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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 24, 2022 - It is with a broken heart that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Aviva Tal Lazar, a’h , daughter of, y’lt, Atara and Avraham Lazar; sister of Zahava Lazar, Laya Lazar, Chaya Lazar, Yoni Lazar and Bassya Lazar. The levayah will take place at 11:00AM on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Levinson’s. Kevurah will be at Liberty Park Cemetery of Shaarei Zion, 9770 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD, 21133.  Bila HaMaves LaNetzach
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Our Story: In the year 2011 Rabbi David Frid was diagnosed with ALS, which causes complete deterioration of the muscles in the body. In the beginning, he heroically fought to function on his own, even after he was confined to a wheelchair. At present, the disease has progressed to the point where he is now fully paralyzed, on a breathing machine and although fully cognizant, can only communicate with his eyes. He needs 24-hour surveillance and special care to survive. The ongoing costs are mind boggling.The family cannot continue without your support!  Please donate generously to give R' Dovid the lifesaving care he needs while allowing our family to function!  Waiting for Moshiach At 2:25 on Erev Shabbos, the angels were crying. How do I know? Be...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 23, 2022 - BJL wishes our entire readership and all Klal Yisrael a happy, healthy and sweet new year and thanks you for your continued support. Click on the graphic below for a larger, printable copy 
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Baltimore, MD – Sept. 19, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Edward Lebowitz, Z’L, father of Mark Lebowitz, Jonathan Lebowitz , Dr. Michael (Rachel) Lebowitz, Jeremy Lebowitz , Naomi Sipple, and Alyssa Parness The graveside levayah will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:00 PM at Britton Road Cemetery, Rochester NY.    Shiva will be observed beginning Wednesday morning at 7504 Slade Baltimore, MD 21208. Ave (across from Suburban Orthodox).The family respectfully requests no visitors between 5:55 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Minyanim: Selichos followed by Shacharis: 6:30a Wednesday-Friday 6:50a Sunday Mincha/Maariv: 6:55p Wednesday & Thursday 3:00p Friday & Sunday (Erev Rosh Hasha...
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Baltimore, MD - September 20, 2022 With the approach of Rosh Hashana, when many of us will be enjoying fresh fruits and other traditional foodstuffs, STAR-K reminds you that some of these items need to be checked carefully prior to use. Checking instructions for all Rosh Hashana Simanim appear here and also as a downloadable PDF below. For your convenience, we are also including links to the 5783 Yoshon Quick Reference Guide, updated Baltimore Establishments Yoshon/Pas Yisroel chart, Insect Checking chart and What Do Bugs Look Like chart. ROSH HASHANA SIMANIM CHECKING INSTRUCTIONS APPLES/BEETS/CARROTS/POMEGRANATES: No checking required. DATES*: Open a few dates in each container and visually inspect. If no insects can be seen, the rest may be eaten witho...
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Turkeys are selling for record high prices ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as a resurgence of bird flu wipes out supplies across the U.S. Avian influenza is devastating egg and turkey operations in the heartland of the country. If just one bird gets it, the entire flock is culled in order to stop the spread. Millions of hens and turkeys have been killed in recent weeks. As a result, prices for turkey hens are nearly 30% higher than a year ago and 80% above pre-pandemic costs. Just as concerning are inventories of whole turkeys, which are the lowest going into the U.S. winter holiday season since 2006. That means there will be little relief from inflation for Thanksgiving dinner. “There’s nothing appearing on the horizon to suggest anything new is going to surface to help ea...
Reissuing a Rabbinic statement (Kol Korei) that was first published 15 years ago and that remains relevant today, Agudath Israel of America is calling upon the community to exercise care regarding the custom of kapporos before Yom Kippur. Given the size of the community, and the large volume of chickens that will be handled in the upcoming days, the practice of kapporos needs to be conducted in a manner that ensures that proper standards of kashrus, cleanliness, and humane treatment of animals, as defined by halacha, are met. This can be achieved by patronizing only those establishments that are under appropriate rabbinic supervision. The Translation of the text is as follows: To All Our Jewish Brethren, Hashem’s Blessings Upon You! As the y’mei ho’rachamim ve&rsqu...
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Parshas Nitzavim - Wheel of Fortune

Once again Rosh Hashana is upon us.  

Most people as they return to this point in our yearly cycle feel a sense of ‘here we go again’. We have been here before and we are right back where we started from. Looking back, we do not necessarily feel we are in a much different place than we were last year. Perhaps some of our dreams have been fulfilled, whether it was: finding a partner in life; being blessed with children; snatching that job or business opportunity; recovering from illness. But did we really change and improve? Have we enhanced our character, or are we still stuck with the same issues and challenges? When evaluating our overall standing and purpose, how many of us sense drastic change?  

