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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2024 - We are reposting this article becasue we have been made aware funds have been lost over Shabbos. Nationally, there continues to be a rise in reports specifically related to EBT crime. Beware of Credit Card Machine Scammers: Protect Your EBT Card by Regularly Changing Your PIN Baltimore, MD – May 12, 2023 - The rise of credit card machine scammers, who steal sensitive information and money from unsuspecting cardholders, has become a growing concern. One common method these criminals use is to replace the cover of the credit card machine with a fake o...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 17, 2024  - Join the community in a new incentive to disconnect from digital life and reconnect with... life! Commit to limit your screen time during Sefiras HaOmer, the special time of growth between Pesach and Shavuos, and win great prizes! See below for details. To sponsor any part of this initiative, reach out to us at or call 410-449-1824
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2024 - With MD's Primary Election Day only a few weeks away, efforts to bolster our community's voting footprint continue to expand. With so many bochurim home for Pesach, a great opportunity to register them to vote was met beginning last week at Mercaz Torah u'Tefillah (Rav Eichenstein). The first ever "voter registration kiosk" was set up by Agudah Maryland together with Computer Cure, MD. The kiosk will be available thru erev Pesach in the shul lobby, the day before voter registration ends across the state. In addition to registering to vote, those who will not be in Maryland during the week of Early Voting (May 2-9) or on Primary Election Day (May 15), may fill out an application for a mail-in-ballot at the kiosk.
Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott shared his disappointment Tuesday that too much public money has gone to arts organizations that "just happen to be White-ran." The comment came during the announcement of a $3.6 million "Diversity in Arts" grant funded by COVID-19 relief dollars. Capital grant recipients include the The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum on North Avenue and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
For too long, public dollars have simply just gone to the big names and the big players in town," Mayor Scott said. "And dare I say, I know my staff is going to hate this, the big names and big players in town that just happen to be White-ran organizations in Baltimore."
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The United States is set to impose sanctions on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)'s Netzah Yehuda Battalion, marking the first time Washington has taken such action against an Israeli military unit.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to announce the sanctions in the coming days, targeting the battalion for alleged human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank. According to sources familiar with the matter, the sanctions will include a ban on the transfer of U.S. military aid to the battalion and restrictions on its members' participation in training activities funded by the United States. These measures are based on a 1997 law authored by former Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, which prohibits US assistance to foreign security forces implicated i...
Angels in Orange contains incredible stories of emunah, hashgachah, miracles and courage as more than 1,700 United Hatzalah volunteers rescued and treated the wounded on Simchas Torah, October 7th, 2023. Bestselling author Rabbi Nachman Seltzer has written their amazing stories of courage and survival with great sensitivity for reader’s feelings. We are inspired and uplifted as we read about their mesiras nefesh, Hashem’s Hashgachah Pratis, the miracles that almost every volunteer saw and experienced, and their selfless caring for their fellow Jews during one of the most dangerous times in Israel’s history. In this special Inside ArtScroll interview, Rabbi Seltzer – who visited ArtScroll’s studio from his home in I...
The missile used in the attack on Iran early Friday morning was a precise missile named Rampage, Kan 11 reported. The Rampage was developed by Israel's security industry. The missile was identified from photos and the scope of the damage in the attack. It can fly at supersonic speed, making it very difficult to identify and intercept with aerial defense systems. According to the report, the missile carries a warhead of 150 kilograms of explosives, and can reach a distance of 145 kilometers. It can also adjust its path mid-flight, so as to precisely hit the target it was programmed to hit. In other words, the missile is intended to hit stationary targets which meet conditions similar to those which were hit in the attack military targets in Isfahan, Iran. Accor...
The House on Saturday approved a series of bills providing tens of billions of dollars in foreign aid to embattled U.S. allies overseas, breaking a months-long impasse that bitterly divided Congress and sending the package along to the Senate. The legislation — marrying military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan with humanitarian assistance for Gaza — marked a victory for Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who had taken the politically risky step of bringing the proposals to the floor over the objection of hardline conservatives, several of whom want to boot him from power. That decision has endeared the Speaker to Ukraine’s supporters in both parties, who argued the need for an aggressive strategy to help Kyiv’s beleaguered forces counter Russia&rs...
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Rabbi Zvi Teichman - Metzora/Shabbos Hagadol 5784 - Let's Talk

Part of the purification process for one stricken with tzara'as — leprosy, is the bringing of two birds. The selection of birds to serve as atonement for this leper having succumbed to the sin of slander, is to remind us that it all starts with theפטפוטי דברים — purposeless 'chatter', like birds who twitter constantly with chirping sounds.

