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Baltimore, MD - June 25, 2020 - As COVID-19 wreaked havoc throughout the world, the Vaad Harabanim of Baltimore, together with medical personnel and community leaders, worked tirelessly to address these uncertain times and protect our community. These efforts ensured our physical safety, while maintaining the kedushah and avodah of our community. As a gesture of our tremendous hakoras hatov for their dedication, the Baltimore community is invited to participate in the writing of a Sefer Torah in their honor, which will be given to the Baltimore chapter of Misaskim, and will continue to benefit the entire Baltimore community for years to come. You can join in this beautiful mitzvah by clicking and donating at: sefertorahforbalt.com   
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What do Rock Cornish hens and golden doves have in common? For Fishel Gross of O’Fishel Kosher Caterers in Baltimore, Maryland, one bird inspired the other With pallets of thousands of Cornish hens to give away, a Baltimore caterer with huge ovens and an even bigger heart is making sure thousands of families have a Sunday supper that’s not Shabbos leftovers What do Rock Cornish hens and golden doves have in common? For Fishel Gross of O’Fishel Kosher Caterers in Baltimore, Maryland, one bird inspired the other. Galvanized by an important life lesson he learned during Eli Stefansky’s popular “8 Minute Daf” shiur on Berachos 53 (Fishel is a sometime-sponsor), the big-hearted caterer decided to pay his personal golden dove forward by giving homemakers a...
Israel is a world leader in digitization, cyber and medical technology, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen said on Sunday. Speaking at an online conference hosted by The Jerusalem Post/Maariv group marking 10 years since Israel joined the OECD, Knudsen said, “The Israeli level of development and digitization is twice that of other OECD countries.” The Jewish state contributes a great deal to the world’s knowledge and has a “very strong foundation” for future growth, said Knudsen. “Israel has one of the highest levels in internet accessibility for children up to age six. Israel has a lot of information in the field of network security, and it contributes a lot to our knowledge...
BALTIMORE — We know turtles have a reputation for being a tad slow-moving, but would that change if one has a custom Lego wheelchair attached to it?  The zoo fastened a custom Lego wheelchair on an Eastern box turtle that was injured in the summer of 2018, and today the turtle has been released to its natural habitat after healing thanks to the new ride.  In July of 2018, the turtle was found in Druid Hill Park with several fractures along the bottom of his shell that made it hard for him to move.  Dr. Ellen Bronson is the senior director of animal health, conservation, and research at the zoo. She said the placement of the fractures was unique and wouldn't allow for usual healing methods to work, meaning the team had to get creative. "He h...
Kimberly Reese has never visited Ghana, but she is already designing her dream home there. The Ohio mother of five says she doesn’t feel safe in the United States. “Some of us are tired,” said Reese. “Some of us just want to be in an environment where we don’t have to look over our shoulders. Where we don’t have to worry about our sons getting pulled over.” She’d rather focus on floor plans some 6,000 miles away. As the United States again confronts its history of racism, as outrage again erupts over police killings, leaders in Ghana say they’re rolling out the welcome mat for black Americans who want to get away from the turmoil. The government has negotiated with local chiefs to earmark 500 acres of land near the nation’s ce...
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Baltimore, MD - June 19, 2020 - N’shei Agudath Israel of Baltimore Summer Lecture Series.Click on the graphic below for a larger, printable copy
Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defense said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage. The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog. Iran‘s top security body said on Friday that the cause of the “incident” at the nuclear site had been determined, but “due to security considerations” it would be announced at a convenient time. Iran‘s Atomic Energy Organization initially reported an “incident” had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz, located ...
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Baltimore, MD - June 16, 2020 - The MD COVID Plasma Initiative is now partnering with the American Red Cross to help bolster the local blood supply. Two more blood drives will be hosted at Shomrei Emunah over the next few weeks. Please visit www.jCOVID.com/blooddrive for more information or to sign up to participate in this vital project!
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Friday suggested a current flat death rate in states seeing a troubling rise in coronavirus cases could be misleading. In remarks on “Fox & Friends” Friday, Adams warned: “We know deaths lag at least two weeks and can lag even more.” “In the beginning, nursing homes were hit really hard, and the majority of our deaths were occurring on people who were 60, 65 and older,” he said. “Now the majority of cases are in people who have an average age of 35, and so those folks are gonna have less comorbidities, they’re gonna be less likely to end up in the hospital and to die.” Read more at NEWSMAX.
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Parshas Chukas/Balak - Chukas: Anger - Does It Ever Serve a Purpose?

