On Thursday, August 13, in a joint statement, the Health, Foreign and Transportation Ministries announced that the so-called ‘Opening of Israel’s Skies’ will begin on August 16.
In truth, this is a misnomer. Israel’s borders will essentially remain closed to foreigners, other than those with entry permits, such as students. What then does the plan actually involve?
A limited number of Israelis will be allowed to visit a group of Greece islands.
Israelis will be allowed to enter Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
Israelis will be allowed to enter Israel from ‘Green countries’ without the need to quarantine. (See Green countries below)
As most Chaim V’Chessed clients are unlikely to be flying to Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia, the first...
Baltimore, MD - Aug. 13, 2020 - Councilman Yitzy Schleifer & Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim are partnering to coordinate assisting seniors who were impacted by the explosion clean out their homes. The next cleanup will be this Sunday, Aug. 16 at 1pm. Meeting spot will be on Labyrinth Rd on the side of the Dollar Store.
Citing a small number of patrons who have ignored face mask orders and berated library employees, Anne Arundel County Public Library officials on Thursday announced a reduction to in-person operations.
The library will instead offer increased curbside and digital services. In-person computer use, browsing and librarian assistance will be offered by appointment starting Sept. 8.
Library officials said county health officials recently voiced concerns about possible coronavirus transmission in workrooms and told library officials to find more space for employees. Staff members have documented hundreds of instances of customers failing to wear face coverings or maintain proper physical distancing. In a recent survey of staff members, more than half of respondents indicated that they felt saf...
Moreshet, Israel – Aug. 14, 2020 - On August 12, 2020 (22 Menachem Av 5780), Noki and Naami Ganz and their five children made aliyah from Baltimore (Ohel Moshe/Rav Teichman) to Israel through Nefesh B'Nefesh, coming straight from Ben Gurion Airport to Moreshet, a religious village in the Galilee.
Because of restrictions due to Covid-19, they went straight from their taxi into a two-week quarantine. Moreshet residents did their utmost to make them feel welcome, even though they couldn’t greet them the usual way. Before their arrival, the children of Moreshet initiated “face time” contact online with the Ganz children so they could get to know one another before their arrival.
Residents filled the Ganz’s rental home with tables, chairs, beds and sofas so ...
State agencies have set up a hotline for Marylanders to report situations where coronavirus precautions are being ignored.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Department of Health and Maryland State Police on Thursday announced the toll-free COVID Prevention Line. Residents can call 1-833-979-2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marylanders can report situations where guidelines are being ignored and where the potential for the spread of the coronavirus is high. Tipsters may remain anonymous or they can provide their name and phone number in case officials need more information.
Information given to the COVID Prevention Line will be passed along to local health officials. Read more at WBAL
Baltimore, MD – Aug. 12, 2020 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Chavie Klein, a’h, wife of Isaac Klein, mother of Tamary (Yair) Sladowsky, Shimy (Rivka) Klein, Ezri (Zahava) Klein, Ahuva (Yaakov) Davis, Esti (Shlomo Zalman) Tropper, Yair (Sarah) Klein, Yoni Klein, Netanel Klein and daughter of Milton and Marcia Fried and sister of Dr. Bruce (Julie) Fried and Shira & (Motti) Gastfreund.
Shiva will be observed at 2812 West Strathmore, Baltimore, MD, 21209.Shacharis 7:30 AM (Sunday - 8:30 AM)Friday Mincha 5:00 PM / S-M-T 7:45 PMMinyanim will be outdoors, the family will be sitting outside after shacharis and will move inside during the day, they will going back outdoors for a couple hours before mincha. Everyon...
[Ed. Note] Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, we will maintain a living memoriam to Shaya through the sweet words and thoughtful insights of his Divrei Torah. BJL readers will remember his weekly column on the Parsha and on various Torah ideas and concepts. These meaningful words will help us remember this special young man who will be sorely missed and for those who did not merit to know him, this will be the most appropriate way for them to become familiar with who he was.
Parshas Re'eh begins by telling us that Hashem places before us the opportunity to receive a blessing or curse, depending upon whether we keep the Mitzvos. However, upon closer reading, the verses seem peculiar. The Torah...
Thirteen years ago, the Tolna Rebbe visited America. During that time he was invited to speak to a group of young married Skvere chasidim, as both chasidic dynasties stemmed commonly from the Maggid of Chernobyl.
During that talk, the Tolna Rebbe quoted from an unidentified source a most startling observation.
He first cited the verse which informs: When G-d, your Lord, will broaden your boundary as he spoke to you, and you say, “I would eat meat,” for you will have a desire to eat meat, to your heart’s entire desire may you eat meat. (דברים יב כ)
He then revealed that if one counts the number of verses in the Torah from its beginning, one will discover that this is the five thousandth, two hundred and fifty second verse, a number that corresponds to the Jewish...
Agudath Israel of America welcomes the historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement comes at a critical time in the Middle East and we pray it will bring the region’s nations closer to peaceful coexistence.
