baltimore: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Yesterday’s Vaad Harabanim Letter [June 11, 2020]Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: A Smorgasb...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 29, 2020 - Founded in 2012 and nestled in the urban landscape of vibrant Tel Aviv, Milk & Honey is Israel’s first whisky distillery. While M&H was built upon the bedrock of Scottish whisky-making tradition (they employed the late Dr. Jim Swan, one of the world’s most accomplished master distillers, as their advisor), the unique Mediterranean climate surrounding the distillery has required a unique approach to tried-and-true methods, made successful by the ingenuity of Milk & Honey’s passionate team. Milk & Honey whiskies are double-distilled and aged a minimum of 3 years, though the hot and humid environment accelerates aging, creating spirits that taste distinctly older than expected from their time in barrel. Employing a variety of ...
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Yom Kippur 5781: Why is This Year Different Than All Other Years?

Every year on Yom Kippur we are given an incredible opportunity for Teshuva.  Indeed, the commentaries teach us that on Yom Kippur the special “zman“ can allow someone to attain forgiveness, even if on our merits, we may not be so entitled.  This special matana from Hashem permits this at this special time.  

Most of us are aware of the opportunity for teshuva and capitalize on it to a lesser or greater degree.  We say selichos, we daven, we increase our tzedaka, we fast etc.  there is so much more all of us can do in the teshuva realm, but at least we try.  And for most of us each year, with Hashem’s rachamim, it is enough.

At the risk of great understatement, this is not most years.  Most years, we each have our particular issues of regret and areas we would like to improve in. We surely have others in mind as well for Refuah, hatzlacha and the like. But as I said, this is not most years.  All of those Tefillos are still appropriate but when the entire planet faces a crisis, we all must take responsibility for more than just our circle.  We cannot limit out teffilos just to our families and Klal Yisroel.  We must realize that we bear a disproportionate responsibility for what is going on, just like we do for everything else.  And we must be at the forefront in trying to bring us out.

This year, our tefillos must include teshuva for our failures in making the world a better place.  For our shortcomings in living up to being the Am Hanivchar and ask Hashem for kapara for these failures.  We need not get into specifics of what each of us can do or could have done to improve the world.  We all have opportunities daily to help - whether it’s being sure to say “thank you” or “good morning “to someone you don’t know just because you can.  Whether it’s conducting ourselves mimaaleh min hateva in our places of business or even a public shopping place.  We have responsibilities. And when the world is challenged like no other time in our lifetime, we must recognize that those responsibilities extend beyond our front door, beyond our neighborhood and beyond our borders. Let’s start this year’s teffillos with our genuine regret in not doing our part in helping heal the world by example.  Maybe we are not all ready to invite ANTIFA people into our homes but maybe we can think of some of the legitimate concerns which drive people to act in such a way.  Or maybe we can start closer to home and stop distinguishing between those who dress exactly the way we do and those who don't.  Tolerance is an example we can set as well. It also has the added bonus of disenfranchising less members of our youth.  So for those at a loss of where to start, tolerance in general is a good place.

It’s our world.  Hashem gave us responsibilities here more than other amim.  When we use our brilliance to invent ventilators, to live as moral people, the world is rewarded for what we do.  This year more than most, we need to step up and shine Hashem’s light on the world again. As it described in last week’s Parsha, his light is shined through us.  Let’s take effort in making ourselves appropriate lenses.  

A G’mar Chasima Tova and Lshana Haba B’Yerushalayim.

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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 28, 2020 -  Shabsi's will be open tonight Motzoei Yom Kippur, Sept. 28 from 9:00PM - 11:00PM for lulav & Esrog sales
Police departments in several states reported interruptions to 911 emergency call service on Monday night. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more: Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: The extent of the outage was not immediately clear. The Minneapolis Police Department said 911 lines "are not operational nationwide" but provided few other details. Departments in Arizona and Delaware also reported issues. “ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging. If you need police, fire or emergency medical assistance in Minneapolis, please call 612-348-2345. We will advise when this issue is fixed.” R...
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The director of the coronavirus department at Ichilov Medical Center, Dr. Guy Hoshen, says that the medical center is well aware of the surge in coronavirus morbidity. "We have a higher occupancy rate than usual, around 95%. The effort is definitely increasing. The number of patients in serious condition has increased and so has the number om ventilators, and we feel the load here. Many of the patients are 60-70 or older, and a minority are younger. We see patients with difficult and complex situation," Dr. Hoshen said in an interview with Channel 12 News. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more: Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: "Something has definitely cha...
The New York Times reported Trump paid no federal income taxes for 10 of the past 15 years President Trump on Monday defended his tax history, saying that he paid “millions of dollars” to the Internal Revenue Service and argued he is "entitled" to tax credits "like everyone else" in the wake of a New York Times report that said he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more: Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: “The Fake News Media, just like Election time 2016, is bringing up my Taxes & all sorts of other nonsense with illegally obtained information & only...
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Police released bodycam footage on Monday of an incident involving President Trump's former campaigner manager Brad Parscale, where he was taken to the hospital by law enforcement after allegedly threatening to harm himself. The video shows police tackle a shirtless Parscale to the ground and place handcuffs on him after he emerged from his home, as he repeatedly said he “didn’t do anything.” Officers had asked Parscale to leave his house “’with no weapons.” The video also shows Parscale’s wife, Candice, speaking with police about the incident, where she noted her husband had several firearms, including a rifle and a shotgun. As previously reported by Fox News, a police report indicated that about 10 firearms were ...
Shuls divided into capsulot, with sheets of plastic and wood separating every 10 people. Some shuls were held outside. In people's back yards. In parking lots and on balconies.  I know of one community here in Beit Shemesh that has a very high infection rate. So they started davening at 7, cut out all the piyutim and singing, finished at 9 and reconvened for Mincha and Neila at 4. Even in our shul, who took the restrictions rather lightly, we skipped the usual dancing after Yom Kippur. In general, as far as medical emergencies are concerned, we were not as busy as we expected or prepared for, Baruch Hashem. We spent a good deal of time educating the community on how to prevent dehydration and other heat related illnesses. So, we move onward to Sukkos. The sounds of hammering and ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2020 - In light of the increased COVID-19 positive testing in our community over the past 72 hours (both symptomatic and asymptomatic), anyone who has likely been exposed to, or in close proximity to, someone who is COVID-19 positive, should not attend any minyanim in any Shul and thereby possibly expose others to this highly contagious virus.  Anyone who has underlying health issues or is immunocompromised in any way should be extra vigilant in light of the recent spread and should consult with his or her physician.   Gmar Chasima Tova.
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2020 - The Eruv is up! Gmar Chasima Tova
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2020 - Rabbi Marwick's Kol Nidrei and Yizkor Drashas Please click here for Rabbi Marwick's Kol Nidrei Drasha.   Please click here for Rabbi Marwick's Yizkor drasha.
Baltimore, Md - Sept. 27, 2020 - Pertinent Halachos for Yom Kippur During COVID-19 from Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim of Agudath Israel. For a larger, printable copy, click on the graphic below.
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