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The Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel Lina Antanavičienė met with Jewish Rabbis representing the Lithuanian yeshivos and a White House journalist on Wednesday regarding the desecration of the Old Jewish Cemetery of Vilna known as Snipiskes cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania. Those present at this meeting include Rabbi Avraham Shmuelevitz, Senior Rosh Yeshiva Mir Yeshiva Jerusalem.  Rabbi Eliezer Kahaneman, Dean of the Ponevezh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shneur Kotler, son of Rabbi Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha Yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J. Those who attended the m...
Global health officials have almost as many questions as answers about the mysterious, pneumonia-like virus that originated in China last month and has spread to at least five other countries, including the United States. How exactly is it transmitted? How infectious is it and, most critically, how deadly? They do know that the new virus is believed to have come from animals sold in a Wuhan market and that it shares many similarities with SARS, the coronavirus that also originated in an animal-to-human transmission in China in 2002, though it does not appear to be as deadly. Similar to SARS – or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which infected more than 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 before it was mostly contained in 2003 – the new virus spreads through close person-to-p...
“BLACKS NEED TO RESPECT JEWISH AUTHORITY,” reads the stark, all-caps message on Telegram, an instant messaging service. The word “JEWISH” is reverse-color emphasized. The message came from a fake account, like similar racist sentiments from similarly nonexistent “Jewish” users that flooded the social media giant Twitter a few months back. A tweet, for example, from the fictional “Elaine Goldschmidt” who, “frightened by the string of anti-Semitic attacks,” bemoaned the fact that blacks (the tweet uses a much-reviled slur) “were supposed to be on our side. Now we have lost control of them.” The photo used in the profile was lifted from the account of a Scottish woman, Janey Godley, who, when she found out, was not plea...
Baila* had everything going for her: a wonderful home, beautiful children, and a great job. She and Yoni* had been married for six years when Baila started noticing her husband acting a little...different. He became more secretive with his comings and goings, was staying out late, dressing differently, and often talked on the phone in hushed tones. When Baila brought up the strange changes in his behavior and asked Yoni about what was going on, he dismissed her concerns as "paranoid" and "naive" and told her to "mind her own business." The problem was, Yoni was her husband; and this was her business, whether he was ready to share with her or not. After some digging, Baila finally found out what Yoni had fallen into: he had a serious gambling addiction. Feeling lost and like she had nowhe...
Parshas Va’eira / Shabbos Mevarchim Shvat / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Jan. 24, 2020 Parshas:  Va’eira Today:    27 Teves       Chatzos today: 12:19 PM Hadlakas Nairos Shabbos: 4:59 PM Shkiah:                 5:17:17 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  6:08 PM   Rosh Chodesh Shvat: Monday, Jan. 27 Kiddush Levanah: Tuesday, Jan. 28 @1:25 AM – Motzaei Shabbos, Feb. 8, @ 7:47 PM Kiddush Levanah may only be said at night
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 24, 2020 - Ohr Chadash Academy (OCA) is excited to announce that the Board of Directors has unanimously approved the hiring of Mrs. Deborah Rapoport as permanent Head of School. In an email sent to the OCA parent body Board President Mel Pachnio shared: “Since Mrs. Rapoport’s hire as Interim Head of School last July, her level of professionalism, expertise as an educational leader, and unwavering commitment to the vision, mission, and values of OCA have been abundantly apparent. In modeling the growth mindset and strength-based approach to education which is one of the hallmarks of OCA, she has demonstrated a commitment to bringing out the best in our students and faculty members alike. She has led the administrative team through a collaborative process to...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 24, 2020 - A water line has burst on Olympia and Bonnie with the water rushing out on to the street. Residents are being advised that their water will be turned off now until right before Shabbos.
Baltimore County — Baltimore officials are reporting that a sixteen inch diameter water main has broken at 7100 Old North Point Road in Baltimore County. There are twenty five customers, ten hydrants and twenty five businesses without water. DPW says repair crews have responded to the area. Read more at WMAR
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a “room was ignited” in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew graffiti was found on an outside wall. The graffiti was hard to make out but appears to have been left by ultranationalist Israelis. One part read, “Demolishing (for) Jews? Demolishing enemies!” an apparent reference to the dismantling of settler outposts in the West Bank. The mosque is in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in annexed east Jerusalem. Israel captured east Jerusalem along with the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. The Palestinians want both areas as part of their future state. Hard-line Israeli nationalists have been implicated in past attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West ...
