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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 15, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Shaindel Cohen, a"h, mother of Reb Sholom and Reb Nosson Dovid Cohen. The levaya took place today, Tuesday, 2nd Day of Sukkos, in Eretz Yisroel. Shiva will be observed from Motzei Simchas Torah until the following Monday morning, Erev Rosh Chodesh, 10/28. Details will be emailed when them become available. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 7, 2019 - Get a FREE Shot on Wednesday, October 16 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (1st Day Chol HaMoaid Succos) **While Supplies Last!** Injectable flu vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone six months and older. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination Complete a Form Fill out a form for each family member. The form will be reviewed to determine eligibility to receive the vaccination. If you ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of flu vaccine, or have a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, you may be advised not to get vaccinated at this clinic. Location Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department 40 E Sudbroo...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 15, 2019  - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the shiur by Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlit"a, scheduled for Wednesday, the 1st Day of Chol Hamoed Sukkos at the Yeshiva Bain Hazmanim of Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek has been canceled.
50-year-old mother and her 14-year-old daughter rescued after being lost all night without water or phone reception in Eilat Mountains. Volunteers from the Eilat-Eilot police rescue unit rescued a mother and her daughter who lost their way on a trip and remained overnight in the Red Canyon. The 50-year-old mother and her 14-year-old daughter went on a hike yesterday in the Red Canyon in the Eilat Mountains, lost their way and stayed all night in the desert without water. It was only in the morning, after walking further, that they managed to obtain cellular reception and called the police, with only eight percent battery life remaining on the phone. Ten volunteers from the rescue unit managed to locate the mother and daughter. They were treated at the scene, as they were dehydrated, ...
Pence told reporters that President Trump received a commitment from Erdogan not to attack the city of Kobani. "President Trump was very direct on that point," said Pence. WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump released an executive order on Monday authorizing the imposition of sanctions “against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” according to a White House statement.It added that steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50%, the level prior to reduction in May.“The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey,” said the president.“Th...
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria and informed the US president he is not concerned about any US sanctions. U.S. Democratic lawmakers, joined by some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans, introduced a resolution on Tuesday opposing Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, the latest sign of deep disapproval in Congress of his action. Now with US troops gone, Erdogan and his Turkish soldiers have begun an invasion into northeastern Syria. Since the invasion into Syria, the Turks have begun fighting with US-ally the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which is made up mostly of Kurds.  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire...
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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it is launching a rebranding campaign for the Charm City Circulator. As the Charm City Circulator quickly approaches its 10-year anniversary, the city of Baltimore would like to celebrate the success of the unique service by rebranding its current logo and slogan. The Department of Transportation is seeking input from the community to determine the new look for the CCC, and is encouraging the public to vote for its preferred logo and catchphrase. Starting at noon Tuesday, members of the public can choose which CCC logo and slogan they favor by visiting http://charmcitycirculator.com/vote. Residents will be able to choose from three exclusive logo designs along with several slogans. The public votin...
SILVER SPRING, MD — The death of a Montgomery County police officer was ruled a suicide Tuesday, officials said. According to officials, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia ruled Officer Thomas J. Bomba's death as a result of a self-inflicted injury. On Monday, Bomba, 38, was found shot on the top level of a parking garage located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring, police said. Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera, but it had not been activated, officials said. He was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where he died from his injuries. Police said they will continue to evaluate evidence collected at the scene as part of their commitment to completing a thorough and exhaustive investigation. Memorial servi...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth’s police chief reiterated Tuesday that a white officer’s killing of a black woman in her home was inexcusable, as an arrest warrant was released quoting the victim’s 8-year-old nephew as saying she pointed a gun at a bedroom window after hearing suspicious noises outside. Interim Chief Ed Kraus said 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson behaved as any Texas homeowner would have if he or she had heard a prowler. Also, the arrest warrant gave no indication that Officer Aaron Dean would have even been able to see the weapon through the glass. Kraus declared there was “absolutely no excuse” for the shooting, which happened while Jefferson was staying up late playing video games with her nephew. The new details were released a ...
Officials are reviewing plans to evacuate up to 50 U.S. nuclear bombs that have long been stored at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in the wake of Ankara's military offensive in northern Syria, according to a report. The weapons are now essentially "hostage" to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a senior official told The New York Times on Monday. The Cold War-era B61 nuclear bombs are said to be 100-250 miles from the Syrian border, according to The Guardian. A former U.S. official told the outlet that Turkish diplomats responded to suggestions about moving the bombs by saying Turkey would start to develop its own. "The potential problems have been discussed for over a decade," the former official said. "And ...
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Upsherin / Siyum / Sukkos

