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Antibody Tests For Covid-19 Wrong Half The Time, CDC Says Israel Opens Bars, Restaurants And Swimming Pools Bnei Brak Military Chief During COVID-19: I’m Much More Respectful Of Charedim Than Before Severely Injured Terror Attack Victim Sues Palestinian Authority For 20 Million NIS World’s Chief Rabbis Issue Joint Call For Jews To Set Aside Differences Before Shavuot NYC Down TO 63 New Hospitalizations – But De Blasio Still Refuses To Reopen To Mark Shavuot, President Rivlin Went To Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh Today For A Visit And Joint Study Session (Photos) Report: US Demanding Israel Drop Claims To Areas Beyond Sovereignty Plan Dementia-Linked Gene Could Raise Risk of Developing Severe COVID-19, Study Suggests Twitter Labeled Trump Tweets With A Fact Check For The First Time Neo-Nazi Spotted With Antisemitic Sign at Ohio Protest Later Sought to Kill Jews at Kent State Israel Institute for Biological Research Says Two New Drug Derivatives Effective Against Coronavirus Justice Department Ends Investigations Of Senators’ Stock Trades New York's Maimonides Hospital Opening to Visitors for Limited Time in Pilot Program BDE: Rav Shmuel Hakohein Miller, zt”l New Israeli Defense Minister Gantz Visits Gaza Border, Cautions Conflict With Hamas ‘Won’t Disappear’ Israel To Limit Surveillance As Infection Rate Drops Mary Miller Will be Our Community’s Best Choice for Mayor Breakfast And Lunch Distribution At Bnos Yisroel Wednesday, May 27 SpaceX, NASA Set For 'Milestone' Launch Of Astronauts To The International Space Station
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Baltimore, MD - May 27, 2020 - We, the undersigned, believe our community needs to support Mary Miller for Baltimore City Mayor. She has extensive business experience from her years as an executive at T. Rowe Price and she also has intimate knowledge of the government from her time leading a group in the U.S. Treasury Department after the last financial crisis. A poll came out recently showing her tied for the lead with Sheila Dixon. Click here for more info from that poll.  Click here for more about Mary and visit her website to watch her pre...
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Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2020 - For nearly 40 years, I had the honor of serving on the Baltimore City Council. I am appalled by the current state of our City. I’ve never seen our local leadership so out of touch with reality, unable to act and unwilling to lead. Never. The mayor and council president seem numb to the death toll, steadfast in pointing blame and more focused on passing resolutions and pursuing political quarrel than saving lives and actually changing the course of Baltimore’s history. I join in claiming that the 2020 mayoral election will be the most important in a generation. If that fact has yet to resonate, take it from me - this is my 21st election - and I assure you Baltimore is at a juncture unlike any other. Having assessed candidate after candidate, none...
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Baltimore, MD - May 22, 2020 - Coronavirus isolation making you feel disconnected? ETZtalks, Etz Chaim's new online Jewish experience, is providing inspiration and learning to thousands of Baltimore's Jews have enjoyed the online presentations - so join!  Sunday? CHARLIE HARARY (here)  Monday? Special presentation on Conversion featuring Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, Rabbi Moshe Walter, Rabbi Daniel Rose, a panel discussion of four converts with Rabbi Shlomo Porter, and Rabbi Chaim Gottesman! (here) What about Cheesecake? On Tuesday, join Bracha Shor from Good & Sweet Baking for a special Cheescake Bake (here)   Full information how to join can be found at www.etzchaimusa.org/ETZtalks.
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Baltimore, MD - May 27 - Breakfast And Lunch Distribution At Bnos Yisroel for Wednesday, May 27 Menu: Wed - pickup for Shavous/Shabbos meals  for Thurs - Sunday, Blintzes, Baked Ziti  +... (no challah will be given out)Thurs - NO PICKUPTimes for Wednesday 1:00-2:45 - Cars picking up 1 to 4 meals3:15 - 4:15 - Cars picking up 5-7 meals5 - 6 - Cars picking up 8+ meals6:30-7:30 PM pickup for those who could not pick up during the earlier time slots*Thursday: NO PICKUP *Sign: Paper on passenger side or front window with number of meals, family name, and the names and ages of the family members 18 and underIf you are rolling down your front passenger window please place your sign n the front windowPlease make sure your signs are  readable - Please use a sharpie!  It slows d...
