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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 15, 2021 -  Another grocery store is coming to the Greenspring Shopping Center on Nov. 8 as that Shoppers location will be converted to a Safeway supermarket. Safeway will join the grocery stores that have previously occupied the anchor spot at the popular shopping center. Original anchor grocers began with Food Fair, then converted to Pantry Pride, followed by Farm Fresh - Metro Food Market - and Shoppers.  The more considerable loss may be the Shoppers store manager, Mr. Phil Moffit, who has been at that location since he was a night-time stock clerk for Foo...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 14, 2021  - Last year, Hashem closed our shuls, yeshivos and schools. It caused us great spiritual pain and led to communal soul searching and personal introspection. Rav Reuven Leuchter asks rhetorically whether Hashem is ‘angry’ with us? Rav Leuchter answers that Hashem is not angry, but that Hashem wants something different from us. The newest kehillah in Baltimore, Netzach Yisroel, currently located in the Heather Ridge Clubhouse, and led by Rabbi Yisroel Roll,  is rising to the challenge by offering a shir chadash in our Avodas Hashem. Geared for families with children and grandchildren who are seeking spiritual growth, Netzach Yisroel offers passionate Carlebach minyanim, shiurim with a geshmack for hashkafa and inspired Avodas Hashem, an...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 15, 2021  - Due to the critical blood shortage in our local hospitals, Misaskim is hosting a number of blood drives.  Please click here or on the graphic below to sign up for the next blood drive with Delmarva Blood Bank this Sunday, October 17th, at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion from 10AM-4PM.  
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The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which descends from the Rebbes of Lechovitch and Karlin/Stolin Baltimore, MD - October 9, 2021 -The Baltimore community is honored to host the Koidenover Rebbe, shlit"a, from this Monday, October 11th- Tuesday, October 19th.  The Rebbe last visited Baltimore 2 years ago, and those who were privileged to see the Rebbe then, know that he is a captivating speaker who conveys a message relevant to our generation. In addition, the Rebbe is known for and much sought after for his wise counsel and brachos. Those who have had a private audience with the Rebbe can tell you how truly electrifying the experience was, replete with chizuk and inspiration. The Rebbe has successfully revived a nearly 200-year-old chassidus, which ...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 12, 2021 - The Baltimore City Health Department will be hosting two COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on Thursdays, October 21st and November 11th from 11am-3pm on both days, in the Early Childhood Center wing. All three vaccine options will be available, Pfizer (ages 12+), as well as Moderna and J&J/Janssen (both for ages 18+) through LifeBridge Health staff. Walk-ins are welcome or you can also pre-register at COVAX.BaltimoreCity.Gov Stop in for a short time to get this important health care matter taken care of…bring your friends and family and support them in making the decision to get vaccinated now. To “sweeten” the decision, you can choose from either a $10 FREE Kosher Dunkin Donuts Gift Card *or* a FREE 1-Week Pass...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 12, 2021  - Watch Rebroadcast of the  1st Hannah Storch, A'H, memorial lecture with Rabanit Yemima Mizrachi.
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On August 6th, 2019 the human race achieved a feat never completed by mankind. I think part of the reason it was never achieved is because no one ever even thought it was a thing to attempt. 2,019 people (presumably because it happened in the year 2019) from Ortobom Globo Comunicacaoe in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil participated in a Guinness World Record for the largest human mattress domino effect to ever take place. Literally thousands of people were placed in front of twin-size mattress, and one after one, they fell backwards onto each other. The whole record attempt lasted 11 minutes and 13 seconds. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, after the feat was achieved, the 2,019 mattresses were donated to charities.  If you need to stop reading for a moment and grab a tissue to...
The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. When Avraham and Sarah, then Avram and Sarai, come to Mitzrayim, Avraham asks her to tell the Mitzri’im that she is his sister "l'ma'an yitav li ba'avureich, v'chaysa nafshi biglaleich" (12:13), so that they will do good to me and I will live because of you. Rashi comments on "l'ma'an yitav li," that they will give him presents. The obvious question that many ask is why Avraham seems to be so interested in gifts. We know from later in the parsha that Avraham was not one to desire gifts in the least. Why is this differ...
Agudath Israel of America, along with seven other national Jewish organizations, filed an amicus curiae brief on Thursday asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a case with significant ramifications for religious freedom. The case, Marvin Gerber and Miriam Brysk v. Herskovits, et al., involves the rights to worship and free speech, and nearly two decades of protests and harassment affecting members of a synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Two members of the Beth Israel Congregation synagogue brought the case against a group of people who have been appearing every Shabbos morning since 2003 in front of the synagogue and harassing its members by protesting and carrying signs with anti-Jewish slogans. The case was also brought against the city of Ann Arbor and various ...
Trials and travails are a reality of Galus. Over the past 18 months, Klal Yisroel and Reb Yisroel have faced challenges and through it all we survived and we thrived. COVID-19, loss of our gedolim, shuls shuttered, families suffering through illness and tragedy, schools closed, challenges to the chinuch and self esteem of our children, financial woes, Meron, Stolin, Surfside… we faced an unending stream of tests. Time and time again, with the help of Hashem, we emerge from the kur habarzel resilient and unbreakable.  Join us as we celebrate our accomplishments and growth, and let us reflect on what makes it all possible.   From where do we get this strength, how can we become stronger, and how can we pass it on to the next generation? Join us at The Agudah Convent...
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Parshas Lech Lecha - Presents of Mind

