Occasionally, when learning Torah, we come face to face with historical facts which may be at odds with the scientific perception or agenda of the day.  Parshas Bereishis contains perhaps a thousand of those possibilities, in the first Aliya alone.  Today, where evolution and the Big Bang are no longer advanced as theories, but rather taught as scientific facts, we must be very deliberate in how we explain these apparent inconsistencies to our children.  Several very dedicated and talented Mechanchim that my children have had, have dealt with this issue with different approaches and styles.  One approach has simply been to say “science is wrong”.  Indeed, history is full of many examples of scientific impossibilities becoming reality.  Whether it ...
Baltimore, MD - Oct 2020 - Today , so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs of our younger generation. Challenge Your Table was born to entertain and engage our children at the Shabbos table in a fun and educative way.  Parents, beware: you may end up having as much fun as the children!!Click on the pages below for a printable copy for your Shabbos table. Enjoy!
Today, 28 Tishrei, is the 19th yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, z"l. This week's shtikle is dedicated leiluy nishmaso, Daniel Moshe Eliyahu ben Yitzchak. Just after the Torah recounts the sin of the eitz hada'as, we are told about the birth of Kayin and Hevel and almost immediately of the tragic murder of Hevel. There does not seem to be any significant time lapse in between. The only hint given in the Torah is the term "vayehi mikeitz yamim," and it was at the end of (some) days. But there is no elaboration on this ambiguous time span. It seems altogether possible that this episode happened quite soon after the sin of the eitz hada'as. It is well known that before the sin of the eitz hada'as, the physical realiti...
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — An AMBER Alert was issued early Friday morning for a 7-year-old boy last seen in Glen Burnie, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. On Oct. 15th, 2020 at approximately 10:50 p.m., officers responded for a parental abduction/home invasion in the 400 block of Glen Mar Circle, Glen Burnie.  The mother, maternal grandmother, and 2 unknown males forced open the door to the apartment and assaulted the father and paternal grandparents. The mother and her associates removed the 7-year-old child from his bed and fled from the residence. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  https://bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: https://bit.ly/3a...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 16, 2020: Dear Community Members, The Pikesville Precinct experienced two theft of bikes from the 2nd floor balconies in two different apartment complexes. The first theft of bike occurred in the St. Charles at Olde Court Apartments on 10/07/2020 between 8:00AM and 2:30PM. The second theft of bike occurred in the Cedar Towers Apartments between 10/09/20 at 8:15PM through 10/10/20 at 10:00AM. Please secure all bicycles with a lock and if possible keep all valuables out of sight. Keep your residences secured at all times.  Lock your windows, doors, and use your residential alarm system if available.  The Pikesville Precinct Community Outreach Team offers free residential security surveys, where a uniformed officer will respond to your home and provide ideas ...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 16, 2020 - Hatzalah Rapid Testing Today at Bnos Yisroel Parking Lot for those who are SYMPTOMATIC ONLY. Please visit https://hatzalahbaltimore.org/covid/ for details and follow instructions. 
Since August, Israel has regarded England as a Green country. This has meant that travelers arriving from England have been exempt from quranatine upon arrival in Israel. Now, due to rising infection rates in the United Kingdom, Israel’s Health Ministry will be changing England’s status to Red. The authorities are providing a grace period before this change takes effect. Hence, the change will take place at midnight of October 23, meaning the night between Thursday and Friday, next week
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 15, 2020: Unfortunately, Dr. Aviva Weisbord, Aviva bas Shaina Chana,  needs our Tefilos NOW. Tehillim call for men at 11:00am this morning. Call-In: 563 999 2090     Access code: 387377# We will be reciting Kapitlach 116, 120, 121, 130, 142 ALL ARE ASKED TO MUTE THEIR PHONES. DO NOT ANNOUNCE YOURSELVES. Rabbi Moshe Hauer will lead the Tehillim
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 16, 2020: Tehilim at 10:00 am for Dr.  Aviva WeisbordAviva bas Shaina Chana who needs our tefilos now! Call-In: 563.999.2090   Passcode 387377Please do not announce yourselves and  mute your own phones *6We will be reciting Kapitlach 116, 120, 121, 130, 142
Pfizer Inc. PFE -0.84% said it could be ready to apply for emergency-use authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine by late November, assuming it receives positive efficacy and safety data from late-stage human trials, the first time it or any other leading Western vaccine developer provided such a specific timeline. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  https://bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: https://bit.ly/3aYxo4v The drug giant, which is developing its vaccine candidate with German partner BioNTech SE, BNTX 4.05% said it continues to expect to have data on the vaccine’s effectiveness—whether it protects at least a majority of vaccin...