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Dinner Distribution This Week at TA will be Monday and Thursday , please note updated schedule details below. Monday : 12-3pm has ended for today: Dinner pickup of 3 dairy meals. Thursday : 8-11am: Dinner pickup of a Shavuos package. See below for details. Right turn only onto campus, approach from Scotts Level Rd. No left turns onto campus, no illegal U-turns on Old Court Rd. or use of private property on Old Court Rd. to turn your car around. We look forward to serving you! Read details below for this week's menu, updated pickup details and important traffic reminders!TA Dinner Distribution This WeekMonday 12-3pm has ended for todayThursday 8-11am Shavuos Package PickupPlease Read Below for Important Details...
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Most recent Statements/letters/etc. from the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanimVaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: Guidance For Hosting Company for Shavuos 5780 (May 24, 2020)Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: We Feel That It Is Time To Begin Reopening The Community - First Stage In Reopening Will Allow For Outdoor Block Minyanim (May 20, 2020 @ 1:25 PM)Baltimore's Vaad HaRabbanim - Continue Current Procedures & Protocols (May 15, 2020)Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: "We Must Continue Adhering To Distancing Standards" (May 6, 2020)Baltimore's Vaad HaRabbanim Reiterates "Social Distancing Protocols Must Continue in Full Force" (Apr. 20, 2020 @ 3:50 PM)Vaad HaRabbanim: Chametz Items That Will Be Delivered After Pesach May Be Ordered On Chol Hamoed, So Long As Payment Is Not Finalized Until After Pes...
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Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website, CNN reports. Antibody tests, often called serologic tests, look for evidence of an immune response to infection. “Antibodies in some persons can be detected within the first week of illness onset,” the CDC says. They are not accurate enough to use to make important policy decisions, the CDC said. “Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities,” the CDC says. “Serologic test results should ...
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Baltimore, MD - May 12, 2020 -  HaRav Sheftel Neuberger Shares His Voting Preferences for the Upcoming Election
JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The Israeli government authorized Tuesday evening a string of additional leniencies which will allow the rest of the economy to gradually return to activity. The main leniencies include the opening of bars, pubs, swimming pools, tourist attractions, cable cars and boats for public use. The operation of these enterprises will be permitted under conditions of social distancing, face masks, strict maintenance of hygiene, signs notifying where to stand in line and where to sit. Regarding the number of people allowed to be in stores, malls, markets and other businesses, the new regulations allow for one person in every 7 square meters (sqm) or up to 50 people in a place where they can be 2 meters away from one another. At service desks there will be partitions to p...
BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Gen. (Res.) Roni Noma spoke about his experiences as the “sheriff of Bnei Brak” during the period of COVID-19. Noma addressed a conference organized by the Gesher association for connecting different parts of Israeli society. Noma described the situation in Bnei Brak, which was taken over by the army after a significant number of residents were infected with coronavirus. “There was a lot of suspicion between us and the Chareidim in Bnei Brak. The point when the ice was broken was during the preparations for Pesach, that is where I felt that the government bodies needed to understand that we  were dealing with a different city with different requirements. It wasn’t just (removing) sick people, there were lots of executive bodies, we ...
