Bogota, Columbia - Two members of Colombia’s air force plunged to their deaths wrapped in their nation’s flag when a cable hanging from a helicopter snapped while they were performing a mid-air stunt Sunday. The accident happened during a parade to mark the traditional Medellin Flower Fair. The city’s airport was immediately closed in the aftermath of the accident. Videos circulating on social media show the moment when the two airmen fall to their death. Moments earlier they had been clinging to a metal cable and waving to the crowd below while carrying a giant Colombian flag through the air. Colombia’s Defense Ministry said it is investigating the causes of the tragedy.
Mazel Tov to Adam and Phran Edelman on the engagement of their daughter Tamar to Moshe Reches, son of Michael and Vicki Reches!! They should build a bayis neeman b'yisroel! 
The Kosel.  It is the place that many go straight to upon arrival in Eretz Yisroel and the place where they direct the monit (taxi )to wait as they stop by for one final goodbye before returning to chutz l’aretz. It means so much to so many.  We come there to pour our hearts out in prayer and thanks. We come there to just “be”. Be with Hashem and be close to the makom hashechina. It has become the nation’s shul, a place where every Jew feels comfortable.   This past Tisha B’av, I viewed many pictures and videos that attested to the above.  All different groups of klal Yisroel, often mingling together for davening, song, and dance (on motzei Tisha B’av) were represented at the kosel.  And while I am cognizant that there are those...
Mcallen, TX - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees comprehensive immigration reform not only as Congress’ official work but also as its moral responsibility as she finishes up a tour of Central America. Pelosi traveled with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and possible solutions. The group visited Guatemala and El Salvador, along with migrant detention facilities in McAllen, Texas. The Democratic speaker said Sunday in Texas that she made the trip because she wanted to ensure that the U.S. effectively honors the dignity of the immigrants who enter its borders. The Trump administration is trying to restrict applications for asylum in the U.S. from Central America by requiring migrants to apply in Guatemala rather than at the U.S. borde...
The leaders of the United Right Party tonight launched their election campaign at an event where they revealed the name of the list was changed to "Yemina" - "Rightward". At the event held at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, the election slogan was also launched: "Israel wants right." The ballot letters of the list remain טב - 'tet-bet'. Party Chairwoman Ayelet Shaked said in her speech that "since that disaster [disengagement], and in view of its consequences that haunt us every day, the public has learned lessons, and realized that if we desire to live, we must choose the Right. The public is moving to the Right, but finds itself repeatedly dragged against its will to the Left. It doesn't have to be that way. "Believe me: From my position in government I saw nothing differen...
Mexico City - Mexico’s new National Guard force suffered its first casualty in the line of duty, when an officer was killed in a shootout with a gang. The National Guard was launched by President Andres Manuel López Obrador in late June and is an amalgam of military police and federal police. It is supposed to be Mexico’s front-line force for fighting gangs. The federal Security Department said three suspects were killed in the confrontation Saturday in Yuriria township in the north-central state of Guanajuato. However, the Yuriria municipal government said five suspects were killed in the shootout, three wounded and seven detained. The town said the National Guard patrol was attacked when “they detected a safe house operated by a criminal gang. One member...
Beit Shemesh - Motzei Shabbat saw the beginning of a very active day for a few United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs and a midwife who delivered two babies over the course of 24 hours. The first call took place just after Shabbat ended and the fast of Tisha B’Av began, a new girl was born. Yechiel Rosenberg a volunteer EMT with the organization was the first on scene at the first birth. “We got the emergency call on our Bluebird communication devices of a woman in active labor nearby. I rushed over together with another EMT and when we got there the woman said she had to push. We told her to push and thankfully we saw the head crowning and there were no complications. When the baby was delivered, we performed an APGAR test and continued with all the proper procedures for the mother t...
Moscow - Russia’s media oversight agency said Sunday that it wanted Google to stop YouTube users from posting information about unsanctioned political protests or the Russian government would feel free to retaliate against the American company. The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communication, or Roskomnadzor, communicated the demand after weeks of rallies over Moscow’s city council election. Tens of thousands participated in a fourth consecutive weekend protest of the exclusion of some independent and opposition candidates from the local election ballot, according to police and an organization that counts attendance at public meetings. Unlike for demonstrations held the previous two weeks, when police ...
Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2019 -  Did you recently attend an event in Baltimore and couldn’t leave simply because the music was great? Must have been the beautiful and energizing music from musician Benzion Bluming and singer Eli Atias. They have been transforming the music experience in Baltimore! “Benzion & Eli - It’s the sound Baltimore has been waiting for!” Says J. Reches - videographer, after seeing numerous weddings where all participated in non-stop dancing. “No need to bring in music from N.Y. It’s the same sound right here”. “When I saw Benzion and Eli on Lag BaOmer, I knew they are something special and that I wanted them for our Grand Siyum! They didn’t disappoint… The music was so beautiful and elevating, a...
