Baltimore, MD - May 14, 2019 - In this shiur we speak about the difference between the hebrew words amirah and dibur. Maamaros are statements which have a permanence. Kohanim have the crown of Kehunah which they get simply as a heritage so the passuk says "Emor". Dibros are not permanent because they are spoken to people who have a choice. They require action to bring them into existence. The crown of Torah and the holy position of the high priest are given to someone who has earned it and is therefore constantly renewing their right to it on a daily basis. In that sense, it is an aspect of dibur.
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The city of Jerusalem marked the 1st anniversary of the relocation of the American Embassy to the capital, and illuminated the walls of the Old City and the Chords Bridge in the colors of the American flag.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion: "The US Embassy is the first to move to Jerusalem, our eternal capital - the only fitting location for embassies in the state of Israel. We embrace and recognize our friends from the United States, President Donald Trump and Ambassador David Friedman - you are true partners
The Lawfare Project has announced that it has filed a new case against Kuwait Airways in Germany, over the airline’s policy of anti-Semitic discrimination on its flights. The case is being brought by a Frankfurt based Israeli businessman who booked a flight from Munich to Sri Lanka in November last year, only to be denied the right to travel.
The plaintiff in the new case, known as Shmuel M, booked business class tickets from Munich to Colombo, which was the quickest flight to Sri Lanka available from that airport. When Shmuel M asked about the availability of kosher food on the flight the airline asked whether he held an Israeli passport. When he confirmed that he did, he was told that he would be unable to travel and would need to speak to the airline’s lawyers for further i...
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein’s message of Jewish strength to 800 young Jews
Just weeks after the anti-Semitic shooting at Chabad of Poway in Southern California that took the life of a congregant and wounded three others, the synagogue’s rabbi, himself injured in the shooting, visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where more than a million Jews and others were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. He proclaimed a message of Jewish resilience to a group of 800 Jewish young people from the Commonwealth of Independent States on their annual “Eurostars” trip to sites of Jewish interest across Europe.
“Am Yisrael Chai!” he cried out. “The Jewish nation endures!” His call was echoed by hundreds of vo...
In an interview with Lebanese Mayadeen TV last week, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh said the terrorist group had demonstrated only a portion of its “power and determination” in its armed conflict with Israel earlier in May. He went on to say that his organization had “sufficient capabilities for a prolonged confrontation.”
Referring to the events of May 3-6, he said “these past few days were only a live-fire exercise for the resistance,” adding that he is certain that “a greater battle with the Zionist enemy is yet to come.”
Al-Nakhaleh said that the PIJ had not informed Cairo of its intention to “retaliate” against Israel.
He added that during the first day of fighting there was no communication with the ...
Russia - On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
At a news conference following three hours of meetings Tuesday, Pompeo said he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that any such action by the Russians in the 2020 elections “would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been.”
Following their discussions in the resort city of Sochi which covered an array of issues that have heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington, including Iran and Venezuela, Pompeo and Lavrov briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the start of that session, Putin told Pompeo that his recent conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump ...
Beirut - Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has received a U.S. official as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield arrived Tuesday beginning a two-day visit to meet with Lebanese officials.
Satterfield’s visit comes a week after President Michel Aoun presented the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon with a “unified stance” regarding the demarcation of the maritime border between Lebanon and Israel.
Last month, Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told the commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Stefano del Col, that Beirut is ready to establish the maritime border and special economic zone with Israel.
There are some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of wat...
Berlin - The heiress of a German biscuits empire has stirred outrage after she appeared to play down the hardship suffered by dozens of people forced to work at the family business under Nazi rule.
Verena Bahlsen, whose father owns the Bahlsen company that makes some of Germany’s most famous biscuits, told the mass-selling Bild newspaper that the firm, which employed some 200 forced laborers during World War Two, “did nothing wrong” then.
Most of the forced laborers at Hanover-based Bahlsen were women, many from Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
“This was before my time and we paid the forced laborers exactly as much as German workers and we treated them well,” the 25-year-old Bahlsen, one of four children of company owner Werner Bahlsen, told Bild.
Washington - Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill that appears to finally be breaking free of a partisan logjam.
Democratic aides said Tuesday that Trump’s request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds is off the table, but that Democrats are willing to fund care for more than 360,000 migrants apprehended since October.
A top Democratic senator said a weeks-long fight over aid to Puerto Rico has been settled to Democrats’ satisfaction. But a push by a Senate Republican to boost spending on harbor dredging projects remains a hang-up.
Washington - Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted.
Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead the inquiry, but remains directly involved in the probe, which he initiated about three weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russia investigation that shadowed Donald Trump’s presidency for nearly two years.
With the appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry o...
Former leaders at the Department of Homeland Security, including then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, pushed back on a White House plan for mass arrests of migrants shortly before their ouster, according to The Washington Post.
The Trump administration had planned to arrest thousands of parents and children in 10 major U.S. cities to deter further migrants, the Post reported, citing seven current and former DHS officials. The plan involved fast-tracking immigration court cases and expanding the government’s authority to deport migrants who did not show for their hearings.