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Sefiras Haomer - Not Just Passing Time

One can look in the Torah and find the exact dates on which Rosh Hashana (Vayikra 23:24), Yom Kippur (23:27), Succos (23:34), Shmini Atzeres (23:36) and Pesach (23:5) are to be observed.  For Shavuos however, no such Pasuk exists.  Rather we are told that starting from the second day of Pesach we are to count 7 weeks and the following day bring the Karban Omer.  The next day, after the counting is complete, is the Yom Tov of Shavuos (23:16,21).  Most Mepharshim learn that this was deliberately set up to mirror the fact that Bnei Yisroel were told at the time of Yitzias Mitzrayim that fifty days after their departure, they would receive the Torah.  Thus, the Yom Tov of Shavuos has come to commemorate Matan Torah, even though the Torah’s reference revolves around the bringing of the Karban Omer.


During Sefira we count the 49 days prescribed by the Torah until the time for bringing the Omer and the Yom Tov of Shavuos.  The Minhag is to count the 49 days forward (counting the first day as day one, the second as two etc.) as opposed to backwards (forty nine days, forty eight days left etc.).  This custom has generated significant discussion as to its origin.  Some Rishonim explain that counting forward towards a goal “is the nature of people”.  That when looking forward towards something they tend to count forward.  Perhaps things were different in the time of the Rishonim, but that does not in fact tend to be “the nature of people” today.  Ask any school child how many days until school is out and they can tell you how many days are left, not how many days they have been in school.  Similarly, if someone is saving money for a purchase, they tend to keep track of how much more they need, not how much they have saved to date.  What were the Rishonim referring to when they offered this explanation for the manner in which we count?


When one examines the plan for B’nei Yisroel after leaving Mitzraim leading up to Matan Torah, the Rishonim’s explanation becomes clear.  First, it is not a coincidence that the 49 days neatly correspond to the depths of Tumah we are told that B’nei Ysroel had sunk to in Mitzrayim.  49 also corresponds to the heights of Kedusha one can reach in this existence.  This was the purpose in their being 49 days before Matan Torah – to give B’nei Yisroel an opportunity to grow and reach the level they needed to be at for Kabalas Hatorah.  It is precisely this growth process to which the Rishonim were referring.


It is true when one has an ultimate goal they tend to count backwards towards that goal.  That is because the individual steps have little value in their own right.  If one needs $200 to buy a new suit, the $142 he has saved thus far is not what’s important.  It’s the remaining $58 that is important.  So he counts – I need $58 more dollars to reach my goal and tomorrow he needs $53 etc.   Our process of Sefiras Haomer is supposed to be markedly different.  Our counting is supposed to represent steps of growth in preparation for Matan Torah, where each step is an accomplishment in its own right.  We see this is in fact how people count when the steps themselves do have meaning.  When one counts during a pregnancy they don’t say they have 2 months until their due date, they say that they are in their seventh month or 30 weeks pregnant, because each day represents the growth and development of their unborn child.  When each step in the process has value we do in fact count forwards. 


Hopefully, with this idea we can add substantial significance to our Sefiras Haomer.  While we eagerly look forward towards Shavuos, we must understand that we need to grow during this time to be fit to accept Hashem’s Torah.  Like a developing child, we too must be constantly progressing and reaching new milestones if we are truly understanding counting forwards.  If we use each day as an opportunity to grow and fill each day with meaning, we will be able to reach the proper level for the Yom Tov of Shavuos.

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Four years ago, Avi Avital was stabbed and seriously injured in a terror attack at a Rami Levi supermarket north of Jerusalem. Sergeant Yanai Weisman, a father of a young girl who came to the aid of Avital, was murdered in the terror attack, which was perpetrated by two 14-year-old Palestinians. The terrorists who were not injured in the attack received life sentences in jail. Kan 11 news announced Wednesday that Avital is suing the Palestinian Authority for 20 million NIS due to the severity of his injuries as well as due to their encouraging terror, incitement, support for terrorists and financial assistance to them. Avital is demanding that Israel seize the money from taxes which Israel levies for the PA. The lawsuit stressed that “the Palestinian Aut...
