Baltimore, MD – Oct. 13,  2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Danielle Roskes, a'h, wife of Saul Roskes (410-580-2918), mother of Erik Roskes (410-343-9187), Jon Roskes (646-660-1656), and Sandy Roskes (202-641-3177). The levaya will take place this Friday, October 15, at 1:00 pm at Sol Levinsons. Kevura will follow at the Beth Tfiloh Cemetery on Windsor Mill Road.  Shiva will be observe at 2511 Hal Circle, outside (weather permitting), through Thursday morning. Shiva will take place via Zoom in the evenings. Please see schedule below. Minyanim will take place outdoors (weather permitting).Friday: Mincha 5:00 pm Sunday: Shacharis 8:30 am Monday-Thursday: Shacharis 7:00 am S...
Jerusaelm, Israel - Oct. 13, 2021 - On a bright, sunny, and frigid December day in 1987, our family rode the Metro from suburban Maryland to downtown Washington, DC. With our new baby in tow, wrapped in a snowsuit for her first outing, we stood with a quarter of a million people on the National Mall. There were many speakers, but we could hardly hear them over the loud chants of "Let my people go."  Three million Soviet Jews were being denied their freedom by the openly antisemitic Soviet regime. This rally was meant to demonstrate to the visiting Premier Mikhail Gorbachev that the Jews in his country who were being oppregssed had the support of the American people. In the early 1970s, Pamela Braun Cohen became an activist in the Soviet Jewry movement and rose to positions of leaders...
Speaking from the Knesset plenum on Wednesday, far-right Religious Zionism MK Bezalel Smotrich said David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, should have “finished the job” and kicked all Arabs out of the country when it was founded. During comments on a contentious immigration bill proposed by the opposition, Smotrich shouted about the need to maintain Israel as a Jewish and Democratic state. “Yes, Jewish, with a Jewish majority,” he called out. “With security for the citizens of the State of Israel.” Smotrich was heckled by several Arab Knesset members and retorted: “I’m not speaking to you, anti-Zionists, terror supporters, enemies,” he said. “You’re here by mistake, it’s a mistake that Ben-Gurion did...
Health officials are urging food manufacturers and services to take drastic action against America’s insatiable appetite for salt. The Food and Drug Administration has asked food-producing companies to slash the amount of salt in their products by at least 12%, giving businesses 2½ years to hit the mark, according to a statement made Wednesday. “What we’d like to see is the food industry gradually lower the sodium content,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock told NBC News, targeting conventionally purchased foods and groceries — namely, processed and prepackaged foods, such as condiments, snacks and frozen dinners, as well as dishes from chain restaurants. They hope the new guidance will reduce rates of heart disease — the No. 1 ca...
Around 250 Palestinian prisoners, detained for crimes affiliated with Islamic Jihad, will begin a hunger strike on Wednesday. The Palestinian Prisoners Club, as reported by The Times of Israel (ToI), announced that they are protesting Israel’s new policies toward Palestinian detainees. The new practices include breaking up groups of Islamic Jihad prisoners, moving some to other prisons or solitary confinement, and postponing family visits, ToI reported. Following the escape of six Palestinian inmates from Gilboa prison in early September, Israeli wardens took several measures to reduce chances of another jailbreak. “There is only one demand: return the situation to the way it was before [the escape],” Prisoners Club director Qaddura Fares said in a...
Norway Police also said a number of people were injured during the attacks in the town of Kongsberg. A suspect has been arrested while crime scenes are being investigated in several locations, they said. "The man has been apprehended ... from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone," police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters. "Several people have been injured and several are dead," Aas said. He declined to comment on the number of casualties.
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 13, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ross and Dina Mailman on the birth of a daughter. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear the federal government’s bid to reinstate Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence for his role in the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Despite President Joe Biden’s stated goal to eliminate capital punishment at the federal level, his administration opted to carry out an appeal — initially launched by the Justice Department under his predecessor Donald Trump — of a lower court ruling overturning Tsarnaev’s death sentence. No federal inmates had been executed for 17 years before Trump oversaw 13 executions in the last six months of his term.
