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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 23, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Neuberger (Lakewood) on the birth of a son. Mazel Tov to Grandparents: Rabbi Moshe & Rebetzin Mindi Hauer and Rabbi Mayer & Mrs. Rivka Neuberger and great-grandparents Rebetzin Miriam Hauer and Rabbi Yaakov & Rebetzin Fredda Hopfer יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 22, 2021 - This Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021, come out and show your appreciation for your local Hatzalah heroes at The Hatzalah Appreciation Parade starting at 3:30 PM from the Hatzalah garage on Taney Road. (See route, below.) New this year: look out for our ice pop stands at: Strathmore & Benhurst Pebble Brooke & Smith Lightfoot & Carla Wirt & Taney Willow Glen & Fallstaff Farringdon & Old Pimlico Labyrinth & Gist Menlo & Hopeton Fallstaff & Clarks Help Hatzalah reach it's fund raising goal of $500,000 by clicking on the  graphic below or clicking here to donate.  Help Hatzalah reach it's fund raising goal of $500,000 by clicking  here to donate.
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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 23,  2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi & Mrs. Nesanel Goode  on the birth of a daughter.  Mazel Tov grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Tzvi Goode יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
More than 150 years before the tragedies from staying silent that all too often make headlines today, Rav Yisrael Isserlein wrote about how to stop such tragedies from happening or how to quickly put an end to them should they occur. If we see or hear about an authority figure - an army officer, a boss, a parent - or any other person, for that matter, who harms another, it's our responsibility to act. We are forever reminding ourselves of the pitfalls of lashon hara (gossip or negative speech), of the importance of speaking nicely and never hurtfully. However, it is also important to be aware from a young age that when something bad happens, it is not lashon hara to talk about it. It is our obligation to speak, to report, to complain, to shout. Here are the relevant words of Rav Isse...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - The Baltimore community COVID-19 testing is back to regular schedule. Click here to view the complete schedule.All our tests provide documentation that can be used for travelling. NEW:  Rapid PCR tests are now available. This is NOT a regular rapid test. It is a full PCR test with special technology that produces results in within 2-3 hours. This test is accepted for international travel destinations. Please note, insurance only partially covers the rapid PCR test, there is still a cost of $125. Without insurance, the cost is $200. Regular PCR tests are free.If you need a Rapid PCR, please fill out these forms and come to any of the testing sessions. When you arrive, be sure to let them know you are specifically requesting a Rapid PCR. No appointm...
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Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - How Much Do You Weigh?

Of all the numerous laws outlined in Kedoshim, only one concludes with the assertion: I am Hashem, your G-d, Who brought you forth from the land of Egypt. (Vayikra 19 36) 


The Sifra sees in this singling out of the command to ‘maintain proper weights and measures’ from all others, as indicating that this one is ‘the sole reason why we left Egypt’.  


The Talmud sees in this concluding verse an additional message.  


During the plague of the Killing of the Firstborn, G-ddiscerned between the drop [of sperm that led to the conception] of a firstborn and the drop [of sperm that did] not [lead to the conception] of a firstborn. G-d thus warned, “[Likewise,] I am the One faithful to exact punishment upon someone who secretly stores his weights in salt [thus altering their weight] in order to defraud people who do not recognize them [as weights that have been tampered with.]” (Bava Metzia 61b) 


Rashi elucidates that this refers to specifically the death of those who were not necessarily the first born to their mother but were nevertheless the first conceived through their fathers. Evidently the mother who already bore a child to her ‘husband’ engaged in adultery with other men, bearing them their children as well. Although they were not aware of this deviation, thinking they were one happy family, they too were deemed ‘firstborns’ and died in the plague. Only G-d was capable of being privy to this information. And that same G-d will exact punishment from those who seek to conceal their misdeeds. 


How is this detail alluded in the verse that states G-d ‘brought us forth from Egypt’?  


This was merely a important detail in the story, but not necessarily that which ‘brought them out of Egypt’?  


The Mechilta points out it was these ‘children’ who compelled Pharaoh to send out the Jews immediately, as they feared it was not only the firstborn that would die, but rather the entire male populace, as evidenced in these children’s deaths even though they were not apparently firstborns. 


So, in truth it was precisely this episode that led to the Jews exodus! 


Why couldn’t they figure it out on their own that perhaps they too were firstborns? Was it so preposterous in that decadent land to suspect that this was the case? 


Clearly they could not fathom that G-d would consider these ‘accidents of birth’— who lived their lives up until this point oblivious to this newfound status — as ‘firstborns’. 


They simply could not accept a notion of a G-d attending to them as special individuals distinct from others. 


This lesson though is perhaps one of the greatest lessons derived from the story. 


Each one of us is unique and individually responsible to bring to fruition our role in the world, regardless of whatever murky circumstances we arise from. 


In the law related to the use of weights and measures — instruments purported to represent accuracy and truth — if one abuses that tool in promoting self-interest in the guise of honesty, one has perpetrated the crime of erasing the very inherent nobility and connection to the One whose image we are forged with, denying our exquisite relationship with Him.   


All other sins are acts of compulsion or impulse, and although one is accountable, can be understood. But the portraying of greed in the guise of truth and integrity, is inexcusable and so grievous a sin that it tears apart the very essence of our soul and being — our raison d’etre. 


We were taken out of Egypt to realize how we are each intimately connected and guided by G-d. Although we may lapse at times despite that status, but we must never, ever forget who we are, and what we stand for. We can be forgiven for our impulses, but not for abusing the very seal of G-d — Emes / Truth — for personal gain. 


The Talmud adds there are two more misrepresentations we are accountable for in addition to falsifying our weights.  


One who claims he is lending money with interest merely as the agent of a gentile lender — when it is truly his own money, as well as one who dyes his Tzizis with blue dye of vegetable origin (Indigo) — feigning true Techeles, will be dealt with and punished likewise. 


The holy Munkatcher Rebbe castigated those ‘Shayna Yidden’ among the Jewish lay leadership who seek honor and glory for their contributions, even while that degrade their stature when engaging in questionable behavior under the guise of all sorts of claimed ‘hetterim’, like the disguised usurer. 


He similarly took to task the businessmen who feign honesty with all sorts of subterfuge, comparing them to those who tamper with their weights. 


Sparing no one, he admonished the Rebbes, Roshei Yeshivos and Rabbinic leaders, who falsely claim righteousness and scholarship, donning garments whose ‘colors’ are poor cover-ups for their moral deficiencies, — the purveyors of false Techeles. 


We must each ask ourselves how honestly, we weigh our attitudes, and measure up our character, to the standards of pure Emes that is worthy of a people who each have an exquisite relationship with Hashem. 


באהבה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן  

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