Letter signed by seven chief rabbis calls on Jews worldwide to take practical steps to overcome both personal and communal conflicts. The world’s chief rabbis have joined together in an unprecedented call to Jewish communities across the globe to set aside their differences and unite in honor of the upcoming festival of Shavuot, and in recognition of the common challenges that have beset communities in the wake of Covid-19. A joint letter signed by seven chief rabbis from across the world encourages individuals to take “very practical steps” towards healing existing rifts and divisions with others. “If you are in a situation of conflict, tension, resentment or anger with another,” states the letter, “reach out to them to peacefully resolve the matte...
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Only 63 people were hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in New York City on Monday – a tenth of how many went into hospitals on March 20, the day the city shut down – but Mayor Bill de Blasio is adamant about keeping the lockdown going until June at least. New York City is the last region in the state of New York to reopen and de Blasio has been vague about when the first phase will begin. It has met five of the seven reopening requirements set out by Gov. Cuomo but is still two percent short on hospital capacity and doesn’t have enough contact tracers. Read more at DAILY MAIL.
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The Trump administration has called for the boundaries set by Israel’s sovereignty plan to become Israel’s eastern border, with Israel agreeing to give up its demands to apply sovereignty over the remaining parts of Judea and Samaria, according to a report by Galei Tzahal Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, which cited unnamed members of the Israeli coalition government, the Trump administration has pushed for the joint US-Israeli mapping team, which is delineating the boundaries of the areas to be placed under Israeli sovereignty, to define those new boundaries as the borders of the State of Israel. While the precise boundaries have yet to be finalized by the mapping team, Israel is expected to apply sovereignty over approximately 30% of Judea and Samaria...
People with a gene which increases the risk of developing dementia could be more likely to have a severe case of COVID-19, according to a study. The paper published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences linked carrying two faulty copies of the APOE gene to a two-fold risk of having severe COVID-19 from the baseline. “Further investigation is needed to understand the biological mechanisms linking APOE genotypes to COVID-19 severity,” wrote the authors. Read more at NEWSWEEK.
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For the first time, Twitter called tweets from Donald Trump “potentially misleading” — a decision that prompted the president to accuse the social media platform of election meddling. On Tuesday, Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud, appending a message the company has introduced to combat misinformation and disputed or unverified claims. “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” read the message beneath each tweet. It linked to a curated fact-check page the platform had created filled with further links and summaries of news articles debunking the assertion. Twitter said the move was aimed at providing “context” around Trump’s remarks. Read more at CNN.
An Ohio man who was seen brandishing an antisemitic sign at a protest in Columbus, Ohio, in April also threatened to kill Jews at Kent State University in a separate incident in early May. The Cleveland Jewish News reported that Jackie Congedo – the director of the Cincinnati Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council — spoke about the incident during a webinar on coronavirus-related antisemitism last week. Describing a man at the Columbus protest who was carrying a sign that portrayed a religious Jew as a rat under the words “the real plague,” Congedo said, “Fast forward several weeks after this protest and law enforcement is actually investigating a subsequent incident where we know that he entered a convenience store around the anniversa...
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A new study conducted by the Israel Institute for Biological Research indicated that derivatives of two drugs designed to treat Gaucher disease were an effective treatment for the coronavirus. Gaucher disease is an enzyme disorder that causes the buildup of fatty substance in the bones and internal organs. It is particularly common among Ashkenazi Jews. Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Tuesday that one of the derivatives tested is from the FDA-approved drug Cerdelga. The second is currently in the late stage of testing. The Institute noted that using pre-approved drugs was an advantage, as the research phase was significantly shortened. The Institute stated that its study showed that the new derivatives significantly reduced the reproduction rate of the coronavirus, lowering the s...
The Justice Department has notified Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that it has closed insider trading investigations of their stock sales before the coronavirus pandemic crashed global markets, according to people familiar with the investigation. The notifications leaves open a Justice Department investigation into Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who earlier this month stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after FBI agents seized his cellphone and executed a search warrant for his electronic communications. Loeffler’s office and aides to Feinstein and Inhofe confirmed that the three senators were informed Tuesday afternoon that the Justice Department has ended an inquiry into their stock trades and that neither...
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