Arrests of the no-shows would involve coordinated raids of the homes and neighborhoods of parents with children, according to the Post.
Read more at The Hill.
New York - The head of the New York Police Department’s recruit training says video shows that a restraint technique used on Eric Garner in 2014 “meets the definition of a chokehold.”
Inspector Richard Dee testified Tuesday at Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s internal trial, nearly five years after Garner’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality.
Dee also says that coughing heard on the video indicates Garner’s breathing was restricted by the hold.
Dee says recruits are explicitly warned that chokeholds are banned and they’re instructed to disengage when they realize they’re using a chokehold.
Pantaleo is accused of hastening Garner’s death. His lawyer says the officer used an approved t...
Charles, LA - President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to be thrilled when he arrived in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was greeted by Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser wearing that featured the president’s face and hair.
Trump shook Nungesser’s hand and pointed to the socks in an approving way upon his arrival.
The socks, made by Gumball Poodle, are available for purchase on Amazon and are described as “Donald Trump socks with soft, luxurious hair you can style, comb over, clip and tease. Change the President’s style to suit your mood!”
Trump is highlighting his administration’s efforts to ramp up liquefied natural gas exports and boost the country’s energy infrastructure as he visits a new plant in southwest Louisiana.
The visit i...
CNN’s John King corrected Representative Rashida Tlaib’s (D., Mich.) revisionist history of the Holocaust on Monday, pointing out that Palestinian leaders fervently supported the German extermination of Jews and violently resisted the creation of a Jewish state.
“It was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity. Their existence, in many ways, had been wiped out,” Tlaib said last week on the Yahoo News Skullduggery podcast. “I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.”
“[Tlaib] ignored the fact that Palestinian leaders...
Former Baltimore police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa is now a federal inmate.
De Sousa reported Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fairton, in Fairton, New Jersey. The facility is a medium-security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp and detention center.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as March 11, 2020. De Sousa was sentenced in March to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to failing to file federal tax returns.
De Sousa was charged last May, only three months after the City Council voted 14-1 to confirm him and four months after he first took over after then-Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Commissioner Kevin Davis.
De Sousa was also ordered to serve a year of probation upon his release, perform 100 hours ...
Two Baltimore County councilmembers say they're hearing opposition from constituents to a proposed tax on cell phone lines.
Last month, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski proposed a $3.50 monthly fee on cell phone lines to replace revenue lost as residents move away from landlines. The $3.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 also included increases to the local income tax and hotel tax and establish fees on cable subscribers and residential and commercial developers.
"So if you have a tablet, you have an iPad or iPod that's hitting the internet, $3.50," 4th district Councilman Julian E. Jones told Bryan Nehman on Tuesday.
The fee would affect any device with a cellular line attached, as some iPads and other tablets do.
"Most people have, every membe...
Israel’s High Court of Justice is scheduled to discuss on Thursday a petition against a decision this week by Yerushalayim District Police commander Maj. Gen. Doron Yedid to close the Har Habayis to Jews on Yom Yerushalayim for the first time in 30 years.
Most years, the police not only allow Jewish visitors into the Har Habayis compound on Yom Yerushalayim, they expand visiting hours to accommodate the thousands of extra visitors who come to celebrate the annual holiday marking the reunification of Yerushalayim after the 1967 Six Day War.
This year, however, Yom Yerushalayim takes place on June 2, which falls during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
It is standard practice for the Yerushalayim police to shut the Har Habayis to Jews for the last few days of Ramadan, when hundreds ...
The Health Ministry is expected to take legal action against two doctors who advised thousands of patients to not get vaccinated, according to Israel Hayom. This is the first time that the Health Ministry will have taken legal action like this against doctors.
The Health Ministry referred to the doctors’ actions as “serious negligence.” If the doctors are convicted, they may lose their license to practice medicine, according to Israel Hayom.
The decision comes as the Health Ministry continues the fight against a large measles outbreak. 4,100 cases of measles have been recorded in Israel since March 2018, according to Health Ministry statistics.
Read more at JPOST.
The deputy commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has seen “no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces” in the two countries, he said Tuesday.
British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika told Pentagon reporters that in terms of militia groups that receive funding from Iran, the coalition has found “no change in their posture since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran and we hope and expect that that will continue.”
“There are a range of threats to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria,” Ghika said via video stream from Baghdad. “We monitor them all. Iranian backed forces is clearly one of them and I am not going to go into the detail of it, but there are a substantial number of militia groups in Iraq and Syria and...
Baltimore, MD – May 14, 2019 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah Stacie Shulman, a’h, mother of Ian Bailey.
The levaya took place today at 1:00 PM in Seattle, WA.
Shiva will be observed beginning with Shacharis on Thursday, May 16, at 3610 Bancroft Road, Baltimore, MD, 21215
Shacharis: Thurs, Fri & Mon - 7:30 AM. (Sun at 9AM) Mincha: Thurs, Sun - 8:05 PM (Fri 4pm) Maariv: Thurs and Sun - 8:15 PM
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...