The coincidence of Shabbos HaGadol with the weekly portion that addresses the rectification of derogatory speech, draws us to a mystical teaching of the Holy Arizal regarding the deeper meaning of the name of the holiday of פסח — Pesach.

He writes that this word which is usually associated with its meaning to 'skip over', alluding to how on the night of the Plague of the Firstborn, G-d skipped over the houses of His children who painted their doorposts and lintels with the blood of their Paschal lambs, has an additional connotation.

The word פסח is a contraction of two words, פה סח — the mouth talks.

On the simplest level it reflects on the nature of the primary obligation of this holiday — to retell the story of the exodus to our children. The many other mitzvos — eating Matzah, Marror, and the Paschal lamb when the Temple stood, are intended to prod the discussion that brings us back to that historic moment with all its details and symbolism, and the mission to recall and implement the message behind it all. That message being G-d's total mastery over the world and His commitment to the children of Avraham, Yitzchok, and Yaakov.

But the Arizal tells us there is much more to it than the fact this command in particular calls for much talk. He mentions the notion of דיבור — speech, having been in גלות — exile, finding redemption with their newfound discovery of a unique ability to communicate.

The great Rosh HaYeshiva and profound thinker, Rav Yitzchok Hutner, points out that the word פלא which means wonders, also means to 'express words', as when the Torah talks about taking a vow it describes his verbalization as a man כי יפליא.

Just as when man observes the נפלאות — wondrous ways of G-d's intervention in nature, as in the splitting of the sea, where the Torah states His having עושה פלא — performed wonders, manipulating the physical world to execute  G-d's wondrous miracles, so too when man exercises his soul infused intellect, prodding him to utilize man's unique talent of verbal expression to fuse the power of his spiritual soul with his physical body in producing 'words' and meaningful speech, is equally described as a פלא — wonder.

It was after being enlightened by all the נפלאות — miracles of G-d that led to the exodus, culminating with the splitting of the sea, with our singing Az Yashir, that we also were redeemed from our former 'silence' in now devoting our very essence in 'expressing' wondrously G-d's praise, that we redeemed 'speech' from its exile.

But what leaves us wondering is the specific term of used in describing our unique quality of פה סח — literally a mouth that 'converses'.

שיחה — Sicha seems to emphasize a conversation, almost something casual and intimate.  In what way does this relate to the formal obligation to intentionally find the accurate words in expressing properly the story of the exodus?

To uncover the deeper meaning within this teaching of the holy Arizal please join me this Shabbos afternoon at the Shabbos HaGadol Derasha at the Ohel.

Hope to see you.


