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US Special Envoy Amos Hochstein is close to brokering deal between Israel and Lebanon, although several key issues remain, according to a report in the Lebanese al-Diyar newspaper on Sunday. Hochstein told French officials that Israel and Lebanese officials have almost completely agreed on a deal to end the hostilities, although the fighting has been between Israel and Hezbollah, not with the Lebanese armed forces. Quoting Lebanese political sources, the outlet said the core disputes still unresolved remain pushing back Hezbollah and several areas in the border under Israeli contro...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on July 22, two days before his address to a joint session of Congress, an Israeli official said on Sunday, according to JNS. The meeting will mark the first time Biden has hosted Netanyahu at the White House since Netanyahu returned to office following the 2022 election. The two leaders last met in October, when Biden visited Israel in the aftermath of Hamas’ October 7 attack on southern Israel. On Friday, Channel 12 News reported that the Prime Minister's Office has received confirmation from the White House that Netanyahu and Biden would meet during Netanyahu’s visit to Washington and that the sides are still working on the details of th...
The Israeli strike targeting Hamas’ military leader, Mohammed Deif, in southern Gaza on Saturday followed weeks of surveillance of a compound used by one of his key lieutenants, Rafa’a Salameh, The New York Times reported on Sunday, citing three senior Israeli defense officials. The strike was authorized after prolonged observation of one of Salameh’s secret command posts located west of Khan Yunis, the three senior Israeli officials told the newspaper. The villa surrounded by palm trees near the Mediterranean Sea belonged to Salameh’s family, two of the officials said. Salameh began spending more time there in recent months after Israeli forces overran many of his other strongholds in Khan Yunis, both above and below ground, according to two of the offi...
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Baltimore, MD – July 9, 2024  - It is with deep regret and sorrow that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Laya Hochberg, a’h, mother of Rabbi Dovid Hochberg, Rabbi Ephraim Hochberg and Mrs. Bracha Soltz.  The levayah will be held at Levinson's on Wednesday, July 10th, at 10:30AM. Click here to watch the Livestream.The aron will pass by Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchok (Torah Institute) on the way to the Agudah Cemetery, 6300 Hamilton Avenue Rosedale, MD, 21237Shiva will be observed at 5940 Cross Country Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21215The family respectfully requests no visitors from 12:30-2:00pm, 6:00-7:00pm, and after 10:00pm (Motzaei Shabbos visiting until 11:00PM)Minyanim:Shacha...
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Baltimore, MD – July 11, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Fay Klempner, a’h, mother of Bruce Klempner, Eric Klempner, and Laurie Klempner.The Levayah will be graveside tomorrow, Friday, July 12, at 12:30 pm at Hebrew Young Men's Cemetery, 5950 Windsor Mill Road, 21207. Shiva will be observed through Thursday, July 18, at 2515 Lightfoot Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21209 beginning Sunday morning. Minyanim: Shacharis:  Sunday  8:00 am,  Monday - Thursday  7:00 am Mincha/Maariv  Sunday - Wednesday 8:10 pm The family respectfully requests no visitors after 9:30 pm. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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The investigation into Donald Trump’s attempted assassin have been slowed down by improvised explosives rigged across his property, senior law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the search told The Post. Explosives were found in 20-year-old Thomas Crooks’ car as well as his home, sources said. The explosives were described as having “varying” levels of sophistication, though it is unclear exactly what they consist of. Investigators were forced to tread lightly after uncovering the explosives in Crooks’ property. Crooks was shot dead by the Secret Service after he opened fire at the rally. No motive has been been given for the assassination attempt on Trump. Crooks donated $15 to a pro-Democrat PAC as a 17-year-old in 2021, but then registe...
Baltimore, MD – July 14, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Marianne Fudem, a’h, mother of Tzvi (Sarah) Fudem, Barbara Kay, and Renee Immel. The Levayah will be held in Scottsdale, AZ on Monday, July 15, 2024. Shiva through Sunday July 21, will be observed by Tzvi Fudem in Baltimore beginning with Shacharis @ 7:00AM on Wednesday, July 17 at 6313 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD , 21209. Minyanim: Shacharis: 7:00AM Mincha/Maariv: 8:15PM Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Traveling to Eretz Yisroel: Know Before You Go! A discussion will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 12 Noon EST CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:    Rabbi Zvi Goldberg and Rabbi Boruch Beyer will review the various issues you should be aware of before booking your flight to the Holy Land. Topics to be discussed will include: •             Davening during a flight •             Issues pertaining to Kohanim •             Kri'ah at the Kotel •             Kashrus •        ...
Family members identified Corey Comperatore as the rally goer who was killed Saturday in an assassination attempt on former President Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Comperatore was a former fire chief for Buffalo Township, local news station WPXI reported. He was shot and killed when Thomas Matthew Crooks opened fire on Trump from a sniper's perch some 130 yards away during the campaign event. Two others were critically injured in the attack, authorities said. The victim's sister, Dawn Comperatore Schafer, wrote in a Facebook post that Corey "was a hero that shielded his daughters."  "His wife and girls just lived through the unthinkable and unimaginable. My baby brother just turned 50 and had so much life left to experience. Hatred has no limits and love ...
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Rabbi Zvi Teichman on Parshas Chukas: Love and War

The Torah refers to an account recorded in 'the Book of Wars of G-d; "את והב — The gift of בסופה — [the Sea] of Reeds and the rivers of Arnon; the outpouring of the rivers when it veered to dwell at Ar, and leaned against the borders of Moab. And from there to the well — it is the well of which G-d said to Moshe. 'Assemble the people and I shall give them water.' Then Israel sang this song; "Come up, O well! Call out to it!"

