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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2021 - 12:28 PM - Extra vaccine doses are available now at the Bikur Cholim Lifebridge Clinic at Ner Tamid! First come first served.
Athens approved deal on establishing Elbit-run International Flight Training Center in early January Israel and Greece signed their largest defense deal on record, worth NIS 5.4 billion, or about $1.65 billion dollars, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The deal includes an International Flight Training Center to be set up and operated for Greek pilots by Israel's Elbit Systems defense contractor for 22 years. The school will be equipped with 10 M-346 training jets, manufactured by the Italian Leonardo company. Elbit will pro...
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Baltimore, MD - April 11, 2021 - Shloshim in memory of Rabbi Marc Messing, ז״ל will take place this evening,  Sunday April 18, 2021. Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:40pm. Siyum and program to follow shortly after 8:00pm. For those who are fully vaccinated we welcome you to join indoors at Suburban Orthodox Congregation 7504 Seven Mile Lane, Baltimore, MD 21208 Masks required. Weather permitting, screens will be available outside for those who wish to join and feel more comfortable being outdoors or for those who are not fully vaccinated. Masks required. Virtually via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81586503906... Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: Messing Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: 5721493 Find your local number: https://us02we...
Jerusalem - Like many other countries, Israel is no stranger to unity in the name of sport. With soccer being the national sport in Israel with hundreds of teams and multiple leagues, large games containing thousands of fans occur regularly. In every sporting event, as mandated by law, there must be a medical crew on sight, ready for any emergency. United Hatzalah saw the need for medical aid on the field and in the stands, and began to get involved. Recently, the organization’s efforts in this area have picked up steam and they have begun providing on-field medical security to more and more teams. The project began in 2017 when United Hatzalah started providing medical security to large sporting events  in Be’er Sheva. What began as a small collaboration with the Hapoel ...
Schools fully reopen for students from all classes as new coronavirus infections drop below 100 Starting from Sunday, Israelis do not have to wear face masks outside as the government officially scrapped the rule amid declining COVID-19 coronavirus infections. The enforcement of the mandate has been lax in the past few weeks, with the police reportedly instructed to keep it this way by the top brass.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Under the new rules, effective since 00:00 Sunday, face masks are still a must in indoor public spaces. The ministry also recommends keeping them o...
The Justice Department on Friday sued Roger Stone, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, accusing Stone and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid income taxes.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says the couple underpaid their income taxes by $1,590,361 from 2007 to 2011. It further says Stone did not pay his full tax bill in 2018, coming up $407,036 short. Read more at NBC News.
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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause dealt a blow to the U.S. vaccination effort, but given that the vaccine only made up 5 percent of the shots given domestically, experts think it will likely have a much greater impact abroad. Here are five ways the pause could reverberate worldwide: Jeopardize the global vaccine effort Safety warnings about Johnson & Johnson's vaccine and a potential link to a rare but serious type of blood clot could hamper efforts to speed vaccinations in developing countries. Combined with the vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot is meant to be a major part of the global supply of coronavirus vaccines. The company is slated to provide up to a billion doses to countries around the world. It's easy to ...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - The Baltimore community COVID-19 testing is back to regular schedule. Click here to view the complete schedule.All our tests provide documentation that can be used for travelling. NEW:  Rapid PCR tests are now available. This is NOT a regular rapid test. It is a full PCR test with special technology that produces results in within 2-3 hours. This test is accepted for international travel destinations. Please note, insurance only partially covers the rapid PCR test, there is still a cost of $125. Without insurance, the cost is $200. Regular PCR tests are free.If you need a Rapid PCR, please fill out these forms and come to any of the testing sessions. When you arrive, be sure to let them know you are specifically requesting a Rapid PCR. No appointm...
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Boeing Co. has found potential electrical flaws in two additional areas of the 737 Max’s cockpit, a week after a similar manufacturing defect prompted a temporary flying halt for recently delivered jetliners, said people familiar with the matter. The planemaker has been inspecting the Max’s flight deck for other electrical faults near the flaw revealed last week with the plane’s standby power-control unit, and is crafting plans for repairs. The maintenance isn’t expected to be time-consuming or complicated, requiring only basic hardware such as nuts and bolts, according to a Max customer briefed by Boeing.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Gro...
Parsha Hashavua
Parshas Tazria/Metzora -Bayamim Haheim Bazeman Hazeh

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h.


This week's shtikle is dedicated for a refuah sheleimah for my father.


Please include Reuven Pinchas ben Yehudis in your tefillos.



This year has already seen a number of unique circumstances in the calendar. Yet another consequence of this rare configuration is the fact that the 5th of Iyar, the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, lands on Shabbos. Of course, the actual commemoration is moved (as it is most years) to avoid chilul Shabbos. It seems the most glaring lesson to be gleaned actually comes from the haftarah – certainly one of the more captivating stories we read.


The story of the haftarah has its own interesting backstory, some of which is covered in the haftarah of Tazria which is very seldomly read (approximately 16% of years, credit: Shaarei Zemanim.) There is an important preamble which is only read in the Yeminite tradition. The prophet Elisha declares in the midst of a terrible famine and a siege from the nation of Aram that tomorrow there will be such bounty that the price of wheat and barley would drop to unbelievably low rates. So unbelievable, in fact, that one of the king's aides declares it impossible, at which point Elisha informs him that it will happen but he will not get to enjoy it.


