BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Sunday, it's bound to be a party weekend. Baltimore County Police warned drivers Friday that the department has a specialized DUI Task Force that will be out this weekend with increased patrols for St. Patrick's Day. "They'd much rather you drive sober than have to pull you over. If you plan to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home," the department posted on Facebook. A sobriety checkpoint is planned at the Key Bridge on Friday, March 15, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. The checkpoint will take place Friday night at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza. Additionally, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police will have extra officers throughout the state this St. Patric...
A Southern California college, with apparent support from U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., voted Thursday to end its only study-abroad program with Israel -- although its president said he would not follow the college council's recommendation. Pitzer College, a private liberal arts college, motioned to suspend its program with Israel’s University of Haifa. The school’s governing council, composed of faculty and student senators, passed the motion 67-28, with eight abstentions, The Student Life reported. However, President Melvin Oliver issued a lengthy statement after the vote saying he would disregard the college council's vote. He said that ending the program would curtail the academic freedom of students and would cause "i...
A Chasid boarded a plane and took his seat next to a woman who, as it happened, was also Jewish.  After squirming in her seat quietly for several minutes, she turned to him with a scowl.  “Jews like you,” she said, “you give the rest of us a bad name.”  She then felt comfortable to go on and on about how shameful it was that Chasidim dress the way they do in a modern world. The Chasid waited her to finally end her tirade.  “But ma’am,” he said softly.  “I’m Amish.” A look of horror crossed her face.  She apologized profusely, tripping over her own words as she professed respect for the Amish and their ability to maintain their traditions through the years. For the remainder of the flight, they did ...
I’d like to finish off a topic mentioned last week which is very significant in people’s lives. Moshe Rabbeinu is an individual who was on an unbelievably high level. Initially, Klal Yisroel didn’t appreciate this level. When Moshe was first approached to lead Klal Yisroel, there was an already existing leadership in Egypt of Amram and Aharon, who carried the burden of supporting the Jews throughout the bitter golus. When Moshe was introduced to take over the leadership, he had to be introduced to Klal Yisroel by Aharon. The people accepted it at first because there was a long-standing tradition passed from generation to generation that a redeemer would come to take them out of Egypt with the phrase pakod pokaditi. But as the process of geuloh progressed, instead of thin...
The brutal murders of 49 worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand today is a personal tragedy for the relatives and friends of those who were killed, and yet another in the long list of murderous acts born of religious or racial hatred. This horrific act is not a crime against Muslims alone, but against humanity. Agudath Israel of America extends its condolences to the families of the worshipers killed, and condemns all such evil acts and the attitudes that lead to them.
1) Straight Reading We know the famous gemara in Megillah, “Hakoreih hamegillah l’mafrei’ah lo yatzah”.  If you read Megillas Esther backwards you have not fulfilled your obligation. There are many p’shatim on this. The simple explanation is that if you read the megillah, you have to read it in order.  You can’t read, “Bimei Achashveirosh vayihi”.  Not only that, but other rishonim and achronim say that you shouldn’t read the perakim out of order because there’s a sequential story that’s going on here as well. Gra shares two  p’shatim in two different places that are allegorical and enlightening. In the Present Gra explains that what is meant by a person  who reads it backwards is that...
Baltimore, MD - Mar 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don't have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own. If your shul is not receiving a weekly delivery of TableTalk, please contact us.What's in it and what's all the excitement about? Table...
London - Internet companies say they’re working to remove video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting that was widely available on social media hours after the horrific attack. Facebook said Friday it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts after being alerted by police. At least 49 people were killed at two mosques. The gunman reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack. Twitter and YouTube owner Google also said they were working to remove the footage from their sites. Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman Mia Garlick said in a statement that the company is “also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.” She said Facebook is work...
Hawthorne, CA - Tesla unveiled a new all-electric SUV on Thursday night that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative in the most popular segment of the auto market. Cheers from a hangar-packed crowd of Tesla customers, employees and members of the media welcomed a blue Model Y as it rolled out onto a stage next to the automaker’s other models. “It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” CEO Elon Musk told the crowd. “This thing will be really tight on corners and we expect it will be the safest midsize SUV in the world by far.” The Model Y seats seven and has a panoramic glass roof and a 15-inch (38-centimeter) touchscreen interface for accessing all the car’s controls. The all...
