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Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2024  - The TA 8th Grade Mishmar Basketball League had their Championship Game this afternoon, and this year's winners were the “Yellow Team,” sponsored by DC Dental. The 8th-grade boys came to Yeshiva each Thursday night from 7:00-9:00 PM and created a “real Mishmar Matziv”! The evening included 45 minutes of learning, followed by Maariv, then an organized basketball league (with professional referees), and concluded with hot, delicious chulent. What a great way to end each week with a fantastic Thursday night of Mishmar! Today'...
Baltimore, MD – June 14, 2024  -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zacharia and Elka Reisch on the birth of a daughter. Mazel Tov to grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schwartz and great-grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Jerry & Leah Schwartz and Mr. & Mrs. Harold and Shirley Rosinsky     יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2024  - Father's Day weekend in Maryland could get off to a stormy, hot start Friday as a passing cold front brings the potential for severe weather and damaging winds to the area. On Friday, Marylanders should expect another hot, humid day with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to mid-90s, according to the National Weather Service's latest forecast. The forecast also calls for clear conditions and abundant sunshine. However, that could change later Friday when a cold front capable of producing scattered strong to severe thunderstorms pushes into the state. The NWS issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for areas of Maryland including Baltimore, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, central and southeast Mo...
Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2024 - Federal leaders met Thursday afternoon with business and industry partners following the reopening of the Port of Baltimore. On Wednesday, 11 News Investigates reported exclusively that U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House officials would meet Thursday with companies about the port since the reopening of the Federal Channel. Buttigieg and S. Lael Brainard, the director of the National Economic Council of the United States and a national economic adviser, heard the concerns of business and industry partners soon after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed, and Thursday’s meeting was an effort to re-engage them now that the port is open, 11 News Investigates learned exclusively on Thursday. Thursday&rs...
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The Supreme Court invalidated the Trump-era ban on bump stocks along ideological lines on Friday, ending the nationwide ban on the devices, which convert semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.  The Biden administration defended the regulation in front of the high court after the Trump administration first implemented it in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history. The shooter had used a bump stock to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others.  Both the Trump and Biden administrations have since made possessing the devices a criminal offense by newly classifying them as machine guns under longstanding federal law.   In a 6-3 decision authored by conservative Justice Clarence...
The US has provided Israel with intelligence capabilities never before seen prior to October 7, a senior official told The Washington Post on Friday.  A notable example of such capabilities was Israel’s recent hostage rescue operation, the official said. According to the Post, citing current and former US and Israeli intelligence sources since the October 7 massacre, the US has increased intelligence gathering on Hamas. As such, the US is reportedly sharing an extraordinary amount of drone footage, satellite imagery, communications intercepts, and data analysis using advanced software, some powered by artificial intelligence. The unique intelligence capabilities provided by the US The report cited Israeli officials who said Israel is grateful f...
Parshas Naso, which most often is the portion read on the Shabbos directly after Shavuos, begins with the directive by G-d to Moshe to "raise up the head [take a census] of the sons of Gershon, גם הם — also them." At the conclusion of the previous portion the Torah reports how the sons of Kehas were counted. It now picks up from where we left off in continuing to count the descendants of Gershon and Merari. Why is there a gap between these accounts? Why does the Torah add particularly by Gershon that they were 'also' raised? Reb Leibele Eiger, the illustrious disciple of the holy Kotzker, and grandson of the great sage, Rabbi Akiva Eiger, addresses this issue. Gershon was the firstborn son of Levi, seemingly destined for the more significant role of attending the A...
Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2024 - Reuven Meth has returned to Baltimore this morning. Although Shiva has concluded, he, with his brothers Chalavna and Uri, will be at 6507 Deancroft Road, Baltimore, MD, 21209, today and Sunday for those who would like to offer Nichumim •    Erev Shabbos: 11 am - 4 pm•    Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
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Parshas Naso - Rise Up and Shine!

Parshas Naso, which most often is the portion read on the Shabbos directly after Shavuos, begins with the directive by G-d to Moshe to "raise up the head [take a census] of the sons of Gershon, גם הם — also them."


At the conclusion of the previous portion the Torah reports how the sons of Kehas were counted. It now picks up from where we left off in continuing to count the descendants of Gershon and Merari.


Why is there a gap between these accounts?


