Baltimore, MD – Feb. 29, 2024 - This evening, Mercaz Torah U’TefIllah held their siyum on Bava Kama. A large crowd joined together to enjoy a delicious seudah, followed by Divrei Bracha from the Rav, HaRav Yissochor Dov Eichenstein, and a keynote address from R’ Herschel Miller. The mesayem was R’ Gil Horwitz, one of the 16 Daf Yomi maggidei shiur at Mercaz.
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G-D spoke to Moshe, saying: “Make a copper wash basin and its copper base for washing; and place it between the Tent of Meeting and the Altar, and put water in it. Aharon and his sons will wash from it their hands and their feet. Before entering the Tent of Meeting they must wash with water and they will not die, or whenever they approach the Altar for Divine service, or to burn a fire-offering to G-D. They must wash their hands and their feet and they will not die. This is a perpetual statute for them, for him [Aharon] and his descendants for all their generations (Shemos 30:17-21).”  G-D instructed Moshe to construct the Kiyor, the basin from which Aharon and his sons would wash their hands and feet prior to preforming the sacred avoda (sacrificial s...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024  - Suburban Orthodox Congregation Siyum on Meseches Bava Kama Baltimore Rowing & Water Center Dedicated in Memory of Master Sergeant Eliyahu Michael Harush, Z’L, H’YD Click here for Livestream
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024  - The report exposes that a Baltimore City non-profit misused over $129,000 in ARPA funding. The organization in question is the Lazarus Rite Foundation, led by Christopher Ervin, contracted for Mayor Brandon Scott’s Clean Corp initiative. The funding was meant for city cleaning efforts, but was instead used for unrelated business expenses and projects. Inspector General Isabel Cumming found that the funds were also used for unapproved expenditures. Despite efforts to recoup the loss, Lazarus Rite claims inability to repay. The Department of Planning asserts the seriousness of the matter and reserves the right for further action.Click here for a copy of the report
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 / 21 Adar I - Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Siyum on Mesechta Bava Kama Feb. 29, 2024 / 21 Adar I After being m’sayeim the mesechta, Rabbi Moshe Hauer addressed the audience. The Siyum was sponsored by Rabbi Moshe & Rebbetzin Mindi Hauer L'iluy Nishmas Harav Binyamin ben R'Moshe, father of Rabbi Hauer, whose yahrzeit is tonight, 21 Adar
Congress approved a temporary spending bill to prevent a partial government shutdown this weekend, with Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) forced once again to turn to a coalition made up mostly of Democrats to clear it in the House, followed by passage in the Senate. The Thursday afternoon House vote was 320 to 99, with slightly more than half of Republicans joining with almost all Democrats to support the measure. The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill 77-13 Thursday evening. Now it heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature. “I am happy to inform the American people that there will be no government shutdown on Friday,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.). “And now, let’s finish the job of funding the ...
Annapolis, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 -  The Maryland State House is on lockdown early Thursday evening because of a possible security threat reported about 5 p.m. The Annapolis Police Department told the Associated Press its offers were called to assist the Maryland Capitol Police after somebody called in an anonymous threat sometime Thursday. Officers had not found any suspicious activity by 6 p.m. “You have to react to every threat as though it’s credible and serious,” Annapolis Police Department spokesperson Bernie Bennett told the AP, noting that nobody has been hurt. An AP reporter saw law enforcement vehicles parked outside and a police officer hurrying up a staircase with his gun drawn. Annapolis police told WBAL once the building's ...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 29, 2024 - With a deep debt of gratitude to Councilmen Yitzy Schleifer and Izzy Patoka for helping move the situation along, and with great thanks to the Baltimore community for its patience, Market Maven is happy to report that we are now open until 11PM tonight.
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Daily Dvar Halacha - Feb. 29 / 20 Adar I: Fast of Esther this Year

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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 29, 2024 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ezra and Ariella Bernstein on the birth of a son. Mazel tov to grandparents Jay & Dina Bernstein and Ben & Shira Ram and great-grandfather Rabbi Levi Finkelstein יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 - Please take note of the notice on top of the Maryland Zoo home page which reads: Attention all: There is a false advertisement circulating social media offering 4 tickets to the Maryland Zoo for $6.95 to celebrate our 150th anniversary. THIS IS A SCAM and is not coming from the Maryland Zoo. If you see this ad come across your feed, do not click any links or input your personal information. Please report the ad and the page who posted it to help us get the ad taken down. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 -  Several mayoral candidates want to put the brakes on Baltimore's bike lanes. "They need to be removed," insisted Wendell Freeman, a Democratic vying for the mayor's seat. "I think we need to rethink where we place these," said former mayor Sheila Dixon, who's also vying to regain the city's top job. Bike lanes have come under fire recently in communities where residents insist they had no input. In some neighborhoods, bike lanes have replaced vehicular lanes creating blocks of congested traffic. "We really do need to have some balance," said Republican Shannon Wright who's also vying for the mayor's seat. Outside a mayoral forum in West Baltimore Wednesday night, some candidates called for a moratorium on bike lanes....
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024  - According to the study, 23 percent of below-basic third grade readers will likely drop out of high school. For comparison, nine percent of children with basic reading skills and four percent of proficient readers will likely drop out of high school. The report then looked at Maryland’s prison population and found 57 percent of inmates under age 25 were high school dropouts. “We want to make sure that we can get as many of our third graders reading by the end of the year as possible,” said Mitchell. If that’s the goal, the question then becomes, how is it accomplished? Dr. Carey Wright was appointed Interim State Superintendent of Schools by the Maryland State Board of Education in October 2023. The report then looked ...
On Thursday, Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the City of Baltimore joined a statewide settlement with Walmart to resolve claims regarding its role in the opioid crisis. The City's portion of the settlement is estimated to be just over $7.2 million. The City declined to sign onto the remaining global settlements in which Maryland agreed to participate, City officials say.
"The opioid epidemic, which was directly brought on by corporate greed and irresponsibility, has been disastrous for our great city and has plagued communities across the country,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Walmart has reached this settlement in an effort to rectify the damage it has done, and with these funds, our City will be able to invest more in addressing the ongoing problem of ...
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Dodging potholes could become a sport in Maryland, which ties with New Jersey to rank No. 8 in the country for axle-jarring craters, according to a new analysis of Google searches for pothole-related terms from USA Today. Potholes are formed when the top layer of pavement and the sub-base beneath can no longer support the weight of traffic. Small cracks expand over time, allowing water to seep in. Hitting a pothole can result in expensive repairs that insurance won’t always cover. USA Today based its analysis on Google Trends data from 2020 to 2023 for terms such as “pothole,” “potholes,” “pothole repair,” “pothole damage” and “pothole complaint.” Each term was given a search index number, which was then us...
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