This weeks Parsha relates one of the most difficult stories which took place in the Midbar.  With Bnei Yisroel complaining about the lack of water after the death of Miriam, Hashem instructs Moshe to “speak” to the rock and it would yield water.  (Chukas 20:8) Instead, Moshe Rabbeinu “strikes” the rock.  The rock does in fact yield water but Hashem tells Moshe that on account of his not “believing in him”, he would not be Zoche to lead Bnei Yisroel into Eretz Yisroel.  (20:12)  This leaves us to deal with the age old question – How could Moshe Rabbeinu hit the rock.  Why on this singular occasion did he deviate from Hashem’s instruction?


In order to properly answer this question, it is helpful to understand some basic tenets of the Rambam.  The Rambam teaches that every Midda a person should have in moderation, not too little not too much.  As an example, the Rambam states that even generosity can be had in too great a quantity where one would give everything he has to others and be left with nothing to eat.  The Rambam cites his conviction about moderation in many other contexts as well.  (See the Rambam’s discourse on the Shemoneh Parakim as well as numerous references contained in Hilchos Daus).  Curiously, the Rambam makes one very specific exception to his rule of moderation.  This exception is with respect to the mida of Ka’as – Anger[1].  The Rambam states that this mida one should not have at all, not even in moderation.  The Rambam explains that anger causes people to lose control of one’s self and can cause them to say and do things that they do not mean.  In effect, he describes anger as allowing us to do things out of character since at that moment we are not in complete control of ourselves.


With this Rambam, we can begin to understand what may have caused Moshe Rabbeinu to be Nichshal this one time.  In the Pasuk after Hashem instructs Moshe how to deal with the outcry from B’nei Yisroel,  Moshe picks up his Mateh and says to B’nei Yisroel,  “Shimu Na Hamorim – listen to me you rebels!!”.  He then proceeds to strike the rock.  (20:10)  In that one moment, whether out of frustration for the repeated rebellions by B’nei Yisroel or something else, Moshe Rabbeinu got angry.  He scalds B’nei Yisroel as “rebels” as he prepares to once again demonstrate Hashem’s majesty.  Even Moshe Rabbeinu, in a moment of justified anger, did something he was not told to do. 


It’s no wonder that the Rambam places this mida by itself in solitary confinement.  As he states, no good can come from it.  When one considers the ramifications of anger, it is painfully obvious how damaging it can be, with no redeeming benefits.  In our parsha, it was a solitary act, but it also can cause us to say something in a moment of reduced self control where the damage can be long lasting.  The wrong thing spoken in a fit of anger can cause long term hurt to another and can never really be taken back.  If we learn this lesson from this week’s Parsha, we can understand in practicality the Rambam’s instruction to avoid this most dangerous Mida.                






[1] The Rambam even discusses how the mida of jealousy can be a good thing if one is jealous of someone else’s Torah knowledge and uses that to motivate himself to learn more.





