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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 14, 2019 - Seven Mile Market invites family and friends to join us again this year to celebrate 30 wonderful years of serving the greater Baltimore community!  Our Customer Appreciation Sale will be January 20-25 with an exciting kickoff event on Sunday, January 20 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (times are approximate). The event promises to be bigger and better than ever! The Balloon Man will be here (with 2 assistants this year!). Complimentary snacks will include Sprinkles Soft Serve Ice Cream and Rosendorff’s Hot Fresh Bourekas! There will be Food Sampling by Simply ...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2019 - Moshe Gross and Nossi Gross will be returning to Baltimore for the remainder of shiva beginning Sunday morning January 20 thru Monday morning. Shiva will be observed at the home of Moshe and Pia Gross 6817 Williamson Avenue., Baltimore, MD, 21215 Minyanim: Shacharis, Sunday morning: 8am; Monday morning 7:30am                                        Mincha/Maariv Sunday: 4:55pm Visiting hours: 10am-1pm; 2pm-mincha; 7-10pm
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's proposal for ending the 29-day partial federal shutdown is simply "more hostage taking." The New York Democrat says Trump's plan offers "one-sided and ineffective remedies." Trump on Saturday proposed granting temporary protections against deportation for many young immigrants and others fleeing violent or disaster-battered countries. In exchange, Trump wants $5.7 billion to construct 230 miles of his proposed Southwest border wall. Schumer says once Trump signs bills reopening government, negotiations would then be possible. Schumer says the protections for immigrants that Trump is offering to temporarily revive are legal shields that Trump took away in the first place. He says offering to renew those protect...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 19, 2019 - On erev Shabbos, Parshas B'Shalach, The Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Montreal visited with HaRav Hershel Rosenfeld, Rosh Kollel of Baltimore's Khal Chasidim and Kollel L'Hora'ah, in his home
House Democrats will offer $1 billion in funding for border security measures in a bill to reopen the government next week, a Democratic source told CNN on Saturday. CNN reports that none of the money will be eligible for use in construction of President Trump’s signature border wall as Democrats view other border security measures as more effective. The bill would be the 10th Democratic bill to reopen the government since Democrats took control of the House this month, though none of the plans have made headway in the Senate due to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) refusal to bring up any bill for a vote without the support of Trump.Read more at The Hill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump on Friday of putting her and fellow lawmakers in danger by publicizing their travel plans to Afghanistan, forcing them to abandon the trip, a breathtaking allegation against the commander in chief as their feud escalated and the government shutdown dragged on. Pelosi said the State Department had determined that the trip could no longer be made without endangering the safety of lawmakers, as well as of troops and support personnel. The accusation came a day after Trump had denied Pelosi the use of military aircraft, forcing her to make plans to fly commercial to Afghanistan – before she abandoned that plan, too, accusing the administration of leaking word of it. “You never give advance notice of going into a battle are...
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Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to file an indictment for bribery against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu within the context of the Case 4000 investigation, according to Hadashot 2. According to the report, a senior judicial official said that Mandelit’s decision had been made. The prime minister’s lawyers responded: “On the eve of a meeting between the prime minister’s attorneys and the attorney general, there is no room for leaks aimed at sabotaging the meeting and damaging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s right to be heard in a matter-of-fact and fair manner.” “It is ridiculous that neither money nor envelopes but a handful of unhostile articles in a sea of ​​hostile articles against the prime minister on an internet ...
The violent riots along the Gaza border continued on Friday, with the Hamas-run “health ministry” in Gaza saying that 14 Palestinian Arabs were wounded by Israeli fire. The ministry said the 14 were shot, including two medics, but did not report that any were in life-threatening condition. Around 14,000 demonstrators gathered in multiple locations along the border, though clashes were less intense than in previous weeks, according to AFP. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Baltimore County may see snow and rain Saturday, followed by bitter cold Sunday. Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service. BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — The National Weather Service canceled the winter weather advisory for much of Baltimore County on Saturday, Jan. 19. Originally, a wintry mix was expected to make travel difficult. But on Saturday afternoon, forecasters tweaked the projections. A light snow may fall after 5 p.m., with rain arriving after 8 p.m., weather officials said. The concern over travel conditions for Saturday had evaporated for much of Baltimore County, except northern and western areas. Carroll County and parts of Baltimore County — Cockeysville, Lutherville-Timonium and Owings Mills — are under a winter weather advisory until...
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohento lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said. The statement is remarkable in that Mueller's team rarely issues statements in response to news stories. But BuzzFeed's story sparked immense interest from Democrats, who called for renewed in...
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Parshas B'Shalach - HE's Everywhere

A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece and nephew, Kayla (née Levy) and Yosef Marx of Eretz Yisrael on the birth of their daughter, Tzirel Nechama, earlier this week. Mazal Tov to the extended Bulka, Levy and Marx mishpachos and to the great great grandmother, Oma Jakobovits.


As the Egyptians realized they were doomed when their chariots began to collapse in the middle of Yam Suf, they proclaimed (14:25) "Let us flee from the Israelites for HaShem is fighting for them in Egypt!" At least, this is the simple literal understanding of what they said. But the last phrase is very puzzling. They were not in Egypt. HaShem wasn't fighting their battle in Egypt. Rashi starts by interpreting the word beMitzrayim as really meaning baMitzriyim, not in Egypt but with the Egyptians. That solves the problem rather simply.


