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Raccoon Hit By Motorist Is Confirmed as Rabid Department of Health seeks assistance identifying man who removed the animal from roadway   On Friday, August 16, 2019 Baltimore County Police responded to a call about a raccoon that was hit by a car in the unit block of Slade Avenue (21208). The raccoon tested positive for rabies and the Baltimore County Department of Health is asking for help identifying the person that removed the dead animal from the roadway. Described as a Caucasian male in his late 30s with brown hair, wearing glasses, and driving a Toyota four-door sedan, it is v...
An amusement ride in Tatzmania park in Germany had to shut down after the owner realized that from a distance the attraction looked like a pair of swirling swastikas. The gaffe happened to a ride called ‘Eagle Fly’ in the Tatzmania park in the town of Löffingen in southern Germany. When the eight gondolas are in two groups of four, and when seen from a distance they make two very distinct reverse swastikas, the same that the Nazis used as their symbol. The ride opened in late July, but it was not until journalists from the broadcaster SWR showed up that owner Rüdiger Braun noticed the design flaw. He said he was taking it out of service and apologized to anyone offended by the ride
Rep. Ilhan Omar said Monday that U.S. aid to Israel should be tied to its treatment of Palestinians, questioning whether the funds should continue after the country blocked her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib from visiting in an official capacity. “We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year. This is predicated on their being an important ally in the region and the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East. But denying visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally. And denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy,” Omar said at the press conference in St. Paul, Minn. Omar had planned to travel with Tlaib to Israel this month until the Israeli government annou...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed bilateral agreements on Monday, a day after the Israeli leader landed in Kiev for an official visit. In a statement following the signing at the presidential palace, the two leaders said both countries agreed to boost investment and expand cooperation on technology, education, agriculture, culture and sports. Zelensky said Ukraine was going to open a special investment office in Jerusalem, while Netanyahu said Israel would do the same in Kiev. Speaking next to Zelensky, Netanyahu praised the flourishing relations and increasing technological ties between the two nations. “I think the future belongs to those who innovate; Israel is the quintessential innovation nation,” said Netanyahu...
Levi Falkowitz, a Satmar chosid from the United States, is a highly respected singer. Besides appearing on over 15 other albums as well as his own two solo albums, Levy has a long and illustrious career thus far. His recent album "Toiv Lee" had many hit songs including the opening track "Libi" which was composed by Anshi Friedman. Israeli singer and composer Yitzchak Meir, has been following Levy's career for a long time and had a dream of one day meeting him and possibly even collaborating with him. Sometimes, dreams come true. On a cool, breezy Jerusalem night, in one of the first shuls built outside the boundaries of the Old City, in the heart of the Nachlaot neighborhood, at three in the morning, the two sang and davened together "לבי ובשרי ירננו לאל חי." כש...
BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2019) With the heat index continuing to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Wednesday, August 21. The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.  “Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous to young children...
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It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Herman Venick z'l, beloved husband of Beverly; father of Jeffery (Sherri) Venick, Steven (Holly) Venick, Robin Venick and Julie (Craig) Berger. The levaya will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 8/20, at 1:30pm at Sol Levinson. Shiva will take place at the home of Jefferey & Sherri Venick, 3216 Midfield Road. Schedule and minyan times to follow. Y'hi Zichro Baruch
Brian Galbut Z”l And Ikva DeMeshica Who was this man that when he was no longer conscious, it was the Daf that played by his bed? Who was this man that just a few months ago, following Ma’ariv the night of Rosh Chodesh Adar, when everyone else turned to go home, he, despite being unable to articulate the words, launched into the tune for mi’shenichnas Adar marbim b’simcha with all his energy causing people to stop in their tracks, come back and dance with him. Who was this man that despite battling cancer, continued to emphatically proclaim “Baruch Hashem, Hashem is amazing?”  (Information based on an article by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue). Who is this man whose mantra was, "Our happiness and our outlook are inextricably lin...
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes. The body of Rabbi Dovid Traube, z”l, 37, of Monsey, who went missing Sunday after saving his child who was struggling in the water in Greenwood Lake, was found Monday morning in the lake. When he realized his child needed help, he entered the water to save him, but he was missing after the incident. A major search was undertaken starting Sunday afternoon, by organizations including Rockland County Chaveirim, KJ Chaveirim, KJ Public Safety, as well as police and fire officials. Approximately ten boats, as well as two drones, were used in the search. The body was found Monday morning by a police diver. Rabbi Traube, and ybl”c his wife Hadassah, have seven children. Their oldest child was bar mitzvah several months ag...
Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Benjy and Chavi Markowitz on the birth of a daughter.   Mazel Tov also to grandparents- Mr. & Mrs. Hillel and Regina Markowitz 
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Va'Eschanan: Looking Inward

