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Dear Parents of Yeshiva Darchei Torah and All Caring Yidden, Look at the headline above; it appears on the cover one of our local Jewish newspapers today. Dramatic, isn't it? But it's real. I am not a person who believes in drama and hyperbole where it is not warranted. But Klal Yisroel in the State of New York is in serious and imminent danger. This is about a real and looming crisis facing every single yeshiva, Bais Yaakov and day school family in our state.  We sent out emails earlier in the summer about this, and many of you followe...
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6TH ANNUAL BIKER CHOLIM MEN’S BIKE-THON AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS! By Mordechai Gottlieb & Rochelle Goldberg Tire pressure accurate? Check! Seat Adjusted? Check! Helmets on? Check! The excitement in the air was palpable this past Sunday morning, as the over 200 cyclists rode off on the glorious scenic routes of Maryland at 50, 25, and 10-mile challenges.  Together with our 3-7-year-old junior cyclists in-training, raising over 154,000 dollars to help support Bikur Cholim of Baltimore and its Mission of Kindness. For the sixth year in a row, Biker Cholim 2019, Bikur Cholim of Baltimore/LifeBridge Health Men’s Bike-a-thon and King David Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Family Fun and BBQ event was an overwhelming success, with more cyclists, more fun, more ...
Parshas Eikev falls between the two places in the Torah where we are warned of the calamities which would befall Klal Yisroel if they turned away from Hashem.  In between those readings of Parshas Bechukosai and Ki Savo we also experience Tisha B’Av, when we vividly recall and reflect on many of those warnings which came to pass on multiple occasions in our history.   Conversely, Parshas Eikev begins with promises of great rewards for fulfilling Hashem’s Mitzvos. Specific blessings of ample crops, health, great families and security from our enemies are just some of the assurances given.  Our Parsha gives us perhaps the greatest blessing of all, it tells us the failures of mankind which lead us to go astray.  Not only does Hashem urge us to do what&rsqu...
Worrying about a possible religious erosion once he is retired, Moshe exhorts the Jewish people toward the trait of yirat shamayim. He presents this trait as foundational but also as a portal- excellence at yirat shamayim serves as a gateway to general religious success. This trait should ideally enable moral development, mitzvah obedience, as well as profound love of G-d.  Moshe also casts yirat shamayim as ‘effortless’ prompting Chazal to wonder “atu yirata milta zutrata ninhu”- is yirat shamayim as trivial as Moshe suggests? The gemara ultimately acknowledges that for someone of Moshe’s caliber yirat shamayim is indeed straightforward. For most of us the process is a bit more complicated and a bit more “knotty” than Moshe portrays.  ...
An IDF force operating on the Golan Heights fired at an aircraft which was suspected of infiltrating Israeli airspace from Syria. It soon became clear that the craft was an Israeli crop-dusting aircraft, at which point the shooting ceased. The IDF said in a statement that “as part of an aircraft penetration protection procedure, the force in the area is expected to detect and monitor suspicious craft. This is is a serious incident which is under investigation and its lessons will be learned.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Israel and South Korea have concluded three years of negotiations on a free trade agreement, officials announced on Wednesday, paving the way for a major boost in bilateral trade. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the agreement—the first with an Asian country—calling South Korea a “global leader.” “Israel is a vibrant, advanced economy, and I think our partnership will do tremendous good for both our economies. I’m sure it will multiply our trade, which already stands at $2.5 billion. It will grow a lot,” he said during a meeting with South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee. Yoo Myung-hee agreed, saying that the agreement is a “significant and historic” one. “South Korea and Israel, we have a lot of similarit...
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Washington - The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The return of $1 trillion annual deficits comes despite Trump’s vow when running for office that he would not just balance the budget but pay down the entire national debt. “The nation’s fiscal outlook is challenging,” said Phillip Swagel, director of the nonpartisan CBO. “Federal debt, which is already high by historical standards, is on an unsustainable course.” The office upped this year’s deficit projection by $63 billion and the cumulative deficit proj...
Washington - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Inslee said that he was confident that Democrats would select a nominee who would champion climate change issues but that it had become clear that he wouldn’t be the person selected. Inslee said he was not endorsing anyone but would support whoever is the nominee. “I believe we’re going to have a candidate to fight this battle,” he said on MSNBC. “I’m inspired by the people I’ve met across the country. I’m not going to carry the ball but we’re going to make sure somebody is.” Two people close to Inslee told Th...
South Pasadena, CA - Bernie Sanders has promised to win the California presidential primary in March, but home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is defending her turf — putting the two on a collision course in a state both see as a critical steppingstone to the White House. Sanders’ campaign advisers rank California among what they call the crucial “first five” contests. By making a strong showing in those states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and California — they believe Sanders can establish himself as the dominant candidate in the crowded Democratic field by early March. He plans to roll out a major plank of his campaign — a proposal to combat climate change — in Northern California on Thursday. Harris, meanwhile, has locked...
We regret to inform you of the petira of Mr. Gershon Frankel, z"l, husband of Mrs. Rachel Frankel , father of Mrs. Rebecca Lencz and of Rabbi Mordechai Frankel. The levaya will be at 4:30  Thursday at Levinson’s, with internment at the Agudah cemetery in Rosedale. Shiva details to follow.Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B’soch Shaar Avelei Tzion Veyerushalayim
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Eikev - How Far Love Goes

