Today, in Eretz Yisrael, it begins. On the seventh of Cheshvan, we begin to pray for rain. In the Amidah prayer, the focal point of the prayer service. Ashkenazim add the words "bestow dew and rain for blessing." How fitting to say these words precisely when rains of blessing have begun to fall in our land. And in the Sephardic community, starting from today, the added words are entirely about abundance. Not only is rain requested, but peace and hope and all-encompassing blessing, as well as deliverance from every type of misfortune and catastrophic circumstance. (Today, in the wake of the pandemic, we understand the importance of such deliverance.) And not only for ourselves do we pray, but for the whole world. Take a moment to read these beautiful words:"Bless for us, Lord our God, this ...
A Texas man was indicted on federal charges for allegedly threatening former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen over the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the indictment unsealed Tuesday, Scott Eli Harris sent a menacing message from his cellphone on July 12, 2020, to Wen because she supports COVID-19 vaccines. In an expletive-filled note, Harris wrote, in part: "Never going to take your wonder drug. My 12-gauge promises I won't ... I can't wait for the shooting to start." Harris, 51, of Aubrey, Texas, then threatened to shoot Wen, prosecutors said. "We take seriously threats and intimidation, and this charge makes clear that such conduct will be prosecuted federally," U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our law enforceme...
Baltimore County, MD - Oct. 13, 2021 - The Baltimore County Planning Board welcomes citizens to participate in the annual review of the Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2023 through 2028. The Citizen Input Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 21 at 5 p.m., virtually through Webex. Residents are invited to share their concerns about the County’s plan to fund the construction of public facilities such as roads, storm drains, sidewalks, public buildings, parks, schools, land preservation and stream restoration projects.  To sign up to speak and/or access the Webex link for the virtual meeting when posted, please visit https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/planning or contact Jen Meacham at jmeacham@baltimorecountymd.gov
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 13, 2021 - As with many things that have been affected by COVID, we are having difficulty with supply line issues regarding Yoshon products for our box program. Beginning Tuesday, 10/19/21, Seven Mile Market has generously offered to provide a ‘YOSHON EXCHANGE’ for those that need. The exchange will provide the opportunity to immediately exchange any non-Yoshon items that are in the box for Yoshon items that are nutritionally acceptable equivalents. After picking up your regular box, please re-enter the Seven Mile Market parking lot from the Reisterstown Road entrance and proceed to the second set of doors where the exchange will be set up. There will be a notification on the weekly flyer for the items that are affected. Please contact meals@torahinstit...
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Redistricting in Baltimore County is front and center again. The county's NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland say the Redistricting Commission's proposed plan would unlawfully dilute Black people's votes — in violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act. On Tuesday, those groups stood together in protest. The ACLU and local and state leaders are calling on the County Council to reject the Redistricting Commission's plan or face court action. "We have a growing and thriving population of Black and brown people who choose to live in Baltimore County. There's an opportunity for the County Council to create council districts that celebrate the diversity and opportunity in civic engagement," said Calin Young, public policy director of ACLU of Maryland said. Danita T...
The House voted Tuesday to temporarily raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion after the Senate approved the stopgap measure late last week, putting off the risk of default until early December. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the lower chamber back to Washington from a two-week recess to pass the measure. The bill passed along party lines Tuesday evening in a 219-206 vote. It now heads to President Joe Biden's desk for signature. "A default would send shockwaves to global financial markets, and would likely cause credit markets worldwide to freeze up and stock markets to plunge. Employers around the world would likely have to begin laying off workers," Pelosi told reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The debt ceiling bill was packaged as part of a rule for...
 A delegation of Bahraini officials visiting Israel succeeded in piquing the interest of numerous Israelis as they visited famous places wearing their traditional keffiyehs and long white robes, according to a Times of Israel report. The Bahrainis were guests of Sharaka, or “partnership” in Arabic, a group which sees itself as a “peace startup”, founded with the aim of translating the Abraham Accords into a warm peace between people. Such a peace has been sorely lacking in Israel’s relations with Egypt and Jordan, the first two Arab nations to make peace with Israel. When arriving at the Western Wall, the Bahrainis who saw Jews praying there respectfully joined in and prayed their own prayers among the Jews, who looked on in curiosity and bewilderment a...
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday called to curb the political influence of the ultra-Orthodox, angering Haredi lawmakers. “I am happy there are charedim, but we need to limit their political sway,” Bennett said at the Jerusalem Post Conference at the Museum of Tolerance in downtown Jerusalem. He included charedim as one of three main elements in Israel’s political arena, along with the nationalistic right and humanistic left. Bennett, who is Orthodox, explained that all three political camps are “needed,” and that he “wouldn’t want an Israel without the religious aspect, because we are the Jewish state.” “I wouldn’t want an Israel without a left-wing. While clearly, I feel differently on many issues, I am happy there ...
Rabbi Aaron Kotler is stepping down from his position at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. Rabbi Kotler has carried the title of CEO/president/menahel of the yeshiva for years. Under his watch, the yeshiva never missed a kollel check and managed the finances of the yeshiva with aplomb. Rumors of his resignation have been swirling for quite some time. Rabbi Kotler is a son of Rav Shnuer Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, and a grandson of Rav Aharon Kotler, founding rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha. His brother, Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, is one of the four roshei yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoah, along with his brother-in-law, Rav Dovid Schustal, and Rav Yeruchem Olshin and Rav Yisroel Neuman, shlita. The news comes on the heels of the unrelated major incr...