A few weeks ago, Lara came to see me about refining her eating and exercise.  She hadn’t been feeling quite right for the last few months.  Although she needed to lose a few kilo, weight loss wasn’t her issue.  She was fairly educated as far as nutrition and exercise was concerned but she was having bouts of constipation, was often times hungry and her cholesterol was creeping up just above 200.  As we were talking and I was getting a general idea about her food intake, I asked her about her fiber intake.  She, in turn, asked me if all fiber is the same or if there is a difference between the types of fiber found naturally in foods (intact fiber) and fiber that is added into foods such as certain breakfast cereals. Let’s take a look at what fiber...
The Kosher Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is back in Baltimore for its 5th year. This program started in 2015 with one site serving 3,000 meals. Since its inception, almost 150,000 meals have been served to children within our Baltimore community.     The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Maryland State Department of Education. This program was brought to our community by city councilman Isaac (Yitzy) Schleifer who recognized the need to accommodate children in the kosher community who could then benefit as do their Baltimore City and County neighbors. Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore sponsors this program; Sara Wetstein, Bnos Yisroel's food service director, acts as the program�...
BJL is thrilled to pass on the news that Rabbi Mordi Spero will be taking on the role of Baltimore Programming Director effective immediately.   Over the past few years, R' Mordi has been revolutionary in building up our JSU programs in the Greater Baltimore area.  He has expanded from 4 schools to over 10 schools with programming encompassing every day of the week.  This year R' Mordi will also be running the Day school/ NCSY programming and we look forward to seeing it grow as well!  In addition to R' Mordis' new role, we would like to welcome Menucha Fink to the team.  She will be working alongside R' Mordi as our newly created position of program coordinator.  We wish them both much hatzlacha in their holy work! 
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Reb Ezriel Salomon z”l of Gatehead. He was 77 years old. Reb Ezriel was the former head of Gateshead Jewish Primary School for 35 years, devoting himself to the chinuch and wellbeing of tinokos shel bais rabbonim for many years. He helped organize educational support and extra-curricular activities for disabled children, developed and obtained funding for a healthy-living center, and established a community economic development center in Bensham. The Gateshead Jewish Primary School, where Reb Ezriel served as headmaster, was founded by Rav Shaul Wagschal. For his efforts in education and communal activities, several years ago, Reb Ezriel received the Freedom of the Borough of Gateshe...
City police said officers were called around 1 a.m. Saturday to the 2500 block of Terra Firma Road in south Baltimore, where a 37-year-old man was suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital. City police said officers were called around midnight Friday to a hospital, where a walk-in shooting victim sought treatment. Police said a 32-year-old man was suffering gunshot wounds to both shoulders. Police said they believe the man was shot in the 1400 block of East Preston Street in east Baltimore. City police said officers were called around 11:43 p.m. Friday to the 100 block of South Franklintown Road in west Baltimore, where a 31-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy were suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot...
Bayer AG is reportedly proposing paying $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 lawsuits in the U.S. that allege its Roundup weed control contains carcinogens. Sources close to discussions between Bayer and attorneys for the plaintiffs told Bloomberg News that the company has floated sums of anywhere from $6 billion to $8 billion to resolve the lawsuits, while attorneys for the plaintiffs are reportedly demanding at least $10 billion. The $8 billion proposed by Bayer is reportedly less than some of the company’s investors had expected it to propose, according to Bloomberg, with experts saying that the settlement will likely end up being higher. “$8 billion would be lower than most analysts are forecasting and many investors fearing,” Baader Helvea analyst Markus Mayer to...
The US State Department has suspended a foreign affairs official assigned to its energy bureau, a department source said on Thursday, a day after his links to a white nationalist group were revealed. The State Department declined to name the official. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization best known for tracking US hate groups, identified him as Matthew Gebert. Gebert did not respond to several attempts by Reuters to reach him. The SPLC said in a report published on Wednesday that Gebert hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online under a pseudonym. In a May 2018 podcast, Gebert said whites “need a country of our own with nukes and we will take this thing lickety split,” according to SPLC. &ldquo...
The suspect accused of killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart told authorities that he was targeting “Mexicans” and confessed to carrying out the shooting rampage when he surrendered to authorities, according to police. Law enforcement officials responding to the scene on Saturday spotted a car stopped at an intersection not far from the Walmart, an El Paso police detective wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Washington Post. They then saw a man – identified as Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old charged with capital murder in the case – get out of the car with his hands in the air, the affidavit said. He told them, “I’m the shooter,” Det. Adrian Garcia said in the affidavit, which was filed to a judge on Sunday, the day after the ...
Any Israeli involvement in any maritime coalition in the Gulf is a “clear threat” to Iran’s national security and the Islamic Republic has a right to confront the threat, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry website. Israeli media had quoted Foreign Minister Israel Katz as telling a close-door meeting on Tuesday that Israel was part of discussions and intelligence-sharing with a possible US maritime security coalition. Israeli officials declined to confirm or deny the reports.
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