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h.

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h.

When Avraham and Sarah, then Avram and Sarai, come to Mitzrayim, Avraham asks her to tell the Mitzri’im that she is his sister "l'ma'an yitav li ba'avureich, v'chaysa nafshi biglaleich" (12:13), so that they will do good to me and I will live because of you. Rashi comments on "l'ma'an yitav li," that they will give him presents. The obvious question that many ask is why Avraham seems to be so interested in gifts. We know from later in the parsha that Avraham was not one to desire gifts in the least. Why is this different? Another question to be asked is why the receiving of presents is put before survival? Surely receiving presents was not more important than coming out alive.

The Ta"Z, in his sefer on Rashi, Divrei David, answers the first question beautifully. When they came down to Mitzrayim, they had a dilemma. Surely, they did not want the Egyptians to think they were married. That would be the worst-case scenario. But for them to come into Mitzrayim and for Sarah to blurt out, unprovoked, "he's my brother," would also have seemed very suspicious. But if they never asked, and she never told, they ran the risk of the assumption that they were indeed husband and wife. So, they needed a plan to tell them that they were brother and sister with a pretense. This was their plan: Sarah would come to Mitzrayim with Avraham and say "This is my brother, a very poor man. Please give him some money." By doing this, there is a very legitimate reason for her to say that he is her brother. This would invoke a feeling of pity and the Mitzri'im would be likely to give gifts. If she had just come in with any beggar off the street, they might not be inclined to give him. With this crafty plan, they have informed the Mitzri'im that they are brother and sister without looking suspicious. And the Mitzri'im will give gifts to Avraham because of Sarah.

This answer may be used to alleviate the second difficulty as well. Only "v'chaysa nafshi..." is really what Avraham wanted to get out of the whole deal. The phrase "l'ma'an yitav li" is not as much a statement of what Avraham wanted, but more of what he wanted Sarah to say, that they should give her brother presents as the Ta"Z explains.

I propose another suggestion, though, exclusive of the Ta"Z's explanation. The two results of the situation are not put in order of what was important to Avraham, but more of an order of events from the Mitzri'im's perspective. If they were husband and wife, surely, they would know they have no chance with Sarah and they would kill Avraham right away. But now that they are brother and sister, they will simply give Avraham gifts to convince them to let them have Sarah. But if this does not convince him, then they will still have to kill him. So, the Mitzri'im had the mindset, "If he accepts the gifts, we will let him live." That is why the order in the pasuk is "they will give me gifts, and they will let me live" because it is the accepting of the gifts on which his survival relies.