 Much has been written about the relatively minor differences between the Aseres Hadibros given by Hashem in Parshas Yisro and those repeated in this weeks Parsha.  Some of the commentaries add beautiful thoughts and reasons for these distinctions.  Nevertheless, we cannot lose sight of the fact that in something as significant as the Aseres Hadibros, each word, each letter requires the utmost concentration in study and analysis so that any slight changes are not glossed over or Chas V'Shalom, lost on us. 




            In the final commandment, Lo Sachmod, there are three such changes.  First, in this weeks Parsha we are told initially “not to covet your neighbors wife and not to desire your friends house”. (Vaeschanan, 5:18) In Yisro however, we are first told not to covet your neighbors house and then not to covet his wife. (Yisro 20:14)  Further, in this weeks prohibition an additional instruction of “not desiring” is added to the already existing one of not to “covet”[1].  Finally, in this weeks Parsha, an additional example of things we shall not covet is added to the list of house, wife, servants, donkeys, oxen and all that he has.  Specifically, in this week we add “his field”.  Relatively small differences but significant nonetheless.  What is the Torah trying to tell us with these subtle changes?




            In order to appreciate these variances, it is important, as always, to take in the context and the audience  to whom the commandments were addressed.  In Shemos, Bnei Yisroel were just recently taken out of Mitzrayim.  Their most important focus was on becoming individuals again, with their own material processions, instead of slaves.  Hence the emphasis on your neighbors “house”.  Indeed, the mepharshim point out that the men in Mitzrayim were so worn out from their hard work as slaves that their wives had to go out into the fields to entice them to have children.  It's no wonder that coveting their neighbors wife was relegated to second position.  This is born out all the more by the inclusion in our Parsha of not coveting his “field”.  Only now, as Klal Yisroel was preparing to enter Eretz Yisroel and have land of their own, was this specification germane. 




            There is a profound lesson here to be absorbed.  When B'nei Yisroel left Mitzrayim, their existence as slaves until then left them with almost nothing to covet.  Developing a sense of self or identifying possessions was what was desired.  Now, after 40 years of having their daily needs taken care of by Hashem, their minds were freed to wander about other more expansive wants.  Therefore, they were cautioned against more base and more deplorable thoughts.  Human nature is such that the more we have, the more we want.  We need not give in to this destructive instinct.  Quite the opposite.  By simply taking time to appreciate what we have we can counter this most base of instincts.  We all have good in our lives.  We also all have challenges. Every day we need to appreciate what we have and take the time to enjoy and bask in it, instead of looking at what is in someone else’s basket.                                                                                      






[1]      The Ramban distinguishes coveting from desiring in that coveting means actually taking certain steps to acquiring that which one wants whereas desiring is just the thought of the acquisition.