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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 17, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Donald Orkin, z’l, father of Rabbi jeffrey Orkin. The levayah wil be held on Thursday, Ap. 18, 2024 at Lindwood Cemetery, Randolph, MA. Shiva will be observed in Baltimore through the afternoon of Mon, Apr. 22 (Erev Pesach) beginning Friday, Apr. 19, 2024 at 3908 West Strathmore, Baltimore, MD 21215 Minyanim: Shacharis:  Sun. / Mon. 7:30AMMincha/Maariv: Sunday 7:30PM Mincha: Monday :2:00PM Visiting Times: Sunday: 8:30AM – Noon and 3:00PM-5:00PM Monday: 8:30AM – 12:00PM Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
Three missiles were fired from Israeli fighter aircraft outside of Iran in Friday morning’s very limited strike, a senior US official told ABC News. The Israelis were targeting an air defense radar site near Isfahan that’s part of the protection of the Natanz nuclear facility, the official said. The first assessment is that the strike took out the site, but assessment hasn’t been completed, added the official. The strike was intended to send a signal to Iran that Israel has these capabilities, but was not looking to escalate the situation, according to the official. An Israeli official told The Washington Post earlier on Friday that the strike on Iran "was intended to signal to Iran that Israel had the ability to strike inside the country." T...
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Several dozen representatives of families of Israeli hostages and anti-government activists on Friday afternoon blocked Highway 1 at the Anava Interchange, and attempted to start a bonfire on the road. As a result of the protest, many Shabbat-observing families got stuck in the heavy traffic on the highway and were unable to reach their destination before Shabbat. A protester also reportedly was run over during the protest after a vehicle that was traveling in a lane that remained open veered off its course and hit her. "People are dying now in Gaza, we can't possibly put up with it. Burn the indifference, the opacity, the abandonment. Enough of disrespecting human life. It doesn't just depend on Sinwar, it depends on us. Enough," said Ayala Metzger, the daughter-in-law of host...
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday that the White House has "no comment" on reports of overnight Israeli strikes in Iran. Speaking to reporters, Jean-Pierre said, “I know there’s a lot of interest in reports from the Middle East overnight, we understand that. We get that. I’m going to say it now, though I know you all will certainly ask me about it, that we do not have any comment on the reports at this time.” A senior US official told ABC News on Friday that three missiles were fired from Israeli fighter aircraft outside of Iran in Friday morning’s very limited strike. The Israelis were targeting an air defense radar site near Isfahan that’s part of the protection of the Natanz nuclear facility, the official ...
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Friday hailed Tehran's unprecedented retaliatory attack on Israel almost a week ago, but did not mention explosions that were heard in his country's central region, AFP reported. That attack "showed our authority, our people's will of steel and our unity," Raisi told hundreds of people in Semnan province, east of Tehran. In the speech, he made no reference to the blasts which reported in Isfahan early on Friday and which were reportedly an Israeli retaliation for the Iranian attack. Israel has not officially acknowledged that it was behind the strikes, but unnamed Israeli sources told global news agencies that the attack was Israeli. An Israeli official told The Washington Post earlier on Friday that t...
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With rare bipartisan momentum, the House pushed ahead Friday on a foreign aid package of $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian support as a coalition of lawmakers helped it clear a procedural hurdle to reach final votes this weekend. Friday's vote produced a seldom-seen outcome in the typically hyper-partisan House, with Democrats helping Republican Speaker Mike Johnson's plan advance. Final House approval could come this weekend, when the package would be sent to the Senate. It was a victory for the strategy Speaker Mike Johnson set in motion this week after he agonized for two months over the legislation. Still, Johnson has had to spend the past 24 hours making the rounds on conservative media working to salvage support for the wartime f...
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After the passing of the Chasam Sofer in 1839, Rabbi Yehuda Assad was regarded as head of Hungarian Jewry, a position that he held until he passed away in 1853. Known to be a proficient Kabbalist and an extremely humble individual, Rav Assad also authored several volumes of Responsa (שו"ת מהרי"א) as well as a commentary on Pirkei Avos (חידושי מהרי"א).On the website Ascent of Safed, R’ Yerachmiel Tilles records a fascinating story regarding Rav Assad: Once, a delegation of leading Jewish rabbis went to visit the Austro-Hungarian Kaiser, Franz Josef, on an important communal matter. In the waiting room, before their audience, they were discussing among themselves who among them should address the Kaiser first. The waiting room had mirrors on all its walls. The holy r...
An Israeli source on Friday morning said that the aerial attack on Isfahan, Iran, "carefully calibrated," the Washington Post reported. The source is an individual familiar with an Israeli briefing on the attack but not authorized to speak about it, the Post said. The source also said that the IDF carried out an aerial attack within Iran in response to the Iranian barrage of missiles and UAVs launched towards Israel on Saturday night. The attack was intended to signal to Iran that Israel is capable of attacking within Iranian territory. Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi as saying that the explosion heard in Isfahan was due to air defense systems shooting down “a suspicious object” and that no...
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