Today, Erev Yom Tov, we celebrated the upherin of our dear son, Yitzchak. In conjunction, my son Efrayim and I made a siyum on mishnayos seder Nezikin. Here are the thoughts I shared at the event:


At any of these “lifecycle” events, I like to try and share a perspective on chinuch and the challenges that are faced and what lies ahead, hopefully with some relevant connections to other events of the day. The last Mishnah in Horayos lays out the hierarchy of kedushah within klal Yisrael. A kohein takes precedence over a levi, a levi over a Yisrael, a Yisrael over a mamzeir, and so on. However, the very last statement of our seder declares that this is only when all else is equal. A mamzeir who is a talmid chacham takes precedence over even a kohein gadol who is bereft of Torah knowledge.


The lesson this mishnah is teaching is a very poignant one, not only in the framework of yiddishkeit, but with regards to society in general. In life, there will always be those are imbued with some degree of advantage over another – those who are blessed with yichus, or an exceptional memory or financial or other stature, and those who are not. But the opportunity is always there for anyone to strive and overcome and fulfill their full potential, or even greater. Certainly, in the land(s) of opportunity in which we live, if we take a long hard look, we see that this is true. But as this mishnah is teaching, in yiddishkeit it is always true.


In truth, this idea can be found within the themes of Sukkos, as well. The four species we shake daily are quite an eclectic mix. We have the esrog, a fruit whose inherent beauty is so apparent, the Torah chose to name it simply by that trait – hadar. The lulav might be slightly less glorious but still quite majestic when it hangs from a palm tree. The hadassim are smaller yet still bright green and pleasant. And finally, we have the aravos which don’t boast any impressive features. Nevertheless, these four species come together and each one is dependent on the other. Even the sukkah itself is an embodiment of this idea. The Torah could have commanded us to create the temporary roof out of beautiful greenery. However, the gemara )Sukkah 12a) teaches us from the pasuk that we are instructed to use the pesoles, the waste we would otherwise throw away. This waste “rises above,” so to speak and becomes the very essence of the mitzvah we perform for a full week.


This is certainly an important lesson we wish to pass on to our son, Yitzchak, as he takes that next step in becoming a man, beginning to learn about and do more and more mitzvos, as well as a valuable lesson to take into the chag of Sukkos.