Parshas Eikev falls between the two places in the Torah where we are warned of the calamities which would befall Klal Yisroel if they turned away from Hashem.  In between those readings of Parshas Bechukosai and Ki Savo we also experience Tisha B’Av, when we vividly recall and reflect on many of those warnings which came to pass on multiple occasions in our history.   Conversely, Parshas Eikev begins with promises of great rewards for fulfilling Hashem’s Mitzvos. Specific blessings of ample crops, health, great families and security from our enemies are just some of the assurances given.  Our Parsha gives us perhaps the greatest blessing of all, it tells us the failures of mankind which lead us to go astray.  Not only does Hashem urge us to do what’s right with promises of reward, he tells us of the precise human failings which we must avoid in order to secure his Brachos.  




After reminding us of all the care he gave us in the  Midbar, Hashem warns “you will eat and be satisfied, build nice houses, acquire wealth and settle in the land”, (Eikev, 8:12-13).  “And you may say in you heart, Kochi V’Otzem Yadi,” my strength and my work brought me all this wealth. (8:17) This is the quintessential warning which Hashem gives to us; do not fall into this trap and miss-take all of my blessings as the natural fruits of your labor.  Rather, Hashem gave us the strength to produce what we need but not so we should forget the source of our strength.  




Immediately after warning us of human failing #1, Hashem tells us how He will go in front of us in battle and destroy our enemies (9:3).  He then warns us of Human failing #2.  “Don’t say “B’Tzidkasi Heviani Hashem Loreshes es Haaretz’ ”. It is because of my righteousness that Hashem gave me this land and because of the wickedness of its prior inhabitants that they were driven out.  No, Hashem reminds us that this is not the case at all.  We are quickly reminded of the Eigel Hazahav, (9:21) the Meraglim (9:23) and our other failings as a people.  We, in fact, are a “stiff necked” people.  Hashem loves us because of our ancestors Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov, with whom he made his covenant. (9:5)




Yet, Hashem makes sure to tell us of the two human failings which lead us to our errors.  Arrogance and arrogance.  One where we actually think that we are the producers of good and worthy of the credit, the other where we believe that our Brachos come from Hashem but that we are deserving of those Brachos.  Parshas Eikev makes it very clear that Zchus Avos is the real reason why Hashem took us into Eretz Yisroel when we were undeserving.  Yet, Zchus Avos seems to go quite a bit further.  Hashem clearly wants us to merit his Brachos on our own.  He tells us what we must and must not do.  He even tells us of our own “prewired” shortcomings which cause us to fall short.  Zchus Avos seems to have imparted one more amazing gift, Hashem’s love.  Hashem wants us to do what’s right.  He not only tells us what and how but also which traps not to fall into. 



