Towson, Md - June 17, 2024  - Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that County government offices, District and Circuit Courts, Baltimore County Public Library branches, and County-run senior centers will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth National Independence Day. In addition, CountyRide and Towson Loop service will not operate. Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual. Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule. County trash and recyc...
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Baltimore, MD – June 17, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Mayer Zayon, z’l, husband of Mrs. Pearl Zayon, and father of Esti (Ari) Erenthal, Moishe Zayon, Effy (Marissa) Zayon, Ari Zayon and Nechama Zayon. The levayah will be held at 4:00PM, today, Monday, June 17, 2024 at Levinson’s Kevurah will take place at Shomrei Mishmeres Schares Haplata Cemetery 6307 Hamilton Ave, Rosedale, MD, 21237 Shiva will be observed at 3031 Fallstaff Rd, Unit 104C, Baltimore, MD, 21209.Visiting: From 730am until 10am,1PM-4PM, 7PM through end of Mincha/Maariv.Minyanim:Shacharis: 7:30AMMincha/Maariv: 8:20 PM Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
Nu... what do you think? This is THE question. It echoes not only among those who attended the third Adirei Torah event but resounds in the heavens as well, asked by none other than the Al-mighty Himself. Nu... what do you think? A well-known story is told about Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. When well into his 70s, he decided to travel from Germany to Switzerland for a vacation. In the late 1800s, when cars and airplanes were unheard of, this journey was an arduous trek by train and coach. He was asked, "Rabbi, you’re an old man. Why are you taking such a trip?" Rabbi Hirsch replied, "After 120 years, I’ll meet my Maker, and He will ask me, ‘Raphael, did you ever see my Alps?’” So nu... what do you think? For me, this third Adirei event carried special mean...
Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2024  -  Gas prices in Baltimore have risen 10.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.61 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's new survey. Prices in Baltimore are 9.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 21.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 1.6 cents in the last week and stands at $3.73 per gallon.
"Since the national average price of gasoline fell to its lowest June level since 2021 last week, we've seen the drop in prices take a break, with some states seeing a small rise over the last week. Thankfully, I expect this to be more like a short timeout, with an eventual return to falling gasoline prices in most states," said Patrick De Haan, head of petrol...
Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2024 – Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the following statement on Maryland Governor Wes Moore’s pardons of more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions. “The legacy that the war on drugs has had on our city of Baltimore – and many places around the country like it – is still visceral and tangible. We still see and feel the wounds every day in the lives, families, and communities that were disrupted and destroyed. Today’s action to pardon these more than 175,000 convictions is a step towards healing. For those receiving the pardons – which includes thousands upon thousands of Baltimoreans – it will be life changing. "I want to thank and commend Governor Moore for his commitment, compassion, and love for the ...
Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2024  - Summer is greeting Maryland with a bang. The year's first heat wave is expected to hit the state Monday. A heat wave is defined in the northeast as at least three days with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Accuweather reported. Meteorologists expect highs of 90 degrees and up for at least the next seven days in Maryland. "The increased demand for cooling is going to be a problem here. This could have some impacts on the power grid," AccuWeather Chief Video Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. The heat often brings evening thunderstorms in Maryland, but the National Weather Service is calling for a fairly dry week as of now. The scorcher could threaten daily records in Maryland, but forecasters don't cu...
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Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2024  - All  libraries in Baltimore City & Baltimore County are closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.
Annapolis, MD - June 17, 2024 - Maryland Gov. Wes Moore is planning to pardon more than 175,000 marijuana convictions on Monday, according to a Washington Post report published Sunday night. Based on the Post’s reporting, the governor would be forgiving marijuana-related charges for roughly 100,000 people. After President Joe Biden issued a mass pardon of federal marijuana convictions in 2022, he called on governors to do the same at the state level. That same year, Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana statewide, which took effect July 1, 2023. Nine other states have made similar moves. The state-level action is rivaled only by one other state, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. ...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to his ministers who participated in the Security Cabinet session on Sunday that he has decided to dissolve the War Cabinet and to hold the relevant discussions in the broader Security Cabinet instead. However, those close to the Prime Minister predict that he will hold consultations with a smaller forum, similar to the War Cabinet, while decisions will be made in the Security Cabinet. By doing this, Netanyahu absolved himself of National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's demands to join the War Cabinet after the National Unity Party left the government. Last week, Ben-Gvir sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the resignation of Benny Gantz and the National Unity Party from the coalition. "With the outbreak of t...