The rest of us then pick up the story with the 4 metzoraim (traditionally assumed to be Geichazi and his sons) who have been left outside the city as per the rules stated in the parsha. In an act of desperation, facing what they believed to be a die-or-die situation, they dangerously entered the camp of Aram, only to find that it had been completely abandoned due to some miraculous delusions of an impending attack. The entire camp was there for the taking, including more than enough produce to alleviate the famine in the city. The skeptical aide was appointed to guard the gates where he was trampled to death, thereby fulfilling Elisha's prophecy.


With imminent death by hunger along with the sword of Aram at their throat, one is inclined to be somewhat sympathetic to the skepticism of the king's aide. But there is still no excuse to doubt the word of HaShem. One can only imagine a navi walking into Auschwitz on January 26, 1945 and proclaiming that not only will you be liberated tomorrow by none other than the Soviet Red Army but in just a matter of years, the nations of the world will decide to grant the Jews an autonomous homeland in Israel. Who would have had the strength to believe it? But so it happened, further evidence of what we proclaim every year at the sedervehaKadosh Baruch Hu matzilaynu miyadam.


The haftarah ends in a rather puzzling manner. The introductory story which us non-Yemenites had skipped is repeated nearly word-for-word as we are told of the demise of the king's aide. Why is this necessary? What is the purpose of the last three pesukim? Perhaps, the lesson is that when the going is good, even after a great salvation, it is all too easy to forget our previous circumstances and how far we've come. As I have noted previously, the maror at the seder is meant to remind us of the bitterness of the subjugation in Mitzrayim. But it is clear (Shemos 12:8) that even the korban Pesach eaten on their way out of Mitzrayim was eaten with maror! Remembering our previous dire circumstances and how distant salvation seemed helps us continue to appreciate the deliverance that ensued.

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State TV shows photograph of Reza Karimi, 43, with red card that has 'Interpol Wanted' written on it Iran has identified a man that was behind the recent blast and power outage at its Natanz nuclear facility, Iran’s state TV reported on Saturday. “Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage... has been identified” by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, the report noted, cited by news agency Reuters.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens It said the suspect managed to flee the Islamic republic before last Sunday’s explosion, which Iran blamed ...
India experiencing huge new coronavirus wave with 234,000 new daily infections The global Covid-19 death toll passed 3 million on Saturday as the pandemic continues to speed up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiraling infection numbers.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens It is the latest grim milestone after the novel coronavirus surfaced in central China in December 2019 and went on to infect more than 139 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy. An average of mo...
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Earlier this week, it was reported that Sudanese delegation comprising security and intelligence officials would travel to Israel next week. Sudan on Friday denied reports that it would send its a first delegation to Israel, Reuters reported. Earlier this week, sources told the news agency that a Sudanese delegation comprising security and intelligence officials would travel to Israel next week.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens However, two official Sudanese sources told Reuters on Friday that an invitation to visit Israel had been accepted, but that pl...
Oddsmakers give Vice President Harris better chances than President Biden to win the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination and election, according to a Friday release from online betting site US-Bookies. “Kamala Harris remains the favorite to win the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election. Her 7/2 odds (22.2% implied probability) put her just ahead of Joe Biden, who’s 9/2 (18.2%) to win re-election in 2024,” the release read.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The site gives Harris 7-to-4 odds of being the 2024 Democratic nominee, compared to 9-to-4 ...
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Pennsylvania Republicans eyeing a shot at the Senate in 2022 will likely face a primary field stacked with ardent supporters of former President Donald Trump, which may make it difficult to stand out as the contenders try to out-MAGA their opponents. One potential frontrunner who’s already had discussions with state party leaders is Sean Parnell, a former congressional candidate who spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention and is friends with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., Politico reported.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “My friend @Sean...
A Russian fighter jet escorted a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday — as tensions between Moscow and Washington mount. Tass, a Russian news agency, reported that ministry officials detected a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Pacific along the southeastern coast of the 777-mile Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far eastern border.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “A MiG-31 fighter jet was scrambled from an airfield in the Kamchatka region to identify and escort the plane,” the statement by...
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A founding member of the right-wing paramilitary group the Oath Keepers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, becoming the first such defendant to enter into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Jon Ryan Schaffer, who was initially arrested in January after turning himself in to FBI agents, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of entering a restricted building with a dangerous weapon.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., had abruptly sc...
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 17, 2021 - Baltimore Bikur Cholim Lifebridge Vaccination Clinic still has spots for appointments tomorrow between 10 a.m.  and 1 p.m.  at Greenspring Valley Ner Tamid.  YOU MUST REGISTER HERE .  Due to limited supply this week, it is likely vaccines will only be administered 1 additional time this week, so don’t miss your opportunity to get vaccinated.  Sign up now for one of the remaining appointments.
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Before the pandemic began, suicide risk was twice as high among female nurses compared with American women as a whole, a new study warns. Even within the health care community itself, female nurses were found to be roughly 70% more likely to die by suicide than female doctors. Why? Study author Matthew Davis said that for now, “We don’t know for certain what forces are directly responsible for the higher risk of suicide among nurses. It could be related to high job demands, lower autonomy compared to physicians, avoidance of mental health services for fear of stigma, [and] greater access to the means to complete suicide,” meaning prescription drugs. Not only that, but the pandemic “has added enormous strain to health care workers, particularly nurses who provide ...
For the first time in more than 60 years, Cuba is poised to have a government without a single Castro. Raúl Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel as the Communist Party of Cuba’s first secretary in 2011, is expected to step down from his post as the country begins its eighth Communist Party Congress on Friday.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens But while an end to the Castro reign is historic, few are convinced the leadership shift will lead to sweeping change for the island nation or its relationship with the U.S. Castro is expected to leave party leadership in...
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