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Baltimore, MD, Aug. 21, 2019 — The Coalition for Jewish Values, representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, today expressed thanks to President Trump for his expression of concern for Jewish interests, and both rejected and deplored comparisons of the President's remarks to Antisemitic tropes. The President made his comments in the face of an ongoing anti-Semitic campaign against Jews and Israel from a pair of left-wing lawmakers -- and the failure of others within the Democratic Party to call them out."While the President should not try to tell Jews which Jews are 'disloyal,'" said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Managing Director of the CJV, "his concern is reasonable and not remotely anti-Semitic. The President appreciates that Jews naturally have Je...
A suspected terrorist attack was thwarted near the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Wednesday. According to Israel Security Forces, a female suspect carrying a knife aroused the suspicions of border patrol units stationed in the Ephraim regional council. The female suspect was taken into custody and is being questioned in a nearby facility. Read more at i24NEWS.
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From Avenue J to Kings Highway, unusually low train overpasses coupled with inadequate warning signals, have become a common trap for trucks. The resulting chaos has long irritated area residents forced to cope with the resulting gridlock and debris. “These trucks are ripped open like sardine cans by the time they realize they are stuck,” explained Senator Felder, “and as a result, residents and commuters in all the surrounding areas suffer enormous traffic delays and congestion. This aggravation is a regular occurrence and it’s about time the City did something about it.” On Wednesday, August 14th, Senator Felder convened a meeting between NYC Department of Transportation and local elected officials. Brooklyn Bureau Commissioner, Keith Bray and Assemblyman E...
Monticello - Three children were struck by a vehicle on East Broadway in Monticello, Wednesday afternoon, one of them with serious injuries. Catskills Hatzolah requested a chopper to fly the badly injured child to a trauma center. The other two children were in stable condition, and were being transported by ground to another hospital. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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An Illinois teenager is suing e-cigarette maker Juul and tobacco giant Philip Morris claiming the companies use illegal and deceptive marketing to prey on young people. The lawsuit was brought by Christian Foss, a 19 year old who states in the complaint he started “juuling” at the age of 16, and argues that Juul and Philip Morris are “mimicking Big Tobacco’s past marketing practices” to “market and advertise JUUL to youth and teenagers” so that they will become addicted to the nicotine in the product at an early age. E-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students jumped 900% from 2011 to 2015, according to an advisory from the surgeon general. Read more at ABC News.
The mother of a US citizen murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack slammed Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday for her comments on Israeli security checkpoints, saying, “checkpoints prevent terrorism — save lives.” Frimet Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki was killed in a Yerushalayim terror attack in 2001, cited Tlaib’s statement on checkpoints at a press conference following Israel’s decision to bar her from entering the country. A teary-eyed Tlaib recounted, “As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints — even though she was a United States citizen and proud American.” Roth tweeted in response, “Rep Tl...
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President Trump called on other countries to take up the fight against ISIS on Wednesday, the day after his secretary of State acknowledged the terrorist group is regaining strength in certain areas. The president’s latest remarks come one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there are places where ISIS is becoming powerful, despite Trump having repeatedly referred to the terrorist organization as “defeated.” Trump singled out Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey as countries that should do more to combat the Islamic State. “The United States is 7,000 miles away,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. Read more at The Hill.
Israel is readying plans for a “forceful military strike against Hamas,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. Speaking with reporters while visiting Ukraine, he was asked whether his government could properly deal with the threat posed by the Hamas terrorist organization ruling the Gaza Strip, just days after another escalation. “I am preparing a massive campaign; it will be different than anything we have seen before,” Netanyahu said. “I cannot elaborate on the preparations but we are properly positioned for such a scenario.” Netanyahu dismissed the claims made by Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz that Israeli deterrence had been weakened. “That is just nonsense,” said the prime minister, “and in fact, Hamas has ...
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Park Heights is closed before Strathmore coming from Fords Lane. There is a police line which includes the sidewalk. There are several trucks working there. Apparently a transformer exploded this morning. (There is no "road closed ahead" sign near Fords.)Please plan your drive and minyanim accordingly.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that he would look into an alleged corruption saga that has reportedly been holding up the construction of a shul in the city of Uman for more than a decade. Zelensky’s remarks came during a meeting with Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, shortly before the president held his first-ever meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials. The saga began more than 10 years ago, when Israeli businessman Yisrael Elhadad acquired a large parcel of land in Uman, near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Chassidic movement. He planned to build a massive Jewish center on the site, with a large shul and a mikvah. The need was great, he ...
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