Baltimore, MD  — A new member of the Baltimore City Council was sworn in to office on Tuesday. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young swore in Councilwoman Danielle McCray on Tuesday at City Hall. McCray represents District 2. "I look forward to working with the members of city council," McCray said. McCray takes the seat formerly filled by now Council President Brandon Scott.
The remains of another person presumed dead from the September 11 attacks in New York have been identified, the New York City Medical Examiner said. The medical examiner’s office has been working over the years to identify remains of the 2,753 people reported missing in the terror attacks at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The man — whose name was not released — was No. 1,643 and the first since July 2018, the department said in a statement. The ID was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2013. Read more at CNN.
Now that Shavuos is past, we enter the heaviest wedding season of the Jewish calendar. I decided to discuss this usually not-well-understood topic. Question #1: Our wedding is going to be after nightfall. Do we fast until the wedding, or may we break the fast when it gets dark? Question #2: Yocheved asks: I usually do not fast well, and I am concerned how I will feel at my wedding if I fast that day. What do I do? Question #3: Sheryl’s dilemma: "What will I explain to my non-observant parents when they exclaim at my pre-chupah reception - 'What! You can't eat anything at your own wedding?’” Sheryl comes from a very assimilated background. Let her explain: “In my extended family, my parents were considered the religious ones, since they were the only o...
Baltimore, MD – June 11, 2019 - It is with great sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah  of Rivka Sheen, a’h, daughter of Eitan and Lisa Sheen; sister of Chana Sima (Nissim) Fuentes, Sarra Ruchel (Avigdor) Horowitz, Menachem Sheen, Yitzchok Sheen, Yakov Sheen, and the late Yehuda Sheen, z’l.  Shiva will be observed at 3220 Nerak Road, Baltimore, MD, 21208  Shacharis Wed-Fri, Mon 6:45a Sun 9:00a Mincha/Maariv Tues-Thurs 8:20p Sun 8:25p Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...        
The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new product geared to help stroke survivors walk again. Israel-based ReWalk Robotics Ltd. announced on Tuesday that its ReStore product will have a starting price in the United States of $28,900, though leasing options will be available. Last week, ReStore received the CE mark, allowing it to be sold in the European Union. ReWalk Robotics Ltd. is known for its exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk again. It received FDA clearance in 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair, praised President Donald Trump during an interview on American television, lauding Trump as the “best friend” Israel has ever had in the White House, citing the president’s decision to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Yerushalayim and the decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “President Trump is the best friend that Israel and the Jewish people ever had in the White House,” Netanyahu told BlazeTV during an interview Monday night.                                         &...
New York - The New York City medical examiner has determined that a woman who fell down Manhattan subway stairs with her 1-year-old daughter died of natural causes. The medical examiner said on Monday that 22-year-old Malaysia Goodson’s death in January was caused by heart and thyroid problems. Her child was unharmed. The office previously had stated that it appeared the Stamford, Connecticut resident’s death was related to a pre-existing medical condition. Nonetheless, the incident prompted complaints about the lack of accessibility in the subway system. Only about a quarter of the city’s 472 subway stations have elevators, and the elevators that do exist are often out of service. The problem also makes it difficult for people in wheelchairs to use the subways, and di...
Jerusalem - The Health Ministry has warned of possible measles exposure on Wednesday on a flight from Israel to London. According to a ministry statement, a patient with measles boarded EasyJet Flight 2084, which left Ben-Gurion Airport at 3.15 p.m. and arrived at Luton Airport in London at 7.30 p.m. “Anyone who was on the flight and who was born from 1957 onwards and is not immunized with two measles doses is recommended to contact the district health office in Jerusalem immediately or any health office close to their place of residence, or the Health Ministry,” it said. “It is important to clarify the need for vaccination and to receive it if necessary, within 6 days of the flight.” The Health Ministry advised passengers from this flight “who suffer from ...
New York - Amazon said Tuesday that it is closing its U.S. restaurant delivery service, a 4-year-old business that failed to take off amid fierce competition from Uber Eats, DoorDash and others. The service, called Amazon Restaurants, offered delivery in more than 20 cities in the U.S. It expanded into the United Kingdom, but Amazon shut down the service in that country late last year. The closure of the U.S. business, which was first reported by technology news site GeekWire, will happen on June 24. Still, Amazon.com Inc. has shown interest in delivering meals to diners’ doorsteps. Last month, it bought a stake in British food delivery company Deliveroo, whose kangaroo logo is a common sight on bicycles and scooters in Britain. Amazon Restaurants was a tiny player in the U.S., ta...
Los Vegas - After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.” In a telephone Interview, Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994 — when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman , were killed and Simpson quickly was transformed in the public mind from revered Pro Football Hall of Fame hero to murder suspect. “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved...
