In this episode, Justin sits down with the only female and Haredi newscaster in the State of Israel, Sivan Rahav Meir, and her path is one of a kind. They met up for coffee outside on a sunny Jerusalem morning to speak about her journey, her work, and her reinvigorated perspective on life. On Thirty-Six, Justin Hayet, a self-proclaimed pessimistic millennial attempts to find the thirty-six righteous people on whose merit the world stands. Thirty-Six is a production of SoulShop and Bnai Zion. Click here to listen
The Friday, Motzei Shabbos, and Sunday program for this year's Agudah Convention features engaging and informative keynotes and concurrent sessions. Members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbanim, activists, and other speakers, will address a multitude of timely topics. As always, the Convention will be open to the public as well as available to attend virtually by going to agudahconvention.org or calling in at 718.298.2077. This year, Friday morning keynote speakers will include Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, Rav, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of Cedarhurst, and Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. The session will be chaired by Rabbi Dovid Schnell, President Emeritus of Agudath Israel of Illinois, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America. The Friday pre-keyn...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 25, 2021 -   The 19th of Kislev (Nov. 23) was the anniversary of the release of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the first Chabad Rebbe (also known as the “Alter Rebbe” or the “Baal Hatanya”) who was released from prison in 1798. He was imprisoned due to libelous information supplied to the czarist government by opponents of the fledgling Chassidic movement. According to Chassidic tradition, the Rebbe’s imprisonment was the earthly reflection of a heavenly complaint that was lodged against him and the Chassidic cause which he was promoting, and his liberation symbolized a heavenly green light for the continued promulgation of Chassidus. As customary, the Baltimore community held a public event allowing all to participate...
Following approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5-11 and the Israeli Health Ministry's subsequent approval and rollout, Moreinu HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita,  has called on parents to vaccinate their children against coronavirus. The announcement follows Rabbi Kanievsky's meeting with three senior Israeli doctors who are continuously working to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Israel. The meeting, held in Rabbi Kanievsky's home, was attended by Professor Ran Balicer, who heads the Israel Shield staff of experts and the Clalit Research Institute; coronavirus czar Professor Salman Zarka; and Rabbi Kanievsky's personal doctor, Dr. Meshulam Hart. These doctors requested Rabbi Kanievsky's opinion on what the Torah demands w...
A high-ranking Israeli official has told i24news that the United States will be opening a consulate to deal with Palestinian affairs “soon,” Asharq Al-Awsat reports. According to the report, the Biden administration has already informed Israel of its intentions and plans to move ahead unilaterally if it does not obtain a response from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government, which is no longer seen as under immediate threat of dissolving due to internal strife, now that the budget has passed. Former U.S. President Donald Trump closed the consulate in 2019 after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. embassy to the city, merging its services with the consulate.   The report added that the official Israeli source ...
In my opinion, the roof of the Binyanei HaUma Convention Center in Jerusalem nearly blew off last night from the incredible energy generated inside. The occasion was a women's event I was privileged to host as part of Tzama, an annual Chasidic music festival. Yuval Dayan chose to sing "Vezkeini Legadel" (May I merit to raise [wise children]), from the prayer said over the lighting of the Shabbat candles. "I thought about the millions of women who always whisper these words, but perhaps the time has also come to sing them loudly together.," Yuval said, and 1,500 women and girls in the audience sang/prayed with her that they would have the privilege of raising children who would light up the world.Singer Nechami Ruben is a mother of three who lost her husband Yehuda in the Meron tragedy...
Baltimore County set a new record high in homicides on Tuesday. Police were called to Stockmill Road in Pikesville for reports of a shooting around 5:15 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s murder marked Baltimore County’s 50th homicide in 2021. The previous record high was 49 in 2019. On Nov. 11., the Director of Strategic Communications for the Baltimore County Police Department, Jeremy Silbert told C4 and Bryan Nehman that overall crime in the county was down. With over a month to go before the new year, the number of homicides could continue to climb.
The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved putting two speed cameras on the Jones Falls Expressway. There will be six speed cameras on the JFX, but only two will be activated at any given time. Drivers will encounter speed indicators showing how fast they are traveling. Motorists will be granted a 90-day grace period before $40 fines are levied. "The total goal for this is to make people slow down," Baltimore City Transportation Director Steve Sharkey said. The speed cameras are allowed under a state law passed by the General Assembly this year. Baltimore City transportation officials cite excessive speed as the No. 1 contributing factor to severe injury crashes. During a one-week test period of speed cameras on the JFX, 151,000 drivers (42%) exceeded the speed limit by at ...
The Israeli government has approved new guidelines for pre-flight Covid tests before entry to Israel.  Travelers to Israel will be allowed to undergo an antigen (rapid) test up to 24 hours before departure, as an alternative to performing a PCR test. The new provision will take effect at midnight tonight. PCR tests will continue to be accepted, and may be performed anytime within 72 hours of a scheduled departure to Israel. The price of an antigen test is generally significantly cheaper than the price of a PCR test, and results are often available within minutes. The antigen test must be taken at a recognized laboratory, and passengers must present their negative results in English. All travelers entering Israel are still required to undergo a PCR test upon landing at Ben...
