Baltimore, MD – June 12, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Reb Velvel Pasternak, Z’L, husband of Goldie Pasternak, father of Shira Pasternak Be'eri, Rabbi Mayer Pasternak, Naava Swirsky, Atara Greenberg and Rabbi Gedalia Pasternak. The kevurah took place in Beit Shemesh, Israel at Eretz HaChaim Cemetery on Wednesday, June 12. Shiva will be observed in Israel through Thursday evening, June 13 at Nachal Shimshon 17/2, in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Shiva will continue at the Pasternak residence 29 Derby Ave, Cedarhurst, NY from Friday morning, June 14 until Tuesday morning, June 18 Shira will be sitting in Jerusalem on Friday (Rabbenu Politi 8/3 in Arnona) and will then be joining the family in New York from Sunda...
Baltimore, MD - June 12, 2019 - In preparation for the Yom Tov of Kabbalas HaTorah, the Mir Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon Harav Nachman Levovitz, shlita, and Harav Elimelech Reznick shlita, Maggid Shiur at the Mir Yeshiva, visited Baltimore for the weekend of Parshas Bechukosai, joining the kehilla in a Shabbos of Chizuk, a Sunday morning Seder Iyun, and a Benefit Reception. Harav Levovitz spoke on Friday night at Rabbi Akiva Meister’s Kehillas Bnei Yeshiva, where many Mir alumni daven.  On Shabbos morning, he spoke at the Agudah of Park Heights, led by Rav Moshe Heinemann, shlita.  For Mincha and Shalosh Seudos, Rav Levovitz went to Mercaz Torah UTefillah, led by Rav Yissocher Dov Eichenstein, a longtime Mir talmid. Harav Reznick addressed Kehillas Bnei Torah (Rav Jonathan Aryeh ...
Tel Aviv - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday opened a research center in Tel Aviv, joining a growing number of major automakers and suppliers setting up shop in the Israeli tech hub as they race to develop self-driving cars. With spiraling development costs for autonomous and connected cars in recent years, Ford and other carmakers have sought alliances and outside investors. “No company can do it alone. No company should try and do it alone. We’re going to need partnerships,” Chairman Bill Ford said during his first visit to Israel. “Partnerships with companies big, companies medium and especially start-ups. The ecosystem of start-ups that I’ve seen here is just incredible.” The Tel Aviv lab will focus on technologies in connectivity, sensors, automated-sys...
Baltimore, Md - June 12, 2019 - 95 South in Delaware south of exit 5a has a major accident that is backing up traffic all the way back to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It opens up 1 mile south of 5A.
Jerusalem, Israel, June 12, 2019  - At a June 11th event hosted by CAMERA at the Kahn Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel, a panel of experts examined how expressions of anti-Jewish bigotry have gained ground and acceptance in the media and on college campuses. Co-sponsored by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and The Israel Innovation Fund, IIF, the event’s title initially emphasized that antisemitism is often hidden under the veil of human rights. “Why now?” asked David Hazony cofounder of IIF in his opening remarks, “Is it possible that antisemitism and assimilation are two sides of a coin?” “The New York Times’ publication of a cartoon straight out of Nazi propaganda ripped away the veil,” said Tamar Sternthal, Director of CAMERA&r...
U.S. stocksOpens a New Window. closed modestly lower Wednesday as tech stocks slumped and oilOpens a New Window. continued to unwind, closing at the $51 per barrel level. The day's decline came a day after the Dow Jones Industrial AverageOpens a New Window. snapped a six-day winning streak. Wall StreetOpens a New Window. sentiment was also burdened by concerns about what the Federal Reserve will do with interest rates when it meets next week. Oil prices plunged more than 4 percent to $51.03 per barrel, weighed down by a weaker outlook for demand and a rise in U.S. crude inventories despite expectations of extended supply cuts led by OPEC. U.S. crude oil inventories climbed 2.2 million last week, the U.S. Energy Informatio...
Faults are thick where love is thin… Love is hard. No, not the travails of romance that are peddled by the entertainment industry – whether film, books or music.  As challenging as such love undoubtedly can be, or how it sets our hearts racing, the more difficult love is between a man and his fellow; the ability to truly love one’s neighbor as oneself.  We proclaim it just as sincerely as we proclaim our desire for true peace, for shalom.  But as Malcolm Gladwell notes, “What we call tolerance [peace] in this country, and pat ourselves on the back for, is the lamest kind of tolerance. What we call tolerance in this country is when people who are unlike us want to be like us, and when we decide to accept someone who is not like us and w...
Baltimore, MD - June 7, 2019 - Congratulations to Dr Michael Elman who was selected by Dr. Henry Jampel and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine medical students to receive the Allan D. Jensen Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award for the 2018-19 academic year. This is the second time Dr. Elman was given this prestigious teaching award, which was presented to him at the Wilmer Residents Association meeting on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Baltimore.
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rebbetzin Esther Waxman a”h.She was 91 years old. Rebbetzin Waxman was a daughter of Reb Mordechai Bruks and grew up in Williamsburg. She was the wife of Rav Hershel Waxman, rosh kollel of Beth Medrosh of Monsey. Throughout their married life, the rebbetzin was wholly devoted to her husband, allowing him to be involved in harbotzas haTorah and assisting in the running of his kollel. Rebbetzin Waxman was an isha chashuvah in her own right. She possessed a special ayin tovah, always seeing the good in others and never uttering anything negative at any time. Her sterling middos tovos were a lesson to all who encountered her. Rebbetzin Waxman is s...