Why does the Torah add particularly by Gershon that they were 'also' raised?


Reb Leibele Eiger, the illustrious disciple of the holy Kotzker, and grandson of the great sage, Rabbi Akiva Eiger, addresses this issue.


Gershon was the firstborn son of Levi, seemingly destined for the more significant role of attending the Ark and the other holiest components of the Tabernacle. Yet all he was tasked with was transporting the hooks and the curtains, the least sacred of all the components. He was understandably disappointed and felt a sense of rejection.


His very name גרשון — is rooted in the notion of גרש — driven away, as it appears in the first use of this verb when ויגרש — G-d banished Adam from the Garden of Eden.


To this reaction the Torah instructs, נשא — raise up, elevate your ראש — your thoughts in realizing that G-d's plans our deeper than we can fathom. Accept that you are selected for the unique role most suited to you, and 'you also' are adored by G-d himself no differently than those tasked with what may appear to be more worthy missions than yours.


After the high of Shavuos there is often a sense of self-doubt, questioning whether 'I' can really attain all those lofty aspirations that I was inspired to over the Yom Tov. Or perhaps we struggled to put our minds and bodies to staying awake all Shavuous night, discovering disappointment in not quite having risen to our hoped for goals. Discouraged, we quickly slip back into our previous complacence, wondering if this is within our reach.


To these dangerous thoughts we begin with the story of Gershon, who despite his quashed hopes, plunged forward elevating his attitude realizing that 'I too' am the beloved child of G-d, who relishes my efforts; my commitments; my perseverance; my connection, my consistence even it may not match up to our personal expectations of ourselves.


Life's challenges and difficulties often plague us with thoughts of being abandoned by G-d.


Yoel Gold tells a story of a woman whose mother was going through a grueling battle with cancer and its consequences, during the summer of the Covid pandemic. Looking for a quiet spot in the hospital to stifle her angst and frustration with G-d, she suddenly hears what sounds like the blow of a Shofar. Startled back to reality she looks for the source of the sound. She hears a Tekiah, followed by a Shevarim Teruah, concluding with a Tekiah Gedolah. She locates the source, peeking through the door of a room where the chaplain, in mid-July, is dressed in his Kittel, blowing the Shofar. He goes on to explain that he was using his free time to produce a video in anticipation of the upcoming High Holidays to provide some sense of the Days of Awe before the holiday for those who might remain isolated. She thanks the chaplain for what she clearly saw as a Shofar Blast from upon High, bringing her back to her senses, feeling the embrace from Heaven in this most difficult moment.


Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: Every day a bas kol (a heavenly voice) goes forth from Mount Chorev and proclaims: "Woe unto humankind for their contempt towards the Torah."


 


The great Mashgiach, Rav Shlomo Wolbe ponders the value of this voice that emanates that no one ever actually hears. He explains that the all the circumstances of life, that are all ordained from upon High, that arouse frustration within us vis a vis our commitments to our Father in Heaven, is that 'heavenly voice' summoning us to sense His presence, beckoning us to embrace and grow closer — in the image of Gershon — elevating our minds to a renewed sense of worthiness in G-d's eyes.




May we restore renewed faith in ourselves, perforce the realization that G-d is attending to each one of us on an individual basis, prodding us towards inspiring growth and loving closeness.




באהבה,


צבי יהודה טייכמאן






 