The frustration is even more significant for those who are still waiting for their ‘moment’ of achieving their dreamed for goals, who do not even have any tangible accomplishment to relish and focus on. 

 בבא כגל הגלגל להחליף שיטה רעיתך יונתך לך פונה הביטה— When the wheel of misfortune comes rolling over us like a wave, throwing everything in disorder, Your beloved mate, turns and looks towards You with her innermost soul 

This excerpt from the sixteenth Selicha we recite on the fifth day, reflects what many of us sense. 

The calm waters of life that are agitated by the challenges that suddenly steamroll over us, disturbing our peaceful slumber. 

The late great Gaon, Rav Michel Feinstein, son-in-law of the Brisker Rav, and cherished nephew of Rav Moshe Feinstein, suggests an alternative interpretation. 

G-d who ‘In His goodness He renews daily, perpetually, the work of creation’, redirects the plan for His world each Rosh Hashana. Every year a new direction is implemented for our good and we each must merit to be part of that plan for the better. Even the righteous among us must strive to deserve to be included. Not simply because we were alive until now may we assume it will continue. The judgment is not focused solely being worthy enough to avoid death, but rather whether we will deserve to be part of the new master plan. 

In his understanding it is not a wheel of misfortune that cycles over us, it is the wheel of ‘fortune’ that undoes last year’s plan and brings a new שיטה — ‘system’ for us to be part of in furthering the goal of promoting His honor in this world. 

No two years of our lives are identical, no matter how unexciting they may have seen. We encounter new people, face new challenges, and observe evidence of divine providence in the details of our lives, no matter how nuanced it may be. 

We cannot fathom the depth of those subtleties, but each of those circumstances are uniquely suited to your neshama — soul, and your role in the greater mission outlined for this year. 

The strengths we gain to forge ahead despite our ‘lack of visual success’ is success itself. When we take those talents and apply it to the numerous daily interactions we have, viewing how we deal effectively with those situations, are part of the ‘system’ that G-d renews each year prodding us to personal greatness. 

If we wallow in self-pity, becoming apathetic about life, denying the camouflaged opportunities for greatness G-d sends our way, we indeed have no hope. 

It takes a moment of honest reflection to reframe and realize we are always on the road of success despite external evidence to the contrary. One can never measure success by the popular definition of success, only through the development of inner strength and character. 

One of the most remarkable personalities of recent history is Aharon Margalit, author of the popular ‘As Long as I Live’ series of books. He is a man who was traumatized at a young age causing him to lose the faculty of speech, contracted polio shortly and was confined to an iron lung, went through three independent battles with cancer, losing an adult child due to a criminal’s act, and numerous challenges along the road to ‘success’. He has taken his struggles and transformed them to strength in encouraging those who have given hope on life. 

One young man who lost his parents, a sibling, a beloved aunt who was his source of strength, and finally after marrying a wonderful wife ended up divorced, due to no fault of his own, was one of the many to be inspired to find happiness due to a providential encounter with Aharon Margalit. 

The morning after Aharon had succeeded in sparking hope in this young man they met up. With his face aglow with newfound joy, the young man shared a thought that came to him the previous night, prodded by his discussion with Aharon. 

In the prayer we recite every day, Vayevarech Dovid, King David enumerates, seemingly in ascending order G-d’s praises. 

Yours Hashem is the greatness, the strength, the splendor, the triumph, and the glory, for everything is yours — both in heaven and on earth — Yours Hashem is the kingdom and the sovereignty over every leader. And wealth and honor are from You, and You rule over everything, and might and strength are in Your hand, and the ability to make anyone great and strong are in Your hand. 

“Evidently”, the young man pointed out, “the biggest praise we can give to Hashem is that He can make ‘anyone’ great and strong. No one can claim that he belongs down in the dumps, because Hashem will lift them up.” (The Impact of As Long as I Live p.250) 

It incumbent on each of us to believe that. If we accept this truth, the ‘wheel of fortune’ will always land you as a winner.  

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן 

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Jerusalem, Israel - Sept. 24, 2022 -  Thousands attend Selichos on Erev Rosh Hashanah at the Kotel
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 23, 2022 - Dear Parents: We live in times of great uncertainty. A world steeped in immoral values, where nations seek to destroy one another and financial markets are struggling with instability. Through all of this we seek some sanity, a ray of clarity for ourselves. As one walks around the halls of our Cheder, hearing the precious voices of young innocent children, singing and davening to 'ה, repeating the heilege פסוקים of חומש after their רבי, or the older תלמידים engaged in the שקלא וטריא of the גמרא, there is no room for doubt. אשר בחר בנו מכל העמים. The תורת אמת continues its journey of מסורה. At the end of the school day, when the תלמידים enter the doors of their homes to be gre...
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