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President Trump on Sunday said that buying Greenland isn’t “No. 1 on the burner” but quipped that Denmark may want the US to take the world’s biggest island off its hands to save money. “Denmark, essentially, owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. And so the concept came up and I said certainly, strategically it’s interesting. And we’d be interested.” Trump then suggested that Greenland was “hurting Denmark very badly” throwing out the figure that it cost the Danish government “$700 million.” “So they carry it at a great loss. And strategically for the United States it would be nice,” Trump added. Read more at THE NY ...
The NYPD’s largest union called out Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday over a massive melee in Brooklyn that left three officers with minor injuries. One of the injured cops was head-butted by a teen who was allegedly caught with a canister of pepper spray, the NYPD said. Bottles and other debris were also hurled at cops from above, but no one was hit by the projectiles that are believed to have been tossed out of windows or rooftops in the sprawling Marcy projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the NYPD said. “How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough?” the Police Benevolent Association fumed on Twitter. “Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re luc...
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Tel-Aviv listed cannabis producer Cannbit is launching a study to test a cannabis-based treatment for three aggressive types of cancer, Cannbit announced in a filing to the exchange Thursday. The study will be led by cannabis research pioneer Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who chairs Cannbit’s scientific advisory committee. Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem and Sheba Medical Center will collaborate on the study. Mechoulam, a professor of medicinal chemistry at Hebrew University, was the first person to identify the main psychoactive constituent in cannabis, THC. Cannbit has a first look agreement for all his research following his appointment to the company. Cannbit will invest $400,000 in the study, plus another $2 million towards a commercial drug li...
Israeli doctors at a Jerusalem hospital have saved a one-and-a-half-year-old Syrian toddler with a heart defect whose parents fled with him from the carnage of their country’s civil war. The child’s mother — identified only as L. — told Israeli news website Mako on Saturday that she and her husband knew their son was ill very early. “He looked small for his age and very thin,” she said. “I felt something was wrong. He seemed to be in pain all the time, crying, uneasy, especially when he was asleep.” A doctor later told her that her son was suffering from a serious congenital heart problem. He was hospitalized eight times in Syria and regularly medicated. L. later went to Jordan with her husband, but doctors there told her there was no surg...
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Bogota, Columbia - The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump administration official. Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the most-powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the Trump administration, the official told The Associated Press. A second meeting is in the works but has not yet taken place. The AP is withholding the intermediary’s name and details of the encounter with Cabello out of concern the person could suffer reprisals. The official ...
Tokyo - Japan’s exports fell for the eighth straight month in July as worries continued about President Donald Trump’s trade policies denting Asian economic growth. Ministry of Finance data released Monday showed exports and imports fell in July, compared to the same month a year ago. Exports fell 1.6%, while imports slid 1.2%, resulting in a trade deficit of 249.6 billion yen ($2.35 billion). Global markets have been in turmoil because of Trump’s trade war with China. A slowdown in China is certain to hurt other regional economies, including Japan’s. Japan’s exports to China in July fell 9.3% while its imports from China gained 2.8%. Japan’s exports to the U.S. in July grew 8.4% while imports from the U.S. rose 3.5%. Trump says he plans ...
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New York - Diving teams have been deployed to and are currently searching Greenwood Lake for a Frum man from Monsey that went missing. Initial reports indicate that the man was boating with his family, when his child may have fallen out of the boat into the water. The father heroically followed his child into the water to save him. The son is reportedly safe, but the father went missing while saving him. Rockland Chaverim have sent out boats and drones to assist in the search. Additionally, Hatzolah from many locations have joined in the search, including Hatzolah from Kiryas Joel, New York, Rockland Chaverim, NY State Police, NJ State Police, US Coast Guard and other local fire departments. 8:00 PM: The state police has called off the search for the night, as there are severe thunderst...
The pilot episode of SHMUZIK featuring popular sephardic singer Uri Davidi, the renowned lubavitch singer Benny Friedman, and the Chassidic powerhouse vocalist Levy Falkowitz. This exciting, intimate show, the first of its kind, is hosted by radio host and mega music maven, Yossi Zweig. Each exciting episode will include in depth interviews with some of your favorite music personalities, Industry insiders, producers, and more! There will be music trivia, games and of course a never-before-seen, in-depth look inside the lives and careers of these influential people. Every episode of SHMUZIK will feature three or four guests from different backgrounds/genres as they “shmuze” about their experiences, new projects, life, inspirations, and anything else that crosses these origi...
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A surveillance plane could be flying over the skies of Baltimore once again. The plane was first used in 2016 as part of a test program that the Baltimore Police Department kept secret. The creator of the plane explained that it works together with the cameras we see on the street to solve otherwise unsolvable crimes. And he’s hoping that the Baltimore police commissioner signs off on his technology. Persistent Surveillance Systems owner, Ross McNutt showed WJZ images from his surveillance plane from the last time it flew over Baltimore. “By taking that picture every second, we’re able to go back in time to where crimes occur and follow people to and from a crime scene.” McNutt said. He first brought his technology to Baltimore in 2016....
On Wednesday, Amazon announced that the retail giant was going to start donating unsold products. The news comes after a French TV documentary revealed Amazon destroyed 3 million unsold items in France last year. The new program, called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations, will allow third-party sellers that store their inventory in Amazon warehouses to donate unsold products to charity. Beginning September 1, the donation program will become the default, though sellers can still opt out. Amazon has partnered with Good360 in the United States to help it distribute the donated items. Good360 is an organization that partners with retailers and manufacturers to help distribute goods to charities based on need. Read more at NEWSWEEK.
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