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Baltimore, MD – June 14, 2024 – 10:43AM - A three-car accident has closed the left lane of the 695 Inner Loop from Reisterstown Rd to Greenspring Rd. Expect delays and consider alternative routes. 
The new sheriff in town is determined to make a difference in the lives of Baltimore City residents. The sheriff's effort involves ridding streets of abandoned and broken-down vehicles in what Sheriff Sam Cogen, who was elected to office in 2022, considers quality-of-life law enforcement. The sheriff said his deputies tow an average of six vehicles per day, amounting to about 58 vehicles towed since the enforcement began in December. Drivers who dare to ignore no-parking zones, for example, now face getting towed faster than they can call 311. As part of her full-time duties, Deputy Stacey Dickens is a tow truck operator with the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office. "If something comes back with the driver not having proper registration, I'm going to get it," Dickens told 11...
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It was one of the most inspiring days of my life. I, along with 90,000 (and counting!) Jewish people, partook in celebrating the completion of 2711 blatt of Talmud Bavli at the historic 13th Siyum Hashas on January 1, 2020 at MetLife Stadium. Yes, I studied in yeshivos. Yes, I learned from amazing Rebbeim and teachers. And yes, I was raised in a wonderful Jewish home, Baruch Hashem. But there was something unique, something different, about this wondrous and epic experience of celebrating the Torah with almost 100,000 yidden. It was there, on that freezing cold winter day, when I truly felt the warmth and fire of Torah, and when I finally understood ki hem chayeinu - the Torah is our life; I finally met life itself. For one day, this NFL stadium served not as the home of the New York Giant...
Towson Town Center is implementing a youth code of conduct. The policy requires youths aged 17 and younger to be accompanied at all times by a parent or supervising adult aged 21 or older after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The policy is subject to change during the holiday season. | LINK: Read the mall’s policy The mall said proof of age may be required for the youth and/or supervising adult. Those who don’t have proper identification may be asked to leave. Those who refuse to leave may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal trespass, the mall policy states. Under the policy, one adult may accompany up to four youths, but that doesn’t apply to children aged 10 and younger. All accompanied youths must remain with the supervising adult, the policy states....
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Baltimore, MD – June 14, 2024  -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Dr. Josh and Itta Steiner on the birth of a son. Mazel Tov grandparents David & Robin Stern יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Baltimore, MD - June 10, 2022 - The Baltimore community suffered an immeasurable loss.  A beloved Rebbe, pashut Rav, and the embodiment of an Ohev Yisroel in human form,  returned to the Yeshiva Shel Maaleh on Tes Sivan, TSh”PB . Rabbi Peretz Dinovitz, zt”l, master mechanech and  what I call a Rebbe’s Rebbe will be sorely missed by scores of people.  Having taught 3d grade for 30 years, and quite proud of his “job,” Rabbi Dinovitz saw the beauty in each and every talmid.  Listening at the Levaya today to all the stories  from some of those talmidim,  now adults spread  throughout the world and spanning  the Jewish spectrum, was testimony to  his love and influence and that of Mekarvan Shel Torah.  His act...
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President Biden on Thursday ruled out the possibility of commuting the sentence of his son Hunter Biden after a jury delivered a guilty verdict this week on three charges related to the purchase of a gun in 2018. Biden was asked by a reporter whether he would commute his son’s sentence while leaving the stage at the end of a press conference at the Group of Seven summit alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to which Biden responded: “No.” It came a day after administration officials were asked a similar question aboard Air Force One on the way to the summit in Italy, appearing not to entirely rule out the possibility. “I haven’t spoken to the president about this since the verdict came out, and as we all know, the s...
A senior Hezbollah official was eliminated in a strike in the village of Jennata in southern Lebanon's Tyre District Thursday night, Saudi news sources Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath reported. Other than the Hezbollah official, another person was killed and at least 14 were wounded in the strike, which was attributed to Israel, according to multiple reports. Al-Hadath reported that those wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals, and that the injured were in buildings adjacent to the building that was targeted. The official was killed in a southern command base of the terrorist organization, Maariv reported. The two-story building collapsed and was completely destroyed. Missile was reportedly launched from the sea It was also reported in Lebanon that the ...
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A recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reveals that more than eight months into the war in Gaza, 73 percent of Palestinians support Hamas' decision to launch the October 7 attacks on Israel.  The support is somewhat lower among Gazans, with 57 percent expressing approval. The survey indicates a notable increase in satisfaction with Hamas and its leader, Yahya Sinwar, compared to a similar poll conducted three months ago. Hamas remains the most supported political party among Palestinians, while support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has dwindled to 12 percent. The poll highlights the severe impact of the ongoing conflict on Palestinian families, with 4 in 5 respondents reporting that a family member has been either ...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 13 June 2024), visited the special anti-terrorism unit base, together with National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. At the start of the visit, they spoke with the forum of commanders who took action and commanded the forces of the special anti-terrorism unit and the ISA during the operation to rescue the hostages from Hamas captivity, with the commander of the special anti-terrorism unit first and foremost. Special anti-terrorism unit commander H briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu and National Security Minister Ben-Gvir on the stages of the operation and the cooperation between IDF and ISA fighters. They then held an additional dialogue with the command staff. Israel Police Inspector General Yaakov Shabtai, the Prime Minister's Mi...
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