Since its founding, Israel has reached out to the Arab world in its quest to live in peace with its neighbors. Indeed, its desire for friendly relations with nations in the Middle East, and beyond, has not in any way diminished, despite the decades of hostility and violence it has faced. Israel has again demonstrated its readiness to make peace with those who want to embrace it.
Only two countries thus far, Egypt and Jordan, have clasped Israel’s extended hand. We applaud th...
Trump announced the historic deal between the two countries via Twitter on Thursday evening
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that there is "no change" to his plans to apply sovereignty over territories in the West Bank in the wake of a historic peace agreement with the UAE.
While delivering remarks from his office in Jerusalem, Netanyahu noted, however, that Israel's annexation plans are "temporarily" suspended and will only be pursued in tandem with the Trump White House.
"There is no change in my plans to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, with full coordination with the US,” he said, referring to the West Bank by its biblical name.
US President Donald Trump announced the historic deal between the two countries via Twitter on Thursda...
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford has made clear in the past he has little faith in the Maryland State Board of Elections or its administrator, Linda Lamone, whose resignation he has demanded
"If she were a coach in major sports or college sports or high school sports, she would've been gone a long time ago," Rutherford told C4 and Bryan Nehman on Thursday.
He said he viewed with skepticism Lamone's testimony at a Board of Public Works meeting this week about the timeline for the mailing of absentee ballot applications.
He has had longstanding issues with Lamone's leadership, citing late vote counts, ballot shortages and machine issues. However, under a law put in place during former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration, only the state Senate has the power to replace h...
Baltimore County elections officials are sifting through a backlog of applications from people who want to be election judges.
Carol Eldringhoff sent off an application last Monday.
"It's now 10 days later and I have not heard anything from anybody," the Overlea woman said.
State election officials are short thousands of election judges. Retirees who often work the polls are in a demographic most vulnerable to complications of the coronavirus.
Because of the shortage, the state Board of Elections voted to consolidate voting to voting centers at the typical early voting locations and the state's public high schools. Registered voters will be able to vote at any voting center in their jurisdiction. Read more at WBAL
Fatah: UAE betrayed Arabs, Palestinians
Palestinians from across the political spectrum on Thursday strongly condemned the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, dubbing it a betrayal of Arabs and Palestinians.Many Palestinians and Arabs took to social media to express outrage over the agreement, with some calling it a “new nakba,” or catastrophe. They also used a variety of pejoratives against the Gulf state and its leaders, including the “United Zionist Emirate” and “dogs” and “traitors.” Others referred to the announcement as a “black Thursday for Arabs and Palestinians.”
Palestinian officials said they did not have prior knowledge of the agreement.“Israel has annexed the United Arab Emirat...
Manhattan apartment rents plunged last month by the most in nearly nine years. That’s only one sign of weakness for the borough’s leasing market.
By almost every measure, the news is dismal for landlords, who are trying to keep units filled amid a global pandemic that’s sparked an urban exodus.
July’s vacancy rate climbed to a record of 4.33%, according to a report Thursday by appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and Douglas Elliman Real Estate. There were 13,117 apartments listed for rent at the end of the month, the most in data going back to 2006.
The median rent, with concessions such as free months factored in, plummeted 10% to $3,167. It was the biggest rate of decline in records dating to October 2011.
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The Trump administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough.
Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made increasing water flow and dialing back long held appliance conservation standards — from light bulbs to toilets to dishwashers — a personal issue.
But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law that includes appliance standards is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long megadrought.
Since 1992, federal law has dictated that new showerheads shouldn’t pour m...
President Donald Trump will do “anything” to stay in power and avoid being held accountable, progressive billionaire George Soros told Italy’s La Repubblica in an interview published Wednesday.
Even in a great democracy like the “United States, a confidence trickster like Trump can be elected president and undermine democracy from within,” said Soros, who is celebrating his 90th birthday on Wednesday.
The billionaire remarked that “in the U.S. you have a great tradition of checks and balances and established rules. And above all you have the Constitution. So I am confident that Trump will turn out to be a transitory phenomenon, hopefully ending in November.”
But Soros cautioned that Trump “remains very dangerous, he’s fight...
Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris want to enact $4 trillion in taxes, and if they win the presidential race and their plans come through, “You will see a depression the likes of which you have never seen,” President Donald Trump warned Thursday.
“You’ll have to go back to 1929, I guess it doesn’t get too much worse than that, and you’ll just see that,” Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “They want to tax $4 trillion. It’s going to be the biggest tax increase in history by far. It will triple up records, and they are big taxers. It’s just something that won’t work.”
The stock market, he added, is “almost back to where we were,” and “we’re still in the pandemic, which will ...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a scathing letter Tuesday to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit concerning the threats recently launched at him and his family.
“Your inaction in wake of calls to murder me and my family members, and the threats to rape my wife, are no less than scandalous legitimacy to spill our blood,” Netanyahu wrote as cited by outlet N12.
“We thought all the red lines were crossed — it turns out we were wrong,” the premier stipulated.
Continuing the harsh rhetoric, Netanyahu added that “I want to hope that unlike all your previous answers, this time you will reply appropriately, and without another bureaucratic twisting rejection letter that screams from bias, inaction and selective non-enforcement.”...