The anomaly of the ‘Rebellious Son’, a child who has exhibited, between the young age of thirteen and thirteen and three months, seemingly irreparable errant behavior, who is condemned to death, leaves us wondering.
The Talmud teaches that although at this juncture he hasn’t yet committed any capital crimes, nevertheless, it would be best to dispatch with him while he is relatively innocent before he becomes extremely guilty. His petty thievery and indulgent habits will no doubt cause him to evolve into a menace who will terrorize the populace with more heinous crimes.
Yet there is one caveat to the justice system’s attempt to ‘save him from himself’. Only if the parents ‘grasp him and take him out to the elders of his city’...
Breaking: The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit has made an arrest in the violent attack on 63-year-old Avraham Gopin in Crown Heights.
The NYPD has made an arrest in the violent attack on a 63-year-old man in Crown Heights, COLlive has learned.
The incident took place in August when Rabbi Avraham Gopin was attacked by a man who threw a large brick at him as he exercised in Lincoln Terrace Park.
The suspect was located by the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has informed Chanina Sperlin of the CHJCC.
He was then picked up by detectives from the 77th Precinct.
Oniel Gilbourne, 26, faces assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon charges.
The suspect is currently hospitalized.
“When you build a new house, you shall make a fence (guard-rail) for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood to be spilled in your house, that the one who falls should fall from it [the roof].” (Devorim 22:8)
We must learn to be vigilant. We must take great care to avoid harming or injuring a fellow Jew. We must even make sure that my property doesn’t pose a risk to the other. In Biblical times, roofs were often flat (as they were used to dry produce and for other related activities of daily living) and therefore, fences had to be constructed around one’s roof to ensure that no one would fall. On the most basic level, the Torah is instilling within us a heightened sensitivity for the other. We can’t harm with our words, our fists or our roof; we must be ...
In this week’s parshah, we are told about the prohibition of taking an ownerless mother bird when it is sitting on its eggs or young (22:6). Directly after that, the Torah relays the commandment to build a protective fence on the roof of one’s home. Immediately following this, the Torah forbids a Jew from crossbreeding two different species of produce in one’s field or allowing two different species of animal to pull one plow at the same time. After that, the Torah discusses the commandment to tie tzitzis to any four cornered garment.
We know that there is significance and a connection when one mitzvah in the Torah is placed next to another (this is often expounded on in Gemara regularly). What then can possibly be the connection between sending away a mother bir...
BALTIMORE, MD — Traffic is expected to be so heavy in downtown Baltimore Thursday, Sept. 12, that transportation officials are encouraging people to avoid some areas altogether. Congestion, road closures and delays are possible from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump will head to Baltimore Thursday to deliver an address at the GOP conference. The event will be at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel on Aliceanna Street in Harbor East. It is organized by the Congressional Institute and House Republican Conference.
Those downtown after 4 p.m. should avoid the area south of Baltimore Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Central Avenue, the Baltimore Department of Transportation advised.
This is the area that Baltimore's Office of Emergency Management said will b...
Parshat Ki Teitzei presents a seemingly harsh set of guidelines for inclusion within the Jewish people. Marriage is strictly limited to pedigreed Jews and, additionally, not all races are granted access into Judaism. Certain nationalities, such as Amon and Moav, are completely excluded based on past national misdeeds. Other nationalities such as the Egyptians are allowed to convert but must undergo a three-generation transitional period before marriage with fully pedigreed Jews is licensed. Full membership within the Jewish nation isn’t inclusive, but severely restricted.
To some, these restrictions appear bigoted and chauvinistic. The modern enlightened world has successfully created inclusive educational settings, workplaces and even families- embracing people regardless of ...
I write this with thanks to the Ribbono Shel Olam, to be able to write it, and not be written about!
As we were dispatched to the Twin Towers for a fire, not knowing what we were getting in to, I rode in the Hatzoloh ambulance to Manhattan. We were able to clearly see the upper portion of the towers on fire from the Prospect Expway on the way into the Battery Tunnel.
As we got out of the tunnel and turned on to West St. I saw body parts all over the street. I saw a part of the airplane, it looked like a engine behind a burned car. As we got closer, we were told to park the ambulance right near the towers. I think we were originally right behind the towers. Then there was a report that a 3rd plane may be coming into the building, so we got back on the ambulance and st...
TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - Non-air-conditioned facilities and schools in the Baltimore County Public Schools system will be closed Thursday, Sept. 12.
The school system announced it's closing the non-air-conditioned facilities "due to impending excessive heat."
