'At least in the short term, most people who get Covid-19 won't get it again,' researchers say Patients with COVID-19 remain largely immune to it for at least six months after their recovery, a new study by the University of Oxford revealed Friday. The finding comes as part of a large-scale study into coronavirus reinfection -- a phenomenon deemed to be quite rare by healthcare professionals. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The authors highlighted they had not yet gathered enough data to make a judgment on the possibility of reinfection more than six months after reco...
The historic trials issued 12 death sentences and 3 life sentences to high-ranking Nazi officials Germany marks on Friday the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, the watershed series of military tribunals intended to bring senior Nazi officials to justice. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens A small commemorative event, scaled down because of coronavirus restrictions, will be held in courtroom 600 at the city's Palace of Justice, where the infamous trials opened on November 20, 1945. Witnesses, politicians and experts will speak in video messages at the event, wh...
Yitzchok and Rivka have two sons. While in the womb, Hashem told Rivka that these two sons are really two nations. The world is going to be dominated by two different philosophies – one of Yaakov and one of Eisov. Which one of the two will be the most dominant one? Rashi quotes the midrash which says both sons will have descendants who are great – Antoninus and Rebbi. Both were exceedingly wealthy. Click here to download the audio Click here to watch the video But the posuk says Yaakov and Eisov will part ways at birth and follow their own very different inclinations. This one will go towards evil and this one towards temimus. They will not rule the world together as a 50-50 partnership. It will be like a see-saw. When one rises the other will fall. What is the philosophy o...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2020 - IMPORTANT COVID TEST RESULTS FOR WEEK OF THANKSGIVING: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there is expected to be a nationwide rush on testing this week. Anyone who needs results by Wednesday 11/25 should be tested no later than Sunday night 11/22
Pfizer and partner BioNTech confirmed they will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday for emergency usage of their new COVID-19 vaccine, a major step forward in a fight against a pandemic that has killed more people in the U.S. than any other nation. "Hope and help are on the way," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, a point person in the Trump administration's push to develop a safeguard against the disease, said the night before. “Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent, as we continue to see an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 globally," Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, b...
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Two of Israel's largest mall holding companies announce will open businesses, supervise social distancing Some malls opened their gates Friday in direct contrast to Israel’s Health Ministry’s instructions in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Hebrew media reported. The malls decided to defy the government’s orders following its approval to reopen commercial centers, but not closed shopping centers. Azrieli Groups and Ofer Malls announced they will resume business today in Ayalon Mall, Hakrayon, Grand Mall Beersheba, the Great Mall in Petach Tikva and Modi’in Mall, according to outlet Walla News. Read more at i24
Health officials around the world are clashing over the use of certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live. On Friday, a World Health Organization guidelines panel advised against using the antiviral remdesivir for hospitalized patients, saying there’s no evidence it improves survival or avoids the need for breathing machines. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens But in the U.S. and many other countries, the drug has been the standard of care since a major, government-led study found other benefits — it shortened recove...
Steven Mnuchin asked the Fed to return the unused $455B given to it under the CARES Act Stock futures were mixed Friday after the U.S. Treasury moved to end some coronavirus pandemic lending programs given to the Federal Reserve that the central bank considered "essential." Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Dow futures were off 61 points, a decline of 0.2%, but up from the lows of the session. The S&P 500 was off 0.1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose by a similar amount. After the close of trading Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote&nbs...
Within these last two weeks, Maryland has continued to break its own coronavirus records, and not in a good way.  On Thursday, Maryland broke its previous record for the highest number of coronavirus cases. Maryland recorded 2,910 additional cases Thursday, bringing the overall total to174,733 confirmed  coronavirus cases. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Thursday also showed that hospitalizations remained over 1,000 for a second consecutive day, and that the positivity rate increased to 7.19%. Read more at WBAL
In recent days, rabbis around the world conducted special healing prayer services on behalf of Ukrainian President Volodymyr (Vladimir) Zelensky, and sent written wishes for a swift recovery to his office. Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, sent a special video greeting on Sunday to the Ukrainian president, who is Jewish. "I bless the president and pray that he will get out of his sickbed and return to lead his country,” said Rabbi Yosef.  “Judaism teaches 'beloved is man who is created in His image.' Every person is beloved and should be respected – no matter who he is – because he is a person who needs to be cared for. The president who sanctifies God’s name in practice, in grace and mercy in Ukraine, therefore deserves...