New Zealand - Online accounts linked to gun attacks that killed 49 people and wounded at least 20 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday had in recent days circulated white supremacist imagery and extreme right-wing messages celebrating violence against Muslims and minorities on social media and message boards. A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one of the mosques. Police later said four people were in custody and one had been charged with murder over the country’s worst ever mass shooting. On Wednesday, the Twitter handle @brentontarrant tweeted pictures of one of the guns later used in the mosque attacks in the city of Church. It was covered in white lettering, featuring the names of others who had committed race- or religion-based killings; Cyrillic, Arme...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 14, 2019  - As the Yom Tov of Purim approaches, we are reminded of the oft-quoted dictum: כל מי שפושט ידו ליטול נותנים לו  "Whoever stretches out their arm [asking for help] we give them"                                                                                           (Shulchan A...
CHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car. Two other people were being held in custody and police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Church represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” and that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded. “It is clear ...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 14, 2019 - 11:11 PM - Traffic Alert: All Lanes Closed on 83 at Old Pimlico Road for Southbound Traffic after a 2-vehicle crash
A new, updated version of the famous Modzitz "Shoshanas Yaakov" song, as composed by Rebbe Shaul Yedidya Elazar of Modzitz. נוסח חדש של השירהמפורסם, "שושנת יעקב", הולחן ע"י רבי שאול ידידי'ה אלעזר מימודזיץ זי"ע]
CHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in New Zealand (all times local): 3:45 p.m. New Zealand media say a shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Church. No details were immediately available. Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque. A neighbor described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee. ___ 3 p.m. A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Church. Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Church to stay indoors. Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then h...
CHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Church on Friday, a witness said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Church to stay indoors. Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Church at about 1:45 p.m. and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha’s driveway, and fled. Peneha said he then went into the mosque to try and help. “I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at th...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence. The rocket attack Thursday night caught the Israeli military off guard and marked the first time that Tel Aviv, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Gaza, has been targeted since a 2014 war. Though the attack caused no damage or injuries, it was a significant escalation and set the stage for a tough Israeli reprisal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with his military chief and other top security officials. Shortly after, Israeli warplanes attacked targets in southern and central Gaza. The blasts were so powerful tha...
Chicago., IL - Mar. 14, 2019 - The Halachos of the Month of Adar & Purim was  compiled and written by former Baltimorean Rabbi Yaakov Robinson.Reviewed by: Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst Shlit”a Dayan, Agudas Yisroel of Illinois Additional Halachic Review by: Rabbi Yisroel Langer, Morah Horaah, Midwest Bais Horaah Proofreading by Mrs. Miriam Sara Rosenberg For questions or comments, please contact (773) 279-8400To read The Halachos of the Month of Adar & Purim, click on the graphic below
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday condemned the rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip toward Gush Dan in central Israel. “The Iran-backed terror group Hamas is responsible for the unceasing attacks on Israeli civilians launched from the Gaza Strip, which the group rules and controls,” Cruz said in a statement. “Our Israeli allies have an absolute right to self-defense, and the United States should do whatever possible to bolster that defense. Many of the rocket and missile attacks on Israel are double war crimes, launched at Israeli civilians from behind Palestinian civilians.” “I urge the Trump administration to robustly implement the Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, which includes my legislation imposing mandato...
[Ed. Note] Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, we will maintain a living memoriam to Shaya through the sweet words and thoughtful insights of  his Divrei Torah. BJL readers will remember his weekly column on the Parsha and on various Torah ideas and concepts. These meaningful words will help us remember this special young man who will be sorely missed and for those who did not merit to know him, this will be the most appropriate way for them to become familiar with who he was. Being that today is Pi day, I thought it would be appropriate to share a Torah perspective on Pi that is extremely relevant to Purim. The Gemara in Eiruvin tells us that the circumference of a circle is three times the diame...
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