Baltimore, MD - June 16, 2024  - Eliyahu Moshe Shlomo Zimbalist, Z'L, H'yd, from Nofei Aviv, (originally from Silver Spring, MD), was one of the eight Israeli soldiers, who were killed on Shabbos. He was the son of Simeon and Sara Zimbalist from HaShoshan and grandson of Joelle and Bill Zimbalist of Miami Beach, FL, formerly of Silver Spring, MD and of Irv & Miriam Klavan of Teaneck, NJ.Sadly, this is the fourth Young Israel Shomrai Emunah grandchild to be buried in Har Hertzl in this war, from families Zimbalist, Haber/Wildman/Segal, Weiser, and Linzer.Yhi Zichrum BaruchShiva is being observed in Israel. Beginning Tuesday, Bill Zimbalist may be reached via WhatsApp or phone during Shiva at 301-758-4231 and Joelle Zimbalist at 301-758-4237Click here to watch a  r...
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Parshas Naso: Keeping the Peace

There are a number of interesting correlations between this week's parsha and this week's haftarah. The obvious connection is that the haftara speaks of Shimshon who was a nazir and the nazir is discussed in this week's parsha. However, there are some other connections that lie beneath the surface. First, the sotah process is discussed in this week's parsha. We are taught, (according to one opinion in the gemara Sotah 26a) that a sotah who was previously childless, will become pregnant if she emerges from the sotah process alive as an innocent woman. R' Dovid Kohn explains why this is. If someone is childless, it is because there has been some decree from Shamayim that this person suffers, for whatever reason, a punishment comparable to death. However, there are other circumstances mentioned by Chazal that are comparable to death. One of them is embarrassment. If someone embarrasses another person, it is as if they are killing them (Pirkei Avos). Therefore, when the woman goes through the sotah process, she endures so much humiliation that she has served the punishment equaling death and now there is no longer a place for the decree of infertility. This concept, too, is seen in the haftara. The midrash recounts that Ivtzan (Boaz) who was the judge at the time, had 30 sons and 30 daughters and made two banquets for each one. However, he did not invite Manoach, Shimshon's father to any of these banquets for he reasoned "He doesn't have any kids, how could he ever return the favour?" R' Dovid Kohn suggests that here too it was enduring the embarrassment of 120 banquets to which he was not invited, an embarrassment directly related to the fact that he was childless, that earned him the merit to eventually have a child.


Also, Chazal tell us that the purpose of the sotah process is to eventually instill peace between man and his wife by resolving the existing conflict. Peace is so important that HaShem has His name erased in the water for it. In the haftara we also see the importance of peace between a man and his wife. The midrash recounts that when Manoach and his wife were not able to have children, they were fighting over whose fault it was that they were not having kids. Therefore, the angel informed Manoach's wife that she was in fact the akarah. R' Chaim Kanievsky writes that from here we learn a very important lesson regarding establishing peace and harmony by resolving conflict. If you know that one party in an argument is correct, it is proper to go over to the one who is wrong and inform them so that they may confess, for in that way you will preserve peace. If you inform the one who was correct, you will not resolve the argument and the conflict will only continue. That is why the angel went directly to Manoach's wife rather than Manoach. The prevalence of the theme of shalom is also found in the culmination of birkas kohanim (which is actually the pasuk on which this midrash appears.)


Have a good Shabbos.

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Baltimore, MD – June 16 2024 -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to David Korobkin (Baltimore) and Naomi Satloff (Los Angeles) on their engagement. Mazel Tov to the parents, Dr. Shmuel and Robyn Korobkin, Dr. Lewis Satloff, and Roni Satloff. יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
Baltimore, MD – June 16, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Roberta Eisenberg, a’h, mother of David Eisenberg. The levaya took place on Friday. David is sitting shiva in Chicago through Thursday morning. David can be reached at 443-289-1193 during the following times: Sunday, June 16 - 7:00-8:00 PM (Baltimore time)  Monday, June 17 - 5:00-6:00 PM (Baltimore time) Wednesday, June 19 - 5:00-6:00 PM (Baltimore time) Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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The year’s most significant heat wave so far is expected to roast a large portion of the central and southern United States on Father’s Day Sunday with potentially record-breaking high temperatures, four days away from summer’s official start. The National Weather Service warned people in the South and Midwest planning to celebrate dads outdoors on Sunday to stay cool amid a major heat risk, with high temperatures into the 90s in some areas. The intense heat wave won’t stop there. An expansive and exceptionally strong heat dome will build Sunday over the East and stretch into the Midwest and Great Lakes over the next few days, with the heat expected to persist through the week. Heat domes trap air in place and bake it with abundant sunshine fo...