Parshas Toldos presents us with one of the most difficult to understand and troubling narratives in the Torah.  Yitzchak, Kadosh Lashem, was bound on a Mizbeach for a Korban.  His Tmimos was so complete that he was not permitted to ever leave Eretz Yisroel. And Rivka Imeinu:  Rivka, who grew up in a house of cunning, without any Torah, to nevertheless raise herself to the status of Sarah and be Zoche for Sarah’s nissim to return in her honor.  Two perfect people produce Yaakov Avinu. But how is it possible that these same two Tzaddikim produced Yaakov’s twin, Eisav Harasha?  Was there something improper in the manner in which Yitzchak and Rivka brought up Eisav?  Was Eisav’s Chinuch defective in some way?  A little over 25 years ago, I ...
Today, 3 Kisleiv, marked the 20th yahrtzeit of my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l. Just in time, Artscroll has released a brand new biography written by Baltimore's own Rabbi Yechiel Spero. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Yaakov Moshe ben Refael Nissan Shlomo. Rashi (27:1) details a discussion in the midrashim as to why Yitzchak's vision was impaired. First, he quotes the Midrash Tanchuma that it was caused by the smoke from the incense that Eisav's wives would burn for idol worship. The second suggestion, from Midrash Rabba, is that the angels were crying at the akeidah and their tears fell in his eyes. Rashi's third and final explanation is that Yitzchak became blind so that Yaakov...
About 12 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits in December when CARES Act provisions lapse, absent an extension, according to a new analysis. Unemployment benefits will terminate for more than half of current recipients at the end of the year, coinciding with a lapse in federal protections for renters and a resumption in student loan payments. That intersection may spell financial catastrophe for jobless workers without action from Congress or the White House, according to economists. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Meanwhile, Americans had already been reporting higher levels ...
[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. When Rivka passed places of idol worship, she felt the fetuses inside of her pushing to get out. Rivka was very perturbed, and exclaimed, ‘if so, why is this I’ [or ‘why is this my I’]. What does this m...
US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday offered an upbeat assessment on the coronavirus pandemic in the US. In a briefing of the coronavirus task force, Pence said America “has never been more prepared to combat this virus than we are today.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens He added that the Trump administration does not support another lockdown or school closures to stem the spread of the virus. “I’ll say again, no national shutdown. No national shutdown, because every region, every area, every community can be different,” the Vice President said. Earlier, ...
Three Jewish groups in Canada express disappointment after government votes in favor of UN resolution on Palestinian self-determination. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), B’nai Brith Canada and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) on Thursday expressed deep disappointment with the Canadian government’s decision to vote in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution that affirms Palestinian self-determination, while failing to affirm Jewish self-determination in the indigenous and ancestral homeland of the Jewish people and intentionally erasing historical Jewish connections to Jerusalem. “In its Explanation of Vote (EOV), Canada detailed the many shortcomings of this resolution, and the unfair targeting of Israel – yet Canada then proceeded t...
ATLANTA (AP) — A top Georgia election official said Thursday that a hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race has been completed, and that the results affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead over Republican President Donald Trump. The hand tally of about 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request. The state has until Friday to certify results that have been certified and submitted by the counties. The counties were supposed to finish the hand count by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system, said Thursday evening that the audit was complete. Results were poste...
NEW YORK (VINnews) – A Brooklyn city councilman who has long vowed to put an end to illegal parking on has made good on his word, introducing legislation that will offer cash incentives to those who report the scofflaws. Streetsblog (https://bit.ly/36SxAjP) reported that City Councilman Stephen Levin introduced legislation on Thursday with Council Speaker Corey Johnson that would allow civilians to reported those who park in bike and bus lanes, crosswalks and on the sidewalk, including police cars and cars with city-issued NYPD placards. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Violators could...
'Any nation concerned by Iran’s belligerence should, and will, make their case,' al-Zayani cited as saying Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani urged the presumptive US President-elect Joe Biden to talk with the Gulf states before entering any deals with Iran. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The point was made in al-Zayani's interview for Axios taken during his historic visit to Jerusalem and published Wednesday. "The situation in the Middle East has changed in the last four years and the dynamics have changed," the mini...
President-elect Joe Biden is ruling out the possibility of a national lockdown to address the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday, Biden said there will be “no national shutdown” when he’s in office because “every region, every area, every community can be different” and a blanket lockdown would be “counterproductive.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Biden has faced questions about whether he’d pursue a nationwide shutdown to try to rein in the virus after one of the members of his coronavirus task ...
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