Who is the wise person? He who sees the future. - Talmud “Hashem said to Avram, ‘Go for yourself from your land...to the land that I will show you...’” (Bereishit 12:1) When God sends Avram to the land that “… I will show you…” who among us would have faulted Avram for asking, “What land?  What path should I take?”  Who among us would have taken issue if he had wanted to know, “When shall I arrive?” If any one of us received such an instruction, we would more likely ask, “What should I pack?” than simply obey God’s command. But Avram asked for and received no instruction.  Ramban observes that Avram was never told of his ultimate destination, and so he wandered from place to pla...
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on Tuesday asserted that her Twitter account had been hacked and “erased,” but Twitter told media outlets that her account had not been compromised. A tweet from Waters’ official congressional account was sent out late Tuesday morning reading: “I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased. I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters.” The tweet itself seemed to confirm that her account had not been erased. Waters also has a personal account, and although no tweets have been sent on it since June 29, it too remained active. Twitter told Business Insider: “At this time, we’ve identified no signs of account compromise.” “We can’t comment on the t...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?TableTalk features:•    Weekly halachic dilemma creating l...
Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the United States with nearly 9,000 outlets, will close five stores in San Francisco due to what the company called “organized retail crime.” CNN has reported that San Francisco has experienced a surge of crime as the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided and tourism has begun to return. “Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” said Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso, according to SF Gate. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. “During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stor...
Another surge in consumer prices in September sent inflation to 5.4% from a year ago, matching the highest such rate since 2008 as tangled global supply lines continue to create havoc. Consumer prices rose 0.4% in September from August as supply chain disruptions kept many goods scarce. The costs of new cars, food, gas, and restaurant meals all jumped. The annual increase in the consumer price index matched readings in June and July as the highest in 13 years, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core inflation rose 0.2% in September and 4% compared with a year ago. Core prices hit a three-decade high of 4.5% in June.
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 12,  2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Shaindl (Jennifer) Stein, a’h, mother of Nesanel Stein and Gavi Stein, daughter of Yossi and Chaya Statman, and sister of Yitzy (Rebecca) Statman, Shira (Avi) Lipman and Yanky (Aliza) Statman. The levayah will take place at Levinson’s, Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am.Kevurah at Hillside Cemetery, 742 Rutherford Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 Shiva will be observed at 2309 Whitley Road, Baltimore, MD 21209  Minyanim:Shachris - 7:00 (Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday) 8:00 am (Sunday) Mincha/Maariv - 6:20 pm (Thursday); 6:15 pm (Sunday, Monday) Mincha Erev Shabbos - 3:00 pm The family requests no visitors betwe...
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for the first time authorized an electronic cigarette that the regulator says may help smokers cut back on traditional tobacco cigarettes. The authorization applies to Vuse’s Solo e-cigarette and its tobacco-flavored nicotine cartridges — which are manufactured by R.J. Reynolds. Data from the company showed that the authorized model of e-cigarette helped smokers lower their exposure to harmful chemicals in conventional cigarettes. “Today’s authorizations are an important step toward ensuring all new tobacco products undergo the FDA’s robust, scientific premarket evaluation,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s tobacco center, in a statement. “The manufacturer’s data demonstrates ...
Following the numerous MCI’s in Israel over the past year, specialized training drill held for women unique unit that brings together Jewish and Muslim women from religious communities around the country Mevaseret - On Tuesday evening in the valley of Emek Ha’Arazim between Mevaseret and Jerusalem, United Hatzalah of Israel held a mass casualty incident (MCI) training exercise for its women’s unit. The simulated drill scenario, which was planned in July, was surprisingly similar to the bus accident that took place near Hurfeish just two weeks ago. The drill simulated a bus of high-school-aged girls falling off of a bridge on a Highway and involved more than 100 simulated patients and more than 60 first responders from the unit, all of whom are trained emergency medical s...
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
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