He then brings another, less direct approach from the Mechilta. Just as those who in the sea were being smitten, so too those who remained in Egypt were being simultaneously smitten.


However, Targum Onkelos offers a novel interpretation of this pasuk. He writes that the Egyptians were declaring that this was the same Strong Hand of God that fought B'nei Yisrael's battles in Egypt. A polytheistic belief system, such as that to which the Egyptians subscribed, is forced to attribute boundaries to their deities by some sort of criteria such as location, time or specific strength. As much as the Egyptians recognized HaShem's Hand in the meting out of the ten plagues, they still did not appreciate our monotheistic beliefs. It would seem from this pasuk that they believed that HaShem's powers were somehow confined to Egypt. They chased B'nei Yisrael with the belief that His Mighty Hand would not reach them outside of those boundaries. When they witnessed the miraculous collapse of their chariots, they finally began to realize their error. They recognized that the God who brought their nation to its knees on its home turf knows no boundaries and was now bringing them to their ultimate demise.


(On further consideration, I'm not sure I have accurately understood the tense of the targum. But I believe the idea is valid independently, as well.)

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DETROIT (AP) — A 15-vehicle crash has blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri as snow from a massive winter storm swept through the area and slicked roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation issued the news of the pileup near Ste. Genevieve on its Twitter page around 4 p.m. Saturday. The department says the interstate was blocked because of the crash, which included a responding firetruck. Motorists were urged to find an alternate route. There was no immediate word on injuries. Transportation officials said crews hoped to clear the interstate’s lanes within a few hours, but said snowfall was slowing that work. Officials say many roads in Missouri have been slicked over with ice from rain earlier in the day before conditions turned to snow and plumm...
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. The bombing, which was the deadliest assault on U.S. troops in Syria since American forces moved into the country in 2015, came as Trump prepares to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. The president stood solemnly and saluted the remains of civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri, as his body was carried from a C-17 military aircraft into a waiting van. Wirtz and the three other Americans were killed in a suicide bombing Wednesday in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. He had bee...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump’s White House. The original march in 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration, flooded the city with pink-hatted protesters. The exact size of the turnout remains subject to a politically charged debate, but it’s generally regarded as the largest Washington protest since the Vietnam era. This year was a more modest affair for multiple reasons. An estimated 100,000 protesters packed several blocks around Freedom Plaza, just east of the White House, holding a daylong rally. The march itself took abo...
TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Forensic experts attempted to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico on Saturday after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66 people. More than 85 other people on Saturday were listed as missing as relatives of the deceased and onlookers gathered around the scene of carnage. Just a few feet from where the pipeline passed through an alfalfa field, the dead seem to have fallen in heaps, perhaps as they stumbled over each other or tried to help one another in the moments after a geyser of gasoline shot into the air Friday. The leak was caused by an illegal pipeline tap in the small town of Tlahuelilpan, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos M...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown impasse and fund his long-promised border wall, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protection for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a “non-starter.” Trump declared from the White House that “both sides in Washington must simply come together,” adding that he was there “to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border.” Hoping to put pressure on Democrats, the White House billed the announcement as a major step forward. But Trump did not budge on his $5.7...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 18, 2019 - The Viznitzer Rebbe of Montreal continued his "tour" of Baltimore and spent time with the growing, K'ah, Cheder At Khal Chasidim D'Baltimore. WhatsApp Video 2019-01-18 at 3.26.35 PM from BaltimoreJewishLife.com on Vimeo.
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A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece and nephew, Kayla (née Levy) and Yosef Marx of Eretz Yisrael on the birth of their daughter, Tzirel Nechama, earlier this week. Mazal Tov to the extended Bulka, Levy and Marx mishpachos and to the great great grandmother, Oma Jakobovits. As the Egyptians realized they were doomed when their chariots began to collapse in the middle of Yam Suf, they proclaimed (14:25) "Let us flee from the Israelites for HaShem is fighting for them in Egypt!" At least, this is the simple literal understanding of what they said. But the last phrase is very puzzling. They were not in Egypt. HaShem wasn't fighting their battle in Egypt. Rashi starts by interpreting the word beMitzrayim as really meaning baMitzriyim, not in Egypt b...
New York - A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it. The response to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 8 speech on border security illustrated how fact-checking is likely to be an issue over the next two years. Networks briefly considered not airing Trump live and several analysts contested some of his statements afterward, but nobody questioned him while he was speaking. Duke already offers an app, developed by professor and Politifact founder Bill Adair, that directs users to online fact checks during political events. A similar product has been ...
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 Baltimore, Md – Jan. 18, 2019 – This morning on his very first visit to Baltimore, The Vizhnitzer Rebbe, shlita, accompanied by Harav Yissochor Dov Eichenstein, shlit”a, met with the Rosh HaYeshiva Harav Aharon Feldman, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Ner Yisroel. The Rebbe repeatedly mentioned how impressed he was how sincere and caring the Yidden of Baltimore are. (Photo credit: Reb Eli Greengart)
Palo Alto, CA - Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford. Tesla’s cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive. “Looking ahead at our mission of accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy, which is important for all life on Earth, we face an extremely difficult challenge: making our cars, batteries and solar products cost-competitive with fossil fuels,” CEO Elon Musk said in a letter to staff. “While we have made great progress, our products are still too expensive for most people.” Tesla had boosted its payroll significantly to meet production goals, but then ...
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