With the number of Holocaust survivors dwindling by the day, the need for innovation in the realm of educating future generations about the Nazi genocide is only getting more urgent. This was the challenge Los Angeles-based video game director Luc Bernard decided he must tackle. And now, after a decade of starts and stops, his educational video game about the Holocaust — “The Light in the Darkness” — is set to launch on Xbox and Windows 10 next year as a free-to-play title. “People complain about the lack of knowledge about the Holocaust and the rise of antisemitism, but nobody is offering any solutions, which is what this game does,” Bernard — who was born in France and raised in the United Kingdom — told the Combat Antisemitism Movement (...
The large-scale Hamas terror plot uncovered by the Shin Bet intelligence agency and broken up in recent weeks is “the most dangerous tactical-operational infrastructure I recall in recent years,” a senior former Israel Defense Forces officer has told JNS.  Click to get Text Message Updates right to your phone Join our WhatsApp group Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Dangot, Israel’s former Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), and a senior research associate at the Miryam Institute, emphasized the dozens of Hamas operatives arrested as well as the number of suicide bomb vests and weapons recovered in counter-terror raids. The Shin Bet announced on Monday that it had, together with the IDF, broken up the cell, which was being orchestrated by se...
Jake Turx, the popular White House correspondent for Ami Magazine, has again made history. Turx (aka Avraham Yaakov Terkeltaub) has been named political contributor at Newsmax, a fast-growing conservative cable television news outlet. He becomes the first ever Chassidic yid to hold such a coveted position on a television news channel. As senior White House correspondent and chief political correspondent for Ami, Turx has interviewed dozens of high-profile politicians, including members of Congress and presidential candidates. He made history in 2017 when he became the first Chassidic Jewish member of the White House press corps. Turx has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NPR, and other national news outlets. According to Nielsen, Newsmax TV is the 4th highest-rated news channel in the country...
 Israel and the United States are likely dividing up responsibility for attacking targets related to the Iranian-led Shi’ite radical axis in Syria, a new report from an Israeli research center said on Wednesday. The report, by the Alma Center, stated, “In every sector, the purpose of the attacks is different.” It added that the “quiet” sector – the “American sector” is geographically defined within “eastern Syria and includes al-Bukamal, al Mayadin, and Deir ez-Zor,” and that the “main objective of the attacks in this sector is meant to disrupt the entrenchment of Iranian-linked forces near the land corridor route.” The “noisy” sector – “The Israeli sector” is geographically defined...
A commemorative monument in memory of Hagaon Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt”l has been placed in front of the rov’s home at 96 Sderot Rothschild in Tel Aviv, where Rav Ovadiha lived while serving as the city’s chief rabbi. The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, said when placing the commemorative monument: “For four years, Rav Ovadia Yosef served as the Chief Rabbi of the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo, but in spirit, he always remained in our city, a city of Israeli unity, of kol Yisroel areivim, and this exactly characterizes Rav Ovadia’s enormous impact, increasing the unity of the people of Israel. Rav Ovadia is not with us – but his legacy and teachings are with us.” The deputy mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo and a representative of Shas in th...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 24, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Nachum Meir Goldstein on the birth of a son. Mazel Tov grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Goldstein. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
The Yerushalayim Municipality has advanced plans for a 9,000-home project in Atarot, an area of the city located beyond the pre-1967 lines, the Jerusalem Post reports. The international community and the Palestinian Authority have condemned the plan, which it warns would help cement Israel’s presence in an area of the city they designated as the future capital of a Palestinian state. They have also argued that the plan would drive a wedge of Jewish housing in between already existing Palestinian neighborhoods. The city’s local planning committee threw its support behind the project today, prior to the municipality’s District Planning Committee hearing on December 6. The project would transform the 124-hectare (301-acre) site of the former Kalandiya Airport into...
The bodies of seven Moroccan-Jewish victims of the COVID-19 pandemic were flown to Israel last week after being interred in a Casablanca Jewish cemetery more than a year ago. The transfer was arranged by ZAKA, an Israeli volunteer rescue and recovery organization which focuses on ensuring Jewish burial rites for victims of terror and natural disasters, as well as the Casablanca Chevra Kadisha, a local Jewish burial society. Among the dead was Rabbi Sholom Eidelman, one of the first emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe who lived in Morocco for more than 60 years. A second funeral held 18 months after his death drew many of his students in Israel, including former Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who was born and spent much of his childhood in Casablanca. Eidel...
This past Motzei Shabbos, the Satmar Rebbe, Rav Aron, shlit”a, spoke harshly about astronomical apartment costs in Kiryas Yoel, and he urged a moratorium on purchases until prices level off. Speaking at a Melave Malka, the Rebbe addressed the ongoing crisis, which is largely due to high demand and limited supply. “No one should buy now,” the Rebbe said. “Wait, have patience, and prices will stabilize.” The Rebbe seemed to take aim at sellers, saying, “Some owners bought at a relatively low price, yet are not embarrassed to ask over $1 million, not because of a home’s actual value, but because they want to make money.” “Agents are stirring up a ruckus and driving up prices,” he added. One local resident told VINnews that thi...
Manchester Evening News (MEN) and Metro have both apologized for publishing material that sparked outrage in the Jewish community. Monday’s print issue of MEN included an article about the Hamas gunman who opened fire in Yerushalayim’s Old City a day earlier and killed 26-year-old Eliyahu Kay, while also wounding four others. The story’s headline said, “Palestinian shot dead after holy site killing.” The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said it was “appalled” by the headline, and immediately wrote to MEN editor Darren Thwaites and requested an “urgent meeting.” The Jewish group added that “the framing of the headline and the subsequent article recklessly fails to reflect the tragic incident.” ...
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