The U.S. military targeted the global leader of ISIS in an airstrike in Somalia late last month but cannot confirm whether he was killed, three U.S. officials say. The U.S. government has publicly identified Abdulqadir Mumin as the head of the ISIS affiliate in Somalia, but two U.S. officials say that last year he quietly became the worldwide leader of the terror group. U.S. Africa Command released a statement on May 31 saying it had conducted an airstrike against ISIS militants in a remote area 81 km (50 miles) southeast of Bosaso, Somalia, and killed three militants. The AFRICOM statement did not say whom the U.S. was targeting, however, or who was killed. AFRICOM reported that no civilians were killed in the strike. Three U.S. officials now say Mumin was the targe...
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The Commanding Officer of the Southern Command, MG Yaron Finkelman, held a situational assessment on Sunday in Rafah with the Commanding Officer of the 162nd Division, BG Itzik Cohen, the Commanding Officer of the 401st Brigade, COL Benny Aharon, and other commanders. MG Finkelman spoke with the commanders about the operational achievements in the Rafah area and the development of the operations. "We are here in Tel al-Sultan, Rafah. After a painful event that happened yesterday, we lost soldiers and lost commanders during an operation. These are our best sons, our directive is to continue forward, and you are doing it," stated Finkelman. "You are degrading the Rafah Brigade, and we will act and continue until we defeat it," he added. The commanding officer continued: "The actions we ha...
Many Democrat representatives and senators are planning to protest or boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month, and are even discussing counter-programing the speech. Axios, citing six sources familiar with the planning, reported that there had been multiple discussions about counter-programming, primarily among progressives but including other Democratic lawmakers as well. According to the report, the proposals include a press conference, a vigil, or an event with families of those taken hostage by Hamas who oppose their Prime Minister. While some progressives intend to attend the address and actively disrupt it, others intend to skip it. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Ca.), said he would not attend Netanyahu's address, noting in an int...
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IDF Chief of Staff LTG Herzi Halevi held a situational assessment and tour in the central Gaza Strip with the Commanding Officer of the Southern Command, MG Yaron Finkelman, the Commanding Officer of the 99th Division, BG Barak Hiram, and other reserve commanders. During the tour, LTG Halevi commented: “We want to expand our numbers as much as possible. To those who come to enlist, I tell you that there is an opportunity for change in the haredi community. We are not seeing enough people coming forward to draft, the base is not broad enough, but there is a desire for change. We want to move forward, not because it's a pleasant thing to do, [but] first and foremost because it's necessary.” He added: “A [haredi] battalion that we will establish, will manage a se...
Baltimore, MD - June 15, 2024  - Everyone fondly remembers the smiling face and warm personality of Reb Eliezer Yaakov 'Louie' Leder a"h. This link has been created to learn mishnayos, aiming to finish Shas by his Shloshim, July 9th. Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in this zchus for Reb Eliezer Yaakov ben Dovid Moshe, z'l.
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The International Criminal Court arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant have already hampered the war against Hamas, attorney Yuval Sasson told Tamar Uriel-Beeri and Sarah Ben-Nun on The Jerusalem Post Podcast. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an independent legal entity, unlike the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which is part of the UN.  In addition, unlike the ICJ, which deals with disputes between states, the ICC deals with individual people.  "[The ICC] deals with not state's responsibility, but with individual's responsibility," Sasson explained. "Therefore, the request by their prosecutor [for arrest warrants] is not against the State of Israel, but rather against individuals in ...
The Economy Ministry is promoting new regulations for Israel's economic relations with Turkey in light of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasing antagonism against the Jewish State and support for the Hamas terrorist organization. The decision follow's Erdogan's decision to impose a trade embargo against Israel, which violates the trade agreement between the countries. The move entails the activation of a control mechanism that includes a licensing requirement that will apply to all products imported from Turkey directly to Israel. In 2023, imports from Turkey amounted to approximately $5.2 billion dollars. No unique items that are unavailable elsewhere are imported from Turkey, and the Economy and Foreign Ministries are working to find alternative market...
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