Jerusalem, Israel - Sept. 23, 2021 - In Yerushalayim, the large Birkat Cohanim at the Kotel with Israeli Chief Rabbis, for the first time on Sukkot was organized to be held twice, first on September 22, and again on September 23, 2021.  Last year for Pesach there was also a second service, due to the corona limitations to avoid the regular huge crowds of hundreds of thousands crowding into the Old City. The numbers allowed to attend were drastically reduced.  On the second day of Sukkot 5782, the first day of Chol Hamoed in Israel, the crowd was smaller than previous years before pandemic restrictions. Medical units were in place for emergencies as usual. But added were security units in purple vests positioned to hand out masks to those who did not have them before...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 22, 2021  - Simchas Beis HaShoeiva at Baltimore's Machzikei Torah                                                            
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2021 - Due to the COVID-19 uptick, the Hatzalah Monoclonal Antibody infusion center is open again with 24/7 service.  With the expansion of the FDA protocols, most people who test positive or who are exposed and not yet positive will qualify for treatment.  Early treatment is essential for best outcome.  Call HOB MAB line 24/7 including shabbos and YT at 410-585-0054 option 2 for more info or visit BJLCovid for more information or to register.
The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots. The FDA authorized booster doses for Americans who are 65 and older, younger adults with underlying health conditions and those in jobs that put them at high risk for COVID-19. The ruling represents a drastically scaled back version of the Biden administration’s sweeping plan to give third doses to nearly all American adults to shore up their protection amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. However, more regulatory hurdles lie ahead before the dispensing of boosters can begin. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Police on Wednesday arrested a Palestinian suspect over an apparent hit-and-run near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Michmash, during which an Israeli woman was moderately wounded. According to the victim, the car passed her on the road between Ma’ale Michmash and Neve Erez, turned back, and then accelerated toward her. After she was hit, the driver fled from the scene. She was taken to hospital, and only reported the incident to the police some two hours later. Police located the vehicle at the Palestinian town of al-Eizariya near Jerusalem, and took the Palestinian man in for questioning. An organization representing local security officers claimed the ramming was an intentional terror attack, but police officials did not confirm it as such.
Former President Donald Trump filed suit against his niece, the New York Times, and three of its journalists over reporting based on private tax records alleging he engaged in “dubious” tax scheming and fraud. Trump’s complaint accuses his niece Mary Trump and reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner of participating in the “insidious plot” to gain and “exploit” his tax information and seeks damages of no less than $100 million. The lawsuit, filed in a New York state court, takes particular aim at an October 2018 article by Barstow, Craig, and Buettner headlined “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father,” one of a host of stories the paper ran on Trump’s tax...
Those recovered in last 3 months no longer required to prove negative PCR test prior to arrival Israelis who recently recovered from Covid-19 are now exempt from a requirement to take a test for the virus before flying back to the country, a government committee ruled.  The decision approved exempting those who have recovered from Covid in the past three months from a required PCR test before departing for Israel. The ruling was enacted and went into effect immediately. This measure was adopted by the Exemptions Committee, a group headed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Health Ministry, and the Population and Immigration Authority in Israel. During a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a sample is taken from a nasal swab and sent to a laboratory for analysis. This techniqu...
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett faced criticism from Caredi  opposition MKs for scheduling his flight home from New York after the UN General Assembly when Simhat Torah is over in Israel but continues for American Jews. The first religiously observant prime minister, Bennett also caused an uproar two weeks ago when he traveled on Shabbat to police headquarters to oversee efforts to find the six terrorists who had escaped from prison. As he did when he was defense minister, Bennett uses a special dispensation of pikuah nefesh to work on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush said that when Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, was abroad dealing with matters of state, he would always make a point of walking instead of driving on...
Abdullah II calls for Palestinian state on 1967 lines in pre-recorded video message to UN General Assembly In a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Wednesday that fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorist groups based in Gaza last May underscored that "the current situation is simply unsustainable." "General security for both sides, indeed for the whole world, can only be ensured by a two-state solution," he said. He called for the creation of a Palestinian state established on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Jordanian king also called for continued support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Abdullah II widened the scope ...