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today blasted Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg after he proclaimed that “the Netanyahu government is turning away from peace” and declared that if he is elected President, the United States would cut U.S. aid to Israel if Israel annexed parts of Judea and Samaria. "Addressing his foreign policy goals for the first time as a presidential hopeful, Buttigieg used an address at Indiana University to assail Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," NCYI stated. "Buttigieg astonishingly talked about cutting aid to Israel, an American ally; however, noticeably absent from his comments was any reference to the ongoing acts of terror emanating from Gaza and the “West Bank,” and the steps needed to be...
The fishing zone in Gaza was reduced to six nautical miles on Tuesday due to the fires. Gaza fishermen were denied access to the sea on Wednesday evening, COGAT announced, following the constant barrage of incendiary kites from Gaza that have continued to set the South ablaze.There were eight fires in the south of Israel on Wednesday that were sparked from incendiary devices flown over the border from Gaza, while seven fires were reported on Tuesday.The fishing zone in Gaza was reduced to six nautical miles on Tuesday due to the fires.Last week, Israel decided to expand the Gaza fishing zone to 15 miles.The incendiary balloons have threatened to break the reported treaty between the IDF and Hamas that went into effect following the violence that saw four Israelis killed by over 700 r...
Baltimore, MD - June 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 <https://achim.org/>  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. What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about? TableTalk features weekly halachic dilemma c...
Six fires have broken out in the Gaza envelope Wednesday as a result of incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip, including two balloons which exploded near the Eshkol Regional Council Wednesday afternoon. 20 fires have been started in the Gaza periphery so far this week by incendiary balloons. The IDF announced yesterday that it is reducing the area of ​​fishing in Gaza to six nautical miles in response to the balloon arson. The IDF spokesman in the Arabic language, Lt. Col. Avichai Adrei, wrote today to Gaza residents: "The fishing industry in Gaza is one of the leading commercial fields in the Gaza Strip. Are there fish that are more tasty than those of Gaza? Unfortunately, and in view of the continued launching of firebombs from Gaza into Israel in order to burn fields...
Washington - With just over three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion. Will the nation’s premier Independence Day celebration be centered around the Washington Monument or shift to the Lincoln Memorial, as the White House has reportedly requested? Will President Donald Trump follow through on his plans to give a speech? And, if he does, will the speech be open to anyone, including protesters, or will the White House restrict his audience to supporters at the traditionally nonpolitical event? The White House hasn’t revealed its plans. The National Park Service, which is primarily responsible for the event, has also gone silent. That leaves the city government, which helps with security, in...
Washington - Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election bore some of the textbook tricks of the trade of Kremlin spycraft, including the volume and breadth of contacts with Trump associates, former FBI officials told lawmakers Wednesday in the latest congressional hearing dedicated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report . The two officials, Robert Anderson and Stephanie Douglas, highlighted aspects of the Mueller report that they said showed Russian efforts to vet and test Trump campaign associates, to establish back channels of communications and to spread their contacts around in hopes of maximizing their chances of getting what they wanted. “They’ll never have one point of failure if they’re looking to try to obtain or pass i...
Baltimore, MD -  June 12, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Moshe Tabboushe and Shira Perlmutter (Passaic, NJ) on their engagement Mazal Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Yedidia Tabboushe יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
A brand new Sefer Torah will be inaugurated this Thursday in honor of Prof. Alan Dershowitz for his efforts and involvement in the Rubashkin case. This Torah was commissioned by a prominent philanthropist, who was moved by Alan’s dedication in fighting the Rubashkin case and other issues affecting Klal Yisroel. All are encouraged to attend to show him hakoras hatov and to recognize to selfless work done by him and The Aleph Institute for countless Jews. Siyum Sefer Torah Schedule: 5:15: Sofer completes Torah at the Jewish Children’s Museum (downstairs, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213). 6:30: Procession from the Jewish Children’s Museum to 770 Eastern Parkway 7: Hakafos – celebrating/dancing – at 770 Eastern Parkway
Baltimore, MD - June 12, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Chaya Rappoport (Baltimore/NY) and Shimi Silberg (South Africa) on their engagement יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
A designer based in Selby, Yorkshire, has come under fire for selling Nazi products including Zyklon-B themed T-shirts and cups. The sick products, themed after the gas which killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust, featured on the Internet site Redbubble, a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products, which has its headquarters in Melbourne and offices in Berlin and San Francisco. Based on the logo for oral hygiene brand, Oral B, the products included T-shirts, cups, phone cases and rucksacks. Design firm ImperivmCloth marketed the products with the caption: ‘You too can look minty fresh with this beautiful Zyklon-B design’. Read more at The Daily Mail.
A class of drugs is emerging that can attack cancer cells in the body without damaging surrounding healthy ones. They have the potential to replace chemotherapy and its disruptive side effects, reshaping the future of cancer care. The complex biological medicines, called antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), have been in development for decades, and are now generating renewed excitement because of the success of one ADC in late-stage testing, a breast cancer treatment called DS-8201. The fervor over ADCs is such that AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.N) in March agreed to pay as much as US$6.9 billion to jointly develop DS-8201 with Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo Co. (DSNKY.PK), the British drugmaker’s biggest deal in more than a decade. The investment was widely seen to be a validation of DS-8201&rsq...
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