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The Feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff and lead rainmaker, who suddenly resigned Friday, federal sources told The Post. The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide who quit along with Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent,the sources said. Trent left to join the congresswoman’s 2020 re-election campaign. The brash Chakrabarti, who masterminded Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign and steered her proposed Green New Deal, had caused uproar in the halls of Congress with a series of combative tweets that contributed to a rift between his rookie boss and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “People were not happy that he used his Twitter account to comment about members ...
Baltimore, MD – July 5, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Adler, Z’L, (Brooklyn, NY), father of Mrs. Tzirel (Adler) Izraelev,  Rabbi Yanky Adler, Rabbi Motty Adler, Mrs.  Chumie (Adler) Waullk and brother of Rabbi Yitzchok Adler, and Mrs. Yocheved (Yogi Adler) Markowitz,   Baltimore Shiva: Rabbi Yitzchak Adler will observe shiva at 423 Yeshiva Lane, Balto., MD, 21208 (410 484 4172). Hours noted below. Please respect the wishes of the aveilim and observe the instructions noted below.Due to the current situation, based on the recommendations of Dr. J. Jakobovits, we ask that you: 1.            Please wear a mask in the house ...
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Israel’s defense minister said on Sunday it is not “necessarily” behind every mysterious incident in Iran, after a fire at the Natanz nuclear site prompted some Iranian officials to say it was the result of cyber sabotage. Israel, widely believed to be the region’s only nuclear power, has pledged never to allow Iran to obtain atomic weapons, pointing out that Tehran advocates its destruction. Iran denies ever seeking nuclear arms and says its atomic program is peaceful. The underground Natanz site, where a one-story building was partly burned on Thursday, is the centerpiece of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog. Asked whether Israel had anything to do with “m...
New regulations limit number of worshippers in synagogues, guests at weddings, or customers at bars to maximum of 50. The Knesset’s Coronavirus Committee approved Sunday afternoon new restrictions on public activity which were drawn up last week by the government. Under the new restrictions, starting Monday at 8:00 a.m., weddings will be limited to a total of 50 people – down from 250 people under the current regulations. The new regulation will also apply to synagogues, bars, and event halls, with no more than 50 people allowed in at any given time. According to statistics released by the Health Ministry, there are now 11,189 confirmed active cases of the coronavirus in Israel. The number of patients in serious condition has risen to 86, including 29 on ventilators. R...
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Nearly 30 people were shot overnight in the city — 14 of them in northern Manhattan, police sources said. The NYPD wasn’t able to immediately provide the number of shootings, but confirmed that at least 10 people had been shot — two fatally — overnight. The July shootings come on the heels of a violent June in the city. With a total of 205 shootings during the month, it was the bloodiest June in 24 years — going back to 1996, when the NYPD logged 236 incidents, the NYPD said. Read more at NY POST.
Commander of Sayeret Matkal and deputy enter quarantine after female soldier in unit diagnosed with COVID-19. The commander of the elite Sayeret Matkal, Colonel J, and his deputy went into quarantine after a female soldier in the unit was diagnosed with coronavirus, Galei Tzahal reported. Dozens of other headquarters soldiers from the unit were sent to quarantine as well, according to the report.An IDF spokesperson said in response, "A coronavirus patient was identified last week in one of the intelligence branches. To prevent further infection, dozens of headquarters personnel serving as combat supporters were proactively quarantined."The spokesperson stated further, "Although not in direct contact with the patient, the unit commander and his deputy decided to isolate them...
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LOS ANGELES (VINnews) — Tommy Macias, a 51-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore, California, had been very careful over the past few months. Macias, a truck driver, knew that due to his diabetes he was at high risk if he contracted COVID-19, so he stayed at home and wore a mask when going out, maintaining social distance from others. However Macias made just one error that cost him his life. He went to a barbecue party with some friends. He didn’t know that someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, but showed no symptoms, was also present at the party. “It was all preventable,” said Gustavo Lopez, Macias’ 52-year-old brother-in-law. “That person knew he had corona and still went. He should have known better, and that one mistake cost [Macias] his life...
Rabbi Naftali Halberstam, the Rebbe of Sanz in Borough Park passed away on Shabbos at night. His mother was a daughter of Rabbi Sinai Halberstam of Zimgrad. Mordechai Ze’ev Manzanz. When he reached the age of entry to the yeshiva, he was enrolled and admitted to Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin, but then World War II broke out and he could not continue. When the war broke out, he fled to Russia with his mother and brother, and spent nearly a year in Boebrick together with his zeide Rabbi Sinai of Zimgrad. During this time he studied with his grandfather and even wrote down his teachings. At the end of the war he went to Krakow, where he was a member of the Rabbis ‘Committee who took care of the refugees’ needs. He then moved to the United States and settled in Brownsville, and...
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Jerusalem, Israel - July 5, 2020:President Rivlin: “Here in Israel, from the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, we heard the cries of the small business owners. I know that behind every small business is a big dream. I see small businesses collapsing, years of hopes fading, dreams that came true and are falling apart. We must not let those dreams disappear. They are the foundation and the building blocks of the economy and we must not leave them behind.”“Now, when it is clear that corona is here to stay, the government must build an emergency plan to save small businesses and learn from other countries how to do it. A successful country must be able to face the challenges it encounters and to adapt to reality.”    President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin this...
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