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In a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked the White House's ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter the U.S. by traveling through a third country, such as Mexico, without seeking protection there.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration – handed the White House a partial victory in the case on Monday by ending the nationwide injunction. But the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within the territorial boundaries of the circuit, which encompasses California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, ...
New York – In a since deleted tweet, the NY Times said “airplanes took aim” at the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center.
In a shocking display of insensitivity to all the victims and families affected by this heinous act of terrorism, the Times deliberately worded their story to blame ‘airplanes’ for the attack. The story did not mention that the planes that hit the towers were hijacked by terrorists from al-Qaeda.
The Times since pulled the offensive tweet, and tweeted “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.”
Many Twitter users refused to let the Times off the hook, and screenshots of the original tweet were widely distributed.
People who were too youn...
Dear Friends,Today, September 11th, we remember the tragedy that befell this nation eighteen years ago. We witnessed barbaric hatred that claimed over 3,000 innocent lives. We witnessed a fundamental turning point for this country and for the entire world. Life has not been the same since September 11, 2001. A vulnerability that we thought did not exist has been exposed – and it has affected each of us in different ways. Some of us had relatives, friends, and acquaintances in the World Trade Center Towers. Even if you were fortunate enough to escape personal loss on that dark day, you share in the pain of our countrymen and fellow citizens. Through the smoke and veil of tears, we saw something amazing. A nation made up of so many different races, religions and cultures came together ...
Baltimore’s Department of Transportation is encouraging downtown workers to begin their afternoon commute early Thursday, as President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to the city is expected to cause traffic congestion.
Because of heavy traffic volumes expected from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Baltimore, the department suggested workers begin to leave for home before 4 p.m. to avoid delays. Some intersections may be temporarily closed in the afternoon and early evening hours, the department said in a statement. Traffic enforcement officers will work to help move traffic, the department said.
The department also advised people to use public transportation Thursday, especially if they are planning to attend the 7:05 p.m. Orioles game against the Dodgers.
Trump is sch...
A man whose mother is a 9/11 victim ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar for describing the terror attacks as “some people did something” during the annual anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero on Wednesday.
Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something?,” singled out the congresswoman and the other members of “the Squad” after reading the names of the dead, including his mother’s, Frances Haros, at the ceremony.
“’Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” said Haros in reference to Omar.
Amid some applause, Haros continued, “Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom.”
“Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and wh...
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
“My Way” (sung by Frank Sinatra)
How we admire the character of Frank Sinatra as he croons about doing it “my way”! We admire his strength, his individuality, his ability to stand counter to prevailing sentiment. He did his own thing and he did it his way. Sinatra’s lyrics and his character captured the moment when the message underlying the unsettled and disruptive 1960’s – from the antiwar movement, to free love, to hippies and yuppies – became conventional. What was troubling when done by a bunch of long-haired dropouts in San Francisco had now become the norm. Frank Sinatra&hell...
We regret to inform you of the passing of Anne Krasna a"h, wife of Dr. Irwin, mother of Eta Levenson, and of Dr. Mark, Richard, Dr. Joshua and Benjamin Krasna.
The funeral will take place Thursday, September 12th, at Eretz HaHayim Cemetery in HarTuv (near Bet Shemesh), at 12:00 noon (or later, based on arrival of United Airlines Flight 84).
Shiva at Josh Krasna's home, 6 Nahal Galim St., Modiin, until Wednesday morning September 18. (Please do not park on Nahal Galim St.)
Shaharit at 0630.
Mincha at 1830
Arvit at 1915.
Mark and Benjie will be leaving Israel on Monday evening, and then sitting in Baltimore, MD.
May Hashem comfort the family with all those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.
Americans are marking the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, and increasing attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders.
Numerous relatives of victims are expected at ground zero in Manhattan Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Nearly two decades later, the attacks' aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where a rocket exploded at the U.S. embassy early Wednesday morning.
"People say, `Why do you stand here, year after year?"' Chundera Epps, a sister of Sept. 11 victim Christopher Epps, said at last year's c...
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent a letter criticizing Baltimore's crime-fighting strategy as too "status quo," and saying the state could give Baltimore an extra $21 million only if it sends "acceptable" measures and reports on reducing violent crime.
Mayor Jack Young appealed to Hogan for help this summer, amidst a surge in murders and other violence in the city.
"While we are committed to continuing to provide the city with unprecedented state support, the people of Baltimore City want and deserve results from their own city leaders," he wrote.
He said the state is prepared to give $21 million in state funding, which includes $7 million requested by Young and Harrison in an Aug. 23 meeting.
"While your new Crime Reduction Strategy takes some important steps...