Mazal Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Yitzchak Polsky on then engagement of their daughter Tzipora to Avi Rosensaft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Rosensaft of Baltimore, and to the grandmothers Mrs. Miriam Jacoby and Mrs. Ranelle Kibel.
With sorrow we relay that the passing of Rabbi Chaim Yitzchok (Howard) Goldman, z"l, husband of Mrs. Basya Goldman and father of Mrs. Ahuva Wainhaus, Rabbi Gershon Goldman, Mrs. Tirza Wealcatch and Mrs. Shulamith Mensh. The Levaya will be on Thursday evening in Israel. The family is landing in Israel at 4:40 pm and going straight to Har HaMenuchos in Yerushalayim. The Levaya will be as soon as they are able to arrive.
At this time of year when many of us are using figs, dates and leeks, this is a reminder to check these items properly: DATES: It is recommended that one open and do a visual inspection on a few out of each container. If no insects can be seen, one can assume the rest are insect-free. FIGS: Open each one and check carefully for infestation (typically wasps, beetles or worms).  Checking instructions for dates and figs apply even if they have a hechsher, due to the possibility of improper storage. LEEKS: Examine the outside for any leaf miner trails.  Check in between the leaves for thrips or other insects.  BLACK EYED PEAS:  Dried peas should first be boiled in water.  After they have been fully cooked, allow the peas to soak in the wat...
Our great king and poet, David, gave voice to his deepest desire when he wrote, “One thing I ask of the Lord...to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life...”   To live in the House of the Lord!  Who could contemplate anything grander or more worthwhile?  And yet, after the very same verse he adds, u’lvaker be’heichalo – and to, “visit His Temple”. Like every great poet, in these words David has captured an essential contradiction.  He speaks of wanting to be what he cannot be, both a resident and a visitor!  Rabbi Soloveitchik seeks to make sense of David’s contradictory desire by teaching, that permanent residence often results in losing perspective, taking things for granted, no longer appreciati...
As Selichot commence this Saturday night (for Ashkenazim), the buildup to the Great Days begins in earnest. These are days of Judgement, of pronounced Divine Presence but also days of identity-crafting. During this period, we fashion the person we would “like to be” from the shards of the person we “have become”. Teshuva and penitence are an odyssey through the inner self, in search of rescue, absolution and heightened identity. Teshuva itself can be experienced as a ‘process’ or, alternatively, it can be transformational to our very identities. Chazal refer to a “ba’al teshuva” and not just someone who experiences teshuva- implying a deeper character renovation catalyzed by teshuva. The process can be limited to forty days or it can co...
OWINGS MILLS, MD — Firefighters were called to an explosion at the McDonogh School Wednesday morning, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. Multiple injuries have been reported, officials said. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the school in Owings Mills at 8:27 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. A smoke tower exploded on the McDonogh campus in the 8600 block of McDonogh Road, officials said. Two adults suffered injuries that were believed to be non-life-threatening, according to authorities. One child was also injured, officials said after 9 a.m.   Before 9 a.m., the Baltimore County Fire Department reported its collapse team was evaluating the stability of the building. People should avoid McDonogh Road due to emergency personnel in the area.
Jerusalem- Despite the fact that official results of the Israeli election have yet to be published since the votes have not yet been inserted on the main database of the Central Election Committee, over 90% of the votes have indeed been counted and the picture emerging is of a virtual tie between the two main parties and no clear winner within the left-wing and right-wing blocs. Likud and Blue-And-White each have 32 seats, the Joint Arab List has 12, Shas has 9, Aguda 8, Yamina 7, Avoda-Gesher 6 and the Democratic Union-Meretz has 5 seats. As mentioned in earlier posts, the only clear winner is Avigdor Liberman, whose party gained four seats over the April election and now has 9 seats, meaning that it can decide which party it wants to form the next government. Liberman has often stated ...
The excitement was tangible. It was written on the hundreds of faces - young and old, Chassidishe, Litvish, and secular-looking, alike - of those who came to the triple celebration held at Congregation Arugas Habosem (fondly known as “Rabbi Taub’s shul”).  The fulfillment of a dream that was long in the making, a triple milestone, was finally celebrated on Sunday, September 15: a Chanukas Habayis, the consecration of the new shul building; a Chanukas HaMikveh, the consecration of its new Mikveh; and, a Hachnosos Sefer Torah in memory of Rebbetzin Taub’s parents, the Honiader Rav, R’Avrohom Meir ben R’Yehuda Israel, and Rebbetzin Chava bas R’Meir Halevi Israel, z”l. While the final letters of the new sefer Torah were being written in th...
BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Baltimore City's Police training academy will soon be moving over to the University of Baltimore campus. On Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the University System of Maryland will provide up to $2.4 million in funding to assist in the move. “Our administration worked very closely with USM to secure this critical funding for the new Police Academy at the University of Baltimore. This will help put more officers on the street to bolster our urgent efforts to reduce violent crime in the city" said Hogan. The space expected to be used by the academy is currently unoccupied. Since 2008, the academy has been based out of the old Pimlico Middle School at 3500 W. Northern Parkway, where the fire department also has its academy. It's not yet known...
Flu seasons are notoriously unpredictable, but there are already clues that the upcoming season may be especially difficult. Flu season in the Southern Hemisphere can be an indication of what's to come in the Northern Hemisphere, and the recent flu season in Australia, where winter has just ended, arrived early and with a vengeance. A particularly virulent flu strain, H3N2, dominated. What's more, a pediatric flu death has already been reported in the U.S. — a 4 year-old in California who had underlying health problems. "We should never forget that the flu still kills," Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer for Riverside County, California, said in a news release announcing the death. "A death so early in the flu season suggests this year may be wor...
The Central Election Committee published the first results based on counted votes. At 6.07 a.m., 1,912,015 votes had been counted – or 29.90% of the casted ballots.According to the results, Likud received 27.78% of the votes, followed by Blue and White with 25.94%, Shas with 8.72%, Yisrael Beytenu with 7.68%, UTJ with 8.68% Yamina with 6.75%, Labor with 5.02%, the Democratic Union with 4,43%, the Joint Union with 1,89% and Otzma Yehudit with 2.26%. Read More @ Jerusalem Post
Mazel Tov to Yosef Horowitz and Yael Peymer on their engagement!  Mazel tov to the Mr. & Mrs. Nosson Horowitz and Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai Peymer families! 
Condolences to Rabbi Menachem Pheterson upon the loss of his father R’ Yosef Pheterson Z”L. Shiva will be here in Ranchliegh at 2318  Brightleaf ( off of Rogene).Shacharis beginning tomorrow Wednesday at 7 am through next Tuesday morning, with Sunday morning at 8 am.Mincha / Maariv Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:55 pm,  Motzei Shabbos at 7:50 pm, and Sunday and Monday evenings 6:45 pm. Hamakom yenachem eschem b’soch shaar aveilei tzion veyerushalayim.
Company Announcement General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a better if used by date of September 6, 2020. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26 which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall. Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers who have...
Cokie Roberts, the veteran journalist, political commentator and author, died Tuesday morning, ABC News announced, citing her family. She was 75. "We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness," her family said in a statement. Roberts died from complications of breast cancer, according to her family. Roberts worked in television for over 40 years and was a frequent contributor to “This Week” with David Brinkley. She also served as ABC’s chief congressional analyst, anchored “This Week” alongside Sam Donaldson from 1996-2002 and started her career with high-profile jobs at NPR and CBS News. ABC News broke into programming Tuesday morning to inform viewers of Roberts’ death. ABC News preside...
A virus research center in Russia — one of two places in the world that houses the smallpox virus — exploded on Monday, officials said. The blast at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, or "Vector," left one employee injured and the building, located in Koltsovo, near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, survived without structural damage, according to a statement from the facility. The suspected gas explosion happened on the fifth floor of the 6-floor concrete building during scheduled repairs, Russian-owned news agency TASS reported. Nikolai Krasnikov, the head of Koltsovo — which is known as a science city — said no biohazardous material was being stored where the blast occurred, and ...
Jerusalem, Israel  Sept 18, 2019  In accordance with the provisions of Article 11 of the Basic Law: Knesset and Article 84 of the Knesset Elections Law [Combined Version], 1969, the final results of the elections to the 22nd Knesset will be published in the Gazette by Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Results to date are expected to change.  Click here to watch the national results of Israel's 22nd Knesset Elections
We are excited to report that Rabbi Aryeh Richter has been appointed as Assistant Rabbi of Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim. .  Rabbi Richter studied in RJJ of Edison, Yeshivat Kodshim in Yerushalayim, BMG and earned semicha at the Jerusalem Kollel. He then became the Sho’el U’maishiv and mentor there and interned for Rabbi Shmuel Weiner, Rav of the American community in Ramat Eshkol. Today, many of the young Rabbanim he mentored still call him from around the USA, England, Mexico and Eretz Yisroel seeking his halachic counsel. Rabbi Richter is now completing his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (Touro University) and serving as Executive Director of Menucha, a local organization serving children with special needs and their families. He also teach...
Amudim has been a pillar of support for the past five years, leading the way in war on abuse, addiction and mental health issues that have taken hundreds of lives in the Jewish community.   Eradicating stigmas by promoting awareness and education, Amudim has been unrelenting in its quest to save lives, with more than 175,000 calls for help pouring into its offices worldwide.  You can become a source of support to those in need by taking part in Amudim’s lifesaving Pillar to Pillar campaign on September 17th and 18th and be part of the solution that is changing lives and building futures.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO Amudim: Education and Awareness from Amudim on Vimeo.
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