Have a good Shabbos.

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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 15 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ditza and Yaakov Friedlander on the birth of Riva Mazel Tov grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Aaron Blackman יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News. Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom. A Carroll staff member secretly recorded the Friday training ...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 15,  2021 - It is with regret that informs the community of the petira of  Natalie (Nechama) Schreiber Greenfield, a’h,  mother of Esther (Jackie) Newman, Phyllis (Jeff) Oppenheim, Rabbi Steven "Butchy" (Sharon) Axelman and Norman "Bucky" (Pam) Axelman and sister of Barry Schreiber. The levayah will take place at Levinson’s 1:00 PM on Sunday Oct. 17, 2021 Kevurah at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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Nikolas Cruz is prepared to plead guilty on all counts connected to the 2018 Parkland school shooting massacre in Florida that left 17 people dead and 17 others injured. The 23-year-old confessed gunman will cop to 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, according to WSVN in Miami. The plea deals, which are expected to be announced by lawyers today, would allow the defendant to circumvent an emotional trial and proceed to the sentencing phase, which would be decided by a jury, the report said. Cruz would also plead guilty to an assault on a Broward County jail guard which was caught on camera, the station reported.
A British lawmaker who on Friday was stabbed multiple times in a meeting with his constituents has died from his wounds, CNN reported. David Amess, a 69-year-old member of Parliament from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative Party, was stabbed as he met constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, a coastal town in Essex, reports said. He was reportedly treated at the scene but later died. Essex Police, without naming Amess, said a man was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to the fatal stabbing. "We were called to Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm. Sadly, a man later died. A man was arrested at the scene. We are not looking for anyone else," the police department added. "A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested...
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The Biden administration told the courts late Thursday that it plans to reimplement the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy in mid-November if it can get buy-in from the neighboring government. The move comes after an initial victory by Texas and Missouri in a suit that argued the Biden administration too hastily withdrew the policy, under which the U.S. transported 70,000 asylum-seekers to Mexico to await a determination in their case. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appealed the case and is working on a memo to rescind the program anew, but it is still required to reimplement what was formally termed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) “in good faith.” The announcement follows a series of meetings with high-level officials from the Mexican government. &ld...
The U.S. Marine who posted videos on social media criticizing military leadership and the Biden administration’s withdrawal of military assets from Afghanistan was issued a letter of reprimand and a forfeiture of $5,000 worth of pay for one month, after pleading guilty to all charges during his court-martial hearing this week.  Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. pled guilty to all six misdemeanor-level charges Thursday, including willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of duties and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. The judge, on Friday, said he would have given a two-month forfeiture of pay, had it not been for the nine days Scheller spent in pre-trial confinement. Scheller was freed from t...
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Pick up the phone — nostalgia is calling! Nokia is releasing an updated version of its classic 6310 “brick phone” two decades after the original model went on sale. The 6310 came out back in March 2001, and quickly became one of the most popular devices that the Finnish telecommunications company ever manufactured. Owners adored the phone for its sturdy design and long-lasting battery — both of which are features of the new edition. While many modern cell phones smash upon dropping, Nokia claims the new 6310 is tough enough to “take life’s bumps.” And with users often complaining that their contemporary smartphones run out of battery life within hours, the 6310 reportedly won’t have you running for a power outlet.
Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to give testimony under oath Monday in a lawsuit brought by a group of demonstrators who say his security guards roughed them up outside Trump Tower in New York. The suit is one of at least 10 civil cases pending against Trump. The videotaped deposition — which will be played as Trump’s testimony when the case goes to trial — will be his first since he was elected president in 2016. The demonstrators' suit was filed in late 2015, and Trump's attorneys have tried many times to block him from testifying since then, including arguing in 2019 that he was too busy with his presidential duties.
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