This miracle, which is equated in its greatness to the splitting of the Sea of Reeds is described in both the Midrash and the Talmud. From a composite of both sources, we can gather the following. (ברכות נה רש"י בשם התנחומא)

There was a deep and very narrow gorge between two high mountains. The route of the Jewish people was to pass through this road that separated the borders of the Amorites, and the Moabites.

The Amorites plotted to ambush the Israelites by coming out of the caves they carved into the mountain above them and killing them with arrows and catapult stones."

Directly opposite these crevices on the Moabite side of the valley, were protrusions from the mountain on the Amorite side.

Unbeknownst to the Moabites was the fact that the Aron which traveled in front of the Israelites would flatten the mountainous terrain before them to enable the Israelites to travel evenly.

Prior to the flattening of the mountains, the mountain on the Amorite side moved toward the mountain of Moab, with the projections entering the caves, crushing and killing the hiding Amorites.

The Ark subsequently flattened the mountains with the Israelites marching forward, above the now flattened mountains, without ever realizing what had transpired. After they passed the mountains, the mountains returned to their former height and position, with the blood, arms, and limbs of the Moabites flowing down from the caves into the valley.

The well of water that had accompanied the Israelites entered the valley, retrieving the gory evidence, displaying it around the camp, compelling them to burst out in song over the discovery of this remarkable miracle.

The greatness of this miracle was clearly the message that G-d in His devoted love saves us from our enemies even when we are totally unaware of their plots.

I would like to believe that the public exhibiting of the bloodied arms and limbs was not intended to placate the Israelites raging hatred for the enemies.

G-d operates, as He did in the splitting of the Reed Sea, with precision in dispensing punishment, in the spirit of the principle of 'measure for measure'. This horrific retribution was indicative of the Moabites' evil intention to bloodily massacre and dismember us through the showering of 'missiles and arrows' down the crowded gorge with the obvious unpleasant consequences, and thus justified.

This only enhanced the depth of our appreciation for the overwhelming kindness G-d unceasingly showers upon us.

There is one more significant detail to this story.

The Talmud interprets the initial words recorded in the Book of Wars — את והב, as referring to two individuals Es and Hav, מצורעים — two lepers who were isolated from the rest of the Israelites, straggling behind as they made their way over this flattened mountain. It was Es and Hav, who trailed the rest of the nation and in closest proximity, who were able to observe how after the mountains returned to their former positions, blood flowed in the valley. They quickly reported the discovery, with the subsequent dispatching of the well to fetch the evidence for all to see. 

The great visionary Rav Avraham Yitzchok HaKohen Kook sees in this aspect a vital spiritual lesson for future generations. (עין איה ברכות נה)

The defiled leper represents one who lives on the fringe and is exposed to impure influences.

The word את in Hebrew is word that does not have any meaning but is used as a preposition denoting a direct object. As in, 'In the beginning G-d created את השמים — the heavens.'

The letter א and ת, the first and last letter in the Hebrew language — the DNA of Creation — represents the full scope of perception of life. Often that view is based on our limited intellectual capacity and experience. It is only when we add the letter מ to its midst, which spells the word אמת — truth, that is guided by a higher truth, that we can experience 'reality'. Otherwise, we are hindered by our own limited capacity to perceive what is truly genuine.

הב is the root of אהבה — love. The instinct to love and connect with the world when unimpeded from moral truths and values, can lead to embracing cruelty, and corrupting true love, where the only motivator for 'love' becomes 'instant gratification'.

It was only when they realized in hindsight that it was the Ark — the Torah, the guiding force of truth in the world, which flattens mighty mountains of imagined might and power, that can lead the way into discovering absolute truth, and conquering these internal enemies.

We are facing enemies from without and enemies from within.

We can only assure our victory and gain G-d's full attention if we carry the Ark as our sole compass in life.


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Baltimore, MD - July 14, 2024  - If you're stuck in traffic on I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) looping around Baltimore, or on the Capital Beltway in Maryland, you likely have concluded that Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are two of the nation's worst cities for traffic jams. According to a new study, your conclusion is correct. Software company INRIX recently released its Global Traffic Scorecard for 2023, which calculates the cities with the most time consuming traffic delays. The commute times in the study were determined by looking at the time it takes to get to and from major employment centers within an urban area from surrounding commuting neighborhoods. Using that criteria, Baltimore was rated the 14th worst city in the nation for traffic delays. That ra...
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