It has come to our attention that in certain models of STAR-K Sabbath Mode-certified Kitchen Aid French Door refrigerators - among them KRFC302ESS and KRSC503ESS​ - the interior lights continue to be operational even in Sabbath Mode. To determine if your model has this issue, do the following: 1.   Set the Sabbath Mode. 2.   Keeping the left door and freezer drawer closed, open the right door.       a. If there is no light displaying, your unit is fine. ​​      b. If you see a light, however dim, you will need to tape down both           refrigerator switches and the freezer switch before Shabbos and Yom Tov.           Be sure to remove the tape after Shabbos/Yom Tov. ...
Agudath Israel of America, along with several other Jewish organizations, have asked the United States Supreme Court to hear Weiss v. National Westminster Bank (NatWest). The case, brought by victims of Hamas terrorism, argues that the bank should be liable for its role in financing Hamas’s terrorist activities.   The terror victims claim that NatWest, the bank, facilitated financial transactions to a supposed charitable organization called Interpal that helped fund Hamas and its terrorist activities. In an surprising decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the bank’s facilitation of financial transactions with an entity that the bank knew to be affiliated with a terrorist organization was not sufficient as a matter of law to move the case forward an...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 12, 2021 - The Baltimore City Health Department will be hosting two COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on Thursdays, October 21st and November 11th from 11am-3pm on both days, in the Early Childhood Center wing. All three vaccine options will be available, Pfizer (ages 12+), as well as Moderna and J&J/Janssen (both for ages 18+) through LifeBridge Health staff. Walk-ins are welcome or you can also pre-register at COVAX.BaltimoreCity.Gov Stop in for a short time to get this important health care matter taken care of…bring your friends and family and support them in making the decision to get vaccinated now. To “sweeten” the decision, you can choose from either a $10 FREE Kosher Dunkin Donuts Gift Card *or* a FREE 1-Week Pass...
Jerusalem, Israel - Oct. 12, 2021  - The Jerusalem Post 10th Annual Diplomatic Conference was held at the new Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, Israel on Tuesday, October 12th.  Jerusalem Post Editor Yaakov Katz began the full-day conference program by introducing Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion to speak. Included in the long list of Israeli politicians and leaders were Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, Gidon Saar, Avigdor Liberman, Ayelet Shaked, Yussi Cohen, and Sylvan Adams.  Jerusalem Post journalists interviewed multiple guests and panelists. Bloomberg's Gwen Ackerman interviewed Eran Peleg of Clarity Capital, who talked about "uncertainty" in the markets. President of the World Jewish Congress Ron Lauder and Safra Catz CEO of Oracle ...
Earlier attempts to reopen the border to tourists were delayed due to delta variant, fourth wave in Israel Israel’s government is expected to announce the reopening of the state’s borders to foreign tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1. Initially, visitors from 40 countries will be permitted entry, mostly from European Union nations with which Israel has mutually recognized vaccination standards, Globes reported.  Inline with the Covid-19 booster campaign conducted in Israel, only tourists with two shots conducted within six months of their visit, or with a third dose, will be allowed into the country.
Rapid antigen tests will be used as part of the 'Green Classroom' initiative to keep kids out of quarantine Approximately 2.5 million Covid-19 antigen test kits landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of examining students in the education system, the Israeli government announced. An additional 4.7 million antigen tests are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. "We are doing everything we can to keep the economy open, the education system functioning and the routine of life going. With the millions of tests we bring to Israel, it is possible. With proper, tight and flexible management, we beat the Delta strain," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.
Texas Jewish death row inmate Randy Halprin was granted a new trial after a judge ruled in his favor over allegations that the judge who presided over his trial used anti-Semitic language, WFAA reported. A Dallas County judge has ruled that Halprin – part of the “Texas 7” group of escaped prisoners – be given a new trial after examining evidence that his trial was biased because the judge held anti-Semitic beliefs. Judge Lela Mays approved Halprin’s application for relief after examining claims by the death row inmate that former Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him using anti-Semitic language, thereby prejudicing the jury against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will now make a final decision as to whether Halprin will be given a ...
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has doubled down on the Biden administration’s use of Title 42, dismissing recent criticism from a former senior State Department official who called it “illegal” and “inhumane,” instead insisting to Yahoo News on Tuesday that while it “is not an immigration policy that we in this administration would embrace,” the policy is a “public health imperative.” Title 42, which was first used by former President Donald Trump and then continued by the Biden administration to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crossed into the United States from Mexico, is an obscure public health authority that permits the government to prevent noncitizens from entering the U.S. du...
A federal judge in Utica sided Tuesday with 17 health care workers who object to New York State's vaccine mandate for health workers on religious grounds, granting their request for an injunction that stops the state from enforcing the policy for those who claim a religion-based objection."There is no adequate explanation from defendants about why the 'reasonable accommodation' that must be extended to a medically exempt health care worker under 2.61 could not similarly be extended to a healthcare worker with a sincere religious objection," Judge David Hurd wrote. Hurd's preliminary injunction means New York will continue to be barred from enforcing any requirement that employers deny religious exemptions. Unlike other judges who have heard similar cases about vaccine...
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