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A motion to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his “parody” reading of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing last month is gaining steam with House Republicans, as Fox News has learned 135 lawmakers have now signed on as co-sponsors. The resolution to censure Schiff -- who has become a favorite target of Republicans for his role in the Trump impeachment inquiry -- was first introduced late last month by Rep. Andy Biggs, the Arizona Republican who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and has the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wy...
Heavy rain accompanied by numerous thunderstorms struck in numerous places around Eretz Yisrael Tuesday, causing hundreds of Sukkos to collapse, with some causing damage to cars situated near them. The storms also led to the collapse of many trees hit by lightning, and a sukkah in Bnei Brak caught fire after lightning hit a cable nearby. Five members of one family were also hit by lightning as they sat on a beach near Ashkelon. Asher Hazut(14) is in critical condition, while his sister-in-law Efrat (21) is in serious condition after they were hit by lightning and electrocuted while trying to escape the stormy weather. Three other members of the family, including Efrat’s husband Elazar, are in moderate condition. The unusually stormy weather is set to continue in some regions of Isr...
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Former US National Security Adviser called Trump lawyer a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up." Former US National Security Adviser warned the White House against Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's attempts to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to The New York Times. Former White House official Fiona Hill described Bolton's concerns during a nine-hour testimony before Congress on Monday as part of the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. According to Hill, Bolton called Giuliani “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” Bolton also called Giuliani's actions "a drug deal" and said that he had no part in their dealings with Ukraine. Bolton was reportedly incensed that Giuliani...
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu submitted an official request on behalf of President Reuven Rivlin to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon Naama Issachar and to allow her to return to Israel. The request was submitted Tuesday evening. Issachar was arrested at the Moscow airport for carrying 9.5 grams of cannabis and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced on the local RT news station Monday night that Putin would consider pardoning Issachar when he received an official request from Netanyahu.
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 11, 2019 - The entire Baltimore community is Invited to Baltimore's Community-Wide Simchas Bais HaShoeivah 5780/2019 on Tuesday evening, Motzaei Yom Tov, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM. Come listen and dance to the music of the ZEMER Orchestra. The Simchas Bais HaShoeivah is sponsored by The Agudah Park Heights, Cong. Shearith Israel and the Baltimore Shuls. Refreshments will be served. Men, women and children are invited to participate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden, acknowledging that his family name created business opportunities, rejected assertions by President Donald Trump that he did anything wrong by engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. But Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, conceded that he failed to take into account potential implications for his father’s political career. “Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things,” Hunter Biden said in an ABC News interview that aired on Tuesday. “But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.” Joe Biden is a front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, and the interview with his son aired hours before the fourth Democratic presidential debate. Hunter Biden sa...
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn’t in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT’s Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo and Harvard’s Michael Kremer. The 46-year-old Duflo is the youngest ever to win the prize and only the second woman, after Elinor Ostrom in 2009. The three winners have worked together. They revolutionized developmental economics by pioneering field experiments — something like pharmaceutical companies’ drug tests — that generate practical insights into how poor people respond to educational, health care and other programs meant t...
Around 20,000 runners are expected to participate in the 19th Baltimore Running Festival on Oct. 19, and here's what you need to know. With five distances to choose from, runners can see some of the most popular tourist destinations, including the race's start at Camden Yards and finish at the Inner Harbor.  Runners can choose to participate in a marathon, a half-marathon, a 5K, a team relay or the BaltiMORON-a-thon, in which runners complete the 5K and the half-marathon in one day! Each race does require the runner to register ahead of time and pay a fee. Each fee helps fund many local and regional charities that support individuals and families going through a personal crisis. Since the festival's conception, the Baltimore Running Festival has helped raise more tha...
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Police are investigating anti-Semitic fliers that were found on several vehicles parked outside an Evesham Township restaurant. Three separate fliers have been passed around, but police are searching for one suspect. One of the anti-Semitic fliers references Jewish Hollywood producers and abuse, while the second flier makes racist statements about Israel and the Jewish state. The third is about world finances. Mayor Jaclyn Veasy condemned the act. “Evesham Township has absolutely zero tolerance for such flagrant anti-Semitism, or any other form of evil and bigotry in our town,” Veasy said. “I call on all of Evesham’s residents and businesses to come together at this time and join me in condemning such shameless displays of hatred. I also have full faith that...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced after meeting with the House Democratic caucus on Tuesday that there will be no vote -- at least for now -- on the launch of formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump. "There's no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote," Pelosi said. "We're not here to call bluffs -- we're here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious." The move was seemingly a boon for moderate Democrats in swing districts, who have been reluctant to have a formal vote in favor of the proceedings as the 2020 elections approach -- even as they also have sought to appease liberal constituents by vocally backing...
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