In the dimly lit war room of the Romanian frigate Regina Maria, glowing radar screens illuminate a cheat sheet for identifying Russian vessels. The ship’s commander points to the newest warships, Grigorovich and Sviyazhsk, that have appeared on the horizon since Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and began to expand its Black Sea fleet. Romanian Cmdr. Alexandru Gobjila then points to older vessels, armed with the latest technology and weaponry, including supersonic Kalibr cruise missiles capable of reaching 1,600 miles into Europe. The Russian Black Sea navy now numbers over 200 large ships, all in a body of water twice the size of the Great Lakes. Vladimir Putin’s power projection in the region is designed to secure unfettered warm water access through a war o...
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the Biden administration is preparing another round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Why it matters: The news of a potential new sanctions package comes days after President Biden warned Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva that if Navalny died in prison the consequences for Russia would be “devastating.” The state of play: The Biden administration has already sanctioned Russia twice this past Spring. In March, the administration announced sanctions against 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of Navalny. Then in April, it followed up with e...
 Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu called Sunday not to purchase agricultural produce from Israeli Arabs in the aftermath of the violent riots in which a number of Jews were killed by Israeli Arabs during the Guardian Of The Walls campaign. In response, MK Musi Raz (Meretz) called on the Attorney-General to investigate the rabbi on counts of racial incitement. Rabbi Eliyahu had called on his followers to purchase only from Jews, stating that “we are after continued fighting against the Arab enemy who wishes to eradicate us, shooting at innocent people indiscriminately. We have seen that even within the country there are those who wish to kill us and not just in Gaza. “Thousands of Israeli Arabs threw stones at women and children because they are Jewish. We saw petrol bomb...
After Palestinian leaders refused to accept the vaccines sent by Israel over the weekend, claiming that they were close to expiration date, three other countries have reportedly asked Israel to send them the vaccines, according to the Haaretz newspaper. If an agreement is reached it will mirror the terms of the agreement with the Palestinians whereby Israel would be repaid from future vaccine shipments to these countries. The deal would need the approval of Pfizer. The Palestinians have not abandoned the possibility of a deal with Israel altogether but are seeking to receive vaccines which do not expire until the end of July. Israel had sent the original shipment of 100,000 vaccines out of a possible 1,000,000 to Ramallah in exchange for a part of the PA’s shipment expected lat...
Gov. Larry Hogan calls it, "another major milestone," this Father's Day as Maryland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Department of Health reports that were no additional deaths from COVID-19 since Saturday, the first time there has been no daily increase in the state's death rate since Oct. 18, 2020. Officials report 42 new cases first daily increase under 50 since Mar. 23, 2020. The 7-day positivity rate was .72% on Sunday, a new record low. Hospitalizations declined by three since Saturday, to 150. That's the lowest total since March 27, 2020. As of Sunday, 72.9%  of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, and about 3.25  million people are fully vaccinated. That's about 53% of the state's total population. WBAL...
There has been endless discussion and speculation regarding entry rules to Israel for students for the upcoming school year. Claims have varied widely; with some stating that all students will be allowed into the country. Other rumors have suggested that only vaccinated students will be allowed to enter Israel. Today, the Igud of Foreign Yeshivos & Seminaries, headed by the indefatigable Rabbi Nechemia Malinowitz, issued a letter regarding this fraught topic. In the missive, the Igud offers preliminary guidance to institution heads. Though not final, the Igud advises that vaccination or recovery from Covid will apparently be a requirement for students to receive visas for the upcoming school year. Recovered Covid patients will be required to present positive PCR tests&...
Baltimore, MD - June 20, 2021  - This past Thursday evening, close to 70 girls gathered at Milk and Honey Bistro for an evening of appreciation to all the dedicated staff and volunteers of Menucha.  The girls all had one thing in common: using their time wisely to care for a child with special needs while providing the families a well needed break. The event emcee was Bella Herman, the director of Sunday Funday. She started off by thanking everyone for all they do for the children and their families. She then introduced Mrs. Rivky Danziger, a Menucha parent. Mrs. Danziger spoke about the challenges of having a child with special needs and the impact it has on the family.  She then thanked the girls for providing such a positive place for her daughter to spend time, givin...
Baltimore, MD – June 20,  2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of  Senator Barbara Hoffman, a’h, sister of Sheila Eller. Levayah & Shiva Details forthcoming Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Baltimore, MD – June 20, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ari Poliakoff and Aleah Morantz (Atlanta) on their engagement. Mazel Tov Abba David & Laura Poliakoff and Boruch & JoAnn Morantz יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
What's the main headline this morning? That depends on us. In reading about the death of Miriam the prophetess this past Shabbat, Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl reminds us of a central chapter in Miriam's life: the week she spent in isolation healing from tzara'at (a leprosy-like skin condition) while the nation waited for her to recover.  Rabbi Nebenzahl writes as follows:"Many years before, when Moshe Rabbeinu was floating in a basket in the Nile River, Miriam very briefly waited and watched over him. As a reward for this act, she merited that the nation would wait for her for an entire week. Because every minute of lovingkindess, and every second of a good deed, counts. A small act of lovingkindness by a little girl is valued beyond logic. We must understand its tremendous ...