Houston - A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners has filed an appeal claiming the former county judge who convicted him was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. The Houston Chronicle reports that Randy Halprin alleges in his federal appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him with anti-Semitic language. Halprin argues that Cunningham should’ve recused himself. Halprin was among the inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in 2000 and committed numerous robberies, including one in which a suburban Dallas police officer was fatally shot. Cunningham didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. Cunningham faced allegations of bigotry last year after telling the Dalla...
Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces exchanged fire in the city of Shechem early Tuesday morning in what the Israel Defense Forces is reporting to be a case of mistaken identification. “During operations to arrest terrorist operatives in the city of Nablus, a firefight broke out between IDF soldiers and people who were identified by the troops as suspects. After the fact, it was determined that it was Palestinian security services personnel,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that the incident would be investigated. According to P.A. media, the IDF entered Shechem without providing customary notification to the P.A., and opened fired on a security services building, where one member of the P.A. security forces was lightly wounded. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the...
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging the federal Treasury Department to release the Harriet Tubman $20 bill in 2020, as was planned, after it said production would be postponed until as late as 2028. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said late last month that he is focused primarily on anti-counterfeiting and security measures, and that he anticipates the new $20 bill would not come out until 2028. He went on to say decisions about the imagery on the $20 bill "will not be an issue that comes up until most likely 2026." Hogan sent a letter Tuesday to Mnuchin, urging him to reconsider the postponement. |Read the full letter| Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County and holds a fond place in Marylanders' hearts. “Dorchester County, Maryland is incredibly proud to be a ...
Why do we say Birchas Kohanim in Birchas Hatorah? There is a distinct difference between the chochma of the Torah and other chochmos. All the other chochmos in the world are obtained based on the smartness of a person; the more genius the person is, the better chance the person has to understand the material. Regarding chochmas haTorah, it does not work that way. Even if a person is extremely smart, he is still unable to properly learn the Torah without Hashem teaching it to him. That is why in Tehillim, kuf yud tes we find the words “lamdeini chukeicha,” we daven that Hashemm should teach us his Torah. The above concept explains why the gemara in Megilah, da...
Baltimore, MD – June 11, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah  of Mrs. Jeannette Goldman, a’h, mother of  Beverly Sagal and Harriet Anderson The levaya will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:30 at Levinson’s Shiva will be observed from Wednesday-Friday at 7902 Starburst Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21208  Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...     
Google made $4.7 billion from news sites in 2018, according to new research from the News Media Alliance, a trade association representing newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. News content makes up between 16 percent and 40 percent of Google results, according to the study, and the company’s revenue from distributing news content is only $400 million less than the $5.1 billion the entire U.S. news industry brought in from digital advertising in 2018. Between January 2017 and January 2018, traffic from Google to news publisher sites increased more than 25 percent to about 1.6 billion visits per week. Read more at The Hill.
Labor leader Avi Gabbay will not seek to retain leadership of the party in next month’s primary race, he announced Tuesday. “To my supporters, to my friends, to my partners, and to my dear loved ones, I want to inform you that I will not be running for leadership of the party in the elections which will be held next month,” Gabbay said on Facebook. The decision, he said, was the next logical step in light of Labor’s poor showing in the April 9 general election, which saw the party dwindle to just six mandates. Labor’s primary election is scheduled to take place on July 2. Gabbay was reportedly offered a deal within the party whereby the No. 2 slot on its list would be reserved for him if he declined a primary run. The Labor central committee was expected t...
An interview with a former Israeli nuclear official is presented as support that Israel may have resorted to using a nuclear bomb in the Six Day War. Published by the Nonproliferation Review, the interview features Elie Geisler, who served at Dimona’s nuclear research center from 1964 to 1966 and was assigned to guard a “radioactive package” before and during the 1967 War. Hurriedly commissioned as an army officer, he was sent to a police compound south of Tel Aviv with a platoon of police border guards to guard a metal box containing a metallic half-sphere and to check it periodically for radiation leakage. Other cores were placed in other locations, he was told. “From time to time, I would discuss with the commander of the troops the procedures to mov...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on a visit this week that aims at easing regional tension, in what experts called a rare, bold move for a Japanese leader. Tension between Iran and the United States has escalated recently, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions. Abe’s trip, scheduled from Wednesday to Friday, is the first by an incumbent Japanese premier to Iran in 41 years, although Tokyo and Tehran have friendly ties and mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. “Amid rising tensions in the Middle East, we plan to encourage Iran, a regional power, to move toward easing te...
Ten state attorneys general are seeking to block T-Mobile's merger with Sprint.  The New York attorney general will announce a lawsuit in a press conference this afternoon. See More Coverage ›
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