The Zohar depicts the nature of our celebration of the holiday of Sukkos as children who shelter themselves in the warmth of their mother’s protective embrace.   This relationship is referred to as the אמא עילאה — the Higher Mother.   The saintly Reb Mordechai of Neshchiz explains, that this intimates man’s ability to repent from his sins, finding refuge ‘in the apron strings of his mother’, from those who seek to persecute him.  But isn’t Teshuva an erasure of one’s past misdeeds through meaningful regret and repentance, without any need to ‘escape’ the intentions of those who seek to harm him?  After the sin of partaking from the Tree of Knowledge, the Torah enumerates a series of curses that will befal...
[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. On each of the six days of creation [with the exception of the second day; see the commentaries as to why], the Torah says "and G-d saw that it was good." However, at the end of the sixth day, the passuk says "And G-d saw...
NEW YORK (VINnews) — After Twitter’s Jack Dorsey admitted that his company’s attempted suppression of the e-mails sent by Hunter Biden implicating his father as having had business contacts with Ukrainian company Burisma while serving as Vice President responsible for US policy towards the Ukraine was ‘not great’, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson discussed the attempts by the Biden campaign to ignore the story and hide behind the fact that Facebook and Twitter had tried to suppress it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, after he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus. Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a week-long stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit. He called on all political leaders to advocate for face-coverings, as the practice has become increasingly politicized even as the pandemic has killed more than 217,000 Americans. “I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day,” Christie said. “I was wrong.” Christie, who was at the White House for the announcement of Judge Amy C...
Wells Fargo & Co. fired more than 100 employees suspected of improperly collecting coronavirus relief funds, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The firm determined that the staffers defrauded the Small Business Administration “by making false representations in applying for coronavirus relief funds for themselves,” according to an internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg. The review focused on employees who tapped the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, a key part of the government’s effort to prop up businesses during the pandemic. “We have terminated the employment of those individuals and will cooperate fully with law enforcement,” David Galloreese, Wells Fargo’s head of human resources, said in the memo. “These wrongful ...
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden‘s (D) campaign announced late Wednesday that it had raised a massive $383 million in September, marking the best period for the campaign so far. The figure, announced by Biden and his campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, on Twitter means that the former vice president will go into the remaining weeks of the election with $432 million in the bank, an impressive figure to fund last-minute advertising. “To every person who chipped in a few dollars last month — thank you. Because of your support, we raised an astounding $383 million,” tweeted Biden late Wednesday evening. “I’m incredibly humbled.” Read more at The Hill.
It’s fair to say the coronavirus pandemic has turned many people into TV binge watchers in 2020. For some people however, isolation is leaving them bored and depressed no matter what’s on television. A new study finds there may be a way to cure this boredom and get back in touch with nature, without leaving your couch. Researchers at the University of Exeter find that watching nature programming actually reduces feelings of boredom and sadness. The study examined 96 participants who researchers actively tried to bore before their experiments. To accomplish this, the volunteers watched a video where a person described their work at an office supply company. After being sufficiently fatigued by this dull tale, researchers showed the group scenes of an underwater coral...
Hailing his administration’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic — as his opponent almost entirely focuses its campaign on that issue — President Donald Trump told Newsmax TV, the worst is behind us. “We’ve come up with great therapeutics and cures and all sorts of things,” Trump told Wednesday’s “Greg Kelly Reports” in an exclusive interview, noting the mortality rate is declining and survival rates are going over 99%. “We’ve come up with things that are amazing. The job we’ve done is incredible, and now the vaccines are coming out. We’re rounding the turn, but most people, 99-point-something percent, if you get it, you get better. I got better.” Read more at NEWSMAX.
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