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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Sheindi Miller-Ehrenwald, a 90-year-old resident of Jerusalem, is a Holocaust survivor like some 200,000 other Israelis ,but she has just revealed a unique diary which she kept while in the ghetto and in Auschwitz. Sheindi’s diary, which may be almost the only written testimony from within the camp of the horrors people underwent there, has made the nonagenarian a celebrity and the subject of a documentary entitled “Sheindi’s Diary.” Miller-Ehrenwald hid her diary for seventy five years. What made her publish it only now? Miller-Ehrenwald told German magazine Bild, which published her story exclusively and initiated the documentary, that “Only now am I ready to tell the story of my diary to the world. I will soon die, and I don&rsq...
Jerusalem, Israel - Jan. 24, 2020 - The 5th World Holocaust Forum was held in Jerusalem, Israel at Yad Vashem on Har Herzl on Thursday, January 23, 2020. World Holocaust Forum Foundation Chairman Dr. Moshe Kantor initiated and hosted gatherings four times in the past, but for the 75th year after the liberation of Auschwitz wanted a special event in Jerusalem. With the assistance of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and of Yad Vashem and its Chairman Avner Shalev, the response to this World Holocaust Forum was am overwhelming surprise.  Invitations from the Israeli President to world leaders resulted in close to 50 presidents, royals and international government leaders converging on Jerusalem. With unusually wet and wintry weather the number of delegations and accompanying media r...
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The head of the one of the world’s largest Muslim organizations paid an unprecedented visit to the site of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Thursday, where he participated in remembrance prayers for the Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Dr. Muhammad al-Issa — the secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) — joined with survivors of the Holocaust in paying his respects at the camp as the world prepares for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27. “To be here, among the children of Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish and Islamic communities, is both a sacred duty and a profound honor,” al-Issa said. “The unconscionable crimes to which we bear witness today are truly crimes against humanity. That...
Following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Jerusalem on Thursday, the mother of a young Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia said, “I came out smiling.” Yafa Issachar, the mother of 26-year-old Naama Issachar, who is serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence in Russia after a negligible amount of cannabis was found in her luggage at a Moscow airport last April, sat down with Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday morning to discuss her daughter’s release. Putin, who is in Israel for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, did not announce Naama’s release after the meeting, but did turn to Yafa and say, “Everything will be okay.” Yafa expressed happiness after the meeting, sayi...
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The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday about whether to designate the outbreak of a mysterious, pneumonia-like virus that originated in China as a global health emergency. By Thursday, WHO announced that it would hold off, saying that it’s too early to make such a decision. WHO designating the outbreak a global health emergency would help countries coordinate their responses. In the meantime, it remains a scary time for people in China and beyond as the virus and fears of contamination spread. On Tuesday, the United States confirmed its first case: A man who flew from China to Washington state is in stable condition. As the news continues to develop, keep calm and catch up on what is known so far. – – – What is coron...
A middle-aged Jewish woman suffered head injuries during an assault in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn Thursday night, CrownHeights.info reported. The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. local time Thursday while the woman was walking between Troy Avenue and Albany Avenue, when a female African American teenager rushed the victim from behind, punching her in the head and knocking her to the ground. The assailant continued to beat her victim, while attempting to steal her pocketbook. Shomrim were able to apprehend the assailant, a 16-year-old girl who was taken into police custody. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
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The Blue and White party is considering rejecting President Trump’s invitation to Blue and White chief Benny Gantz to visit the White House next week, Israeli media outlets reported Friday afternoon. According to reports by Amit Segal on Channel 12 and Barak Ravid on Channel 13, the center-left Blue and White party has not yet decided whether it will accept President Trump’s invitation to the White House, during which the much-anticipated Middle East peace plan is expected to be presented to party chairman Benny Gantz. The party’s four leaders – Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, Moshe Yaalon, and Gabi Ashkenazi – are reportedly debating whether to accept or reject the invitation, and are planning to announce their decision at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. Read more at&n...
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Baltimore, MD -  Jan. 24, 2020 -    2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Daniel & Chaya Feldman  on the birth of a son. Mazel Tov to grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Nechemiah Feldman and Mr. & Mrs. Eliyahu Srulowitz יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police internal investigation is underway into a traffic stop involving a mayoral candidate, and his rivals in the Democratic primary are weighing in. Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott filed as an official candidate Thursday for Baltimore's 2020 Democratic mayoral primary. "I feel good, I feel good," Scott said. He came prepared to discuss the campaign issue of the day involving competitor Thiru Vignarajah's traffic stop, a portion of which was recorded on police body-worn camera video. Scott said that what is seen on the video is not what leadership looks like. "You get into public service to do good for all, not to get special treatment for yourself," Scott said. Former Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith also filled out h...
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