Israel is set to drop a number of restrictions on air travel starting next month, including a ban on the entry of most individual tourists. Israel’s Interior Ministry announced Sunday afternoon that beginning on July 1st, all vaccinated tourists, whether they are arriving as individuals or as part of group tours, will be granted automatic entry into Israel, without the need for prior approval. From now until July 1st, the Ministry said, tourists will still need to apply for approval prior to entering Israel, adding that approval will be granted based on a number of criteria. Chief among the deciding factors, the Ministry said, will be the tourist’s COVID vaccination status. Unvaccinated tourists who are permitted to enter the country prior to July 1st will be required to rem...
Tel Aviv - On Friday afternoon, just before 4:00 p.m., the bustling Carmel Flea Market (Shuk) in Tel Aviv was as busy as ever, as people went about their last-minute shopping before Shabbat. Among the throngs of shoppers was a middle-aged man who began to feel faint. As strangers recognized that the man was in distress, they approached him and offered to help him, when suddenly, the man collapsed in a stranger's arms. Worried onlookers called emergency services for help. United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Shmuel Leibtag was nearby on Rothschild Boulevard when he received the emergency alert. Using his electric bike, Shmuel cut-through traffic and sped over to the scene. As he searched through the bustling market, Shmuel eventually found the man on the ground with an additional EMT above h...
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday that the recently-detected COVID-19 delta variant will “probably” become the dominant strain in the United States. “I think that that’s probably going to be the case,” Walensky said on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Friday. “When these viruses mutate, they do so with some advantage to the virus. In this case, it is more transmissible,” she continued. “It’s more transmissible than the alpha variant, or the U.K. variant, that we have here. We saw that quickly become the dominant strain in a period of one or two months, and I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the delta strain here.” Wale...
A new poll found that Americans support stricter regulations against Big Tech companies, Axios reported Friday. A survey by Data Progress, a left-leaning polling firm, found that a majority of likely voters supported breaking up massive technology corporations into smaller companies, Axios said. Democrats and Republicans each responded similarly, with 57% saying they supported breaking up Big Tech, according to Axios. Twenty-two percent of Democrats answered “strongly supporting” and 35% “somewhat supporting” breaking up the large tech companies such as Amazon and Google. Republicans responded with 34% “strongly supporting” and 23% “somewhat supporting.” Axios said the survey found that an overwhelming percentage of A...
The Babylon Bee scored a minor victory this weekend. The New York Times has agreed to remove language from a March 19 report characterizing the conservative satire website as a “far-right misinformation site” that “sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.” This is obviously a lie. The Babylon Bee just publishes jokes. It’s no different from the Onion or the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, except that, unlike the former, its jokes are tailored to a right-leaning audience and, unlike the latter, its jokes are actually funny. For some reason, members of the legacy press hate this. Following the publication of the March 19 article, titled, “For Political Cartoonists, the Iro...
The Health Ministry has issued an announcement informing of the presence of a verified coronavirus patient who attended a performance in the Qimron hall in Beit She’an, last Thursday between half-past-seven and nine o’clock in the evening. The source of the infection is now known to be a woman who recently traveled to Dubai, where she picked up the infection and later transferred it to her family in Israel. The Health Ministry, in an exceptional move, has ordered all those who were present at the performance to enter into home quarantine and also to take a coronavirus test at the first opportunity – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against coronavirus or not. Those required to quarantine must remain at home for at least 14 days; or, for at least 10 day...
The cabinet has approved the proposal put forward by Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman to launch a formal commission of inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster.Defense Minister Gantz said: “This commission of inquiry is our moral obligation to the Israeli public and to the families who lost loved ones. We must make sure that a tragedy of this nature never repeats itself. The taskforce’s purpose is, above anything else, to save human life. I thank Finance Minister Liberman, Prime Minister Bennet, and all the members of the cabinet, who have all gotten on board to move fast on approving the commission’s launch during the very first cabinet meeting.”Finance Minister Liberman said: “Today, we turn a new page; no more CYA at the peopl...
New Israeli government shares concerns of the former administration with regards to a nuclear armed Iran Israeli security officials believe the country must prepare contingency planning for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities following the Islamic Republic’s selection of a new president. Ebrahim Raisi – an ultra-conservative and former prosecutor alleged to have condemned thousands of people to execution – is likely to adopt Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy. Raisi backs a return to the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, a scenario which Israeli decision-makers assess won’t occur before August when Raisi takes office, Channel 12 r...
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman acknowledged on Friday that his pre-election statement that he would send the haredi community “in one wheelbarrow to a garbage dump” should not have been made. “The statement was misunderstood, there was no intention here. It was perhaps not the most successful statement, but so be it,” Liberman said in an interview on the Ofira & Berkovic program which airs on Channel 12. He rejected claims that the haredim should be concerned over his appointment as Finance Minister, saying, “They should not be afraid. We are doing what is good for them and the country. I do not want to interfere with their lifestyle, nor do I want them to interfere with my lifestyle. They should study core subjects, acquire a professio...
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