Mild cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals are becoming increasingly common as the highly contagious delta variant barrels through communities, but physicians and public health experts say that shouldn’t be a cause for significant concern. A breakthrough case of COVID-19 occurs when a person contracts COVID-19 at least two full weeks after the final dose of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks only breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization or death, as these incidences are both serious and very rare. COVID-19 cases are up to five times more common in unvaccinated individuals compared with the vaccinated, according to the CDC. But state-level data shows that milder breakthrough cases that do not result in hospitalization are on the ...
“Significant progress” has been made toward reaching a prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian sources told the Quds News Network news agency on Wednesday. According to the unnamed sources, the progress was achieved after Israel reportedly made “a concession” regarding Palestinian security prisoners serving life terms in Israeli prisons. The sources did not provide additional details about the ostensible progress. But as Egypt pursues its efforts to reach a prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organization called for kidnapping IDF soldiers to force Israel to release security prisoners. Khader Habib, a senior PIJ official in the Gaza Strip, said that Palestinian &...
Newer variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are evolving to become more airborne, according to a recent study from the University of Maryland, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. People infected with the Alpha strain of COVID-19 are exhaling 43 to 100 times more of the virus into the air compared to those infected with the original COVID-19 strain, the study shows. The research found that the viral load in the air from Alpha variant patients was 18-times more than could be explained by the increased amounts of virus in nasal swabs and saliva. Researchers also found that face coverings such as surgical masks and cloths, reduce the amount of the virus breathed into the air by about 50%. "We know that the Delta variant circuling...
The leader of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced legislation on Wednesday to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its "Iron Dome" missile-defense system, a day after the funding was removed from a broader spending bill. Some of the most liberal House Democrats had objected to the provision and said they would vote against the broad spending bill. This threatened its passage because Republicans were lined up against the plan to fund the federal government through December 3 and raise the nation's borrowing limit. The removal led Republicans to label Democrats as anti-Israel, despite a long tradition in the US Congress of strong support from both parties for the Jewish state, to which Washington sends billions of dollars in aid every year...
The city will ban plastic bags beginning Oct. 1. In a Wednesday morning news conference, Mayor Brandon Scott said to prepare for the ban,  they are giving out thousands of reusable bags. “This is a culture change for our entire city," Scott said. " We know that there are going to be growing pains.”  Once the ordinance takes effect, businesses will not be able to distribute plastic bags at checkout. Any other bags distributed will require a 5-cent surcharge.  “All of our departments have been working with businesses specifically to hear what they need," Scott said.  Scott previously delayed the ban over COVID-19 because of concerns from the business community.
Six new speed cameras will be activated Monday in three Baltimore County school zones, police announced. For the first 30 days, motorists exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more will receive warnings. All speed camera zones are marked with signage. See a full list of speed cameras in Baltimore County here. The new speed camera locations include: - McDonogh School, 8600 block of McDonogh Road (both east and westbound) - Harbour School, 11200 block of Dolfield Boulevard (both east and westbound) - Randallstown Elementary School, 8900 block Greens Lane (both north and southbound) In compliance with state law, police said Baltimore County's speed cameras operate weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., including summer months and on weekdays when school in not in session.
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2021 - An Important COVID-19 Update from the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanim. For a larger, printable copy, click on the graphic below
Our community does not have a unique problem, but we are small enough that we can create unique solutions “We need to leave the Kiddush club in place.”  Those weren’t the exact words I used, but it was the message I conveyed to the president of my shul, who wanted to shut down the Kiddush club. I was a placeholder — interim rabbi was my exact title — while the shul was searching for a new rabbi. I had a slim chance of getting the job and figured there was nothing to lose. Was I trying to curry votes? Hard to believe, as a vote would be lost for every vote gained. Maybe I was just an inexperienced 27-year-old who was out of his depth. Shuls have been fighting over Kiddush clubs for as long as they have existed, and our shul was no exception....
Collections Resume on Modified Schedule Starting October 2 Bulk trash collection for residents will resume on Saturday, October 2, 2021, with a modified schedule. Collections will occur on Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., with services focused on a different sector of Baltimore City each week. Residents can call 311 to schedule bulk trash or white goods collection. Each household will be allowed the removal of up to three items per month. Residents can begin contacting 311 to request a collection date starting September 17, 2021. The collection schedule will be as follows: Second Saturday of the month: Northwest & Central DPW will make up all missed bulk and white goods collections during the week. When residents call 311, service representatives will share the next collection...
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